• Job Opportunities at The Institute of Human Virology (IHVN)

  • Posted on: 22 February, 2016 Deadline: 4 March, 2016
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  • The Institute of Human Virology (IHVN) is a leading and reputable indigenous non-governmental organization implementing a comprehensive family-focused HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment program in partnership with local and international organizations and the different tiers of the Government of Nigeria at national, state, local and site levels.

    Project Coordinator - Inspire MoMENT Study

     

    Summary/Overview

    • IHVN implements the INSPIRE (Integrating and Scaling up PMTCT through Implementation Research) MoMent study, which is a four-year Canadian Government-funded, WHO-supported research project that is evaluating the impact of Mentor Mother programs on Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) service uptake and retention at primary healthcare facilities in Nigeria.
    • The study is being conducted at Primary Healthcare Centers (PHCs) in two states (FCT and Nasarawa), and is in its third of the four year project period.
    • We are looking for individuals with leadership skills, research experience and interest in maternal & neonatal health, HIV/AIDs.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • The Project Coordinator (PC) INSPIRE-MoMent Study will provide overall day-to-day technical and administrative supervision of study activities.
    • He/ She will work closely with the Principal Investigator (PI) to implement the study according to the study protocol.
    • The PC is expected to spend approximately 75% of time in the central office and 25% in the field.
    • The PC will also work closely with the Data Manager and the study statistician; he/she is expected to be up-to-date on every study data collecting tool and all data the study generates for the purpose of data analysis and manuscript writing. Residence within the FCT is required.
    • The PC reports directly to the PI on all study-related issues.

    The duties of the Project Coordinator INSPIRE-MoMent Study include, but are not limited to the following:

    • With PI, plan and coordinate day-to-day and long-term study activities
    • Oversee grant resource management (funding, commodities)
    • Represent the PI and/or team in meetings with stakeholders, e.g. Federal or State Ministries of Health or WHO
    • Prepare financial and progress reports for PI and study sponsors
    • Document and monitor key study activities with respect to study timelines
    • Promptly identify study-related gaps and proffer creative, logical solutions
    • Initiate, guide and direct the development and review of study Standard Operating Procedures
    • Forecast and request for finances, commodities or services for study implementation
    • Designate tasks to, supervise and mentor research team members including 2 Research Associates and 15 field staff
    • Ensure all field staff are up-to-date on ethics training and are implementing study according to ethics regulations.
    • Quarterly Technical Assistance visits with Research Associates to study sites
    • Coordinate and participate in field work e.g. Mentor Mother audit interviews, data quality assessments.
    • Coordinate and actively participate in academic research activity including but not limited to abstract writing, interpretation of data and manuscript development
    • Other assignments as requested by the Principal Investigator.

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Medical doctor with at least 4 years PMTCT/HIV programme implementation experience and at least 2 years hands-on research experience
    • A Master's degree in health or research-related discipline.
    • Should have completed the one year compulsory government service (NYSC) or possess certification for exemption
    • Excellent oral and written communication as well as scientific writing skills in English, with proficiency in MS Office suite, especially Excel and PowerPoint
    • Strong professional, interpersonal and public relations skills
    • Demonstrable leadership, team participation and team-building skills and experience
    • Ability to take instruction and cooperate with authority of the Principal Investigator
    • Ability to complete ad-hoc tasks with short notice
    • Maturity and patience in communicating with people with a wide range of personalities and capacities is necessary.

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    Program Officer, Applied Health and Quality

     

    Summary/Overview

    • The Program Officer Applied Health and Quality will review and assess activities, or processes, that the program undertakes in order to achieve goals effectively.
    • S/he is to also apply benchmarking strategies, performance measurement indicators, and financial modeling to determine the effectiveness, outcomes, risk, scalability, and measurable impact of grants.
    • The person is also responsible for conducting assessment in form of evaluations which could be formative, summative, process, outcome and impact according to the program design.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Develop program strategies, work plans and carry out ongoing quality assurance tasks to meet program objectives
    • Identify and design the key indicators for program areas, to record and report physical progress against the Annual Result Framework, Program Targets and Quality Indicators
    • Identify the key performance questions and parameters for monitoring project performance and comparing it to targets. Design the format for such performance reports
    • Provides direct technical assistance and mentoring to health facilities for continuous quality improvement and models for change and assist in developing continuous quality improvement teams and implementing QI activities
    • Check that output data are discussed in the appropriate forum and in a timely fashion in terms of implications for future action. If necessary, create such discussion forums to fill any gaps
    • Facilitate communication between those carrying out field implementation and decision-makers on the number and quality of activities undertaken for each project component
    • Participate in external missions and facilitate mission team members' access to analyzed information to stakeholders
    • Work with the communication staff to disseminate evaluation findings and structure discussions to inform staff, board, and relevant stakeholders
    • Advice IHVN Management and stakeholders on outcomes, impacts, benefits, and changes in patient care as a result of program efforts in the short, intermediate and long-term periods
    • Prepare reports on operational research and program evaluation findings, as required, working closely with technical, administrative and financial staff.

    Minimum Qualification

    • B.Sc, MD, MBBS, BMChB, B.Pharm,
    • Advance degree such as MPH or equivalent is required
    • At least five years working experience
    • Experience working with health facilities is advantageous
    • Ability to gather and analyze data, use analytical methods to draw conclusions, and prepare reports and presentations that communicate complex research and operational findings in clear language
    • Familiarity with the Nigerian health system is an asset.

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    Program Officer, Health System Strengthening

     

    Summary/Overview

    • The Program Officer Health System Strengthening is to provide technical and programmatic support to necessary systems to ensure effective and efficient implementation of HIV/AIDS mitigating activities at locations where IHVN operates.
    • S/he will undertake coordination, advocacy and monitoring roles related to the health system strengthening blocks through strategic engagement with relevant ministries, departments and agencies of government involved in the HIV/AIDS response.
    • The Program Officer Health System Strengthening will be involved in HSS oriented operations/implementation science research.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Provide technical support to state and local governments and relevant Ministries Departments and Agencies in the work plan development process, capacity building, planning and implementation, monitoring and evaluation related to HSS.
    • Support interventions to strengthen management and leadership at state and Local Government Agencies levels; track and aid state's to achieve health worker registries.
    • Support strategic direction and technical guidance on issues related to leadership and governance, health financing, human resources for health, commodities and logistics, health information and service delivery.
    • Work collaboratively with relevant State and LGA Officers and Management teams in the use of existing structures, information systems and tools (e.g. District Health Information System) for effective planning and performance monitoring.
    • Develop implementation science/ operational research studies and outcome evaluations related to HSS activities working with the Applied Health and Quality team.
    • Support participation of HSS team in Federal Ministry of Health and donor working groups.
    • Represent IHVN at conferences and workshops related to health systems of relevance.

    Minimum Qualification

    • B.Sc and/or Master Degree in the relevant discipline (Health System Management, Health Policy, Health Administration, Public Health). Medical degree- MD,MBBS, BMChB or advance degrees in Nursing and Pharmacy
    • Proficient in common data analysis packages Excel, STATA, SPSS and excellent data analysis ability
    • Strong inter-personal and public relations skills
    • At least 5 years working experience
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the Nigerian Health System.

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    Senior Program Officer, Applied Health and Quality

     

    Summary/Overview

    • The Senior Program Officer Applied Health and Quality is to provide technical and administrative leadership to the Quality unit of IHVN.
    • S/he will review and assess activities, or processes, that the program undertakes in order to achieve program goals effectively.
    • The Senior Program Officer, Applied Health and Quality will also apply benchmarking strategies, performance measurement indicators, and financial modeling to determine the effectiveness, outcomes, risk, scalability, and measurable impact of grants.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Lead and manage the Applied Health and Quality unit
    • Develop program strategies, work plans and carry out ongoing quality assurance to meet program area objectives
    • Develop the overall framework for the information cycle and management cycle including annual project reviews, participatory impact assessments, process monitoring, operations monitoring and lessons-learned workshops.
    • Identify and design the key indicators for program areas, to record and report physical progress against the Annual Result Framework, Program Targets and Quality Indicators
    • Identify the key performance questions and parameters for monitoring project performance and comparing it to targets. Design the format for such performance reports
    • Determine information needs of project management, implementing partners and primary stakeholders, the cooperating institution and funding agencies
    • Provides direct technical assistance and mentoring to health facilities for continuous quality improvement and models for change and assist in developing continuous quality improvement teams and implementing QI activities
    • Guide the regular sharing of the outputs of findings with project staff, implementing partners and primary stakeholders
    • Check that output data are discussed in the appropriate forum and in a timely fashion in terms of implications for future action. If necessary, create such discussion forums to fill any gaps
    • Participate in external missions and facilitate mission team members' access to analyzed information and to stakeholders
    • Plan for regular opportunities to identify lessons learned and implications for the project's next steps. Participate in these events when possible
    • Work with the other staff to disseminate evaluation findings and structure discussions to inform staff, board, and relevant stakeholders
    • Advice IHVN Management and stakeholders on outcomes, impacts, benefits, and changes in patient care as a result of program efforts in the short, intermediate and long-term periods
    • Prepare reports on operational research and program evaluation findings, as required, working closely with technical, administrative and financial staff.

    Minimum Qualification

    • B.Sc, MD, MBBS, BMChB, B.Pharm, MPH or equivalent degree
    • Previous experience in a similar position in a similar organization
    • At least 7 years of experience
    • Ability to gather and analyze data, use analytical methods to draw conclusions, and prepare reports and presentations that communicate complex research and operational findings in clear language
    • Familiarity with the Nigerian health system is an advantage.

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    Senior Program Officer, Health System Strengthening

     

    Summary/Overview

    • The Senior Program Officer, Health System Strengthening is to provide technical and administrative leadership to the HSS unit of IHVN.
    • He provides technical and programmatic support to necessary state and local government systems to ensure effective and efficient implementation of HIV/AIDS mitigating activities at locations where the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria operates.
    • S/he will undertake coordination, advocacy and monitoring roles related to the health system strengthening blocks through strategic engagement with relevant ministries, departments and agencies of government involved in the HIV/AIDS response.
    • Senior Program Officer, Health System Strengthening will lead HSS oriented operations/implementation science research and will work with other units and departments within the organization to deliver on specific projects.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Provide managerial and technical support to state and local governments and relevant Ministries Departments and Agencies in the work plan development process, capacity building, planning and implementation, monitoring and evaluation activities related to HSS.
    • Support interventions to strengthen management and leadership at state and Local Government Authority (LGA) levels; track and aid states to achieve health worker registries.
    • Support strategic direction and technical guidance on issues related to leadership and governance, health financing, human resources for health, commodities and logistics, health information and service delivery.
    • Work collaboratively with relevant State and LGA officers and management teams in the use of existing structures, information systems and tools (e.g. District Health Information System) for effective planning and performance monitoring.
    • Develop implementation science/ operational research studies and outcome evaluations related to HSS activities working with the Applied Health and Quality team.
    • Support participation of HSS team in Federal Ministry of Health and donor working groups.
    • Represent IHVN at relevant conferences and workshops related to health systems.

    Minimum Qualification

    • Experience in a similar capacity in a similar organization is an advantage
    • BSc and/or Master Degree in the relevant discipline (Health System Management, Health Policy, Health Administration, Public Health). Medical degree- MD,MBBS, BMChB or advanced degrees in Nursing and Pharmacy
    • At least 7 years of experience
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the Nigerian Health System and strong inter-personal and public relations skills
    • Understanding of project management principles is desired.

    Method of Application

    Applicants should send a detailed resume, genuine supporting documents, academic qualifications and a one page cover letter as one MS Word document saved with applicants name in the following format e.g. Musa Okafor Olufemi Senior Program Officer, Health System Strengthening explaining suitability to Associate Director, Human Resources through this email address: careers@ihvnigeria.org

    Note:

    • Application must explicitly state the position and location applied for in the subject of the email e.g. Senior Program Officer, Health System Strengthening.
    • Candidates are advised to provide three professional referees with functional email addresses and telephone numbers.
    • Only applications sent in the required format will be considered and only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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