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  • Posted on: 5 April, 2016 Deadline: 20 April, 2016
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  • The Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Organization (ALCO) is sub regional intergovernmental organization which was established in 2002 with the mission of reducing HIV impact on interregional trade in West Africa. In fact, in view of the increase of migrations on main roads and fostering economic growth, the Heads of States of member countries namely the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria put in place this organization to facilitate road transit and transport as well as the development and implementation of a sub regional HIV/AIDS response.

    During its first ten (10) years of service provision, ALCO largely contributed to the improvement of border posts environment and hospital infrastructures from Abidjan to Lagos, STIS and AIDS treatment, as well as the reduction of travelers’ transit time.

    Within the framework of the New Funding Mechanism, the Global Fund (GF) grant allocated to ALCO took new directions. This grant focuses on a gradual transition of HIV prevention services to national programs and a reposition of interventions toward strengthening community system as well as the defense of human rights. The grant covers the period from 2016 to 2018.

    Aware of the challenges in the framework of the implementation of this grant, ALCO undertook actions in order to efficiently manage the resources which will be made available in the framework of this funding. To this effect, ALCO is recruiting for qualified candidate to who will be based at ALCO’s headquarters in Cotonou/Benin to fill the position below:

    Community Mobilization and Human Rights Officer

     

    Job No.: 002/04/2016/ALCO/SE/UPM
    Contract duration: Two (02) years, renewable
    Job start date: May, 2016.

    Description of Duties

    • Under the direct supervision of the Program Officer, the Community Mobilization and Human Rights Officer will ensure the implementation of community mobilization and human rights activities in favor of key populations within the framework of Global Fund new funding mechanism.

    In terms of Policies and strategy development:

    • Facilitate the assessment of both the legal and social environment in ALCO member countries through:
      • A documentation on drafting laws, policies and regulations affecting access to prevention, HIV care and treatment and other services for key populations in ALCO member countries
      • Assessment of the level of compliance with applicable regulations, policies and laws in accordance with international guidelines in ALCO member countries
      • Assessment of gaps and opportunities by identifying areas where HIV policies could be developed, updated, strengthened or rescinded.
    • Contribute to the establishment of a community-based regional program for the promotion of human rights and gender in favor of key populations
    • Identify obstacles to the implementation of HIV/AIDS prevention interventions in favor of key populations
    • Support the development of a regional advocacy strategy in view of reducing or removing legal obstacles within the framework of key populations access to health services (MSM, IDU, and SW)
    • Support the development and setting of a regional program for human rights and gender-based violence (GBV)
      • Contribute to setting community programs and the development of community based activities implementation within ALCO member countries
    • Define procedures for community-based activities:
      • The roadmap describing the organization of community-based activities;
      • The criteria for the selection and implementation of community actors (PE, community network, NGOS);
      • Evaluation system for advisors and community actors;
      • Design training modules and communication materials for behavioral change;
      • Definition and adaptation of communication and education approaches (IEC/CBC);
      • Design data collection tools in collaboration with other members of ALCO team, particularly the Monitoring & Evaluation office;
    • Facilitate the assessment of the legal and social environment in the context of HIV within ALCO member countries;
    • Identify obstacles to the implementation of HIV/AIDS prevention interventions for the benefit of key populations;
    • Contribute to the definition of a community based regional program for human rights and gender in the context of HIV;
    • Support the development of a regional strategy for advocacy in view of minimizing or even removing legal obstacles in the framework of key populations access to health care;
    • Support the development and definition of a regional program for human rights and the fight against gender based violence (GBV), especially in terms of freedom of movement of goods and persons;

    In terms of implementation:

    • Coordinate human rights and gender activities in favor of key populations (SW, MSM, IDU) within the framework of the New Funding Mechanism
    • Support NGOs/Associations to document cases of human rights violation, GBV and lodge official complaint if necessary in HIV context
    • Design in collaboration with other ALCO team members data collection tools for human rights and gender component
    • Support NGOs/Associations of key populations to develop their action plan in view of the implementation of human rights and gender activities in HIV context
      • Coordinate the implementation of community-based activities in the framework of Global Fund new funding mechanism;
      • Support NGOS /Associations in the development and implementation of IEC /CBC community based activities and the promotion of ALCO’s activities within the community;
      • Support NGOS/Associations in the development and definition of an action plan for the implementation of activities at the regional level;
      • Collect, compile and analyze monthly, quarterly, and annual activities reports in view of drawing conclusion;
      • Support the design and updating of monitoring and evaluation plan for ALCO indicators;
      • Coordinate human rights and gender activities in favor of key populations (SW , MSM) in the framework of the new funding mechanism;
      • Design data collection tools in collaboration with other members of ALCO team for human rights and gender component.
      • Support NGOS/Associations to record cases of human rights as well as GBV and to make official complaint if necessary;
      • Supporting NGOS/Associations of key populations in the development of their action plan in view of the implementation of human rights and gender activities in the context of HIV;

    In terms of capacity building:

    • Identify and plan the needs in training and mentoring in favor of NGO/Associations and key populations in terms of human rights and gender in HIV context
    • Organize and conduct the training of supervisory staff of NGO/identity Associations in human rights, GBV, legal advice and representation in ALCO member countries
      • Ensure the training of NGOS/identity and community associations in the daily management of their activities;
      • Train actors in the implementation of community based prevention activities (STI, VCT, outreach programs);
      • Identify and plan the needs in training and mentoring in favor of NGOS/Associations of key populations in terms of human rights and gender in the context of HIV;
      • Participate in the development of educational materials for training and outreach programs;
      • Organize and conduct the training of supervisory staff of NGOS/Associations of key populations in terms of human rights and gender in the context of HIV;
      • Collect, compile and analyze monthly, quarterly, and annual activities reports from NGOS /Associations of key populations;
      • Ensure the design and updating of monitoring and evaluation plan for ALCO indicators;

    In terms of supervision of activities:

    • Ensure proper and efficient implementation of activities by the actors according to the action plan validated by ALCO;
      • Ensure implementation of watch committees’ activities
    • Conduct quarterly missions for the supervision of activities carried out by NGOS/Associations;
    • Ensure any other duty requested by the Management;

    In terms of partnership and networking:

    • Support NGOS/Associations of key populations (SW, MSM, and IDUS) with the establishment of networks/platform for discussion and knowledge exchange on human rights concept;
    • Support the establishment of peer educator/community advisor in favor of reference and counter-reference activities;
    • Establish contacts in view of strengthening ALCO partnership with Donors;
    • Promote all actions and interventions conducted by ALCO in member countries;
    • Serve as the interface between ALCO and community actors in all member countries;
    • Represent the Organization at beneficiaries ‘end with the approval of the direct Head of the supervising manager;
    • Ensure any other duty requested by the Management;

    Required Profile and Competencies

    • The incumbent candidate must hold a Master's degree in Law, Social Sciences, Public Health or any other related field of education;
    • Demonstrate relevant experience in terms of human rights and HIV among key populations (MSM, SW)
    • Must have proven experience in the field of key populations especially MSM and SW
    • Have good skills in terms of advocacy and negotiation in the countries
    • Have relevant experience in human rights capacity building
    • Must have proven experience with NGOS involved in key populations particularly MSM and SW;
    • Must demonstrate experience in organizing and conducting workshops: magazines/review, meetings with key partners;
    • Must have at least eight (8) years of professional experience with proven experience in project management, with at least 2 years experience in the framework of the implementation of activities in favor of key populations including MSM and SW;
    • Must have very good communication and leadership capacity;
    • Must have good analysis and drafting capacity;
    • Highly self-directed, motivated, must have team spirit;
    • Flexibility and good organization skills;
    • Must be computer proficient: Word, Excel, Power Point ;

    The following conditions are asset:
    a.) Be member of MSM network
    b.) Knowledge of key populations environment;
    c.) Experience with a development project and knowledge of the project cycle;
    d.) Knowledge of the LGBTIQ problematic;

    • Must be fluent in both French and English;
    • Must be able to work under pressure and meet set deadlines for the implementation of duties;
    • Be flexible and able to work in a team within a multicultural environment;

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    Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

     

    Job No.: 002/04/2016/ALCO/SE/UPM
    Contract duration: Two (02) years, renewable
    Job start date: May, 2016

    Description of Duties

    • Under the supervision of the Executive Secretary, in collaboration with health authorities, partners as well as ALCO’s team, the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer will:
    • Develop, implement and evaluate the Project Monitoring & Evaluation Plan and measure both the progress and performance of the project at programmatic level;
    • Develop/review data collection tools, train the users of these tools on their correct use;
    • Ensure complete and timely reporting through the implementation of an efficient data management system from the provision of data collection tools to reporting;
    • Ensure the analysis of data from Information Unit, health centers and NGOS;
    • Ensure data quality through the establishment of a data Quality Assurance system;
    • Provide Technical Assistance to health centers, NGOS and the team in charge of Monitoring & Evaluation of ALCO’s partners in data collection and analysis, data assessment and use between health providers in view of improving the quality of services offered;
    • Develop, implement and analyze together with Monitoring & Evaluation team targeted assessments based on needs;
    • Provide technical support to the Ministry of Health and AIDS through NAP and the health information departments as well as health centers in the Monitoring & Evaluation of HIV support service, including the development or review of tools such as patient records, registers and data management systems;
    • Provide support to the Ministry of Health and Aids in the assessment of HIV/AIDS programs, the development of new programs and the development or review of national indicators;
    • Establish a network of on-site data managers of ALCO in view of improving the quality of data generated and their analysis;
    • Oversee the monthly collection of support data from ALCO sites;
    • Develop the monthly and quarterly report drafted within deadlines;
    • Build the capacities of data managers from districts and health regions;
    • Ensure and supervise the implementation of on-site Monitoring & Evaluation updated tools;
    • Manage the design and installation of Monitoring & Evaluation equipment, the procurement of the equipment, training and maintenance in both health districts and training centers;
    • Oversee the development and implementation of data quality control system, data quality assurance for the activities of the programs as well as Data Quality Audit;
    • Provide support to ALCO research projects;
    • Establish and maintain good working relations with main State Workers, partners and NGOS;
    • Supervise the entire ALCO’s Monitoring & Evaluation technical staff;

    Required Profile and Competencies

    • The incumbent candidate must hold a Graduate Degree in Public Health (at least Master Degree);
    • Must have been trained in Monitoring and Evaluation;
    • Must have over (05) years experience in health projects/programs monitoring and evaluation;
    • A medical doctor is an asset
    • Must have very good experience in project management;
    • Must have proven experience in HIV activities data management;
    • Ability to develop a database is an asset;
    • Must have good knowledge of data management at health district level;
    • Must have good knowledge of the health system within ALCO’s member countries;
    • Must have good communication skills, work experience with at least one of the health information department of ALCO’s member countries;
    • Must be able to work under pressure and be a team player;
    • Must have good control of both written and spoken French and English;
    • Must have good knowledge of statistical software (Access, Epi Info, SPSS, …) and computer software (Excel, Word, PowerPoint );
    • Must be available to travel frequently (at least 25% of the time);
    • Must be able to work under pressure;
    • Must be able to work in a multicultural environment.

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    Internal Auditor

     

    Job No.: 001/04/2016/ALCO/SE/UPM
    Location: Cotonou (Benin)
    Contract duration: Two (02) years, renewable
    Job start date: May, 2016

    Description of Duties


    Under the supervision of ALCO’s PGB chair to whom (s)he is accountable through the Executive Secretary, the internal auditor:

    • Plans and conducts audits/investigations of activities, processes or operations carried out on the grant funds:
    • Review the activities and processes to understand the nature of the operations, procedures and related internal controls in view of determining operational risks;
    • Develop the annual audit plan from the mapping of risks that all activities and grant operational processes are exposed;
    • Determine the scope, nature and timing of audit activities;
    • Design audit procedures and programs;
    • Hold introductory meetings with corporate process owners concerning audit and program risk issues;
    • Share the internal audit charter with corporate process owners, the Coordination and any concerned actor before any internal audit mission;
    • Keep up to date all records of internal audit for supervision missions;
    • Determine to which extent established internal controls are effective and efficient in view of preventing and/or detecting errors and irregularities;
    • Check the accuracy of accounting and financial data of the program, SR and others ;
    • Detect and prevent irregularities and fraud by conducting unannounced investigations or upon request from PGB Chairman;
    • Advise the Coordination on the issues of accounting, reporting, monitoring and compliance with rules in view of preventing errors and irregularities;
    • Organize post-evaluation meetings with the Coordination and corporate process owners to discuss the conclusions and recommendations of the internal audit;
    • Ensure compliance with ALCO’s manual of administrative, accounting and financial procedures;

    Prepares audit reports and submits them to PGB:

    • Express opinions on the relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of established control and procedures systems in view of achieving set goals and recommend corrective measures to improve both operations and internal control;
    • Produce a quarterly report on major risks and pertaining recommendations;
    • Ensure the monitoring of internal audit recommendations implementation to correct the weaknesses in internal controls;
    • Submit an annual report on the internal control of the Program, the strengths, weaknesses, and the updating of risks and recommendations matrix;

    Examines the Program financial statements and audit reports:

    • Serve as a focal point or interface for external audit missions;
    • Give an opinion on external audit reports and propose an action plan with appropriate timetable in view of implementing the audit recommendations;
    • Ensure the implementation of recommendations action plan for the external audit;

    Required Profile and Competencies

    • The incumbent must hold a minimum Master Degree in Audit, Accounting, Accounts Management or any other related field of education;
    • Must have at least 5 years of professional experience in the area of audit or accounts management, in an accounting firm or internal audit department of a company or an internationally funded project;
    • A professional experience in health project management is an asset;
    • Must have good experience in the formulation and implementation of risk-based audit plans;
    • Must have thorough knowledge of rules and techniques of auditing projects and programs funded by international partners;
    • Knowledge of procedures of Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is an asset;
    • Must have strong interpersonal skills, (analytical and communication skills. Good command of writing skills and peculiar attention to details; strong integration capacity) ;
    • Highly self-directed, communicative, available, diligent, punctual and honest;
    • Must have excellent command of software applications commonly used; Excel, Word, PowerPoint, MS projects, accounting software, etc.
    • Ability to communicate fluently in English and or French, have good working knowledge of the other language;

    Method of Application

    Applicants should send their Curriculum Vitae, a Letter of Motivation, a copy of their Degrees, three professional References and their expected salary range to: recrutement@corridor-sida.org

    Note: Only preselected candidates will be contacted.

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