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  • Posted on: 23 June, 2016 Deadline: 6 July, 2016
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  • Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an International non-governmental organization supporting relief and development work in over 99 countries around the world. CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs, therefore, strengthening and building the capacity of these partner organizations is fundamental to programs in every country in which CRS operates. CRS re-established presence in Nigeria in 2000 and currently focuses on agriculture, HIV and health extractives and governance, and peace building programming.

    Senior Technical Officer (STO)

     

    Job Summary

    • Catholic Relief Services (CRS) shares the National Malaria Elimination Program’s (NMEP) vision for a malaria-free Nigeria and its goal to reduce the malaria burden to pre-elimination levels and bring malaria-related mortality to zero.
    • CRS will partner with the NMEP as a sub-recipient on the Global Fund Malaria New Funding Model grant for Nigeria in Ondo and Ekiti states.

    CRS will support NMEP in the implementation of the following interventions:

    • Vector Control - distribution of LLINs.
    • Case management - diagnosis with Rapid Diagnostic Kits (RDTs, treatment with Artemisinin Combination Therapy (ACTs); treatment for severe malaria with injectable Artesunate.
    • Specific Prevention Interventions (SPI) - Intermittent Preventive Therapy in Pregnancy (IPTp).
    • Procurement and Supply Chain Management.
    • Health Information Systems and M&E.
    • Program Management.

    Primary Function

    • The GF/NFM Senior Technical Officer (STO) will be responsible for planning and coordinating the various trainings that CRS is responsible for carrying out, to achieve donor targets in accordance with the work plans, approved deadlines, within the budget limitations and donor guidelines.
    • The STO must ensure integration of the training and community implementation plans with the other CRS GF Malaria activities in the states, especially in view of the various activities which happen simultaneously.

    Job Responsibilities
    Program Management:

    • Provide support to the SPM in coordinating all training activities for the GF Malaria/NFM project.
    • Coordinate the training plan planning process to ensure that training activities are implemented according to the work plans, approved deadlines, and within the budget limitations
    • Ensure that the CRS Zero Cash Policy is respected at the field level training events.
    • Ensure the proper execution of the monitoring and evaluation plan with respect to the training activities and ensure the documentation and filing of all training reports.
    • Coordinate the process of requesting for funds for organizing the trainings.
    • Manage the training budgets, including tracking of financial and material resources, according to the policies and guidelines of GFATM and CRS.
    • Participate in the program wide quarterly program review meetings for assigned CRS GF malaria states.
    • Ensure the timely reporting of training finances and progress status to the SPM & HoU.
    • Update and maintain a database of all partner staff that have been trained.
    • Update and maintain a database of NMEP- approved trainers.
    • Monitor the CRS partner data quality on the DHIS, flag data quality issues and follow up with the M & E team to ensure these issues are resolved.

    Budget Management:

    • With support from the Finance and Compliance team, work with the GF/NFM SPM in budget management, including monthly liquidation and request for advance – for assigned trainings.
    • Actively participate in activities to ensure appropriate budget planning and financial reporting for all trainings.
    • Review actual financial performance against the training budget, and explain variances on a regular basis.
    • Actively participate in activities to ensure that CRS remains in compliance with CRS and GF donor rules and regulations for maintaining the quality of field level trainings.

    Partnership Management:

    • Act as primary contact/support for designated partners, including sharing new information and taking the lead on ensuring healthy relationships are maintained between partners and CRS/ NMEP/SMoH.
    • Provide support to state teams as requested, including project development and facilitation of workshops.
    • Supporting partners to build linkages with other implementing partners and state governments.
    • Build relationships with other stakeholders at the national and state levels  which will include other implementing partners, state governments and state agencies for malaria control.

    Training and Mentoring:

    • Ensure that all trainings hold as scheduled and provide leadership at these meetings when present.
    • Serve as a resource person at malaria trainings coordinated by CRS.
    • Ensure all members of the GF Malaria team understand program priorities with regards to the training plan and promote buy in from the team.
    • Support the planning and delivery of trainings, workshops and other capacity development interventions for CRS staff and partners.

    Community  Case Management of Malaria:

    • Coordinate project activities to support community case management of malaria (diagnosis and treatment) by Role Model Caregivers (RMCs) in the states.
    • Mentor the health facility RMC supervisors and state/LGA officials to ensure that their activities are in line with the National Malaria Strategic Plan.
    • Coordinate the development and roll-out of capacity building/training plans for CHEWs and RMCs engaged for the implementation of Community Case Management (CCM) of Malaria.
    • Liaise with other project staff to ensure synchronization between CCM of Malaria and other activities of the project.
    • Work closely with the Logistic Officer to strengthen the logistics and supply chain for CCM commodities in the states and ensure compliance with the GF NFM CCM Project Implementation Plan.
    • Support project communication activities including the development of dissemination documents to allow wider sharing of CRS’s experiences, lessons and successes in the implementation of CCM of Malaria e.g. case studies and  newsletters.
    • Provide technical support for the planning and management of community based programs at states level as required.
    • Facilitate the development of GF NFM CCM supervision roll-out plan in the states.

    Representation:

    • Represents CRS at all national level meetings with NMEP etc.
    • Represents CRS at all national level technical meetings with other malaria partners e.g. Technical Working Groups etc.

    CRS/Nigeria Program Responsibilities:

    • The STO will also participate as a full member of the CRS/Nigeria Program Department.
    • This will include active involvement in all Program Department activities.

    Specific responsibilities include:

    • Participate in review of project proposals
    • Participate in Program Department meetings and contribute to development of Program Department priorities
    • Research, stay up to date on, and disseminate GF/NFM methodologies, best practices, M&E tools, reports, findings, etc., including those from other country programs, that can be useful for CRS/Nigeria GF/NFM programming
    • Participate in and share information from relevant trainings and workshops, as requested
    • Participate in CRS/Nigeria strategic planning and implementation of strategic priorities

    Agency Wide Competences (For all CRS Staff)
    These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

    • Serves with integrity
    • Models stewardship
    • Cultivates constructive relationships
    • Promotes learning

    Key working relationships:

    • Internal: SPM, GF Coordinator/Head of Unit, Health Systems Strengthening program and finance team members, Head of Programming, Country representative CRS Nigeria, and CRS Finance and Administration Staff, as well as, the GF Malaria team as a whole.
    • External: NMEP, Assigned GF/NFM partner staff and staff of the LFA, NMEP, State Ministries of Health (SMOH), other malaria implementing partners.
    • Physical Requirements/Environment: Ability to travel frequently to the project sites in Ondo and Ekiti states.

    Qualifications

    • M.D/MBBS required with significant field experience in clinical and/or community-based malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment OR post graduate degree in health management or public health.
    • At least 5 years of post NYSC relevant experience in public health with a strong preference for candidates with at least 2 years’ experience in malaria programming. Some health-related community development experience is required.
    • Experience managing developmental programs is preferred.
    • Experience in malaria programming at the field level and providing technical assistance to partner organizations; knowledge and experience of programmatic and technical service delivery challenges is highly desired.
    • Ability to work both in a team and independently and ability to transfer knowledge through formal and informal training.
    • Experience with, and a demonstrated commitment to, community-based approach to development.
    • Experience with GF donor funding requirement a plus.
    • Ability to train public health professionals and volunteers on the principles and practice of CCM.
    • Capacity to prepare evidence-based reports and documents.
    • Strong professional oral and writing skills, including the development of reports, oral presentations, and technical documents.
    • Ability to interface with multiple stakeholders, representatives, and partners in a professional manner on an ongoing basis.
    • Excellent analytical and information seeking skills, good decision-making skills.
    • Experience with participatory planning and evaluation methods preferred.
    • Strong inter-personal and public relations skills.
    • Willingness and ability to travel regularly and at short notices.
    • Excellent English language oral and written communication skills. 
    • Proficiency in MS Office suite, including Word, Excel and Outlook.
    • Ability and willingness to travel up to 50% of the time to Ondo and Ekiti.

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    Food Security Project Manager

     

    Job Background/Summary

    • In response to the “crisis-level” food insecurity resulting from the Boko Haram conflict in northeast Nigeria, CRS is implementing a food assistance program in Yobe state.
    • The CRS Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) will assist households in Bursari, Karasuwa, and Jakusko LGAs through the distribution and use of e-vouchers for food, thereby helping Internally Displaced Persons (IPD) and IDP-host households feed their families while strengthening markets with local sales.
    • CRS and its local Community Based Organization (CBO) partner began operations in March 2015 with an initial cycle of voucher distributions.
    • The program is now in its second phase of operations and will continue through to April 2017.

    Primary Job Responsibilities

    • Under the leadership of the Emergency Coordinator, the Food Security Project Manager (FSPM) will contribute to the implementation, monitoring and reporting for the Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) in Yobe state.
    • This position will directly supervise 3 food security project officers (FSPOs) and will be responsible for maintaining relationships with local partner staff as well as vendors and beneficiaries.
    • The FSPM, in collaboration with the local partner and FSPOs, will lead and validate beneficiary selection, ensure compliance with voucher methodology, assure data is collected as guided by the M&E Officer and assist the local partners, especially the Community Coordinator and Market Coordinator, in liaising with the local community, monitoring the effects of the voucher programming on the local market prices and as well as in reporting on the program’s impact.

    Specific Job Responsibilities
    The FSPM’s specific responsibilities will include the following:

    • Contribute to the all aspects of the implementation of the implementation of the EFSP, including advocacy within the local and state governments, religious leaders and other key community members.
    • Supervise the FSPOs in the process of beneficiary selection by the local partner
    • Supervise the distribution of program ID cards to selected beneficiaries, with support from the FSPOs and local partner staff
    • Supervise the vendor selection process, with support from the FSPOs and local partner staff.
    • Organize and supervise the distribution of e-vouchers to beneficiaries, with support from the FSPOs and local partner staff.
    • Coordinate and supervise the voucher collection from the vendors after each voucher distribution, with support from the FSPOs and local partner staff
    • Prepare and submit to the Emergency Coordinator the proper documentation for vendor payments.
    • Work with M&E Officer to ensure the post distribution household and market surveys are conducted in a timely manner, using electronic data collection with mobile devices.
    • Collaborate with the local partner in preparation of monthly program progress reports.
    • Provide regular updates to the EC and SMT in Abuja on project progress
    • Contribute to the planning, organization and implementation of the program’s final evaluation.

    Qualifications

    • University degree in Social Sciences, Nutrition, Agriculture or any other relevant equivalent degree.
    • At least 3 years’ experience in project implementation preferably with an international humanitarian NGO.
    • Demonstrated experience in data collection.
    • Experience with or interest in learning ICT4E technology applications for emergency work.
    • Proven experience in conducting participatory activities for qualitative program monitoring.
    • Demonstrated commitment to gender responsive programming.
    • Excellent organizational, analytical, oral and written communication skills.
    • Team-oriented and strong interpersonal skills.
    • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to organize and prioritize a variety of initiatives.

    Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)
    These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

    • Serves with Integrity
    • Models Stewardship
    • Cultivates Constructive Relationships
    • Promotes Learning

    Emergency Competencies:

    • Each CRS staff member working in emergencies is expected to use the following competencies to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.
    • Communicates strategically under pressure.
    • Manages stress and complexity.
    • Actively promotes safety and security.
    • Manages and implements high-quality emergency programs.

    Personal/Professional Skills:

    • Strong interpersonal skills, cultural sensitivity, good judgment and ability to work in teams
    • Able to navigate in stressful and demanding environments
    • Flexibility and adaptability
    • Commitment to Agency’s mission

    Key Working Relationships:

    • Internal: The FSPM will directly supervise three Food Security Project Officers while reporting to the Emergency Coordinator. The FSPM will also work closely with the CGPP Senior Program Manage and Technical Advisor, the Security Manager, the Head of Operations, as well as finance, procurement and administrative staff based in Abuja.
    • External: The FSPM will also develop close working relationships with the partner CBO staff based in Damaturu, Yobe state, as well as, key government stakeholders e.g. SEMA, SMoH; and other implementing partners in the state.
    • Required Language: Fluency in English and the Yobe state native languages – Kanuri and Hausa is required.Required Travel: This position will be based in Damaturu with 50% (could be more or less) travel to neighboring states.
    • Physical Requirements/Environment: Willingness to travel and work in Yobe State

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    Administrative Assistant

     

    Background

    • Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas.
    • Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

    Context

    • In response to the crisis resulting from the Boko Haram conflict in northeast Nigeria, CRS is implementing a number of live-saving programs in Yobe state including a food security and a WASH program.
    • The administrative assistant will coordinate the administrative operations and functions in the CRS Damaturu office.

    Job Responsibilities
    Inventory/Asset Management:

    • Maintain up to date inventory of all commodities and supplies in a moving balance format.
    • Responsible for receiving procured items in collaboration with the procurement officer in Abuja.
    • Physically mark all equipment recorded in the in the equipment inventory register.
    • Maintain a log of equipment breakdowns

    Fleet Management:

    • Ensure the safe and efficient operation of the CRS field vehicle (access to fuel stations vehicle maintenance etc.)
    • Ensure the driver’s monthly schedules and trip plans are published and updated throughout the year.
    • Maintain adequate vehicles logs to determine mileage, vehicle history and maintenance requirements of each vehicle.
    • Assists when needed in the preparation of car/travel routes.

    Office Management:

    • Ensure a smooth day-to-day office management including general office cleanliness, arrangement and organization
    • Maintain supervisory role over temporary cleaning staff.
    • Ordering stationary and maintaining the office store.

    Procurement Tasks:

    • Ensure that tender and contract documentation is compliant with all procurement legislation including CRS procurement guidelines.
    • Ensure selection of appropriate suppliers and contractors, to promote good procurement practice with due regard to sustainability, ethical purchasing standards and whole life costing.
    • Create clear, secure and easily traceable filing system and storage for all procurements documents
    • Participate in negotiation of contract terms and to monitor performance against these contracts.

    Administrative Tasks:

    • Sorting and opening posts.
    • Greet visitors to the organization in a professional and friendly manner and act as initial point of contact by responding to enquiries and request or directing as appropriate to those who are in need of assistance.
    • Perform errands that assist daily functions: courier office, banks etc.
    • Photocopying of office documents, binding, laminating etc.
    • Take minutes of meetings and distribute minutes accordingly
    • Act as the liaison between the state office staff and mail dispatcher.
    • Undertake other appropriate duties as required for the efficient operation of the office.
    • Support itineraries:
      • Ensure logistical support to visitors including liaising with the PM on itineraries
      • Make appointments according to schedules developed by team members
      • Be the primary point of contact for visitors’ administrative needs

    Human Resources tasks:

    • Co-ordinate the processing of staff benefits e.g. medical allowance, staff education allowance, staff children education allowance, leave allowance and pouch clams and supporting documents to HRM weekly.
    • Ensure that all leave requests are consistent with personnel policy provisions, tracked, documented and communicated to HRM
    • Provide support in the orientation of new staff via Lync or any other media designated.
    • Liaise with managers to continuously monitor the performance management system is functional and communicates with the HRO as such on challenges encountered.
    • Oversee the work environment and ensure staff remain in a conducive and relaxed environment
    • Send monthly field updates/reports related to HR procedures.
    • Communicate immediately to HRM of resignation, termination, queries, conflicts, injuries and other information deemed needing urgent attention.

    Program management tasks:

    • Support the tracking of comprehensive work-plans and liquidations:
      • a.) Support the PM compile and track workplans:
        • Compile the field office staff work plans
        • In collaboration with the program and technical staff, develop, implement and periodically update a decentralized GF workplan
        • Provide monthly review and updates to workplans
        • Liaise with administration support staff to provide updates on anticipated support needs.
      • b.) Support the PM in facilitating bi-weekly tracking of liquidations and aging reports:
        • Collect liquidation tracker data from state office staff
        • Provide monthly review on outstanding liquidations and aging reports with consultation of PM and other program staff
        • Support meetings, weekly program meetings and CRS workshops, meetings and trainings:
          • Work with management to organize venues, issue invitations
          • Record all proceedings/ meeting minutes and circulate to participants in a timely manner. 

    Key Working Relationships

    • Internal: Head of Programs, Program Managers, Senior Program Manager, Human Resources Manager, Heads of Programming Units, Grants and Compliance Manager and other MQ staff,
    • External: Partner staff, IP’s, PHC’s

    Agency Wide Competences
    These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results:

    • Serves with Integrity
    • Models Stewardship
    • Cultivates Constructive Relationships
    • Promotes Learning

    Qualifications and Skills

    • Minimum of a University degree/ HND Diploma. 
    • Minimum of 2 years work experience in a similar capacity.
    • Previous experience of working with in an international non-governmental organization is an advantage.
    • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (MS Word and Excel) and computers in general
    • Fluency in written and spoken English.
    • Demonstrated willingness to work in a team.
    • Demonstrated initiative and problem solving skills.
    • Willingness and ability to travel up to 20% of the time.

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    Project Driver - 2 positions

     

    Primary Responsibilities

    • The driver will be responsible for ensuring that the minimum maintenance standard of the CRS/Nigeria’s fleet is the vehicle manufacturer’s specification.
    • He will also follow up and ensure that routine preventative maintenance schedules for the vehicles are strictly adhered to in a manner that will assure reliable transportation of CRS staff, assets and other goods.

    Specific Responsibilities:

    • Make recommendations and implement measures that will safeguard the CRS Nigeria vehicles and vehicle equipment to enhance efficiency and reduce the possibility of theft or damage.
    • Ensure that daily checks are performed on assigned vehicle before it is driven in the morning.
    • Completes the Daily Vehicle Reports and submits to the head driver each day.
    • Check and ensure that all journeys and trips (no matter how short) are recorded using the Vehicle Log Book provided in each vehicle.
    • Notifies the administrative assistant and  head driver immediately there is an accident situation, after checking that all persons involved are safe, and follows the procedure for what to do in case of an accident.
    • Ensures that fuel does not fall below half a tank in any of the vehicles.
    • Responsible for ensuring that CRS vehicles are clean at all times. Be familiar with, and ensure adherence to the policies and guidelines in the Vehicle Usage and Maintenance Manuals.
    • Ensure that all travel planning procedures are followed by staff traveling in CRS vehicles and that all the relevant forms are completed.
    • Maintain a file for all vehicle request and all travel related forms.
    • Complete the Motor Vehicle Monthly Reports /Fuel Usage Report and Motor Vehicle Monthly Maintenance Report by the 5th day of each month.
    • Ensure that vehicles are driven safely and in line with CRS procedures and regulations.
    • Any other duty as assigned from time to time by the administrative assistant or head driver.

    Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)
    These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

    • Serves With Integrity
    • Models Stewardship
    • Cultivates Constructive Relationships
    • Promotes Learning
    • Travel: Travel up to 50% of the time.

    Key Working Relationships:

    • Internal: Administrative Assistant, Head Driver, Head of Administration, Head of Operations, Program staff, admin staff, finance staff.
    • External: CRS Nigeria Partners and Visitors

    Qualifications

    • Valid Nigerian driver’s license and good knowledge of the terrain and Yobe roads.
    • Minimum qualification of S.S.C.E/ W.A.E.C O ’Levels.
    • Minimum of four years professional experience in a similar position.
    • Ability to communicate in English language and local languages in Yobe is essential.
    • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
    • Must be flexible and able to work independently and as part of a team.
    • Good knowledge of vehicle mechanics.
    • Strong leadership abilities.
    • Experience in supervising other staff.
    • Ability to generate vehicle maintenance sheet (VMS) reports.
    • Ability to use the Microsoft suite of computer software applications especially MS Word, Excel and Outlook.

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    Technical Advisor, HIV (SMILE)

     

    Project Background

    • CRS Nigeria leads the USAID-supported SMILE (Sustainable Mechanisms for Improving Livelihoods and Household Empowerment) consortium consisting of ActionAid Nigeria and Westat designed to scale-up care and support services for orphans and vulnerable children in FCT, Benue, Kogi, Edo, and Nasarawa by strengthening the capacity of government, civil society organizations (CSOs) and communities.
    • SMILE seeks to improve the wellbeing of 600,000 OVC and 150,000 caregivers and will be implemented through an umbrella grants mechanism (UGM) whereby CSOs receive sub-grants to support capacity strengthening and program implementation at the community level.
    • The project will also strengthen the Nigerian Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) response by strengthening the organizational systems and technical capacity of the five SMWASDs and targeted Local Government Areas (LGA).
    • The purpose of this position is to coordinate the development and implementation of technical program activities for community-based HIV Prevention, Care and Support through the provision of technical guidance to SMILE technical teams, partner CSOs, CTBC case managers and community volunteers.
    • Under the direction of the Technical Director, SMILE, s/he will collaborate closely with the SMILE team to roll out and implement an integrated and holistic community based response to HIV/AIDS and TB towards scaling up access to HIV prevention, care and treatment support.

    General function

    • The Technical Advisor, HIV will be responsible for working closely with the SMILE technical team to achieve the strategic objectives of the program - focusing primarily on HIV Prevention, Care and Support, but also supporting cross-cutting themes and integration efforts across the project with other areas of OVC programming including Household Economic Strengthening and Nutrition.
    • S/he will lead the planning and capacity strengthening efforts while putting in place operational strategies for achieving project aims, results and performance expectations through adherence to high standards of programmatic and management quality.

    Major Responsibilities

    • S/he will provide technical and programmatic leadership primarily in the areas of HIV prevention, care and support for project community members including SMILE beneficiaries.
    • S/he will be responsible for implementing strategies designed to strengthen the linkages between the community-based activities and health facilities providing HIV diagnosis, care and treatment towards ensuring a continuum of care.
    • S/he will also support the strengthening of the capacity of implementing CSOs, CTBC case managers and community volunteers in the area of community HIV prevention awareness creation; community mobilization for HIV counseling and testing, PMTCT, Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) and improving referral and counter-referral systems between communities and facilities.
    • In addition, s/he will support the implementation of evidence-based interventions aimed at addressing HIV risk behaviors, HIV transmission, and gender-based violence with a focus on adolescent girls and young female caregivers.
    • The TA HIV will utilize approaches that support integration and maximize country and community-ownership.

    Specific Responsibilities
    Technical Leadership:

    • Provide technical input for the development of strategies, design and implementation of community HIV prevention, care and support activities by SMILE; ensure activities improve access to HIV prevention, care and support services by community members including project beneficiaries and their caregivers.
    • Direct CSOs towards overall technical quality - including adherence to technical standards, best practices and donor guidelines for all community HIV Prevention, Care and Support activities of the project.
    • Ensure project activities are built on strong behavior change principles, and builds the capacity of CSOs in effective implementation and monitoring.
    • Provide guidance for the liaison with USG and non-USG funded projects and implementing partners providing and or supporting HIV diagnostic and treatment services and fostering effective working relations with these organizations
    • Lead GON actors and CSOs in identifying and capitalizing on leverage points for improved linkages and referral coordination at the community level and for integration of HIV Prevention Care & Support elements into other OVC areas project activities and vice versa
    • Keep abreast of research and trends in effective behavior change approaches in HIV Prevention Care & Support and engagement of Community Health Workers/Volunteers and ensure project approaches remain in line with Quality Improvement standards, evidence, best-practices and lessons learned.
    • Ensure that project activities and approaches used by CSOs are in line with relevant government policies; contribute to the review, development and elaboration of new policies, as appropriate.
    • Identify opportunities for learning, formative research, special studies and operational research and work with M&E team, SMILE technical team, CRS Nigeria MEAL team and external support (if needed) to conduct research.
    • Develop training modules and tools, and conduct relevant trainings and workshops for CSO staff and GON in line with identified capacity strengthening needs.
    • Coordinate with other USAID Implementing Partners with relevant experience and training resources
    • Identify technical support needs, develop scopes of work, identify internal or external candidates, and monitor TDYs/Consultants.
    • Document and disseminate project efforts, achievements, lessons learned and innovations within SMILE and to the larger Nigerian and global technical community, as appropriate.
    • Project Design and Management
    • Contribute to the evaluation criteria for CSO expressions of interest, concept notes and requests for applications.
    • Develop the HIV Prevention, Care and Support component of sub-recipient request for CSO applications; ensure opportunities exist for integration with other aspects of the SMILE program.
    • Support the development of technically sound CSO proposals that leverage existing materials and ensure an appropriate behavior change communication strategy for priority HIV Prevention, Care and Support behaviors using existing change agents.
    • Oversee and ensure the successful implementation of HIV Prevention, Care and Support and activities by CSO sub-grantees.
    • Develop standard operating procedures for CSOs implementing HIV Prevention, Care and Support consistent with the program proposal, Nigerian OVC Service Delivery Standards, other GON and evidence-based/promising approaches.
    • Assure appropriate engagement with the formal and community health systems and structures.
    • Support the development of functional referral networks for vulnerable groups
    • Use appropriate project management tools to plan, review and track progress on implementation of HIV Prevention, Care and Support activities and use of project resources to achieve expected results.
    • Contribute to the development/update and monitoring of HIV Prevention, Care and Support indicators and tools particularly those required by PEPFAR.
    • Ensure the exchange of lessons learned and experiences and promote coordination between SMILE sub-grantees, other donor grantees and projects in the target States.
    • Work with M&E team and other partners to develop appropriate tools for monitoring and evaluation HIV Prevention, Care and Support including providing input into the design of the baseline study, periodic annual reviews, and regular monitoring tools.
    • Monitor progress toward targets; identify and implement approaches to overcome challenges.
    • For HIV Prevention, Care and Support, complete on time required work planning, donor narrative reports, quarterly reports and performance indicator tracking tables, baseline and final evaluation reports and other reports needed/required by the local government, donors, the region or headquarters.
    • Travel to project targeted communities periodically to monitor program activities and provide support to the SMILE team, CSO staff, and relevant GON entities.
    • Secure and supports the development of human resources to implement quality MEAL processes
    • Facilitates connections between colleagues and peers to generate and share evidence-based learning.

    Representation:

    • Represent the SMILE consortium in external technical meetings, conferences and workshops related to HIV Prevention, Care and Support
    • Participate on behalf of SMILE in strategic meetings with USAID and GoN
    • Liaise and coordinate with other HIV Prevention, Care and Support actors, including the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), other implementing partners, learning institutions and civil society actors to promote synergy, share lessons learned and avoid duplication.
    • Link LGA and CSO staff to relevant HIV Prevention, Care and Support technical and coordination forums.
    • Prepare technical briefs and presentations to communicate program results and influencing key stakeholders in the HIV sector

    Supervision and Mentoring:

    • Lead all capacity development efforts in the area of HIV Prevention, Care and Support and mentor SMILE program and technical staff
    • Support CSOs to develop appropriate job descriptions to ensure staffing is appropriate for expected results.
    • Provide regular supportive supervision to the SMILE Technical Specialists - HIV Prevention, Care and Support, CSO staff to ensure achievement of expected results.
    • Support SMILE Technical Specialists - HIV Prevention, Care and Support and CSO staff professional development, including identifying capacity building needs providing mentoring and training and linking staff to appropriate external opportunities to in line with project needs.
    • Support CSOs and related GON entities to use quality improvement science and methodology to enhance the quality of HIV Prevention, Care and Support interventions.
    • Support the GON planning processes, particularly at the local government levels HIV Prevention, Care and Support interventions as it relates to vulnerable households
    • Facilitate the use of monitoring data during quarterly participatory reflection events and other fora with partners and other stakeholders to inform project decisions.
    • Facilitate the use of evaluation and review results with partners and other stakeholders to inform decision-making and to identify lessons learned and promising practices.

    Key Working Relationships:

    • Internal: Chief of Party; Technical Director; M&E Director, Program Director, Technical Specialist-HIV Prevention, Care and Support, Senior Program Managers.
    • External: SMILE Consortium team members; SMILE CSO partners; USAID, Federal Ministry of Health, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), National HIV Care and Support TWG; UGM and LOPIN counterparts; UN and international community representatives, and other stakeholders, other NGO and other stakeholders.

    Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)
    These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

    • Serves With Integrity
    • Models Stewardship
    • Cultivates Constructive Relationships
    • Promotes Learning
    • Travel: Travel up to 50% of the time.

    Qualifications and Skills

    • MBBS/MD and/or MPH with a minimum of 5 years relevant experience in implementing community HIV Prevention, Care and Support programs
    • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with government and civil society partners and communities as well as transfer knowledge to diverse audiences through workshops, training and meetings using participatory methods and adult learning principles.
    • Experience in supporting community HIV Prevention, Care and Support  prevention, case detection and treatment support programs in health facilities and community outreaches
    • Experience in contributing to project design and proposal development in the HIV/TB/Health sector for USAID/PEPFAR programs.
    • Experience with monitoring and evaluation and reporting HIV Prevention, Care and Support activities
    • Good knowledge of Government of Nigeria HIV Prevention, Care and Support guidelines and experience working with the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA)
    • Familiarity with OVC and community HIV Prevention, Care and Support programming and principles.
    • Excellent English oral and written communication skills required.
    • Excellent analytic, organizational and computer skills; skilled in MS Office including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Experience with SharePoint a plus.

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    Database Manager

     

    Project Background

    • CRS Nigeria leads the USAID-supported SMILE (Sustainable Mechanisms for Improving Livelihoods and Household Empowerment) consortium consisting of ActionAid Nigeria and Westat designed to scale-up care and support services for orphans and vulnerable children in FCT, Benue, Kogi, Edo, and Nasarawa by strengthening the capacity of government, civil society organizations (CSOs) and communities.
    • SMILE seeks to improve the wellbeing of 600,000 VC and 150,000 caregivers and is implemented through an umbrella grants mechanism (UGM) whereby CSOs receive sub-grants to support capacity strengthening and program implementation at the community level.
    • The project will also strengthen the Nigerian Vulnerable Children (VC) response by strengthening the organizational systems and technical capacity of the five SMWASDs and targeted Local Government Areas (LGA).
    • It is pertinent for SMILE to develop new databases or management information systems (MIS), maintain and upgrade existing ones in order to respond to data management needs of the project, which include but not limited to routine data collection and reporting using appropriate indicators, tools and MIS.

    Primary Function

    • The Database Manager (DM) is responsible for the organization, maintenance and updating of existing SMILE databases and management information systems (MIS) at National, PEPFAR and CSO levels; such as the National OVC Management Information System (NOMIS), District Health Information System (DHIS) USG Instance, PEPFAR’s Data for Accountability, Transparency & Impact (DATIM), SMILE Project Management Information System (PMIS) and Savings Information Exchange (SAVIX). 
    • As may be required from time to time, she/he will develop computer programs and troubleshoot databases to generate data, data tables and reports in order to respond to program and donor reporting requirements, on schedule and as the need arises. 

    Job Responsibilities

    • Serve as a liaison between SMILE Project and USAID or her agent(s) and Westat on MIS related activities and in turn provide overall technical support on database organization, maintenance, development and update, to the SMILE project M&E and CSOs teams in the delivery of SMILE project mandates in line with all USG accepted policies and procedures
    • Support the planning and delivery of trainings, workshops and other capacity development interventions for CSOs and SMILE M&E team.
    • Support the M&E manager to ensure CSO understand the information needs of project stakeholders and donors and adhere to system requirements
    • Work closely with the CSO M&E officers and the M&E technical specialist for TB to ensure they understand the data requirements and data-gathering and report formats.
    • Provided onsite support for the implementation and updates of the existing MIS systems used by SMILE and CSOs comprising NOMIS, DHIS and DATIM and this will include but not limited to onsite installation, setup, data entry procedures, and data transmission.
    • Provide support for collation and processing of NOMIS data reports and other related reports from the CSOs.
    • Provide couching and mentoring to CSO M&E staff on the application and use of the available MIS to ensure that high standards of program implementation are provided at all times.
    • Support the development of the NOMIS working with any external consultant engaged for this process
    • Manage the DHIS database, ensuring that the DHIS is routinely updated and liaise with NMEMS to ensure that quality data is reported to USG.
    • Manage the SMILE PMIS database ensuring that the PMIS is routinely updated by working with the organizational capacity development focal persons and/or the M&E officers of the various CSOs and SMILE M&E team.
    • Provide technical support to Government of Nigeria (at national, state and LGA levels on DHIS, NOMIS, SAVIX and PMIS)
    • Support the collection of GIS coordinates of project site locations and the development of service maps
    • Support the implementation of SMILE Project SOPs for data management and website development.
    • Support the preparation of monthly, semi-annual and annual and ad-hoc reports from CSOs donors with strict adherence to standards and timelines.
    • Maintain an inventory of data collection and monitoring visits to  partners on a regular basis to monitor M&E systems
    • Ensure that CSOs participate in the data quality assessment, understand the recommendations for remedial action, and comply with those recommendations
    • Support the organizational capacity assessments of the CSOs and implementation of the capacity building plans.
    • Support the development of electronic data entry questionnaires using the iform builder during periodic surveys and data analysis using appropriate statistical package.
    • Develop new programs and adapt existing ones to new applications as the need arises, and in collaboration with CRS IT and Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning (MEAL) units carry out systems analysis related to the study of new applications, testing and revision of programs.
    • Coordinate with ActionAid M&E and State Coordinators to ensure good communication between the civil society and government actors and that data and reports are shared as required by the M&E system
    • Participate in the M&E technical working group meeting to help ensure that the MIS platforms are being implemented by all CSOs correctly.
    • Attend relevant SMILE management and technical meetings to ensure close coordination between program, management, and M&E staff
    • Collaborate with SMILE management and CSO in planning, designing and undertaking program evaluations and special studies

    Key Working Relationships:

    • Internal: M&E Managers, M&E Director, M&E Officer,  Program Officers, & Senior Program managers,  sate Coordinators
    • External: CSOs, USAID, External Consultants and Government partners
    • Travel: Travel up to 30% of the time

    Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)
    These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

    • Serves With Integrity
    • Models Stewardship
    • Cultivates Constructive Relationships
    • Promotes Learning

    Qualifications and Skills

    • Bachelor’s degree in Social Science with emphasis in Rural Development, Public Health, Statistics or a Development related fields.
    • Demonstrated skills in M&E, data management and quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.
    • At least 5 years of professional experience in implementing M&E for programs related to Health, HIV and OVC, agriculture or food and nutrition security programming, of which at least two year with a NGOs.
    • Experience in managing M&E databases including DHIS and NOMIS
    • Demonstrable computer literacy in MS Office - Excel, Power Point and Word.
    • Experience in data analysis in Access and at least one of the following: CSPro, SPSS, EpiInfo or STATA is an added advantage.
    • Ability to work effectively with government and civil society partners and communities as well as transfer knowledge to diverse audiences through workshops, training and meetings using participatory methods and adult learning principles.
    • Ability to support partners working at a distance to achieve results against program objectives/targets.

    Method of Application

    Applicants should download the CRS Application Form below, fill and send with a detailed 3 page resume both in a single file document to: NG_HR@global.crs.org

    Click here to download the CRS Application Form

    Note:
    Applications sent in the required format will be considered and only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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