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  • Posted on: 26 August, 2016 Deadline: 8 September, 2016
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  • Jhpiego, an Affiliate of Johns Hopkins University is a global leader in improving healthcare services for women and their families. In collaboration with some it’s partners. Save the Children International (SCI), Pediatric Association of Nigeria (PAN), Nigeria Society of Neonatal Medicine (NISONM). Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria (SOGON) and National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), will be implementing a USAID funded global cooperative agreement called the Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP). The program’s goal is to contribute significantly to ending preventable maternal and child deaths (EPMCD) in Nigeria. The five year project which started in October 2014 will end in September 2019 and will be implemented in Kogi and Ebonyi States of Nigeria.

    Technical Director, Program

     

    Job ID: 2016-2608
    Position Reports to: Project Director
    Position Supervised: TBD

    Overview

    • The Technical Director, Programs will provide technical oversight and direction for a CDC-funded HIV prevention, care and treatment (comprehensive services) project in Nigeria.
    • The Technical Director, Programs will lead the overall design of technical interventions to integrate HIV in the health care system and assist the government to bring it to scale.
    • The Technical Director, Programs will design and oversee the annual phasing in of activities in the work plan and will coordinate technical implementation of all program activities, including capacity building, monitoring and evaluation and quality improvement.
    • The Technical Director, Programs will work in close collaboration with CDC/Nigeria, relevant ministries, PEPFAR implementing partners and other stakeholders working in HIV in Nigeria.
    • The Technical Director, Programs will represent the organization or delegate representation to other members of the technical team in key technical working groups.
    • This position is contingent upon award. Nigerian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply

    Responsibilities

    • Provide technical oversight, strategic direction and ensure appropriate support for the implementation of project activities to achieve project goals, objectives and targets.
    • Contribute technical leadership to the development of HTC activities for the project strategic plan, work plan, and project monitoring, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, CDC and other stakeholders.
    • Identify appropriate facility- and community-based strategies to address health systems bottlenecks that act as an impediment to effective HIV service delivery.
    • Collaborate with all local stakeholders and implementing partners, especially the Ministry of Health and other US and international implementing partners, in order to ensure that all activities conform to the requirements and regulations.
    • Refine evidence-based training materials, job aids, and curricula, supervisory systems and other training materials to meet the needs of the project.
    • Identify relevant training needs and assist in the design and implementation of measures to address those capacity building needs.
    • Provide technical and clinical guidance to the project team.
    • Supervise and mentor technical staff.
    • Implement activities and ensure that the project is technically sound, evidence-based and responsive to the project targets.
    • Ensure timely implementation of all project activities, including planning and implementing assessments, site strengthening, follow-up and supervision, advocacy, demand creation, policy support, capacity-building and M&E across project sites, consistent with Nigeria’s national health protocols and in line with best practices and protocols, in close coordination and collaboration with CDC and Federal Ministry of Health.
    • Strengthen the relationships between the community and the health facilities.
    • Draft, adapt, edit and proofread HIV technical documents and learning materials, as needed.
    • Actively participate in all relevant Technical Advisory Group Meetings, and represent Jhpiego in professional forums by participating and presenting in pertinent meetings and conferences, as well as technical working groups.
    • Guide Federal Ministry of Health, professional associations, other national stakeholders in the revision/development of evidence-based standards for HIV competencies.
    • Mobilize international level clinical/technical expertise to resolve clinical issues that shape or effect local public policy or project design.
    • Work collaboratively with other project team members to ensure that necessary project planning, development, resource availability and management activities function smoothly and efficiently.
    • Conduct regular reporting to the Project Director, and project and technical staff, of successes, challenges and lessons learned in implementation related to areas of technical expertise.
    • Contribute to documenting project activities, results and best practices to the donor, including progress and annual reports.
    • Work with M&E staff to design, implement and track data/results for project performance monitoring plan; develop of conclusions and recommendations to further strengthen project implementation.
    • Ensure compliance with CDC operational policies and regulations.
    • Provide technical guidance and oversight of quality improvement approaches.

    Required Qualifications

    • Medical degree with post-graduate level training in public health
    • Demonstrated experience in implementing public health projects of more than US$5M per year in developing countries, with an emphasis on HIV projects.
    • Demonstrated understanding of Nigeria’s healthcare system, particularly the public health system.
    • Minimum five years of senior-level experience in designing and implementing health and/or development projects of more than US$5M per year in developing countries (preferably Nigeria), with an emphasis on HIV projects.
    • Minimum of seven years of experience designing and implementing activities for complex programs in developing countries, with at least 3 years in HIV programs and familiarity with CDC/PEPFAR indicators, administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems, the “Three Ones Principles” and PEPFAR 90-90-90
    • Proven track record managing a project team composed of several technical experts.
    • Strong management, results-oriented and decision-making skills.
    • Strong leadership and technical capacity to support service delivery.
    • Technical expertise in comprehensive HIV prevention, care and treatment services.
    • Demonstrated expertise working in a leadership capacity with international donors, senior government officials and policymakers.
    • Proven leadership skills, as well as skills in facilitation, team building and coordination.
    • Experience and understanding of the PEPFAR framework.
    • Excellent interpersonal, writing and oral presentation skills.
    • Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform.
    • Ability to travel unrestricted within Nigeria and internationally.
    • Nigerian nationals strongly preferred.

    Note:
    All staff members of Jhpiego, regardless of the level of their responsibilities are expected to:

    • Model the mission and values stated above.
    • Participate in the business development processes.
    • Contribute to the knowledge sharing and transfer process.
    • Make responsible decisions that result in time and cost containment and clear accountability.
    • Participate in multiple teams, adopt team spirit, rake responsibility for action items assigned and provide feedback as needed.
    • Multitask, be able to manage competing priorities and be able to prioritize in order to meet program and/or organizational objectives.

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    Technical Director, Monitoring and Evaluation

     

    Job ID: 2016-2609
    Location: Abuja
    Position Reports to: TBD
    Position Supervised: TBD

    Overview

    • Technical Director, Monitoring and Evaluation needed to provide technical leadership and strategic vision for monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities for a CDC-funded HIV prevention, care and treatment (comprehensive services) project in Nigeria.
    • Working closely with the project’s management and technical staff, the Technical Director, M&E will lead development of an M&E system that will capture high-quality, relevant and timely data that is used for programmatic decision-making. Specifically, the M&E Director will develop project framework, plans and indicators to capture project performance results.
    • The Technical Director, M&E will work closely with the M&E, program and technical teams to design, implement and supervise district M&E activities, ensuring that lessons learned are integrated into project implementation to continuously improve the quality of interventions and outcomes.
    • The Technical Director, M&E will also be responsible for documenting and disseminating project successes and challenges to CDC. Nigerian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Responsibilities

    • Lead the development of project M&E strategies, frameworks, plans, and indicators to capture project performance and results in support of clinical service strengthening and the “Three Ones” principle.
    • Refine and finalize the project logic model, results framework, M&E plan, data flow loops, work plan and budget, including selecting indicators and setting targets.
    • Provide leadership and guidance to technical and program staff in planning and implementing M&E systems and activities, program assessments, data-driven decision-making and results reporting.
    • Design, implement and supervise M&E and learning activities, including development and implementation of the Performance Monitoring Plan, baseline and end line assessments, data quality assessments, routine service delivery data reporting and evaluations.
    • Lead capacity development of program staff and project counterparts at all levels to participate in and lead, as needed, project monitoring and evaluation activities, and data use for programmatic decision-making, including developing and leading trainings for project staff, implementing partners, facility staff and community mobilizers.
    • Lead efforts to utilize training monitoring systems to track and monitor trainers and participants at training events to facilitate follow-up and recordkeeping. Utilize the training data collected to inform strategic decision-making and project planning.
    • Conduct targeted evaluations and operations research, including design, data collection, management and analysis
    • Ensure data quality through verification procedures, including routine data quality audits.
    • Lead results reporting to CDC and Jhpiego headquarters, including providing data on progress to targets and writing narrative M&E sections for quarterly and annually reports, and other communications as needed (e.g., success stories).
    • Write and review technical components of materials, publications, and progress and annual reports, as appropriate.
    • In collaboration with program and technical staff and counterparts, ensure implementation of M&E strategies and frameworks.
    • Track M&E budgets related to project and activity budgets.
    • Identify programmatic successes, challenges and lessons learned, and ensure appropriate flow of information for project management, staff, and colleagues.
    • Ensure that necessary M&E planning, budgeting, and management activities occur to facilitate smooth and efficient program functioning.
    • Cultivate strategic M&E relationships with other USG projects and represent M&E activities in public and professional circles through meetings, conferences, and presentations.
    • Ensure relevant data is entered into JADE, Jhpiego’s organization-wide performance management system designed to capture, analyze and disseminate project data
    • Determine appropriate staffing needed to manage the project M&E system and recruit and manage the M&E team.

    Required Qualifications

    • Master's degree in Public Health, Demography, Statistics, Social Sciences or related field or equivalent experience
    • Minimum eight years of work experience in monitoring and evaluating health and/or development projects of more than US$55M per year in developing countries (preferably Nigeria), with an emphasis on HIV projects.
    • Minimum seven years of experience designing and implementing M&E activities for complex programs in developing countries, with at least 3 years in HIV programs and familiarity with CDC/PEPFAR indicators, administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems, the “Three Ones Principles” and PEPFAR 90-90-90
    • Expertise in quantitative/qualitative methodologies, operations research, health management information systems, reporting, data quality assessments, data analysis and presentation
    • Demonstrated strong management, leadership, coordination, teamwork and planning skills with proven ability to function effectively with multiple host-country counterparts, in both the public and NGO sectors
    • Demonstrated expertise working in a leadership capacity with international donors, senior government officials and policymakers.
    • Demonstrated familiarity with Nigeria’s healthcare system, particularly the public health system, and including the health management information system
    • Strong technical skills, including processing and analyzing data using one or more statistical software packages, including at least one of the following: SPSS, Epi-Info, Stata, MS Access
    • Excellent interpersonal, writing and oral presentation skills, including demonstrated technical writing skills for publication
    • Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform.
    • Ability to travel unrestricted within Nigeria and internationally.
    • Nigerian nationals strongly preferred.

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    Finance and Administration Director

     

    Job ID: 2016-2610
    Position Reports to: TBD
    Position Supervised: TBD

    Overview

    • The Finance and Administration Director will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of financial management, including financial systems implementation, budgeting, expenditure tracking, and financial reporting and accounting, for a CDC-funded HIV prevention, care and treatment (comprehensive services) project in Nigeria.
    • The Finance and Administration Director will work closely with key program staff to ensure accurate financial, contractual and administrative reporting of the project.
    • The Finance and Administration Director will ensure that financial reports are compatible with standard accounting practices and follow Jhpiego and US government (including PEPFAR) rules and regulations.
    • The position will also be responsible for ensuring cost consciousness, efficient spending and for implementing and maintaining an on-site financial accounting and bookkeeping system required to assure the integrity and effective performance of the project’s financial operations.
    • The Finance and Administration Director will oversee day-to-day coordination of financial activities for the HIV program, and manages all sub-grants, ensuring compliance and reporting of sub-awardees. Nigerian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Responsibilities

    • Oversee all financial planning, budgeting and reporting for the project.
    • Provide guidance to Country Director and Project Director regarding the financial requirements of the project and office operations.
    • Prepare accurate budgets, track expenses, ensure that required financial controls and cost-performance monitoring mechanisms are in place and adhered to, prevent over or under expenditure of budgets, ensure proper safeguards of funds and ensure compliance with established USG and headquarters’ financial, accounting and administrative procedures.
    • Review, reconcile and monitor all project accounts, including operating accounts and petty cash operations involving cash advances.
    • Determine updated monthly project accruals and projections to support forecasting accuracy and program completion, as required.
    • Provide guidance, monitoring and support to project team, including procurement for goods and services, logistical support for local and international travel for staff and consultants, financial oversight of local sub-grantees (as needed) and maintenance of office inventory
    • Provide guidance and support for contracts development and management
    • Provide financial capacity-building for local grantees
    • Maintain and administer project financial accounting system.
    • Prepare the monthly financial report by using adapted finance software (QuickBooks).
    • Use various software applications such as spreadsheets, relational databases, statistical packages, and graphic packages to assemble, manipulate, and format data and/or reports.
    • Implement and oversee a detailed financial reporting and reimbursement process in accordance with Jhpiego's established financial system.
    • Make in-country budget adjustments and other cost improvement measures, as required.
    • Manage the effective utilization of projects financial management system to ensure accurate budgets, tracking of expenses, required financial controls are in place and adhered to, prevents over-expenditure of budgets, ensures proper safeguards of funds, and ensures compliance with established donor, Johns Hopkins University and Jhpiego financial and accounting procedures.
    • Review, reconcile and monitor all accounts, including major project operating accounts and petty cash operations involving cash advances.
    • Collaborate with the Country Director and Project Director to assist program staff in developing work plans and annual budgets for program activities and local office costs.
    • Review and administer sub-agreements, monitor grants payments and the compliance to award terms and conditions
    • Ensure that donor resources are appropriately directed to program priorities and are in line with program work plans.
    • Contribute to program team in developing work plans and annual budgets for program activities and local office costs.
    • Manage all sub-grants to local grantees ensuring sub-awardees’ compliance and reporting
    • Serve as a resource person for non-finance staff on USG, JHU and Jhpiego rules and policy.
    • Provide oversight to project finance officers.

    Required Qualifications

    • Master's degree in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting or other relevant field to the position requirements.
    • At least eight years of experience in financial management for large complex projects, of which at least five years were working in the field of international development.
    • Demonstrated experience in administrative and financial management of international programs larger than US $5 million per year
    • Seven or more years of senior-level work experience with USG (CDC, USAID) or other donors
    • Knowledge of USG cost principles, including USAID regulations, GAAP accounting rules PEPFAR expenditure analysis reports and contract management
    • Conversant with CDC and PEPFAR financial guidelines/regulations
    • Familiarity with USG policies and administrative procedures
    • Expert knowledge Proficiency in the use of financial software applications (QuickBooks), databases, spreadsheets, and/or word processing. Packages include: Microsoft Outlook, Access, Excel and Word.
    • Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform.
    • Ability to travel unrestricted within Nigeria and internationally.

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    Technical Director, Laboratory Services

     

    Job ID: 2016-2625
    Position Reports to: TBD
    Position Supervised: TBD

    Overview

    • The Technical Director, Laboratory Services will oversee and provide technical and management leadership for the design, implementation, and monitoring of the HIV prevention, care and treatment and TB lab strengthening interventions, ensuring their adherence to national and international standards, as well as their contribution to the national and international goals, for a CDC-funded HIV prevention, care and treatment (comprehensive services) project in Nigeria. It is anticipated that the position will be based in Abuja.
    • Also acting as an advisor, s/he will support capacity building activities focused on strengthening quality management systems of local clinical laboratories in high-volume testing and treatment locations.
    • This position is contingent upon award. Nigerian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Responsibilities

    • Maintain quality testing procedures and systems including new diagnostic technologies.
    • Prepare and oversee implementation of laboratory work plan in consultation with county laboratory coordinators.
    • Provide technical support to facility laboratory technologists on laboratory management.
    • Provide technical assistance/guidance on laboratory testing processes, with focus on HIV testing, EID, and VL monitoring.
    • Conduct development, pre-testing, implementation and review of laboratory standard operating procedures to be applied in HIV care and treatment services.
    • Support laboratory sample transport networking in supported facilities.
    • Support commodity forecasting, quantification and redistribution/buffering in supported facilities in partnership with county teams.
    • Coordinate performance and documentation of daily internal quality control and participation in external quality assessment to MOH supported facilities for TB and HIV services.
    • Promote organizational structure in the areas of physical laboratory structure and infection prevention and promotes laboratory bio-safety.

    Required Qualifications

    • Higher National Diploma/degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences.
    • Minimum 8 years' experience in implementation of HIV or TB related medical laboratory activities in a CDC or USAID-funded project.
    • Competent in development and implementation of work plans, M&E activities and reports.
    • Demonstrated competency in laboratory activities.
    • Skills in at least two or more of the following technical areas: strengthening service delivery programs, training, pre-service education, performance and quality improvement, M&E.
    • Ability to liaise with senior MOH and county government officials and senior members of the donor community.
    • Demonstrated in-depth understanding of the Nigerian health care system, particularly the public health system.
    • Familiarity with CDC and PEPFAR administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems.
    • Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform.
    • Ability to travel unrestricted within Nigeria and internationally.
    • Nigerian nationals strongly preferred.

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    Technical Director, Clinical Services

     

    Job ID: 2016-2626
    Position Reports to: TBD
    Position Supervised: TBD

    Overview

    • The Technical Director, Clinical Services will provide technical oversight in the area of clinical services for a CDC-funded HIV prevention, care and treatment (comprehensive services) project in Nigeria. It is anticipated that the position will be based in Abuja.
    • The Technical Director Clinical Services will be responsible for providing strategic guidance to HIV program staff and other stakeholders; representing the project in technical working groups; and overseeing the development of HIV quality improvement systems.
    • S/he will work closely with program and technical staff to ensure excellence in technical implementation at targeted clinical facilities.
    • In addition, the Technical Director, Clinical Services will lead cross-cutting approaches including HIV prevention, treatment and adherence activities designed to reach adolescent and pediatric patients. This position is contingent upon award. Nigerian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Responsibilities

    • Provide programmatic leadership for, and oversee the strategic planning of activities in support of the program goals and objectives, including the determination of program priorities and appropriate technical initiatives
    • Provide technical leadership and oversight for the implementation of Jhpiego’s comprehensive HIV program, particularly in relationship to strengthening clinical services and linkages between clinical and community services
    • Coordinate the work of all team members with their designated counterparts within CDC, the Nigeria MOH, as well as private sector partners and other key stakeholders in Nigeria such as NGOs and PVOs, to ensure effective technical assistance and the smooth implementation of activities
    • Advise Nigeria counterparts on technical issues and participate in relevant advisory and/or technical working groups with counterparts and partner institutions in development, adaptation and operationalization of national guidelines and policies
    • Provide leadership in the design of interventions to include HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support, ensuring that interventions are technically sound, evidence-based, and are sustainable
    • Represent Jhpiego and program in public and professional circles through meetings, conferences, and presentations
    • Coordinate and monitor all human, financial and material resources of the program to ensure successful implementation
    • Guide the analysis, synthesis and reporting of outputs and results in close collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation Team.
    • Mentor, support, supervise and manage a team of highly qualified staff and align their efforts in concert with program goals to ensure rapid and sustainable results
    • Work with finance and project staff to develop and track project budgets
    • Work closely with Jhpiego home office staff to ensure effective, timely and coordinated project implementation
    • Ensure technical compliance with CDC rules and regulation
    • Support and strengthen the capacity of the Nigeria MOH to deliver quality clinical HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services
    • Participate in design, adaptation, finalization and revision of national training packages and corresponding technical updates
    • Support the MOH to ensure quality of facility-based HIV services through site assessments, training/mentoring of service providers, and ongoing QA support
    • Ensure quality program implementation, including ensuring all program components are functioning (appropriate guidelines, supplies and materials, training programs, staff and consultants, etc.)
    • Write donor reports, workplans, strategic plans and other program-related documents in a timely manner and provide prompt feedback to donor requests for information
    • Serve as liaison with district health management teams, including district medical officers

    Required Qualifications

    • Clinical and/or management master's degree in Public Health, International Health or a related field; MD preferred.
    • Extensive programming and technical expertise in HIV programs in the East and Southern Africa region.
    • At least 8 years’ experience managing HIV care and treatment programs at a regional or national level, including planning, designing, budgeting, supervising, evaluating and documenting results.
    • Demonstrated strong technical and programmatic knowledge and experience in the following areas HIV counseling and testing, treatment, care, and support including retention and adherence
    • Familiarity with CDC and PEPFAR administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems
    • Expertise in research to practice-identifying best practices and adapting them to project realities
    • Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform
    • Excellent interpersonal and supervisory skills, inspiring teamwork and motivating staff and partners to achieve results.
    • Fluent in written and spoken English
    • Excellent facilitation, oral and written communications skills
    • Computer skills (word processing, PowerPoint); statistical package knowledge desirable.
    • Ability to travel unrestricted within Nigeria and internationally
    • Nigerian nationals strongly encouraged to apply

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    Technical Advisor, PMTCT/Prevention

     

    Job ID: 2016-2627
    Position Reports to: TBD
    Position Supervised: TBD

    Overview

    • The Technical Advisor, PMTCT/Prevention will provide technical oversight in the area of PMTCT for a CDC-funded HIV prevention, care and treatment (comprehensive services) project in Nigeria. It is anticipated that the position will be based in Abuja.
    • S/he will work to enhance national coordination and collaboration for prevention service delivery expansion, strengthening the specific systems that improve availability and access to PMTCT services.
    • Responsibilities will include providing leadership and technical guidance in the development and implementation of PMTCT activities, including the integration of PMTCT and MNCH services.
    • This position will ensure the technical and methodological soundness of activities based on current scientific evidence. This position is contingent upon award. Nigerian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Responsibilities

    • Provide mentoring and capacity building assistance at the individual and organizational level in specific areas of expertise including but not limited to:
      • Improving continuity of care and follow-up for HIV-positive mothers;
      • Ensuring the quality of rapid HIV counseling and testing, including provider initiated testing and counseling in priority district health services:
      • Strengthening the relationships between the community and the health facilities to enable adherence, as well as integrating couples counseling:
      • Oversee the engagement of communities as the entry point to ANC and PMTCT services; and
      • Interventions for co-occurring diseases impacting HIV-infected patients including TB.
    • Develop new/review evidence-based clinical training materials, job aids, and curricula, supervisory systems and other training materials needed for implementation of PMTCT activities to meet the needs of the Government of Nigeria
    • Reinforce the peer review process, including sharing lessons learned and best practices adopted, to continually bridge performance gaps
    • Provide training of trainers, in-service and pre-service education, follow-up and supportive supervision to health workers, and/or CBOs
    • Actively participate in relevant Technical Advisory Group Meetings, and represent Jhpiego in professional forums by participating and presenting in pertinent meetings and conferences
    • Analyze potential PMTCT, MNCH and HIV strategies within the context of the program and explain these, as necessary, to policymakers, funding agencies, and/or program staff
    • Formulate and test sustainable solutions to training and service delivery gaps, utilizing cross-cutting approaches such as performance and quality improvement
    • Provide regular feedback to the Technical Director and program and technical staff, on successes, challenges and lessons learned in implementation related to areas of technical expertise
    • Document and maintain an inventory of successful tools and approaches for quality improvement
    • Author and co-author abstracts and presentations for journals and conference
    • Assist in the preparation of donor reports and project reports

    Required Qualifications

    • A clinical degree (medicine, nursing, pharmacy, laboratory technology or other) required; specialty training in medicine, infectious diseases, or other relevant advanced clinical degree preferred
    • At least 8 years’ experience in implementing HIV treatment, care and support programs including PMTCT and TB/HIV
    • Experience training health workers and/or CBOs in comprehensive HIV and TB care
    • Experience building capacity at individual and organizational levels
    • Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in national programs and technical staff in the areas
    • Experience with a mix of practical technical skills in HIV and TB care
    • The ability to liaise with senior MOH officials, NGOs, FBOs, CBOs, the for-profit business community, and donors
    • Demonstrated in-depth understanding of Nigeria healthcare system
    • Familiarity with CDC and PEPFAR administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems
    • Strong oral and written communication and presentations skills in English;
    • Computer literacy including strong skills in word processing and Excel;
    • Ability to travel unrestricted within Nigeria and internationally
    • Nigerian nationals are encouraged to apply

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    Technical Advisor, Orphans and Vulnerable Children

     

    Position Reports To: TBD
    Position Supervised: TBD

    Overview

    • The Technical Advisor, OVC will provide technical and program oversight and direction in the provision of integrated holistic services to HIV/AIDS-affected and -infected children under the age of 17 (OVCs) and their households for a CDC-funded HIV prevention, care and treatment (comprehensive services) project in Nigeria.
    • Responsibilities will include providing leadership and technical guidance in the development and implementation of OVC activities, including the direct provision, subcontract, or referral of all OVC 6+1 services (education, nutrition/food, health care, psychosocial, support, protection/legal services, shelter, and economic strengthening for caregivers).
    • The Technical Advisor, OVC will also ensure that implementation plans include family-centered strategies that strengthen the capacity of the family unit to care for children in need, community-based strategies that involve community stakeholders in the care and support of OVC, and a needs-based approach that assesses and responds to the unique needs of each individual child and household.
    • This position will ensure the technical and methodological soundness of activities and, in collaboration with the project team and partners, support the design of service delivery strategies, based on sound and current scientific evidence.
    • This position is contingent upon award. Nigerian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Responsibilities

    • Provide technical oversight, strategic direction and ensure appropriate support for the implementation of program activities for OVCs
    • Develop new/Review evidence-based clinical training materials, job aids, and curricula, supervisory systems and other training materials needed for implementation of the program to meet the needs of CDC and the Government of Nigeria
    • Provide mentoring and capacity building at the individual and organizational level in specific areas of expertise relating to OVCs
    • Coordinate assessments, site strengthening, follow-up and supervision, advocacy, demand creation, policy support, capacity-building and M&E across program sites as required by program, activities
    • Lead the formulation of approaches for scale up of interventions for OVCs
    • Actively participate in all Technical Advisory Group Meetings, and represent Jhpiego in professional forums by participating and presenting in pertinent meetings and conferences, as well as technical working groups
    • Analyze potential OVC strategies within the context of the program and explain these, as necessary, to policymakers, funding agencies, and/or program staff
    • Work with health care providers, local authorities, community members and program team members to identify clinical and community-based service delivery issues that impede access to services for OVCs
    • Identify appropriate facility- and community-based strategies to address OVC service delivery gaps
    • Identify clinical training needs and assist in the design and implementation of measures to address those needs
    • Advocate with national, district and community-level health institutions to raise awareness about their role in improving health outcomes fir OVCs
    • Guide the MOH, professional associations, other national stakeholders in the revision/development of evidenced- based standards for competency in strategies and interventions to support OVCs
    • Mobilize international level clinical/technical expertise to resolve clinical issues that shape or effect local public policy or program design.
    • Contribute to strengthening the referral system.
    • Document and maintain an inventory of successful tools and approaches to supporting OVCs
    • Contribute to the development of business proposals, technical reports and publications as they relate to OVCs
    • Author and co-author abstracts and presentations for journals and conference
    • Work with M&E staff to design, implement a plan to track data/results related to OVC

    Required Qualifications

    • Degree in Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Nursing required. Master’s degree in relevant field preferred.
    • At least eight years’ experience applying community outreach approaches.
    • At least eight years’ experience training community health workers and/or CBOs in OVC support services.
    • Experience building capacity at individual and organizational levels.
    • Skilled in at least two or more of the following technical areas: strengthening service delivery programs, performance and quality improvement, psychosocial support, monitoring and evaluation.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of gender inequalities, stigma, economic barriers, discrimination and the legal rights and status of OVCs in Nigeria.
    • Demonstrated in-depth understanding of the Nigeria healthcare system and existing OVC, support platforms and programs, especially at the community level.
    • Ability to liaise with MOH, NGOs, FBOs and CBOs.
    • Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in national programs and technical staff.
    • Strong oral and written communication and presentations skills in English.
    • Computer literacy including strong skills in word processing and Excel.
    • Familiarity with CDC and PEPFAR administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems.
    • Proven track record managing a project team and fostering teamwork.
    • Ability to travel unrestricted within Nigeria and internationally.
    • Nigerian nationals encouraged to apply.

    Method of Application

    Interested candidates should submit an Application letter and a CV as one single word document to: ng-recruitment@jhpiego.org The title/subject of your email and application should be the position you have applied for.

    Note: Only shortlisted candidates will receive an invitation for an Interview. Please note that any successful candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation.

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