Established in 1915, Helen Keller International (HKI) works to save the sight and lives of themost vulnerable and disadvantaged. We combat the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition. Headquartered in New York City, HKI currently conducts programs in 22 countries in Africa and Asia as well as in the United States.
QUEEN ELIZABETH DIAMOND JUBILEE TRUST TRACHOMA INITITAIVE PROGRAM -
TRACHOMATOUS TRICHIASIS SURGERY PROJECT – KATSINA STATE, NIGERIA
Adopting the World Health Organization-endorsed SAFE strategy, the Trust’s Trachoma
Initiative is funding: Surgery; the distribution of Antibiotics donated by Pfizer to treat and prevent active infection; activities to encourage Facial cleanliness to prevent disease transmission; and
Environmental improvements to increase access to clean water sources and sanitation.
Together with the International Coalition for Trachoma Control (ICTC) and its appointed grant manager, Sightsavers UK, the Trust aims to eliminate blinding trachoma entirely in Malawi and
Kenya and make significant advances towards elimination in Mozambique, Nigeria (Katsina), Tanzania and Uganda.
The UK Department for International Development (DFID) is also working with the ICTC and Sightsavers UK to implement the SAFE strategy in Chad, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia.
Based on current need and coordination with the DFID integrated NTDs programme currently being implemented in Nigeria, Katsina state will be targeted for this TT surgery intervention.
Katsina state is located in north-western Nigeria and is divided into 34 Local Government Areas.Katsina has an estimated total population of 5,801,584 1 . All 34 Local Government Areas have been fully mapped under the Global Trachoma Mapping Programme with 30 LGAs confirmed to be endemic for TT. The results of the survey showed a trichiasis prevalence rate of 0.1-3.55%, with a surgical backlog of 29,061. The UIG for Katsina State is 24,204. Six LGAs where TT prevalence is 1% or above and are in the extreme northeast part of the state have the highest numbers of TT burden ranging from slightly over a thousand cases to nearly 4,000. These six LGAs account for 60% of the total TT UIG in the state. Through this intervention, these 6 LGA, plus two others in the northwest will be targeted for surgical outreaches and campaigns to significantly reduce the TT backlog. The 8 LGAs are Batsari, Batagarawa, Baure, Daura, Dutsi, Mai-aduwa, Safana and Zango. The focus will be to operate on at least 15,760 cases of TT representing 65% of the total UIG for Katsina state fro 2014-2019. While 8 LGAs will be prioritized in the first two years of the programme, there is a need to ensure that the health system is strengthened in all LGAs to take care of all current and incident cases of trichiasis.
A first degree in microbiology, parasitology, entomology or similar field; medicine or health related field, Minimum of Master of public health or related Masters Degree and Minimum of 3 years experience working in public health.
Under the supervision of the NTDs Program Manager, the Program Officer oversees the formulation, execution, monitoring and evaluation of the TRUST-funded TT surgery project in
Katsina state to ensure consistency .with the project priorities and outcomes.
Reports directly to: Program Manager
Specific duties include:
Program Monitoring & Evaluation
Advocacy and Strategic Alliances
Since 1999, HKI has supported programs in the area of neglected tropical disease control, nutrition and eye health. Currently Helen Keller International (HKI) works in 12 states of the federation through its partnership with state governments and stakeholders at various levels. Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust HKI is part of a consortium led by Sightsavers, on behalf of the International Coalition for Trachoma Control (ICTC), in response to The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust’s (QEDJT) invitation to scale up trachoma interventions in a number of selected countries in the Commonwealth and contribute towards the global elimination goal of blinding trachoma by 2020. In Nigeria, Katsina State is the focal state for implementation of the project, which intends to carry out 15,760 trichiasis surgeries in 8 most endemic TT LGAs of the state over a period of 5 years.
UNITED - Integrated Control of NTDs in Northern Nigeria
UNITED, a consortium of key implementing partners consisting of Sightsavers, Christian Blind Mission (CBM), Helen Keller International (HKI), MITOSATH, HPI and CROWN Agent in Nigeria are international and national leaders in the delivery of integrated NTD programmes. The global gap in NTD treatments is estimated at around 80 per cent, of which Nigeria has the largest deficit of untreated, at-risk individuals in Africa - around 100 million. UNITED is a four- year project funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) which aims to deliver 111.3 million treatments, reach 13.8 million people with mass drug administration (MDA) by 2016 and save 114,900 Disability-Adjusted Life years over the life of the project.
A first degree in statistics, mathematics or public health or science related field; Maximum of Masters degree in biostatistics, epidemiology, public health or related field; Minimum of 3 – 5 years working as an M&E officer in a development field; Ability to analyse data using EPIinfo, SPSS, SAS or similar statistical software and familiarity with android-based survey collection tools will be an advantage
Under the supervision of the Program Manager, the M&E OFFICER is responsible for guiding the overall M&E strategy and implementation of related activities within the Trichiasis surgery Project and during MDA, supports the DFID United and QEDJTF projects. This is in addition to providing timely and relevant information to project stakeholders. It entails close communication
with all involved in M&E design and coordination: core project and partner M&E staff; representatives from primary stakeholder groups; and the project coordinator, external consultants and field staff when appropriate, plus members of external M&E-related missions.
Reports directly to: Program Manager -NTDs
Specific duties include:
Organise and undertake training with stakeholders, including primary stakeholders, in M&E skills, including participatory aspects.
All applicants should submit electronically; forwarding the following under listed to
Kindly note that:
Applications received after 5pm on the day will not be considered.
Only applications submitted electronically shall be considered.