Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH) is one of the leading Nigerian Non-Governmental Organizations implementing programs for improving Sexual and Reproductive Health, Care and Treatment of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, etc. We offer professional opportunities for career advancement, good working environment and competitive remuneration. We seek applications from qualified persons for the following positions in our STEER Project for Vulnerable Children and their families in parts of Northern Nigeria:
This position will manage Partner relationships and coordinate activities of the Organizational Development Specialists in five project States (Bauchi, Kaduna, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto) and report to the OD Director and Director of Programs. The key activities include strengthening the capacity of States & Local governments, CSOs and Communities, to increase access of Vulnerable Children and their families to comprehensive quality services and utilization, in a sustainable manner.
Develop work plans, supervise implementation and evaluate performance in line with the overall project objectives.
Provide leadership in the Capacity Assessment of State MDAs, LGAs, CSOs and evolve appropriate strategies to address identified gaps for improved performance.
Serve as a resource to all Stakeholders and Partners in the implementation of the STEER OVC Project
Coordinate project reports from the states, ensure good programmatic and financial practices.
Review training plans and align same to meet capacity needs at States, LGA and Community levels
Leads Advocacy to the Public and Private sectors to generate support for Vulnerable Children
Provide technical assistance and support to States and Local governments in the implementation of the STEER OVC Project, to promote ownership and sustainability
Institutionalize Quality Improvement Standards in the STEER OVC Project.
A degree in social sciences, Health, Development Studies or related disciplines. Possession of higher degrees-MPH, Ph.D will be added advantage. Preference will be given to candidates with proven experiences in OVC and/or HIV/AIDS programming and familiar with the local context.
A minimum of 6 years cognate work experience with 3 years at Advisor/Team Leader level in organizational development, system strengthening and/or implementation of projects for vulnerable children in Nigeria.
Computer skills in MS Office Suite applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Good Communication skills.
Knowledge of the local language and culture will be added advantage.
Coordinate STEER project activities in the States, in line with the project implementation plan and report directly to the Senior OD Advisor.
Provide on the job technical assistance to the SMWASD, LGAs and CSOs on the STEER OVC Project.
Participate in the Capacity Assessment of State MDAs, LGAs, CSOs and implementation of appropriate strategies to address identified gaps for improved performance.
Serve as a resource at the state level to all Stakeholders and Partners in the implementation of the STEER OVC Project
Strengthen structures at the State, LGA and Community levels for quality service delivery to Vulnerable Children in a sustainable manner.
Implement training plans to meet capacity needs at States, LGA and Community levels
Conducts Advocacy to the Public and Private sectors to generate support for Vulnerable Children
Ensure that all project reporting and M&E systems are effectively implemented and that required information and reports are submitted accurately and on time.
Develop and maintain strong external networks with government agencies, partners, other USAID implementing partners, and other key stakeholders in the State.
Ensure that CSOs comply with all financial rules and regulations in line with USAID procedures and STEER Project Objectives.
Ensure that all visitors to the project in the State (both internal to the project and external) receive appropriate logistical/administrative support. Serve as security focal point for the project in the State.
Promote implementation of Quality Improvement Standards in the State.
A Degree in social sciences or relevant disciplines with a minimum of 4 years work experience, which must include 2-3 years strong OVC programming for vulnerable children, Organizational development or system strengthening. Also, preferred are knowledge of health programs with the Nigeria public sector, health system, NGOs/CBOs and collaborative relationship with substantial experience in implementing community-level development projects, using participatory engagement and grassroots mobilization techniques. A higher degree is added advantage. Computer skills in MS Office Suite applications including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are essential, in addition to good Communication skills. Familiarity with local tradition and language is highly desirable. Preference will be given to qualified candidates from the project States and with demonstrated relevant previous experience.
The position will assume direct responsibility for managing all the financial, logistics, and administrative support functions including the following:
Track the approved budget, ensure timely and appropriate cash flows, matched with the operational needs of the STEER Project.
Preparation and timely submission of monthly financial reports; including accurate keeping of books of account for the project.
Process all approved payments in line with standard practices and relevant supporting documents
Provide administrative and technical support to the CBOs to ensure that all advances are retired and reports are prepared and submitted on a timely basis.
Applicants must have first degree/HND in Accounting or other related social sciences. Also required is a minimum of 5 years working experience, strong skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and QuickBooks, excellent analytical, interpersonal, and communication. Experience in managing USAID grants and familiarity with Nigerian NGOs contractual procedures is a must. Relevant higher degree will enhance applicantâ€™s chances. Familiarity with local tradition and language is highly desirable.
General Information: Applicants should send their comprehensive Curriculum Vitae and cover letter in ONLY one attachment (MSWord document) explaining suitability for the job; to firstname.lastname@example.org on/or before 30th May, 2013. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Applicants are advised to provide their functional mobile phone numbers on the application letter.