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  • Posted on: 17 May, 2011 Deadline: 27 May, 2011
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    The Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) initiative is a 5-year aid programme which operates alongside the PRRINN programme that focuses on strengthening routine immunization in four Northern Nigerian States. The MNCH programme aims to address the unacceptable high rates maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality in selected Northern Nigerian States. The programme is funded by the Norwegian government in partnership with the UK Department for International Development (DFID). It is operated by '1 consortium of three organizations, namely: Health Partners International UK, Save the Children, UK and GRID Consulting Nigeria. 
    The joint programme collaborates with stakeholders in the health sector as well as civil societies to provide quantifiable improvements to the PHC systems in Northern Nigeria. PRRINN/MNCH is managed by a team of internationally recruited professionals. Its programme activities are carried out in Jigawa, Katsina, Yobe and Zamfara with coordination from the programme head office in Kano. The programme has been in operation, but seeks to recruit qualified professionals to fill two vacant positions:  
    POSITION A: Programme Officer: State Level

    This position will be based in one of the programme operating states and will report directly to the State Team Manager (STM). S/he will provide technical support in either the demand or supply sides of programme activities at the state levels. Some of which include; planning, coordination, mobilization and advocacy at the state and Local Government levels. The Programme Officer will work in close collaboration with other stakeholders in the ministries, health professionals, civil societies and other funding partners to jointly facilitate the planning and implementation of all technical activities aimed at reforming maternal, neonatal and child health and routine immunization services in the state.
    Candidate(s} must hold a degree in anyone of Public Health, Epidemiology, Social Development, Health Sciences or other related disciplines with a minimum of five (5) years working experience. S/he must have a good understanding of operations of health care delivery services; particularly with PHCs in Northern Nigeria. S/he must be an excellent communicator with excellent hands-on knowledge and use of computer Microsoft packages, strong inter-personal and organizational skills. Previous related work experience in a similar funding environment will be an added advantage.  
    POSITION B: Knowledge Management Officer: Kano Office

    The Knowledge Management Officer (KMO) is the digital librarian for the programme and reports directly to the National Programme Manager. S/he will be responsible for collating, organizing, maintaining and structuring the flow of programme documents and reports for easy access of information for staff and programme management. S/he will work closely with the State Team Managers, National Advisers and the National Programme Manager in compiling reports and programme materials manually and electronically for updates on the programme website and record management. The KMO will provide periodic reports to the programme management on record management matters as well as establish programme documents status in relation to possession and location; for optimum use of information within the programme.
     Candidate(s) must hold a degree in anyone of Library and Archival Science, Computer science or any related discipline with at least 5 years' experience in a similar role. S/he must have proven experience of data input in an accurate and speedy manner. S/he must clearly display the ability to perform a high degree of logical reasoning, organize work load effectively and maintain confidentiality of programme documents, data and reports. The ideal candidate must be attentive to details, highly organized, flexible and self-motivated with excellent communication skills in written and oral communication. Previous hands-on experience in website and knowledge management and in a similar working environment will be an added advantage.
    Terms of Employment:
    The appointment will be for a contract term of up to 2 years, with an initial 6 months probationary period. The programme offers extremely competitive salary packages. However, local terms and conditions are applicable.


    The USAID supported Malaria Action Programme for States (MAPS) programme is a 5-year project which is expected to take on USAID's mandate of improving malaria control at scale in seven states. Activities on the MAPS project have commenced in three Nigerian States namely; Cross-River, Nasarawa and Zamfara.
    Health Partners International, one of the implementing agencies of the MAPS Programme now seeks to employ professionals  to work in MAPS and coordinate the Management and Monitoring and Evaluation capacity Building activities at the state levels of the 3 current focal states of MAPS.  

    Management and M&E capacity Building Officer: x3 

    This position will be based in each of the MAPS States (Cross-River, Nassarawa and Zamfara). The Management and M&E Capacity Building Officer will be responsible for working with partners at the State level and below to strengthen capacity in management and Monitoring & Evaluation for effectively addressing malaria prevention and control in Nigeria. S{he will work with the State level MAPS team and the federal level capacity building MAPS team, to ensure the achievement of key programme outputs.
    Other responsibilities include:
    -Oversee all management and M&E capacity building actiVities carried out in each state relating to malaria prevention and control in Nigeria;
    -Maintain an oversight of all management and M&E capacity building activities carried out in each state related to malaria prevention and control;
    -Maintain an oversight of all management and M&E capacity building activities carried out in each state related to malaria prevention and control;
    -Ensure that State and LGA stakeholders and organizations play leading roles in planning, conducting, supervising, monitoring and evaluating malaria prevention and control activities related to management and monitoring & evaluation systems.
    -Assist partners to undertake a thorough assessment of gaps in Management and M&E systems with regards to malaria prevention and control in Nigeria at State levels and for both the rural and urban facilities;
    - Provide strategic leadership at State levels to Programme as it regards all issues relating to
    capacity building of Management and M&E systems for malaria prevention and control;
    - Assist the State Malaria Control Programme to develop effective harmonization of all agencies malaria control activities at State level relating to capacity building in management and M&E systems;
    - Ensure that ongoing programme activities are well co-ordinated, lessons are shared across the programme and delivered on time;
    A post-graduate qualification in Public Health or other related disciplines in health and medical sciences. S{he must have an extensive experience and knowledge of Public Health, policy development and health systems reforms in Nigeria. A minimum of Five years of experience in Management and M&E in Public Health, A minimum of five years hands-on management experience of health service delivery and Primary Health care in Nigeria. A good knowledge and experience of capacity building tools. Good knowledge of malaria prevention and control in Nigeria or other African countries, a Good knowledge and use of project data management and analysis software such as; HMIS, DHIS, EPiInfo, Epidata, Microsoft Excel, Access, Stata or SPSS is very essential. Excellent communication and inter-personal skill is mandatory for this position.
    Terms and Conditions of Employment:
    The appointment term will be a period of 4.5 years for each position, with an initial 6 months probationary period. The programme offers very competitive salary packages. Local terms and conditions will apply.
    Method of Application:
    Interested candidates who fully meet the above requirements should submit an application letter attached to a detailed CV - to include a daytime telephone contact and email address stating the position and location of interest in the 'subject line' of the mail. This should be done and through the appropriate link at www.gridconsulting.net
    All applications without an application letter will NOT be processed. All applications must be submitted latest Friday, 27 May, 2011. Please note, that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

    NOTE: Application processes must be adhered to avoid disqualification.  
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