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Job Title: Program Officer, Community Medicine

Location: Akure, Nigeria  

Recruiter: Equitable Health Access Initiative (EHAI) Nigeria

Overall Job Purpose: He/She shall work under the direct supervision of the Head of the Community medicine  Department with support and guidance from the Akure State manager to provide both technical and administrative  support towards implementation of quality and sustainable maternal and child services(MCH),PMTCT, Care and Support/OVC for HIV positive  clients at facility, community and project levels in line with national policies and guidelines and international best practice and  deliver on the program related goals and targets.

Main Task:

•   Give administrative and technical direction to the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of PMTCT, HIV/AIDS Care & Support program for people living with HIV (PLHIV) and their families, including orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).

•   In collaboration with EHAI staff, provide technical assistance to public sector (FMOH and SMOH/LG) and private organizations to design, develop, implement, monitor and evaluate strategies to effectively integrate PMTCT, Care and Support/OVC issues into the HIV/AIDS service delivery elements as appropriate.

•   Undertake development of guidelines, tools and recommendations related to the implementation, evaluation of PMTCT, Care and Support/OVC.

•   Initiate and encourage best practices in the field of maternal and child health, OVC, Care and Support services.

•   Contribute to development of lessons learned from programs and projects related to PMTCT, OVC, Care and Support and apply these lessons to modify existing program and improve the design of new programs.

•   Sustain links at programmatic and field level activities with other HIV thematic areas (pediatrics, Adult ART, Laboratory, M&E).

•   Coordinate the design and implementation of PMTCT, Care and Support/OVC programs at field-level projects and programs levels.

•   Work in close collaboration with the TB and Integrated Medical Service Unit in the implementation of integrated HIV, TB and other medical services at the facility level.

•   Contribute to development of lessons learned from programs and projects related to maternal health and apply these lessons to modify existing program and improve the design of new program.

•   Work with other program officers and thematic areas to map out strategies to achieve   set program objectives and cover gaps identified.

•   Provide supportive technical and programmatic supervision across supported sites.

•   Represent EHAI/Nigeria to donors and government officials on issues of maternal health and clinical management of HIV/AIDS.

•   Submit regular scheduled reports of activities he/she carried on behalf of EHAI.

•   Draw up monthly, quarterly and annual  work plans.

•   Remain informed on current programs in the field of maternal health, PMTCT, Care and Support/OVC and related development field and contribute to EHAI’s global lessons learned in maternal health and HIV/AIDS.

•   Assist in strengthening a system of reporting on program progress against stated objectives and monitoring and evaluation frameworks.

•   Contribute to the development of program strategies, subproject documents, work plans

•   And any other delegated task that enhances your skills.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

•   Knowledge of health and development programs in developing countries in general and Nigeria specifically.

•   Knowledge and experience in HIV program implementation at project-level, facility, state/ national-levels.

•   Good clinical and programmatic understanding of  HIV care and support/OVC, PMTCT

•   Sensitivity to cultural differences and understanding of the social, political and ethical issues surrounding HIV infections.

•   Ability to work well with others and to develop and maintain compatibility among project staff, consultants and end-users of service.

•   Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing priorities.

•   Knowledge of Maternal and Child health in HIV care

•   Ability to manage tight deadlines and deliver high volumes of work with minimal supervision.

•   High degree of proficiency in written and spoken English communication.

•   Appropriate computer skills.

•   Ability to travel within Nigeria 75% time.

•   Ability to multi task.

Qualification and Requirements:

•   MB.BS/MD with 3-5years post qualification working experience

•   3 to 5 years relevant experience in HIV project at health facility, state/ national-levels.

•   MPH or Msc preferably in Public Health, Epidemiology.

•   OR postgraduate fellowship in community medicine.

•   Training in reproductive health is desirable.

•   Program-planning, Research and coordination experience is desired.

•   Familiarity with Nigerian  public health sector systems and NGOs and CBOs is highly desirable

How to Apply:

Interested and qualified applicants should apply online or send their Cover Letter and CV in PDF Format to

Deadline: 13.11.2013

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