Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Jhpiego Nigeria: Pre-Service Education Advisors

Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University and a global leader in improving healthcare for women and families, seeks suitable candidates for the following position: Pre-Service Education Advisor

Reports to: Deputy Chief of Party,
TSHIP Project Location: Sokoto and Bauchi, Nigeria

Technical leadership
• Provide technical guidance and direction to ensure that the pre-service program is technically sound, evidence-based and responsive to the needs of Nigeria and the USAID
• Provide technical guidance and develop or review curricula and teaching approaches, using proven training approaches and quality improvement methodologies
• Provide training of trainers, follow-up support and support supervision as necessary for activities
• Ensure the dissemination of revised curricula on integrated maternal, newborn and child health education through cascade training
• Mentor partner institution’s staff during training implementation
• Assist with coordinating the necessary technical input from partners required for key activities and work closely with external stakeholders, consultants and experts as required
• Contribute/coordinate with program’s M&E of activities to ensure that the program meets set targets in accordance with national standards
• Collaborate closely with key stakeholders, including FMOH/SMOH officials, professional associations, in-service training organizations and other USG funded programs for smooth implementation
• Work collaboratively with other program team members to ensure that necessary program planning, development, resource availability and management activities function smoothly and efficiently
• Identify other professional associations and partners to include in dissemination activities
• Coordinate with the DCOP for successful delivery of technical assistance and implementation of program activities
• Cultivate strategic relationships and alliances with other partners
• Liaise with Jhpiego’s Nigeria Technical leadership Office on activity design
• Contribute to annual work planning, training plans and quarterly reports
• Provide mentoring to institutional partners during implementation of activities based on the plan developed for transfer of responsibility
• Lead the development of the five-year plan for transfer of responsibility and implementation to institutional partners
• Work collaboratively with program team and headquarters staff to assure proper program and financial reporting, spending and compliance with program terms and conditions
• Evaluate program progress against deliverables on a quarterly basis
• Promote and support the dissemination of the program’s best practices and lessons learned among the program team, key stakeholders, including the MOH, local partners, CDC and PEPFAR collaborators
• Liaise with in-service training partners to build on materials developed and best practices
• Ensure quality program implementation consistent with Kenya’s national health guidelines
• Contribute to timely, accurate and appropriate reporting of program activities and results to the donor, including progress and annual reports

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Clinical degree with post-graduate level training in public health
• A minimum of five years experience as a trainer
• A minimum of five years of mid- to senior-level experience in designing and implementing large, complex, MNCH programs
• Technical expertise in pre-service education
• At least two years of experience living and working in Nigeria including supporting implementation of state-level programs
• Demonstrated experience providing technical assistance to public health _programs in developing countries, with emphasis on MNCH programs
• Excellent interpersonal, writing and oral presentation skills
• Strong change management, results-oriented and decision-making skills
• Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform
• Fluency in English (Hausa language proficiency is an advantage)
• Experience and understanding of the national IMNCH framework
• Experience in providing technical assistance to USG-financed programs
• Ability to travel within the state

Preferred qualifications

• Medical doctor, nurse, or equivalent health profession or professional with specialization in health (e.g. MPH)
• Minimum 5 years of experience working in a pre-service training institution
• Minimum 5 years of experience working for a health institution, in or close to service delivery activities
• Documented experience of interaction with senior level counterparts
• Familiarity with the national health systems structure, functions, leadership and professional regulatory bodies and functions
• Documented experience designing and implementing health programs for improving service delivery
• Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills
• Excellent computer skills (Microsoft office: Word, Excel. PowerPoint; Statistical packages)
• Experience developing successful, replicable and sustainable programs
• Expertise in research to practice-identifying best practices and adapting them to program realities
• A team player accustomed to building team capacity, delegating working teams and developing communities of learning among host country partners and counterparts

Method of Application:

Submit resumes to: appacess@yahoo.com. The successful candidate selected for this position will be subjected to a pre-employment background investigation

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