The Institute of Human Virology (IHVN) is a leading and reputable non-governmental organization addressing infectious and non-infectious diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis and cancer through the provision of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, capacity building, research, and care and support services. IHVN is in partnership with local and international organizations and the different tiers of the government of Nigeria at national, state and local levels. The Institute’s vision is to be a leader in providing quality health services, capacity building and research in West Africa and beyond.
To drive quality, comprehensive health services and to engender global best practices to reduce the burden of pediatric and adolescent HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, IHVN is seeking for qualified candidates for this position below:
Job Title: Senior Program Officer, MNCH
Locations: Abuja and Rivers
Job Category: Technical
Department: Prevention Care and Treatment
Unit: Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH)
Coordinate the provision of programmatic support and oversight to the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Unit at state offices
Coordinate the development of program strategies, work plans and their implementation for effective operations of the hub and spoke model of scale up.
Support the state team to ensure smooth operations and coordination of Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) activities at the IHVN supported facilities in the states.
Forecast and recommend for purchase, PMTCT commodities such as care kits and Mama Packs
Ensure timely submission of CRRIF data request for the state
Co-ordinate, track progress, review results and address PMTCT challenges and communicate with central team
Supervise service providers (doctors, nurses, mentor mothers etc.) to provide quality care to HIV+ pregnant women.
Ensure the creation of a sustainable PMTCT team to deliver overall quality health care to HIV positive pregnant & breast feeding women in the facilities
Ensure that the facility operates a functional and efficient client flow system through collaboration with the state PMTCT Senior Program Officer/Program Officer
Identify barriers to PMTCT and proffer solutions to these challenges with the state teams
Facilitate and coordinate relevant trainings sessions organized for site health care workers
Provide technical assistance to site and community staff through perception, monitoring, supportive supervision & mentoring
Coordinate the activities of Infant Feeding Counseling/ care of HIV Exposed Infants for health care workers in the states
Facilitate effective linkages within thematic program areas and overall community-based organizations.
Report all activities to the State Manager/Program Director/, Program Area Leads and the Director/Head, Prevention, Care and Treatment Department.
Work with state team on sites Quality Improvement Team lead (QIT) to ensure quality of service given to clients are in line with the national guideline
Review State data on weekly/monthly basis to assess level of achievement and gaps.
Coordinate Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) activities with the state team to determine prompt samples transport and turnaround time of all the facilities
Coordinate the state team as they collaborate with relevant stakeholders in the state to ensure effectiveness of PMTCT interventions in the state
Facilitate and coordinate the activities of Mentor Mothers / Traditional Birth attendants, Treatment Support Specialists, volunteers and other community structure to improve care, treatment protocols and mechanisms for tracking defaulters
Adhere and abide by the ethics and code of conduct of the Institute.
Any other duties assigned by State Manager/Project Director/Program Area Lead & Head of Department. .
Must have degree in Nursing Science or its equivalent, Masters in Public health is an added advantage.
Skills and Abilities:
Good communication (oral and written) and facilitation skills with
Proficiency in computer - Word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation
Ability to evaluate/analyze data, prepare high quality reports often under pressure and in complex situations,
Ability/capacity to develop and design MNCH strategic plan, good inter and intrapersonal communication skills
Willingness to work under pressure to meet targets/goal and goal oriented are desired. .
Prior Work Experience:
A minimum of 5 – 7 years progressively professional level experience managing public health and health delivery with emphasis on MNCH. She/he must have experience working with PEPFAR funded MNCH, care and treatment program.
English language (high proficiency in verbal and written expression)
Familiarity with the broad range of maternal, newborn and child health issues. Understanding and in-depth knowledge of the implementation of MNCH programs in Nigeria.
Application Closing Date
17th October, 2019.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send a detailed Resume and a one page Cover Letter as one MS Word document explaining suitability for the position to "Assistant Director, Human Resources" through this email address: [email protected]
Application must explicitly state the position applied for in the subject of the email. Candidates are advised to provide three professional referees with email addresses and phone numbers.
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