Senior Program Officer
International Medical Corps
Kano
1d ago
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    International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

    Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and Nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization.

    Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide.

    By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

    Program Background

    In Kano and Borno, IMC is a consortium member of the Core Group Polio Project in Nigeria. This is a five year Polio Eradication program in covering 6 LGAs in Kano and 10 in Borno.

    IMC is implementing this project in partnership with CSADI and AHIF in Kano and Borno respectivelyIMC is utilizing a three-

    pronged strategy to implement the Project to increase rates of routine immunization and supplementary immunization activities for children under 5 years of age, focusing especially on polio vaccination.

    The project 1.) re-enforces the Ministry of Health’s routine immunization program to improve its performance, 2.) strengthen supplemental polio immunization efforts, and 3.

    improves community mobilization in support of child immunization and acute flaccid paralysis surveillance.This is to improve the Expanded Program on Immunization services contributing to CGPP’s goal of polio eradication in hard-to-reach communities.

    The senior program officer will be responsible for :

    Coordination and technical implementation of the Initiative for Supporting Polio Eradication in Northeastern Nigeria (ISPENN) five-

    year USAID founding project, by ensuring program quality, completion of activities within allocated funding and project period.

    Field level activity planning, supportive supervision and problem solving will be among his / her key responsibilities.Supervising the project staff and training government and partner organization staff,Interact and liaise with representatives from CGPP, NPHCDA, SMoH, WHO, UNICEF, CDC and other stakeholders.

    Problem identification and problem solving, program reporting, capacity building of staff and partners, resolving conflicts and undertaking representation activities as needed.

    Ensure correct use of programmatic resources, including management of project budget line items such as project input (supplies and activities), equipment, and direct project hires.

    Understanding of project award agreements and donor standards, compliance requirements and regulations (including those related to procurement).

    Organize and coordinate regular project reviews, financial pipeline inputs and close-out meetings with CBO.To support and build capacity of local CBO that are working in partnership with IMC

    Essential Duties And Responsibilities

    Program Finance, Logistics and Administration :

    Lead the field planning activities in consultation with the CGPP Secretariat and in collaboration with the local health authorities.

    Participate in program review meetings, and partnership and coordination meetings, and contribute to increase program visibility.

    Develop and manage program work plan to ensure timely completion of all project activities.Ensure all deliverables are completed and submitted in a timely and satisfactory manner.

    Monitor project activities to ensure high quality of outputs, and identify areas for improvement.Supervise the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer (MEO), Social Mobilization officers, Surveillance officer and Finance and Administrative Officer (FAO), as well as collaborate with the partner organization (CBO) Project Coordinator.

    Conduct their performance appraisal.Train CBO, government and partners staff on immunization related activities.Interact with officials at the CGPP Secretariat, State Emergency Operations Centre, SMoH, WHO, UNICEF and other stakeholders and represent the ISPENN project to external audience at the state levels.

    Supporting Kano state and providing technical assistance including on capacity building of program staff and other government health workers for effective implementation of thematic areas of immunization programme.

    Developing and implementation strategic framework for all programmatic thematic areas of International Medical Corps project in Kano state.

    Act as primary point of contact between the organization and government and non-government stakeholders in Kano state.Resolve conflicts and problems for ensuring smooth project operations.

    Manage all organization related security operations issues in Kano stateContribute to long term new program development efforts.

    Developing Work plan and Budget for program activitiesPrepare a detailed weekly / monthly activity and budget plan for CGPP activities and ensure implementation of planned activities according to the work plan adhering to the budget according to IMC standards.

    Work with logistics and administrative / finance to conduct training, coaching and supervision of health facility staffPersonnel management and capacity buildingAssist and support State Polio Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in planning polio programme.

    Support the Social Mobilization officer to follow up and document regular meetings with key influencersDocument monthly quality, action-

    oriented monthly review meetings at State level.Participate in planning events & meetings Support the local CBO and provide analytical and constructive feedback to monthly reports from CBOsConduct regular and frequent supportive supervision to CBOs to improve program quality and accountability

    Representation :

    Represent International Medical Corps at all relevant coordination meetings at state level as appropriate.Create and maintain smooth relations and open collaboration with Government and local stakeholders and serve as the health resource personProgram Implementation and DevelopmentWork closely with the M&E officer to ensure robust and comprehensive reporting systems and data flow mechanismsEnsure proper functioning of reporting systems for regular assessment, monitoring and evaluation of the program against its objectives and expected results.

    Conduct critical monitoring of all aspects of the project identify areas of concern. Prepare and implement workable solutions for identified challengesFollow up of project implementation to review progress towards objectives through organizing regular review meetings, update and experience sharing meeting among staffs.

    Oversight of IMC staff across the field sites. Provide technical support and direct supervision of field site support staff and collaboration with district medical team on proper implementation of the service.

    Reporting :

    Work with the M&E officer to implement and evaluate data quality assurance measures and ensure appropriate follow up.Ensure that the community based feedback mechanism is integrated in all LGAs sites where IMC is implementing the CGPP activities.

    Utilize this mechanism to provide response and feedback to target communities.Prepare and submit timely project reports to CGPP Coordinator in Abuja for onward transmission to CGPP Secretariat.

    Prepare and provide regular weekly, monthly, quarterly & annual progress reports of project interventions in coordination with the M&E OfficerProvide CBO and IMC staff monthly detail implementation work-plan update

    General International Medical Corps code of conduct and ethics :

    Actively promote PSEA (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) standards within International Medical Corps and amongst beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps.

    Ensure application and compliance of security protocols and policies ; serve as security focal point in the field sites

    Compliance & Ethics :

    Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards.

    Conducts work with the highest level of integrity. Communicates these values to staff and to partners and requires them to adhere to these values.

    The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive

    Qualifications And Experience

    Education :

    A degree in Medicine, Nursing, Environment Health with an advanced university degree Public Health, Epidemiology is required.

    Certified training in project planning and management, monitoring and evaluation, is an added advantageData management, data analysis, and information operations.

    Work Experience :

    Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible public health project management work experienceExperience in high-risk environments required, experience in L3 / L2 emergency is preferred.

    Experience in remote managementExperience of facilitation of training review meetings and workshopsExperience on budget and administration logistics and Human Resources managementExperience on writing / developing project proposals including implementation reportsKnowledge of North Eastern Nigeria as well as speaking Hausa language is preferred but not required.

  • Ability to cope with stress; hardship; patience and flexibility and willingness to work additional hours in order to meet tight deadlines;
  • Ability to work effectively with government, community leaders, international / national organizations, donors, partners and other International Medical Corps relationships.

    Advanced proficiency in the use of MS Office, and other computer applicationsStrong organizational skillsAbility and willingness to travel and work in rural areas where the project is implementedDemonstrated experience and skills in ensuring community participation and gender issues in humanitarian programmingAbility to provide technical support for IMC staffs and government health workers on proper implementation of the service.

    Loactions : Kano and Maiduguri, Borno

    Job Summary

    The position of Surveillance Officer has a state role and is responsible and accountable for the quality of poliovirus surveillance in the state to which he / she is assigned.

    he / she will work closely with the local implementing partners, surveillance working groups both at the states and also CGPP secretariat, The Surveillance Officer is expected to provide strategic and technical leadership to district teams.

  • The incumbent to this post would be specifically accountable for : the management and oversight of all surveillance-related activities and associated databases, as well as other specialized surveillance systems;
  • and, ensuring full implementation of the Surveillance-specific Work PlanOrganizational context : Under the technical supervision of the Senior Program Officer and under the overall supervision of the Project Coordinator and in close collaboration with the state WHO and State Surveillance Officer. :

    Main Responsibilities

    Coordinate CGPP state / LGA activities in all aspects of surveillance for acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) in the communityTo plan and conduct regular / periodic field supervision visits to LGA of concern to assess and evaluate the implementation of surveillance activities, identify gaps and recommend corrective actions based on key performance indicators.

    To assure a line-list of AFP cases is maintained by each LGA and an updated list is sent to the State each week, and that a computerized line-

    list of all cases from each LGA is maintained in the state and provided to the national level weekly.To conduct monthly / quarterly meetings with LGACs, some of which may include the participation of State Surveillance Officers.

    Participate in meetings of the state surveillance stakeholders to review AFP cases.Participate in the planning and implementation of AFP surveillance training workshops within the state for Ministry of Health staff, NGOs and LGA level.

    Strengthen the capacities of the surveillance teams for the effective and sustained surveillance of epidemic prone diseases through training courses on field investigation, detection, data management, and rapid response to epidemics and health outbreaks.

    Coordinate and manage surveillance activities to support the State Epidemiologist and the Disease Surveillance Notification Officer Coordinator.

    Assist in maintaining regular contact with the partner organizations and / or bodies for AFP surveillance.Organize meetings with community informant and other relevant community stakeholders to improve awareness on AFP surveillance.

    Support training and supervision of VCMs and Community Informants and agents working under the polio project.Support the M&E Officers and Senior Program Officer to effectively collect, collate and report surveillance data as required.

    Collaborate with State Team Lead, State M&E Officers and State Social Mobilization officer to ensure documentation of all community surveillance activities.

    To collect, review and analyse the monthly reports of field technical staff and provide summaries to the LGACs and technical feedback to the report originators.

    Prepare and submit timely and quality activity reports, including field notes and success stories, to effectively capture lessons learnt on the ground from the projects.

    The Surveillance officers will use his / her expertise to actively participate in strengthening the efforts to improve the vaccination coverage of target children through supplemental immunization campaigns conducted in the LGA specifically include : Technical input for planning, supervision, and monitoring of LGA Supplemental Immunization Activities (SIAs) required for polio eradication, including National Immunization Days (NIDs), mopping-

    up campaigns and outbreak response vaccination.Perform any other related duties as requested by the supervisor(s).

    Qualifications and Experience

    First degree or its equivalent in Field Epidemiology) or Degree in Statistics, Database Management or Public Health - EssentialBachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery or any other relevant discipline of studyMaster’s degree will be an added advantage.

    Strong technical knowledge in public health, epidemiology, infectious disease surveillance, disease outbreak investigation and data management, including analysis and interpretation of infectious disease surveillance data.

    At least 4 years’ related experience, at the state levels required, of which 2 years should be specific to surveillance of infectious diseases and other vaccine preventable diseases.

    Efficient use of computer software applications, including : Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Epi Info or similar software.

    Understanding of local communities and cultures in the relevant states of operations and ability to communicate fluently in Hausa.

    Strong verbal and written communication skills in English.Ability to travel and work in difficult settings, including remote rural areas of Nigeria.

    Well-organized, with ability to track multiple activities and deadlines.Experience in providing administrative support to work teams.

  • Ability to work successfully in cross-cultural, team-based environment. (adsbygoogle ).push( );
  • Program Background

    In Kano and Borno, IMC is a consortium member of the Core Group Polio Project in Nigeria. This is a five year Polio Eradication program in covering 6 LGAs in Kano and 10 in Borno.

    IMC is implementing this project in partnership with CSADI and AHIF in Kano and Borno respectively

    IMC is utilizing a three-pronged strategy to implement the Project to increase rates of routine immunization and supplementary immunization activities for children under 5 years of age, focusing especially on polio vaccination.

    The project 1) re-enforces the Ministry of Health’s routine immunization program to improve its performance, 2) strengthen supplemental polio immunization efforts, and 3) improves community mobilization in support of child immunization and acute flaccid paralysis surveillance.

    This is to improve the Expanded Program on Immunization services contributing to CGPP’s goal of polio eradication in hard-to-reach communities.

    Job Summary

    The Social Mobilization Officer will be responsible for designing, planning and providing technical guidance on social mobilisation activities in the polio eradication project in Kano states.

    He / she will work closely with the local implementing partners, social mobilization working groups both at the states and also CGPP secretariat, to ensure efficient and effective social mobilisation in the implementation of the PEI activities in the two states.

    Main Responsibilities

    Support implementation of social and community mobilization activities in collaboration with the local implementing partners’ staff (LGACs, VWS, VCMs), state social mobilization working groupsSupport advocacy with religious and community leaders to create an enabling environment to improve awareness on the benefits of polio and routine immunization and promote uptake of these services during immunization plus days campaigns and at the health facilities.

    Organize meetings with religious, traditional and community leaders, village heads, community groups and other relevant community stakeholders to improve awareness on polio, routine immunization, AFP surveillance.

    Support training and supervision of Voluntary Community Mobilizers and other social and or community mobilization agents working under the polio project.

    Support the M&E Officers and State Project Managers to effectively collect, collate and report social and community mobilization data as required.

    Collaborate with State Project Managers and State M&E Officers to ensure documentation of all community mobilization activities.

    Prepare and submit timely and quality activity reports, including field notes and success stories, to effectively capture lessons learnt on the ground from the projects.

    Provide administrative support as needed.Carry out other tasks to support the polio project activities as assigned.

    Qualifications and Experience

    First degree or its equivalent in Social / Behavioural Sciences (Development Studies, Anthropology, Psychology, and Health Education) or any other relevant discipline of studyMaster’s degree will be an added advantage.

    Proven experience on strategic communication planning for behaviour development, social mobilization, participatory communication, and research.

    Minimum of Three (3) years Hands On work experience in advocacy, social and or community mobilization in polio projects or any health programs.

    Excellent communication, and organizational skills; - and- ability to influence and facilitate advocacy agendas at LGA and State level.

    Understanding of local communities and cultures in the relevant states of operations and ability to communicate fluently in Hausa.

    Strong verbal and written communication skills in English.Ability to travel and work in difficult settings, including remote rural areas of Nigeria.

    Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint, or similar software.Well-organized, with ability to track multiple activities and deadlines.

    Experience in providing administrative support to work teams.Ability to work successfully in cross-cultural, team-based environment.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified candidates should send their Applications, addressed to the "Human Resource Manager, International Medical Corps" via :

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    Candidates MUST state the position and location they are applying for as the subject of their email, application letter and curriculum vitae should be in a single Microsoft Word Document, otherwise applications will not be considered.

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