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Evidence Action scales proven development solutions to benefit millions
of people around the world. We fill the gap between knowing “what works”
and having impact at scale. We implement cost-effective interventions
whose efficacy is backed by substantial rigorous evidence. We identify
innovative, appropriate financing mechanisms and build best practice
operational models. We voraciously self-evaluate, learn, and improve our
models for scaling with a commitment to transparency on progress,
impact, and value for money.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Nigeria Program Consultant, Deworm the World

Location: Calabar, Cross River, Nigeria; occasional trips to Abuja and other domestic travel
Reports to: Director, Deworm the World Initiative
Desired Start Date: Immediately
Length of Commitment: 12 months, full time

About Evidence Action and the Nigeria Program Consultant position

  • Evidence Action’s mission is to fill the gap between what is
    effective in global health and development and what is implemented at
    scale. One of our flagship programs is the Deworm the World Initiative,
    which envisions a world where all at-risk children have improved health,
    increased access to education and better livelihoods potential as a
    result of being free of intestinal worms. Worm infections interfere with
    nutrient uptake; can lead to anemia, malnourishment and impaired mental
    and physical development; and pose a serious threat to children’s
    health, education, and productivity later in life. Infected children are
    often too sick or tired to concentrate at school, or to attend at all.
    Parasitic worms exact an enormous toll on human capital, hindering
    schooling and economic development in parts of the world that can least
    afford it. The Deworm the World Initiative provides technical assistance
    to governments around the world to develop and implement large-scale
    school-based deworming programs.
  • In 2016, Evidence Action will begin supporting the government of
    Cross River State, Nigeria to launch a school-based deworming program
    for STH and schistosomiasis as a part of the state’s integrated NTD
    control program. Concurrently, a partnering INGO with in-country
    presence will support complementary community-based activities for NTD
    control (LF, STH, schistosomiasis, and onchocerciasis) as an
    implementing partner of USAID’s ENVISION program. Evidence Action and
    the INGO partner will work closely to coordinate efforts, leverage
    comparative advantages, and achieve maximum impact.
  • Evidence Action seeks an in-country program consultant to
    provide focused support to Cross River state in planning, launching, and
    sustaining Cross River state’s new school-based deworming program.
    Objectives and key activities of the consultancy are described below.
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Objective

  • The Nigeria Program Consultant will drive high-quality technical
    support for school-based mass drug administration (MDA) for STH and
    schistosomiasis in Cross River state.
  • The consultant will provide technical expertise and manage
    day-to-day collaboration with the INGO partner and Cross River state
    government entities in Calabar, as well as government entities at the
    Federal or LGA level as necessary.

Knowledge, Skills, and Attributes

  • Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years’ experience in global health and project management. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and to productively interface with remote team members
  • Knowledge of NTDs preferred
  • Experience in building and managing partnerships, and ideally in
    supporting government partnerships to implement large-scale programs
  • Experience working in cross-cultural teams
  • Alignment with Evidence Action values
  • High level of computer literacy
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Detail-oriented, proactive, and organized
  • Eager to be part of a fast-paced, growing program

Responsibilities
Key Responsibilities and Activities will include:

  • Contributing to and leveraging program management tools (i.e.,
    work plans) to ensure that timelines are adhered to and all milestones
    such as trainings, meetings, and distribution of materials are completed
    on time
  • Cultivating and maintaining strong working relationships with
    INGO partner staff and government personnel, ensuring smooth
    coordination of all partners’ activities
  • Providing technical input and evidence-based recommendations for
    program planning (i.e., strategy documents for specific program
    components, such as monitoring or coverage validation) and for
    decision-making during implementation (i.e., troubleshooting supply
    chain delays or responding to public misperceptions about deworming)
  • Engaging in outcome-oriented capacity-building efforts with SMOH
    in areas such as budgeting, work planning, drug forecasting, and
    monitoring
  • Representing Evidence Action in meetings and communications at
    state and national levels, and being accountable for in-country
    relationship management with all partners
  • Conducting analyses and scoping out additional potential
    engagements through which Evidence Action could support the scale-up of
    deworming treatment in Nigeria
  • Proactively updating Evidence Action’s global Deworm the World
    team on progress, successes, and challenges, and involving other team
    members in supporting the Nigeria program as necessary
  • Collaborating with Evidence Action’s global Deworm the World
    staff to incorporate other programs’ learnings and expertise into the
    delivery of the Cross River program
  • Other technical support as determined by the Director of the Deworm the World Initiative
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