Current Job Openings at Abt Associates

Abt Associates – The International Health Division is committed to the improvement of health and healthcare delivery around the world. Serving both the public and private sectors, our efforts include health policy research and evaluation, health promotion and disease prevention, health finance, and health systems management. Our impact is felt in policies that ensure healthcare access for women, children, and individuals with special needs, in strengthening health infrastructures, and HIV/AIDS solutions.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Technical Specialist 11 / Clinical Quality Improvement Specialist – SHOPS Plus

Job ID: 53365
Location: Nigeria

Opportunity

  • Abt Associates seeks Clinical Quality Improvement Specialist to support a family planning project under SHOPS Plus. SHOPS Plus is USAID’s flagship initiative in private sector health.
  • The project seeks to harness the full potential of the private sector and catalyze public-private engagement to improve health outcomes in TB, family planning, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, and other health areas. In Nigeria, SHOPS Plus will capacitate public and private providers to scale up family planning, especially Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs) in FCT and Plateau States.
  • The Clinical Quality Improvement Specialist will be responsible for ensuring trained health workers are providing FP/LARC services according to quality standards. He/she will support health facilities to adhere to quality standards in the delivery of FP/LARC services.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with relevant stakeholders at the state and facility levels to identify gaps in FP/LARC service delivery and design interventions to address the gaps.
  • Work closely with the RH/FP Technical Director and M&E Director to undertake facility quality assessments and surveys
  • Work with selected training sites to be prepared to support training and provide enhanced content on overcoming bias through a training style that emphasizes coaching/mentoring
  • Work with ACNM and state officials to design and implement a practical, sustainable supportive supervision system and other relevant quality improvement processes for FP/LARC service delivery
  • Supervise the activites of the two Quality Improvement Officers as they identify gaps in FP/LARC service delivery, design interventions to address the gaps and implement a practical, sustainable supportive supervision system
  • Support the states to follow-up and monitor health workers trained on FP/LARC,  and ensure adherence to quality standards (including infection prevention and unbiased FP counselling)
  • Work collaboratively with other technical staff and project partners to ensure effective and timely program coordination for implementation.
  • Function as a liaison between State FP Coordinators, State Trainers, and trained providers to ensure practices remain to standards
  • Work with state officials and supply chain programs to ensure health facilities have the necessary equipment and supplies to provide high quality FP/LARC services
  • Provide support to private sector facilities to adhere to quality standards in the provision of FP/LARC services
  • Participate in the development of strategy documents, work plans, and reports
  • Contribute to the Activity Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning system

Minimum Qualifications

  • (8+) years of experience and a master degree OR the equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Skills / Prerequisites:

  • RN/RM, degree in Clinical Nursing/Midwifery or M.B.B.S degree. (Master’s Degree in Public Health is preferred)
  • Current experience providing FP/LARC services
  • 5 years adult learning training experience
  • 3-5 years demonstrated knowledge and experience in designing and implementing clinical quality improvement and supportive supervision systems (specific experience with FP/LARC is desirable)
  • Extensive knowledge of the Nigerian public and private health sectors
  • Strong knowledge and experience of FP/LARC service delivery in resource poor settings
  • Familiarity with different sociocultural and developmental issues related to RH/FP in Nigeria and the international community.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Excellent computer, management and organizational skills.
  • A proven team player with a willingness to look at new solutions to problems related to sustaining provider behavior change and use of new skills. 
  • Ability to anticipate and solve problems.
  • Ability to travel within and outside the state approximately 50% of the time.


How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Job Title: Technical Specialist 11 / Laboratory and Supply Chain Specialist 

Job ID: 51387
Location: Abuja

Opportunity

  • Abt Associates seeks a Laboratory and Supply Chain Specialist to work on a TB services expansion project in Nigeria. SHOPS Plus is USAID’s flagship initiative in private sector health.
  • The project seeks to harness the full potential of the private sector and catalyze public-private engagement to improve health outcomes in TB, family planning, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, and other health areas. In Nigeria, SHOPS Plus will capacitate private providers to scale up tuberculosis case finding, diagnosis, treatment and reporting in Lagos and Kano States.
  • The Laboratory and Supply Chain Specialist will support a TB services expansion project that will  increase availability of TB services in the private sector, improve flow of suspected TB patients into detection and treatment centers, improve the quality of private sector TB services, and strengthen health systems to foster and sustain Public Private Mix (PPM) models for TB care.
  • He/she will report to the TB Technical Director.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Lead activities that strengthen the capacity of laboratory services.
  • Troubleshoot network issues related to TB drug distribution and stock management within the network.
  • Work closely with intermediary organizations to link network facilities with public sector sources of drugs.
  • Provide assistance in reviewing technical resource materials (e.g., training materials, SBCC plans, strategy documents, job aids) and programming tools to support meeting project objectives.
  • Lead special efforts to make TB drugs available, including coordinating with the Health Financing/Private Sector Specialist to address the high costs of drugs for MDR-TB.
  • Contribute to communication, advocacy and knowledge management of lab management, including documentation.

Minimum Qualifications

  • (8+) years of experience and a master degree OR the equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Skills / Prerequistes:

  • Advanced degree in Medicine, Laboratory Science, or related field.
  • At least ten years of related work experience, including five years of relevant work experience in capacity building and training in the health sector, preferably in laboratory management, commodity logistics and supply chain.
  • Experience in TB or other infectious diseases preferred.
  • Ability to write technical papers and reports.
  • Computer skills in MS Windows, Excel, Word.
  • Ability to travel within Nigeria.


How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

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