Latest Job Openings at The Challenge Initiative

The Challenge Initiative – A New Model for Urban Reproductive Health. The Initiative represents an exciting new approach to providing life-saving reproductive health and family planning information and services to individuals, families and communities, building on the demonstrated success of the Gates Foundation’s Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (URHI).
We are recruiting to fill the following vacant positions below:

 Job Title: TCI State Program Coordinator
Location: Kano/Ogun/Niger/Bauchi/Delta
Supervisor: TCI Nigeria Program Manager/Team Lead

General Description of Responsibilities
  • The TCI State Program Coordinator will work under the supervision of the TCI Nigeria Program Manager and Team Lead to provide technical and programmatic guidance for implementation of the state-led and driven urban reproductive Health-family planning Initiatives (URHI) in the respective TCI-supported states.
  • The scope of work requires coordination of technical and operational components of TCI Nigeria by ensuring that policies, strategies and frameworks relevant for the success of the TCI business unusual family planning scale-up program are developed, adapted and operationalized at all levels.
  • He/she will have the responsibility for supporting the State Technical team (Consultants) to implement program activities in the state, as well as interfacing with other technical management staff of NURHI 2/TCI as the need arises.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Facilitate state-level implementation of reproductive health-family planning program activities and works with other technical staff and the Team Lead to adapt the high-impact urban reproductive health-family planning interventions in the respective TCI states.
  • Manage stakeholder relationships both internally and externally including promoting linkages and awareness of the importance of FP/RH programs to other initiatives.
  • Liaise with external stakeholders, partners and policymakers to increase political and financial support for family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs.
  • Identify and prioritize public funding sources, and drive the development of TCIs competitive intelligence base on donor priorities and funding trends.
  • Research, track and analyze opportunities, and information about TCI’s performance
  • Provide technical assistance to state-level focal points and TCI consultants toward delivery of interventions across the URHI thematic areas in a manner consistent with the proven model for doing RH/FP business
  • Participate actively in action learning series and operations research including writing of abstracts for meetings and conferences and publication of papers in peer reviewed journals.
  • Ensure compliance at the state level to all administrative, financial and procurement policies as stipulated in the operational and financial compliance guidelines
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the supervisor.
Education, Skill/Experience and Qualifications
  • Minimum of First Degree in Social Sciences, Public Health, Financial Management or related field experience (Master’s degree is an added advantage)
  • Good knowledge of state and development partner’s procedures related to work plans, budgets and associated reporting and tracking protocols will be an asset
  • At least five years’ experience performing project management and grant management duties, preferably in an NGO
  • Minimum of 5 years of technical experience in population, reproductive health/public health.
  • Masters degree in Public Health, Social Sciences
Skills required:
  • Extensive experience in program management with special focus on state and national level advocacy, health systems strengthening.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to multitask and deliver high quality results in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong writing, presentation/facilitation and computer skills
  • Strong sensitivity and adaptability in cultural, gender, religion, race and nationality
  • Strong computer and other IT skills, as well as knowledge of various software for processing documents including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Creativity, imagination and initiative.
  • Good teamwork, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Drive, competence, flexibility and a willingness to learn.
  • Must be able to speak fluently, read and write in English. Other local languages/dialects may be added advantage.

Job Title: TCI State Technical Support Lead – Demand Generatio
Location
: Kano/Ogun/Niger/Bauchi/Delta
Supervisor: TCI State Program Coordinator
Duration: 3-months (renewable) for the duration of the project
Background
The Challenge Initiative (TCI) supports Nigeria to accelerate and scale-up the positive changes in reproductive health with focus on family planning that six cities experienced under the Nigeria Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) Project implemented since 2009. ThChallenge Initiative in Nigeria envisions“A true FP movement in Nigeria where new states, governments, and partners ask for technical and financial assistance in implementing successful FP programming to match their own investments”
The underlying goal of TCI is to increase modern contraceptive use particularly among the urban poor. The Initiative which is scheduled to run from 2016-2021 is currently implemented with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 5 states (Kano, Ogun, Niger, Bauchi and Delta) with plans to expand to 5 new states (Plateau, Anambra, Abia, Rivers and Taraba).

Purpose of the Technical Assistance

While states lead the implementation of the respective interventions built on the high-impact model that include advocacy, service delivery and demand-generation components, TCI will provide technical assistance and hand-holding to the respective states in addition to program delivery funding to stimulate government interest and stakeholder confidence. TCI will continue to use the evidence from the implementation of these NURHI models to stimulate more demand for Family Planning services while strengthening supportive policy and enabling environment as well as drive government investment to ensure access especially amongst the urban poor.
The Technical Support Lead-Demand Generation who will be embedded within the state will be responsible for delivering the mandate of The Challenge Initiative providing the required technical support to the TCI participating state government family planning team in ensuring proper implementing of their respective proposal with focus on demand generation and related activities. S/he will work closely with and provide feedback to the supervisor on this thematic area.
The underlying goal of TCI is to increase modern contraceptive use particularly among the urban poor. The key demand generation support will focus on strategies targeted at increasing knowledge and improving social norms and behaviours will be implemented. In addition, TCI will replicate the NURHI’s ‘Get-It-Together’ campaign with its three-pronged approach including: branded multi-channel campaign on radio, TV and other channels; Behavioral Change Communication (BCC) interventions using Social Behaviour Change Communication(SBCC) resources and social mobilization and community-level family planning promotion to stimulate demand activities and establish referral linkages.
Scope of Work
The Technical Support Lead – Demand Generation will:
  • Serve in the team of consultants for the TCI state Technical Support Team in program implementation and all activities under the demand generation thematic area.
  • Work with the State Ministry of Health, Primary Healthcare Development Agency, other relevant Department and Agencies, as well as other implementing partners to drive collective action, creating demand for family planning services.
  • Support implementation of demand-focused interventions including conducting field visits, learning tours, stakeholder visits, data collection and providing operational guidance and convening meetings of key stakeholders.
  • Domesticate and implement TCI demand generation strategy in the States and help identify opportunities to get partners to support the states on family planning.
  • Facilitate capacity strengthening interventions under the TCI University and support the roll-out of the in-country Community of Practice and capacity transfer processes for effective replication of NURHI model with special focus on demand generation.
  • Prepare and submit activity plans and reports, monthly activity updates and quarterly as may be required under the initiative result framework.
  • Co-facilitate meetings, training, workshop and transfer of knowledge process on service delivery to TCI-supported States.
  • In addition to attending periodic planning meeting with the TCI team in Abuja, the consultant may be required to travel to project locations within the state up to 40% and out of the state (up to 25%) as the need arises.
Requirements, Skills & Competencies
  • At least graduate degree in a Public Health, Health Policy Research, Behavior, Social Science or other related field.
  • Minimum of 7 years’ experience in reproductive health program management and coordination.
  • Extensive work experience and proven record in high-level policy, managing SBCC campaigns, strategic management and Family Planning program implementation
  • Ability to perform under lean, self-paced and flexible working conditions
  • Demonstrate experience of having undertaken similar assignments
  • Good basic financial reporting, analytical and documentation skills
  • Excellent presentation, communication and facilitation skills especially with the use of data and evidence to influence action
  • Excellent command of oral and written English
  • Thorough understanding of the local context, cultural awareness and sensitivity to gender issue
  • Understanding of the local language is an added advantage


Job Title: Technical Support Lead – Research, Monitoring and Evaluation
Location:
 Any City, Nigeria
Supervisor: TCI State Program Coordinator
Background
  • The Challenge Initiative (TCI) supports Nigeria to accelerate and scale-up the positive changes in reproductive health with focus on family planning that six cities experienced under the Nigeria Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) Project implemented since 2009. ThChallenge Initiative in Nigeria envisions“A true FP movement in Nigeria where new states, governments, and partners ask for technical and financial assistance in implementing successful FP programming to match their own investments”
  • The underlying goal of TCI is to increase modern contraceptive use particularly among the urban poor. The Initiative which is scheduled to run from 2016-2021 is currently implemented with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 5 states (Kano, Ogun, Niger, Bauchi and Delta) with plans to expand to 5 new states (Plateau, Anambra, Abia, Rivers and Taraba).

Job Description
  • The Technical Support Lead – Research, Monitoring and Evaluation will provide technical support to the state family planning team in ensuring proper implementing of their proposal with focus on Research, Monitoring and Evaluation.
  • S/he will work closely with and provide feedback to the supervisor on this thematic area.
  • The key outcomes of the consultant include: documentation and monitoring of family planning services/activities across the advocacy, demand generation and supervision provision.
  • More so, the consultant will also ensure the collection of high quality data and build capacity on database management, data demand and use.
Scope of Work
The Technical Support Lead – Research, Monitoring and Evaluation will:
  • Engage high-level stakeholders including the Executives (Governors, Commissioners, etc), House of Assembly, Traditional and Community Leaders, etc, to promote the broad health and family planning agenda
  • Work with the State Ministry of Health, Primary Healthcare Development Agency, other relevant Department and Agencies, as well as other implementing partners to use data for decision making.
  • Monitor and track the supply of commodities, consumables, procurement, distribution, and utilization of family planning equipment in the state.
  • Support state in tracking outreach and in-reach programs across the selected sites.
  • Support other consultants in facilitating the conduct of field visits and learning tours, data collection and quality assurance.
  • Domesticate and implement TCI Monitoring and Evaluation strategy in the States and help identify opportunities to get partners to support the states on family planning. This may include conduct of routine monitoring and performance review.
  • Support the state in conducting needs assessment including baseline survey, desk review, secondary analysis and data use meeting. This support will also include the establishment and operationalization of database management system
  • Facilitate the strengthening of routine monitoring, implementation research including research, monitoring and evaluation at facility and state levels
  • Conduct routine and periodic surveys to assess the impact of demand generation, advocacy and service delivery interventions in the states.
  • Facilitate capacity strengthening interventions under the TCI University and support the roll-out of the in-country Community of Practice and capacity transfer processes for effective replication of NURHI model.
  • Prepare and submit activity plans and reports, monthly activity updates and quarterly as may be required under the initiative result framework.
  • Co-facilitate meetings, training, workshop and transfer of knowledge process on service delivery to TCI-supported States.
  • In addition to attending periodic planning meeting with the TCI team in Abuja, the consultant may be required to travel to project locations within the state up to 40% and out of the state (up to 25%) as the need arises.
Skills & Competencies
  • Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized university or higher institution of learning in a Public Health, Statistics, Population Health, behavior or other social science related field.
  • Skills and knowledge of surveys design and administration for qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Computer literate in Word, Excel, (experience in electronic surveys designs and deployment with some mobile data collections apps will be an added advantage).
  • Experience in data analysis and report writing (knowledge of SPSS, STATA or other statistical package is an advantage)
  • At least 5 years of experience in M&E (specific experience in commodities distribution, project supply chain, medical commodities and work in the health sector directly with the MoH, and major stakeholders is an advantage).
  • Ability to perform under lean, self-paced and flexible working conditions
  • Demonstrate experience of having undertaken similar assignments
  • Good basic financial reporting, analytical and documentation skills
  • Excellent presentation, communication and facilitation skills especially with the use of data and evidence to influence action
  • Excellent command of oral and written English
  • Thorough understanding of the local context, cultural awareness and sensitivity to gender issue
  • Understanding of the local language is an added advantage


Job Title: TCI State Technical Lead – Service Delivery
Location:
 Kano/Ogun/Niger/Bauchi/Delta
Supervisor: TCI State Program Coordinator
Duration: 3-months (renewable) for the duration of the project
Purpose of the Technical Assistance
  • While states lead the implementation of the respective interventions built on the high-impact model that include advocacy, service delivery and demand-generation components,
  • TCI will provide technical assistance and hand-holding to the respective states in addition to program delivery funding to stimulate government interest and stakeholder confidence.
  • TCI will continue to use the evidence from the implementation of these NURHI models to stimulate more demand for Family Planning services while strengthening supportive policy and enabling environment as well as drive government investment to ensure access especially amongst the urban poor.
  • The TCI State Technical Lead – Service Delivery will provide technical support to the state family planning team in ensuring proper implementing of their proposal with focus on service delivery.
  • S/he will work closely with and provide feedback to the supervisor on this thematic area.
The key outcomes of the service delivery intervention include:
  • Expanded access to high-quality family planning services through improved FP service delivery environment, competencies of FP providers in providing LARC and contraceptive commodity security;
  • Integrated family planning program within existing Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) and HIV services;
  • Strengthened referrals linkages for family planning services at levels of care; Improved Quality of Care as well as quality of data collection procedure; and build capacity on database management, data demand and use.
Scope of Work
The TCI State Technical Lead – Service Delivery will:
  • Support state implementation, transfer and build capacity through mentoring and coaching of Family Planning managers and implementers to lead the scale-up and replication of high-impact urban reproductive health/family planning service delivery interventions
  • Work with the State Ministry of Health, Primary Healthcare Development Agency, other relevant Department and Agencies, as well as other implementing partners to implement the cost-effective health facility upgrades through comprehensive or modified makeovers.
  • Ensure efficient supply chain management including forecasting, procurement, distribution, utilization tracking of family planning equipment, commodities and consumables in the state
  • Support state implement (facility and community) outreach and in-reach programs across the selected sites while tracking results
  • Work with state and other implementing partners to facilitate training of clinical (health care workers) and non-clinical providers (TBAs, community volunteers, etc) on service provision and referrals
  • Work with the state advocacy team in concert with the TCI state Technical Support Unit to drive collective action, galvanise policy actions for the localisation and operationalisation of relevant service delivery protocols
  • Support states implement counterpart high-impact family planning interventions using the demand-driven model that ensures optimal learning.
  • Facilitate the conduct of field visits and learning tours, data collection and quality assurance; and providing operational guidance and convening meetings of key stakeholders.
  • Facilitate capacity strengthening interventions under the TCI University and support the roll-out of the in-country Community of Practice and capacity transfer processes for effective replication of NURHI model.
  • Prepare and submit activity plans and reports, monthly activity updates and quarterly as may be required under the initiative result framework.
  • Co-facilitate meetings, training, workshop and transfer of knowledge process on service delivery to TCI-supported States.
  • In addition to attending periodic planning meeting with the TCI team in Abuja, the consultant may be required to travel to project locations within the state up to 40% and out of the state (up to 25%) as the need arises.

Education, Skill/Experience and Qualifications
  • A degree in a public health, nursing, medicine or related field
  • A post-graduate degree in public health will be an added advantage.
  • Minimum of 7 years experience in reproductive health, HIV/PMTCT, or maternal and child health program implementation and coordination
  • Ability to perform under lean, self-paced and flexible working conditions
  • Demonstrate experience of having undertaken similar assignments
  • Good basic financial reporting, analytical and documentation skills
  • Excellent presentation, communication and facilitation skills especially with the use of data and evidence to influence action
  • Excellent command of oral and written English
  • Thorough understanding of the local context, cultural awareness and sensitivity to gender issue.
  • Understanding of the local language is an added advantage.

How To Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV’s to: info@nurhi.org using Name, Position and location as email subject.

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