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Options Consultancy Services Limited was established in 1992 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marie Stopes International. We are a consultancy organisation providing technical and management expertise in the health and social sectors to governments and international development partners to transform the health of women and children.
We are is recruiting to fill the vacant position below:
 Job Title: Evidence and Advocacy Coordinator
Location: Katsina
Job Description
  • We are seeking an Evidence and Advocacy Coordinator to be based in Katsina State to contribute and work on the dynamic Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Programme (MNCH2), funded by the UK government.
Responsibilities
  • As Evidence and Advocacy Coordinator, you will work on the MNCH2 programme to ensure maternal, newborn and child health evidence is used for improving performance of health services focusing on the areas of effectiveness, equity and efficiency
  • You will work with the team to strengthen advocacy for better health services for women and children, through the effective use of evidence by civil society groups and leveraging on pressure points through Civil Society Organisaton (CSO) and Facility Health Committee (FHC) coalitions.
  • You will be expected to identify the information needs of target audiences in their State (e.g. Non-governmental organisations, advocates, accountability structures, district health planners, national policy makers) and help them to connect with researchers and others to better inform maternal and newborn health (MNH) programmes, policies and planning.
  • The Evidence and Advocacy Coordinator will be responsible for providing technical inputs and support on MNH evidence, which includes support on maternal death audits/reviews and helping ensure MNH evidence is robust, of high quality, timely and that it is reaching the right people. For this, you will be concerned with synthesising, packaging and disseminating existing evidence, conducting secondary analysis of existing data and making sure evidence is communicated effectively to different stakeholders.
Person Specification
Qualifications:
  • An advanced Degree in Public Health or a relevant field
Experience:
  • Minimum of 6 years of consulting and/or management experience in international health programmes for key health development partners, including, but not limited to, DFID, USAID, AusAID and the European Union
  • Demonstrated management, programme planning competency and effective communication skills;
  • At least 3 years’ experience providing expertise around advocacy, monitoring and evaluation, and/or institutional strengthening
  • Experience working effectively with government authorities and CSOs
  • Excellent written and spoken Hausa and English is a must
  • Understanding of advocacy principles and approaches
  • Experience in mentoring and training for different cadres of staff and partners
Skills and Attributes:
  • Excellent attention to detail and experience of quality assurance
  • Excellent written and spoken English and Hausa
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills, including but not limited to Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Excellent leader and team player, with excellent interpersonal skills and comfortable working in a multi-disciplinary team
Other Requirements:
  • Commitment to achieving effective and efficient delivery of essential health care for pregnant women, new-borns and children, alongside routine immunisation
  • Commitment to ensuring that all Nigerian citizens, including women, the poorest and other marginalized groups, are able to have equal voice and participate in holding government accountable in the delivery of public services
Benefits
  • Options offers a comprehensive benefits package including 25 annual leave allowance, medical insurance, accident insurance and group life assurance.

Job Title: 
Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer
Location:
 Abuja
Job Summary
  • We are seeking an experienced Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer, based in Nigeria, who will play a key role in our new ASRH programme’s M&E, including supporting the Human Centred Design (HCD) process and building M&E capacity of civil society organisations (CSOs).
Objective of Role
  • The M&E Officer will use their skills and expertise to lead on monitoring progress against selected indicators, be the focal point for Nigeria programme M&E, actively support HCD, and lead on participatory and qualitative formative approaches to evaluation.
  • The role will also involve capacity building of CSOs on M&E processes and systems to improve their performance measurements and grants reporting.
  • The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer will use their skills and expertise to actively support HCD as an approach to our ASRH programme through coordination of key stakeholders, lead on participatory approaches to evaluation and use results to develop a robust programme design.
  • The role will also involve conducting routine programme M&E to measure progress, and capacity building of CSOs on appropriate organisational M&E processes and systems.
Responsibilities
  • Our programme is aimed at improving the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) of adolescents, including reducing unsafe-abortions and preventing unwanted pregnancies. With current plans of implementation in Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa, its objective is to ensure young women are able to access quality comprehensive sexual and reproductive services and will support CSOs to shift social norms and build girls’ agency.
Person specification
To succeed in this role, you will have:
  • Strong proven experience in monitoring and evaluation of grants / donor-funded projects
  • Significant experience of qualitative and quantitative data analysis and management
  • Experience of working in sexual and reproductive health programmes
  • Experience of working with CSO grantees, including building their M&E capacity.
  • Ability to work with remote teams and with high sensitivity to cultural and social diversity.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV’s with a summary note of your skills and experience to “Samira Abu-Helil” at: opportunities@options.co.uk Candidates should state the role in the subject header
Note: Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview.

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