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Senior Health Systems Advisor at IPAS, a Global Non-Profit Health Organization

Job Summary:

Ipas, a global nonprofit health organization working in Nigeria seeks a qualified candidate for the position of: Senior Health Systems Advisor, Nigeria.

The Senior Health Systems Advisor provides technical leadership to the Nigeria country program focusing on health systems, community development and advocacy, particularly in stigma reduction, midwifery, sexual reproductive health and rights, health system provider/site performance, and Ipas ttaining efforts. The position shares knowledge on technical innovation, lessons learned, and best practices across regional/country teams, technical staff, and external partners. The position works to guide and manage the team, ensuring implementation of quality health systems activities are aligned with Ipas’s organizational strategies, standards and goals.

Position: Senior Health Systems Advisor

Job Details

Reports to:         Country Director

Location:            Abuja, Nigeria

Required Travel:          50% of time

Primary Responsibilities:

Designs, plans, organizes, implements, evaluates, and documents trainings and workshops on high-quality comprehensive abortion care and contraceptive services

Collaborates and builds partnerships with key implementing partners including various Central and Provincial Ministry of Health departments and staff, medical training institutions, medical associations, commodity and supply agencies, and non-governmental organizations

Contributes to new program design, leading on technical strategy in alignment with Ipas’s mission, values and strategic plan

Leads the development, implementation and monitoring of health systems components of projects’ workplans and budgets

Provides leadership to, and coordinates the activities of, the health systems unit of Ipas Nigeria

Ensures supportive supervision and program mentoring to program sites and providers in accordance with organizational guidelines and standard operating procedures

Prepares reports on training events and other program activities to document project progress

Monitors progress of health systems work, including analyzing service delivery data; identify issues and trends and work with partners to develop solutions to address challenges and improve service delivery

Identities opportunities to document and share health systems technical innovation, lessons learned, and best practices from the Nigeria context within Ipas and to external audiences

Oversees work of and provides supervision to select country office employees

Represents Ipas at local, provincial, national and at times international meetings as needed

Perform other duties as assigned


Master’s Degree in relevant field.

7-8+ years’ relevant experience.

Training, facilitation and mentoring experience.

Ability to work in a diverse environment

Willingness to travel up to 50% and work additional hours when needed.

Fluency in written and spoken English as well as relevant local languages.

2 or more years of program management experience.

Experience working in a clinical environment

Experience working in a non-profit organization.

Experience managing multi-disciplinary teams


Decisive Risk Management & Problem Solving

Anticipate challenges and find solutions. Seeks the necessary inputs, analyzes the data at hand, identifies potential risks and takes a decision. Can move forward even when information is imperfect. Documents analysis, intentions and desired outcome of key decisions. Reviews the impact and consequences and openly learns from mistakes

Communication & Collaboration

Actively listens and communicates -connects easily with her/his team and gains their trust and respect. Works well across all organizational teams. Demonstrates clear and concise information and idea sharing

Critical Guidance and Conflict Management

Has the skills to face conflict and provide critical guidance with empathy and facts. Can deliver difficult feedback with care. Encourages team members to directly share their concerns and helps develop the skills to make it a productive and valued experience Understands the benefits of conflict and supports colleagues to embrace different perspectives, learn from others, to understand themselves and co-create new ideas.

Take the Work Seriously but Not Yourself.

Strive to do your best but know no one is perfect, you can laugh and learn from your mistakes.   You also know when the search for perfection will have a negative impact on the women and girls we are trying to serve.

How to Apply:

All interested applicants should apply through the Ipas’s career website not later than 9th May, 2017:


Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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