Jhpiego, an Affiliate of Johns Hopkins University is a global leader in improving healthcare services for women and their families. In collaboration with UNITAIDS, Jhpiego will be implementing a Malaria- in-Pregnancy (MIP) project. This project aims to scale up an innovative, community-based approach to expand coverage of Intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp), with quality assured sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP), for pregnant women. The project will operate over a five-year period. Jhpiego hereby invites applications from highly resourceful, experienced and dynamic professionals for the position of Community Mobilization Officer.
Position Reports To: Malaria Technical Advisor
Position Supervised: None
Location: Ebonyi, Nigeria
The Community Mobilization Officer (CMO) will be responsible in building capacity of facility-based personnel at the Local Government level for UNITAID project to expand access to preventive chemotherapy for pregnant women in Nigeria. This project aims to scale up an innovative, community-based approach to expand coverage of intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp), with quality assured sulfadoxine-pyrimithimine (SP), for pregnant women. The Community mobilization Officer will mentor and build capacity of Community Health Workers (CHWs) in IPTp at district level as well as supporting ANC providers on the most up to date guidance in IPTp. S/he will ensure adherence to antenatal care protocols for malaria ease management and malaria in pregnancy (MIP).
- Work closely with Malaria Technical Advisor to design the implementation of community IPTp with linkages to ANC, per project outcomes and outputs.
- Work closely with civil society organization and/or community partners to support strengthening and expansion of community IPTp.
- Develop and coordinate community level communication campaigns that modify behavior and inform key stakeholders at the community.
- Provide mentoring and support capacity building and follow up support to Community Health Workers implementing project efforts. 4
- Liaise closely with district leaders and ANC staff to help strengthen the link and partnership between communities and facilities.
- Develop and implement service delivery strategies for accessing hard-to-reach populations, including the Identification of opportunities to integrate antenatal care services.
- Facilitate collaboration across public and private, and for- and non-profit sectors.
- Ensure adherence to ANC protocols malaria in pregnancy.
- Assist With execution Of annual work plans Within established budgets and timelines. Monitor supportive supervision activities, SP restocking and CHW referrals to ANC.
- Report knowledge gaps and bottlenecks to Program Officer
- Assist with C-IPTp promotion activities and reinforce WHO guidelines for early IPTp uptake and sequential IPTp doses.
- Monitor CHW performance and help address issues of service quality.
- Assist with drafting, editing and proofreading of technical materials and appropriate reports of program activities and results to the donor, including progress reports, activity charts, and annual reports as requested.
- Work collaboratively with project and headquarters finance staff to prepare and track the progress of project and activity budgets.
- Ensure compliance with UNITAID operational policies and regulations.
- Work collaboratively With Other project team members to ensure necessary project planning, resource availability and management activities function smoothly and efficiently.
- A medical degree (doctor or nursing) or Master’s in Public Health.
- At least 5 years’ experience applying malaria in pregnancy programs.
- At least 3 years’ experience in implementing $10M per year in donor-funded projects. Qualification as a “master trainer”: experience training health workers on clinical aspects related to malaria case management.
- Experience building capacity at individual and organi2ational levels.
- Skill in at least two or more af the following technical areas: strengthening service delivery programs, training, performance and quality improvement.
- Experience With a mix Of practical technical skills in malaria necessary for strengthening malaria service delivery at the provincial, clinic and community-level.
- The ability to liaise with senior MOH officials and dignitaries, executives of NGOs, FBOs, CBOs, the for-profit business community, and senior members of the donor community.
- Demonstrated in-depth understanding of Nigeria healthcare system, particularly the public health system, experience living and working in Nigeria preferred.
- Familiarity with UNITAID management, reporting procedures and systems will be added advantage. Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple projects/tasks, short deadlines, competing deadlines and intense pressure to perform.
- Appreciation for socio-cultural differences in countries, preferably having lived and worked in one or more low resource settings.
- Ability to speak the local language and dialect of the people of project location as may be required in working with the community people and volunteers. Strong communication skills in Oha Ukwu indigenous dialect highly desirable.
- Awareness of, sensitivity to, and experience in working in multiple socio-economic settings and with multi-cultural staff and groups.
- Ability to develop productive working relationships with counterparts in other agencies and organizations worldwide.
- Ability to work effectively with diverse international teams. Proficiency in word processing and Microsoft Office. Fluent in written and spoken English.
- Excellent facilitation, oral and written communications skills in English.
- Ability to travel nationally.
Interested candidates should submit an Application letter and a detailed CV as one single word document to firstname.lastname@example.org not later than Monday, February 19th, 2018. The title/subject of your email and application should be the position you have applied for. Please note that applicants that do not adhere to the stated format of application will be disqualified. For further information about Jhpiego, please visit our website at www.jhpiego.org. Jhpiego offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive employee benefits package.
Only shortlisted candidates will receive an invitation for interview. Please note that any successful candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation.
JHU is an Equal Opportunity Employer