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Interviewer, Counsellors at Maryland Global Initiative Corporation of Nigeria (MGIC)

Vacancies: Interviewer, Counsellors

BACKGROUND: The Maryland Global Initiative Corporation of Nigeria (MGIC) an affiliate of the University of Maryland Baltimore is a Non- Governmental Organization funded by the US Government through the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The Organization is seeking qualified candidates to work on its recent award on “the Nigeria indicator and Impact Survey (NAUS) is a population -based HIV Impact Assessment (PHIA) Survey that was developed to enable countries obtain HIV specific indicator, including the impact of the expansion of HIV prevention and treatment program to facilitate effective monitoring of national HIV program.

Position: Interviewer

Survey interviewers must have prior experience in large-scale, household-based surveys involving sensitive questions.

S/he will participate in a structured training on fieldwork procedures before the pilot and survey implementation.

Interviewers will be trained on the basics of HIV/AIDS, identification of sampled clusters, identifying eligible households and individuals, ethics and informed consent, use of objective interviewing techniques with adults and children, use of electronic data capture techniques, field logistics and conduct, map reading, and administration of questionnaires.

The interviewers will request consent for the interview and conduct interviews.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Identifies eligible households and individuals

Ensures ethics are adhered to

Locates the site assigned by the Team Lead for the interview

Ensures informed consent are administered to survey participants/respondents

Conducts interviews of eligible adults and children using electronic data capture techniques

Ensures each question is well understood by the respondents

Ensures each questionnaire is properly completed

Ensures confidentiality of information provided by the respondent

Reports any problem or concern to the Team Lead

Ensures he/she returns to the site to interview respondents who were not available during the initial visits and callbacks (maximum of 3 recall visits are recommended)

Minimum Qualifications


All candidates must be able to read, write, and do basic arithmetic

A tertiary education is required

Previous experience in HIV/AIDS programs/survey

Knowledge, Skills, and Attributes:

Previous experience in HIV/AIDS programs/survey

Excellent (fluent) English written and verbal communication skills

Excellent (fluent) in a local language of the zone of work

Ability to operate smart phones

Candidate must be available throughout the duration of the survey (4-6 months) Candidate must be able to work during evenings and weekends

Candidate must be willing to work in rural areas

Position: Counsellors

Duties and Responsibilities

The HIV counsellor will ensure informed consent are administered as at when due.

S/he will conduct pre- and post-test HIV counselling for all participants who consent to the survey

The counsellor will ensure ethics are adhered to on the field and confidentiality of survey participants is protected.

Receives respondents consent to be tested and offers pre- and posttest counselling for all participants who consent to the survey

Directs participants to Lab technicians for testing

Discloses result to respondents

Assists in the referrals of HIV infected individuals to CBOs for linkage to treatment and care S/he will serve as an interviewer if need arises

S/he will assist in the team lead in resolving conflicts and difficult disclosure scenarios on the field.

Minimum Qualifications


A tertiary education is required

Participation in the 10-day core training based on the Nigerian National Guideline on HIV counselling will be an added advantage

Has had 3-month supervised service delivery and has been evaluated by a trained counsellor- tester supervisor. Additional training in home-based counseling is an added advantage

An understanding of HIV/AIDS surveys in resource constrained settings.

Knowledge, Skills, and Attributes:

Knowledge of and practical experience in HIV community-based research and ethical  requirements. Previous participation in conducting surveys is an added advantage.

Excellent (fluent) English written and verbal communication skills. Excellent (fluent) in a local language of the zone is essential. Knowledge of another local dialect will be an added ‘ advantage.

Should have strong interpersonal skills (active listening, empathy, social awareness, emotional j awareness) and the ability to resolve different disclosure scenarios during the survey Should be knowledgeable in the culture of the zone of data collection Flexible, willing to travel to any part of zone and work weekends during the survey implementation period.

DURATION:       6 Month with the possibility of renewal subject to the availability of funds.

How to Apply:

All applicants should please click on the link below and fill the form. https://goo.gl/forms/nvRjHCZdYUvqkuq52

NOTE:       Applicants who are not able to fill the form on line should summit hard copies of their applications and photocopies of their credentials to their State Ministry of Health, Director of Public Health office.

All applicants should indicate the Geo- Political Zone where they would have preferred to work, and note that their assignment will cover all the stales within the Zone.

Those who have applied before should not reapply, as this is just an extension of the deadline.

CLOSING DATE: 31st March, 2018.



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