20 Aug 2010

USAID Nigeria Job vacancies: Program/Project Management, Data Collection and Analysis 21 August 2010

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Job Description

Back Ground:
USAID/Nigeria manages a very large country program, with a total FY 2010 operating year budget anticipated to be at or over US $ 100m, its employees are organized into objective teams and support offices implementing programs in Investing in People, Peace and Democratic Governance, and Economic Growth. Nigeria is one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa, and is considered important to US foreign policy interests on the continent. Therefore USAID programs are subject to intense scrutiny by various elements of the US government, by Nigerian government ministries, and by diverse civil society constituencies.
PEPFAR, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, is the largest international health initiative ever undertaken by any country to combat a single disease. The first strategic principle of the multi-year Global HIV/AIDS Strategy is: “We will respond with urgency to the global HIV/AIDS crisis.” In addition to providing an unprecedented commitment of resources. PEPFA demands a results-oriented way of doing business with high levels of accountability, establishment of measurable goals against which progress will be tracked and evaluated, and funding decisions based on performance toward these goals.
Globally, PEPFAR has supported life-saving antiretroviral treatment for approximately two million men, women, and children. PEPFAR has supported rapid expansion of anti-retroviral treatment in countries by providing training for health stair latest therapies, organization of services, diagnosis and care, rehabilitation or laboratory equipment, and the systems and logistics necessary for the import of drugs, their proper storage and transport, improved quality, and cost containment.
PEPFAR is a unified USG effort that operates under the guidance of the State Department Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), based in Washington, DC. In Nigeria, as elsewhere, PEPFAR is led to the Ambassador and programmed by an Inter-agency Working Group chaired by the USAID Mission Director. PEPFAR funding for Nigeria is anticipated to exceed US$1M in FY 2010, with the majority managed directly by USAID. Under the PEPFAR, funding for HIV/AIDS has increased each year and is expected to continue to increase again in FY 2010.
Basic Function:
 The Supervisory Project Management Specialist (Care and Treatment) is responsible for serving as a senior professional in the HIV/AIDS/TB Team, and as the Care and Treatment Work Group Leader, Personally and through subordinates, the Specialist is responsible for implementation of selected portions of the Team portfolio in USAID/Nigeria.
 The Specialist serves as a full COTR/AOTR with oversight and professional management, implementation, and direction of multiple activities conducted by a variety of USAID Implementing Partners (IPs).
 The assignment includes responsibility for monitoring and evaluation of existing program activities and for implementing new activities, as required.
 The incumbent participates with professionals of all Team sectors in the planning, design, development management, and monitoring of Team Care and Treatment programs. In the course of the assignment the Specialist will represent USAID, its activities, and its programs to senior Host-Government counterparts (at Ministerial levels, local government leaders, counterparts, etc.), to other donor agencies, and to NGO counterparts and the private sector.
 The Specialist provides first-line supervisory responsibility over five (5) professional and two (2) administrative/clerical subordinate.

Program/Project Management -70 %
Duties and Responsibilities:
 The Supervisory Project Management Specialist (Care and Treatment) serves as a COTR/AOTR, and is responsible personally and through subordinates for the management, implementation, evaluation, and monitoring of assigned aspects of the HIV/AIDS/TB Team program/project portfolio.
 The Specialist is responsible for advising the Team Leader/Deputy Team Leader, the Mission Director, and others on matters of importance to the PEPFAR care and treatment programs and on program/project monitoring activities, and for providing management oversight of IPs implementing managed care and treatment programs.
 The managed programs are major component of the HIV/AIDS/TB Team and overall USAID/Nigeria portfolio, and a critical component of the overall USAID Mission Country Strategy.
 The Specialist is instrumental in the achievement of overall PEPFAR objectives.
 The work requires the Specialist to remain current on economic political, and social trends in the GoN, and to analyze those trends in relation to their impact on managed PEPFAR programs.
Minimum Qualifications:
Education:
 An advanced degree in Public Health (MPh, MBBS or equivalent), or a medical degree with emphasis on public health or in nutrition is required.
Experience:
 Seven to ten years of progressively responsible, professional-level experience in public health, emphasis on managing cans and treatment activities with actual care and treatment experience, which had provided the opportunity for project design, program planning, and/or implementation is required.
 At least two years this experience should have been in development-related work, or related fields, for USG, other donor agencies, GoN organizations, or private-sector’ institutions which included project design, performance monitoring, and/or the analysis and interpretation of large amounts of data.

Data Collection and Analysis -10%
Duties and Responsibilities:
 The Specialist is responsible for monitoring and reporting on developments in the HIV/AIDS/TB sector especially those that impact the ability to successfully implement HIV/AIDS/TB Team care and treatment activities.
 The Specialist monitors, analyzes, and reports on relevant aspects of Host-Government policy, law, and regulation, and on HIV/AIDS/TB and development issues.
 Based on an in-depth understanding of USAID policy and program objectives and priorities, the Specialist prepares technical and policy analyses, evaluates sectoral issues, and provides input to Mission activities outside of the HIV/AIDS/TB portfolio, but particularly with respect to the assigned sector.
 The Specialist summarizes information and conclusions m written and oral form for presentation to senior USG, and other, decision makers, and for incorporation into other USAID Mission activity documents, as appropriate.
 The Specialist organizes field trips, conferences, and seminars to ensure maximum exposure to emerging trends and various points of view, and for monitoring Team and Work Group activities, providing translation as needed.
 The Specialist prepares written reports that reflect a sound understanding of assigned areas of responsibility, and that clearly document that a wide variety of sources and points of view have been consulted in undertaking analyses, and in drawing conclusions.
 The Specialist prepares oral and written briefings for the Team leadership, Mission Director, Embassy staff, and others, on request.
Minimum Qualifications:
Education:
 An advanced degree in Public Health (MPh, MBBS or equivalent), or a medical degree with emphasis on public health or in nutrition is required.
Experience:
 Seven to ten years of progressively responsible, professional-level experience in public health, emphasis on managing cans and treatment activities with actual care and treatment experience, which had provided the opportunity for project design, program planning, and/or implementation is required.
 At least two years this experience should have been in development-related work, or related fields, for USG, other donor agencies, GoN organizations, or private-sector’ institutions which included project design, performance monitoring, and/or the analysis and interpretation of large amounts of data.
Language:
 Level IV (fluent) English language speaking and writing proficiency is required.
 Knowledge:
 In-depth Professional-level knowledge of development principles, concepts, and practices especially as they relate to the assignment and to public health and care and treatment programs in Nigeria and the region, sound knowledge understanding of the economic, political, social, and characteristics of Nigeria, and, the economic, sent problems, resources, and resource constraints, and development prospects and priorities of Nigeria and the region, good knowledge www.nigeriabestjobs.com or the potential to acquire such knowledge, of USG legislation, policy, and practice relating to development assistance, USG programming policies, regulations, procedures, and documentation; and, of the objectives, methodology, and status of assigned activities with an understanding of the organization and respective roles of the different branches in the GoN, in order to enhance effective communication, and to develop consensus on program/project strategy and implementation plans is required.
 Skills and Abilities:
 The Specialist must have the ability to plan, organize, manage, and evaluate care and treatment activities, verbal communication skills, tact, and diplomacy are required to establish and develop sustainable working relations and a high level of trust with senior and middle-level GoN officials, and with public and private organizations, such as primary USG technical contacts in the development area and also to explain and interpret GoN attitudes, priorities, and concerns to USG officials, and to negotiate project plans and resolve project implementation issues with appropriate Host-Country organizations, technical advisors, IPs, counterparts, and peers.
 Writing skills required to prepare regular and ad hoc reports, project documentation, and briefing papers and analytical ability in order to interpret public policies, and to assist in the development of revised policies, as require, and, to develop and monitor the performance of budgets, and the development of periodic work plans.
 Must have skills in project programming, policies, and plans, and in developing strategies for implementation and the ability to work effectively in a Team, environment, and to achieve consensus on policy, and administrative matters.
 Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc. are required to manage activity goals and achievements, both technical and financial.
Selection Process:
It is essential that the candidate address the required qualifications above in the application.
Additional Selection Criteria:
 Management will consider nepotism/conflict of interest budget, and residency status in determining successful candidacy.
 Current employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply.
 Current employees who are qualified will be given preference.
 Only successful applicants who meet the minimum requirements will be notified.
 The Human Resources Office will not accept applications or resume submitted in U.S Government official envelopes.
 The minimum requirements must be adequately addressed in the cover letter of your application package. Failure to do so will disqualify your application.
How to Apply:
Interested applicants for this position must submit the following, or the application will not be considered:
 A type-written application specifically applying for this position, and addressing the minimum requirements as advertised. Please reference the Job title and announcement number on the application letter.
 A current resume or curriculum vitae, listing all job responsibilities: plus
 Any other documentation (e.g. essays, certificates, awards, copies of degrees earned) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.
 Please indicate position title and vacancy announcement number on the top right corner of the envelope and also on the subject line of the application letter.
Submit Application to:
The Executive Officer,
USAID/Nigeria,
7 – 9, Mambilla Street,
Off Aso Drive,
Maitama,
Abuja.
Point of Contact:
Tel: 09-461-9300 09-461-9300 ext. 9319
On or before 30th August, 2010
An equal opportunity employer

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