Program Coordinator/National Focal Point                                      Monitoring and Evaluation Officer                                         Finance Officer               

 

Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria NEPWHAN                                                                35 Justice Sowemimo Street, Off T.Y. Danjuma Street, Asokoro Abuja

 

 

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT FOR PROJECT STAFF

 

PROJECT:                Community Led Monitoring of COVID-19 and HIV in Nigeria.

 

POSITIONS:              Program Coordinator/National Focal Point    (1 position)

                                    Monitoring and Evaluation Officer     (1 position)

                                    Finance Officer           (1 position)                 

 

PROJECT COVERAGE STATES:  Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Borno, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, FCT, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Rivers and Sokoto.

 

WORK LOCATION:  FCT, Abuja

 

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS: 9th October, 2020.

 

Background

As the world scales up public health responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, countries are being urged to take decisive action to control the epidemic and provide necessary services and diagnostics to the people who need them. Countries are being requested to take a comprehensive approach tailored to their circumstances, with containment as the central pillar. However, as in all acute epidemics, especially where casual person-to-person transmission occurs, there is a need to ensure that the response is grounded firmly in human rights.

 

In Nigeria, the number of cases related to COVID-19 remains low, but concerns on its likely chronic infectious diseases of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and malaria remain untested, given the high burden of these diseases and relatively weak health system, compared to those of currently most affected countries, such as Spain. There are notable worries that COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria can compromise the salubrious gains already made with PEPFAR, Global Fund and other investments in HIV, TB and malaria control. An urgent and pragmatic measure needs to be taken to support response to COVID-19 to minimize risks and sustain the efforts on improving the statistics of these core GF programs, otherwise the situation will be compounded.

 

With the advent of the Coronavirus, the National COVID-19 Multi-sectoral Pandemic Response Plan was developed by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 with 10 pillars. Under the pillar on Epidemiology and Surveillance, led by the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC), is the component of “community surveillance” and “use of health care workers and volunteers” to sensitize community members and intensify contact tracing. In response, the UN System developed the One UN COVID-19 Response Plan, that is also structured around the 10 pillars of the Government plan. It further established the One UN Basket Fund for COVID-19 in Nigeria, through which this Community-led Monitoring of COVID-19 and HIV is financed.

 

As Nigeria works towards achieving national and global targets and the sustainable development goals, Community Led Monitoring becomes critical in all spheres to ensure the gathering of evidence, rapid response to red flags, improved quality and impact of services and accountability at the programmatic and policy levels. This level of monitoring also ensures community leadership and empowerment for a sustainable response to HIV and COVID, and can be used as a catalyst in the management of other health programs. History of the HIV epidemic has made it clear that any response will only be effective, and achieve desired results when affected communities are meaningfully involved in its development, implementation, and monitoring. Thus, the involvement of the Network of People living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN).

 

It is within this context that NEPWHAN, with support from the UNAIDS Country Office, and in partnership with ITPC West Africa, will implement the Community Led Monitoring initiative in Nigeria.

 

NEPWHAN is an indigenous non-governmental organization and the national umbrella body that coordinates and administers all Support Groups, constituencies, associations and organizations of persons living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria.  NEPWHAN was formed in 1998, with membership in over 1,030 Support Groups across the 36 States of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

 

In response to the need for effective coordination of the Community Led Monitoring initiative across the supported States, NEPWHAN is seeking dynamic professionals to work in the above-mentioned positions.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAM COORDINATOR/NATIONAL FOCAL POINT

The Program Coordinator/National Focal Point will work under the supervision of the NEPWHAN National Coordinator and the Head of Program.

 

The main role of the Project Coordinator/National Focal Point is to coordinate the implementation of the program management component of the Community-Led Monitoring of COVID-19 and HIV in Nigeria.

 

Together with the management of NEPWHAN, the Project Coordinator/National Focal Point will ensure the good functionality of the National Community Consultative Group (NCCG), and keep a good working relationship with the different partners involved in the implementation of the Community-Led Monitoring initiative in Nigeria.

With the support of NEPWHAN Monitoring and Evaluation team, s/he will be responsible for ensuring data quality control at States and site levels.

S/he will also have supervisory role of the Data Collectors (Community Volunteers), with an overview of activities in all other designated States, where the NEPWHAN Community-Led Monitoring initiative will be implemented.

 

 

 

Main Tasks and Responsibilities

 

General Program Management

  • Support the development and strengthening of the Program component of the intervention. (program management/reporting tools, etc) for the Community-Led Monitoring initiative at the national and State levels,
  • Support the streamline of Program management processes and tools (work plan, concept documents, etc).
  • Work with ITPC West Africa program management team to address program management issues.
  • Support the capacity building of NEPWHAN State officers to implement the CLM in Nigeria.
  • Coordinate program reporting.

 

Community-Led Program Management

  • Support the design and the creation of program and processes to facilitate the implementation of the Community-Led Monitoring initiative in Nigeria,
  • Build capacity of the networks, and communities on program management.
  • Oversight the implementation of the program component of the Community-Led Monitoring systems and processes.
  • Work with ITPC West Africa program management team to use evidence-based program data to inform decision making and reprograming, as the need arise.
  • Support the development of organizational publications and presentations that demonstrate the impact of Community-Led Monitoring initiative in Nigeria.
  • Ensure the functionality of the Community Consultative Group (CCG)/Steering Committee.
  • Collaborate with other partners for effective project implementation.
  • Represent NEPWHAN at all program-related meetings, and submit reports of such meetings.
  • Support the training of Data Collectors on collection tools and techniques.
  • Carry out formative supervision of Data Collectors
  • Ensure data quality control
  • Ensure validated data are uploaded promptly into the data base
  • Support the filing and archiving of collected forms
  • Provide secretarial services to the National Community Consultative Group (Steering Committee)
  • Ensure good visibility of the Community-Led Monitoring initiative in Nigeria
  • Coordinate project reports from the different project States on the implementation of the Community-Led Monitoring initiative
  • Support NEPWHAN National Coordinator in the implementation of Advocacy Plans

 

Education & Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree or HND in Social Sciences, Public Health, Human Rights, International Development, or other related disciplines.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ relevant experience in Program Management and developing Monitoring and Evaluation system framework for non-profit sector or related field.
  • 2 years’ experience working with the community, preferably in CSO network, CBO or Support Group setting.
  • Above-average computer literacy in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Accounting skill would be an added advantage.
  • Good oral & written English Language communication.
  • Suitable candidates living with HIV will have an added advantage.
  • Experience with participatory research methods.
  • Proven experience in facilitating advocacy frameworks
  • Ability to work with CSOs, including Key Populations, Women and Girls
  • Ability to analyze secondary data, in order to carry out advocacy.
  • Capacity for training, mentoring and supervision.
  • Experience in web-based and electronic-based data/M&E management tools and practices.

 

 

JOB DESCRIPTION OF THE MONITORING & EVALUATION OFFICER

The Monitoring & Evaluation Officer will work under the supervision of the NEPWHAN National Coordinator and Head of Monitoring and Evaluation department.

 

Main Tasks and Responsibilities

 

General Monitoring & Evaluation Tasks

  • Support the development and the strengthening of the M&E systems (tools, process and database) for the Community-Led Monitoring initiative at national and States levels
  • Support the streamline of the M&E systems, processes, and tools.
  • Support the creation of a harmonized organizational M&E system for the CLM within NEPWHAN.
  • Work with ITPC West Africa Monitoring and Evaluation Officer and the M&E Local Consultant to articulate the impact of the Community-Led Monitoring at the national level
  • Support the capacity building of NEPWHAN State offices/officers to implement the CLM in Nigeria
  • Support the training and capacity building of the State Focal Points and Data Collectors/Community Volunteers on data collection and analysis, as well as quality check and improvement.

 

Community-Led Monitoring Tasks

  • Support the design and creation of data systems and processes to facilitate the implementation of the Community-Led Monitoring initiative in Nigeria
  • Build capacity of the networks and communities on data collection to inform the Community-Led Monitoring and advocacy initiatives
  • Oversight the implementation of NEPWHAN Community-Led Monitoring systems and processes.
  • Support the training of Data Collectors on collection tools and techniques.
  • Carry out formative supervision of Data Collectors
  • Ensure data quality control
  • Ensure validated data are uploaded promptly into the data base
  • Support the filing and archiving of collected forms

 

Impact Analysis and Support Evidence-based Advocacy

  • Work with ITPC West Africa Monitoring & Evaluation Officer and the M&E Local Consultant to develop evidence to support the creation of a national advocacy agenda for the CLM in Nigeria.
  • Support the development of organizational publications and presentations that demonstrate the impact of Community-Led Monitoring initiative in Nigeria.

 

Education & Experience Requirements

 

  • Bachelor’s Degree or HND in Social Sciences, Public Health, Human Rights, International Development, or other related disciplines.
  • Minimum of 3 years relevant experience developing Monitoring and Evaluation system framework for non-profit sector or related field.
  • 2 years’ experience in working with the community, preferably in network, CBO or Support Group setting.
  • Should demonstrate above-average computer literacy in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Experience in web-based and electronic-based data/M&E management tools and practices.
  • Accounting skill would be an added advantage.
  • Good oral & written English Language communication.
  • Suitable candidate living with HIV will have added advantage.
  • Experience with participatory research methods.
  • Proven experience in facilitating advocacy frameworks
  • Ability to work with CSOs, including Key Populations, Women and Girls.
  • Ability to analyze secondary data, in order to carry out advocacy.
  • Capacity for training, mentoring and supervision.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION OF FINANCE OFFICER

The Finance Officer will work under the supervision of the NEPWHAN National Coordinator and Head of Finance Department.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Ensure that all accounting records are maintained in line with NEPWHAN Financial Manual, International Financial Reporting Standards and Donors and Partners requirements.
  • Collaborate with State Staff to ensure timely reporting and  prompt retirement of advances
  • Posting and updating prepayment and cash advances subsidiary ledger.
  • Responsible for issuing receipts, preparing and posting of Payment Vouchers and maintaining the cash books in accordance with laid down policies and procedures;
  • Monitoring of Advance Payments control accounts and generation of periodic advance payments schedule.
  • Ensure that all registers including Cheque Register, Fixed Assets Register, and other subsidiary ledgers are appropriately kept and up to-date;
  • Ensure that all accounting records are updated promptly.
  • Processing of the release of prepayments and retirement of cash advances;
  • Preparation and processing of invoices for payment;
  • Prepare monthly Bank Reconciliation statements for petty cash accounts;
  • Educate subordinates on the provisions of the manual, statutory laws and regulations, fiscal policies and any changes thereon.
  • Supervision of all subordinate staff of the finance department
  • Carry out other duties/special assignments as may be delegated by superior officers.

 

Education & Experience Requirements

  • First degree Bsc./HND in Accounting.
  • Minimum of 2 years working experience in HIV related project with International or local NGOs
  • Excellent knowledge of Quick Books accounting software.
  • Versatile knowledge of Microsoft e.g Excel, word and power point.
  • Having work experience with Community Based Organisations and State staff.

Success Factors:

Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are essential.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (The knowledge, skills and attitudes required for satisfactory job performance)

Knowledge: The incumbent must have proficient knowledge in the following areas:

  • computerized accounting programs
  • accounts payable and accounts receivables
  • generally accepted accounting principles
  • fund accounting
  • preparation of financial statements
  • preparation of financial reports
  • administration of employee benefits
  • payroll systems and reporting
  • office administration
  • an understanding of relevant policies and procedures
  • an understanding of the Nigerian cultural and political environment

 

Skills: (The incumbent must demonstrate the following skills:)

  • supervisory skills
  • team building
  • accounting and bookkeeping skills
  • analytical and problem-solving skills
  • decision making skills
  • effective verbal and listening communications skills
  • effective written communications skills
  • ability to communicate effectively in English
  • computer skills including the ability to operate computerized accounting, spreadsheet and

word processing programs at a highly proficient level

  • stress management skills
  • time management skills

 

Personal Attributes:

  • The incumbent must maintain strict confidentiality in performing the duties of the Finance Officer. The incumbent must also demonstrate the following personal attributes:
    • be honest and trustworthy
    • be respectful
    • possess cultural awareness and sensitivity
    • be flexible
    • demonstrate sound work ethics

 

      

METHOD FOR APPLICATION:

 

Interested applicants should send their detailed Curriculum Vitae and a 1-page capacity statement electronically to:  bongos@nepwhan.org, and copy copy nepwhan.coord@yahoo.com, nepwhanmedepartment@gmail.com, abdul@nepwhan.org, jatus@nepwhan.org, emmacliff2k@yahoo.com,  nepwhanmandedepartment@gmail.com,

 

  • Above documents should be attached as one MS Word Document.
  • Candidates should indicate the position they are applying for in the subject line of the email, as follows: Name, Position, Location.

Preference will be given to persons living with HIV, who are qualified for the positions.

Only successful candidates will be contacted.

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