PROJECT: Community Led Monitoring of COVID-19 and HIV in Nigeria POSITIONS: State Focal Point (1 position per State)
STATES: Nasarawa, Enugu, Katsina, Taraba, Cross river and Ondo.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS: 15th November, 2021
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 STATE FOCAL POINT
The State Focal Point will be based in NEPWHAN State office, and work under the direct supervision of the project Program Coordinator/National Focal Point and the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, with support from NEPWHAN State Coordinator. S/he will also report to NEPWHAN National Coordinator and the national office Monitoring and Evaluation team.
The main role of the State Focal Point will be to coordinate the implementation of the Community-Led Monitoring of COVID-19 and HIV project at State level. S/he will supervise the Data Collectors (Community Volunteers) in the designated State.
S/he will ensure the functionality of the Community Consultative Group (CCG)/Steering Committee, and keep a good working relationship with the different partners involved in the implementation of the Community-Led Monitoring initiative at State level.
Main Tasks and Responsibilities:
Under the direct supervision of the Program Coordinator/National Focal Point, the State Focal Point will be responsible of the following tasks:
- Train Data Collectors (Community Volunteers) at the State level on collection tools and techniques.
- Carry out formative supervision of Data Collectors at the State level.
- Ensure data quality control at the State and site levels.
- Upload validated data into the database at the State and national levels.
- File and archive collected forms from the State.
- Ensure the functionality of the Community Consultative Group (CCG)/Steering Committee at the State level.
- Provide secretarial services to the Community Consultative Group (CCG)/Steering Committee at the State level.
- Follow up on the recommendations and actions defined by the Community Consultative Group/Steering Committee to implement the advocacy agenda.
- Ensure good visibility of project activities in the State.
- Monthly programmatic report of the Community-Led Monitoring activities.
Education & Experience Requirements
- Bachelor’s Degree or HND in Social Sciences, Public Health, Human Rights, International Development, or other related disciplines.
- Minimum of 2 years relevant experience developing Monitoring and Evaluation system framework for non-profit sector or related field.
- Minimum of 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.
- Experience in web-based and electronic-based data/M&E management tools and practices.
- Accounting skill would be an added advantage.
- Must demonstrate good oral & written English Language communication.
- Suitable candidate living with HIV will have added advantage.
- Experience in 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.
METHOD OF APPLICATION:
Interested applicants should send their detailed Curriculum Vitae and a 1-page capacity statement electronically to: email@example.com copy firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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, and Location. E.g Peter James Okoh_State Focal Person_Gombe State.
Preference will be given to persons living with HIV, who are qualified for the positions. Only successful candidates will be contacted.