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Project Officer Health System Strengthening at Catholic Relief Services (CRS)


Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an International non-governmental organization supporting relief and development work in over 99 countries around the world. CRS programs assist person on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs, therefore, strengthening and building the capacity of these partner organizations is fundamental to programs in every country in which CRS operates. CRS re-established presence in Nigeria m 2000 and currently focuses on agriculture, HIV and health extractives and governance, and peace building programming.

  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Qualification: BA/BSc/HND
  • Experience: 4 – 6 years
  • Location: Sokoto
  • Job Field: Project Management 

Job Summary:

As a member of the ICHSSA-4 project team, the Health Systems Strengthening Officer under the direct supervision of HSS Advisor will be responsible for the coordination of HSS component of ICHSA4 project in Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara. The incumbent in this role will support the implementation of interventions with the use of USAID/WHO Health Systems framework and Pro-Health International (PHI) approach to systems strengthening to facilitate changes required to embed and institutionalize OVC Case Management and Sustainability into the health and social systems at the state, LGAs and community levels.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Support the coordination and implementation of all assigned project activities as outlined in the detailed implementation plan in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
  • Serve as a resource for up-to-date technical information on how OVC program can strengthen health systems including providing technical support to department of local government health services, LACA, local government social welfare unit and other key stakeholders at the community level.
  • Support State and Local Government Social Welfare unit in its efforts to harmonize partner coordination and donor alignment.
  • Support the projects efforts towards the institutionalization of specific OVC interventions and integrated community case management.
  • Provide technical support to Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara SACA, LGA Social Welfare Unit, Local Government Health Department in developing LGA capacity to coordinate community level OVC/HIV/AIDS interventions.
  • Provide mentoring, coaching and hands on support in establishing effective systems for planning, monitoring and coordination of the OVC response at the States and LGAs level.
  • Provide timely reports to CRS Nigeria and PHI ICHSSA-4 project on all activities conducted at the state and LGA levels, and report any challenges and/or gaps identified to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules. 
  • Responsible for the backstopping of ICHSSA-4 project CSO partner on the delivery of the community and health level services for the beneficiaries.

Required Languages: English and Hausa Language required.

Travel: Must be willing and able to travel up to 30% of the time to the field locations .  

Work Conditions/Environment Conditions: This position is based in Sokoto State but covering Kebbi and Zamfara State and requires approximately 30% travel

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Good relationship management skills with ability to work collaboratively as part of multidisciplinary and multicultural team. 
  • Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities.
  • Excellent English language Oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills and demonstrated experience in supporting the strategic design and implementation of OVC and HIV/AIDS programs.
  • Knowledge and understanding of OVC issues, Child Protection and Adolescent challenges and policy for HIV Care for Children, and OVC Case Management, in addition to good knowledge of key actors in these fields.
  • Good interpersonal skills including ability to work with multiple stakeholders successfully and to create linkages.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Relevant track record of HIV/AIDS programming, understanding of the PEPFAR 95-95-95 goals and proven ability to produce demonstrable technical and program results.
  • Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data preferred.
  • Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) is preferred.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field such as Public Health, Development Studies, Social Work, or other Health related fields. Post graduate degree in public health is an added advantage.
  • Minimum of four to six years’ experience in program management implementing international development activities in Nigeria, with preference given to OVC and HIV/AIDS/ Health activities under a USG funded award in Nigeria.
  • At least 4 years’ experience in implementing integrated Community based health and referral programs

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