Job Title: Community Services Technical Advisor
- The Community Services Technical Advisor will provide technical and program oversight and direction in the areas of community outreach for a CDC-funded HIV prevention, care and treatment (comprehensive services) project in Nigeria.
- It is anticipated that the position will be based in Abuja. Responsibilities will include providing leadership and technical guidance in the development and implementation of community-based models of service delivery and annual phasing in of activities.
- This position will ensure the technical and methodological soundness of activities and, in collaboration with the project team and partners, support the design of service delivery strategies, based on sound and current scientific evidence.
- This position is contingent upon award. Nigerian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Provide assistance, mentoring and capacity building at the individual and organizational level in specific areas of expertise including but not limited to:
- Community level communication campaigns that focus on modification of behavior and inform key community stakeholders;
- Develop service delivery strategies for accessing hard-to-reach populations, including the identification of opportunities to integrate HIV/TB/PMTCT/MNCH services with non-health sectors;
- Identify and collaborate with agencies/organizations implementing community-based activities;
- Work as part of the technical team to carry out a targeted assessment of community and family behaviors related to HIV, TB and PMTCT/MNCH;
- Provide technical guidance to support the linking of health facilities, CBOs and communities;
- Conduct mapping exercises to identify existing resources, including social support services, nutritional support services and religious or other counseling/support.
- Develop/revise evidence-based clinical training materials, job aids, and curricula, supervisory systems and other training materials needed for implementation of community outreach activities; and
- Integrate project within DHMT framework.
- Link community efforts with national community health worker revitalization program
- Support peer educator follow-up and supportive supervision to community health workers, CBOs and/or community health workers
- Actively participate in all relevant Technical Advisory Group Meetings, and represent Jhpiego in professional forums by participating and presenting in pertinent meetings and conferences, as well as technical working groups
- Analyze potential HIV and community health strategies within the context of the program and explain these, as necessary, to policymakers, funding agencies, and/or program staff
- Formulate and test sustainable solutions to training and service delivery gaps, utilizing cross-cutting approaches such as performance and quality improvement and training.
- Regularly report to the Technical Director, and program and technical staff, of successes, challenges and lessons learned in implementation related to areas of technical expertise
- Document and maintain an inventory of successful tools and approaches for quality improvement
- Author and co-author abstracts and presentations for journals and conference
- Assist in the preparation of donor reports and project reports
Degree in Social Sciences, Health Sciences or Nursing required. Master’s degree in relevant field preferred.
Skills and Experience
- At least five (5) years’ experience applying community outreach approaches
- At least five (5) years’ experience training community health workers and/or CBOs in HIV and/or TB interventions
- Experience building capacity at individual and organizational levels
- Skilled in at least two or more of the following technical areas: strengthening service delivery programs, performance and quality improvement, psychosocial support, monitoring and evaluation
- Demonstrated in-depth understanding of the Nigeria healthcare system
- Ability to liaise with MOH and DHMT staff, NGOs, FBOs, and CBOs
- Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in national programs and technical staff
- Proven track record managing a project team and fostering team work
- Familiarity with CDC and PEPFAR administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems
- Strong oral and written communication and presentations skills in English
- Computer literacy including strong skills in word processing and Excel
- Ability to travel unrestricted within Nigeria and internationally
- Nigerian nationals encouraged to apply.
Closing Date: Not Specified.