John Snow Incorporated (JSI) Job Opportunities in Nigeria, July 26th 2016

John Snow Incorporated (JSI) is a public health research and technical
assistant firm dedicated to improving the health of individuals and
communities throughout the world. It manages the USAID/DELIVER PROJECT
and the Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) project in the Nigeria
office.
John Snow Incorporated (JSI) is recruiting to fill the below position:

Job Title: Measurement, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MMEL) Officer
Location:
Kogi
Position Type: Full-time
Organization: John Snow, Inc. (JSI)
Supervisor: State Child Health Coordinator
Background
The Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) is a global Cooperative
Agreement funded by the United States Agency for International
Development (USAID) aimed at introducing and supporting high-impact
health interventions. This global program focuses on 24 high-priority
countries, including Nigeria, with the ultimate goal of ending
preventable maternal and child deaths within a generation. MCSP country
programs strive to ensure that all women, newborns and children have
equitable access to the quality health care services that save lives.

MCSP supports programming in maternal, newborn, and child health,
immunization, family planning (FP) and reproductive health, nutrition,
health systems strengthening, water/sanitation/hygiene, malaria,
prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and pediatric HIV
care and treatment. The program engages governments, policymakers,
private sector leaders, health care providers, civil society,
faith-based organizations and communities in addressing the major causes
of maternal, newborn and child mortality and improving the quality of
health services from household to hospital. Health systems
strengthening, household and community mobilization, gender integration
and eHealth are also cross-cutting themes and areas of the program’s
work.

MCSP will play a key role in facilitating central-level policy change
necessary to accelerate the decline in preventable maternal, newborn,
and child (MNCH) deaths. This includes ensuring increased treatment
options for childhood pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria, especially at
community level. MCSP also supports states to improve access to
high-quality preventive and curative MNCH services, as well as the
availability of essential commodities at both the facility and community
levels.

Overall Responsibilities

  • Based in Kogi, Nigeria, the Measurement, Monitoring, Evaluation
    and Learning Officer (MMEL Officer) will work as a member of the
    integrated MCSP/Nigeria MNCH team, under the supervision of the State
    Child Health Coordinator, to support MCSP activities designed to improve
    the quality and equity of preventive and curative child health
    interventions.
  • The MMEL Officer will play a key role in program monitoring,
    documentation, reporting, and learning around MCSP child health
    technical support activities in Kogi state. Focusing on community-level
    child
  • health activities (namely, integrated community case management,
    or iCCM) and data, this individual will also help strengthen the local
    monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and health management information
    systems (HMIS), monitor and document program results and learning on
    child heath, supervise MCSP M&E activities for child health at the
    state level, manage data collection and reporting of child health
    service delivery data against program/USAID indicators, and ensure the
    quality of state government M&E capacity-building activities
    supported by MCSP for child health.
  • The MMEL Officer will also closely collaborate with other
    technical and management team members on program planning and
    implementation, and will advise on the adjustment of program strategies,
    activities, and approaches related to child health based on ongoing
    monitoring data and performance. This individual must be a strong
    collaborator, manager, technician, and innovative thinker who is
    detail-oriented, highly organized, passionate, and able to work in a
    challenging, rural environment with minimal day-to-day supervision.

Roles and Responsibilities
Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Program M&E system development and management
  • Play a lead role, under the guidance of MCSP’s Regional MNCH
    M&E Director, Kogi State Child Health Coordinator, Child Health Team
    Leader, and state government staff to develop, track, and report on
    appropriate child health indicators and targets. This includes
    supporting updates to and the implementation and monitoring of the
    program’s Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP).
  • Work closely with the program’s Regional MNCH M&E Director,
    Kogi State MNCH Team Leader, Kogi State Child Health Coordinator, and
    other technical program staff to help create and maintain child health
    data in the program’s M&E database, and to encourage the use of this
    database to track the progress of program implementation.
  • Support the introduction of a community-based M&E system for
    iCCM in Kogi state, ideally through the development of a system that
    links community child health data with the Health Management Information
    System (HMIS) (e.g., District Health Management System-2, or DHIS2).
    Track performance results and data quality for iCCM through this system.
  • Work closely with the Regional MNCH M&E Director, Kogi State
    MNCH Team Leader, and other technical program colleagues to harmonize
    and coordinate data collection, reporting, and state government M&E
    capacity building efforts/activities across MCSP’s various technical
    areas (i.e., maternal, newborn, and child health), as appropriate.

Performance Monitoring:

  • Provide day-to-day technical leadership in Kogi state to help
    ensure that all USAID planning and reporting requirements that are
    related to M&E for child health activities are met by the program,
    and that these M&E approaches are sound, evidence-based, and
    responsive to the needs of the state.
  • Provide regular updates on child health activity
    progress/results to senior management and technical program staff in
    country and/or at Home Office as requested. Proactively flag program
    performance issues for action as they arise, in close collaboration with
    other senior MCSP management and technical staff. Initiate and/or
    facilitate periodic internal program planning and review exercises.
  • Support Kogi State in the compilation, analysis, and
    presentation of M&E data for child health at various levels, to
    encourage the use of information for decision making.
  • Support the State to develop and implement quality control and
    quality assurance mechanisms to ensure completeness, accuracy, and
    consistency of MNCH reporting at all relevant levels.
  • Supervise (and conduct as needed) child health data entry,
    cleaning, and analysis, as well as baseline, formative, and routine data
    collection; this includes working with MCSP’s country and home office
    teams, and with State and other partners, to design, test, implement,
    and document routine data collection and the implementation of baseline
    assessments/surveys and research protocols.
  • Participate in relevant state- and/or LGA-level stakeholder
    working groups and meetings (or advocate for establishing appropriate
    technical working groups as appropriate, if they do not exist) related
    to M&E and/or child health.
  • Participate in and/or convene regular management, technical, and
    other meetings as needed, including Country Support Team (CST) and
    Child Health team meetings with MCSP’s Washington-based Home Office
    teams.
  • Promote the transparent, timely, and consistent flow of information and internal and external communications as required.
  • Work with MCSP staff and partners to identify short-term
    technical assistance needs and opportunities to strengthen technical
    approaches and implementation.

Program Documentation and Reporting:

  • Contribute to the development and/or reviews of USAID quarterly
    technical progress reports, annual workplans and activity budgets,
    monthly cash flow requests, and other key program deliverables as
    required.
  • Contribute to the drafting/development of success stories, case
    studies, conference abstracts, and other materials and messages that
    demonstrate program achievements and progress related to child health;
    tracking and “telling a story” around program results, including factors
    critical to success and/or areas needing improvement.

Local M&E Capacity Development:

  • Support M&E capacity development among program and state
    government staff to strengthen the quality and completeness of child
    health data (including by promoting the use of data quality
    self-assessment techniques), and for the improved collection,
    management, and use of child health data for decision making.
  • Champion opportunities to promote, facilitate, and document both
    formal and informal learning experiences that emerge during the course
    of MCSP/Nigeria MNCH program implementation. This includes sharing
    knowledge, experiences, and best practices with other MCSP colleagues
    and program partners as required; supporting process documentation and
    dissemination around program implementation; highlighting success
    stories, and examples of “positive deviance” around what is working; and
    stimulating creative thinking with other partners around how to improve
    performance, data management, and data use.
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Partnership Building:

  • Represent the program’s interests and provide technical advisory
    support in public and professional circles through meetings, technical
    working groups, task forces, and conferences.
  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships with key public and private partners and stakeholders.

Qualifications

  • Advanced Degree in Public Health/ Epidemiology/ Biostatistics/Statistics/Economics or relevant field required.
  • At least 5 years of experience in the monitoring and evaluation of public health programs.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and experience with USAID reporting frameworks and indicators.
  • Experience in research methods, and in the design, conduct, and analysis of research studies (quantitative and qualitative).
  • Familiarity with the Nigerian HMIS, including DHIS2, and other M&E systems.
  • Technical knowledge of and experience using various applied
    research and M&E techniques; ability to link information systems to
    program implementation.
  • Excellent technical writing and communications skills, including
    demonstrated technical writing skills for publication; ability to “tell
    a story” with data, and to explain the “so what” of data when writing
    program reports.
  • Experience (preferred) with statistical analysis, database,
    and/or data visualization software such as EpiInfo, Access, SPSS, STATA,
    R, NVIVO, and/or ArcGIS.
  • High proficiency in Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Demonstrated experience in outcome monitoring and impact evaluation using robust techniques.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including
    outstanding presentation and meeting facilitation skills; good verbal
    and written communication skills in English; knowledge of at least one
    other relevant local dialect required.
  • Ability to work in a complex operating environment with minimal
    day-to-day supervision, and to prioritize multiple tasks and deadlines
    with pressure to perform.
  • Ability to travel to harder-to-reach communities up to 30%-50%
    of the time for program monitoring, data collection, supervision, and
    technical and capacity-building support.
  • Proven ability to motivate and mentor other colleagues, with
    demonstrated experience and skills in training and capacity building.
  • Strong representational, partnership, and interpersonal skills.

Job Title: Finance and Administration Officer
Location:
Abuja
Position Type: Full-time
Organization: John Snow, Inc. (JSI)
Supervisor: Finance and Administration Manager
Background
The Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) is a global Cooperative
Agreement funded by the United States Agency for International
Development (USAID) aimed at introducing and supporting high-impact
health interventions. This global program focuses on 24 high-priority
countries, including Nigeria, with the ultimate goal of ending
preventable maternal and child deaths within a generation. MCSP country
programs strive to ensure that all women, newborns and children have
equitable access to the quality health care services that save lives.

MCSP supports programming in maternal, newborn, and child health,
immunization, family planning (FP) and reproductive health, nutrition,
health systems strengthening, water/sanitation/hygiene, malaria,
prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and pediatric HIV
care and treatment. The program engages governments, policymakers,
private sector leaders, health care providers, civil society,
faith-based organizations and communities in addressing the major causes
of maternal, newborn and child mortality and improving the quality of
health services from household to hospital. Health systems
strengthening, household and community mobilization, gender integration
and eHealth are also cross-cutting themes and areas of the program’s
work.

MCSP will play a key role in facilitating central-level policy change
necessary to accelerate the decline in preventable maternal, newborn,
and child (MNCH) deaths. This includes ensuring increased treatment
options for childhood pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria, especially at
community level. MCSP also supports states to improve access to
high-quality preventive and curative MNCH services, as well as the
availability of essential commodities at both the facility and community
levels.

Overall Responsibilities

  • Based in Abuja, Nigeria, the Finance and Administration Officer
    will have financial, administrative, and operational management
    responsibilities for Child Health (CH) activities led by John Snow, Inc.
    (JSI) under the Jhpiego-led MCSP/Nigeria Maternal, Newborn, and Child
    Health (MNCH) program.
  • These child health activities are being implemented at the national level (in Abuja), and in Kogi and Ebonyi states.
  • The Finance and Administration Officer will also provide more
    limited support for the MCSP/Nigeria Routine Immunization (RI) program’s
    national-level operations.
  • This position will manage and supervise the setup and
    maintenance of accounting, procurement, and financial reporting systems
    required to support implementation of the MCSP/Nigeria MNCH program’s
    child health activities.
  • She/he will also have supervisory responsibilities for two Finance Assistants, one in Kogi state and the other in Ebonyi state.
  • The Finance and Administration Officer will work under the
    supervision of MCSP’s Finance and Administration Manager (FAM), who is
    based in JSI’s central MCSP office in Bauchi, to ensure the program’s
    compliance with JSI accounting systems and procedures, all relevant
    USAID rule and regulations, and all financial and legal requirements of
    the Government of Nigeria.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Support and be accountable for JSI’s financial, administrative,
    and logistical support systems, practices, tools, and records in Abuja.
  • Establish and maintain strong communications and coordination
    with other MCSP implementing partners in country, particularly Jhpiego,
    and with the Child Health and RI support teams at Home Office, to
    maximize operational effectiveness and cost efficiencies.
  • Provide day-to-day supervision, mentorship, and support to JSI’s
    MCSP/Nigeria MNCH prgroam finance assistants in Kogi and Ebonyi who are
    supporting MCSP Child Health staff and operations in these states.
  • Ensure the timely preparation and submission of monthly
    financial and other administrative reports to to MCSP’s central offices
    in Bauchi, and JSI MCSP Home Office staff as required, in coordination
    with the FAM and other program finance staff, as required.
  • Lead the preparation of monthly cashflow requests for
    national-level MCSP Child Health and RI expenses in Abuja, and for Child
    Health expenses in Kogi and Ebonyi states.
  • Ensure compliance with USAID regulations and with JSI/MCSP
    procedures for the implementation of all program activities. Maintain
    all financial and administrative (including Human Resource)
    documentation according to local practices and labor laws.
  • Support the procurement and maintenance of program inventory
    procured by JSI according to both USAID and JSI rules and regulations.
  • Support any internal or external audits or financial reviews of JSI and/or MCSP operations in Nigeria as required.
  • Review and process purchase orders according to USAID and JSI regulations.
  • Maintain Abuja office petty cash, and prepare petty cash
    journals for the monthly closeout of MCSP Child Health activity field
    accounts.
  • Organize and support travel logistics for program staff,
    including booking accommodations and processing travel and other advance
    requests, per diem, and reimbursements. Process and/or supervise the
    processing of transportation allowances and per diems for
    training/workshop/ meeting participants, and compile and maintain all
    necessary supporting documentation.
  • Coordinate logistics and other arrangements needed to secure
    meeting venues, equipment, and materials as required; participate in
    internal and external meetings as appropriate.
  • Coordinate and track the submission, review, and processing of MCSP Child Health staff timesheets and leave requests.
  • Assist senior JSI staff in preparing official correspondence as required.
  • Provide additional support for administrative and financial activities as needed.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum of Bachelor-level education or Higher National Diploma in Accountancy, Management or Administration.
  • Certified accountant with financial specialization or equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • At least 4-5 years of experience in financial and administration
    support and management with international development programs,
    including at least 3 years supporting USAID-funded programs; knowledge
    of the health sector a plus.
  • Proven skills in organizing and supporting administrative and financial operations, procurement, and local contracting.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze financial documents, projections, expenditures, and accruals.
  • Demonstrated experience in program planning, budgeting, and financial analysis.
  • Strong skills in standard accounting and spreadsheet software including Microsoft Excel; knowledge of Quickbooks a plus.
  • Good prioritization, problem-solving, and analytical skills;
    ability to work under pressure with diverse colleagues, serving multiple
    constituencies.
  • Strong, energetic team player able to execute tasks with limited
    direction and good judgment, including to avoid, identify, and/or
    promptly address any fraudulent practices.
  • Experience supervising and mentoring junior staff.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English, and at least one other local dialect.
  • Available for occasional travel to Kogi and Ebonyi program offices to support program financial and accounting needs.
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Job Title: Child Health Coordinator
Location:
Ebonyi
Position Type: Full-time
Organization: John Snow, Inc. (JSI)
Supervisor: Child Health Team Leader
Background
The Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) is a global
Cooperative Agreement funded by the United States Agency for
International Development (USAID) aimed at introducing and supporting
high-impact health interventions. This global program focuses on the 25
USAID high-priority countries, including Nigeria, with the ultimate
goal of ending preventable maternal and child deaths within a
generation. MCSP country programs strive to ensure that all women,
newborns and children have equitable access to the quality health care
services that save lives.

MCSP supports programming in maternal, newborn, and child health,
immunization, family planning (FP) and reproductive health, nutrition,
health systems strengthening, water/sanitation/hygiene, malaria,
prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and pediatric HIV
care and treatment. The program engages governments, policymakers,
private sector leaders, health care providers, civil society,
faith-based organizations and communities in addressing the major causes
of maternal, newborn and child mortality and improving the quality of
health services from household to hospital. Health systems
strengthening, household and community mobilization, gender integration
and eHealth are cross-cutting themes and areas of the program’s work.

MCSP’s MNCH program in Nigeria has been tasked with facilitating
central-level policy change necessary to accelerate the decline in
preventable maternal, newborn, and child (MNCH) deaths. This includes
ensuring increased treatment options for childhood pneumonia, diarrhea,
and malaria, especially at community level. The program is also
supporting Ebonyi and Ebonyi states to improve access to high-quality
preventive and curative MNCH services, as well as the availability of
essential commodities at both the facility and community levels.

Overall Responsibilities

  • The Ebonyi State Child Health Coordinator will be based in
    Ebonyi, Nigeria and support the Ministry of Health (MOH) and all
    partners engaged in reducing child deaths in the state.
  • S/he will work under the leadership and formal supervision of
    MCSP’s Child Health Team Leader based in Abuja, and under the daily
    supervision of the Ebonyi State MNCH Team Leader.
  • The Ebonyi State Child Health Coordinator will work closely with
    the Ebonyi State MNCH Team Leader, and in partnership with state-level
    stakeholders and other state and national-level technical program staff,
    to support government-led activities in Ebonyi state to harmonize
    functions of the MOH and State Primary Health Care Development Agency
    (SPHCDA) to plan, coordinate, finance, and manage primary health care
    services for children under five.
  • She/he will work in coordination with all MCSP/Nigeria MNCH
    program technical staff supporting efforts to end preventable maternal,
    newborn, and childhood deaths in Nigeria.
  • These staff all work closely together through a partner
    consortium that includes Jhpiego, John Snow, Inc. (JSI), and Save the
    Children.

Key Roles and Responsibilities
Technical leadership and coordination:

  • Monitor the implementation of state-level child health
    activities under the MCSP/Nigeria MNCH program’s workplan, ensuring that
    activities are executed according to plan, are technically sound, and
    are integrated across the MNCH platform, and/or that program data are
    used to make timely course corrections as needed.
  • Support and build the capacity of the relevant state and LGA
    institutions to plan, coordinate, finance, and manage primary health
    care services for children under five, working closely with the Ebonyi
    State MNCH Team Leader, state government, local organizations, and other
    partners. This will include on-site coaching, mentoring, and supportive
    supervision.
  • Support the state in adapting the latest best practices and
    evidence-based approaches on child health to the local context, and to
    operationalize federal MOH policies relevant to child health as
    appropriate. This may include supporting the state government to
    develop/adapt and roll out technical materials such as training guides,
    supportive supervision checklists/systems, and monitoring tools.
  • Contribute to strategic planning, implementation, and monitoring
    of child health activities to improve the state’s coverage and quality
    of child health services—including planning for all necessary inputs
    like essential child health commodities and supplies, training, and the
    monitoring and use of child health data.
  • Play a key role in developing child health-specific content for
    annual program workplans and budgets, and for quarterly technical
    reports prepared for USAID.
  • Ensure that national guidelines on facility-based and integrated
    community case management of childhood illness (IMCI and iCCM) are
    available and applied in MCSP-supported LGAs.
  • Participate in relevant stakeholder working groups and meetings
    (or advocate for establishing appropriate technical working groups as
    appropriate, if they do not exist) focused on child health.
  • Work with MCSP staff and partners to identify short-term
    technical assistance needs and opportunities to strengthen technical
    approaches and implementation.
  • Maintain effective communication and strong relationships among relevant partners and stakeholders.

Learning and documentation:

  • Work closely with the program’s monitoring and evaluation
    (M&E) staff, Child Health Team Leader, and State MNCH Team Leader to
    advance ongoing program monitoring, evaluation, and learning by
    strengthening the collection, analysis, and use of child health data for
    decision making. This includes playing a key role in documenting
    program learning, successes, and challenges related to child health.
  • Play a key role to contribute to the design, implementation,
    analysis, and documentation of formative and operations research for
    child health; this may include facility- and community-based assessments
    for child health.
  • Contribute to the identification, compilation, and dissemination
    of emerging evidence, literature, and tools related to child health,
    and to the development and dissemination of technical documents related
    to child health. This includes integrating lessons learned from previous
    and current MCSP projects and other ongoing child health programs and
    pilots, including those implemented by other partners working at the
    state, regional, and national levels.
  • Contribute to the translation of child health program data and
    findings into programmatic guidance and policy recommendations/advocacy.

Qualifications

  • Masters Degree in Public Health or related field. Medical or nursing degree.
  • Minimum of 10 years of professional experience in child health technical and program experience.
  • Five to seven years of relevant experience in integrated
    community and facility case management and approaches (IMCI and iCCM) is
    highly desirable.
  • Experience working with international organizations and agencies; previous work experience with USAID projects preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience contributing to the design,
    implementation, and documentation of community-based assessments and/or
    research activities relevant to MNCH.
  • Experience in research methods, and in the design, conduct, and
    analysis of research studies (quantitative and qualitative) strongly
    preferred.
  • Demonstrated planning, management, and supervisory skills, with
    the consistent ability to be proactive and to energize and positively
    motivate teams to produce results.
  • Strong technical writing and oral presentation skills, including
    the ability to communicate complex issues in a concise, compelling, and
    easily to understand manner for different audiences (e.g., other public
    health practitioners, government officials, community members/the
    general public).
  • Strong knowledge of the political, social, economic, and cultural context of the state preferred.
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment, with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English, and at least one other relevant local dialect.


How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their applications, with
comprehensive CV’s and motivation letter and 2-3 page technical writing
sample to: MCSPNigeriaHR@jsi.com

Note

  • If you are an individual with a disability, or a disabled
    veteran and unable to apply online for an available position, you may
    submit your request for reasonable accommodation by calling “Human
    Resources” at 617-482-9485.

Application Deadline Tuesday, 9th August, 2016

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