Helen Keller International (HKI) – Established in 1915, Helen Keller
International (HKI) works to save the sight and lives of the most
vulnerable and disadvantaged.
We combat the causes and consequences of
blindness and malnutrition by establishing programs based on evidence
and research in vision, health and nutrition. Headquartered in New York
City, HKI currently conducts programs in 22 countries in Africa and Asia
as well as in the United States.
UNITED, a consortium of key implementing partners consisting of
Sightsavers, Christian Blind Mission (CBM), Helen Keller International
(HKI), MITOSATH and The Carter Centre in Nigeria are international and
national leaders in the delivery of integrated NTD programmes. The
global gap in NTD treatments is estimated at around 80 per cent, of
which Nigeria has the largest deficit of untreated, at-risk individuals
in Africa – around 100 million. UNITED is a four-year project funded by
the UK Department for International Development (DFID) which aims to
deliver 111.3 million treatments, reach 13.8 million people with mass
drug administration (MDA) by 2016 and save 114,900 Disability-Adjusted
Life years over the life of the project.
We are recruiting to fill the position of:
Job Title: Neglected Tropical Diseases Officer – DFID United
Reports directly to: State Project Coordinator
- Under the supervision of the State Project Coordinator, the
program officer oversees the formulation, execution, monitoring and
evaluation of the DFID-funded Integrated Control of NTDs in Northern
Nigeria project in Katsina state to ensure consistency with the project
priorities and outcomes.
- Facilitate the creation and implementation of a detailed annual
work-plan which identifies and sequences activities needed to
successfully implement the project in the most cost-effective manner and
ensure project objectives are met in line with national policies, HKI’s
goals and that of the donor.
- Review the project schedule with senior management and all other
staff that will be affected by the project activities; revise and
regularly review the schedule as required.
- In collaboration with key stakeholders, facilitate the
development and roll out of implementation plans to scale mass
distribution of drugs to treat the four PCT diseases, namely lymphatic
filariasis, trachoma, schistosomiasis and soil transmitted helminthes.
- In collaboration with the Project Coordinator ensure HKI program
partners execute the project according to their respective project
- Document project activities and ensure that all project information is appropriately secured;
- Monitor the progress of the project implementation and make
adjustments as necessary to ensure the project remains on track and is
- Ensure that the project deliverables are on time, within budget
and at the required level of international standards as set by FMOH, HKI
- Internally and when requested support external evaluations on
the outcomes of the project as established during the planning phase and
- Disseminate findings from evaluations to support organizational learning and contribute to policy processing or development;
- Establish a communication schedule to update stakeholders
including appropriate staff in the organization on the progress of the
- Retire project funds according to established accounting policies and procedures
- Program Monitoring & Evaluation
- To implement and/or develop Monitoring and Evaluation tools according HKI, FMOH and donor standards;
Advocacy and Strategic Alliances:
- Build and maintain meaningful working relationships with both
government and key project stakeholders at all levels in order to
strengthen opportunities for advocacy and higher visibility;
- Represent HKI towards local partners and at other appropriate forums;
- Carry out additional tasks, as requested by the Project Coordinator and other senior officer(s).
- A first degree in microbiology, parasitology, entomology or
similar field; medicine or health related field, Minimum of Master of
public health or related masters degree and Minimum of 3 years
experience working in public health.
- Demonstrates technical knowledge pertaining to job requirement
- Ability to use computer software such as Microsoft office, internet.
- Must possess good interpersonal skills
- Demonstrated excellent personal integrity and confidentially
- Critical thinking and problem-solving skills;
- Able to work under pressure minimal supervision and able to meet up deadlines.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit electronically forwarding the following under listed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- A curriculum vitae, which should indicate at minimum applicant’s
qualification and dates obtained; previous work experience and dates;
age and referees
- A covering letter
- Subject of email should be NTD PROGRAM OFFICER
- Applications received after 5pm on the day will not be considered.
- Only applications submitted electronically shall be considered.
Application Deadline Tuesday, 28th April 2015.