Full-time State Technical Officer at Malaria Consortium
Malaria is highly endemic in Nigeria and it remains one of the leading causes of childhood and maternal morbidity and mortality in the country. Nigeria is deeply committed to making progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and it recognizes the fact that, without firm efforts to control malaria, achievement of the targets related to child mortality, maternal mortality, and reducing the burden of communicable disease will not be possible.
The Job : State Technical Officer
Job Status: Full Time Job,Graduate/Exp
The Nigeria Country Office in Abuja, started operations in 2008, through the DFID/UKaid funded Support To National Malaria Programme, SuNMaP (2008–2016). The office had presence in 23 states of the country and has managed at various times, about 15 programmes and projects. It follows the mandate of the parent organization in Nigeria and has been working specifically in the following areas:
Integrated community case management (iCCM) for malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea
Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)
- Currently, the Nigeria country office manages MC programmes/projects in Sierra Leone, Chad and Burkina Faso.
- Malaria Consortium has recently become a sub-recipient for the new grant of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GF) under the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) and Catholic Relief Services as the principal recipients.
- The goal of the grant is to contribute towards reducing the malaria burden to pre-elimination levels and bringing malaria-related mortality to zero by 2020 in Nigeria.
- This project aims to achieve seven objectives while delivering high quality malaria services in 14 states (MC implementing in 7 of the states – Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa, Niger, Yobe, Gombe and iCCM only in Kebbi and Niger) through improved service delivery mechanisms, demand creation and health system strengthening strategies.
- To ensure at least 80% of targeted population utilizes appropriate preventive measures by 2020
- To test all care-seeking persons with suspected malaria using RDT or microscopy by 2020
- To treat all individuals with confirmed malaria seen in private or public facilities with effective anti-malarial drug by 2020
- To provide adequate information to all Nigerians such that at least 80% of the populace habitually takes appropriate malaria preventive and treatment measures as necessary by 2020
- To ensure the timely availability of appropriate antimalarial medicines and commodities required for prevention and treatment of malaria in Nigeria wherever they are needed by 2018
- At least 80% of health facilities in all LGAs report routinely on malaria by 2020
- To strengthen governance and coordination of all stakeholders for effective program implementation towards an “A” rating by 2018 on a standardized scorecard
To work with the project manager and team in providing technical support and direct implementation of projects for iCCM activities with a focus on the identification, training, logistic system for iCCM commodities and supervision of health facility and community health workers in the state.
Scope of work
The State Technical Officer (STO) would support the programme activities at state level, in all service delivery points in all the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of operation to ensure timely programme delivery to achieve given targets and objectives.
Key working relationships
The officer working under the line-management of the Zonal Programme Manager (ZPM) and in close collaboration with the state, LGA, community actors, stakeholders and partners would deliver aspects of the programme as per the specified job tasks and expected deliverables.
1. Technical contributions (70%)
- Coordinate the implementation of state-based activities on malaria prevention (including routine LLIN distributions, use and monitoring)
- Work closely with the SR that would deliver mass distribution of LLINs in state of operation
- Coordinate programme activities to support malaria case management (diagnosis and treatment) within the state including support for LMIS
- Support the State MoH to implement activities for improving Intermittent Preventive Therapy for pregnant women (IPTp)
- Technical support for the planning and management of malaria and other communicable disease control programmes at state level
- Coordinate public sector, private sector and civil society on-site training of health workers, Community Care Givers and PMVs on malaria prevention and case management
- Support capacity building of the State MoH personnel on malaria technical areas
- Preparation and submission of project malaria technical activity reports to ZPM
- Coordinate the project specific and support to State MoH on procurement, supply chain and logistics activities
- Contribute to the finalisation of the project performance and M&E frameworks and take the lead in the operationalization of the frameworks
Support state M&E activities
Represent MC on malaria Technical Working Groups (TWGs) and other relevant health coordinating committees at state level with approval of the ZPM
2. Project Management (20%)
- Contribute and work with the relevant personnel to prepare all relevant project start up and planning tools on time.
- Contribute to project exit strategy as part of project design and ensure inclusion of relevant activities to promote sustainability within the workplan and smooth transition of the project to government.
- Contribute to quarterly lessons identification and learning documentation and dissemination.
- Preparation and submission of project service delivery activity reports to Project Manager
3. Technical performance management and Quality Assurance (10%)
- Take the lead in ensuring roll-out of project service delivery activities meet international standard of quality
- Document evidence and best practices that are related to the programme
Qualifications and experience:
- Degree in Medical, Public Health, Health Policy, Epidemiology or another relevant specialty is a minimum requirement
- Significant experience of working in developing countries
- Excellent project planning, management and monitoring & evaluation skills
- Excellent written and spoken English
Work-based skills and competencies:
- Knowledge of medical supplies procurement and supply chain management
- Technical knowledge and skills in control of malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea
- Familiar with public health principles
- Familiar with monitoring and evaluation of community based health programmes
- Excellent report writing and presentation skills are also needed
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