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Routine Immunization Technical Advisor at John Snow, Inc. (JSI)

John Snow, Inc. (JSI) is a US-based international public health consulting firm and manages two projects/contracts through its integrated office in Abuja, Nigeria. Through the Partnership for Supply Chain Management consortium, JSI implements the Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) project for the US Government as part of the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The purpose is to establish and operate a safe, secure, reliable and sustainable supply chain management system to procure pharmaceuticals and other products needed for the care and treatment of persons with HIV/AIDS and related infections. JSI implements the USAID I DELIVER Project, a global technical assistance project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and aimed at increasing the availability of essential health supplies through procurement services and assistance designed to strengthen health commodity supply chains in developing countries.

JSI is seeking to fill the position of:

Job Title: Routine Immunization Technical Advisor

Location: Abuja, Nigeria

Job Description
John Snow, Incorporated (JSI), a public health management consulting and research organization, is recruiting for a Routine Immunization Technical Advisor to provide technical assistance for a Nigeria MNCH Programme funded by UKaid. The purpose of this project is to provide technical assistance in comprehensive maternal, neonatal and child health services to the government of Nigeria in the states of Jigawa, Zamfara, Yobe, Katsina, Kaduna, and Kano. The Maternal Health Advisor will be a full-time position based in Nigeria and is anticipated to begin in early 2014.

Responsibilities

  • Participate in regular coordination and planning meetings with state Ministry of Health and Ministry of Local Government officials and other immunization partners;
  • Work with state ministries of health, LGAs, and other partners to develop multi-year and annual workplans and budgets;
  • Supervise and support RI staff in each state;
  • Work with state ministries of health, ministries of local government, and other partners to:
  • Develop/implement sustainable capacity building strategies for health workers and mid-level managers;
  • Develop sustainable community approaches to problem solving and sustaining effective immunization services;
  • Build strong linkages between the health system, traditional healers, and other community groups;
  • Carry out logistics/cold chain assessment and related interventions;
  • Collect and use immunization data to inform decision-making.
  • Identify opportunities to share lessons learned and proven approaches with other states and partners;
  • Maintain open and productive communication and working relationships with national and international immunization partners; and
  • Carry out other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • MD, MBBS, or equivalent experience: MPH is an asset;
  • Minimum of five years working with government immunization structures at the state, local, and health facility level, preferably Nigeria;
  • Proven ability to use adult learning techniques to train health workers;
  • Understanding of government and traditional structures and ability to work within these structures;
  • Strong organizational and communication skills to influence partners and decision makers at the state, local, and community levels;
  • Minimum of three years supervisory/team leader experience;
  • Demonstrated ability to be a team player, to lead teams, and to organize multiple activities simultaneously;
  • Demonstrated understanding of public health issues and challenges in resource poor settings in northern Nigeria;
  • Computer skills that include Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access;
  • Ability to produce accurate data and reports;
  • Excellent communication skills in local languages; ability to give clear instructions; good English writing skills; and
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively in the field under, at times, suboptimal conditions.

Remuneration
Salary commensurate with experience

Application Closing Date
31st October, 2013

Method of Application

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