The CORE Group Polio Project (CGPP), a USAID funded polio eradication project, conducts community-based activities designed to strengthen supplemental polio immunization, routine polio immunization, and surveillance of acute flaccid paralysis, COVID-19, and priority zoonotic diseases in nine countries: Ethiopia, India, South Sudan, Nigeria, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Angola, and Niger. The project operates through the CORE Group Secretariat model, which coordinates a group of international NGOs in each focal country. Activities are implemented by individual US-based PVOs and local partners and overseen at the country-level by national secretariats. The project operates through more than 20,000 community volunteers who act as community mobilizers and promote childhood immunization, provide health education, and are active members of the community-based surveillance system. CGPP has pioneered several key polio eradication strategies including independent campaign monitoring, cross border collaboration, and the inclusion of civil society in polio eradication.
Position Title: Deputy Director & Technical Lead of CORE Group Partners Project Nigeria Secretariat
Hiring Organization: World Vision US, to be paid from the US
Type of employment: Fulltime consulting contractor
Duration of contract: October 1, 2022 – September 29, 2024
Reports to: Nigeria Secretariat Director (SD)
Purpose of consultancy
The Deputy Director of the CGPP Nigeria Secretariat will be based in Abuja and will support and strengthen the Secretariat and PVO/NGO partner operations. The position holder will a) ensure the quality and completeness of the CGPP’s program implementation and field operations; (b) ensure that CGPP field activities support program objectives and are consistent with global and national polio eradication strategies; (c) provide input/feedback into required modifications for capacity building, behavioral change communication (BCC) materials to the Secretariat Director and technical staff. She/he will be responsible for the management and supervision of CGPP field operations and communications and will oversee the development and implementation of project budgets and workplans. She/he will also support CGPP Nigeria Secretariat’s relationship with the CGPP partners, assist the Secretariat Director in providing rapid response through expansion of NGO network, deployment of rapid response teams, and other key activities during cVDPV and wild polio outbreaks. She/he will oversee and track the implementation of interventions to address Priority Zoonotic Diseases (PZD) and other Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPDs) at the state level. She/he will also monitor and track CBO budgets and ensure they align with approved work plans in addition to guiding the implementation of COVID-19 activities. The position holder is expected to ensure the gender aspects of CGPP are carefully planned, implemented, and monitored.
- Guide the development of the project’s technical priorities and strategic plan, ensuring that they contribute to quality, robust AFP (acute flaccid paralysis) and PZD surveillance, effective supplemental polio immunization activities, and appropriate utilization of routine immunization services.
- Monitor partners’ adherence to the approved budgets and workplans and work with the SD to make any necessary program adjustments to ensure workplans are completed within the allotted budget and timelines.
- Monitor the field operations performed by the Secretariat, iNGOs, CBOs, PVO partner staff and make necessary program adjustments to ensure effective implementation and alignment with CGPP’s goal and objectives and the national polio eradication effort.
- Provide capacity building, supervision, and mentoring to the Secretariat staff and CGPP partners’ staff. Ensure field staff at all levels receive appropriate training.
- Review and approve all capacity building workplans and training curricula developed by the secretariat technical staff.
- Monitor trainings on AFP surveillance, routine immunization, social mobilization, communication, data collection, and reporting tools and techniques.
- Monitor progress toward CGPP polio eradication goals and strategies and propose necessary adjustments to ensure they contribute to the national and global eradication of polio and to the quality and sustainability of APF surveillance and routine immunization services.
- Maintain close formal and informal networking and communications with national and international polio partners and stakeholders.
- Represent the interests of the CGPP and its partners in meetings with USAID and other donors and stakeholders, and report on those meetings to CGPP headquarters staff in absence of the Secretariat Director.
- Produce the Nigeria CGPP quarterly, semi-annual, annual reports, and other reports and ensure the timely completion of data updates. Support the submission of at least one article per year for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.
- Provide technical leadership for the Global Health Security and COVID-19 activities including coordination of planning, implementation, and monitoring of activities.
- Mentor and support the Project Manager-Global Health Security (GHS) in the analysis of public health, animal health, wildlife, and environmental services to identify vertical and horizontal linkages useful to support community-based zoonotic disease field surveillance, strengthening of One Health coordination mechanisms, and work collaboratively to maximize efficiencies and cooperation.
- Support project monitoring, data quality assurance, evaluation, and surveillance activities and guide the interpretation of the analyzed data.
- Develop the annual secretariat budget and work plan. Monitor the implementation of the workplan to ensure activities are on course and track the secretariat expenditure pattern by reviewing monthly and quarterly financial reports. Make recommendations for corrective action if required.
- Monitor field operations of all CGPP partners to ensure that their activities are supported by capacity building efforts of the Secretariat and CORE PVO partner staff.
- Participate in the hiring of Secretariat staff when necessary.
- Encourage and support Secretariat staff and partners to conduct operational research in relation to polio, routine immunization, GHSA, and surveillance issues, and to publish and present the findings of this work in reputable journals and in international conferences and forums.
- Represent the Secretariat Director in technical or programmatic meetings as appropriate.
- Meet monthly with CBO partners, in collaboration with the Finance Officer, to monitor and provide support for liquidation reporting processes.
- Serve as a liaison between the CGPP Secretariat and critical stakeholders at the sub-national level.
- Serve as a resource person for USAID’s Mission in Nigeria for technical/programmatic matters on polio, GHS, and COVID-19.
- Serve as the gender lead to make sure the project and partners follow appropriate steps to address gender aspects at all levels.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Strong strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with the capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions.
- Very good relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally.
- Team leadership abilities with diverse/multi-disciplinary teams. Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented, and results-oriented.
- Very good communication and presentation skills especially presenting briefs to donors and representing an organization at conferences and other forums.
- Recognized technical experience and qualifications in Immunization specifically and Primary Health Care Systems strengthening in general.
- Demonstrated experience of successful management, including management of functions of complex, multi-activity projects.
- Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment
- Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget management systems.
- Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Experience in addressing gender in health programs.
Required Languages – English language
Desired – French, Hausa, and any other local language (Fulfulde or Kanuri) as applicable is an added advantage.
Travel – Must be willing and able to travel up to 30% to 50% of the time.
Supervisory Responsibilities: Supervises some of the secretariat staff as assigned.
- Internal: Secretariat Director, Secretariat staff, State Team Leads, PM-GHS, RI-PIO, MEAL Manager
- External: USAID, WHO, UNICEF, CDC, Nigeria CDC, AFENET, Rotary, State Ministry of Health, State PHC Board, State EOC, State level partner Team Leads, FAO-ECTAD and Breakthrough ACTION.
- Medical Doctor, or Master’s degree or Ph.D. degree in public health, infectious diseases, Social Sciences or related technical field.
- Minimum of 10 years’ working experience with the last 4 years preferably in a management position, supervising senior staff in an international or multicultural environment.
- Relevant management and technical experience.
- Experience managing donor funds.
- Knowledge and experience in budget management.
- Experience in polio eradication in Nigeria.
- Basic computer skills.
- Ability to use data to inform program.
- French language ability preferred.
Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
How to apply
To Apply: Interested candidates can apply by November 9, 2022, by sending an expression of interest letter and an updated CV to: [email protected].