Society for Family Health (SFH) is a leading non-governmental public health organisation in Nigeria, implementing programmes in Reproductive Health/Family Planning, HIV & AIDS treatment, malaria prevention, and treatment, primary health care system strengthening, non-communicable diseases and maternal, newborn, and child health care. We work in partnership with the Federal and State Governments of Nigeria, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, MSD for Mothers, the Global Fund and Children Investment Fund Foundation among other international donors. SFH offers professional opportunities for career growth and advancement, an excellent working environment, and competitive remuneration.
We seek to recruit self-motivated and highly qualified persons to fill the under-listed vacant position, in response to organisational expansion into new geographies:
Job Title: State Team Lead
Ref No: sfh-04423 Locations: Adamawa, Bauchi, Zamfara, Kebbi, and Sokoto States (1 position each)
Job Type: Full-time
Duration of Contract: 36 months
SFH is working with HIV affected communities and relevant state structures in Adamawa, Bauchi, Kebbi, Sokoto, and Zamfara State to optimise access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care services to reduce the incidence and mitigate the impact of HIV in Nigeria, assisting in attaining epidemic control.
The State Team Leads (STLs) shall provide oversight of programmatic and financial activities in the state.
The anticipated impact of the STL will be a commitment to key populations at risk of /or infected with HIV and to their continuity on ARV treatment and prevention services.
The STL will use evidence-based practices and data to drive results in line with PEPFAR principles of accountability, transparency, and impact in all actions.
The successful candidate will perform the following functions:
Take the lead in the Implementation of HIV prevention, care and treatment among Key Population to ensure the continuum of care as it relates to UNAIDS 95:95:95.
Collaboration with key stakeholders and gatekeepers to provide enabling environment for the implementation of HIV prevention and treatment activities among Key Population in the state.
Supervise implementation of comprehensive operational work plans for HIV prevention, care and treatment activities among CBOs, OSS and cART team in the State.
Routinely review program and M&E data and report via DHIS, CRRF, and prepare and submit monthly program and M&E reports, also routinely review the quality of data on the EMR (LAMIS) and generate line listing for tracking for defaulters.
The STL is a member of the project Senior Management Team (SMT) reporting directly to the project Chief of Party (COP) and will be responsible for overseeing the state teams and the programme delivery of its outputs in the states, ensuring the technical content of service delivery encompassing:
KP Prevention Services (social/behaviour change communication, pre-exposure prophylaxis, condom/lubricant programming, STI management, and other evolving prevention techniques)
Case finding (partner notification services, risk profile-based testing, and other testing modalities applicable to key population case finding)
Treatment (including differentiated community ART care delivery model using the OSS strategy, TLD regimen protocol, cervical cancer, and TB screening and prevention service integration)
Viral load services within a community setting (including considerations for use of self-administered viral load sampling kits, optimization of viral load cascade, and other efforts necessary for achieving measurable community viral suppression).
Ensuring quality coordination among advisers, regularly liaising with project stakeholders within the project states, and helping to develop overall strategies, work plans, budgets, and rigorous Internal Programme review processes and staff performance reviews.
Development of work plans: develop clear action plans that address the details needed to achieve project targets; define and allocate resources and actions to achieve objectives within constraints and establish priorities.
Develop state-nested contingency plans for handling anticipated obstacles or problems to ensure continuity of service provision to clients by all odds.
Financial management: Develop project work plans and budgets. Monitor work plan implementation to ensure compliance with the approved plan and grant agreement. Ensure efficient use of grant funds for optimum benefits to the target beneficiaries.
Coordination of integrated service provision: Integration of program planning and implementation of a quality client-centred differentiated model of care.
Monitoring and Evaluation: track and monitor MER indicators and data analysis monthly
Supervision: monitoring and supervisory roles. Supervision of Programme, M&E, and Finance Advisors. The successful candidate will contribute to decision-making at the senior management level of the project.
Qualifications / Experience
Must possess a First Degree or its equivalent in Medicine / Health and Allied Sciences / Social / Behavioural or related field of study. A Master’s degree in Public Health / Epidemiology / Demography / Health Management or Health Administration Policy and Planning will be required.
A minimum of 8 years post-NYSC professional work experience in the field of Public Health and HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support. This should be inclusive of a minimum of 3 years of managerial experience in designing and managing programmes related to key populations and HIV treatment and prevention in a public or NGO sector at state levels.
The 8 years should also be inclusive of a minimum of 3 years’ experience in the management of a USG-funded activity, including programme planning, implementation, data use, monitoring, and reporting.
Should also have a deep understanding in using generating strategic information and its use in improving programs and experience in generating such information.
Demonstrable experience in working with HIV affected community-led organisations and community leaders for HIV case finding using index case, social, and network testing approaches to improve yield, efficiency, and linkage to care.
Knowledge of NGO financial systems and USAID cost principles.
Comfortable with the culture and tradition in the North and fluency in the Hausa language will be a huge advantage.
Will liaise with project stakeholders within the project states, including state and GON partners and other implementing partners to ensure visibility and support for the project, that will improve the programming environment for the project
Skills and Competencies required:
Understanding of World Health Organisation (WHO) and national HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support guidelines including the TB/HIV integration guidelines.
Ability to develop realistic project budgets and account for resources in line with budgetary allocations including monthly budget tracking.
Ability to prepare technical reports using Microsoft, PowerPoint and deliver a presentation to a high calibre audience confidently; and proficiency in the use of Microsoft excel and word packages.
Ability to read widely, write succinctly and develop concept papers/proposals at short notice.
A team player with strong leadership skills to lead and motivate, develop, and sustain positive relationships and influence with the project team, and stakeholders at all levels.
Problem-solving skills in resolving conflict and differences using persuasion, diplomacy, and logic.
Ability to translate complex team goals into specific individual accountabilities.
Communication Skills: well-developed writing and oral communication skills. Able to communicate clearly and sensitively with internal and external stakeholders as a representative of the project.
Drive for continuous learning/self-development and be open to feedback.
Integrity: works with trustworthiness and integrity with a clear commitment to SFH core values.
Resilience/Adaptability and flexibility: ability to operate effectively under extreme circumstances including stress and high-security risks.
Compensation & Benefits
The compensation package for these positions is designed to attract, motivate, and retain talented individuals.