Community Services and Health Security Advisor (CS&HSA) at Project HOPE

Posted on: Tue 14-05-2024

Project HOPE Nigeria (otherwise referred to People-to-People Health Foundation Nigeria) is a registered non-profit, non-governmental organization working in Nigeria in areas of HIV & AIDS, Tuberculosis, OVC, RMNCAH & Malaria intervention services.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Community Services and Health Security Advisor (CS&HSA)

Job ID.: req1399

Location: Utako, Abuja

Employment Type: Full-time

Division: Global Health

Reports To: Country Director, Project HOPE Nigeria

Position Summary

  • The Community Services and Health Security Advisor (CS&HSA) will provide leadership and management oversight support for the implementation of community and health security programs in Nigeria.
  • The incumbent will act as the technical lead for the implementation of the USAID-funded Accelerating Control of the HIV Epidemic (ACE 3) in Nigeria project in Kebbi, Zamfara and Sokoto states.
  • They will ensure the quality of services for the project’s target population and provide technical assistance for community systems strengthening. They will supervise the entire PHN ACE 3 team.
  • They will provide leadership and oversight for the growth and management of Project HOPE Nigeria’s health security and community programs.

Principal Responsibilities

As technical lead on the ACE 3 activity:

  • Ensure the successful achievement of results for Project HOPE Nigeria’s role on the ACE 3 Project.
  • Provide technical assistance and oversight for the implementation of community-based HIV care & support activities across focus states.
  • Coordinate with partners, government agencies, international and local NGOs, and community-based organizations on project activities, as needed.
  • Strengthen referral mechanisms for community PMTCT and other community care and support activities.
  • Lead the development of project workplans, ensuring that targets are met and project outcomes are achieved.
  • Liaise with donor and government officials at the National and State levels, as required.
  • Support the development/adaptation of guidelines and implementation tools and participate in national coordination platforms for the development of national strategies and guidelines.
  • Provide technical assistance to the project management team on all aspects of community HIV care and support services and actively participate in the Government of Nigeria’s community structure capacity building efforts.
  • In collaboration with the M&E and quality assurance teams, engage in improving data quality, operational research, and quality improvement interventions related to HIV care and support activities.
  • Provide oversight and technical assistance to State teams to ensure the effective implementation of community HIV care and support activities.
  • Support capacity building for community-based organizations and other identified community resource persons on PMTCT, ART, OVC, and AGYW programming.
  • Work closely with the national expert panel established to oversee the community HIV care, treatment, and care support programs.
  • Review monthly and quarterly reports for all project activities.  

Administration, Representation, Management and New Program Development:

  • Lead, manage, and provide supportive supervision to staff on the ACE 3 project.
  • Ensure donor and Project HOPE policies and procedures are adhered to by ACE 3 staff.
  • Represent Project HOPE US and Project HOPE Nigeria in partner, government, donor, and other stakeholder meetings and engagements.
  • Lead consortium relationship building with implementing partners.
  • Provide oversight and operations coordination for all ongoing grants for Project HOPE Nigeria.
  • Lead program reporting on behalf of Project HOPE Nigeria, including donor and Project HOPE US reports.
  • Facilitate partnerships between Project HOPE US, Project HOPE Nigeria, and the Lafia Initiative for Health and Development (LIHD).
  • Support budget management and oversight efforts.  

Organizational Representation and New Program Development:

  • Lead all health security new business development efforts for Project HOPE Nigeria.
  • Provide support to all other new business development efforts for Project HOPE Nigeria.
  • Represent Project HOPE and lead relationship building with NGOs, government officials, and donors.
  • Research opportunities, write and review technical content, help prepare supporting sections, and assist in the development of evidence-based programs designed for impact.
  • Proactively seek opportunities for new programs aligned with Project HOPE’s mission and technical capabilities.
  • Contribute to grant applications and general concept paper writing.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Medical Degree and a Master’s Degree in Public Health or related field.
  • 7+ years field-based experience including managing large and complex multi-partner development programs and donor-funded projects, with at least 3 years in a senior management position.
  • Experience with PEPFAR, GHSA, and RMNCH programming.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement strategies that employ evidence-based approaches to meet project targets, especially under rigorous timelines.
  • Experience working and collaborating with diverse sets of stakeholders, including local partners, government officials, donor representatives, and communities.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading strategic and operational planning.
  • Extensive conceptual skills including strategic analysis.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills.
  • High level of personal integrity.
  • Demonstrated self-awareness and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong human resource management skills including capacity building, coaching, and conflict management.
  • Experience supervising and developing a multi-disciplinary team in a cross-cultural setting.
  • Demonstrated use of positive coping strategies in stressful environments.
  • Knowledge and experience with financial management as demonstrated by ability to manage a complex budget, effectively follow-up on internal and external audit recommendations, and ensure donor compliance and reporting.
  • English language proficiency.
  • Strong writing and presentation skills.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond appropriately to questions from senior managers in the field and HQ, counterparts, senior government officials, rebel leaders, and other related regional players.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Has strong working relationships with actors in the emergency/humanitarian response sector.
  • A people person, comfortable interacting with new people and groups, both one-on-one and in large gatherings.
  • Ability to identify and analyze opportunities that contribute to strategic aims, translate them into practical plans, and implement them.
  • Experience organizing trainings for large groups, with multiple actors and pieces.
  • Ability to exercise problem solving skills in day-to-day and crisis situations.
  • Demonstrated resilience and stress management skills for self and team.

Job Specifications:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be mobile in an office environment and able to use standard office equipment.
  • Must be able to communicate in verbal and written form.
  • Project HOPE employees may be required to travel or work in countries where working conditions are classified as “hardship.”

Work Environment:

  • Typical office environment with exposure to a minimal noise level.
  • Emergency deployments may be in resource-deprived environments with austere living conditions.
  • Travel for extended periods may be by air and/or other modes of transportation.
  • While international travel is not a regular part of every job, programmatic needs may require it intermittently.
  • Project HOPE employees may be required to travel or work in countries where working conditions are classified as “hardship.”

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:

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