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Thursday, November 01, 2018

Technical Specialist at Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an International non-governmental organization supporting relief and development work in over 99 countries around the world. CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs, therefore, strengthening and building the capacity of these partner organizations is fundamental to programs in every country in which CRS operates. CRS re-established presence in Nigeria in 2000 and currently focuses on agriculture, health and emergency programming.

Department: Global Fund HIV

Reports To: State Team Lead/Clinical Coordinator
Location:     Delta State, Nigeria.
Job Ref Code: TSD311018
Full JD Links:   https://goo.gl/1wtVbE
 Project Background:
CRS is a Sub-Recipient to Family Health International (FHI 360) on the Global Fund New Funding Model HIV Program in Nigeria. The Program seeks to scale up gender sensitive HIV prevention services among children and adults in Nigeria. 
Specific Job Responsibilities:
1.       Training and Mentoring
  • Coordinate and mentor the ART, TB-HIV, PMTCT and SRH clinical care teams at supported facilities and ensure they function as effective units
  • Carry out technical needs assessment with respect to ART, TB, PMTCT, HCT and SRH at partner health facilities and proffer solutions in line with GF & CRS’s organizational goals and objectives.
  • Provide onsite mentorship to partner facility staff in ART, TB/HIV, PMTCT, SRH.
  • Maintain current knowledge of HIV/AIDS patient’s standard of care at the partner health facilities through organization of didactic sessions, mortality reviews, case reviews/presentations etc.
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  • Ensure all SHCs have adequate knowledge materials and job aids that ensure uniformity of practice across all sites.
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  • Follow up on implementation, monitoring and evaluation of quality improvement strategies identified by program team, training needs and participation in meetings geared towards meeting overall grant objectives at partner health facilities.
  • Direct management of people infected and affected by HIV infection at the partner health facilities.
  • Use appropriate tools to document support given during mentoring visits and ensure that facilities have copies of these.
  • Work with Adherence Officer and other team members to ensure high quality of care and high standards of implementation of the project in the state.
  • Work closely with the M&E team to ensure that there is sufficient timely program data, and that technical decisions are data driven in the state.
2.       Program Management
  • Monitor target across PHCs and SHCs, determine and provide feedback to ensure target achievement.
  • Actively come up with strategies to ensure donor target achievements are met.
  • Collaborate with SHC staff and support groups to ensure all patients on ART are tracked and followed up on.
  • Ensure adequate knowledge of all process and output indicators specified by donors.
  • Provide direct supervision of the partner SHCs.
  • Monthly reporting of all activities carried out at partner health facilities.
  • In collaboration with the program and technical staff, develop, implement and periodically update a decentralized GF work plan.
3.       Budget Management
  •  Ensure all cash advances are liquidated promptly
4.       Partnerships and Networking
  • Liaise with other GF and PEPFAR partners in the state to ensure coordinated service provision to the CRS-supported sites.
  • Develop and maintain healthy relationships between CRS’ GF partner facilities, the Catholic Church and its partners, the GoN and other relevant stakeholders. 
  • Representation at state technical working groups for ART, TB, HCT, PMTCT and SRH, as well as at other meetings and related activities as designated.
5.       CRS/Nigeria Program Responsibilities
The Technical Specialist will also participate as a full member of the CRS/Nigeria Program Department. This will include active involvement in all program department activities as needed.
Qualifications and Skills:
  • M.B.B.S., with a Masters’ degree in public health or related field is strongly preferred.
  • At least 3 years’ post-NYSC clinical experience working in HIV/AIDS management with significant program management responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a project in an HIV/AIDS service delivery setting, including working with government authorities.
  • Proven experience working with partner organizations in both the public and private sectors.
  • Working knowledge of and experience with GF or USG projects will be an advantage.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to interface with multiple stakeholders, representatives, and partners in a professional manner on an ongoing basis.
  • Excellent analytical and information seeking skills, good decision-making skills.
  • Experience with participatory planning and evaluation methods preferred.
  • Excellent English language- oral and written communication skills. 
  • Proficiency in MS Office suite, including Word, Excel and Outlook.
Key Working Relationships:
Internal: State Team Lead, Clinical Coordinator, Supply Chain and Lab Officers, M&E Team
External: SACA, SMoH, PEPFAR IP

Method of Application
Use the link(s) below to apply on company website.
  • Technical Specialist
Interested candidates should download the CRS Application Form using the link, fill and send with a detailed resume as one document in pdf indicating position being applied for and the Job Ref Code as the subject of the application
Completed applications are to be sent   to the relevant emails. Deadline for submission is COB (i.e. 5:00pm), November 14, 2018.
Equal Opportunity:“CRS is an equal –opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, etc.Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply”.
Statement of Commitment to Protection:
‘’CRS’ recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation’’

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