January 12, 2015
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Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is recruiting for fulltime State Program Assistant.

Job Details

Overview:
The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) was established in 2002 to increase access to care and treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS and to strengthen health systems in resource-poor countries. Over the past few years, CHAI has expanded the scope of our work to include access to high-quality treatment for malaria, new vaccines and essential treatments for common childhood illnesses such as diarrhoea and pneumonia. CHAI has also increasingly supported governments to build the capacity required for high-quality care and treatment programs. Currently, CHAI partners with governments in more than 25 countries while more than 70 countries directly benefit from the low-priced drugs and diagnostic test agreements that CHAI has negotiated.

Nigeria’s maternal mortality rate of 545 deaths for every 100,000 live births accounts for 14% of the global burden of maternal deaths--second only to India. This represents approximately 37,000 maternal deaths per year. Under-5 mortality rate is 128 per 1,000 live births and Nigeria experiences over 800,000 deaths among under-five children annually, 30% of which is attributable to newborn deaths. Mortality rates for children, infants and neonates are higher than the latest average estimates for the Sub-Saharan Africa region: 128, 69 and 37 per 1,000 live births respectively.

Nigeria’s maternal mortality rate of 576 deaths for every 100,000 live births accounts for approximately 14% of the global burden of maternal deaths--second only to India. This represents approximately 37,000 maternal deaths per year. Under-5 mortality rate is 128 per 1,000 live births and Nigeria experiences over 800,000 deaths among under-five children annually, 30% of which is attributable to newborn deaths. Mortality rates for children, infants and neonates are higher than the latest average estimates for the Sub-Saharan Africa region: 128, 69 and 37 per 1,000 live births respectively. Nigeria’s targets for MDGs 4 and 5 are 70 under-five deaths per 1000 live births and 250 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. While some progress has been recorded, current rates of 2% and 4% reductions in maternal mortality and under-5 mortality, respectively, suggest that drastic action is needed if Nigeria is to attain these targets.

Recognizing the need for an innovative and high impact response to reduce the high maternal and child mortality rates, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) plans to roll out a comprehensive Maternal and Newborn Health program which uses an integrated approach to address critical gaps, create linkages through the entire system from communities up to tertiary care, and leaves a sustainable system for on-going impact. 

CHAI Nigeria is seeking a highly organized and hard-working Administrative Assistant to undertake a broad range of activities to support the MNH program in Kaduna, Kano and Katsina.

We are seeking highly motivated individuals with outstanding credentials, and communication skills. Additionally, the successful candidates will adhere to the CHAI values of: resourcefulness, entrepreneurialism, flexibility, independence, humility, and work ethic.

The State Program Assistant will report directly to the State Program Manager of RMNCH and the Country Director and will be based in the state.

Responsibilities:
  • Assist CHAI state program staff with the ongoing “on the ground” management of all program activities pertaining to MNH.
  • Participate in and help with facilitating mentorship, supply chain activities at health facilities, and LGA.
  • Organize logistics for state level field work.
  • Support the State Program Manager in monitoring implementation of the MNH program and in generating program reports for Senior Management
  • Organize meetings and conferences, including coordination with external parties and organization on venues, food, transport, etc. related to the MNH program
  • Ensure that appropriate arrangements for visitors are made, including pickups, hotel and air bookings, and other travel arrangements
  • Help organize and coordinate trainings, mentorships and other external activities, working with a variety of partners
  • Generate letters and communications to support program administration
  • Ensure the proper filing  of important documents (hard and soft copies)
  • Data entry and data management
  • Reply to general information requests with the accurate information
  • Any other tasks as requested by the State Program Manager and Country Director.

Job Requirements

Min Required Experience:

1-3 year(s)

Min Qualification:

Bachelor's Degree/HND

Desired Courses:

Not Specified

Other Requirements:

Qualifications:
Minimum qualifications:
  • BSC in social sciences or other related field
  • A minimum of 2 years work experience in private sector, public health or a related field.
  • Strong problem solving skills and experience working under demanding work plans and tight budgets.
  • Experience organizing trainings, conducting field visits, and providing support to health facilities.
  • Strong diplomatic and interpersonal relationship skills; experience working with government officials at provincial and LGA levels.
  • Ability to travel within Nigeria.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to prepare and deliver compelling presentations
  • Competent computer skills, particularly in Word and Excel
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities and work independently
  • Ability to learn on the job quickly and absorb/synthesize a broad range of information
  • Strong communications skills—both written and oral
  • Strong work ethic and flexibility
 
Plusses:
  • Experience working on maternal and newborn health
  • Previous experience working in rural settings on program implementation at the community level
  • Ability to speak Hausa

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