Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International is an independent organization dedicated to conducting innovative, multidisciplinary research that improves the human condition. The Health Policy Plus Project (HP+) is a USAID-funded project that strengthens developing country national and sub-national policy, advocacy, and governance for strategic, equitable, and sustainable health programming. HP+ focuses on key health issues—namely, family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH), HIV, and maternal health—while also promoting health systems strengthening and program integration.
HP+ Nigeria is supporting state-level efforts to effectively capitalize on key health financing reforms, specifically the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF), by strengthening systems and structures to operationalize the fund, while also meet, and potentially exceed or improve performance to meet, the requirements of Primary Health Care Under One Roof (PHCUOR). Working in Abia, Osun, Ebonyi and the FCT, as well as some national-level support, HP+ Nigeria is looking to advance the following key objectives: (1) strengthen state-level governance, coordination, and synchronization to sustain stewardship and ownership of key health financing reforms; (2) identify and mobilize predictable and sustainable revenues for state-level health reforms; (3) improve transparency, accountability and efficiency of mobilized resources.
RTI International’s Global Health Division (GHD) is seeking applicants for an Accountability and Advocacy Advisor in Abia to support the HP+ Nigeria Field Program. GHD is an expanding division at RTI which currently has a staff of 450 with work in over 20 countries, including regional offices in Nairobi, Kenya, Jakarta, Indonesia, and San Salvador, El Salvador.
The accountability and advocacy advisor, Abia, will be responsible for providing content knowledge, technical assistance, consultation, and support to the state government in the implementation of PHCUOR and the BHCPF in Abia, including implementation at ward and facility levels. In particular, this position will be responsible for leading implementation support for social accountability mechanisms called for in the PHCUOR and BHPF. Knowledge and use of social accountability tools and frameworks, participatory approaches, and consensus building will be key. Moreover, the accountability and advocacy advisor will liaise with various stakeholders at state level from the public health sector, other LGA and ward offices, facilities, and civil society organizations. The advisor will design and implement workshops, meetings, and consultations, aimed at supporting PHCUOR and BHCPF. This position will be based in Abia. The position will report to the Abia State Team Lead, with technical oversight provided by the Senior Advisor, Health Systems, Governance and Leadership, and the HP+ Governance Technical Lead.
The position is restricted to Nigerian nationals.
The advisor will undertake the following:
• At State-level, convene CSO meetings to review progress and identify recommendations for how to further improve the State Social Health Insurance Agency (SSHIA).
• Provide technical assistance to and support capacity building efforts for selected State-level structures, Local Government Authorities/Areas, wards and facilities to plan and implement feedback processes as required by the BHCPF.
• Implement capacity development of ward and facility level institutions to support feedback processes.
• Develop and implement strategies for assessing, developing and/or strengthening mechanisms and processes that enable citizens to provide feedback on the health system at ward and facility levels.
• Lead expansion of support for CBO meetings and/or other community platforms for beneficiaries to provide feedback on the BHCPF.
• As needed, support development of state-level demand generation plans.
• Develop and manage grants to local civil society organizations to support implementation of feedback processes.
• Actively contribute to the development of annual work planning, design, implementation, and reporting related to project technical activities.
• Provide assistance within the project team on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and documentation of project results.
. Respond to ad-hoc technical requests from HP+ and USAID.
Min Required Experience: 0 year(s)
Min Qualification: Masters
Desired Courses: Not Specified
• Demonstrated success providing technical leadership and advice to sub-national government counterparts in the health sector, particularly in supporting the establishment, implementation, monitoring of citizen feedback mechanisms.
• Experience supporting demand generation activities.
• Demonstrated strength and experience providing technical assistance and writing technical reports in the health sector.
• Proven ability to work collaboratively and build consensus across diverse sets of stakeholders.
• Experience in client relationship management, reporting, program work planning, program budgeting and financial management, and program implementation, as related to international project implementation is preferred.
• Professional and diplomatic demeanor and conduct, especially during interactions with the client and its constituents.
• Ability to anticipate, respond and adapt quickly to changing requirements and competing demands.
• Ability to take initiative and/or respond independently to situations.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
• Ability and willingness to travel within Nigeria.
• Master's Degree or higher in public administration, public health, public policy, or a related technical degree.
• Minimum of 9 years of experience in applied public administration supporting social accountability mechanisms in Nigeria and/or Africa.
• Minimum of 5 years of experience in the health sector.
• Prior experience working with USAID-funded programs preferred.
• Experience working with State governments, LGAs, wards, health facilities, and civil society organizations strongly desired.
• Written and oral fluency in English is required
How to Apply:
Submit a detailed CV and cover letter to RTI.Nigeria.HPPlus@rti.org. Please include job title in the subject line of the email.
Deadline for accepting applications is 17:00, December 12, 2018.