Vacancy at Helen Keller International, Thursday 24, May 2018


Vacancy at Helen Keller International, Thursday 24, May 2018 – Established in 1915, Helen Keller International is devoted to sparing the sight and lives of the most powerless and burdened. We battle the causes and outcomes of visual deficiency and lack of healthy sustenance by building up programs in view of confirmation and research in vision, wellbeing and nourishment.

We at present have in excess of 180 projects in 21 African and Asian nations.

Some portion of this work is centered around forestalling visual deficiency and vision misfortune for many powerless individuals through waterfall medical procedure, vision remedy, vitamin A supplementation, screening and treatment for diabetic retinopathy, and dispersion of medications and cures for disregarded tropical illnesses.


REPORTS:         State Coordinator

CONTRACT DURATION: The initial contract will be up until March 31, 2019 renwable subject to availability of funding and performance.


UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE STATE COORDINATOR, THE PROGRAM OFFICER ASSISTS WITH THE FORMULATION, execution, monitoring and evaluation of NTDs program in the State. He/she ensures consistency with the project set priorities and outcomes in the state.

Program Planning
In collaboration with the state coordinator, facilitate the creation and implementation of a detailed annual work-plan which identifies and sequences activities needed to successfully implement the project in the most cost-effective manner and ensure project objectives are met in line with national policies, HKI’s goals and that of the donor.
In collaboration with key stakeholders, facilitate the development and roll out of detailed implementation plans (DIP) to scale up Mass drug Administration (MDA) in endemic LGAs with the view to eliminate NTDs
Review the project schedule with State Coordinator and all other staff that will be affected by the project activities; revise and regularly review the schedule as required.

Program Management
In collaboration with the other Project Officers, ensure HKI program partners execute the project according to their respective project plans;
Document project activities and ensure that all project data is appropriately secured;
Monitor the progress of the project implementation and make adjustments as necessary to ensure the project remains on track and is successfully implemented;
Establish a communication schedule to update stakeholders including appropriate staff in the organization on the progress of the project;
In collaboration with the HKI finance officer and other project staff, ensure project funds are utilized and retired according to established accounting policies and procedures

Program Monitoring & Evaluation
In collaboration with M&E officer, assist with the implementation and development of Monitoring and Evaluation tools according to HKI, FMOH and donor standards;
Ensure that the project deliverables are on time, within budget and at the required level of international standards as set by FMOH, HKI and donor.
Internally and when requested support external evaluations on the outcomes of the project as established during the planning phase and as required.
Disseminate findings from evaluations to support organizational learning and contribute to policy processing or development;

Advocacy and Strategic Alliances
Build and maintain working relationships with both government and key project stakeholders at all levels in order to strengthen opportunities for advocacy and higher visibility;
Represent HKI towards local partners and at other appropriate fora;

Key Performance Indicators:
Successful implementation of the projects based on:
Effective tracking and reporting of program indicators
Implementation of annual work plans in collaboration with SC

Graduate degree in public health, public administration, management or related discipline, or equivalent experience.

Postgraduate degree in related field preferred

At least 4 years’ working experience in managing an eye health or neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) program.
Willingness to travel within the state and other parts of the country as needed
Basic technical knowledge of PCT NTDs and Trachoma SAFE Strategy is preferable;


Strong interpersonal and organizational skills

Computer skills: Windows applications for word processing and spreadsheet software

Extraordinary verbal and written communication skills to manage project communications and disseminate project information are required

Demonstrates technical knowledge pertaining to the job requirements
Critical thinking and problem-solving skills;
Able to work under pressure with minimal supervision and able to meet deadlines.
Demonstrated excellent personal integrity and confidentially


REPORTS TO:  Acting State Coordinator

CONTRACT DURATION: The initial contract will be up until March 31, 2019 renewable subject to availability of funding and performance.

The objective of the M&E Officer position is to provide overall M&E strategy and implementation of related activities within the ENDFUND project. This is in addition to providing timely and relevant information to project stakeholders. It entails close communication with all involved in M&E design and coordination: core project and partner M&E staff; representatives from primary stakeholder groups; and the Acting State coordinator, external consultants and field staff when appropriate, plus members of external M&E-related missions.

Program Planning
Work on the project logframe matrix, particularly in the areas of the objective hierarchy, indicators and monitoring mechanisms.
Develop the overall framework for project M&E, for example, annual project reviews, participatory impact assessments, process monitoring, operations monitoring and lessons-learned during workshops.
Guide the process for identifying and designing the key indicators for each component, to record and report physical progress
Guide the process for identifying the key performance questions and parameters for monitoring project performance and comparing it to targets. Design the format for such performance reports.
Design the framework for the physical and process monitoring of project activities

Data Management
Review the quality of NTDs data in the project area, the methods of collecting it and the degree to which it will provide good baseline statistics for coverage surveys and impact evaluation.
Review existing approaches and management information systems and agree on any required changes, support and resources.
Collaborate with staff on qualitative monitoring to provide relevant information for ongoing evaluation of project activities, effects and impacts.
Undertake regular visits to the field to support implementation of M&E and to identify where adaptations might be needed.
In collaboration with the NTD project officer, provide the NTDs Manager with management information that she/he may require.
Check that monitoring data are discussed in the appropriate forum and in a timely fashion in terms of implications for future action. If necessary, create such discussion fora to fill any gaps

Organize and undertake training with stakeholders, including primary stakeholders, in M&E skills, including participatory aspects.

Program Reporting
Guide staff and implementing partners in preparing their progress reports. Together, analyse these reports in terms of problems and actions needed. Prepare consolidated progress reports for project management to submit to the relevant bodies, in accordance with approved reporting formats and timing.
Prepare monitoring reports, analyze them for impact evaluation and identify the causes of potential bottlenecks in project implementation.
Guide the regular sharing of the outputs of M&E findings with project staff, implementing partners and primary stakeholders.
Make regular reports to the project team highlighting areas of concern and preparing the documentation for review at meetings.

Postgraduate degree in Statistics, Epidemiology or related field with focus on monitoring and evaluation and/or Biostatistics.

Minimum of 2 years’ hand-on monitoring & evaluation position experience
Minimum of 4 years’ experience in developing monitoring plans and/or management information systems 2 years of which spent working with NGOs in an African setting.
Minimum of 2 years’ experience working in NTD programs in Nigeria
Extensive experience with monitoring and evaluating NTD programs in Nigeria

Good analytical, presentation and reporting skills
Excellent inter-personal, multi-cultural and team building skills
Strong computer skills particularly in spreadsheets, database and statistical applications
Strong problem-solving skills and ability to foresee problems and initiate appropriate action
Excellent oral and written communication skills and fluency in English
Excellent organizational skills

Supervision:  Works independently and reports to the Acting State Coordinator/designate

Decision Making:
Working within project strategy and policy guidelines, makes decisions with regards to work responsibilities and is accountable for them
Responsibility over data or information: Has access to information within project, and is responsible for program data generation and management
Responsibility over assets: Overall responsibility assigned assets in the program
Ability to work independently

Interested persons may send a comprehensive resume with a cover letter as ONE MS Word document to [email protected] using the position title as the subject of the email. Note that applications will not be accepted after 5pm on Wednesday May 30th, 2018.

Note: There are no relocation allowances available for this position.

DEADLINE: 30 May, 2018

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