Job Opportunities at Helen Keller International (HKI)

Helen Keller International (HKI), established in 1915, works to save the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. We combat the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition. Headquartered in New York City, HKI currently conducts programs in 22 countries in Africa and Asia as well as in the United States.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: NTD Program Officer
Location: Akwa Ibom
Reports directly to: NTD Program Manager
Project Background

  • The End Fund project is a 3 year grant starting from 2016 to 2018 to support the integrated implementation of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in Akwa Ibom State.
  • Amongst children, infection leads to malnutrition, cognitive impairment, stunted growth, and the inability to attend school.
  • Adults suffer from social isolation and are unable to work, and anemia caused by NTDs increases the risk of maternal mortality.
  • Since 1999, HKI has been supporting programs in the area of neglected tropical disease control/elimination and eye health in Borno, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom and Katsina states.
  • Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of parasitic and bacterial infectious diseases that affect over 1.6 billion of the world’s most impoverished people, including 875 million children. They cause severe pain, long-term disability, and are the cause of death for over 500,000 people per year.

Job Summary

  • Under the supervision of the NTD Program Manager, the Program Officer oversees the formulation, execution, monitoring and evaluation of the End Fund Integrated Control and elimination of NTDs in Akwa Ibom State to ensure consistency with the project priorities and outcomes.

Specific Duties
Program Planning:

  • 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 goal and that of the donor.
  • In collaboration with key stakeholders, facilitate the development and roll out of implementation plans to scale up mass distribution of drugs to treat the four PCT diseases, namely lymphatic filariasis, Onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis and soil transmitted helminthes.
  • Review the project schedule with senior management 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 Program Manager ensure HKI program partners execute the project according to their respective project plans;
  • Document project activities and ensure that all project information 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 completed;
  • Establish a communication schedule to update stakeholders including appropriate staff in the organization on the progress of the project;
  • 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;
  • Draft and share success stories using the standard operating procedures in the course of monitoring in order to improve project visibility
  • Advocacy and Strategic Alliances
  • Build and maintain meaningful 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 forums;
  • Carry out additional tasks, as requested by the Country Director, NTD Program Manager and the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist.
  • Retire project funds alongside Finance and Admin Assistant according to established accounting policies and procedures
  • Program Monitoring & Evaluation
  • To implement and/or develop Monitoring and Evaluation tools according HKI,
  • FMOH and donor standards in collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist.
  • 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.
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Qualifications

  • A First Degree in Biological Sciences or similar field; medicine or health related field.
  • A Master degree in public health or a related degree will be an added advantage.
  • Minimum of 3 years experience working in public health.

Competencies Required:

  • Demonstrates technical knowledge pertaining to job requirement
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills;
  • Ability to use computer software such as Microsoft office, internet.
  • Must possess good interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated excellent personal integrity and confidentially
  • Able to work under pressure minimal supervision and able to meet up deadlines.

 

Job Title: Driver
Location: Katsina
Job Summary

  • Under the guidance and supervision of the Logistic Assistant, the Driver provides reliable and safe driving services ensuring high accuracy of work.
  • The Driver demonstrates a client-oriented approach, high sense of responsibility, courtesy, tact and the ability to work with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • The Driver provides driving services to the operations and programme staff in the HKI, Katsina office.

Duties and Responsibilities
The driver will provide technical support to:

  • Ensures provision of reliable and secure driving services by:
  • Driving office vehicles for the transport of authorized personnel within and outside Katsina,
  • Delivery and collection of mail, documents and other items and
  • Meeting official personnel and visitors at the airport
  • Ensures cost-savings through proper use of vehicle through accurate maintenance of daily vehicle logs.
  • Ensures that all immediate actions required by rules and regulations are taken in case of involvement in accidents.
  • Prompt completion of log books.
  • Sorting and distribution of mail as required;
  • Perform minor office moves which will include moving pieces of office furniture and PCs, et.c as at when required
  • The vehicle is garaged overnight in the official car park and the keys are secure;
  • All necessary reports are completed in connection with any accident and the driver must report this situation to the supervisor immediately
  • Ensures proper day-to- day maintenance of the assigned vehicle through timely minor repairs, arrangements for major repairs, timely changes of oil, check of tires, brakes, car washing, etc.
  • Ensures availability of all the required documents/supplies including vehicle insurance, vehicle logs, office directory, map of the city/country, first aid kit, necessary spare parts
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Requirements

  • Qualification: Secondary Education; valid Driver’s license
  • Experience: 1-2 years’ work experience as a driver; preferably in a development organization, safe driving record, knowledge of driving rules and regulations and skills in minor vehicle repair.
  • Language Requirements: Fluency in Hausa will be an added advantage.

 Note

  • Please note that subject of email should be “NTD Program Officer- Akwa Ibom State”
  • Applications received after 5pm on the day will not be considered.
  • Only applications submitted electronically shall be considered.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send the following under listed documents to: Nigeria.recruitment@hki.org

  • A curriculum vitae, which should indicate at minimum applicant’s qualification and dates obtained; previous work experience and dates; age and referees
  • A covering letter

 Application Deadline: 15th March, 2017.

 

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