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Palladium Group HSS Coordinator – Task Order 5 – Sobon Birni in Nigeria

HSS Coordinator – Task Order 5 – Sobon Birni

Company Overview:

About Palladium - Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact – the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with governments, businesses, and investors to solve the world's most pressing challenges. With a team of more than 3,000 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of over 35,000 experts, we help improve economies, societies and, most importantly, people's lives.

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Project Overview and Role:

Palladium seeks an HSS Coordinator for the five-year, USAID-funded Nigeria Integrated Health Program (IHP) – Task Order 5 – Sobon Birni. The goal of IHP is to contribute to state-level reductions in child and maternal morbidity and mortality and to increase the capacity of health systems (public and private) to sustainably support quality PHC services.

The purpose of Task Order 5 is to implement priority primary health interventions in Sokoto state to strengthen the state government area (LGA), and ward level health systems. The objectives of the program are a) strengthen systems supporting primary health care (PHC) services b) improve access to PHC services; and c) increase quality of PHC services. Strong engagement and collaboration with state government is expected throughout the program.

Task Order 5 will coordinate closely with other USAID activities and other development partner programs in the state. USAID will intentionally overlay this activity with other Mission programming to increase Government of Nigeria (GON) resources for PHC services, increase demand for PHC services, and improve access to essential commodities. The activity is expected to collaborate closely with those other implementing partners and will not undertake any activities already implemented by other USAID programs.

The Health System Coordinators shall be based at strategically located Sobon Birni Local Government Health Authority (LGHAs).

The IHP Health System Strengthening (HSS) coordinators will be responsible for providing

technical assistance and capacity building across the building blocks of the health system and

enhance the utilization of data for decision-making and apply adaptive management at the

LGHA, PHC and community to continually strengthen accountability, systems and

services for reduced child and maternal morbidity and mortality.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Facilitate and support LGHA officials to adopt and effectively implement state-wide policies

including, but not limited to, Primary Health Care Under One Roof (PHCUOR), PHC

revitalization, Integrated Supportive Supervision, and integrated RMNCH+N and malaria

  • Build capacity of LGHAs to strengthen Facility Management Committees (FMC), Quality Improvement Teams and Ward Development Committees (WDCs) to fulfill their functions and work with health providers to improve integrated primary health care

  • Provide guidance to LGHA’s to enhance HRH availability and performance of integrated primary health care through appropriate training, mentoring and integrated supportive supervision to facility (PHC) and community-based structures (WDCs/VDCs and community-based health workers/volunteers)

  • Support the implementation of strategic plans for Human Resources for Health at the LGHA and PHC levels that are based on evidence and are designed to support improvements in RMNCH+N and malaria

  • Provide technical leadership to and build capacity of LGHA officials to use available data and information to make strategic decisions for planning, budgeting and supervising systems for health financing, health workforce, service delivery, supply chain, governance and accountability

  • Works with LGHAs to strengthen institutional and financial capacity for quality PHC service delivery, incorporating new and innovative approaches as appropriate for FMCs and WDCs

  • Participate in catchment LGHAs’ planning meetings, to provide guidance and adapt/target IHP technical assistance plans, as necessary to address needs

  • Conduct regular internal review and analysis of program and quality improvement data for catchment LGHAs to determine progress towards goals and gaps and develop plans for technical assistance to address gaps.

Provide support to LGHA and facility officials to explore opportunities to collaborate with the private sector to improve RMNCH health outcomes

  • Coordinate scheduling of program-wide technical assistance activities for catchment LGHAs

Provide clear documentation of programmatic achievements and keep state management team informed on monthly, quarterly and annual basis

  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor which contribute to the achievement of program goals

Reports to the State IHP Governance and Leadership advisor

Required Qualifications:

  • A graduate degree in Public Health, Health planning, Health policy or related courses (e.g. MBBS, RN etc.) with extensive field experience in managing health programs in Nigeria. A postgraduate degree in health systems or public health will be an added advantage

  • At least 3-5 years of experience working on Health Systems Strengthening in developing countries, preferably in Nigeria

  • The HSS Coordinator must be an experienced professional in the field of health systems strengthening, primary health care, and have capacity building and project management experience in public health programs

  • The HSS Coordinator must be intimately familiar with the context in Nigeria and have in-country experience with USAID programs

  • Demonstratable capacity to network and negotiate with key stakeholders across different sectors in support of health

  • Strong skills in design, implementation and monitoring of program components; e.g. health systems strengthening, qual training, supportive supervision, advocacy and coordination

  • Excellent facilitation and mentoring skills’ supporting decentralized entities to translate policies into strategic plans for implementation; and computer literacy in spread sheets is a must

  • Experience with technical assistance for programs funded by USAID and/or other donor programs in developing countries, with significant Nigeria experience

  • Strong verbal, listening, writing, and interpersonal skills essential for effective coordination among several institutions and staff involved in a broad range of activities

  • Fluent in English, (written and oral communication) and Hausa and/or Fulfulde

Willingness to travel throughout State as necessary

Palladium is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion. Should you require any reasonable adjustments to a selection process due to disability or any other cricumstance, please email our team at accessibility@thepalladiumgroup.com and we will endeavor to make any reasonable adjustments to our process.

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