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Vacancy For Senior Clinical Testing Advisor

The Institute of Human Virology (IHVN) is a leading and reputable non-governmental organization addressing infectious and non-infectious diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis and cancer through the provision of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, capacity building, research, and care and support services. IHVN is in partnership with local and international organizations and the different tiers of the government of Nigeria at national, state and local levels. The Institute’s vision is to be a leader in providing quality health services, capacity building and research in West Africa and beyond.

To support quality and prompt service delivery in IHVN supported sites. IHVN is sourcing for suitably qualified young and dynamic individuals to fill the position of   Senior Clinical Testing Advisor for the USAID SHARP TO1.

Position Senior Clinical Testing Advisor
Department:  Prevention Care & Treatment
Unit: Prevention
Location: Abuja
Term:  Most likely short term position

Opening Date: 12th July 2021
Closing Date: 19th July 2021

Responsibilities: 

  • Provide technical oversight, strategic direction and ensure appropriate support for the implementation of HIV Testing Services (HTS) in all the testing modalities
  • Disseminate evidence-based training materials, job aids, supervisory systems and other training materials needed for implementation of the program to meet the needs of funding organizations and the Government of Nigeria.
  • Coordinate site strengthening, follow-up and supervision, advocacy, capacity-building and monitoring & evaluation of performance across program sites as required
  • Participate in all Technical Consultative Group Meetings,
  • Represent the organization in professional forums by participating and making presentations in relevant meetings and conferences and technical working groups
  • Carry out any other duty assigned for the achievement of organizational goals and objectives

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills & Ability:

  • Should possess an MPH or related qualifications with a background in Public Health, Nursing, Social Sciences, Health Sciences or Community Health
  • At least five – seven (5 – 7) years experience working in HIV Testing services (HTS).
  • Experience in building capacity at individual and organizational levels.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of HTS, guidelines and policies.
  • Excellent personal communication skills in written and verbal English,
  • High impact influencing and persuasive skills, and able to represent the organization to donors and partners
  • Good experience of using Ms. Word, Excel or Power Point applicable software related to position

Method of Application

  • Interested and qualified candidates should send a detailed resume and a one page cover letter as one MS Word document explaining suitability for the position to Deputy Director, Human Resources through this email address: careers@ihvnigeria.org
  • Application must explicitly state the position applied for in the subject of the email. Candidates are advised to provide three professional referees with email addresses and phone numbers. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Vacancy For Short Term TB-LON 3 Consultant On Improved Tuberculosis Case Finding In Lagos State

Background

The Institute of Human Virology (IHVN) is a leading and reputable non-governmental organization addressing infectious and non-infectious diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and cancer through the provision of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, capacity building, research, and care and support services. IHVN is in partnership with local and international organizations and the different tiers of the government of Nigeria at national, state and local levels. The Institute’s vision is to be a leader in providing quality health services, capacity building and research in West Africa and beyond.

The TB-LON 3 Project is a USAID-funded Award that is a revolutionary program working with communities, facilities and relevant state and national structures to improve access to TB case finding, diagnosis, treatment and notification in Lagos, Ogun, Osun and Oyo States; as well as increase domestic financing for TB and strengthen surveillance and integrated reporting across four result areas:

  • Improved access to high-quality, person-centered TB treatment, DR-TB, and TB/HIV services for a cumulative number of at least 106,576 persons for the life of the activity.
  • Strengthened systems and structures for TB detection, treatment and notification with TB service delivery platforms strengthened
  • TB disease transmission and progression reduced
  • TB research and innovations accelerated with improved impact on program implementation.

The TB-LON 3 Project is implemented by a consortium with Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) as the Prime Recipient, Society for Family Health as the Sub-Recipient and other Implementing Entities.

Purpose of the Assignment

The purpose of this short-term consultancy is to support the TB-LON 3 Project in Lagos State and the Lagos State TB Program in general, to apply evidence informed implementation science to find the missing TB cases. It is also to innovatively engage all stakeholders to increase the detection of drug sensitive tuberculosis (DS-TB) and drug resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB), and to treat and ensure appropriate notification to the National TB Program.

Scope of Consultancy

  • Support Lagos TB-LON 3 and Lagos State TB Program in analyzing the current situation of TB Case finding.
  • Provide technical support in designing interventions that will lead to finding the missing TB cases.
  • Engage national, state and local government TB programs, donor agencies as well as other stakeholders in filling identified resource and capacity gaps in the implementation of active TB Case finding strategies.
  • Collaborate with WHO, Lagos State TB Program and other Implementing Partners in strengthening TB surveillance.
  • Mentor State, LGA and Implementing Partners staff and support capacity building to improve TB programming.
  • Participate in state, Local Government Area (LGA) and facility monitoring and mentoring to strengthen the TB Program.
  • Facilitate experience sharing amongst Lagos State TB Program and other TB Implementing Partners.

Duration: Six months contract

Reporting Channels: The consultant reports to the Chief of Party TB-LON 3 Project.

Minimum Requirements

  • First degree in Medicine and Surgery, Public Health, Epidemiology and Health program planning and management.
  • Master’s or higher degree in Public Health or Community Medicine preferred.
  • At least 25 years of professional experience in the Nigerian health sector, with a comprehensive understanding of the Nigerian public health system and experience working in National or State TB Programs.
  • Knowledge of the TB epidemiological situation in the State.
  • Strong familiarity with innovations and trends in TB response in Nigeria and globally.
  • Demonstrable diplomacy skills to work effectively and harmoniously across donor agencies, WHO, Implementing Partners and other local and international organizations.
  • Strong coordination, planning, and supervisory skills.
  • Strong networking and representational skill.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English as well as presentation skills.
  • Self-motivated with a strong ability to identify and develop relevant areas of work
  • Able to communicate complex issues in a concise, accessible and engaging manner.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should send a detailed resume and a one page cover letter as one MS Word document explaining suitability for the position to Deputy Director, Human Resources through this email address: careers@ihvnigeria.org

Application must explicitly state the position applied for in the subject of the email. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Opening Date: 1st July, 2021
Closing Date: 15th July, 2021

Data Analyst, Global Health Security (Program Officer)

Position/Grade level Data Analyst, Global Health Security (Program Officer)
Scheduled work time Monday – Friday (Flexibility, willing to travel and work weekends)
Location NPHCDA/NAFDAC, Abuja
Project Adverse event following Immunization (AEFI) Surveillance
Reports To The Project Manager AEFI Surveillance and Director SECURE-Nigeria project
Operational Contacts:  NPHCDA NAFDAC, State Public Health Department, US-CDC Atlanta, US-CDC Nigeria and other stakeholders within the supported states.

Opening Date:           11th June, 2021.
Closing Date:              24th June, 2021.

Project Overview

The Strengthening Global Health Security Agenda in Nigeria (SECURE- NIGERIA) project with funding support from US-CDC, will support systematic implementation of COVID-19 AEFI surveillance. This project will establish/expand cascading structure for AEFI monitoring at the national, state and site level. In five states in Nigeria, this project will strengthen AEFI identification, reporting, investigation and causality assessment of AEFI (mild/severe). Working closely with NPHCDA/NAFDAC, this project will support safety monitoring for COVID-19 vaccines providing evidence for decision making at all levels.

Position Overview

This position is responsible for the data analysis of SECURE-Nigeria’s project on Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI) Surveillance (and will work at NAFDAC). The Data Analyst will work closely with the NAFDAC surveillance team, Project Manager and Project Director to provide leadership in analyzing and interpreting AEFI data, The AEFI Surveillance Data Analyst will be responsible for managing AEFI central data base and AEFI reporting platforms.

Key Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with the relevant stakeholders (NAFDAC and NPHCDA), s/he is to support data analysis and management
  • Provide technical support in data analysis from ongoing AEFI surveillance across all supported states and facilities.
  • Support AEFI data repository at NAFDAC
  • Ensure all incoming data from supported states are collected and accurately reported in a timely manner.
  • Perform routine data quality checks, data gap analyses, and data backup.
  • Prepare scheduled data reports as requested by relevant stakeholders.
  • Train AEFI surveillance state teams on proper use of data collection/ reporting tools.
  • Support the implementation of databases, data collection systems, data analytics and other strategies that would optimize statistical efficiency and quality.
  • Identify, analyze, and interpret trends or patterns in complex data sets.
  • Conduct trend analysis of surveillance data.

Requirements:

Essential

  • A university degree (MD, MBBS, BMChB, BPh, DM, RN or B.Pharm, BSc in health related fields) with at least two years’ experience managing large data sets. Experience in pharmacovigilance systems is an added advantage.
  • An advanced degree MSc or MPH in epidemiology statistics, public health or related public health related fields
  • Excellent proficiency in use of statistical (STATA, SAS, SPSS, and/or R) and Microsoft packages (particularly Excel and Access).
  • Complex data analysis and visualization skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.

 Desirable

  • Ability to integrate into the team and manage interpersonal conflict and personality differences maturely.
  • Experience managing a central database.
  • Diplomatic and interpersonal skills with ability to build strong professional relationships with a range of stakeholders.
  • Strong analytical (quantitative and qualitative) and communication (written and oral) skills.
  • High levels of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and internet applications.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should send a detailed resume and a one page cover letter as one MS Word document explaining suitability for the position to Deputy Director, Human Resources through this email address: careers@ihvnigeria.org

Application must explicitly state the position applied for in the subject of the email. Candidates are advised to provide three professional referees with email addresses and phone numbers. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Please do not apply if you do not meet the essential requirements.

Data Analyst, Global Health Security (Program Officer)

Position/Grade level Data Analyst, Global Health Security (Program Officer)
Scheduled work time Monday – Friday (Flexibility, willing to travel and work weekends)
Location NCDC, Abuja
Project Cross Cutting Disease  Surveillance Project
Reports To The Project Manager AFI Surveillance and Director SECURE-Nigeria project
Operational Contacts:  NCDC, State Public Health Department, US-CDC Atlanta, US-CDC Nigeria and other stakeholders within the supported states.

Opening Date:           11th June, 2021.
Closing Date:              24th June, 2021.

Project Overview

The cross cutting disease surveillance network consist of 3 separates parts will include 3 surveillance activities; (i) acute febrile illness (AFI) surveillance (ii) Serologic surveillance using viral load (VL) remnant specimens from people living with HIV (PLHIV) (iii)serologic surveillance using stored antenatal care (ANC) stored dried blood spots (DBS). The Acute Febrile illness (AFI) project is a hospital based prospective active surveillance project to be implemented in 6 tertiary facilities in Nigeria across 6 states including FCT. The results of this project will provide data to support more reliable estimates of the burden of disease, and updated evidence-based algorithms for the management of febrile illness; generate valuable surveillance data which will inform programmatic planning for effective prevention and control of infectious diseases.

Position Overview

This position is responsible for the data analysis of SECURE-Nigeria newly established project on crosscutting communicable disease sentinel surveillance which includes Acute Febrile illness (AFI) sentinel surveillance and serological surveillance. The data analyst will work closely with the NCDC surveillance team including the SORMAS team, project manager and project director to provide leadership in analyzing and interpreting data to provide ongoing data report on the findings from both AFI and serological surveillance activities.  The Position holder will conduct evaluation of etiologies of acute febrile illness among patients in targeted healthcare facilities in Nigeria while also

Key responsibility

  • Provide technical support in data analysis from ongoing surveillance activities across the 6 sentinel sites, data interpretation using statistical techniques and providing ongoing reports.
  • Support the implementation of databases, data collection systems, data analytics and other strategies that optimize statistical efficiency and quality.
  • Identify, analyze, and interpret trends or patterns in complex data sets
  • Filter and “clean” data by reviewing computer reports, printouts, and performance indicators to locate and correct code problems.
  • Conduct data analysis to determine causes and patterns of acute febrile illness (AFI).
  • Support the development of surveillance questionnaire to collect epidemiological data.
  • Support the conduct of post surveillance evaluations.
  • Periodic surveillance of finding from AFI and serological surveillance.
  • Conduct trend analysis of Surveillance data.
  • Identify and monitor key performance indicator for communicable disease sentinel surveillance.

Requirements:

Essential

  • Advanced degree (MD, MBBS, BMChB, BPh, DM, RN or BSc) with at least 2 years’ experience in disease surveillance. Two of this must be related to medical diagnostics.
  • An advanced degree is needed (MSc or MPH).
  • Excellent proficiency in use of statistical (STATA, SAS, SPSS, and/or R) and Microsoft packages (particularly Excel and Access).
  • Complex data analysis skills.

Please do not apply if you do not meet the essential requirement for this position

Senior Program Officer, Global health Security (Acute Febrile Illness (AFI) Surveillance Project)

Position Senior Program Officer, Global health Security (Acute Febrile Illness (AFI) Surveillance Project)
Scheduled Work Time Monday – Friday (Flexibility, willing to travel and work weekends)
Location NCDC
Project Strengthening Global Health Security in Nigeria (SECURE-NIGERIA)

Reports To:  Project Director SECURE-Nigeria & Principal Investigator SECURE-Nigeria

Operational Contacts: NCDC, State Public Health Department, US-CDC Atlanta, US-CDC Nigeria team and other stakeholders within the states. 

Opening Date:           11th June, 2021.
Closing Date:            24rd June 2021.

Project Overview

The SECURE- NIGERIA cross cutting disease surveillance network consists of three separate parts which will include three surveillance activities; (i) Acute Febrile Illness (AFI) surveillance (ii) Serologic Surveillance using Viral load (VL) remnant specimens from People Living with HIV (PLHIV) (iii) Serologic surveillance using stored Antenatal Care (ANC) stored dried blood spots (DBS). The Acute Febrile illness (AFI) project is a hospital-based prospective active surveillance project to be implemented in six tertiary facilities in Nigeria across six states including FCT.

The results of this project will provide data to support more reliable estimates of the burden of disease, and updated evidence-based algorithms for the management of febrile illness; generate valuable surveillance data, which will inform programmatic planning for effective prevention and control of infectious diseases.

Position Overview

S/he will serve as the Project Manager for the cross cutting disease sentinel surveillance project. This position is responsible for the management of SECURE-Nigeria’s newly established project on crosscutting communicable disease sentinel surveillance network. This includes Acute Febrile illness (AFI) sentinel surveillance and serology surveillance. The Project Manager will work closely with the NCDC surveillance team and provide leadership and strategic direction for this project, its coordination and use of diagnostic test to better identify the cause of fever and epidemic-causing pathogens from remnant viral load and ANC samples.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide technical and operational support, training, as needed to implement sentinel surveillance for AFI and serological surveillance using remnant viral load and ANC samples.
  • Support the capacity of NCDC to implement sentinel surveillance for epidemic prone diseases.
  • Develop close working relationships with Acute Febrile illness & serologic surveillance investigators and key opinion leaders in the field.
  • Support data analysis from ongoing sentinel data
  • Play a leadership role in the scientific team as the AFI and serologic surveillance expert, and a key coordination role amongst NCDC and IHVN team.
  • Support AFI sentinel surveillance and serologic surveillance across all six sentinel sites
  • Ensure that activities and diagnostics conducted are of the highest quality, in accordance with global norms for diagnostic tests.
  • Manage and supervise sentinel surveillance project staff.
  • Manage a team of scientists and project managers in each sentinel site to execute established programme goals.
  • Report to the stakeholders on progress of individual projects and budgets on a regular basis and present interim reviews for stakeholders review.
  • Prepare reports and presentations to the CDC.

Minimum Requirements:

Essential

  • Advanced clinical degree (MD, MBBS, BMChB, BPh, DM, RN or equivalent degree) with at least five years’ experience in disease surveillance.
  • An advanced degree in epidemiology, public health or related background is needed.
  • A thorough understanding of IDSR guideline and relevant infectious disease epidemiology and public health issues.
  • Strong scientific background with a track record of published studies.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong project management skills;

Desirable

  • Proficiency in the use of data analytical software.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should send a detailed resume and a one page cover letter as one MS Word document explaining suitability for the position to Deputy Director, Human Resources through this email address: careers@ihvnigeria.org

Application must explicitly state the position applied for in the subject of the email. Candidates are advised to provide three professional referees with email addresses and phone numbers. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Please do not apply if you do not meet the essential requirement for this position

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