HIV Program Officer

Abt Associates

Abt Global is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Global was ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms in 2012 and named one of the top 40 international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in nearly 40 countries.

Job description:
Opportunity
The Local Health System Sustainability (LHSS) Project is a 5-year, $209 million global task order that works to strengthen health systems as a means to achieve universal health coverage and improve population health and well-being. Interventions will focus on reducing financial barriers, holding health services accountable for meeting all clients’ needs and making sure that the care patients receive meets minimum standards. LHSS’s Nigeria activity supports the Government of Nigeria in three states (Nasarawa, Plateau and Zamfara) to expand sustainable pro-poor health financing options to reduce health inequalities, improve access to essential health services for the most vulnerable populations, and increase government expenditure on health services for greater sustainability of health service delivery. The project also supports HIV/AIDS financing in Lagos and Kano States.
The activity has five objectives:
Increase financial risk protection Improve population health coverage Increase number of fully functional facilities Increase utilization of state health insurance schemes for HIV/AIDS services Increase government funding for HIV/AIDS services.
Key Roles and Responsibilities
The HIV Program Officer will have the following duties and responsibilities:
Support efforts to increase the utilization of social health protection programs (i.e., Basic Health Care Provision Fund and state health equity fund schemes) to improve access to HIV services for the most vulnerable populations. Support state-level advocacy efforts to increase HIV funding and expenditures, with a focus on the vulnerable populations and social inclusion. Support the operationalization of HIV testing services and the tracking of enrolment and delivery of HIV services in health facilities. Support collection, analysis, and generation of evidence from HIV service utilization data and other operations of health facilities as part of LHSS MEL activities. Support technical assistance to LASHMA, LSACA and LSASCP on HIV integration, Domestic Resource Mobilization and LHSS grant activities in these agencies. Support the planning and organization of state level events (project meetings, trainings, and workshops etc.) and any necessary, related coordination with other development partners as well as attend relevant meetings, technical working groups etc. and develop meeting summaries. Work with the finance and administration team to provide support at state level on operations including but not limited to logistics, procurement, subcontracts, grants, and project activity logistics. Conduct other tasks as assigned by the LHSS Nigeria team.
Within the LHSS project, the HIV Program Officer will report to the Chief of Party and the Senior HIV advisor and will be supported by LHSS Nigeria team.
Preferred Skills/Knowledge
Experience managing HIV activities for USAID programs or other implementing partner will be an advantage. Eagerness to learn about and grow in the field of strengthening health systems, including social health protection schemes and domestic resource mobilization is preferred. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to connect with a wide variety of different stakeholders (e.g., Donor, Private sector, Government agencies, other development partners). Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.) Attention to detail and good analytical thinking skills Ability to work collaboratively and independently. Strong communications, interpersonal, presentation skills required. Proficient English writing/speaking skills required. A proven, successful record of achieving results.
Minimum Qualifications
Master’s degree and at least 4+ years’ relevant work experience. Progressive demonstrated experience working with project operations, including, procurement, subcontracts, grants, activity budgets and activity logistics preferably supporting USAID funded programs in Nigeria at the state level.
Abt Global is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse workforce. Abt Global provides market-competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits.
Job Type: full time

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