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Senior Program Officer Childhood TB/Contact Investigation TB-LON 3 (SPO CTB/CI) | Lagos

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.

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:

  1. Improved access to high-quality, person-centered TB treatment, DR-TB, and TB/HIV services for a cumulative number of at least 126,576 persons for the life of the activity
  2. Strengthened systems and structures for TB detection, treatment and notification with TB service delivery platforms strengthened
  3. TB disease transmission and progression reduced
  4. TB research and innovations accelerated with improved impact on program implementation.

The TB-LON 3 Award is implemented by a consortium with the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) as the Prime Recipient, the Society for Family Health as the Sub-Recipient, and other Implementing Entities.  USAID recently approved a grant to scale up Childhood TB implementation activities in 4 States.

Job Title: Senior Program Officer Childhood TB/Contact Investigation TB-LON 3 (SPO CTB/CI)

Department: Prevention, Care and Treatment               
Job Location: Lagos

Reports to: Director of Technical Programs (DTP), TB-LON 3 Project

Opening Date:         3 November 2023
Closing Date:            17 November 2023

Under the supervision of the Director of Technical Programs, the Senior Program Officer Childhood (SPO, CTB) for the USAID TB-LON 3 project will be responsible for the technical content of CTB service delivery across the continuum of clinical and community care, from case-finding to cure. She/He will provide technical expertise in high-impact CTB interventions and their integration into established service delivery systems within public and private sector health service providers. She/He will lead the day-to-day implementation of CTB activities for the Project, design, and guide interventions, develop key technical partnerships, oversee and conduct technical training, represent the project in technical meetings, and ensure documentation and dissemination of CTB best practices from the Project. In addition, She/he will support the DTP in coordinating TB-LON 3 Contact Investigation (CI) activities. She/he will oversee field CI operations across the LON 3 States, focusing on rapid scale-up, tracking activity implementation, driving target achievements, and improving the quality of CI services.  

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Develop/adapt the technical content of CTB service delivery, encompassing the continuum of clinical and community TB care and capacity-building tools, guidelines, SOPs and other policy documents.
  • Provide technical support, including capacity building to State TB Program Staff and existing Project staff in improving CTB case detection and management as well as implementation of Contact Investigation (CI) for all eligible Index TB cases
  • Coordinate the cascade of care for CTB, including Prevention services, Case finding interventions, Quality Diagnostic services and Case holding, Referrals and Linkage support services.
  • Develop innovative strategies and activities for improving the impact of TB-LON 3 CTB and CI activities.
  • Coordinate with the NTBLCP, STBLCPs, USAID and other stakeholders to determine all capacity-building needs for CTB/CI  and identify suitable opportunities to deploy appropriate resources to meet these needs.
  • Provide mentoring and supervision to the CTB/CI activities of the TB-LON 3 State Teams.
  • Provide technical support for the overall implementation and scale-up of TB-LON 3 Facility and Community CI and TPT activities in the project states. .
  • Prepare, update, analyse and interpret the CTB/CI care cascade and performance data on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis, and as required; troubleshoot solutions for improving the quality of care and achieving project targets and objectives.
  • Keep the Project Leadership informed of progress, constraints, and other issues regularly and assist with identifying appropriate responses.
  • Coordinate development of training curricula, standards operating procedures (SOPs) and oversee training on CTB/CI
  • Represent IHVN in presenting periodic reports to USAID and other key stakeholders through meetings, conferences, etc.
  • Any other function that the COP and IHVN Executive Management may assign

Minimum Requirements

  • M.B; B.S. or other relevant medical degree.
  • Master’s degree or its equivalent or higher degree in Public Health, Management or another relevant field preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in paediatric health service provision, contact investigation, and other health program implementation; Experience implementing USAID Projects would be an added advantage.
  • Proven experience in capacity building, leadership, planning and management.
  • Experience working with health and community stakeholders, particularly in the Southwest States.

Skills and Abilities

  • Strong coordination, planning, and supervisory skills.
  • Strong networking and representational skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English as well as presentation skills, with proven experience in analyzing data and developing PowerPoint presentations and other reports.
  • Comfortable planning and delivering multiple activities under pressure to strict deadlines and high levels of precision. 
  • Self-motivated with a strong ability to identify and develop relevant areas of work.

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 Assistant Director, Human Resources through this email address: [email protected]

The 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.