Program Officer, Care and Support (C&S)

The Institute of Human Virology (IHVN)

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The Institute of Human Virology (IHVN) is a leading and reputable indigenous non-governmental organization implementing a comprehensive family-focused HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment program in partnership with local and international organizations and the different tiers of the Government of Nigeria at national, state, local and site levels.



  • The C&S Program Officer (PO) at the central, regional or state level and to be occupied by staff with a medical and or midwifery background.
  • The C&S PO is also expected to spend 40% of his/her time in the office and 60% on supervisory and advocacy activities.

Essential Functions

  • Assist in the development and adaptation of guidelines, tools and other relevant materials for use in the national scale up of C&S activities in IHVN-supported sites in Nigeria.
  • Assist in development of program strategies, work plans and their implementation for effective operations of the hub and spoke model of scale up.
  • Ensure smooth operations and coordination of C&S activities at the regional and or state offices.
  • Forge and maintain strong relationship with NEPWHAN, and other PLHIV networks
  • Forecast and request for C&S commodities such as care kits and ACTION meals.
  • Co-ordinate, track progress, review results and address C&S challenges
  • Mentor doctors, nurses, support groups, Linkage coordinators, Treatment supporters, mentor mothers to provide quality care to PLHIV.
  • Ensure that the facility operates a functional and efficient client flow system.
  • Identify barriers to C&S and proffer solutions to these challenges.
  • Assist and undertake needs assessments of new sites as required.
  • Facilitate trainings sessions organized for site and community providers.
  • Provide technical assistance to site and community staff through precepting, monitoring and mentoring.
  • Facilitate training of health care workers at all IHVN supported sites in C&S.
  • Facilitate effective linkages within thematic groups and overall community linkages.
  • Report all activities to the Regional and State Managers, Program Area Lead and the Director, Community Medicine
  • Adhere and abide by the ethics and code of conduct of the Institute.


  • RN, RM or BNSc, or a degree in health related course. A post graduate degree in Public Health is a definite advantage with excellent computer skills are required.
  • Also required is at least 3 years working experience with participation in both clinical and community C&S activities.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate with a wide range of personalities is necessary.
  • Ability to clearly explain available C&S services.
  • Community outreach and engagement talents.
  • Clear understanding of the health system, PHC structure and HIV/AIDS.
  • Supportive attitude towards processes of strengthening PHCs, local health structures and building local capacities for self-management

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The Institute of Human Virology (IHVN)

Job Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)




Project / Programme Management

Job Type


Minimum Qualification


Preferred Years of Experience

3 - 5 years