Evidence and Advocacy Coordinator

Options Consultancy Services Limited

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Options is an international development consulting organization working in the health sector to transform the health of women and girls in developing countries. We work in partnership with governments, health workers, civil society and businesses to bring together knowledge, expertise and influence to ensure everyone has access to the healthcare they need.

Job Description

  • We are seeking an Evidence and Advocacy Coordinator to be based in Katsina State to contribute and work on the dynamic Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Programme (MNCH2), funded by the UK government.

Responsibilities

  • As Evidence and Advocacy Coordinator, you will work on the MNCH2 programme to ensure maternal, newborn and child health evidence is used for improving the performance of health services focusing on the areas of effectiveness, equity, and efficiency
  • You will work with the team to strengthen advocacy for better health services for women and children, through the effective use of evidence by civil society groups and leveraging on pressure points through Civil Society Organisation (CSO) and Facility Health Committee (FHC) coalitions.
  • You will be expected to identify the information needs of target audiences in their State (Non-governmental organizations, advocates, accountability structures, district health planners, national policymakers) and help them to connect with researchers and others to better inform maternal and newborn health (MNH) programmes, policies and planning.
  • The Evidence and Advocacy Coordinator will be responsible for providing technical inputs and support on MNH evidence, which includes support on maternal death audits/reviews and helping ensure MNH evidence is robust, of high quality, timely and that it is reaching the right people. For this, you will be concerned with synthesizing, packaging and disseminating existing evidence, conducting secondary analysis of existing data and making sure evidence is communicated effectively to different stakeholders.

Person Specification

  • An advanced Degree in Public Health or a relevant field

Experience:

  • Minimum of 6 years of consulting and/or management experience in international health programmes for key health development partners, including, but not limited to, DFID, USAID, AusAID and the European Union
  • Demonstrated management, programme planning competency and effective communication skills;
  • At least 3 years’ experience providing expertise in advocacy, monitoring, and evaluation, and/or institutional strengthening
  • Experience working effectively with government authorities and CSOs
  • Excellent written and spoken Hausa and English is a must
  • Understanding of advocacy principles and approaches
  • Experience in mentoring and training for different cadres of staff and partners

Skills and Attributes:

  • Excellent attention to detail and experience of quality assurance
  • Excellent written and spoken English and Hausa
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills, including but not limited to Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Excellent leader and team player, with excellent interpersonal skills and comfortable working in a multi-disciplinary team 

Other Requirements:

  • Commitment to achieving effective and efficient delivery of essential health care for pregnant women, newborns and children, alongside routine immunization
  • Commitment to ensuring that all Nigerian citizens, including women, the poorest and other marginalized groups, are able to have an equal voice and participate in holding government accountable in the delivery of public services  

Benefits

  • Options offer a comprehensive benefits package including 25 annual leave allowance, medical insurance, accident insurance and group life assurance.

Note:

  • Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV's with a summary note of your skills and experience to "Samira Abu-Helil".
  • Candidates should state the role in the subject header
  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview.

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Summary

Company

Options Consultancy Services Limited

Job Level

Manager (Staff Supervisor/Head of Department)

Location

Katsina

Specialization

NGO/Community Services & Dev

Job Type

Full-Time

Minimum Qualification

MBA / MSc

Preferred Years of Experience

5 - 7 years