Priority Populations Advisor - Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC)

the Population Council

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The Population Council is an international, non-profit, non-governmental institution that seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and help achieve a humane, equitable and sustainable balance between people and resources. The Council’s major program areas ace HIV&AIDS, Reproductive Health and Poverty, Gender, and Youth. The Council conducts biomedical, social science and public health research and helps build research capacities in developing countries.

Job Description

  • The Population Council is seeking to recruit an experienced professional for an anticipated USAID/PEPFAR project providing support to Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in Nigeria
  • The successful candidate will provide technical leadership to OVC programming for innovative interventions for priority sub-populations of OVC, such as Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) and children of key populations.


Assist the Technical Director to provide technical leadership and technical support for the design and implementation of evidence-based interventions and approaches related to priority sub-populations of OVC such as:

  • Empowerment strategies to reduce the risk of HIV for AGYW
  • Strategies and approaches to provide comprehensive services for children of key populations.
  • Support program efforts by providing guidance and hands-on support in conducting assessments, advising on partnerships and strategies
  • Ensure the day-to-day implementation of the work plan activities related to AGYW and children of key populations.
  • Develop program monitoring and evaluation instruments and associated operations manual
  • Contribute to monitoring and evaluation efforts and data collection.
  • Facilitate collaboration between government and NGO service providers and communities to strengthen referrals services and systems between these entities.
  • Represent the Council to and collaborate with relevant international development, donor and research institutions through relationship building, information sharing, and representation.
  • Facilitate, draft, and participate in the development of, and/or the timely completion/review of OVC technical reports, such as: monthly, quarterly, and/or annual reports and newsletters; strategic plans and work plans; and other ad-hoc reports, as required.
  • Stay abreast of state-of-the-art developments in quality and innovations related to OVC programming and social service system strengthening and share relevant information as appropriate.
  • Travel as needed to project sites for technical assistance, training, and supervision.

Job Requirement:

  • Minimum of a Master's Degree in Social Sciences or Public Health with clear focus on gender, adolescent’s or women’s health issues.
  • Minimum of seven years’ experience in designing and implementing programs in Sub-Saharan Africa to address the health risks faced by AGYW and children of key populations (particularly regarding HIV and TB), and gender-related barriers to services and equality, preferably in Nigeria.
  • Proven track record of thriving as part of a team and fostering collaboration to achieve goals, meet milestones, and produce quality results.
  • Skills and experience in program monitoring and evaluation, including quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
  • A good understanding of the intersections between health, gender, and humn rights.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the social welfare context and health system in Nigeria, and preferably in the South/SouthEast
  • Understanding of PEPFAR OVC programming priorities, strategies, and monitoring and evaluation tools and systems.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills (including presentations) in English (professional level) required.
  • Willingness to travel regularly and in difficult circumstances.
  • Leadership qualities and ability to create synergies where applicable.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team.
  • Expert computer skills in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.


  • Interested and qualified candidates should send their Application Letters (stating current salary and salary expectations) and Resume in PDF format.
  • Clearly state the position title and your full names - starting with the surname first, then other names in the subject area of the e-mail. Example: "Priority Populations Advisor, OVC (Abuja/Lagos/Calabar) - Ben, Joshua Ekong"
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
  • No phone calls, please.
  • The Population Council is an equal opportunity employer. Nigerian national preferred.

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the Population Council

Job Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)




NGO/Community Services & Dev

Job Type


Minimum Qualification


Preferred Years of Experience

7 - 10 years