Capacity development advisor


Job Summary

Ensure the development or finalization of high-quality, standard capacity development materials for project use.

  • Minimum Qualification: MBA / MSc
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 12 years

Job Description

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development, and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Project Overview and Role    

  • Health Policy Plus (HP+) is a USAID-funded five-year project awarded to Palladium (formerly Futures Group) on August 28, 2015. HP+ has a mandate across global, country and sub-national levels to strengthen and advance health policy priorities in the areas of family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH), HIV, and maternal health. HP+ aims to improve the enabling environment for equitable and sustainable health services, supplies, and delivery systems through policy development and implementation, with an emphasis on voluntary, rights-based health programs. 
  • HP+ will help public health and policy leaders attach higher priority to their national and sub-national health needs, secure sustainable financing, advance health equity, and monitor policy implementation to ensure gains stay on track. HP+ aims to secure long-term enduring change by working with coalitions both inside and outside of health and showing common cause with neglected populations and other development actors. Central elements of HP+ revolve around building in-country capacity, institutionalizing achievements of past investments, and promoting country ownership of programs and initiatives.
  •  HP+ Nigeria is supporting state-level efforts to effectively capitalize on key health financing reforms, specifically the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF), by strengthening systems and structures to operationalize the fund, while also meet, and potentially exceed or improve performance to meet, the requirements of Primary Health Care Under One Roof (PHCUOR). Working in Abia, Osun, Ebonyi, and the FCT, as well as some national-level support, HP+ Nigeria is looking to advance the following key objectives:
  • Strengthen state-level governance, coordination, and synchronization to sustain stewardship and ownership of key health financing reforms;
  • Identify and mobilize predictable and sustainable revenues for state-level health reforms;
  • Improve transparency, accountability, and efficiency of mobilized resources.

Position Summary

  • The Capacity Development Advisor, based in Abia, Nigeria will be responsible for the design, implementation, and reporting of all capacity development efforts in Abia state.
  • Specifically, capacity development approaches are critical for BHCPF rollout and meeting PHCUOR requirements at the state level; as such, this position will support and take leadership of those efforts.
  • He/she will work closely with other technical team members in Abia to ensure capacity development strategy, approaches, and skills are institutionalized across project activities.
  • This position will coordinate with the Senior Advisor, Gender, Policy, and Advocacy, based on Abuja, while also working with relevant Washington DC (HP+ home office) technical support, to include the HP+ Technical Lead, Capacity Development, and Advocacy.
  • This position will supervise the Abia Capacity Development Officer and will be supervised by the Abia State Team Leader.

Key Responsibilities

Reporting to Abia State Team Leader, the Capacity Development Advisor will be responsible for the following:

  • Ensuring the project’s capacity development approach leads to performance change; troubleshoot and advise or guide, when necessary, on necessary changes or adaptations to capacity development approaches and efforts to ensure project delivery goals are met in a timely manner.
  • Lead the development and implementation of effective and innovative capacity development approaches, tools, and methodologies for project activities in Abia, to include strengthening state health insurance agencies, primary health care boards/agencies, PHCs and WDCs.
  • Closely coordinate with Senior Advisor, Gender, Policy, and Advocacy (based in Abuja) to ensure capacity development approaches cascade seamlessly from the Abuja HP+ Nigeria office to Abia state. On the reverse, adapt those cascaded approaches, as needed, to the state’s context and needs, and provide feedback back up to the Abuja office.
  • Work with state-level government departments, boards, and agencies to collect and adapt capacity development materials and curricula. Communicate needed revisions.
  • Facilitate organizational capacity assessments, focused on BHCPF implementation and achieving PHCUOR, and design/implement capacity development strategies; supplement with capacity development workshops and training with state-level stakeholders, geared towards local ownership and sustainability.
  • Provide hands-on capacity building support to state-level government departments, boards, and agencies.
  • Supervise Capacity Development Officer.


  • Master's degree in related field with relevant experience.
  • Experienced trainer and facilitator with exceptional skills in designing and conducting skills-building workshops and other capacity development approach with a variety of stakeholders. Capacity development experience with government stakeholders strongly desired.
  • Experienced providing capacity development support in policy-, finance-, and governance-related work highly desired.
  • Deep knowledge of best practices in capacity development methods, including needs assessment and performance measurement.
  • Excellent people skills with the ability to develop others and to impart knowledge and experience in an accessible and clear manner.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills. Experience working with diverse and multicultural teams.
  • Experience working on USAID funded projects is highly desired.
  • Ability to speak, write and read English is required.

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