The Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC) project is a six-year initiative (April 2019-December 2025) initially designed to provide strategic technical assistance and direct service delivery to achieve control of the HIV epidemic and promote self-reliant management of national HIV programs by improving HIV case finding, prevention, treatment programming, and viral load suppression. EpiC was modified in early 2020 to include improvement of health systemsâ capacity to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In August 2022, EpiC was modified to respond to Mpox. And in April 2023, EpiC was modified for a broad range of Global Health Security preparedness and response. EpiC is led by FHI 360 and consortium partners.
In Nigeria, EpiC has supported KP-led comprehensive HIV services in Niger and Bayelsa states and built the capacity of subaward partner UCS Global towards readiness to receive direct funding in line with PEPFARâs goal of ensuring 70% of funding is to local partners. The EpiC project has served as a bridge following the closeout of SIDHAS and SHARP TO 1, to sustain HIV service delivery in Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Kebbi, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kwara and Niger states and to health facilities previously supported by GF in Bayelsa, Edo and Lagos State following transition to USAID support. The bridge implementation has now ended and has been transitioned to the new USAID funded mechanism called Accelerating Control for HIV Epidemic Project (ACE 1-6).
With the emergence of COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, EpiC has contributed to effort to prevent, prepare for, respond to and bolster health systems to address COVID-19 and reduce cases of reemergence in Nigeria. EpiC has provided TA to 88 facilities that received donation of 200 ventilators including capacity building on case management/critical care, technical support for set up of emergency operation center in Bayelsa, upgrade of PCR laboratories for COVID-19 diagnosis in NIMR Lagos, UUTH Uyo, COOUTH Awka; and TA for oxygen ecosystem across selected states and support for service delivery activities related to COVID-19 vaccination among persons living with HIV (PLHIV) in AKS and CRS. EpiC continues to expand new strategies to increase access to vaccines across USAID/FMOH assigned states through the Global Vaccine Access (GLOVAX) implemented in 4 states including Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Cross River and Enugu states to achieve the target of vaccinating 70% of their eligible population against COVID-19. Additionally, the EpiC team is providing technical assistance to NACAâs GF COVID-19 Response Mechanism (C19RM) implementation in Nigeria and to expand access to liquid oxygen (LOX) infrastructure and supply across 8 tertiary facilities. Specifically, EpiCâs technical assistance contributes to objective 2 of COVID response in the Country: to reduce morbidity and mortality from COVID-19, mitigate transmission, and strengthen health systems, including to prevent, detect, and respond to pandemic threats.
Basic Functions :
The EpiC Nigeria Program Management Lead will support the Project Director in the overall responsibility for administration, program management, performance monitoring and technical implementation and oversight of all aspects of activities, under the oversight of the EpiC global management team. S/he will support PD to collate information and ensure deliverables are submitted in a timely manner to USAID/Nigeria mission while managing the expectation of FMoH/SMOH, and other local partners within the project scope. S/he will provide program management leadership to the project and ensure successful implementation of the work plan for the achievement of the projectâs targets and goals.
Under the guidance of the PD, the Program Management Lead will provide management oversight of EPIC Project to ensure that the overall project is effectively and efficiently implemented. S/he will support the PD to ensure that the EPIC Projectâs cooperative agreement-related deliverables are completed on time, work plans are closely monitored, and state-level implementation follows organization policy and is conducted according to the approved work plan.
Duties and ResponsibilitiesFacilitate the development and implementation of the program strategies, workplan and program reports related to all components of EpiCâs TB/HIV, COVID-19, Mpox and GHS streams. Facilitate day to day management of the project activities, provide leadership to monitor budget implementation and ensure strict compliance to donor and organization policies and procedures. Coordinate the development, implementation and evaluation of annual work plans and budgets for CO and SOs. Ensure timely submission of periodic donor reports that meet donor standards (timeliness, accuracy and quality) Contribute to the development and maintenance of systems that effectively respond to USAID/Nigeria requirements regarding implementation procedures, reporting, monitoring and evaluation. Manage the design of subproject activities as directed including the preparation of budgets, implementation schedules, and evaluation criteria. Ensure that project resources are utilized in accordance with applicable FHI 360 and donor policies and procedures. Ensure appropriate monitoring of subprojects to achieve financial, administrative, and programmatic goals. Support the PD to ensure timely submission of accurate programmatic, technical and financial reports as required including responding promptly to all requests from USAID. Support duties related to the management of human resources including analysis of staffing needs and resources, development of position descriptions, mentoring, and capacity building. Support the PD to coordinate closely with other FHI 360 projects in the region, with international and national NGOs and other implementing partners to strengthen the quality of programming in Nigeria. Liaise with the technical, program, finance team and consultants to examine challenges in achieving targets, help PD to design potential innovations from other EpiC or regional programming, and test these innovations in Nigeria. Support PD to advocate for the EpiC Nigeria program by amplifying USAID/Nigeriaâs work with key stakeholders including the MoH, through collation and packaging of program results and outcomes to advance the objectives of the program in Nigeria. Support PD in ensuring high level oversight of budget development/tracking to ensure burn rate and pipeline are on track; support re-programming of funds as needed based on program needs. Support capacity building and knowledge management initiatives
Qualifications and Requirements:
BS/BA/BLÂ in social science,Â statistics, mass communication, pharmacy, law,Â public health or related field, with a minimum ofÂ 11-13Â years relevant experience with international development programs which includes 5 years of relevant supervisory experience.Â At least 3 yearsâ experience in PEPFAR/USAID funded projects.
PHD or similar degree withÂ 7-9Â years of relevant experience with international development programs which includes 5 years of relevant supervisory experience.Â ORÂ
MS/MA/LLM/MPHÂ in social science,Â statistics, mass communication, pharmacy,Â law,Â public health or related field, and a minimum ofÂ 9-11Â years relevant experience with international development programs which includes 5 years relevant supervisory experience. ORÂ
Familiarity with Nigerian public sector health systems, international donor organizations, NGOs and CBOs is required.
Familiarity with PEPFAR and USAID is a requirement.
Demonstrated experience/success in managing large/complex projects in a multicultural environment is required.
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