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    Options Consultancy Services was established in 1992 as a wholly owned subsidiary of the international social business, Marie Stopes International. Our initial work centred around providing technical expertise, programme design monitoring and evaluation support to DFID as the Resource Centre in Population and Reproductive Health. Improving access to reproduc…

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    • Open Jobs
      1. Communications Expert – Federal Level
      2. COVID-19 Advocacy and Accountability Officer
      3. Communications Expert – State Level
      4. BHCPF Advocacy and Accountability Officer
    • Method of Application

    Communications Expert – Federal Level

    • Job Type Full Time
    • Qualification BA/BSc/HND
    • Experience
    • Location Abuja
    • Job Field Media / Advertising / Branding&nbsp

    Reference: LAFIYA
    Contract Type: Short term consultancy contract

    Details

    • Options Consultancy Services seeks a Communications Expert at Federal Level to provide strategic communications advice to support the implementation of Lafiya strategies at state level related to Human Capital Development, the prioritisation of public investment in health and communication of health entitlements to citizens.

    Responsibilities
    The summary purpose and objective of this role is to:

    • Develop a strategy for raising the political profile of HCD to galvanise commitment for health spending.
    • Support the National Primary Health Care Development Agencies (NPHCDA), Social Health Insurance Agencies (SHIA) and Public Relations Officers from the National Ministry of Health (NMOH) to develop state specific communications strategies to reach citizens at scale with information on their health entitlements.
    • Use of Technology: As needed the consultant will be expected to contribute to discussions on digital solutions for communications

    Person specification
    To succeed in this role, you will have:

    • Technical expertise in advocacy, communications and behavioural sciences.
    • Experience in using participatory approaches to develop messaging content for reaching political leaders, government and citizens.
    • Experience working with journalists and media houses.
    • Experience working with development programmes, focused on health communication and supporting accountability for health outcomes.
    • Proven ability to manage relationships with government ministries, state and local governments, service providers, communities, and other stakeholders.
    • Familiarity with Nigeria’s health system is a strong asset.

    Salary
    Commensurate with experience.

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    COVID-19 Advocacy and Accountability Officer

    • Job Type Full Time
    • Qualification MBA/MSc/MA
    • Experience 5 years
    • Location Borno , Jigawa , Kaduna , Kano , Katsina , Lagos , Yobe , Zamfara
    • Job Field NGO/Non-Profit&nbsp

    Reference: LAFIYA

    Contract Type: Full time, fixed-term contract

    Details

    • Options Consultancy Services seeks a COVID-19 Advocacy and Accountability Officer in Katsina State to provide support and guidance on accountability issues relating to COVID-19 and health security more broadly in collaboration with the Advocacy and Accountability Coordinator and in partnership with the PERL focal person in the state.

    Responsibilities
    The summary purpose and objective of the role is to:

    • Deliver guidance and innovative approaches towards COVID-19 community preparedness and response to strengthen health systems resilience.
    • Engage directly with high-level political actors at federal and state levels to encourage increased public health spending as means to tackle Covid-19 and kick-start UHC reforms
    • Provide strategic guidance to CSO coalitions at the state level and other CSOs for effective and efficient performance on accountability relating to COVID-19

    Main Duties
    Facilitate the implementation of prioritized activities as agreed with stakeholders and in line with the COVID-19 approved 2nd concept note such as:

    • Strengthen the capacity of CSO situation rooms to serve as key accountability platforms for effective stewardship by government actors
    • Engage existing community structures such as CHIPS, WDCs, FHCs, SLAMs and CSOs in community-based surveillance with clear communication at ward and village levels.
    • Support the ongoing advocacy at national level to review the NH Act, including provisions for robust health security funding as part of UHC financing reforms.
    • Support tracking of funds from all sources into the state for Covid-19 and how it is being spent (in partnership with PERL).
    • Support CSOs to undertake spot checks for PHCs, secondary facilities and isolation centres to assess how Covid-19 funds are being used as well as the main funding gaps.
    • Engage directly with high-level political actors at federal and state levels to encourage increased public health spending as means to tackle Covid-19 and kick-start UHC reforms.
    • High-level targeted advocacy for financing a PHC-driven UHC reform that can deliver equitable access to public health services.
    • Amplify demand from civil society, SLAMs and WDCs for faster implementation of BHCPF alongside the Covid-19 response in order to increase access to the basic health package.
    • In collaboration with PERL, support and strengthen the capacity of CSO situation rooms across States for effective monitoring and reporting.
    • Engage and advocate to state legislatures and Ministries of Finance to establish dedicated budget line for public health emergency preparedness and response

    Provide guidance on accountability issues relating to COVID-19 and health security more broadly to be taken up by the Civil Society advocacy groups/platforms in collaboration with the Advocacy and Accountability Coordinator and in partnership with PERL.

    • Support the ongoing advocacy at state level including provisions for robust health security funding as part of UHC financing reforms.
    • Engage with high-level political actors at the federal level to encourage them to increase public health spending as means to tackle COVID-19 and kick-start UHC reforms.
    • Facilitate efficiency through priority-setting and resource tracking including COVID-19 resources.
    • In collaboration with PERL, build the capacity of CSOs for effective monitoring and tracking of C19 resources

    Identify and support documentation of lessons that will feed into health security discussions and round table at the federal but also for state and LGA level discussions with relevant legislators and stakeholders:

    • Develop monthly and quarterly reports as required for program documentation and learning
    • Ensure any resources or training materials developed are shared across supported states
    • Identify and share lessons to feed into the lafiya programme knowledge and learning platform

    Person Specification

    Qualifications:

    • An MSc or relevant qualification or related comparable experience in health economics, public health, community / primary health care, social sciences or in a relevant field.

    Experience:

    • At least 5 years of relevant experience of working on primary health care, epidemiology in Nigeria including advocacy and accountability interventions/framework.
    • Experience and understanding of LGA and ward development systems, and building a resilient health system including workshop facilitation, data collection, analysis, and report writing
    • Previous working experience with DFID and/or other international agencies.
    • Experience of developing strong relationships with government officials within health and finance authorities at national, State and LGA level and with civil society organisations in Nigeria
    • Experience of developing the capacity of counterparts/institutions including government officials, community structures and civil society organisations

    Skills and attributes:

    • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills in English required, working knowledge of Hausa and other local languages preferred
    • Technical specialism in Health Systems Strengthening, community preparedness and response or other related area
    • Knowledge about the Nigerian health system at the local, state and federal level
    • Ability to design training materials for a diverse range of audiences
    • Proven ability to network and manage relationships with clients, consultants and technical resource persons
    • Self-starter as well as good team-worker
    • Demonstrated ability to contribute to technical delivery of programmes.
    • Demonstrated interpersonal skills that enables effective team building and problem solving.
    • Demonstrated ability to contribute to technical reporting and strategic development

    Other Requirements:

    • Commitment to Equal Opportunities
    • First-hand experience of FCDO policies and programming.
    • Right to live and work in Nigeria

    To succeed in this role, you will have:

    • Technical background in health security, community health systems and accountability of health results
    • Strong understanding of the Nigerian health system
    • Good connections with state and non-state actors in the health sector in the state
    • Experience of working with the media to communicate advocacy messages.
    • Proven skills in capacity building and analysing data and packaging it for targeted advocacy

    Salary
    Commensurate with experience.

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    Communications Expert – State Level

    • Job Type Full Time
    • Qualification BA/BSc/HND
    • Experience
    • Location Borno , Jigawa , Kaduna , Kano , Yobe
    • Job Field Media / Advertising / Branding&nbsp

    Reference: LAFIYA
    Contract type: Short Term Consultancy Contract

    Job Description

    • Options Consultancy seeks a State Level Communications Expert in Kaduna to provide strategic communications advice to support the implementation of Lafiya strategies related to Human Capital Development, the prioritisation of public investment in health and communication of health entitlements to citizens.

    Responsibilities
    The summary purpose and objective of this role is to:

    • Develop a strategy for raising the political profile of HCD to galvanise commitment for health spending.
    • Support the State Primary Health Care Development Agencies (SPHCDA), Social Health Insurance Agencies (SHIA) and Public Relations Officers from the State Ministries of Health (SMOH) to develop state-specific communications strategies to reach citizens at scale with information on their health entitlements.
    • Use of Technology: As needed the consultant will be expected to contribute to discussions on digital solutions for communications

    Person specification
    To succeed in this role, you will have:

    • Technical expertise in advocacy, communications and behavioural sciences.
    • Experience in using participatory approaches to develop messaging content for reaching political leaders, government and citizens.
    • Experience working with development programmes focused on health communication and supporting accountability for health outcomes.
    • Proven ability to manage relationships with government ministries, state and local governments, service providers, communities, and other stakeholders.
    • Familiarity with Nigeria’s health system is a strong asset.

    Salary
    Commensurate with experience.

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    BHCPF Advocacy and Accountability Officer

    • Job Type Full Time
    • Qualification MBA/MSc/MA
    • Experience 5 years
    • Location Borno , Kaduna , Kano , Yobe
    • Job Field NGO/Non-Profit&nbsp

    Contract type: Full time, fixed term contract

    Details

    • Options Consultancy seeks an Advocacy and Accountability Officer to lead on activities within the Lafiya Kaduna state team in support of Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) utilisation and implementation.
    • This will involve providing support and guidance at the state and at LGA levels.

    Responsibilities
    The summary purpose and objective of this role is to:

    • Provide strategic guidance to Ward Development Committees on their role in facilitating BHCPF implementation and accountability, including sensitising them on health entitlements relating to BHCPF.
    • Facilitate capacity building of Ward Development Committees on BHCPF, their roles and responsibilities in facilitating implementation, tracking and reporting
    • Provide guidance to the state led accountability mechanisms for effective and efficient performance as an accountability platform on BHCPF.
    • Support identification of key advocacy and accountability priorities to strengthen accountability for BHCPF implementation at State, LGA and community level.

    Main duties
    Provide coordination and guidance on advocacy and accountability initiatives on BHCPF:

    • Facilitate the implementation of prioritised activities around advocacy and accountability for BHCPF as agreed with stakeholders and in line with the Lafiya implementation strategy and year one workplan
    • In collaboration with the communication advisor, facilitate effective communication of health entitlements and rights to the community relating to BHCPF.

    Support the design and implementation of communication strategies to increase awareness of health entitlements at the community level to increase demand for a basic package of health services:

    • In collaboration with SMOH, SPHCDA, SHIA and LGAs, support the design and implementation of strategies to sensitise citizens on their health entitlements relating to BHCPF

    Provide technical support to the WDC capacity building advisors to ensure clear and consistent messaging relating to BHCPF implementation:

    • Develop training resources on the role of WDCs in BHCPF implementation to be rolled out by WDC capacity building advisors
    • Support the development of communication resources to be used by WDCs to support community sensitisation on health entitlements in line with the health entitlement communications strategy

    Drawing on the findings of the health investment PEA, support SLAMs and civil society coalitions to design and implement effective advocacy strategies in support of BHCPF implementation at the state level:

    • Support CSOs and SLAMs to track progress and hold the state government accountable for BHCPF implementation

    Qualifications

    • An MSc or relevant qualification or related comparable experience in Health Economics, Public Health, Health Financing, Social Sciences or in a relevant field.  (Essential)

    Experience:

    • At least 5 years of relevant experience of working on health systems strengthening/health care financing, in Nigeria including practical/demonstrable experience in advocacy and accountability interventions/strategies. (Essential)
    • Experience and understanding of the PHC system, and the BHCPF including workshop facilitation, data collection, analysis, and report writing (Essential)
    • Previous working experience with DFID and/or other international agencies. (Essential)
    • Experience of developing strong relationships with government officials within health and finance authorities at national, State and LGA level and with civil society organisations in Nigeria (Essential)
    • Experience of developing the capacity of counterparts/institutions including government officials, community structures and civil society organisations (Essential)

    To succeed in this role, you will have a:

    • Technical background in health financing, community health systems and accountability of health results
    • Strong understanding of the Nigerian health system
    • Good connections with state and non-state actors in the health sector in the state
    • Experience of working with the media to communicate advocacy messages.
    • Proven skills in capacity building and analysing data and packaging it for targeted advocacy

    Skills and attributes:

    • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills in English required, working knowledge of Hausa and other local languages preferred (Essential)
    • Technical specialism in advocacy and accountability or other related area (Essential)
    • Knowledge about the Nigerian health system at the local, state and federal level (Essential)
    • Ability to design training materials for a diverse range of audiences (Essential)
    • Proven ability to network and manage relationships with clients, consultants and technical resource persons (Essential)
    • Self-starter as well as good team-worker (Essential)
    • Demonstrated ability to contribute to technical delivery of programmes. (Essential)
    • Demonstrated interpersonal skills that enables effective team building and problem solving. (Essential)
    • Demonstrated ability to contribute to technical reporting and strategic development (Desirable)

    Other Requirements:

    • Commitment to Equal Opportunities (Essential)
    • First-hand experience of FCDO policies and programming. (Desirable)
    • Right to live and work in Nigeria (Essential)

    Salary
    Commensurate with experience

    Method of Application

    Use the link(s) below to apply on company website.

     

    Note

    • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview.
    • Interviews will be held on a rolling basis as applications are received
    • Please note that this role will be subject to full pre-employment background checks including criminal record check, identification check, employment references and right to work verification (where appropriate).
    • Options is an equal opportunities employer
    • Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and post holders to share this commitment.
    • We seek people who are pro-choice, energetic and enthusiastic about Options’ vision.

    COVID-19 Advocacy and Accountability Officer

    Location: Katsina  Application Link

    Location: Lagos  Application Link

    Location: Yobe State   Application Link

    Location: Zamfara  Application Link

    Location  Kano  Application Link

    Location: Kaduna  Application Link

    Location: Jigawa  Application Link

    Location: Borno State  Application Link

     

    Communications Expert – State Level

    Location: Kaduna, Nigeria    Application Link

    Location: Jigawa, Nigeria   Application Link

    Location: Borno, Nigeria  Application Link

    Location: Yobe, Nigeria  Application Link

    Location: Kano, Nigeria  Application Link

     

    BHCPF Advocacy and Accountability Officer

    Location: Kano  App  Application Link

    Location: Kaduna  Application Link

    Location: Yobe  Application Link

    Location: Borno  Application Link



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