Associate Director – Programs -

The Excellence Community Education Welfare Scheme (ECEWS) is a leading and reputable indigenous non-for profit organization that promotes access to qualitative healthcare, education and economic strengthening opportunities for all Nigerians. With its headquarters in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State and a corporate office in Abuja, ECEWS has presence in 17 States across the South-South, South East, South West and North Central Nigeria with a strong client portfolio with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Global Fund to fight against AIDS, TB and Malaria, United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC), The United Nations office of Projects, World Bank & Federal Government of Nigeria. Since its founding in 2001, ECEWS has built a vast network of health and allied professional staff, partners and collaborators which has earned her a solid reputation among its funders and is well regarded by competitors and partners alike

The Accelerating Control for HIV Epidemic Project (ACE) funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is a 5 Year funded project implemented in Akwa Ibom & Cross River States. Implementation is targeted at achieving epidemic control thereby reducing transmission and improving the quality of life of those living with HIV.

We seek applications from qualified persons for the below positions:

  1. Job Title

Associate Director – Programs 

 

Level of Effort

Full Time (8.00am to 5.00pm Mondays – Friday) 100%

 

Job Location

Cross River

 

Number of Persons Required

One (1)

Reporting/Supervision

  • This position reports to the State Director.

 

Job Summary

  • As a member of the Program Management Team works with the State Director and will provide leadership, management, coordination, and technical expertise for the improvement of systems for planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of ACE project activities in Cross River state.
  • Ensure that ECEWS delivers on all its promises to donors and other stakeholders (achieve set targets, deliver quality services)
  • Monitor and enforce compliance with donor and ECEWS policies
  • Lead the development, testing, application and evaluation of PM tools
  • Manage the design of sub grant activities as directed including the preparation of budgets, implementation schedules, modifications, AOTR requests and evaluation criteria.
  • Ensure appropriate monitoring of sub grants to achieve financial, administrative, and programmatic goals.
  • Guide and support the Cross River state offices in establishing sound management systems to ensure cohesive implementation of project activities.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of systems that effectively respond to USAID/Nigeria requirements regarding implementation procedures, reporting and evaluation.
  • Coordinate capacity development efforts in support of state offices and implementing agency staff and other partners.
  • Ensure availability of technical resources and integrate their efforts into overall program.
  • Assist in identifying, analyzing and disseminating best practices in the project through the identification of project learning sites and technical support to the national government.
  • Liaise with multiple stakeholders and collaborators to share information, coordinate activities and avoid duplication in the implementation of the programs.
  • Remain informed on the current programs in the HIV/AIDS field by review of current literature and is alert to any implication of such strategic information for project activities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 

Job Requirements

Education

  • B.BS/MD/PHD or similar degree with 5-7 years relevant experience with international development programs which includes 5 years of relevant supervisory experience.
  • MS/MA in social science, public health or related field, MPH preferred, and a minimum of 7-9 years relevant experience with international development programs which includes 5 years relevant supervisory experience.
  • Or BS/BA in social science, public health or related field, with a minimum of 9-11 years relevant experience with international development programs which includes 5 years of relevant supervisory experience.

Attributes

  • Familiarity with Nigerian public sector health systems, international donor organizations, NGOs and CBOs is required.
  • Considerable experience in designing and implementing of public health/international development programs funded by US government or other international donors.
  • Demonstrated management, supervision, networking and leadership skills working with large, complex programs.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of strategic planning, administrative, and financial management systems.
  • Diplomatic; demonstrated experience in undertaking high-level policy dialogue with different stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of HIV/AIDS, COVID-19, health systems, decentralization of services and related issues.
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and understanding of the political and ethical issues surrounding HIV infection.
  • Ability to manage projects, consultants, set realistic priorities, and plan for the successful implementation of programs.
  • Ability to work well with others and to develop and maintain compatibility among project staff, subcontractors, consultants, and recipients of assistance.
  • Demonstrated expertise in building effective relationship with key internal and external stakeholders.
  • Well-developed written and oral communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Ability to manage tight deadlines and deliver high volumes of work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to intervene with staff with diplomacy and firmness.

 

Typical Physical Demands:

  • Typical office environment
  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time

 

Technology to be used:

  • Computer, Microsoft Office 365 (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, e-mail), office telephone, cell phone and printer/copier.

 

Travel Requirements:

  • 70% – 80%

Note

This vacancy will close on the 2nd of June, 2022

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should send a detailed resume and a one-page cover letter as one (1) MS Word document explaining suitability for the position to Human Resources Unit through this email address: career@ecews.org

APPLICATION MUST EXPLICITLY STATE YOUR FULL NAMES, THE

POSITION OF INTEREST WITH PREFERED LOCATION as the subject of the email.

Candidates are advised to provide three professional referees with email addresses and phone numbers.

Eligible female applicants are encouraged to apply. ECEWS has a competitive compensation package and is an equal opportunity employer (EOE)

ECEWS does not charge candidates a fee for a test or interview.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.