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Project Assistant / Capacity Building Officer - SHOPS Plus Nigeria at ABT Associates

In 1965, Clark Abt expressed a single, noble goal-to create a world free of war and poverty. The visionary set to work establishing Abt Associates. Over the next half century, the company became known as a bold, innovative and effective agent of social change, committed to improving the quality of life and economic well-being of people worldwide. Today, Abt Associates continues to be a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovatorsReq Id: 65643

Organization Overview


The International Development Division focuses on improving the lives and economic well-being of people in lower and middle-income countries. We command technical expertise in health, agriculture, climate change, food security and governance - as well as in international evaluation.
Our multi-layered health portfolio includes policy, health promotion and disease prevention, health finance, and health systems management. In partnership with government clients and local experts, our high-quality programs in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East are known for impact and innovation.


Project Description


Abt Associates seeks a Capacity Building Officer to support a family planning project under SHOPS Plus. SHOPS Plus is USAID’s flagship initiative in private sector health.
The project seeks to harness the full potential of the private sector and catalyze public-private engagement to improve health outcomes in TB, family planning, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, and other health areas. In Nigeria, SHOPS Plus is building the capacity of public and private providers to scale up family planning, including Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs) in Akwa Ibom.


Job Summary


The Capacity Building Officer will ensure effective coordination of competency-based Family Planning (FP), including LARC trainings at state level.
This position reports directly to the Akwa Ibom State coordinator with a dotted line to the Capacity Building Specialist (CBS).


Key Roles and Responsibilities


Work closely with the RH/FP Capacity Building Specialist (CBS) and other State Team members to manage training and other requirements in line with project objectives within the state.
Work closely with the Capacity Building Specialist to identify training needs/ requirements for the state.
Support and work with appropriate state officials to implement competency-based training programs to meet the identified needs, utilizing existing training modules as available.
Ensure effective and efficient operations through providing necessary capacity enhancement and institutional support for operations
Lead the mapping and selection of health providers that will participate in trainings
Collaborate with state FP coordinators to organize training courses and workshops and lead in operationalization of these trainings.
With support of the State Coordinator and under the guidance of the CBS identify, contract, and manage trainers to implement project training courses in the state
Ensure FP trainings in the state meet quality standards
Maintain records of training attendance.
Monitor the effects of trainings through analyzing pre- and post-test results, course evaluation forms, and other analytic measurements and generate and submit appropriate reports promptly.
Work collaboratively with other technical staff and implementing partners at the state to ensure effective and timely program implementation
Participate in the development of strategy documents, work plans and reports.
Work with team members to implement systems for measuring, monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of capacity building approaches.
Contribute to the Activity Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning system (especially in relation to health worker trainings).
Attend relevant meetings at state level and ensure effective linking, learning and sharing.
Attend to other duties as may be identified or assigned.


Preferred Qualifications


RN/RM, degree in clinical nursing/midwifery, relevant paramedical degree or M.B.B.S degree.
3-5 years demonstrated knowledge and experience in designing and managing clinical trainings and workshops (specific experience with FP/LARC training is desirable).
Extensive knowledge of the Nigerian public and private health sectors.
Familiarity with different sociocultural and developmental issues related to RH/FP in Nigeria and the international community.
Demonstrated experience in developing, organizing and delivering training and capacity building activities.
Demonstrated ability to engage with a range of stakeholders.
Ability to run basic statistical analysis and generate good report is needed.
Ability to independently plan and execute complex tasks while addressing daily management details and remaining organized and focused on long-term deadlines and strategy.
Ability to travel within the state approximately 50% of the time.


Minimum Qualifications:


( 2+ ) years of experience OR the equivalent combination of education and experience.








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