• Job Category: Admin, Ngo, Banking and Finance Jobs In Nigeria
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  • Location Abuja


The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) was established in 2002 to increase access to care and treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS and to strengthen health systems in resource-poor countries. Over the past few years, CHAI has expanded the scope of our work to include access to high-quality treatment for malaria, new vaccines and essential treatments for common childhood illnesses such as diarrhoea and CHAI has also increasingly supported governments to build the capacity required for high-quality care and treatment programs. Currently, CHAI partners with governments in more than 25 countries while more than 70 countries directly benefit from the low-priced drugs and diagnostic test agreements that CHAI has negotiated.


Nigeria’s maternal mortality rate of 576 deaths for every 100,000 live births accounts for approximately 14% of the global burden of maternal deaths–second only to India. This represents approximately 37,000 maternal deaths per year. Under-5 mortality rate is 128 per 1,000 live births and Nigeria experiences over 800,000 deaths among under-five children annually, 30% of which is attributable to newborn deaths. Mortality rates for children, infants and neonates are higher than the latest average estimates for the Sub-Saharan Africa region: 128, 69 and 37 per 1,000 live births respectively. Nigeria’s targets for MDGs 4 and 5 are 70 under-five deaths per 1000 live births and 250 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. While some progress has been recorded, current rates of 2% and 4% reductions in maternal mortality and under-5 mortality, respectively, suggest that drastic action is needed if Nigeria is to attain these targets.


Recognizing the need for an innovative and high impact response to reduce the high maternal and child mortality rates, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) plans to roll out a comprehensive Maternal and Newborn Health program which uses an integrated approach to address critical gaps, create linkages through the entire system from communities up to tertiary care, and leaves a sustainable system for on-going impact.


CHAI Nigeria is seeking a highly qualified and motivated individual with strong analytical and quantitative skills as State Program Officer, Mentoring. Successful candidates will have excellent communications skills, be able to function independently, be self-motivated, have the ability to thrive in challenging environments, and have a strong commitment to excellence. We place great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, energy, and work ethic. This position will be based in Abuja, with some domestic travel within Nigeria. The State Program Officer will be based in one of the three states and will report to the State Program Manager and the Program Manager, Mentoring based in Abuja. Domestic travel within the state will be required.



  • Provide coordination at the state level for the day-to-day implementation of the activities related to the Mentoring program
  • Facilitate the roll out of the mentoring program in selected regions.
  • Provides supportive supervision to the field activities
  • Provide technical assistance to the LGAs and health facilities offices in the implementation of the mentoring program in selected facilities.
  • Coordinate the clinical mentoring team and organize schedules
  • Support the design of mentoring protocols and relevant guidelines according to the health care worker cadres being mentored
  • Provide an ongoing technical assistance to the health facilities and LGAs to troubleshoot mentoring program and immediately address challenges
  • Document best practices and lessons drawn by the mentoring program in the implementation of MNH.
  • Participate in the state MNCH coordination meetings
  • Prepare regular reports (Monthly, quarterly etc.) of mentoring interventions of the MNH program implementation in selected LGAs for submission to Program Manager, Mentoring
  • Assist the central team in the process of documentation by providing the necessary data needed for the process
  • Maintain close partnership and collaboration with key development partners and support local government offices to mobilize resources from partners for the scale up of MNH interventions
  • Work with the RMNCH Senior Program Manager and M&E units as well as with clinical mentors to identify areas of technical support to LGAs and PHCs
  • Any other task as requested by the Country Director


Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in medicine, nursing or related clinical field
  • A minimum of five years of experience in clinical practice in the MNCH field, particularly in the areas of delivery, post-abortion care, FP/ANC/PMTCT and out of which three years were with management responsibility.
  • Training and practical experience on  Basic Emergency Obstetrics  and Newborn Care (BEmONC)  is required
  • Experience in clinical mentoring
  • Strong background in coordinating in-service trainings
  • Must be self-motivated  and independently deliver expected tasks as well as ability to work in a team
  • Strong analytical skills and technical proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, is essential
  • Work in a team to handle other joint responsibilities of the program
  • Ability to adapt to fast-paced and changing environments, both internally and externally.
  • Willingness to spend significant time in the field.
  • Very strong written and oral communication skills in English, including the ability to present evidence and opinions in a succinct and compelling manner



  • Doctorate or masters’ degree in public health or related field.
  • Sound understanding of the Nigerian Health Systems
  • Experience managing demanding work plans and tight budgets.
  • Previous experience working in a developing country with ability to function well in rural settings with limited infrastructure and services
  • Nigerian citizenship or permanent residence
  • Ability to speak Hausa

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