FUTURES GROUP JOB VACANCIES


SENIOR OVC RESIDENT ADVISOR
Futures Group develops and delivers innovative, locally relevant, evidence-based solutions to improve the health and well being of people around the world. Since 1971, we have assisted governmental and non-governmental agencies, foundations, and the private sector by designing, implementing and evaluating programs in HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, population and family planning, maternal and child health, infectious diseases, and gender. Futures Group has deep expertise in policy and advocacy, research and strategic information, health markets and private sector engagement, modeling and economic analysis, patient monitoring and management/HMIS, strategic consulting, and program management.
POSITION SUMMARY
MEASURE Evaluation/Nigeria seeks a candidate for the position of Senior Resident Advisor for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) based in Abuja, Nigeria.  MEASURE Evaluation/Nigeria implements a diverse set of activities intended to strengthen the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) capacity of the Government of Nigeria, specifically the Federal Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Social Development (FMWASD), NACA, NASCP, as well as USG Implementing Partners.
This position will involve providing technical assistance to the Government of Nigeria at the national, state and local government levels and to implementing organizations, to strengthen the collection, flow and use of M&E and research data related to OVC care and support issues. Modes and media through which technical assistance is provided are diverse. Content of work is subject to change
depending on the needs of both the US and Nigerian Governments. The post holder will be responsible for implementing the current OVC work plan, and agreeing future work plans and activities with the US and Nigerian Governments, in conjunction with MEASURE Evaluation colleagues in Nigeria and the US. The successful candidate will be skilled in negotiating work plans and activities with Government stakeholders.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
Working in collaboration with the OVC M&E Advisor, and the MEASURE Evaluation team in Nigeria and the US, the Senior OVC Resident Advisor will:
Provide technical assistance to implementing partners in designing and implementing program evaluations, in line with global best practice and standards.
Analyze available national and program-level data to support evidence-informed policy and programming
Provide technical support to stakeholders at all levels in the use of community and OVC M&E data and information.
Work with the US Government, implementing partners in the US and developing countries, as well as national counterparts to facilitate and build consensus on indicators as well as data collection and reporting tools to report on progress in providing quality services.
Develop and apply tools and curricula to build M&E capacity especially among OVC program staff and to collect and report community-level data up to district and national levels.
QUALIFICATIONS
Minimum of a master’s degree required; degree should be in monitoring and evaluation, public health, child development, social work, community development, psychology or a related field; PhD strongly preferred
7+ years of monitoring and evaluation experience, including M&E of national initiatives and public health programs and developing M&E Plans;
Considerable experience in designing operations research and complex impact evaluation studies, and managing research
Sound understanding of indicators, data collection methodology, data quality issues; ability to develop indicators and data collection tools and assess data quality;
Knowledge of and interest in OVC issues in Nigeria; OVC M&E experience preferred.
Experience in strengthening the demand for data and facilitating the use of information in the decision-making process at different levels – from the facility and programmatic level up to the national level;
Demonstrated experience in providing technical assistance  to national and local governments as well as to non-governmental organizations
Demonstrated experience in facilitating meetings with broad groups of stakeholders representing the government, international donors, universities and institutions, programs, communities, and health facilities;
Demonstrated skills in training and capacity building through technical assistance and mentoring.  This includes strong skills in public speaking, curriculum development, and delivering trainings and workshops;
Demonstrated quantitative skills, including use of Microsoft Excel, SAS, and SPSS, and skills in analyzing, interpreting and communicating information to a variety of stakeholders.
Strong writing skills and experience in reporting to international donors, including the US Government;
Willingness to work with a team of Nigerian and US-based staff in a challenging environment with short deadlines and a demanding portfolio of activities;
Willingness to travel throughout Nigeria.
Position is open to Nigerian nationals only.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS
Regularly required to stand or sit, and move about the facility
WORK ENVIRONMENT
Usual office working conditions free of disagreeable elements.
TO APPLY
All applications for this position should be submitted online at www.futuresgroup.com via the Careers page. Futures Group provides equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.
Not later than 10 May 2012.

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