Accountability and Advocacy Coordinator – Lafiya Programme at Options

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 reproductive and maternal health services remains a core area of our work.

The Millennium Development Goals placed a strong emphasis on maternal and child health, and improving the health of women and girls has remained central to Options’ mission. Our work has grown to encompass expertise across the health sector in order to build effective and equitable health systems.

Since 1992, Options has worked in more than 50 countries, and has been responsible for launching a number of high profile programmes, most recently the Girl Generation and MamaYe! programmes. We lead and manage numerous health sector programmes on behalf of international donors, in particular UK Aid (DFID), KfW, the World Bank and foundations.Description

Options Consultancy Services seeks an Accountability and Advocacy Coordinator who will be responsible for providing technical assistance to the Lafiya programme, while working closely with other technical leads to ensure programme outcomes are achieved.

Responsibilities

The Advocacy and Accountability Coordinator will coordinate interventions, support strategic work planning, financial accountability, and reporting progress to achieve outcome 1 (Advocacy & Accountability) in Borno State.

Summary Purpose and Objective of Role:

Deliver targeted, data-driven and clearer communications to support political advocacy on human capital in Borno State, Nigeria.
Identify and cultivate change agents.
Track state-level government human capital commitments.
Strengthen existing mechanisms for health entitlement communication and community accountability.
Support improved awareness and prioritisation of basic health services through use of data by senior leadership in the State government.

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

Master's Degree or higher in Public Health, Policy and Governance, Health Economics, or other relevant field required.
Minimum of five years of experience in a senior programme management capacity including experience designing, implementing, and managing or evaluating a complex health programme.
Proven technical experience in health systems strengthening; health financing; health management information systems, health sector policy and strategies, working with the private sector, advocacy and accountability and family planning.
Demonstrated technical depth and understanding of the health policy environment and governance in Nigeria, particularly in the Northern regions preferred.
Experience in coordination and collaboration of stakeholders including government agencies, host country governments and counterparts, and international donor agencies.
Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills in English is required. Working knowledge of Hausa and other local languages is preferred.

Salary

Commensurate with experience.

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