21 Dec 2016

OCSL Jobs in Nigeria : Accountability Coordinator

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Options Consultancy Services Limited was established in 1992 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marie Stopes International. We are a consultancy organisation providing technical and management expertise in the health and social sectors to governments and international development partners to transform the health of women and children. We provide information, expertise and influence to governments, health workers, NGOs and businesses to catalyse change so that health services can be accessed by the people who need them most.

Options Consultancy Services Limited is seeking an Accountability Coordinator to be based in Zamfara State to contribute and work within a dynamic five (5) year programme called Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Programme (MNCH2).

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Accountability Coordinator

Department: Technical
Post holder: Vacant
Reporting to: Accountability and Advocacy Advisor
Hours: 40
Type of contract: Fixed term January 2017 – December 2018

Main Purpose of Job

  • The Accountability Coordinator in Zamfara will be responsible, under the guidance of the Accountability and Advocacy Advisor and the Zamfara State Team Leader (STL), for ensuring that accountability mechanisms are strengthened, ensuring government and service providers deliver quality MNCH services through active public and broader stakeholder engagement.

Main Duties
Strengthen MNCH accountability structures:

  • Be the primary means through which resources at facilities and progress on maternal and newborn health care are tracked and acted upon
  • Strengthen or establish State level accountability mechanisms (SLAMs) including Facility Health Committees (FHCs) and existing networks and consisting of members who have the power to influence change beyond just the health sector
  • Ensure the facility scorecards will be shared through the accountability mechanisms and other forums at state level to facilitate data for decision making, encourage transparency on progress and advocate for improvements in the quality of services

Promotion and strengthening of the FHC Model:

  • Ensure that Options’ successful FHC model will be scaled up significantly, covering all MNCH2 states
  • Liaise with stakeholders, including State and Local Government Authority (LGA) level Government, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), FHCs, civil society coalitions, and representatives of relevant development programmes
  • Provide focused mentoring support, informed by individual FHC needs, both directly to FHCs or via CSOs/consultants who have been contracted to provide mentoring to FHCs

Coordination and logistics:

  • Coordinate a range of mentoring activities for a large number of consultants, ensuring the appropriate logistical and financial support is provided
  • Develop terms of reference together with the Accountability and Advocacy Advisor for upcoming consultant activities
  • Ensure close and effective cooperation with other programme staff in their State team to make sure that MNCH2 strategies and approaches are delivered in a coherent and coordinated way, in line with logframe targets

Quality Assurance:

  • Carry out a variety of administration and quality assurance checks on all data received from
  • CSO/consultants together with checks on invoices and timesheets before they are sent to Options Headquarters (HQ) for data analysis and timely payment
  • Ensure on-going monitoring through monthly FHC reports, self-assessment reports and community scorecards. This includes quality assuring data and reports, highlighting key issues that need to be addressed to ensure good performance of and impact made by FHCs and ensure these are acted upon

Person Specification

  • Master’s degree in public health or a relevant field


  • Demonstrated coordination experience in international health programmes
  • Experience providing expertise in the area of accountability and/or advocacy
  • programmes in Nigeria, with a particular focus on strengthening communities
  • Understanding of accountability and advocacy principles and approaches
  • Demonstrated management, programme planning competency and effective communication skills
  • Experience in mentoring and training for different cadres of staff and partners
  • Experience of managing and coordinating a large number of consultants
  • In depth understanding of the political, social, economic, and cultural context of Northern Nigeria

Skills and Attributes:

  • Excellent attention to detail and experience of quality assurance
  • Excellent written and spoken English and Hausa
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills, including but not limited to Excel, Word and
  • PowerPoint
  • Excellent leader and team player, with excellent interpersonal skills and comfortable working in a multi-disciplinary team

Other requirements:

  • Commitment to achieving effective and efficient delivery of essential health care for pregnant women, new-borns and children, alongside routine immunisation.
  • Commitment to ensuring that all Nigerian citizens, including women, the poorest and other marginalized groups, are able to have equal voice and participate in holding government accountable in the delivery of public services

Application Closing Date
6th January, 2017.

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