Program Associate (SPARK)

Project: Strengthening PHC and Reaching Unimmunized Kids (SPARK)
Job Category: Program Associate
Job Type: Full Time
Language: English

I. Introduction
Solina Centre for International Development and Research (SCIDaR) is an indigenous nonprofit institution that works to accelerate positive health, social and economic reforms through high-quality program design and implementation, capacity building, implementation science research and knowledge generation, as well as agenda-setting and stakeholder convening across human development sectors. Our work seeks to benefit primarily disadvantaged and under-served populations. We implement transformation programs in Nigeria and are currently expanding our footprint to several West
and Central African countries. We are building a competent world-class management team to enable us to sustainably achieve our strategic growth objectives.

II. Description and Objectives
SCIDaR, through the Strengthening PHC and Reaching Un-immunized Kids Project (SPARK), is working to improve routine immunization (RI) and public health care (PHC) program indices across the above-named northern states of Nigeria. The Project SPARK aims to provide technical assistance, thought leadership, and day-to-day management support at the state and LGA level for the implementation of the RI MoUs between BMGF, the Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF), and state governments. SCIDaR’s interventions focus on optimizing the institutional and individual capacity of the State Primary Health Care Development Agencies (SPHCDAs) to effectively manage the RI programs.

III. Technical Responsibilities – Program Support
The Program Associate will provide technical and operational support for the execution of the program or as assigned on other SCIDaR programs. This will involve the day-to-day execution of all program workflows.

a. Program implementation
i. Support day-to-day execution of the project activities and deliverables
ii. Monitor program workstreams and escalate program challenges;
iii. Gathering and analyzing information, formulating and testing hypotheses, and developing and communicating recommendations;
iv. Participate in client management discussions and implement recommendations in collaboration with the team.
v. Ensure close collaboration and coordination with cooperating partners to guarantee smooth implementation of activities and achievement of results;
vi. Participate in routine technical problem-solving sessions with the primary client and relevant stakeholders to brainstorm implementation challenges and align on decisions to guide the path forward;
vii. Support and guide project analysts in the day-to-day execution of assigned tasks.

b. Program monitoring and reporting
i. Regularly monitor and review program activities to ensure quality, accountability, and contractual compliance with agreed deliverables and performance indicators as per the scope of work;
ii. Contribute in the preparation of monthly/quarterly technical and financial reports (the latter will be in collaboration with the designated Finance Officer);
iii. Participate in structured mid-term and end-term program evaluations;
c. Program staff development and team building
i. Participate in the assessment of candidates to affirm suitability for program roles;
ii. Contribute to program onboarding briefing with the program team at the beginning of a new program (or new staff upon joining an existing program) to communicate the program expectations, staff roles, deliverables and performance indicators;
iii. Support individual team members to identify and document learning goals at the beginning of the program (or new staff upon joining an existing program), and facilitate feedback sessions to track their progress;
iv. Facilitate periodic (at least monthly) individual performance reviews and provide feedback to program analyst on their strengths and re-direction needs as is it applies to program activities and deliverables;
v. Contribute to all team management issues, including but not limited to team communication, data storage, and sharing modalities, team workstations, facilities, and other logistics, team bonding activities, etc.
vi. Participate as required in the comprehensive in-house professional development program that includes periodic training needs assessment; new staff onboarding and orientation; in-class training sessions; staff mentoring program;
vii. Support Program Managers to anticipate project staffing requirements and planning staff placements to satisfy both employee professional development needs and project needs;
viii. Request ICT infrastructure and support services required for the effective execution of program activities;

IV. Required competencies
a. Core requirements
i. Compelling evidence of interest in and commitment to the mission of SCIDaR;
ii. Demonstrated strong strategic thinking and thought leadership abilities;
iii. Advanced computer usage skills with proficiency in Microsoft® Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
iv. Exceptional analytical and quantitative problem-solving skills;
v. Ability to work effectively with people at all levels in an organization;
vi. Reliable people manager, able to manage and promote inclusive and diverse teams within the organization;
vii. Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment;
viii. Fast learner, open to learning from peers, subordinates, and supervisors collaboratively and at a rapid pace;
ix. Strong logical reasoning and creative thinking skills;
x. Results-oriented performer, experienced in developing and tracking self and team with clear KPIs;
xi. Strong verbal and written communication skills,
b. Education and Experience
i. Academic training: Minimum of Bachelors’ degree in Public Health, Microbiology, Epidemiology, Medicine International Development, Policy and Strategy Development, Health Management or a similarly relevant field;
ii. Experience: Minimum of three (3) years of progressive experience implementing immunization programs; strong record of leadership in an academic, professional, or extracurricular setting. In strategy, systems strengthening in a major consulting firm is a plus.

V. Equal employment opportunity statement – SCIDaR is an equal employment employer. We do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, colour, religion, gender, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, genetic information or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable laws.

PS: Women are encouraged to apply.

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SCIDaR offers dynamic and rewarding opportunities to individuals who desire to gain experience and develop key professional skills while also working to contribute to SCIDaR’s organizational goals within six (6) months.


Our vision is to become a leading organization working to accelerate social, health, and economic development of under- served populations