State Program Lead

Closing on: Apr 30, 2024
Project: Strengthening PHC and Reaching Unimmunized Kids (SPARK)
Job Category: State Program Lead
Job Type: Long term
Job Location: Bauchi Sokoto Zamfara
Travel requirement: Routine visits to the PHC facilities in the state (required to visit every PHC in their assigned LGAs at least once a month)


Solina Center for International Development and Research is a management and healthcare consulting firm that works with businesses, governments, researchers, and development organizations to develop innovative solutions that address pressing healthcare challenges. We apply proven business and research methods to our health systems work to ensure sustainable impact and optimize population health outcomes. Our team of highly qualified and experienced professionals and deep knowledge of Nigeria’s health system as well as health systems in developing countries, are our unique assets that enable us to consistently deliver the highest quality of service to all clients and partners. 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.

Description and Objectives

SCIDaR, through the Northern Nigeria States Routine Immunization Strengthening Project (NNRISP), is working to improve routine immunization (RI) and public health care (PHC) program indices across the above-named northern states of Nigeria. The NNRISP program aims to provide technical assistance, thought leadership, and day-to-day management support at the state 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.

Position description

The State Program Lead will be responsible for leading and coordinating the project’s effort aimed at optimizing the efficiency of primary healthcare systems and strengthening the management capacity of PHC managers in the state. 

Technical Responsibilities

  1. Collaborate with key stakeholders to establish and implement a comprehensive PHC strategy for the state, ensuring alignment with state priorities and goals;  
  2. Oversee the planning and day-to-day implementation, monitoring and documentation of ALL project activities in the state, ensuring adherence to timelines and budgets;
  3. Facilitate regular meetings and discussions to gather insights, feedback, and input from stakeholders regarding PHC strategy and implementation; 
  4. Act as liaison between team members, partners and stakeholders, ensuring effective collaboration and communication; 
  5. Build strong relationships with state officials and leadership/decision-makers; 
  6. Advocate for policies and funding from the state that support the strengthening of PHC systems, engaging with government officials and other relevant stakeholders; 
  7. Ensure timely and accurate reporting to donors, partners and relevant stakeholders;
  8. Perform other duties as assigned by the Program Manager and/ or Director.

Qualifications & Experience

  1. Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) in the field of health management, public health or a related field; 
  2. A minimum of 5 years of experience in healthcare management or public health, with a focus on PHC;
  3. Strong knowledge of the healthcare landscape in the state; 
  4. Proven leadership and project management skills.

Competencies required

  1. Proficient in English and Hausa languages; 
  2. Strong stakeholder management skills;
  3. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  4. Proficiency in data analysis and reporting;
  5. Ability to work effectively with diverse stakeholders; 
  6. Ability to manage people, resources and processes to implement and monitor strategies with substantial outcomes.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

SCIDaR is an equal employment employer, committed to a workplace free from discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or any other protected status under applicable laws.

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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