Strategic Information Lead (SI Lead)

Project: ACTION to Sustain Precision and Integrated HIV Response towards Epidemic Control (ASPIRE)
Job Category: Strategic Information Lead
Job Type: Long term (12 months with possibility of extension)
Job Location: FCT - Nigeria

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.
Solina Centre for International Development and Research (SCIDaR) will be implementing a 12-month project aimed at achieving epidemic control through the provision of quality HIV services to people living with HIV across FCT, Nasarawa and Rivers states. The ASPIRE project involves technical assistance and mentorship to facilities staff providing HIV testing services, antiretroviral drugs as well as care and support services to people living with HIV. Being a health implementation project, SCIDaR seeks to adequately support the facilities for better patients’ outcome thereby contributing to the overall epidemic control on a larger scale, while also interacting with other stakeholders in the state that have similar goals.

II. Description and Objectives
The Strategic Information Lead will execute the day-to-day implementation plans, provide technical assistance, mentor facility staff onsite and oversee Data assistants’ activities on the ASPIRE project in FCT.

III. Key Responsibilities
a. Monitoring and Evaluation
i. Review program data to establish performance identify bottlenecks in implementation and draw insights for program direction;
ii. Coordinate routine program data collection, collation, analysis, and dissemination to guide evidence-based decision-making;
iii. Coordinate program reporting and updates on implementation progress across key performance indicators to manage expectations;
iv. Ensure efficient archiving of program data;
b. Team Leadership/Technical Assistance
i. Oversee day-to-day activities of Strategic Information officers;
ii. Coordinate the development of team’s workplan, review and track team’s daily activities;
iii. Organize and facilitate onboarding of new SI officers, data assistants and surge monitors;
iv. Coordinate routine capacity building for SI officers;
v. Provide technical assistance to SI officers on effective data review, collation, dissemination, utilization and storage;
vi. Coordinate routine technical assistance visits to supported facilities and track support outcomes;
vii. Coordinate SI team’s problem-solving and check-in meetings;
viii. Coordinate routine program reporting to funder and relevant stakeholders; weekly, monthly and quarterly reports;
ix. Support team on program strategy design and implementation;
x. Support real-time data utilization for decision-making on the program;
xi. Coordinate the utilization of M&E tools and facilitate tool requests and allocation to team members
xii. Coordinate routine Data Quality Assessment exercise, analysis and report dissemination for intervention planning
xiii. Evaluate Strategic Information officers’ performance with constructive feedback on better performance and support plan to achieving agreed milestones.
c. Stakeholders’ engagement
i. Coordinate discussion document development for program review meetings and other stakeholders
ii. Participate in program review meetings, and other stakeholders’ engagements and coordinate participation of team members.
d. Other responsibilities
i. Participate in joint, cluster, and partner problem-solving and learning sessions to share knowledge, best
practices, challenges and progress on program implementation.
ii. Engage actively with relevant stakeholders to foster good relationships with the organization.
iii. Support any other tasks as may be required by the Program Manager and Project Director.

IV. Core requirements
i. Compelling evidence of interest in and commitment to the mission of SCIDaR;
ii. Working knowledge of Nigeria’s health and social service information systems and M&E processes as it relates to data collection for performance-based reporting with understanding, experience and competency in working with OVC and HIV community-led organizations;
iii. Strong data analytics with proficiency in statistical package (Advanced Excel), Microsoft Offices, visualization and presentation skills;
iv. Excellent understanding of PEPFAR MER and OVC indicators, data collection methodology, and data quality issues;
v. Ability to develop indicators and data collection tools and assess data quality;
vi. Proficiency in the use of diverse databases including DHIS, DATIM, NMRS, ACCESS, and knowledge of relevant database query languages;
vii. Proficiency in the use of Microsoft PowerPoint for data visualization and presentation;
viii. Strong communication skills (written, and verbal).
a. Education and Experience
i. Academic training: Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in public health, epidemiology, monitoring & evaluation, demography, biostatistics, statistics, analytics, science/computer science or a related field is required.
b. Experience: Experience in USG-funded programs designing, establishing, and managing M&E systems,
ensuring data quality, and managing M&E systems. Previous experience conducting State/LGA and Facility data assessments and data reviews.

V. Equal employment opportunity statement
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.

*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