Technical Advisor – BACKUP Health At GIZ Nigeria

GIZ Nigeria

Vacancy Announcement

VA No. 060
Job Title: Technical Advisor – BACKUP Health Nigeria
Min. qualification: University degree (master’s level) in an area that is relevant to the program objectives, with a focus on public health, public policy or development studies.
GIZ Nigeria, Backup Health
Place: Abuja
Salary: According to GIZ salary scale Band 4
Closing Date of advert 26.07.2021

Background: GIZ. Working together for change

As a service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education work, we are dedicated to shaping a future worth living around the world. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment promotion, energy and the environment, and peace and security. The diverse expertise of our federal enterprise is in demand around the globe – from the German Government, European Union institutions, the United Nations, the private sector and governments of other countries. We work with businesses, civil society actors and research institutions, fostering successful interaction between development policy and other policy fields and areas of activity. Our main commissioning party is the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The registered offices of GIZ are in Bonn and Eschborn. In 2019, we generated a business volume of around EUR 3.1 billion. Our 22,199 employees, almost 70 per cent of whom are national staff, work in around 120 countries. As a recognized development service provider, we currently have 556 development workers in action in partner countries. Furthermore, in 2019, the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM), which is run jointly by GIZ and the German Federal Employment Agency, placed 262 integrated experts and 515 returning experts with local employers in our partner countries, or provided them with financial support, advice or other services.
Personnel and business figures as at 31 December 2019

BACKUP supports state and civil society organizations in making efficient use of the resources provided by global financing mechanisms (GFATM, GAVI and GFF) to support their national health systems. This boosts the effectiveness and sustainability of the measures receiving financial support. Since 2021, the project has also been supporting Providing for Health (P4H), a network dedicated to health financing.

The objectives of the project are:

  1. To improve national coordination of global health financing: The objective is that management (planning and implementation) of globally financed program is coordinated nationally and based on national strategies.
  2. To support the institutions of national health systems:
    Selected institutions in partner countries are supported in making use of their scope to influence global financing and to strengthen their national health systems. This may include developing and enhancing both HR and organizational skills.
  3. To develop management of community-based health services at decentralized level:
    This includes, for example, analyzing existing models of community based health services and incorporation of the results in a model for integrated management of health services.
  4. To mitigate the risks that the COVID-19 pandemic poses for GFATM programes and national health systems:
    BACKUP provides technical support for reprogramming of GFATM grants, coordinating the COVID-19 response with other health sector processes and conducting risk assessments.
  5. To support sustainable, resilient and equitable health financing:
    The P4H network assists countries in reforming their national health financing and effectively integrating external sources of funding.

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), BACKUP has selected four focus countries with personnel in country: Cameroon, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi and Nigeria. Further countries are eligible to apply for demand-based support. In the context of co-financing by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), BACKUP has selected six additional focus countries with personnel working in country: Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Uganda. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has been co-financing BACKUP since 2013. The focus countries of the SDC are Ethiopia, Niger and Tanzania (without personnel working in country). Since 2021, BACKUP has been receiving additional funding from the French agency Expertise France for training to strengthen national health systems. P4H covers six focus countries with local personnel. Cambodia, Cameroon and Tanzania were selected on behalf of BMZ. Chad and Mozambique were selected for SDC co-financing.

Responsibilities & tasks: A. Responsibilities

BACKUP Health is looking for a technical advisor – working in close collaboration with the team members in Nigeria and in Germany – with the following core responsibilities:
▪ Establish partnerships with national, bi- and multilateral stakeholders in the Nigerian health sector
▪ Based on overall BACKUP strategy and mandate, contribute to the ongoing development of the BACKUP portfolio and technical assistance approach in Nigeria
▪ Support the coordination and monitoring of the implementation of ongoing Global Fund, Gavi and GFF related projects and consultancies where relevant to the BACKUP portfolio

In this context, the position holder fulfils the following tasks:

B. Tasks
In this context, the position holder performs the following tasks in close collaboration with the BACKUP team (in country and headquarter) as well as other teams of relevant programs in the country:

  1. Technical advice (Capacity development)
    ▪ Identify technical assistance (TA) needs and opportunities for support in the BACKUP intervention areas national coordination and governance, health system strengthening, integrated health services and mitigation of C-19 impact on disease control
    ▪ Provide technical assistance based on the identified needs as well as analyze and incorporate cross cutting issues of community, rights and gender related to the interventions
    ▪ Provide technical contributions to policies, guidelines and tools as may be required by program
  2. activities
    ▪ Organize, conduct and/or facilitate training sessions in relevant areas of work
  3. Management and coordination
    ▪ Provide technical backstopping to local and international TA
    providers in his/her field of expertise
    ▪ Work together with the other technical advisors in preparing, attending and reporting on programmatic and technical working
    group coordination meetings in the Nigerian health sector
    ▪ Support coordination and planning of visits from TA providers and BACKUP headquarter staff
    ▪ Support knowledge management for BACKUP by collecting and documenting good practices and lessons learned in relation to programs/processes and TA approaches of global health financing initiatives
  4. Communication and networking
    ▪ Represent BACKUP in adhering to the program’s principles, guidelines and agreements in all related interventions
    ▪ Promote partnerships and linkages between key stakeholders related to the Global Health Initiatives (such as Global Fund, Gavi and GFF) as well as other health system actors
    ▪ Support transparent communication and information sharing between all involved institutions and counterparts related to the Global Health Initiatives
    ▪ Support BACKUP communication and public relations through national, regional and global publication of project outcomes (e.g. in journals, news feeds and social media).
  5. Other duties/additional tasks The position holder
    ▪ performs other duties and tasks at the request of the BACKUP management

Required qualifications, Required Competencies

competences and experience: Qualifications
• University degree (master’s level) in an area that is relevant to the program objectives, with a focus on public health, public policy or development studies.

Professional experience
▪ At least 5 years professional experience in a comparable position
▪ Work experience in the health sector of Nigeria with public and/or private institutions (e.g. disease control, health service delivery, community development)
▪ Experience with health programs financed by domestic and external resources

Other knowledge, additional competencies
▪ Good understanding of global health architecture
▪ Experience with German Development Cooperation and/or Global Fund would be an asset
▪ Highly motivated professional
▪ A team player willing to take on responsibility
▪ Possessing a positive attitude to change
▪ Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to effectively interact in complex cooperation systems with various stakeholders (including senior government officials, civil society and key population
representatives, project implementers and beneficiaries)
▪ Good communication and writing skills
▪ Language skills: English
▪ Good IT knowledge
▪ Willingness to upgrade knowledge as required by the tasks to be performed
▪ Willingness to travel regularly (once C-19 regulations allow)
Submission Guideline: You are kindly requested to submit your CV and letter of motivation as one document with complete contact details via email to:

(Please include vacancy no. 060 in mail subject)

GIZ is an equal opportunities employer committed to diversity. All qualified candidates, regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, race and religion are encouraged to apply.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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