Project Coordinator – Owo – Nigeria – M/F
The humanitarian crisis in Nigeria’s northeast and the Lake Chad region is one of the most severe ongoing crises in the world, now entering its ninth year and showing no sign of abating.
In 2021, at least 8.7 million people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in the worst-affected states of Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe. Up to 5.1 million people risk being critically food insecure during the next lean season (June - August 2021), a level similar to 2016-2017 when famine was looming over Borno State.
Nigeria is now facing a second wave of COVID-19 infections. Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe states have recorded new cases. Aid actors are intensifying actions and prevention measures
Despite challenges including humanitarian space reduction, aid workers had already provided around 5 million people with life-saving assistance in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe states in 2020.
Conflict, explosive remnants of war, and insecurity have cut people off from their main means of livelihoods-farming and fishing. This causes major food insecurity in northeast Nigeria, which COVID-19’s effects on incomes have exacerbated: despite good crop yields, food insecurity is rising. Findings of the October 2020 Cadre Harmonisé (CH) analysis projected that about 5.1 million people in the three states will be food-insecure in the lean season between June and August 2021 – a 19% and 34% increase in 2020 (after COVID-19 June CH Update) and 2019 figures respectively. According to the Nutrition and Food Security Surveillance Round 9, conducted in October 2020, the level of acute malnutrition increased in all three states compared to 2019. Global acute malnutrition (GAM) rates of 10.7% were recorded in Borno, 7.5% in Adamawa, and 13.6% in Yobe. According to the survey, several LGAs had high pockets of global acute malnutrition above the 15% threshold (emergency phase), including Gubio, Magumeri, Mobbar, and Bayo in Borno State and all LGAs in northern Yobe. Movement restrictions and insecurity continue to hamper the ability of IDPs, returnees, and the host communities to access basic services, livelihoods, and land for farming and grazing. This means that more people will rely on humanitarian aid to survive in 2021.
In 2017, ALIMA continued to implement projects in Muna Garage in Jere LGA, where ALIMA performs general consultations for children under 5 and provides Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) to pregnant and lactating women (antenatal and postnatal consultations). An Outpatient Therapeutic Feeding Program (OTP) is also available for children under 5 suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in the clinic, where women and caretakers are trained to screen their children for malnutrition using the MUAC tape.
In Maiduguri MC, where ALIMA is working in partnership with the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH), the Inpatient Therapeutic Feeding Center (ITFC) manages children under 5 suffering from SAM with medical complications in a 50-bed capacity building.
In December 2020, ALIMA conducted a needs assessment survey in the north of Yobe where a high level of acute malnutrition was recorded by the nutrition sector. The results of this survey prompted ALIMA to open a nutrition and health project covering the Kasasuwa LGA, one of the most affected LGAs, and where there was a gap. This project started in May 2021 and fund by ECHO aims to support Karasuwa health facilities and improve access to nutrition and health services including pediatric healthcare and reproductive health. ALIMA also supports COVID-19 vaccination in Borno and Yobe with a focus on the most vulnerable.
In parallel, ALIMA is opening an emergency nutrition project in Katsina state and is present in Owo state since 2018 for Lassa fever response and research. In recent years, Nigeria was hit by some of the worst Lassa fever (LF) outbreaks recorded so far. Since 2018, ALIMA has been working with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, the State Ministry of Health, and the Federal Medical Hospital (FMC) of Owo to help in the diagnosis and management of suspected and confirmed Lassa Fever cases.
In addition to prevention and case management, the project is also involved in research activities via the CORAL platform (ALIMA/Inserm 1219 Bordeaux) as it has developed an observational cohort study since 2018 (LASCOPE) to describe the clinical, biological course, management and outcomes of hospitalized patients with a diagnosis of confirmed Lassa fever. It has also initiated (in 2021) a therapeutic phase II clinical trial (SAFARI) in partnership with BNITM, a German research institute. The aim of the clinical trial is to assess the safety and efficacy of the antiviral drug against the standard ribavirin treatment. It is an important step toward a phase III trial to identify an efficient drug against Lassa fever in the future.
Level 3: As part of his/her duties, the job holder will visit programs and come into contact with children and/or vulnerable adults. Therefore, a criminal record check or a certificate of good conduct will be required. In situations where the impossibility of providing a criminal record or a certificate of good conduct is found, a declaration of honor will be requested.
Under the supervision of the Head of Mission and international Research Coordinator, the Project Coordinator is responsible for ALIMA's operational and research interventions within the framework of the project. In close collaboration with the team, he/she defines the project's priorities and objectives and establishes a plan to achieve them. In order to do so, he/she reviews data on population health and humanitarian needs, the context, the humanitarian issues at stake, and the risks and constraints associated with the context, and then assesses human and financial resource needs. In addition, he/she coordinates the implementation of the projects, in close collaboration with the medical coordinator, the international research coordinator, and the Head of Mission, in order to ensure the effective achievement of the objectives and also to improve the needs of the target population as well as the humanitarian situation.
Finally, he/she ensures compliance with procedures of ALIMA, the donor, National protocols, and the Research SOPs & protocols. He/she is the interface between the coordination & Research teams and the field team that he/she supervises and represents ALIMA with the local interlocutors. He/She will ensure the smooth running and daily management of the research projects in all their aspects: scientific representation, management of staff dedicated to clinical research activities, control and quality assurance of data collection, respect of protocols and procedures, supervision of internal monitoring and implementation of external data monitoring, participation in the organization and implementation of proximity training of clinical research staff. He/She is the guarantor of the security of ALIMA's operational and research activities in the field as well as of the security of the team on the ground. He/She supervises and leads the field team and facilitates its participation in the project dynamics.
I- Security analysis and management
II- Program Implementation
Research Study Management:
● In collaboration with the international research coordination team, coordinate and ensure general supervision of the clinical research assistants (CRA) of each research project and the Clinical Research Team of the ICRC (site coordinators, doctors, nurses and laboratory team), ensure that their work is done in accordance with the protocol and procedures of the studies;
● Ensure the quality and continuity of information exchange between the Viral Haemorrhagic Fever Lab (VHF) and the ICRC (compliance with procedures, quality of communication between the two departments);
● Participate in the operating committee of the various studies;
● Report to the coordination team and research coordinator any problems or difficulties encountered in the field and discuss ways to resolve them;
● Organise and facilitate the relations and the exchange of information between the research coordination team, the sponsor of the studies, and the Nigerian collaborators in the field;
● Ensure effective collaboration with other departments of the hospital (emergency room, dialysis unit, paediatrics, gynaecology ...) concerning the Lassa fever studies in Owo.
Implementation, design and operational follow-up:
● Participate in the design, financial, human and logistical dimensioning of projects to be implemented.
● Implement activities in accordance with the annual operational strategy, ALIMA technical requirements and donor criteria.
● Plan and supervise the implementation of the project under his/her responsibility, respecting the deadlines and the defined technical specifications.
● Plan the activities with the support departments (Administration, Logistics) according to the set objectives.
● Use management and monitoring tools for activities, results, and context.
● Evaluate the relevance of the activities carried out, the effectiveness of the interventions, and their adequacy with regard to the evolution of the context and the needs of the populations.
● Ensure quality of care of project activities.
● Anticipate difficulties related to the conduct of activities and facilitate the resolution of problems related to them.
● In collaboration with the administrative department, contribute to the elaboration of the budgets related to his/her project and follow up on expenses and budget forecasts.
Human Resource Management:
● Participate in the validation of the recruitment for the national technical staff of the project.
● Define, in conjunction with the administrative department, the prerequisites for the positions open to application, adapting the job profile of the job reference system if necessary.
● Welcoming and briefing new employees or volunteers working under his/her responsibility.
● Set up training courses in line with operational requirements and identified training needs
● Supervise and support the team under his/her responsibility.
● Facilitate workshops and regular or ad hoc meetings.
● Evaluate and assess the performance of team members.
● Identify the potential for development of the members of his/her team and pass on the information to the HR coordinator of the mission.
● Report to the HoM any information on the security context or any event with incidents that may have an impact on the activities and safety of the teams.
● Write reports and annexes related to his/her activity(ies) for reports and/or endorsements for Donors.
● Ensure compliance with deadlines and formats for the submission of reports.
● Maintain an operational local communication network and good relations with government/local authorities, donor representatives, UN agencies, and other international agencies.
● Ensure ALIMA representation at meetings or forums related to the project.
● Draft administrative documents to be signed (MOU, handover, etc...) jointly with government authorities, communities, or partners.
Prevention of Exploitation and Abuse:
● Participates in training and awareness sessions on exploitations and abuse.
● Implements standards related to exploitation and abuse prevention.
● Ensures that team members attend training and awareness sessions.
● Contributes to creating and maintaining a nurturing and protective environment.
Expériences et compétences
● Medical Doctor, or Nurse.
● Master’s degree in public health is a plus;
● Additional training in clinical research and/or Public health would be an asset.
Qualities of the
● Experience in project management (at least 2 years) is required.
● Management experience in a research project in the field OR a Master’s in Epidemiology is required
● Experience in a hospital medical service.
● Experience in epidemic response and/or viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHF) is an asset
● Knowledge of at least one data entry software.
● Knowledge of at least one Office Pack software is desirable.
● Rigour and organisation
● Adaptability and initiative
● Good communication and negotiation skills
● Developed interpersonal skills and diplomacy
● Team management
● English is essential, and the local language is an asset (Hausa, Kanuri…). Speaking French is an asset
Starting position: ASAP
Salary: depending on experience + per diem
To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to our job page before.
Applications are processed in the order of arrival and we reserve the right to close the offer before the term initially indicated if a good application is successful. Only full applications will be taken into account. Only accepted applications will be contacted.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.