Program Assistant II – COVID / HIV at Breakthrough ACTION Nigeria


Breakthrough ACTION ignites collective action and encourages people to adopt healthier behavior – from using modern contraceptive methods and sleeping under bed nets to being tested for HIV and preventing the spread of zoonotic diseases – by forging, testing, and scaling up new and hybrid approaches to social and behavior change.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Program Assistant II – COVID / HIV

Location: Abuja
Reports to: Deputy Project Director
Project Activity: Risk Communication (COVID-PEPFAR)
Duration: 1 year – extension contingent on funding.

Project Description

  • Breakthrough ACTION is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to lead their social behavior change (SBC) programming around the world. Breakthrough ACTION is a partnership led by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) in collaboration with Save the Children, ThinkPlace, ideas42, Camber Collective, International Center for Research on Women, and Viamo.
  • In Nigeria, Breakthrough ACTION (Breakthrough ACTION Nigeria) focuses their SBC efforts on malaria; maternal, newborn, and child health, including nutrition (MNCHN); family planning/reproductive health; TB; priority zoonotic diseases; and the COVID-19 response. In addition, Breakthrough ACTION supports the capacity strengthening of key stakeholders to design, implement, and evaluate SBC activities.
  • With recently awarded funding from USAID, BA-Nigeria is recruiting positions to lead and implement Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE), Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), and COVID-19 activities.


  • This position will provide technical and administrative support for SBC and Risk Communication to the project.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide support to the planning, implementation, and monitoring of social and behavior change and risk communication programming;
  • Provides administrative and technical support to other units and related stakeholders;
  • In collaboration with Senior Program Officer, liaise with implementing partners to ensure understanding of their activities and ways to integrate within Breakthrough ACTION COVID activities;
  • In collaboration with Senior Program Officer,
  • provide technical and programmatic support to Breakthrough ACTION Nigeria state offices directly implementing activities
  • provide technical assistance to PEPFAR partners in states where Breakthrough ACTION Nigeria is not currently implementing activities

Document All Program Learning:

  • Assist with the establishment and maintenance of effective relationships with PEPFAR partners, NACA, SACA and other key stakeholders
  • Monitor and ensure all related activities and any challenges are documented and reported on a regular basis.
  • Provide support to planning for programmatic research processes such as desk reviews, gaps assessment as well as project activities such as the development of activity budgets and travel plans across all program areas;
  • Other duties as identified by the supervisor.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications and Skills

  • Minimum of an HND / Bachelor’s Degree in Arts, Social Sciences or Health Sciences.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience in any health program area
  • Previous experience of working for HIV, SBC/SBCC or health communication programs is an added advantage.
  • Excellent communication, and organizational skills.
  • Well-organized, with ability to track multiple activities and deadlines.
  • Strong communication skills (written & spoken) in English language and one or more Nigerian language(s) is required.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint, or similar software.
  • Ability to travel within Nigeria and work successfully within a cross-cultural, multi-sectoral, multi-project team-based environment.

Application Closing Date
28th September, 2021.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CVs in PDF format to: using the Job Title and Location as the subject of the e-mail. e.g. “Program Assistant II – COVID / HIV – Abuja”.


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