Project Officer – Health System Strengthening (Nigerian Nationals Only) at Catholic Relief Services (CRS)


Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work are accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Project Officer – Health System Strengthening

Job Identification: 3000341
Location: Sokoto
Employment Type: Full-time
Job Category Program Management
Job Shift Day

Project Summary

  • The Integrated Child Health and Social Services Award (ICHSSA) activity is a USAID/Nigeria program that seeks to reduce the impact of Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) on orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). ICHSSA seeks to ensure that OVCs are cared for and protected by their households, communities, local and state governments.
  • ICHSSA has four lots and PHI is responding to Lot 4: ICHSSA 4: Adamawa, Bauchi, Taraba, Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara. ICHSSA expects to attain the following results:
    • Result 1: Households have increased access to basic services and care for OVC
    • Result 2: Communities ensure that OVC secure their rights
    • Result 3: Local and State Governments deliver basic services and detect and respond to child rights violations
    • Result 4: Prioritized targeted services for specific OVC subpopulations utilized.

Job Summary

  • The Health Systems Strengthening Officer under the direct supervision of HSS Advisor will be responsible for the coordination of HSS component of ICHSA4 project in Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara.
  • The incumbent in this role will support the implementation of interventions with the use of USAID/WHO Health Systems framework and Pro-Health International (PHI) approach to systems strengthening to facilitate changes required to embed and institutionalize OVC Case Management and Sustainability into the health and social systems at the state, LGAs and community levels.

Roles and Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as a resource for up-to-date technical information on how OVC program can strengthen health systems including providing technical support to department of local government health services, LACA, local government social welfare unit and other key stakeholders at the community level
  • Support State and Local Government Social Welfare Unit in its efforts to harmonize partner coordination and donor alignment
  • Support the projects efforts towards the institutionalization of specific OVC interventions and integrated community case management
  • Provide technical support to Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara SACA, LGA Social Welfare Unit, Local Government Health Department in developing LGA capacity to coordinate community-level OVC/HIV/AIDS interventions
  • Provide mentoring, coaching and hands-on support in establishing effective systems for planning, monitoring and coordination of the OVC response at the States and LGAs level
  • Provide timely reports to CRS Nigeria and PHI ICHSSA-4 project on all activities conducted at the state and LGA levels.
  • Responsible for the backstopping of ICHSSA-4 project CSO partner on the delivery of the community and health level services for the beneficiaries.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field such as Public Health, Development Studies, Social Work, or other Health related fields. Post graduate degree in public health is an added advantage.
  • Four to six years’ experience in program management implementing international development activities in Nigeria, with preference given to OVC and HIV/AIDS/ Health activities under a USG funded award in Nigeria.
  • At least 4 years’ experience in implementing integrated Community based health and referral programs.
  • Required Languages – English and Hausa Language required
  • Travel – Must be willing and able to travel up to 30% of the time to the field locations.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Good relationship management skills with ability to work collaboratively as part of multidisciplinary and multicultural team.
  • Excellent English language Oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent analytical skills; and demonstrated experience in supporting the strategic design and implementation of OVC and HIV / AIDS programs.
  • Relevant track record of HIV/AIDS programming, understanding of the PEPFAR 95-95-95 goals and proven ability to produce demonstrable technical and program results
  • Knowledge and understanding of OVC issues, Child Protection and Adolescent challenges and policy for HIV Care for Children, and OVC Case Management, in addition to good knowledge of key actors in these fields.
  • Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) is preferred.
  • Good interpersonal skills including ability to work with multiple stakeholders successfully and to create linkages.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in participatory action planning and community engagement.
  • Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data preferred.
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

Work Conditions / Environment Conditions

  • This position is based in Sokoto State but covering Kebbi and Zamfara State and requires approximately 30% travel.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)
These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Integrity
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Accountability & Stewardship.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None.

Key Working Relationships:

  • Internal – Deputy Chief of Party, Specialist, Technical Advisors, Operations staff.
  • External – ICHSSA-4 Director of Programs, ICHSSA-4 project team, local partners, project consultants, and other stakeholders, as relevant.

Application Closing Date
22nd December, 2022 (12.59 AM).

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.
  • Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
  • All positions requiring residence or frequent travel outside their home country must undergo and clear a pre-employment medical examination.
  • CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding the rights and dignity of all people – especially children and vulnerable adults – to live free from abuse and harm.
  • CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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