Deutsche Gesellschaft Fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Technical Advisor - Backup Health Nigeria

Community & Social Services

Nigeria - Abuja | Full Time | NGN Confidential

Job Description/Requirements

Programme Objectives:

  • To improve national coordination of global health financing
  • To support the institutions of national health systems
  • To develop the management of community-based health services  at decentralised level
  • To mitigate the risks that the COVID-19 pandemic poses for  GFATM programmes and national health systems
  • To support sustainable, resilient and equitable health  financing

Job 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 were relevant to the BACKUP portfolio

In this context, the position holder fulfils the following 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 programmes 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 programme activities
  • Organize, conduct and/or facilitate training sessions in relevant  areas of work 

2. 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 programmes/processes and TA approaches of global health  financing initiatives 

3. Communication and networking 

  • Represent BACKUP in adhering to the programme’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 the national, regional and global publication of project outcomes (e.g. in journals, news feeds and social media). 


• 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 programmes 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)

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