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Job Alert:Survey Coordinator at the Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH)

Survey Coordinator at the Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH)

Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH) is one of the leading Nigerian Non-Governmental Organizations implementing programs for improving Reproductive Health and Family planning (RH/FP), Care and Treatment of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria etc. We offer professional opportunities for career advancement, good working environment and competitive remuneration. 

We seek applications from qualified persons for the position below in the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer Control Programme (NTBLCP):

Job Title: Survey Coordinator

Ref #: SC/TB-CCS/FMOH-2017
Location: Abuja, FCT, Nigeria. 
Duration of assignment: Six months.

Job Description
  • National TB Research: Determination of proportion of Tuberculosis patients experiencing catastrophic costs due to TB treatment.
  • The National Tuberculosis and Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer Control Programme (NTBLCP) under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) in collaboration with the Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH) and World Health Organization is seeking for eligible candidates to fill the under listed position. With funding support from the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) and USAID/Challenge TB project, the organization is embarking on a nation-wide survey to determine the proportion of Tuberculosis patients who are experiencing catastrophic costs during TB management in Nigeria.
  • Tuberculosis has long been associated with health inequality and most especially affecting disproportionately the lower socio-economic class. However, with the increasing cost of health care and economic recession, it is not clear how much households spend and to what extent the financial burden affect the health seeking behavior, and outcome of care regarding TB disease burden. To this end, the NTBLCP is set to embark on a national survey to determine the proportion of TB patients and their households who experience catastrophic cost due to Tuberculosis. This catastrophic cost refers to total costs (indirect and direct combined) exceeding a given threshold (e.g. 20%) of the household’s annual income, and also as ‘dissaving’ (such as loans taken, property or livestock sale) incurred by patients to face health costs associated with the TB disease.
  • The objectives of the survey are (i) to document the magnitude and main drivers of patient costs in order to guide policies on cost mitigation for the purpose of reducing financial barriers to access and adherence, (ii) to determine the baseline percentage of diagnosed TB patients treated in the network of facilities under the NTBLCP and their households, who incur direct and indirect costs beyond a defined threshold of their annual income, and (iii) to assess cost effectiveness of Tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment in public and private facilities in Nigeria.
  • The coverage of the study was designed to be nationally representative and it is anticipated that the outcome of this study will be useful for policy decision and programme intervention.
The Survey Coordinator will be an epidemiologist with experience in national surveys and with at least 5 year experience in planning and conducting patient surveys or facility-based surveys, preferably including health seeking and cost items. The survey coordinator will:
  • Reports to the principal investigator
  • Be responsible for the day-to-day management of the survey
  • Be actively involved in the design of the study
  • Prepares training manual and study materials
  • Trains team leaders and interviewers
  • Supervises the work of data collection by team leaders through periodic reports
  • Supervises other survey team members to ensure strict compliance with survey implementation timeline
  • S/he must ensure that all survey activities are in compliance with approved survey protocol and that no breach of ethics is allowed during the exercise.
  • Work in collaboration with the Consultant Health Economist to ensure detailed analysis and report of the survey is done and delivered within the stipulated time.
  • Make presentations to relevant stakeholders at various stages and milestones achievement of the survey
  • S/he will ensure timely preparation and submission of the survey report
  • Support the preparation of publishable article in peer reviewed journal
Qualification Required
  • Eligible candidate must possess at least a Master Degree in Public Health, Biostatistics, Epidemiology. A PhD in related will be advantage.
  • Must have at least 5-10 years’ experience in supervising and leading national or multi-national level surveys with particular reference to Tuberculosis (will be an advantage)
  • Possess strong analytical and writing skill including competency is use of statistical analytical software such as STATA, R, GIS and Microsoft office package.
  • Familiarity with Nigeria Tuberculosis control program and Nigeria political, social and cultural terrain is required. Knowledgeable in use of ODK and other online survey data collection tools.
  • Must possess good leadership, communication and interpersonal relations and team spirit.
  • Must be fluent in English language and communicate effectively. Fluency in another Nigerian language will be an advantage.
Application Closing Date
19th June, 2017.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their detailed Curriculum Vitae and application letters to:
Head, Monitoring & Evaluation,
Association for Reproductive and Family Health,
Floor 1, Block C, Millennium Builder’s Plaza,
Plot 251, Herbert Macaulay Way, 

Central Business District,
Adjacent NNPC Towers,
Abuja, FCT,

  • All candidates must have good understanding of the country context and demonstrate familiarity with the Global Fund supported Tuberculosis grant in Nigeria. Candidates must demonstrate competency in supporting country’s research capacity and/or data use.
  • Applicants for this position must include evidence of previous consultancies and honorarium rates in their submission.
  • Applications received after this date will not be accepted. All successful candidates will be notified of the outcome by June 26th, 2017. Selected candidates will be required to submit proof of institutional or country ethics review and approval or exemption.
  • Please reference the job title and reference code on the covering/application letter.
  • The reference code for each application must be boldly written on the envelope properly sealed and clearly marked on the top right hand corner.
  • Three copies of application documents in a single sealed envelope should be sent.
  • Submission must be delivered to the above address not later than the closing date. No submission will be accepted after the closing date.
  • E-mails submissions will not considered and will be rejected.

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