Vacancy at Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for In-house Consultant

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is a bilateral development agency fully funded by the Government of Japan as the implementing arm of Japanese Official Development Assistance. In Nigeria, JICA has been operating a wide range of projects/programmes contributing to promotion of Economic Growth through Infrastructure Development and Poverty Reduction through Social Development.Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is recruiting to fill the position of: Job Title:  In-house Consultant for Programme Assistant in Health SectorLocation: AbujaDuration: From 1st October 2017 till 31st of March 2018 (with possibility of renewal after the probationary period)Type of Contract: Consultancy ContractBackgroundJapan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is a bilateral development agency fully funded by the Government of Japan as the implementing arm of Japanese Official Development Assistance.Over the decades, JICA has been actively engaged in socio-economic development and infrastructure development of Nigeria in various fields, through Technical Cooperation, Grant and Loan Assistance and Development Studies.In order for smooth and efficient programme management of the JICA Nigeria Office, we are seeking for ONE (1) consultant with strong competency in assisting work for Programme Management in Health Sector.Scope of WorkUnder the Supervisor in JICA Nigeria Office, provide technical and administrative support to ensure that the Programme team meets the highest standards in compliance with JICA corporate policy and procedures thereby contributing to JICA Nigeria Office’s strategic objectives. As part of the team, the Consultant is expected to contribute to efficient and effective programme operation, data collection/analysis, monitoring and reporting as well as administrative assistance of the target areas where necessary.All assignments shall be conducted;In full compliance at all levels with JICA regulations and standard procedures liaising with JICA HQ;In timely manner to ensure deadlines are well met; andIn conjunction with relevant colleagues, assist and advise with all aspects of office management.Duties and ResponsibilitiesProject/Programme Management with focus on Health Sector:Under direct supervision and guidance of the Supervisor, as part of the Programme team, the Consultant will demonstrate technical and administrative support abilities and commitment in all aspects of project cycle management in the concerned projects/area;[Infectious Disease Control]:Project for Strengthening the capacity of the Nigerian Public Health Laboratories to adequately respond to threats of Infectious DiseasesProject for Strengthening Detection of and Response to Public Health Threats in Nigeria Assessment of network laboratoriesSupporting on-going survey and project formulation activities on laboratory construction and assessment of network laboratoriesCoordinating daily communication with Nigerian stakeholders on infectious disease controlCollecting and updating information of other donors’ activities and trend on supporting laboratories in NigeriaAttending and following up National Laboratories Technical Working GroupCommunity Health:Project for Strengthening Pro-Poor Community Health Services in Lagos StateOccasional monitoring of project implementation and provision of necessary supportCoordinating communication between JICA health experts based in Lagos and stakeholders in AbujaPromoting project’s PR within FCT [Cross-sector collaboration]:Promoting cross-sector collaboration with other Programme team in the office, Japanese organizations (Private Companies/Universities/Institutions etc.,) and/or relevant outside partnersArrange and coordinate the meetings, workshops, trainings sessions and other necessary events with other stakeholders such as Nigerian MDAs, International Development Partners, and CSOs/NGOs;Resolve problems and queries, liaising with JICA colleagues, project implementers and external stakeholders as required;Engage in procurement of goods and services related to the project in charge;Monitor and provide advice in implementation and monitoring of projects/programmes;Assist in post-evaluation of projects/programmes and complete post-evaluation reports;Assist in planning and formulation of projects/programmes through information collections, coordination with MDAs and other donors, and other necessary activities;Contribute to knowledge/information sharing within the team thereby to elaborate cooperation strategy to Nigeria;Prepare speech scripts, letters, documents for presentation, reporting and others related to the programmes;Collect, analyse and compile data/information in the target areas as a joint work with the Programme Team in JICA Nigeria office, Nigerian MDAs and other partners;Contribute to strengthening result-oriented management and increasing efficiency and effectiveness of programmes;Identify possible improvements or adaptations to the JICA’s programme and contribute to its realisation; andPerform other duties may be assigned by the Supervisor.JICA Knowledge Co-Creation Programme (Training Programme in Health Sector)Engage in overall training management from nomination, dispatch and follow-up maintaining close liaison with the JICA office’s strategy, JICA Experts and their Counterparts;Coordinate with Ministry of Budget and National Planning and specific MDA in the selection of participants;Assist participants in developing pre-study reports when necessary; andFollow up action plans of the Ex-participants and assist their activities. Procedural and Financial Management:Ensure accountability in budget management of projects/programmes, such as monitoring disbursement, checking necessary documents and processing payments; andAssist project implementers to conduct financial audit and reporting in a timely manner.Administrative Support/Corporate Requirements:Provide support for co-workers within and outside own Programme team to promote efficient and effective work style in the office;Provide support for office’s PR activities;Organize appointments and confirm logistics where necessary; andPerform other administrative duties that may be assigned. 

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