National Professional Officer in Abuja, Nigeria

Human Resources
Minimum Qualification
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
3 - 5 years
Employment Type
Male or Female
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Job Description

  • Improved skills at federal and state levels to formulate, implement and manage evidence-based and gender-sensitive HRH policies and plans
  • Increased capacity of Bauchi and Cross River States to effectively deploy, manage and retain health workers (F/M) (of adequate mix and distribution) in at least 10 LGAs in each state.
  • Increased capacity of existing health workforce-training institutions (HTIs) to produce sufficient, qualified gender mixed frontline health workers (F/M) in Bauchi and Cross River States.
  • Increased competence of MoH HRH units, professional associations and regulatory bodies to contribute to effective management of frontline health workers in Bauchi and Cross River States.
  • Increased stakeholder involvement in MoH-led joint reviews of HRH programs in Bauchi and Cross River States.
  • Increased capacity for policy dialogue, coordination and mobilization of human resources for health in Bauchi and Cross River States.



  • Moving the agenda of the project forward in close collaboration with the technical staff, at Federal and state levels in Bauchi and Cross-River States, making sure that the various deadlines of this project are met in line with signed agreement between WHO and DFATD, including day-to-day following up on and facilitating the management, administrative and logistic aspects of the project .
  • Supporting the development, implementation and monitoring of Annual Work Plans (AWP) based on the Project implementation Plan (PIP).
  • Maintaining project documentation and catalogue of project related publications, and in consultation with HSS Cluster Leader, ensuring visibility of the project and its sponsor (DFATD-Canada) as per signed agreement between WHO and DFATD, also ensuring continuous IT support and security / back-up routines,
  • Following-up on sub-contracts with the project-implementing partners based on the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and agreed roles that these partners will undertake (ensuring that WHO Regulations and procedures for sub-contracting are observed (in consultation with OO and BFO)
  • Assisting HSS Cluster Leader and working with WCO/HR unit and OO on recruitment of temporary project staff/consultants, drafting terms of reference and contracts as required.
  • In close consultation with the Head of HSS Cluster and BFO, following up and compiling technical and financial reports from HRH Project Officers in Bauchi and Cross River States, also those of implementing partners in line with signed MoU, adhering to the agreed format and schedules of reporting with Donor (DFATD-Canada)
  • Budgeting and budget control, in particular, budget exhaustion, and timely alerting of the Head of HSS Cluster and Budget & Finance Officer (BFO) in case of non-moving budget lines and threatening budget overflows.
  • Supporting the functioning, timely and effective organization of regular meetings of project steering committee (PSC) and technical group committees (TG) as described in the MoU and as per project proposal section 3.4.2 (Governance and Management Structures), entailing among other things serving as secretariat of the PSC and TG meetings, timely preparation and distribution of relevant documents to the members and follow up on committees agreed action points.
  • Handling all procurement aspects of the project, generally and especially in support of Health training institutions (HTI) that are supported under the project to regain their accreditations. This will involve processing tender procedures in line with WHO procurement and tender procedures in close collaboration with Head of HSS Cluster, OO, BFO and existing procurement committee.
  • Organizing all local and international missions, other meetings, workshops and fora related to the HRH project with support from the project Assistant/secretary.
  • Working in close collaboration with OO/WCO to ensure all vehicles and other assets procured for the project are documented and accounted for, well maintained, appropriately utilized, in line with WHO Standard Operation Procedures and as agreed with Donor (DFATD-Canada).
  • Any other relevant duty assigned to him by the supervisor(s).




  • First University Degree in either Business/Public Administration, Economics, or Social/Organizational Development Studies (Essential)
  • Post Graduate Degree or Advanced Diploma in project management, International relations/development, finances and or human resources (Desirable:)


  • He/she should have basic M&E and statistical skills, very good communication and report writing skills, computer abilities such as word processing, working with spread-sheets and other related packages necessary for project management

WHO Competencies:

  • Producing results
  • Fostering integration and team work
  • Communicating in a credible and effective way
  • Respecting and Promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Moving forward in a changing environment


  • Essential: At least 5 years working experience in project management (at national, regional/international levels) or experience as Organizational or Programme manager or planner in similar /large scale project(s).
  • Desirable: Project development/management especially in health and/or social development in recognized national and international organizations. Experience in health/social sector of developing countries.


  • Essential: Proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Desirable: French is an added advantage

Annual salary: (Net of tax) at single rate


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