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The Population Council Recruiting Graduate And Experienced Positions

Date Posted: 04/Feb/2014
Deadline: 11/Feb/2014
  • Specialization Admin / Finance
  • Industry
  • Experience 0 year(s)
  • Location Nigeria

The Population Council is an international, non-profit, non-governmental institution that seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and help achieve a humane, equitable and sustainable balance between people and resources. The Council’s major program areas are HIV&AIDS, Reproductive Health and Poverty, Gender, and Youth. The Council conducts biomedical, social science and public health research and helps build research capacities in developing countries The Population Council works in collaboration with a broad range of Nigerian institutions.

Due to the expansion of its programs, the Council is seeking qualified individuals to fill the following position:

Data Manager


  • The Officer will be responsible for data management of a TRUSTED Community-based Health Centre. Specifically, the officer will manage the database for capturing and processing the data collected through the management information systems of the project.
  • He/she will set up the database for data entry of service data from the field.
  • The officer will be expected to carry out data processing, analyses and preparing preliminary project reports.
  • S/he will contribute to identifying the requirements for collecting baseline data and monitoring project progress overtime,


  • Level of Education - A minimum of basic degree with a Masters in Social Science, Statistics, Public Health or any related area will be an added advantage.
  • Desired number of years of prior experience in a similar role – 5 years
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skill
  • Language Requirements – Excellent spoken and written English language
  • Level of IT expertise required- Ability to use the following statistical packages – EpiData, SPSS required
  • Ability to travel within and outside Nigeria
  • Strong analytic and database skills including statistical analyses
  • Experience in implementing management



Pharmacy Technician


  • The candidate for this position will set up and manage the day-to-day running of a pharmacy in a newly established community-based outpatient clinic for potential clients who engage in HIV-related risky behaviors and perform other related duties as assigned.
  • The Technician will contribute significantly to the setting up and equipping of the pharmacy.
  • S/he will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the pharmacy, receiving written prescriptions or refilling requests and verifying that information obtained is complete and accurate.
  • In addition, s/he will be expected to maintain proper storage and security of drugs and maintain proper inventory of medications and supplies.
  • S/he will counsel and follow up with client to ensure adherence to medications arid makes sure that patient records are kept confidential.


  • Level of Education - minimum of B.Pharm and a Master’s degree in Public Health or a related field will be an added advantage
  • General Communication, Supervisory & Interpersonal Skill Level - Excellent
  • Spoken and Written Language Requirements - English- Excellent
  • Level of IT Expertise Required - Good
  • Ability to travel within arid outside Nigeria
  • Desired Number of Years Prior Experience in a Similar Role: 3 - 5 years
  • Effective organizational, planning and administrative skills
  • Ability to work well individually and in a team,


Programme Officer (Operations)


  • The programme officer for operations will work closely with the team leader and other project management staff to ensure the smooth implementation of an ambitious program of capacity building for community based organizations, service delivery agencies and professionals; expansion of pilot projects; and dissemination of evidence and best practices to promote asset building and safe spaces for adolescent girls in six states across Northern Nigeria.
  • S/he will support monitoring and documentation of project activities, including tracking and input of M&E data provided by community based partners grant recipients to track and ensure quality and timeliness of deliverables.
  • S/he will maintain and keep up to date project workplans, logframes, and other key project management documents,
  • The position will also provide important support work to staff and partners in building a community of practice around adolescent girls’ services, facilitating dissemination of research, success stories, and best practice


  • Master’s degree Business Management, Public Administration, or a related field, with a minimum of eight years of experience in managing and implementing finance, administration, and management support activities, preferably an international development programme context
  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of programme within a health and social service context in Nigeria, with specific experience with programmes focused on women and girls, and northern Nigeria.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a team, with senior level staff, and with community partners and stakeholder groups
  • Excellent English language writing and speaking ability.
  • Must speak fluent Hausa and have experience living and working in northern Nigeria.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to handle heavy workload with competing priorities and work independently with minimal supervision as part of a team


Research Officer


  • The Research Officer supports the Deputy Director of Research (DOOR) to implement the research and administrative activities related to the impact evaluation, operations research and monitoring and evaluation of the CSAGE project.
  • S/he must have a solid background in public health, statistics, economics, demography or related social or natural sciences. Additionally, the Research Officer will need strong quantitative skills and proven experience in data collection, management, and analysis.
  • An understanding and ability to use statistical packages such as STATA, SPSS, Epi-info are essential skills for the Research Officer


  • Master’s degree with 2 - 5 years’ work experience in research and evaluation of developmental programs, or Bachelors’ degree with 5 - 8 years’ work experience in Statistics, Economics, Demography or related Social or Natural sciences.
  • Proficient in the use of analytical software packages like SPSS or STATA
  • Significant experience with both qualitative and quantitative research
  • Experience with longitudinal survey is very important and experience with implementing a tracking system within the context of a longitudinal survey is highly desirable
  • Energetic, positive, fast learner with the ability to meet tight deadlines and willing to work with minimal supervision
  • Excellent English skills (oral and written)
  • Ability to work independently and in a team with demonstrated working style that includes initiative, teamwork spirit and personal integrity and flexibility.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to work effectively with other partners
  • Willingness to travel to Population Council research sites in northern Nigeria,
  • Ability to understand and communicate in Hausa without an interpreter


Intern (Knowledge Management and Advocacy)

Number of Slots
: – 3

  • The Intern (Knowledge Management and Advocacy) will work closely with the Deputy Director for Knowledge Management and Advocacy and relate with other members of the research and programs groups to ensure smooth implementation of an ambitious programme of documentation and sharing of learning from the Council’s project on asset building and safe spaces for adolescent girls in six states across Northern Nigeria.
  • S/he will support documentation of project activities: help develop briefs and project materials staff, partners, stakeholder, and public dissemination; capacity building and engagement of media and other groups on use of information/data for understanding, reporting on adolescent girls issues: and generating reports for internal Council and donor use.


  • A degree in Social Sciences, Communications, Education and/or Research
  • Good writing and research skills
  • Good use of the Microsoft office programmes, especially Word and PowerPoint
  • Some Desktop Publishing experience desirable
  • The ability to multitask and pay attention to details
  • Understanding of the cultural context of northern Nigeria/willingness to travel around the region
  • Fluency in Hausa a strong plus
  • Previous experience working with adolescent girls and with groups at community level
  • Demonstrated interest in development issues, advocacy and communication.



How to Apply:
Interested and qualified candidates should send their applications (clearly stating current salary and salary expectations) and CVs to: [email protected]. Clearly state the position title for which you are applying for and your full names with the surname first, then other names (e.g Deputy Director (Research) – BEN, Shehu Ekong) in the subject area of the email. Note: All attachments must be in PDF format

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