Program Officer at Heartland Alliance

Heartland Alliance International in Nigeria works at the intersection of health and human rights, to provide HIV prevention and human rights protection services to most at-risk populations (MARPs), by sensitizing and building grassroots support organizations in the country.

  • Experience 3 – 4 years
  • Location Akwa Ibom

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serves as prevention focal point for HALG activities in the Zone and ensure compliance with national guidelines for basic Minimum Prevention Package Intervention (MPPI) and Behavior Change Communication (BCC).
  • Prepare periodic project work plans and budgets in conjunction with the Associate Manager, Programs and other Unit heads to ensure appropriate utilization of project resources.
  • Responsible for creating demand for services at the community and ensuring the functionality of the community center.
  • Support the clinical team with innovations for follow up and ensuring retention in care at the OSS.
  • Serves as the Gender and Human Rights Focal person in the Zone and is responsible for implementation of gender and human rights based activities.
  • Responsible for coordinating, documenting and reporting GBV and human rights violations in the state.
  • Coordinates, support and build the capacity building of CBOs under the “Greenhouse” capacity building model at the zonal level using the approved modules.
  • Provides assistance to sub-grant partners on a range of program management issues including work plan and budget development, program reporting, and sub-recipient monitoring.
  • Coordinates and support HALG direct implementation at the Zonal level, ensuring the recruitment of local community staff for implementation.
  • Ensure that activities listed in grant recipients’ sub-award are implemented.
  • Support the Associate Manager, Programs in responding to internal and external stakeholders’ request and assist in preparing Zonal level reports including work plans.
  • Liaise and consult regularly with the relevant local authorities, community leaders, civil society/non-governmental organizations, collaborating/implementing partners, and other stakeholders where appropriate, in conjunction with the Associate Manager, Programs to ensure friendly environment for program implementation.
  • Responsible for routine advocacy and community engagement of program gate keepers.
  • Accompany other program and M&E staff for site visits to ensure program implementation and compliance at the Zonal level.
  • Support the training of field level staff and volunteers.
  • Represent HALG as requested in meetings with donor representatives, government, partners, sub-grantees, applicants, and the public as required in the Zone.
  • Keep abreast of developments in HIV/AIDS field; document methodologies and results, develop best practice papers that can inform the wider HALG community.
  • Assist with the preparation and delivery of external evaluations, visits and audits.
  • Support the process of documenting best practices, success stories, challenges and lessons learnt and sharing with relevant stakeholders and policy makers.
  • Support HALG’s research efforts and contribute to abstracts and journal publications.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or competency required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

Education and/or Experience:

  • First degree in social science, public health or another relevant discipline.
  • At least 3 years’ relevant work experience in international development. Experience working in an HIV prevention and care program will be an added advantage.
  • Demonstrated skills in training and capacity building through technical assistance and mentoring.
  • Demonstrated commitment to gender responsive programming.
  • Willingness to travel within Nigeria.

Preferred Skills:

  • Ability to work effectively with government and civil society partners and communities as well as transfer knowledge to diverse audiences through workshops, training and meetings using participatory methods and adult learning principles.

Other Competencies:

  • Time Management – Ability to prioritize tasks, manage time and complete projects in a fast-paced, changing environment with minimal supervision.
  • Quality Management – Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; varies writing style to meet needs; presents numerical data effectively.
  • Adaptability – adapts to changes in the work environment; manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Cultural Sensitivity – Respects cultural environment in which person is working and does not act in a manner that is outwardly offensive to the local community.
  • Non-discriminatory- Does not discriminate persons based on sexual orientation or gender identity, age, preferred jobs or behavioral habits.

Language Skills:

  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills.
  • Knowledge of Local Language preferred.
  • Demonstrated competency in public speaking.

Computer Skills:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Outlook/Exchange, Windows operating systems, Power Point.
  • Other software routinely used by Heartland Alliance.

Work Environment:

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • The employee will be required to co-locate with local partners usually in the same office.
  • The employee is required to travel regularly to often insecure and limited resource environments.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV and Cover Leter to: using the Job Title and Location as the subject of the email.

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May 2024