Jobs at The Population Council

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 &AlDS, 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 its imminent roll-out of an ambitious 5-year community-based adolescent girls' empowerment program in Northern Nigeria, the Council is
seeking qualified individuals to fill the following positions
Mode of application: Qualified candidates should follow the instructions below:
I.             Send an application letter (stating your current salary and salary expectations) and
nigeria@popcouncil.org onorbeforeTuesday,June25,2013.
2.            Clearly state the position title for which you are applying and your full names - starting  with the surname first, then other names (e.g. Deputy Director (Research) - BEN, Shehu Ekol subject area of the email.
3.            All attachments must be in PDF format.
Candidates who do not follow the above instructions will be automatically disqualified.
Population Council reserves the right to cancel the recruitment process at any time. Only short-listed will be contacted. No phone calls, please.
The Population Council is an equal opportunity employer

  • Deputy Director (Research)-1 position
    The successful candidate will oversee and manage an ambitious program of research and impact evaluation
    to show the linkage of asset building and safe spaces to positive outcomes for adolescent girls in Northern Nigeria.
    This research will be closely linked to capacity building for ministries, NGOs, and CSOs; expansion of successful
    pilot projects; and dissemination of evidence and best practices in asset building, safe spaces, and programming
    for adolescent girls related to these areas. The research manager will provide technical support to governmental
    and nongovernmental organisations to strengthen their capability to develop and carry out research and to analyse
    and use the results for policy and program change for girls programming and asset building related to safe spaces.
    Sfhe will also participate heavily in the development and strengthening of the research skills of the project
    "learning hubs" partners who will continue research and programming activities after this project ends. The
    research manager will work closely with other project staff to develop, carry out, and disseminate project
    activities to ensure proper alignment with research objectives and activities.


    Qualifications:
    The ideal candidate must possess:
    Doctoral degree preferred, or masters with extensive experience, in social development, sociology, public
    health, education, or related field with solid expertise in a range of quantitative and qualitative research
    methodologies, monitoring, and evaluation.
    Demonstrated knowledge and research experience on health and other social issues facing women and girls in
    Nigeria.
    Eight or more years' experience in designing, implementing, and overseeing a range of research initiatives,
    including randomized controlled trials, longitudinal cohorts, and innovative qualitative and participatory
    methods. Project experience should include rigorous monitoring and evaluation and incorporating cost
    effectiveness into project planning.
    Strong understanding of the following research-and data collection activities: qualitative interview and focus
    group design, quantitative survey design, quantitative data analysis, randomized controlled trials, operations
    research, and longitudinal studies.
    Excellent training skills and proven ability to provide technical support to a diverse, multi-cultural group of
    stakeholders.
    Strong management and organizational skills. Ability to handle a heavy workload with competing priorities.
    Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and to also function as part of a team.
    Proficiency in both Microsoft Office and various statistical and data analysis programs is required.
    Excellent verbal and writing skills in English and communications skills.


    Location: Not Specified
    Experience: 8 year(s)
    Course of Study: public
    health

    Required Grade:  Not Specified



  • Programming and Training Coordinator -1 position
    The successful candidate will work closely with the technical staff and partners of a project to promote asset
    building and safe spaces for vulnerable adolescent girls in six states in Northern Nigeria by ensuring the delivery
    of capacity building and other inputs to improve and expand safe space programming in the focus states. Sfhe will use Population Council and other resources to bring effective approaches, curriculum, girls' clubs and safe space
    management practices to the community safe spaces partners, government and institutional partners. The
    Coordinator will develop and implement an ambitious workplan of training of safe space practitioners to plan and
    adapt safe space approaches and resources to meet the needs of girls to build core assets - social networks,
    mentoring relations, mediation and negotiation skills, increased health and other social asset knowledge and
    access to services, and financial literacy skills. S/he must be able to leverage project partner, government and
    community resources to deliver on programme and training activities. The Coordinator must also be able to
    design and coordinate training of government, project, CSOINGO partners and support other collaborating
    projects working with adolescent girls in the project focus states. The Coordinator will undertake a number of key
    programme management activities key to effective project implementation, including support to partners on
    mapping community resources and building capacity of service providers to expand access, sensitivity and quality
    of services to adolescent girls referred through the project supported safe space clubs.


    Qualifications:
    The ideal candidate must have:
    Master's degree in the social sciences, public health or other related fields with a minimum of five years of
    experience in managing, developing, and implementing social services or health programmes
    Demonstrated theoretical and practical knowledge of social development, gender, and adolescent
    programming, women's empowerment and rights, and/or reproductive and sexual health as demonstrated in
    achievements and positions in previous posts.
    At least three years of experience working with safe space, girls clubs, peer education programmes, including
    design of girl-centered activities and counseling.
    Certificate training and significant experience as a master or lead trainer designing and facilitating workshops,
    preferably for social services, health, women/girls related programmes.
    Experience working with international donor funded projects a strong plus, including budgeting of workshops,
    events, training, travel, as well as narrative and financial reporting.
    Demonstrated understanding and willingness to work at community level in challenging environments to build
    awareness and support for girls centered services.'
    Solid leadership, management, and staff development skills in order to effectively coordinate a range of
    activities and diverse groups of partners, beneficiaries and project team members.
    Must speak fluent Hausa and have experience living and working in northern Nigeria.
    Excellent English language, writing, public speaking, and presentation skills.
    Ability to handle a heavy workload with competing priorities and work independently with minimal
    supervision as part of a team


    Location: Not Specified
    Experience: 5 year(s)
    Course of Study: public health
    Required Grade:  Not Specified



  • Deputy Director (Knowledge Management & Advocacy)-1 position
    The successful candidate will coordinate the generation, collection, analysis, synthesis, and dissemination of
    information and data pertaining to a project to promote asset building and safe spaces for adolescent girls in
    northern Nigeria. The knowledge management and advocacy specialist will work closely with the team leader,
    deputy team leader. and other team members to coordinate work on an appropriate monitoring, evaluation, and
    reporting system, ensure quality and timely reporting on project progress and learning, and identify and
    disseminate key research results, best practices, and lessons learned from the project. Sihe will also be responsible
    for the management and sharing of data and information within the project team and for overseeing the
    presentation of data to the donor and Population Council. Sihe is expected to bring the latest innovations and
    approaches to knowledge sharing using appropriate ICT, mobile platforms. social networking, data presentation,
    and other recent advances to enhance project performance at all levels,


    Qualifications:
    The ideal candidates must have:
    Master's degree in communications, media, a social science, public health, education or related field with
    significant field experience in project monitoring and evaluation, applied research, and communications.
    At least five years experience in at least one (preferably more than one) of the following areas: project
    monitoring and evaluation, project evaluation, applied research design, field research with a strong focus on
    communications and information dissemination.
    Proven fluency in the English language with strong English report writing and presentation ski lis.
    Proven training/capacity building skills in knowledge management, M&E, advocacy, and/or
    communications.
    Experience with developing electronic and written publications, preferably within an international
    development context
                    Excellent communication and analytical skills. ,
    Demonstrated knowledge on new and innovative social media and technologies and their applications to
    knowledge management and international development project.
    Experience working with women and girls programming in Africa, preferably in Nigeria or West Africa.
    Ability to handle multiple tasks; proven self-initiative and problem solving abilities.
    Team player, with good personal and management skills.
    Proven track record of quality performance in highly pressured environments.
    Computer skills, including Word, Excel, Power-Point. and Access.
    Willingness to travel within Nigeria and surrounding region as necessary.


    Location: Not Specified
    Experience: 5 year(s)
    Course of Study: public health
    Required Grade:  Not Specified



  • Programme Operations Manager-1 position
     The successful candidate will work closely with the team leader to ensure the smooth development,
    implementation, and monitoring of an ambitious program of research; capacity building for ministries, NGOs,
    and CSOs; expansion of pilot projects; and dissemination of evidence and best practices to promote asset bui Iding
    and safe spaces for adolescent girls in six states across Northern Nigeria. S!he will manage the financial and
    operational components of the project by supervising and assisting staff, ensuring accurate and timely reporting to
    the donor and appropriate human and financial resource allocation to project initiatives. This will include financial
    and systems management, oversight of contracts and sub-awards, and personnel issues. The programme
    operations manager will also work closely with Population Council finance and administration staff at both the
    Nigeria Country Office level and with relevant headquarters staff to ensure cost effective management of
    programme resources and compliance with donor and Council policies. S'he will also work with each of the
    project partners to ensure their appropriate resource allocation to the various project initiatives. S/he will also
    contribute to the dissemination ofinfonnation and documentation in collaboration with the program staff, partner
    organizations, and other Council staff.


    Qualifications:
    The ideal candidate must have:
    Master's degree in 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 in an international development program context.
    Demonstrated ability and at least eight years of experience in financial and operational management of
    complex multi-partner, donor funded programs in developing countries.
    Theoretical and practical knowledge of programming within a health and social service context in Nigeria,
    with specific experience with programmes focused on women and girls. and northern Nigeria.
    Demonstrated leadership, management, and staff development skills in order to effectively manage and
    supervise a diverse range offinance and operations staff.
    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 a heavy workload with competing priorities and work independently with minimal
    supervision as part of a team.


    Location: Not Specified
    Experience: 3 year(s)
    Course of Study: public administration
    Required Grade:  Not Specified



  • Program Assistant -1 position
    The successful candidate will provide technical and other support to deliver safe space service d,
    research components on a project in six states in Northern Nigeria to promote asset building for adolescent girls. S/he must be able to take on a number of diverse tasks related to mapping comm
    CSO/NGO adolescent girls and safe space projects, research and review materials for adap
    dissemination to partners, support the technical tcam to develop and adapt safe space and training
    sUPp0l1 partner engagement with community leaders and government, arrange trainings and workshop
    and review narrative and financial reports. The Programme Assistant must show commitment to impl
    of the project's safe space approach while also identifying and addressing issues at community and
    level that require adjustments and adaptation. S/he will need to show strong leadership to help g.
    CSO/NGO, and community partners work together to deliver on project objectives to build commun
    for expanded and responsive service delivery to adolescent girls. The Programme Assistant will also w
    with project technical staff and partners to develop and implement mcntoring and leadership act
    strengthen project-supported girls' clubs and safe space programmes.


    Qualifications:
    The ideal candidate must have:
    B.Sc. in a social science, public health or other related fields. Masters degree strongly preferred. At least 3 years of experience working with safe space, girls clubs, peer education programmes, including de
    centered activities, counseling.
    Demonstrated commitment to social development, gender, and adolescent programming
    empowerment and rights, and/or reproductive and sexual health as demonstrated in achieve
    positions in previous posts.
    Significant experience as a lead trainer or training facilitator designing and facilitating workshops
    for social services, health, womenlgirls related programmes.
    Experience working with international donor funded projects a strong plus, including bu
    workshops, events, training, travel, as well as narrative and financial reporting.
    Demonstrated understanding and willingness to work at community level in ehallcnging envin
    build awareness and support for girls centered services.
    At least three years experience working in northern Nigeria under similar programming.
    Excellent English language, writing, public speaking, and presentation skills.
    Must speak fluent Hausa and have experience living and working in northern Nigeria.
    Ability to handle a heavy workload with. competing priorities and work independently wit
    supervision as part of a team.


    Location: Not Specified
    Experience: 3 year(s)
    Course of Study: public health
    Required Grade:  Not Specified