Jobs at Helen Keller International (HKI)

Established in 1915, Helen Keller International (HKI) works to save the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. We combat the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition.
Headquartered in New York City, HKI currently conducts programs in 22 countries in Africa and Asia as well as in the United States.

UNITED - Integrated Control of NTDs in Northern Nigeria
UNITED, a consortium of key implementing partners consisting of Sightsavers, Christian Blind Mission (CBM), Helen Keller International (HKI), MITOSATH and The Carter Centre in Nigeria are international and national leaders in the delivery of integrated NTD programmes.  The global gap in NTD treatments is estimated at around 80 per cent, of which Nigeria has the largest deficit of untreated, at-risk individuals in Africa - around 100 million. UNITED is a four-year project funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) which aims to deliver 111.3 million treatments, reach 13.8 million people with mass drug administration (MDA) by 2016 and save 114,900 Disability-Adjusted Life years over the life of the project.

Method of Application

All applicants should submit electronically forwarding the following under listed to

1. A curriculum vitae, which should  indicate at minimum applicant’s qualification and dates obtained; previous work experience and dates; age and referees
2. A covering letter
3. Subject of email should be NTD PROGRAM OFFICER
Deadline for submission of application is on Friday, 8th August 2014.

Kindly note that:
1.    Applications received after 5pm on the day will not be considered.
2.    Only applications submitted electronically shall be considered.

Neglected Tropical Diseases Officer
A first degree in microbiology, parasitology, entomology or similar field; medicine or health related field, Minimum of Master of public health or related masters degree and Minimum of 3 years experience working in public health.

Job Summary:
Under the supervision of the Project Coordinator, the program officer oversees the formulation, execution, monitoring and evaluation of the DFID-funded Integrated Control of NTDs in Northern Nigeria project in Katsina state to ensure consistency with the project priorities and outcomes.

Specific duties include:
Program Planning
•    Facilitate the creation and implementation of a detailed annual work-plan which identifies and sequences activities needed to successfully implement the project in the most cost-effective manner and ensure project objectives are met in line with national policies, HKI’s goals and that of the donor.
•    In collaboration with key stakeholders, facilitate the development and roll out of implementation plans to scale mass distribution of drugs to treat the four PCT diseases, namely lymphatic filariasis, trachoma, schistosomiasis and soil transmitted helminthes. 
•    Review the project schedule with senior management and all other staff that will be affected by the project activities; revise and regularly review the schedule as required.

Program Management
•    In collaboration with the Project Coordinator ensure HKI program partners execute the project according to their respective project plans;
•    Document project activities and ensure that all project information is appropriately secured;
•    Monitor the progress of the project implementation and make adjustments as necessary to ensure the project remains on track and is successfully completed;
•    Establish a communication schedule to update stakeholders including appropriate staff in the organization on the progress of the project;
•    Retire project funds according to established accounting policies and procedures
Program Monitoring & Evaluation
•    To implement and/or develop Monitoring and Evaluation tools according HKI, FMOH and donor standards;
•    Ensure that the project deliverables are on time, within budget and at the required level of international standards as set by FMOH, HKI and donor.
•    Internally and when requested support external evaluations on the outcomes of the project as established during the planning phase and as required.
•    Disseminate findings from evaluations to support organizational learning and contribute to policy processing or development;

Advocacy and Strategic Alliances
•    Build and maintain meaningful working relationships with both government and key project stakeholders at all levels in order to strengthen opportunities for advocacy and higher visibility;
•    Represent HKI towards local partners and at other appropriate forums;
Carry out additional tasks, as requested by the Project Coordinator and other senior officer(s).

Competencies Required:
?    Demonstrates technical knowledge pertaining to job requirement
?    Critical thinking and problem-solving skills;
?    Able to work under pressure minimal supervision and able to meet up deadlines.
?    Ability to use computer software such as Microsoft office, internet.
?    Must possess good interpersonal skills
?    Demonstrated excellent personal integrity and confidentially

Location: Katsina
Experience: 3 year(s)
Course of Study: Microbiology
Required Grade: Not Specified
Finance/Administrative Manager

B.Sc. Accounting or Finance related discipline, Minimum of ICAN certification or its equivalent, Masters degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or similar advanced degree would be an advantage and 5-7 years experience managing donor-funded projects like USAID, DFID, etc.

Job Summary:
The Finance and Admin Manager will be responsible for all financial and administrative operations in all offices of Helen Keller International Nigeria. The person will collaborate with HKI Regional Finance Advisor, HKI/HQ Finance & Operations Department, HKI Country Staff & Partners.
Reports directly to: Country Director
Supervisees: Finance Officers and Admin Officer

General duties include:
(a)    Provide financial oversight of all financial operations and practices in the country office;
(b)    Ensure compliance with all local laws relating to accounting and finance; taxation, and Human resources
(c)    Ensure compliance with all HKI relevant policies and procedures;
(d)    Ensure accounting and operating information is complete and reliable(to CD, Regional office, HQ and donors);
(e)    Be responsible for adherence to the financial policies, procedures and practices as outlined by Government contracts, sub contracts and private foundation mandates;
(f)    Liaise with donors, banks, contractors, government officials and other partners relating to financial and admin issues;
(g)    Provide training and support to all HKI staff on financial, admin and HR policies, procedures and practices.

Specific duties include:
Financial Management
(a)    Prepare/Review the accuracy of monthly report prior to submission to the Country Director;
(b)    Prepare/Review and Approve donors financial reports according to donor requirements;
(c)    Prepare/Review and Approve all other financial report as needed;

Specifically, the Finance Manager execute the following task
(a)    Ensure Finance Assistants check calculation on receipts;
(b)    Ensure accounting codes are assigned to receipts;
(c)    Ensure sequential reference is assign to each transaction for cross checking;
(d)    Ensure financial transactions are entered daily in the system;
(e)    Ensure Core Costs are correctly entered & allocated to active projects;
(f)    Ensure receipts and other working papers are properly filed;
(g)    Review the accounting records for accuracy and correct as necessary;
(h)    Review matching expenses for compliance with donor regulations;
(i)    Send out appropriate notifications when advances are due and take punitive actions as needed;

Manage all bank accounts:
(a)    Ensure income and expenses are affective;
(b)    Verify all payment and sign all checks;
(c)    Reconcile all bank accounts monthly and submit to CD  for review;

Budget Management:
(a)    Work with the Country Director, Project Coordinators, and sub-offices to create and revise the annual and monthly budgets;
(b)    Assist the Administration in the preparation of office running budget; (c) Collaborate with the Country Director and the Project Coordinators to create the budgets for new projects;
(c)    Create and submit and Wire Transfer Request to the Country Director for approval;

Project Monitoring & Reporting:
(a)    Prepare the expense tracking and advise Project Coordinators of necessary spending actions;
(b)    Distribute project spending information to the appropriate sub-offices and coordinators;
(c)    Interact with program staff and CD on project funding status;
(d)    Prepare all necessary donor reports and submit to the Country Director for approval ;
(e)    Monitor any sub-grant spending as directed by donor rules and regulations;

Human Resources:
(a)    Verify the accuracy of the salary payments prior to submission to the Country Director;
(b)    Verify that the severance account is properly managed and check all transactions prior to CD’s approval;
(c)     Assure, review and make tax payments with the approval of the Country Director in timely manner;
(d)    Follow up update on local rules and regulations;
(e)    Evaluate staff under his/her responsibility;
(f)     Ensure that employee files are managed properly and up to date

Office Management:
(a)    Oversee all programmatic operations, including day-to-day activities involving administration, logistics, procurement, property management, database oversight, and security.
(b)    Prepare country audit in accordance with Regional office and HQ; follow up audit findings and recommendations;
(c)    Assist to organize meetings and discussions with partners as needed;
(d)    Execute all other tasks as assign by the Country Director.

Competencies Required:
?    Able to work under pressure minimal supervision and able to meet up deadlines.
?    Ability to use computer software such as Microsoft office, internet and accounting software.
?    Must possess good interpersonal skills and a good team player.
?    Exhibit strong leadership and decision making skills
?    Demonstrated excellent personal integrity and confidentially
Location: Abuja
Experience: 5 year(s)
Course of Study: Accounting
Required Grade: Not Specified