Nigeria HWM Consultant (Sokoto, Bauchi, Kebbi, Ebonyi, FCT)

  • Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 18 February 2021

Job Description


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Health Workforce Management (HWM) activity supports establishing a cost-effective, well-trained, and motivated health workforce in targeted rural and remote areas of Bauchi, Sokoto, Kebbi, and Ebonyi states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Banyan Global implements the project in collaboration with Abt Associates, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), and Solina Health. The project also collaborates with local experts, universities, training institutions, federal and state governments, and the private sector and provides support via targeted grants under contract (GUCs).

The overarching purpose of the activity is to support the establishment of a cost‐effective, well-trained and motivated health workforce, particularly in targeted rural and remote areas in the focus states of Bauchi, Kebbi, Sokoto, Ebonyi, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). This approach will help address the shortage of skilled healthcare workers within Nigeria’s primary health care (PHC) system.

Abt Associates Inc. will lead the activity’s Intermediate Result (IR) area two with the objective of strengthening the human resources information system (HRIS) to keep track of recruitment, deployment and retention of health workers. Working with the Department of Health Planning, Research, & Statistics (DHPRS) of the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), the Abt team will support efforts to strengthen the HRIS to provide data for decision-makers to support HRH planning, management and address inequities and inefficiencies. The activity will support ongoing efforts by collaborating with the FMOH’s DHPRS to link the supported priority states to the National Health Workforce Registry (NHWR) and build local capacity to use the information for decision-making.

Aim of the Consultancy

Abt Associates seeks consultants to support activities aimed at strengthening HRIS in each of the five supported states: Bauchi, Sokoto, Kebbi, Ebonyi States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The successful consultants will report to the Senior HRIS Advisor based in Abuja.

The consultants’ responsibilities will include:

  • Serve as the activity’s HRIS focal point in the respective states

· Support the states to establish and/or strengthen HRIS governance structures

· Conduct an assessment to inform improvements in state practices in utilizing HRH information for evidence-based planning, coordination and management

· Support the state to develop and implement state-specific capacity improvement plans and lead capacity building sessions

· Monitor HRIS implementation progress, and share periodic reports

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Advanced or Masters degree in Public health, Project management, Health Information, Data Management or other relevant fields with 3 - 5 years of experience

· Minimum 5 years experience with health information systems

· Demonstrable experience interacting with representatives from state ministries of health, private sector, civil society organizations, national health professional councils, and non-governmental organizations

· Proficiency with Microsoft suite

· Experience in data analytics as well as analyzing and presenting information

· Excellent oral, and written communication skills in English and ability to work well on a team

Key Deliverables:

· Approved State HRIS baseline assessment report, publishable technical paper and/or briefs (all Five states)

· ToR for HRH Governance structures validated (all Five states)

· Develop and validate state capacity plans (all Five states)

· Periodic (activity/weekly/monthly/quarterly) reports on progress against ToR (all Five states)

· Satisfactory capacity building of state stakeholders on HRH data management, use and operationalisation of the HRIS (Bauchi and Sokoto only)

· Strengthen state stakeholder capacity for HRH data analysis and development of annual health workforce profiles (Bauchi and Sokoto only)

Period of Performance:

The anticipated period of performance for this assignment is March 15, 2021 – August 30, 2021

How to Apply:

To apply, submit your CV and an application letter/email message that provides details of your relevant qualifications to by March 3, 2021. Please specify “HRIS consultant - State” in the email subject line.

About the Organization

Abt Associates is a global leader in research, evaluation and program implementation; driving innovation and measurable impact for more than 50 years. What sets us apart is our evidence-based and multi-disciplinary approach to solving tough challenges in health, social and environmental policy and international development.

Specific areas we work in include:

  • Health
  • Education and workforce development
  • Climate change and the environment
  • Food security and agriculture
  • Housing and communities
  • Survey and data collection

Abt is a mission-driven company with a staff of 2,600. Our focus is on using evidence and cutting-edge methods to improve the lives and economic well-being of people worldwide.

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