United Purpose Gender and Community Health Project Officer Jobs in Nigeria

United Purpose Gender and Community Health Project Officer Jobs in Nigeria

About Self Help Africa & United Purpose

In late 2021, Self Help Africa (SHA) and United Purpose (UP) merged. The two organizations – one headquartered in Ireland and the other in Wales – implement projects to end extreme hunger and poverty.

This merger doubled our size and reach – and means that in 2022 we are implementing poverty eradication projects in 17 countries, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa. Collectively, we are also part of a group that includes social enterprise subsidiaries Partner Africa, TruTrade and Cumo Microfinance.

Job Purpose:

Rural Women Entrepreneurs (RWE) Project, which will be implemented in Nigeria, Kenya, and Malawi, combines the lessons learned in Bangladesh from the women-led social enterprise model and the collaborative development practices honed through the GIZ-funded Mobilizing Rural Women Entrepreneurs for COVID-19 Response and Recovery in Rural Bangladesh project.

Women’s Business Centres (WBCs) have been a growing platform for digital service delivery in remote regions that respond directly to chronic disconnection of the most under-resourced members of rural communities.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Plan, design and ensure delivery of project activities in line with the Project Activity Implementation Plan (PAIP) and United Purpose’s Operations Guideline.

  • S/he will work with all departments and partners to ensure that gender equity principles are incorporated into all policies and activities.

  • Monitor and ensure planned activities are implemented as per PAIP and budget allocations

  • Engage directly with project stakeholders, including women’s clubs, PHCs, LGAs, the private sector, and health customers.

  • Support data gathering and management, analysis, and provide insight on findings/learnings throughout the project period.

  • Support PO Business Development & Marketing with health business plan development of women’s clubs

  • Conduct training on health and well-being promotion for women’s club entrepreneurs

  • Coordinate with regional health officials
    Support training of PHCs on digital health tools by private sector actors

  • Facilitate field teams and build a network and work with local government authorities and line departments (such as health and agricultural facilities, etc.) market actors, local community leaders, and other stakeholder counterparts to facilitate activities at the local level

  • Provide strategic and technical support to field teams in ensuring timely implementation of activities around health, nutrition, WASH, agriculture, strengthening the capacity of Women Business Centres (WBC), and business development and market linkage of WBCs

  • Develop training modules, SBCC (Social Behavior Change Communication), IEC (Information, Education and Communication) and promotional materials on health, WASH, nutrition, COVID-19 prevention, livestock services, and agriculture, especially agroecological activities

  • Provide strategic and technical support to field teams in strengthening the capacity of Women Enterprise Groups

  • Coordination and provide support to the MEAL team (especially the MEAL Coordinator) in tracking and monitoring of progress, data collection, database administration, documentation of the project’s impacts and results, and M&E-related coordination with counterparts, as required

  • Assist Project Manager in ensuring smooth management and implementation of the project, and team dynamic to achieve the project’s targets and purpose

  • Conduct regular visits to fields, documentation on field activities including project’s impacts and results, and submit timely reports to the line manager timely.

  • Other duties as assigned by the line manager and UP management.

    Specific duties and responsibilities:

    Support women’s clubs to produce quality health and hygiene products

  • Entrepreneur identification and women's club strengthening workshops (Vision Sessions, business development workshops etc) Organise workshops with the Department of Health for the engagement of government social protection schemes.

  • Design and implement the community-led market assessment in coordination with the project team

  • Targeted skills training on the production/processing of identified products

  • Review policy regarding telemedicine service and reading glass through discussion with relevant personnel

    Develop a health-focused social marketing strategy for women’s clubs that promotes products and services using digital tools & linked with government health programming

  • Coordinate field facilitator activities around courtyard session formation and customer outreach

  • Organise Training of women entrepreneurs on health & wellbeing promotion.

  • Planning and monitoring of demonstrations on digital health resources.

  • Facilitate coordination with PHcs and women’s clubs for health outreach.

    Project Management

  • Plan, design and ensure delivery of project activities in line with the Project Activity Implementation Plan (PAIP)

  • Support PO-Business Development and Marketing on project implementation plan design, implementation, and review.

  • Implement project activities according to individual work plans and build on project-set objectives.

    Knowledge management, monitoring and reporting
    Identify learnings from data review and analysis and make recommendations to the Project Manager regarding the PAIP.

  • Develop monthly, quarterly and annual progress reports and report to Project Manager according to the set format on the progress of work plan objectives and activities.

  • Conduct periodic collaborative learning and adaptation meetings with stakeholders at the LGA level.

  • Document case studies/lessons learnt/change stories from beneficiaries as evidence to measure project impact

  • Represent the learnings and project activities to colleagues in other RWE countries and participate in joint learning sessions.

    Knowledge, Experience & Other Requirements:

    Education and other qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Community Health, Gender studies or any relevant social science subject.

  • Skills in ICT operation, and proficiency in using MS Office

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Respect for cultural diversity and gender sensitivity

  • Ability to work under pressure.

  • Commitment to Safeguarding


    The successful applicant MUST have experience and skills in the following:

  • At least 4 years of working experience with INGO/NGO in the same or equivalent position

  • Community-level health promotion using participatory methodologies.

  • Community organising, particularly with women’s groups

  • Planning, implementing and monitoring community-level health/health system assessments in Nigeria.

  • Knowledge & exposure to a range of gender mainstreaming & gender development issues

  • Ability to evaluate and integrate gender equality strategic objectives into broader program strategies

  • Survey tool development

  • Working with the Nigerian health system, including PHCs

  • Design and review of health behaviour change and communication materials

  • Working with women’s groups

  • Budget management, monitoring, and implementation

  • Be willing to travel to the field

  • Be willing to learn and implement new methodologies

  • Is self-driven and a creative problem solver

  • Is a strong communicator with good report-writing skills

  • Works well with a multicultural team

  • Written and oral proficiency in English

    It is also a benefit if the applicant:

  • Has experience working with health-related enterprise

  • Has worked on health system evaluations and/or design

  • Has experience in the digital health space and with telemedicine services in particular.


  • Excellent planning, coordination, and prioritisation skills.

  • Strong facilitation, community implementation and interpersonal skills.

  • Good written and verbal communication skills- listening, presenting, discussing, reporting, putting views forward and negotiating with confidence.

  • Adaptable and responsive disposition relative to the demands and operations of the project.

    Language Requirements:

  • Written and oral proficiency in English and relevant local language (Tiv and pidgin English) is a plus.

    How to Apply

    Send a CV and cover letter to: recruitmentng@united-purpose.org

    The email title must be the same as the position you are applying for and the location of the position.

    Your CV should not exceed 4 pages and your cover letter, not more than 2 pages, should explain the following:

  • Why you are applying for the position

  • How do your skills and experiences meet the job’s specification

  • When will you be able to take up the position if successful?

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