Sat. Nov 26th, 2022

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact – the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:



Job Title: Health Financing Short-term Assistant, Health Policy Plus (Consultant)

Job ID: req10746
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Duration: March through May, 2021

Project Overview and Role

  • Health Policy Plus (HP+) is a USAID-funded project that was awarded to Palladium in August 2015 as a five-year, $185 million project; the project was later awarded a two-year extension and $37 million added to its value, making it a seven-year program worth $222 million.
  • HP+ has a mandate across global, country, and subnational levels to strengthen and advance health policy priorities in HIV, family planning and reproductive health, and maternal health.
  • It aims to improve the enabling environment for equitable and sustainable health services, supplies, and delivery systems through policy development and implementation, with an emphasis on voluntary, rights-based health programs, and by strengthening in-country partners’ capacity to navigate complex environments for effective policy design, implementation, and financing aligned to their priorities.
  • HP+ provides technical assistance to governments, civil society, and the private sector to effectively engage in domestic resource mobilization, put in place sustainable financing and accountability mechanisms, and make progress toward global, national, and subnational health goals.
  • HP+ has been engaged by the USAID Nigeria Office to conceptualize and design activities to improve sustainable financing for HIV/AIDS.
  • This position will support the HP+ team by conducting analyses, supporting discussions/workshops with stakeholders, and writing analytical pieces to inform a technical memorandum outlining the feasibility for Nigerian pharmaceutical firms to locally produce antiretrovirals and HIV test kits.
  • (S)he will work closely with members of the HP+ team that are based both locally and internationally.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide analytical support (including desk-based research, literature reviews, and/or quantitative analyses) related to local production of HIV commodities in other countries and related to the pharmaceutical industry in Nigeria.
  • Support the design, preparation, and facilitation of workshops and roundtable engagements with stakeholders as necessary (e.g., from PEPFAR, Global Fund, pharmaceutical companies, and government agencies).
  • Contribute to the team’s assessment of the feasibility of local production of HIV commodities, including potential benefits and risks.
  • Write sections of the technical memorandum (as assigned).
  • Contribute sections to several reports for USAID.
  • Support Lagos State health Insurance Integration work.
  • Support program’s monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities, including reporting and monitoring of programs activities.
  • Conduct other tasks as assigned by the HP+ team.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health, Economics, Statistics, or other related discipline desired.
  • Some experience in health or health financing, and data analysis or research. Experience in HIV / AIDS preferred.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc).
  • Attention to detail and good analytical thinking.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong English writing, oral communication, and reporting skills.
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and resourcefulness. Ability to take initiative and respond independently to situations.
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines.

Interested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply



Job Title: HRH and Capacity Building Advisor – IHP Nigeria

Job ID: req10750
Location: Kebbi

Project Overview and Role

  • Kebbi’s State-level Human Resources for Health (HRH) Advisor will be responsible for providing leadership in human resources policies, capacity building, training, task sharing activities and supportive supervision for an upcoming USAID award in Nigeria.
  • The State level HRH Advisor will provide technical assistance at the State primary health care, with private sector and community-level activities.
  • This integrated health project aims to contribute to reductions in child and maternal morbidity and mortality in Kebbi State and to increase the capacity of health workforce (public and private) to sustainably support quality PHC service delivery.
  • Also, the position will provide support to strengthen primary healthcare and private sector services to enhance access, referrals and linkages between the community and formal PHC system.
  • The project will operate over a 5-year period.
  • Nigerian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide technical guidance on HRH specific interventions through PHC facility, private sector and community-based platforms. Guidance must be sound, evidence-based and responsive to the needs of Kebbi State and USAID.
  • Provide technical leadership, and build local capacity using proven approaches on task/sharing through the revised WHO guidelines and Nigeria’s national task/shifting guidelines.
  • Support the monitoring and analysis of health workforce needs, based on improved quality, completeness and timeliness of HRH data, including on production, numbers, distribution and retention of health workers, and analysis of skill mix and competencies required to meet current and future health service needs.
  • Provide guidance to facility (public and private) and community-based structures (CHIPS) to enhance community-based HRH for appropriate training, mentoring and supportive supervision.
  • Provide technical solutions to address and improve the shortage, maldistribution and uneven performance of state health care workers.
  • Support the development and implementation of State strategic plans for Human Resources for Health that are based on best available evidence and are designed to support improvements in RMNCH+NM.
  • Build-up partnerships and networks, with development partners, other USAID projects, bilateral and multilateral agencies.
  • Support the development and implementation of Kebbi’s IHP strategy on HRH, within the context of the PHC strategy on health system strengthening to improve maternal and child health.
  • Provide technical advice and support to State authorities as requested to ensure HRH development in accordance with health service requirements and overall health sector priorities and plans, based on best available evidence.
  • Support strengthen health workforce governance, including health workforce policy and strategy; regulations and incentives, and engagement with the private sector.
  • Participate in relevant multi-state activities to develop capacity in priority HRH areas, by interaction with other USAID projects. Collaborate and promote, effective partnership between health professional regulatory bodies & professional associations for both public and private healthcare providers, and among international development agencies working on HRH.
  • Contribute to and coordinate with the program’s monitoring and evaluation (M&E) team on activities to ensure that the program meets set targets in accordance with national and USG standards.
  • Represent program at state level stakeholder meetings and technical working groups in relation to service/quality improvement of RMNCH and related technical areas.
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  • Contribute to annual work planning, training plans and quarterly reports and other required technical reports.
  • Contribute to timely, accurate and appropriate reporting of program activities and results.
  • Ensure quality program implementation consistent with MOH Nigerian Guidelines, global best practices and USAID Nigerian Strategic Directions.
  • Evaluate program progress against deliverables on a quarterly basis
  • With the State Technical Director, oversee program design, implementation, quality assurance and monitoring of work plan.
  • Coordinate with the other members of the technical team and NGO partners to develop and implement feasible facility and community-based approaches
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor which contribute to the achievement of program goals.

Required Qualifications

  • State-level HRH Advisor must be a proven leader in the field of with senior-level management experience in public health programs.
  • The Advisor will have expertise and up-to-date knowledge and skills in human resources for health policy, planning, transformative education, management, retention and HR information development and use; substantial knowledge of public health and health systems, with an in-depth knowledge of the relationship between human resources and the development of health systems for PHC. HRH policy and practice
  • S/he must be well recognized by the HRH community in Nigeria.
  • The Advisor must be intimately familiar with the context in Nigeria and have in-country experience with USAID programs.

Additional Qualifications include:

  • An experienced HRH Advisor or any other closely related Healthcare professional; other related courses (e.g. MPH, MSC, MBA or other relevant Degree) will be an advantage.
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience working in HRH in Africa, preferably in Nigeria
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience working with/or on private-sector regulatory systems and/or private health sector engagement
  • Demonstrated expertise in working directly with host-country senior government officials and policymakers in HRH and MNCH.
  • Experience working with host-country partners, organizations, and institutions
  • Strong skills in design, implementation and monitoring of program components; e.g. services, training, supportive supervision, clinical mentoring, patient counseling, advocacy and coordination.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work with African experts and partners in developing technical materials and providing training to improve service delivery, advocacy and resource mobilization for expanding quality improvement of RMNCH services.
  • Experience with technical leadership for programs funded by USAID and/or other donor programs in developing countries, with significant Nigeria experience.
  • Strong verbal, listening, writing, and intrapersonal skills essential for effective coordination among several institutions and staff involved in a broad range of activities.
  • Fluent in English, (written and oral communication) and Hausa and/or Fulfulde.
  • Willingness to travel throughout Nigeria as necessary.

Interested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply



Job Title: PSD (Private Sector Development) Lead

Req No: 10760
Location: Nigeria
Level of effort: Full time
Reporting: The PSD Lead will report directly to S4P Nigeria’s Team Leader

Project Overview and Role

  • Global Prosperity Fund’s ‘Skills for Prosperity’ is a £75m FCDO programme, which seeks to improve the cost-effectiveness, access, quality, relevance and equity of skills through innovative approaches in 9 Middle-Income Countries around the world, including Nigeria.
  • In Nigeria, the Skills for Prosperity (S4P) country programme will work in three targeted states to:
  • Improve access to quality Higher Education and TVET for youth and young women, with a focus on improving access to and the quality of apprenticeships, and supporting training institutions to deliver demand-driven, competency-based training,
  • Strengthen education-to-employment linkages, and
  • Build the capacity of training institutions to improve outcomes for vulnerable women and people with disabilities.
  • Apprenticeships, training, and capacity building interventions will focus on identified high growth sectors of the economy (Agriculture/Agribusiness/agro-allied industries; Creative and Entertainment, and Information and Communications Technology sectors).
  • S4P aims to directly benefit youth, vulnerable women and People with Disabilities (PwD) in targeted states of Kaduna in the north, Benue in the central belt, and Lagos in the south. It will also establish learning and peer sharing mechanisms across other states, including Kano, Enugu and Edo.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • S4P requires a PSD Lead with a relevant track record, and interest or experience in the private sector and skills training.
  • The PSD Lead should have the drive to tackle new and complex challenges and work with us to learn, adapt and deliver sustainable benefits for Nigeria.

The PSD Lead will be responsible for the following:

  • Provide strategic direction for Output 1 (‘Relevance’ component) of the programme, responsible for developing institutional framework and programmes for the active participation of organised private sector in skills development and school-to-work transition.
  • Lead on the implementation of the Private Sector Engagement Strategy, providing guidance and support as necessary to the State Leads in implementing the Programme’s strategy for leveraging private sector involvement at state level.
  • Provide strategic leadership and direction on the Programme’s strategy to improve job placements, apprenticeships and sector skills councils
  • Drive the creation of partnerships between private, public and non-governmental actors, including attracting and incentivising the private sector to invest in traineeship, internship and apprenticeship programmes
  • Design and lead access to finance and market interventions
  • Develop products and campaigns to promote private sector-led Technical and Vocational Skills Development (TVSD)
  • Work closely with the Skills Lead in leveraging private sector to bridge skills gap, ensuring skills training is demand-driven and of sufficient quality to meet industry requirements
  • Work closely with the Equity Lead to ensure all market development interventions are socially and gender-inclusive.

Specific Deliverables:

  • Provide strategic direction to Output 2 activities and deliverables, and offer practical support to State Managers as needed during implementation. This includes:
  • Overseeing development and delivery of national framework and guidelines for organised private sector participation in skills.
  • Improve capacity and active participation of small, medium and large enterprises (SMEs) in skills development.
  • Develop innovative mechanisms or services to support and institutionalise labour market information, and employment services.
  • Maintain and continue to build relationships with key actors representing the organised private sector in Nigeria throughout programme implementation, acting as the key point of contact at Federal level for private sector engagement
  • Support MREL Manager as needed to generate evidence around beneficiaries (disaggregated by GSI targets) accessing traineeship and apprenticeship positions with small, medium or large enterprises.
  • Work closely with Skills Lead to leverage private sector to improve skills of labour market entrants, and their school-to-work transition
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Required Qualifications

  • Deep understanding of local labour market economics in the target sectors across Nigeria and in the target states specifically. This includes understanding of and pre-existing relationships with key players within each sector, ICT, Creative and Agribusiness
  • Understands local labour market economics leveraging local economic development through cluster approach supported by Business Development Services, mentorship, Access to Finance and Access to Markets to catalyse the informal sector and enable it for skills development
  • Highly experienced and extremely well-connected across public and private sector TVET providers, and organised private sector associations, especially for job placements and apprenticeship spaces and sector skills councils
  • Previous experience working with private business actors across value chains of the three target sectors: Agriculture/Agribusiness/Agro-allied; Creative and Entertainment; and Information and Communications Technology
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and approach
  • Outstanding relationship-building and communication skills

Interested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply



Job Title: Consultant – Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Analysis for Nigeria Strengthening Civic Advocacy and Local Engagement (SCALE) Project

Job ID: req10739
Location: Nigeria
Slot: 2

Nigeria SCALE project is a USAID-funded 5-year project (Oct 08, 2020 – Oct 07, 2025), implemented by Palladium in collaboration with the local resource partners. The goal of the Nigeria SCALE project is to strengthen the financial, management and advocacy capacity of local civil society organizations (CSOs) and Business Membership Organizations (BMOs) in Nigeria to create a more accountable, transparent, peaceful, and democratic Nigeria with more effective and efficient public service delivery.

The SCALE project supports CSOs and BMOs across all of USAID/Nigeria’s programmatic sectors with a basket of managerial, business strengthening, and advocacy capacity-building interventions aimed at advancing Nigerian CSO sustainability combined with targeted grants to advance mutually agreed upon priorities. The project is designed to enhance local CSOs’ ability to be positive and responsible change agents in Nigeria.


The project has five key components: 1) Component One – Improve CSO organizational capacity, 2) Component Two – Enhance capacity for CSO advocacy, collaboration and management, 3) Component Three – Improve the policy and regulatory environment for civil society, 4) Component Four – Countering Trafficking in Persons (CTIP), and 5) Component Five – Sector strengthening and advocacy.

Conflict Sensitivity assessment  in the context of do-no-harm is a systematic and structured approach to identifying the factors that drive conflict and violence, the actors involved and their interests, key trends and any entry points or opportunities to build society’s capacities for resolving differences or pursuing objectives without resorting to violence. The SCALE project is committed to mitigating unintended negative effects, and to influence conflicts positively wherever possible through its interventions. Consequently, the SCALE project seeks to conduct a conflict sensitivity assessment to better understand the context in which it is operating in order to effectively adapt the “Do-No-Harm” principles throughout project implementation.


Palladium is looking to engage the expertise of 2 consultants with backgrounds in conflict sensitivity, peace building, policy advocacy, research, and other related qualitative assessment skills to form a team to conduct a Conflict Sensitivity Assessment for the SCALE project. This Conflict Sensitivity Assessment will collaborate closely with ongoing SCALE baseline, Political Economy Analysis (PEA), and Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Analysis.

Purpose of Consultancy:

  • The key purpose of this assignment is to better understand the political and security context in which SCALE will operate.
  • It will enhance the project’s understanding of the key drivers and dynamics of conflict(s) in areas where SCALE works, as well as its impact on SCALE operations.
  • The assessment will also provide strategic road map for the project to effectively adapt the “Do-No-Harm” principles across all segments of project implementation, create right relations and build sustainable partnerships.

Objective of Consultancy:

  • The objective of this assignment is to obtain reliable data to better understand the dynamics of Conflict Sensitivity issues in select states across the six geopolitical regions in Nigeria that could inform/influence the design and implementation of current and future SCALE strategies.
  • The conflict sensitivity assessment will enable SCALE to identify best practices and tools for making conflict analysis an on-going process within reasonable frequency as per-the needs and requirements of the project.
  • Overall, the assessment will aim at ensuring that both the current and potential impact of conflicts on the most vulnerable populations and on planned SCALE interventions are adequately addressed, while ensuring that conflict dynamics are consistently identified and managed.
  • The assessment will be conducted with the goal to support adaptive, safe and accountable programming across the various components and throughout the SCALE project.

Specific Tasks
The consultants will be responsible for conducting conflict sensitivity assessments, including developing appropriate methodology, gathering and analyzing data, and submitting a report on key findings of the assessment. Specific tasks will include the following:

  • Conduct a conflict sensitivity assessment of planned interventions and programming across the five components of the project including assessment of the risks of conflict impacting implementation with proposed contingency measures, and opportunity mapping for reinforcing outcomes.
  • Conduct conflict sensitivity capacity assessment of project staff to integrate conflict sensitivity into project implementation, and recommend capacity strengthening activities as relevant.
  • Identify and review existing secondary data (existing literatures/assessments/reports) of relevance to the objectives of the CS and prepare the initial analysis with recommendations for further research.
  • Design and conduct qualitative inquiries with key informants in Nigeria, including members of CSOs, BMOs, donors and development organizations, and the Government of Nigeria to supplement the data from the existing secondary data.
  • Conduct an analysis of categories of conflict situations including drivers, power dynamics, and mitigation strategies that can impact on the implementation of the SCALE project.
  • Analyze all primary and secondary data collected, including triangulation of data to substantiate the findings of the CS.
  • Identify potential synergies and opportunities for mainstreaming the do-no-harm principles among SCALE partners and CSOs/BMOs in Nigeria.
  • Identify current capacity gaps among CSOs and BMOs with respect to their ability to mitigate conflicts and propose a training plan for the Conflict Sensitivity programming based on the Do-No-Harm principles.
  • Recommend best approaches/strategies to mainstream Conflict Sensitivity into SCALE’s interventions design and implementation, as well as for CSO/BMOs to make politically smart and tactical decisions; and recognize emerging challenges, risks, and opportunities; and monitor the effectiveness of project interventions.
  • Develop Conflict Sensitivity Monitoring & Evaluation tools for SCALE adaptation.
  • Develop a conflict sensitivity capacity assessment tool for assessing the capacity of partners
  • Conduct conflict sensitivity capacity assessment and facilitate relevant training for SCALE staff and resource partners.
  • Prepare and present the final conflict sensitivity analysis report and tools
  •  The consultants will be responsible for designing and conducting the Conflict Sensitivity assessment, including developing appropriate methodology and tools, gathering and analyzing data, and submitting a report on key findings of the assessment.
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Note: Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, researchers will demonstrate how technology will be deployed during data collection using virtual or remote platforms to reduce the risk of disease transmission.

Contract Type and Deliverables:

  • This consultancy will be a deliverable-based contract. Acceptance of the deliverables will be determined by the project’s Advocacy and Engagement Advisor. Final report will be approved by the Chief of Party.

Key Deliverables
The consultants will submit the following deliverables to SCALE at an agreed schedule as follows:

Conflict Sensitivity Assessment Inception report:

  • This is a detailed description of the Conflict Sensitivity, including the overall design, sampling framework, data collection tools, data sources, data analysis plan, quality assurance criteria, limitations, and a work plan for the implementation of the analysis.

Literature Review Report:

  • This is an analysis of all the policy documents reviewed for the purpose of this Conflict Sensitivity Analysis with clear indication of gaps requiring additional data to inform stakeholder interviews.

Report of qualitative inquiries with key stakeholders:

  • This is a report of interviews conducted including interview tools, transcribed responses and information on the persons interviewed with date of interview.

Conflict Sensitivity report – draft:

  • This is a report to document all the aspects of the Conflict Sensitivity, including its design, analysis, findings, limitations, references, data collection tools and any other information to inform and support the findings. Report should be no more than 40 pages in length, excluding annexes.

Conflict Sensitivity Training Manual:

  • This is the manual that will be used to conduct the TOT for SCALE staff and resource partners for the purpose of training and mentoring SCALE partners.

Conflict Sensitivity Tools:

  • This is a suite of easily adaptable Conflict Sensitivity tools such as conflict sensitivity capacity assessment tool, interview guides, stakeholder mapping tool, guide to strategizing for change, etc., that will be deployed to SCALE partners for broad contextual Conflict Sensitivity as well as tactical and everyday Conflict Sensitivity, to promote politically smart project implementation.

Conflict Sensitivity report – final version:

  • This is a final report of the Conflict Sensitivity that should include all the components of the first draft and addressing all comments, edits and observations from the review of the first draft. Report should be no more than 40 pages in length, excluding annexes.

Required Qualifications
The consultants should have the following:

  • Advanced University Degree in Social Sciences, Law, Conflict Studies, Public Policy, Development Studies or other related fields.
  • A minimum of six years’ experience in areas related to conflict management, peacebuilding, democracy and governance.
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting a similar study
  • Demonstrated experience in applied research, especially literature reviews.
  • Demonstrated analytical (statistical and data analysis) skills.
  • Good communication and facilitation skills
  • Strong report writing and documentation skills.
  • Demonstrated track record of delivering high quality written outputs on time in a consultancy environment.
  • Fluency in English and at least one local language required.

Anticipated Period of Performance and Level of Effort:

  • Period of Performance: From contract inception to March 30, 2021
  • Level of Effort: The LOE for the consultants should not exceed 30 days for each.

Interested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply




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