Senior Advisor, Programs at IPAS Nigeria

IPAS Nigeria

IPAS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending preventable deaths and disabilities from unsafe abortions. Through local, national and global partnerships, IPAS works to ensure women can obtain safe, respectful and comprehensive abortion care; including counseling and contraception to prevent unintended pregnancies.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Senior Advisor, Programs

Job Requisition ID: R819
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Job type: Full time

Job Summary

  • The Senior Advisor, Programs supports the Country Director’s work at a national level. This position collaborates with the Country Director in developing quality proposals and bids.
  • S/He leads project design, implementation, monitoring/routine tracking, evaluation and learning.
  • S/he will supports external engagement needs.
  • S/he will works closely with the Country Director, Technical Leads and other team members to ensure good stewardship of donor funds and pursue additional funding opportunities.
  • S/he will ensure the capturing of adequate information on our advocacy accomplishments, monitoring our work and the use of these information to inform learnings to advance our strategy and approach.
  • S/He will lead quality & timely donor reporting (financial narrative) report.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Lead the review, development, implementation, and monitoring of Ipas Nigeria Program strategies and work plans to ensure organisational competitiveness and differentiation
  • Contribute to new business efforts by sourcing for and responding to RFPs, E.O.Is, grants, and other funding opportunities
  • Serve as a strategic partner to the Country Director in developing and implementing the team’s strategic goals, including setting short and long-term goals; reviewing and reporting progress; ensuring alignment with Ipas strategic priorities

Financial and Risk Management:

  • Advise the Country Director on project budget and resource allocation.
  • Work collaboratively with Finance and Operations team to ensure compliance with donor and Ipas processes and guidelines
  • Leads regular, high-level reviews of project progress and financial monitoring across the program, identifying opportunities for increased cost efficiency 

Communications and Engagement:

  • Cultivate strategic relationships and generate opportunities for nationwide partnerships, collaborations, and initiatives
  • Regularly update the country office on the progression of programs
  • Ensure maximum visibility of Ipas amongst the NGO community in the country

Technical Delivery
Program Planning, Management, and Implementation:

  • Lead development of annual work plans and ensure that agreed activities and targets are fully accomplished, meet expected technical and management quality standards, and are delivered on schedule and on budget
  • Lead activity planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation to ensure alignment and contribution to country strategy
  • Develop timely result-based reports, annual work plans, and project monitoring tracking matrices for the country projects and relevant project narratives and updates
  • Ensure quality and timely submission of quarterly and annual or required Program and Project Performance Reports as per desired standards and guidelines
  • Analyse data gathered and propose alternative strategies for program implementation
  • Lead regular reviews to ensure program and strategic plan level results are on track; focus on addressing challenges

Program Learning and Reporting:

  • Promote evidence-based learning
  • Develop a system of incorporating learning feedback to influence the continued improvement of the programs
  • Ensure appropriate tools are revised and used for data capturing to improve programmatic decision-making processes.

Fund Raising and Donor Relationship Management:

  • Contribute to new business development efforts.
  • Support the Country Director in developing and managing the relationship with country donors.
  • Contribute to the development of program ideas into quality grant proposals
  • Collaborate with team members to respond to potential funding opportunities

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree but Master’s Degree or higher (or an International Equivalent) in Public Health or a related field is preferred.
  • Certification in project management. Qualification in Humanitarian action and/or Project Cycle Management and/or Monitoring & Evaluation.
  • Demonstrated skills in leadership, planning, management and technical skills on  health systems strengthening and community programs.
  • Three (3) or more years of leading program operations and implementation experience
  • Experience with interfacing with senior government officials and entities
  • Skilled in strategic planning, monitoring, learning and evaluation
  • 5 or more years of program implementation experience in the SRHR sector


  • Communication & Collaboration-Actively listens and communicates -connects easily with her/his team and gains their trust and respect. Works well across all organisational teams. Demonstrates clear and concise information and idea sharing
  • Steward resources- Implement ways to reduce the inefficient use of resources or pass the ideas on to someone who can make them happen
  • Deliver results: Prioritise, plan and monitor own work to meet own and team deliverables to agreed performance and quality standard
  • Strive for improvement: Seek better ways of doing things, taking into account the possible implications

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online