2020 U.S. Embassy in Abuja Program Specialist – Orphans & Vulnerable Children (OVC) Recruitment

Deadline: March 3, 2020.

  The U.S. Embassy in Abuja is seeking qualified applicants to fill the position of Program Specialist – Orphans & Vulnerable Children (OVC). Do you think you’ve got what it takes?


1. The incumbent under the supervision of the Team Lead, Community Care and Treatment for CDC Nigeria Office (Abuja) will be responsible for providing project support to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), contributing to the planning of a national program of care and treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), with emphasis on Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC). 

2. She/he will assist in the development and coordination of assessment activities and will establish the program’s guidelines, procedures and strategies. 

3. This position provides the CDC office with the necessary management, psychosocial, community mobilization and social services expertise to apply to the management of CDC-sponsored supportive care activities aimed at mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS on children and their families in an integrated and holistic manner. 

4. She/he ensures collaboration among CDC and other USG partners involved in OVC Care and Support (C&S) programs and takes the lead in promoting the use of internationally recognized best practices in care and support for OVC households among CDC-sponsored programs in Nigeria.  



1. Minimum of five (5) years progressively responsible professional work experience in planning, coordinating, conducting community based service provision and delivering services to children and their families.

2. A minimum of 3 of these years must be with HIV/AIDS orphan and vulnerable children (OVC) programs in the planning, developing, managing and evaluating child development or Social protection activities in the community with donor organizations, government and non-governmental organization is required.


1. Comprehensive knowledge of current HIV/AIDS issues with emphasis on care facilities for orphans and care/treatment of vulnerable children, with some project management skill is required.

2. Advanced knowledge of Nigeria’s health care system and structures including familiarity with Ministry of Health policies, program priorities and regulations, health disparities, techniques, principles and methods of health care policy analysis is required. Specialist knowledge of HIV/AIDS public health OVC programs, strategies, monitoring and evaluation systems, data analysis and use, and field experience in processes and techniques used to plan, develop, implement and assess OVC projects are required. Incumbent must have a strong understanding of social welfare and HIV/AIDS structures and systems in host country, particularly as related to OVC.


Master’s Degree in Social Work, Nursing, Psychology, Public Health, Development Studies, Public Diplomacy, International Relations, Medicine, Demography/Statistics or Business Related fields is required.


Level IV (Fluent) Speaking/Writing/Reading English is required.


1. Strong oral and written communications skills are required to develop and maintain effective, sustainable working relationships with partners, government officials and other stakeholders.

2. Ability to lead project teams and work groups and to develop effective working relationships with partners; to consult and collaborate effectively with all levels both within and outside their organization.

3. Ability to exercise considerable ingenuity in applying guidelines to unique and different settings, as the work is highly complex and can be threatening to stakeholders.

4. Good computer skills with experience in word processing and spreadsheets is required. 


Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

  • Residency and/or Work Permit (if applicable) 
  • Degree (not transcript)
  • NYSC Certificate
  • Certificate or License

For EFMs, in addition to the above;

  • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification 
  • DD-214 – Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
  • SF-50 (if applicable)



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