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Program Officer-Gender Based Violence – FCT

The Institute of Human Virology (IHVN) is a leading and reputable non-governmental organization addressing infectious and non-infectious diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, and cancer through prevention, diagnosis, treatment, capacity building, research, care, and support services. IHVN is in partnership with local and international organizations and the different tiers of the government of Nigeria at the national, state, and local levels. The Institute aims to provide quality health services, capacity building, and research in West Africa and beyond.

To further drive quality and engender global best practices in HIV and TB care and treatment, IHVN is seeking qualified candidates for the following position:

PositionProgram Officer-Gender Based Violence
Reports to:Technical Lead/State Manager
Scheduled Work TimeMonday – Friday (Flexibility, willing to travel and work weekends)

Opening Date: 19/04/2024

Closing Date:  2/05/2024

Description and objectives

Under the supervision of the State Manager/Project Director, he/ she will ensure the implementation of high-quality Gender Violence and Gender diversity programs according to the National Gender Policy as well as work to ensure that programs align with PEPFAR Gender priority. She/He will provide technical expertise in implementing high-impact interventions to ensure quality service delivery across all program areas. She/He will lead the day-to-day implementation of all GBV programs in the assigned health facility and guide program implementation according to the National GBV Guidelines.


  • Provide technical support in the implementation of GBV program activities about HIV prevention, care & treatment including vulnerable populations in the states.
  • Support, design, and implement a Gender-Based Violence Program according to the PEPAR Gender Strategy to achieve targets for all supported facilities in the state.
  • Working with health facility staff focal persons and colleagues to effectively address program challenges.
  • Interphase with GON, USG, CBOs, and other relevant stakeholders on GBV at the state level
  • Provide technical assistance in developing program tools, policy, and flow charts for the GBV program.
  • Submit Monthly/Quarterly and annual reports to the supervisor, State Technical Leads,
  • Program Area leads, and Director Prevention Care and Treatment Department for an effective program implementation.
  • Develop a GBV work plan for the state and implement the program across the supported facilities coordinate biweekly meetings with GBV focal persons in supported states.
  • Provide mentoring to all state staff on Gender-Based Violence/sexual diversity programming.
  • Serve as Liaison between central and state offices on issues of Gender-Based Violence.
  • Perform other roles or assignments as directed by supervisors, program area leads, and the Director of the Prevention Care and Treatment Department.
  • Facilitate in tracking implementation and reporting of program achievement of all GBV Key performance indicators and unit deliverables.
  • Facilitating the use of the GBV Quality Assurance Tool to conduct assessments for facilities and design GBV quality improvement projects, report writing and collation, and data analysis.
  • Carrying out any other duties/ assignments as directed by supervisors, program area leads, and the Director of the Prevention Care and Treatment Department.

Experience, skills, and competencies:

  • At least 2-5 years’ experience with working Gender Based violence and HIV and AIDS care.
  • Must have working experience in PEFAR Priorities for Gender Program and Gender Diversity
  • Possess the capacity to build interagency cooperation for efficient service delivery.
  • Must have at least two years’ experience with program planning, assessment, and implementation of GBV programs.
  • Must have working knowledge and experience in conducting GBV LIVES training.
  • Previous experience in HIV-related operational research is an advantage.
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Experience in coordinating multi-disciplinary HIV clinical teams for effective service delivery.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and fluently in the English language (oral and written) and good inter and intrapersonal communication and facilitation skills.
  •  Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office packages, presentation skills, and video conferencing are required.
  • Proficiency in program narrative and proposal writing, data evaluation, and excellent report writing.
  • Staff must be knowledgeable in the use of WHO gender Quality assessment tools.
  • Ready to work with other program staff as needed to achieve program and organizational goals.
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet organizational targets/goals.
  • Excellent persuasive skills, and good stakeholders’ management track record. Fundamental skills in project planning, implementation, and monitoring.
  • Must be proactive and deliver quality work on time.

Educational qualifications and experience

  • Must be a registered nurse, a bachelor’s degree in nursing, Psychology, sociology or any related field.
  • The applicant must be registered under the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and must possess a valid practicing license.
  • Master’s degree in public health will be an advantage.
  •  Diploma in Gender studies will be an advantage.

Equal employment opportunity statement

IHVN is an equal employment employer. We do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on religion, gender, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable laws.

Mode of Application:

  • Application letter and detailed curriculum vitae in Microsoft Word format should be forwarded to the Assistant Director, Human Resources through this email address:[email protected] This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • This advert closes 14 days from the date of this publication, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  

IHVN Trains Health Workers on Cervical Cancer Prevention

To equip healthcare workers with the knowledge and skills for prevention and management of cervical pre-cancerous lesions, the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) has trained 63 health workers in the FCT, Katsina, Nasarawa, and Rivers States.

During the three-day training, participants engaged in practical demonstrations on the use of Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP) machine in managing pre-cancerous cervical lesions. Trainees, including doctors and nurses, built their capacity on cervical cancer treatment methods and screening in a see-and-treat program, infection prevention, as well as sterilization. They are to step down the training to others in their health facilities for improved screening and treatment of precancerous lesions among Women Living with HIV (WLHIV)

IHVN Program Manager, Dr. Victoria Igbinomwanhia said that the training is important in building the capacity of health care workers in facilities supported by IHVN across all four States in the screening and treatment of WLHIV.

“Women Living with HIV are six times more predisposed to cervical cancer compared to non-WLHIV. The training provided these professionals with the required skills to identify precancerous lesions and promptly treat using either the thermo-ablation or LEEP machine depending on the location and extent of the lesion. This ensures that eligible WLHIV between the ages of 25 and 49 years who receive care and treatment at the ART clinics are provided screening yearly. This Is a component of the HIV comprehensive care package to improve the quality of life and reduce mortality in already stable WLHIV,” she said.

According to Dr. Igbinomwanhia, the next steps following the training include distribution of LEEP machines to all four States, step-down training to other facility staff championed by the trained participants, continued onsite mentoring and supervision  and immediate treatment of all clients identified with precancerous lesions amenable for treatment with the LEEP machine.

Dr. Oluseyi Asaolu, who participated in the FCT training, said that the training was beneficial and looks forward to stepping it down to resident doctors “The most important thing is scaling it down to others who can use the equipment regardless of who is on duty.” Another participant, Mrs. Aisha Haladu from Kastina State, said that utilizing the LEEP machine would benefit clients who would ordinarily be unable to afford cervical cancer screening.

Mothers Happy about HIV-Free Babies, PMTCT Services

One of the services that the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) supports in 368 health facilities in FCT, Rivers, Nasarawa, and Kastina states is the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) services. This involves the provision of HIV diagnosis, care, and treatment for mothers and babies and results in HIV-free babies.

From 2004 to June 2023, IHVN has provided HIV counseling and testing to 5.5 million pregnant women and PMTCT services to more than 126,000 women who tested HIV positive.

Blessing, a petty trader, is one of the women who have received PMTCT services in Rivers State University Teaching Hospital in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She recalls that when she discovered her HIV status in 2013, one of her greatest fears was that she would not be able to get married or give birth to HIV-free children.

“I thought that being HIV positive was a death sentence but the doctor who counseled me assured me that I could live long, get married, and have my own children. He gave me medications and guided me on how to take them,” she said.

It was a dream come true for Blessing when she married in 2019 and got pregnant afterward.

“At the antenatal clinic, the healthcare workers welcomed me like everyone else. I was not stigmatized. I was impressed and happy. When I was in labour, they gave me VIP treatment, I delivered safely,” she said.

Blessing and her baby were given medications and supported by a peer mentor who assisted her with hospital processes during pregnancy, delivery, and after delivery. Her baby was tested at six weeks and 18 months.

“I was happy when the test showed that my baby is HIV negative,” Blessing said. She has also received PMTCT services for her two-month-old baby who she is currently breastfeeding.

“My advice to others is not to be scared about HIV. You are not alone, don’t die like a chicken. Since I started taking HIV medications in 2013, I rarely fall sick. I am strong and healthy. You can eat well and live your normal life even when taking medications. You can even live to see your great-grandchildren,” she said.

Another mother with HIV-free children is Bomi A., who was thrilled after an Early Infant Diagnosis test at six weeks and a rapid test at 18 months showed that her babies were HIV-free.

“My first child is four years old and my second is two years old.  For the first child, I was worried when I came to the hospital. I asked the doctor if everything would go well, and he assured me that it was well. For the second one, I was not worried. Antenatal services are given free by the Rivers State government. I did not pay for the PMTCT services in the hospital either.”

 “My mentor mother often calls me to ask how I’m feeling and if I am facing any challenges. She also updates me with relevant information. When I come to the clinic, she checks to see that I’m alright,” she said.

Bomi added that during her facility visits, she interacts with other women living with HIV and is encouraged by their resilience.

“I’m excited to tell others to try their best to take their medications as prescribed,” Bomi said.

IHVN Rivers State ASPIRE Project Manager, Dr. Stanley Idakwo, noted that between April 2019 to September 2023, IHVN supported the testing of 7,122 antenatal clients and placed 69 newly identified HIV pregnant women on anti-retroviral treatment at Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH). “More than 500 babies have been delivered HIV-free from HIV-positive mothers who have benefitted from PMTCT services. RSUTH is one of the largest facilities providing PMTCT services in Rivers state, hence its reach cut across communities all over the state,” he said.

IHVN Program Manager Prevention Care and Treatment, Dr. Victoria Igbinomwanhia said that IHVN provides PMTCT services in both health facilities and in the community to improve access to the services.

“We are collaborating with Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) and faith-based homes to offer PMTCT services. We provide them with HIV test kits; we have trained the TBAs to conduct HIV testing, referring those who are identified positive to designated supported facilities to commence ART. We have hub and spoke models where TBAs are mapped to supported health facilities. If clients are tested in the community, we find out whether they prefer to access PMTCT in the community or facility.” she said.

World TB Day 2024: IHVN Sensitizes Public on Tuberculosis Services

In line with the theme of the 2024 World Tuberculosis Day, “Yes! We can end TB and slogan: No gree for TB! Check Am O,” Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) has sensitized the public about tuberculosis and efforts to address the disease in the country.

During a pre-World TB Day ministerial press briefing to commemorate the day, IHVN Senior Manager, Dr Temitope Adetiba stated that in collaboration with the National Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer Control Program (NTBLCP), and other partners, IHVN has notified over 200,000 people affected by tuberculosis across 31 states.

“Not all Nigerians have access to tuberculosis services, and this gave rise to our foray into the private sector because data shows that more than 60% of Nigerians access health care first in the private sector. We engaged with patent medicine vendors, community pharmacists, and traditional healers, and can reach more Nigerians,” he said.

He added that the new phase of the Global Fund grant in Nigeria involves scaling up tuberculosis services to all states of the federation.

“I am happy that the members of the press here can take this message out there, that people in the community can go to the nearest patent medicine vendor, traditional birth attendants for tuberculosis services. We have trained these people across the country to be able to provide quality assured tuberculosis services.

Also, through the support of the Global Fund, we have optimized the Gene Xpert platforms. To be able to conduct tests round the clock, they have been equipped with solar panels, batteries and inverter systems so that whenever tuberculosis specimens are sent for test, the results can be available within 24 hours,” he added. 

IHVN also participated in road walks in Abuja and Lagos to create awareness about the disease. In Abuja, the walk was from Garki Ultra-Modern Market to Garki Old Market while in Lagos State, the walk held in Ikeja – from the Ministry of Health to the House of Assembly and Shoprite.

Every year, the world commemorates World Tuberculosis Day on March 24th to raise awareness about tuberculosis and efforts to eliminate the disease