Friday, January 14, 2011


The Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria (HERFON) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization established by a group of reform-minded Nigerians in response to the deplorable health system in

Nigeria and the health status of Nigerians. HERFON is a national membership organization which cuts across all strata of society. The main purpose of the organization is to define reform agendas within the health sector in Nigeria, independently or in collaboration with government and other key stakeholders, using advocacy as its main approach. HERFON has its Headquarters in Abuja and has established Zonal offices with presence in all 36 states and the FCT. The Abuja office now wishes to recruit self-motivated professionals to fill the following positions:
HERFON seeks a competent, dynamic and charismatic Executive Secretary who must have administrative, strategic and technical management skills so that he or she can initiate, promote, facilitate, support and monitor sustainable health sector reform initiatives in line with National health priorities. He or she must have the necessary communication and negotiation skills for the mobilization of resources (local and foreign); and their equitable application in attaining HERFON objectives. The job holder must also be capable of playing advocacy and leadership roles in all sectors of HERFON activities. HERFON being a membership organization, he or she must be accessible to the Foundation’s membership. Reporting to the HERFON Board, the Executive Secretary is accountable for the overall leadership, executive management, strategic partnerships, and institutional success of HERFON, and for ensuring its efficient and effective operation.
The successful candidate should be 40 to 55 years old and must have an in-depth knowledge of the Nigerian Health System/Sector. He or she must possess an advanced university degree in Health Sciences. An additional postgraduate degree or diploma in public health, development studies, business administration or management will be an advantage. The candidate must also have a minimum 10 – 15 years managerial experience with the emphasis on strategy and leadership as well as 7 – 10 years minimum experience in the health sector. He or she must have work experience with Development Partners and the Donor Community for at least 3 – 5 years. Work as a Change Agent and/or at managerial level in NGOs will be an added advantage.
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SALARY: Attractive.
All applications must be submitted electronically via email marked with reference “HERFON/ES/2010.” Applicants must provide a one-page application letter stating their reasons for applying and how they envision leading HERFON should they be given the opportunity. Applicants must also attach a comprehensive and up to date curriculum vitae (not longer than five pages, typed single-spacing), providing personal details, education and training, work experience, professional affiliations, and key publications. They should also indicate timing of their availability to assume duties should they be offered the position, as well as salary expectation. Application should be sent to
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
The candidate for this position will report to Deputy Executive Secretary (Programme) and will be responsible for all Health System, Immunization, and HIV/AIDS Programmes and Projects of HERFON. This position requires a graduate in Medical Sciences or Health related field. The candidate is required to have good understanding of Health Systems, Immunization Systems, HIV/AIDS systems and other public health priorities. A good understanding of Nigeria Health Sector Reform programme would be an advantage. A good IT skills and previous experience in donor programmes is necessary. He/She should have good analytical and interpersonal skills. This is a senior position in the organization hence the candidate is required to have previous Programmes experience with demonstrable competency and skills in project execution. He/She should have at least 10 years post graduation experience, 5 of which should be at the senior position in the Health Sector. Experience in International programme would be an advantage. Our ideal person should a team player, have drive, energy and good personal appearance.
SALARY: Attractive.
Applications should be submitted in the form of (1) an application letter for the desired position, and (2) a comprehensive CV stating, among others, candidate’s full names, date of birth, state of origin, schools attended, qualifications obtained with dates, previous working experience with detailed job description, contact and location addresses, email address, names and addresses of two referees. These should be sent to us by email at The ‘subject’ line of the email must be the title of the position being applied for. Applications not sent in this format will not be processed.
All applications must be received within 2 weeks of this publication.

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