The Centre of Excellence in Reproductive Health Innovation (CERHI) is a World Bank supported program at the University of Benin aimed at building capacity within West and Central Africa’s tertiary educational system for implementing high quality training and applied research for reproductive health professions to tackle policies and programs for reducing the region’s high burden of fertility, unsafe abortion, maternal mortality and HIV/AIDS. This program is being implemented by the University of Benin in collaboration with partner institutions – the University of Ibadan, the Nigerian Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), the University of Ghana, the University of Cotonou (Republic of Benin), the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo State, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, the University of Niger, Harvard School of Public Health, Queen’s University, Belfast, the University of Alabama, the University of Maryland and the University of Toronto.

The Centre requires the services of a professional, skilled and dynamic Desk Officer to manage its day to day activities, to build multi-sectorial stakeholders and partners for the Centre, and to mobilise additional resources needed to sustain its achievements over time.


The Desk Officer will manage the Centre on a daily basis under the supervision of the Centre Leader and Co-Centre Leader. S/he will be responsible for liaising with the University on the project and will coordinate the activities of all Faculties, Departments and Units of the University working on the project. S/he will manage the project office and prepare periodic project reports to be submitted to various stakeholders under the supervision of the Centre Leader and Co-Centre Leader.


Bachelors (Masters preferred) in the sciences, art or public health with demonstrated evidence that the candidate is conversant with the needs of postgraduate Education. Senior academics from other Universities or academic institutions are encouraged to take up this appointment either on Sabbatical or Leave of Absence basis – as there are immense opportunities for career development and research and publications. Experiences in marketing, public relations and non-profit organizations would be an advantage. A minimum of at least 5 years in project development and management, strategic fund-raising, and successful proposal development, especially within higher educational system will be crucial. Experience in using the web and/or social media and skills in advanced computing will be necessary.

The candidate must also possess a record of good health.

REMUNERATION This is negotiable and shall be on a renewable contract basis. Salary and emoluments are similar to those on contract at the directorate level in the Nigerian University system


Interested candidates should submit 10 (Ten) copies of their application and Curriculum Vitae accompanied with photocopies of their certificates and relevant credentials.

Detailed Curriculum Vitae should include the following: Full names, Date of birth, Permanent Home Address and other contact details, Nationality, Marital Status, Educational Institutions attended with dates, Academic/Professional Qualifications (include dates and granting bodies), list of previous experiences in project management, statement of experience including full details of current and former employers with current salary, other activities outside current employment and names and addresses of three (3) referees.

Applicants should request their referees to forward confidential reports on their behalf to reach the Registrar on or before the date of the interview.


Applications from interested candidates must be received on or before January 30, 2017. All applications should be forwarded in properly sealed envelopes marked “CERHI Desk Officer” in the top left corner and addressed to the:


O.A Oshodin (Mrs.)