The PBF Internship Program
23 Jun 2014
The Nigeria State Health Investment Project (NSHIP) is a five year programme that is being implemented in three pilot States-Adamawa, Ondo and Nasarawa under the Results Based Financing (RBF) programme meant to improve quality health outcomes in Nigeria. After two years, gains have been recorded within the States which consequently has led to a scale-up of PBF facilities in additional Local Government Areas (LGA).
At the heel of this success is the need for qualified verifiers to ensure that the monitoring and evaluation aspect of the programme is well implemented. In August 2013, an intensive four month internship programme framework was designed to provide a platform where the Results Based Financing–Technical Assistant (RBF-TA) would have the opportunity of selecting qualified PBF trained verifiers to fill verifier positions required in the LGA where PBF health facilities are located.
On February 10, 2014, the PBF Internship was officially launched in Adamawa State; shortly after, Ondo and Nasarawa States followed suit. The internship was coordinated by the consultant Master Trainer. Each state had a team of PBF facilitators who had equally undergone an intensive PBF training course geared at building relevant capacity in PBF for the scale-up of requisite activities in the three pilot states. Prior to the training, the PBF facilitators underwent a training of trainers’ workshop on adult learning facilitation.
The training was created to further boost the facilitation skills of the trainers given the internship training style. The internship programme was designed in such a way that an andragogical style of facilitation would be the primary mode of teaching. This meant that interns would undertake a self-directed learning perspective to their class work. In line with this objective, interns were expected to actively participate in class through group discussions (group teach), plenary discussions, presentations as well as role play presentations. The facilitator’s main role was to introduce the topics and guide the sessions as suggested in the course manual.
The PBF Internship programme was an intensive 4 month training programme that covered all areas of the PBF Health System Approach in Nigeria. In addition, interns were able to take auxiliary courses in leadership, adult learning methods, communication skills development and health topics relevant for field work as PBF Independent Verifiers.
The internship commenced in Adamawa, Ondo and Nasarawa on February 10, 17 and 24, and ended in May 21, 28 and June 12, respectively.