Job Summary

The Health Technician is a serial cadre salaried member of the health team for Primary Health Care. He/she is employed by the formal Health System and is expected to spend 70% of his/her working time in the community and 30% in the clinic. He/she is supervised by Community Health Officer.

Job Title: Health Technician

Location of the Job: LGA, PHC Department/Community.

Personal Qualification: He/she must be

  1. Healthy
  2. Able to communicate and work well with people in the community.
  • Able to guide, supervise and give good leadership to Volunteer Village Health Workers/Traditional Birth Attendants
  1. Be willing to live and work in the community.
  2. Mature, approachable, friendly and honest.
  3. Knowledgeable and skillful.
  • Have initiative and tolerance.
  • Punctual to duty
  1. Portray the ethnic and etiquettes of Health practices.


  1. Academically qualified Health Assistant who has been on the grade for minimum of 2 years.
  2. A candidate who possesses five (5) passes in English, Mathematics, Biology or Health Science, and any other two (2) subjects in WAEC or NECO at not more than two (2) sittings.
  3. Nomination and support by the LGSs/other organization.

Duration of the course: 2 academic sessions (4 semesters)

Certificate awarded: Diploma for Health Technician.

Summary of functions

Carry out 70% of his/her Primary Health Care functions in the community and 30% at the clinic.

Community Based Functions

  1. Carry out community mobilization for health action.
  2. Participate with other Health Workers and community to carry out community diagnosis and continuous health needs assessment of the community.
  3. Supervise Volunteer Village Health Workers(VVHWs)/ Traditional Birth Attendants(TBAs) and together visit prenatal and postnatal mothers to initiate and continue ease.
  4. Carry out Health Education on environmental sanitation and prevalent Health problems such as Malnutrition, Diarrhea, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in the community.
  5. Develop a monthly plan with the approval of the supervising officers.
  6. Visit homes and monitor pregnant women.
  7. Participate in the training of VVHWs/TBAs.
  8. Collect and collate health data for monitoring and evaluation of PHC activities in the community.
  9. Work with the supervisory officer and community members to plan solutions for identified health needs.
  10. Identified learning needs of VVHWs/TBAs information from community based data to serve as evidence for intervention.

Clinic Based Functions

  1. Register new clients.
  2. Weigh clients and record weights accurately.
  3. Carry out health talks on different health related topics as scheduled.
  4. Dress uncomplicated wounds according to established procedures.
  5. Sterilize equipment according to established procedures.
  6. Participate in collating data for monitoring and evaluation of PHC activity in the clinic.
  7. Update the clinic master card after community based functions.
  8. Perform any other duties assigned to him/her by supervising officer.


LGAs: Local Government Areas

NPI: National Programme on Immunization

ORS: Oral Dehydration Solution/Salt.

ORT: Oral Dehydration Therapy

PHC: Primary Health Care

SSS: Salt Sugar Solution

SCBE: Supervised Community Based Experience

SCE: Supervised Clinic Experience

TBAs: Traditional Birth Attendants

VVHWs: Volunteer Village Health Workers

WHO: World Health Organization

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