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  • Program Manager, Global Fund Malaria Project, CRS Nigeria at Catholic Relief Services

  • Posted on: 26 February, 2018 Deadline: 6 March, 2018
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  • Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an international non-governmental organization supporting relief and development work in over 99 countries around the world. CRS programs assist persons based on need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS works through local church and nonchurch partners to implement its programs, therefore, strengthening and building the capacity of these partner organizations is fundamental to programs in every country in which CRS operates. CRS has worked in Nigeria for more than 25 years. Through local partners, CRS has implemented programs in 24 of the country’s 36 states, demonstrating the agency’s extensive grassroots network and significant capacity to reach the rural poor. Focusing on agriculture, emergency response and recovery, and health, CRS is helping to strengthen health care systems, Catholic Church partners, other community-based organizations, and government institutions. CRS’s current projects are improving the lives of more than 1.4 million Nigerians.
    CRS has its head office at Plot 512, Ahmadu Bello Way, Behind NAF Conference Centre and Suites, Kado District, Abuja, Nigeria with field/project offices in some States of Nigeria.

    Program Manager, Global Fund Malaria Project, CRS Nigeria


    CRS has a long and rich history of collaboration with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund). Since 2003, CRS has been awarded over $290 million in Global Fund resources to implement programs in 27 countries. In Nigeria, CRS is a Sub-Recipient (SR) on the Global Fund HIV and has been a Co-Principal Recipient (PR) for the Global Fund Malaria grant since January 2017. As a Co-PR, CRS partnered with the National Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP), various state governments and malaria partners and stakeholders to coordinate and implement the 2017 long lasting insecticidal nets (LLIN) mass campaigns in 6 states. CRS also supervised and monitored an SR, and supported a range of malaria treatment and prevention services at the state level.

    For the 2018-2020 Global Fund Malaria grant, CRS will remain a Co-PR with NMEP, strengthening the synergy and collaboration with NMEP to improve efficiency and impact. CRS will work closely with NMEP, Society for Family Health (SFH), various state governments and malaria partners and stakeholders to coordinate and implement the 2018-2019 long lasting insecticidal nets (LLIN) mass campaigns in 7 states (CRS will implement directly in 2 states and provide ICT4D support for SFH to implement in 5 states). In addition to SFH, CRS will also oversee 2 other SRs (Management Sciences for Health and Malaria Consortium), in providing support to the 13 states supported by the Global Fund, for a range of malaria treatment and prevention services at the state level.

    Job Summary:
    The GF Malaria Program Manager (PM) will support the Senior Program Manager (SPM) to provide oversight to the sub-Recipients on the GF-Malaria grant in achieving donor targets for the Global Fund malaria case management and program management components, in accordance with the Detailed Implementation Plan (work plans) and approved budget, paying attention to deadlines and CRS/donor guidelines

    S/he will support the Senior Program Manager to monitor SR training and provide technical support to SR staff, and liaise with stakeholders in Federal and State Ministries of Health to ensure adherence to national strategies and guidelines for malaria prevention, testing and treatment.

    Specific Job Responsibilities:
    1. Program Management

    • Provide oversight to the 2 service delivery SRs (Management Sciences for Health and Malaria Consortium); and support the team in providing oversight to the ACSM SR (Society for Family Health).
    • Provide support to the SRs in managing the GF Malaria project at different levels (national, state and LGA).
    • Provide support in ensuring that SR program activities are implemented according to the approved work plan and budget, paying attention to agreed deadlines.
    • Participate in monitoring and supervision of program activities implemented by the SRs, ensuring that activity reports are developed and feedback provided to SRs
    • Support in tracking the implementation of SR program activities and tracking budget expenditure
    • Provide support to the SPM in ensuring that SR reports are of good quality and submitted on time, with strict adherence to the PR-SR Agreement, CRS policies and GF policies and guidelines.
    • Participate in program-wide quarterly programme and operational review meetings with the SRs and follow up with appropriate actions and feedback
    • Participate in PR-SR meetings to review grant achievements, analyze reports and SR performance ratings; and provide strategies for improving grant performance
    • Participate in quarterly grant review meetings with the Global Fund Country Team and partners, for improving grant efficiency and effectiveness
    • Provide support to the SPM in identifying pertinent operational research questions which can be answered within the program, design appropriate studies, implement them, analyze data and document the findings
    • Participate in Programme Management Sub-committee meetings with NMEP and partners
    • Participate in Case Management Sub-committee meetings with NMEP and partners
    • Participate in other Malaria Technical Working group meetings

    2. Budget Management

    • Support and participate in activities to ensure appropriate budget planning and financial reporting by SRs, including budget management, forecasting and analysis of burn rates
    • Support and participate in reviewing actual financial performance against the budget for the various SR budgets, and explain variances on a regular basis
    • Support and participate in activities to ensure sub-recipients remain in compliance with CRS and Global Fund donor rules and regulations for management of resources
    • Participate actively in the monthly CRS Budget Comparison Report (BCR)/budget review meetings

    3. Partnership Management

    • Support the SPM as the Case Management contact/support for CRS sub-recipients, including sharing new information and ensuring healthy relationships are maintained between the sub-recipients and the state governments
    • Represent CRS at relevant technical meetings with other malaria partners as delegated by the SPM, DCoP or CoP
    • Carry out any other duties assigned by the supervisor

    4. Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)

    • With oversight from the SPM, collaborate and support the MEAL team to track progress towards relevant performance indicators, analyzing reasons for shortfalls and adapting program strategies as needed
    • Provide support in the design and implementation of feedback and response channels to enhance accountability of malaria program services when needed
    • In collaboration with program and SRs staff, provide support and technical assistance to partners and other collaborating agencies to ensure that lessons learned and best practices for malaria programming are documented and disseminated
    • Facilitate learning exchanges among SRs and between SRs and government ministries on malaria program management and support quality improvement initiatives

    5. Management and Administration

    • Support elaboration of Program Update/Disbursement Requests (PU/DR) in collaboration with other program staff
    • Review SRs program reports and provide feedback on implementation progress and performance, identifying solutions to address challenges and weaknesses
    • Ensure implementation of activities in compliance with all CRS and Global Fund administrative and operational procedures and policies, as well as applicable donor regulations

    Key Working Relationships:
    Internal: Global Fund Malaria Program Team, Deputy Country Representative, Country Representative, Head of Operations, Finance, Procurement and Administration Staff, Regional and Senior Technical Advisors, Deputy Regional Directors for PQ and MQ
    External: Global Fund’s Fund Portfolio Manager and Nigeria Country Team, SRs, State Ministries of Health (SMOH), National Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP) within the Federal Ministry of Health (MoH), Technical and Financial Partners, partner health facilities, Local Fund Agent (LFA)

    Physical Requirements/Environment: Ability to travel frequently to the project sites in all the states of the assigned zone.

    Agency Wide Competences (For all CRS Staff):
    These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

    • Serves with integrity
    • Models stewardship
    • Cultivates constructive relationships
    • Promotes learning


    • M.D/MBBS required with significant field experience in clinical and/or community-based malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment OR post graduate degree in health management or public health.
    • At least 6 years of post NYSC relevant experience in public health with a strong preference for candidates with at least 4 years’ experience in malaria programming. Some health-related community development experience is required.
    • Experience managing development sector programs is required.
    • Experience in malaria programming at the field level and providing technical assistance to partner organizations; knowledge and experience of programmatic and technical service delivery challenges highly desired.
    • Ability to work both in a team and independently and ability to transfer knowledge through formal and informal training.
    • Experience with, and a demonstrated commitment to, community-based approach to development.
    • Experience with GF donor funding requirement is a plus.
    • Ability to interface with multiple stakeholders, representatives, and partners in a professional manner on an ongoing basis.
    • Excellent analytical and information seeking skills, good decision-making skills.
    • Experience with participatory planning and evaluation methods preferred.
    • Strong inter-personal and public relations skills.
    • Willingness and ability to travel regularly and at short notices.
    • Excellent English language oral and written communication skills.
    • Proficiency in MS Office suite, including Word, Excel and Outlook.

    Disclaimer Clause: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
    Nigeria Program

    How to Apply:
    Interested candidates should download the application form using this link and send with a detailed 3-page resume in a single file word document to The position title must be expressly stated as the subject of the email quoting reference number PM270218. E.g Program Manager Global Fund Malaria PM270218.
    Completed applications should reach us before COB, Tuesday February 27, 2018. Only applicants who send in the required format will be considered and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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