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  • Posted: May 30, 2024
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    Chief of Party, USAID/Nigeria/Strengthening Quality of Care through Primary Health Care

    This position is subject to project award and funding. 

    OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES:  

    The COP's primary responsibilities are providing overall leadership and technical direction of the entire project, ensuring an integrated vision among different components and actors, and focusing on achieving the results defined in the project’s scope of work. The COP has the final authority within the project team for decisions related to technical, management, contractual, resource allocation, and personnel issues. The COP will be responsible for the successful implementation of all aspects of the project, with full accountability and authority for the development, execution, and monitoring of the project, including (1) vision and technical strategy; (2) project management; (3) documentation and communication; (4) client(s) and stakeholder(s) relationships; and (5) coordination with government, donor, stakeholder, and other MSH projects. 

    SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES: 

    • Oversee implementation of project activities and provide high-quality technical and strategic leadership, managerial oversight, and project administration. 
    • Serve as the primary project liaison from MSH to the donor and is accountable for achieving results, ensuring the quality of services is maintained at the highest standard, and all project objectives and deliverables are met. 
    • Adapt and implement management systems with standard operating procedures to administer all activities funded by the agreement, ensuring sufficient financial staff for disbursing all local costs under this project, monitoring and tracking expenditures, and preparing financial reports of project expenditures for submission to the donor. 
    • Ensure positive relationships between the team and Nigeria's multi-lateral and bi-lateral partners. 
    • Mentor, support, manage and supervise a team of highly qualified staff with a particular focus on achieving key tasks and project deliverables. 
    • Communicate, implement, and ensure adherence to MSH and project policies, guidelines, and values; develop staff skills and knowledge; and facilitate success and professional development whenever possible. 
    • Cultivate strategic relationships with the donor, US Government representatives, implementing partners, Federal and State Governments, Local Government Areas, Ward Development Council, local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), faith-based organizations (FBOs), civil society, and contractors and implementers to create synergies and ensure smooth implementation of activities. 
    • Meet regularly with USAID/Nigeria, contracting officer (CO) and program technical leads, FMOH and SMOH representatives and partners, and attend meetings as requested. 
    • Ensure that project activities are technically sound, evidence-based, and responsive to the needs of the country and USAID/Nigeria. 
    • Facilitate the development of annual work plans and budgets; review work plans, financial reports, cost share, and performance monitoring plans. 

    QUALIFICATIONS

    • Master’s degree in public health, social sciences or related field with at least 10-15+ years of senior-level project management experience in designing, implementing, and managing large, complex, integrated health programs in Nigeria, West Africa, or other international settings. International project management experience is advantageous. 
    • USAID experience is required and five years of previous experience as a Chief of Party is required. 
    • Demonstrated progressively increased responsibility in managing development assistance and health programs of similar scope or size, $50 million USD+ portfolio. Proven exceptional project leadership in the design, management, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation, with skills in strategic planning, management, supervision, and budgeting,  including experience in managing complex activities involving coordination with multiple program partner institutions and coordinating sub-partner/consortium contributions.  
    • Strong communication skills to fulfill the program's diverse technical and managerial requirements and effectively coordinate with a wide range of stakeholders.  
    • Experience developing project vision, aligning key stakeholders around that vision, and assuring that the vision is translated into implementable strategies. 
    • Demonstrated ability to lead multidisciplinary, multicultural teams, manage complex programs and ensure that project staff adhere to the highest standards of quality, relevance, and timeliness. 
    • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with senior-level colleagues, particularly interacting productively, proactively, and comfortably with government agencies, NGOs, private sector groups, USAID, implementing partners and contractors, and donor organizations. 
    • High levels of diplomacy, conflict management, team building, written and oral communication, and negotiation skills. 
    • Fluency in written and spoken English, and demonstrated capacity to effectively communicate and document, including the writing of quality reports and detailed analysis of strategic information. Fluency in a local language is a distinct advantage. 

    Desirable qualifications  

    • Previous experience in designing, managing and implementing activities and projects with a focus on PHC and quality of care 
    • Previous experience in engaging and supporting activity implementation in Nigeria’s decentralized health system 

    Qualified local, female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. 

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    Director of Finance and Administration, Nigeria/Strengthening Quality of Care through Primary Health Care

    OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES:   

    The Director of Finance and Administration (DFA) provides high-level financial management and operations leadership, contract, and grant management support. The DFA ensures that financial and operational functions support the timely and effective implementation of the project’s technical scope of work. They provide counsel to help project leadership ensure that resources are allocated and used in compliance with contractual requirements, applicable regulations, and appropriate standards and procedures. The DFA will liaise with local partners, USAID, and MSH’s headquarters regarding any aspects of program implementation, contractual, risk management, cost share, governance, and all other matters related to finance and administration. The DFA will work with the project leadership team to ensure that all expenditures, payment, procurement, and vehicle management are carried out per USAID and MSH standards and regulations. The DFA provides authoritative leadership on all budget, expenditure monitoring, financial reporting, and contract matters to ensure timely and effective implementation of the program. 

    The DFA will oversee the financial management for all project activities in Nigeria. This includes oversight of procurement, grants, construction, logistics,  accounting and finance, and records. The DFA will manage the contract budget and prepare financial reports for submission to USAID. The DFA will ensure that funds expended are compliant with USG regulations and policies, implement fraud mitigation practices, and ensure systems and processes are implemented effectively to support the implementation of the award. The DFA reports to the Chief of Party (COP), participates in the project leadership team, collaborates with the Technical Directors, and provides direct supervision to Finance and Administration (F&A) staff.   

    SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:  

    Financial Management: 

    • Lead program annual budget development process that includes managing the annual work plan, life-of-project and activity budgets and ensuring compliance of program expenditures with approved budgets; ensure the consistency, inclusion and accuracy of costs and that they comply with agreed policy and practices, and work with staff in developing budgets for technical activities as necessary. Revise overall and sub-budgets as needed throughout the work plan year. 
    • Maintain systems for program budget monitoring and tracking that include financial and contractual data. Provide routine pipeline analyses to COP and USAID. Also, provide any ad hoc reports requested by USAID. In addition, perform routine financial analysis on program expenditures, documenting and monitoring overall performance, analyzing trends, identifying gaps to ensure efficient and sound project management. 
    • Responsible for coordination of contract management activities. Work with program staff, home office and partners to draft, manage and monitor implementation of contracts. Provide routine progress reports to program management team. 
    • Serves as a local office lead with MSH headquarters for preparation of budgets and budget amendments to be submitted to USAID. Submission to the USAID officer shall be reviewed by the MSH contracts officer or Senior Contracts officer prior to submission. 
    • Monitor adjustments to the annual project budget and corporate fiscal year whenever required. 
    • Coordinate monthly requests of funds, based on budget and cash flow projections, to ensure the program has all the necessary funds for the operations. 
    • Review purchase orders and confer with team leader for approval, prior to issuance of the purchase orders for program procurement of commercial goods and services within agreed upon thresholds. 
    • Ensure all program staff is trained on USAID Rules and Regulations and compliance.

    Grants Management: 

    • Supervise grant and contract administration functions.  Supervise the grant management team for the project. 
    • Correspond as necessary with grantees, local subcontractors, and MSH Home Office. 
    • Lead the design of the grants program; make recommendations to the Chief of Party for the selection of the grant instruments.   
    • Manage the development of the Request for Applications; determine appropriate deadlines and scope of work.  Collaborate with the Corporate Contract Office in the development and revision of all grant templates. 
    • Participate and be a voting member of the selection committee. Prepare, present, and negotiate grants; amend as needed. 
    • Document the process by which grantees are selected for awards; notifies applicants and other stakeholders of award decisions. 
    • Conduct pre-award surveys of the grantees and complete capacity building plans and compliance monitoring plans for each grantee.  
    • Oversee compliance with the terms and conditions of the grants. Provide technical assistance to grantees to build their capacity. 
    • Monitor grantees’ compliance with the terms and conditions of the grant and the grantees’ policies and procedures.  
    • Keep abreast of, interpret, and provide training and guidance to project staff and grantees on all donor regulations and policies (including but not limited to Circulars A-110, A-122. Educate program staff and grantees on agreement compliance and operational topics. 
    • Approve invoices and payments to grantees. Supervise all aspects of grant close out. 

    Administration: 

    • Collaborate with the Chief of Party to (a) ensure that project activities and management operations are implemented as per MSH Mission, values, and policies, and standard operating procedures, and local laws and regulations, and (b) to safeguard MSH's reputation - Financial, Contractual and political integrity. 
    • Support the Chief of Party in the management of the project, aligning staff, systems, and other resources with the annual work plan and budget to provide timely, cost effective, responsive, and high-quality operations and administrative support within local laws and available resources, and in an environment with adequate internal controls, adhering to contracts regulations, MSH Policies, and standard operating procedures. 
    • Ensure timely submission of administrative and financial reports to the team leader and corporate operations office as required. 
    • Provide administrative supervision to the project specific support staff and is accountable for their performance management (including regular results, check-ins, formal appraisals, supportive supervision, rewards, training, coaching and carrier development support). 
    • In liaison with the project leadership team, coordinate, execute internal/external financial, operations, and program reviews or audits, and ensure timely follow up to review or audit conclusions and recommendations. 
    • Participate in project risk register development and implementation and take proactive steps to mitigate risks within operational functions. 
    • Take responsibility for risk management and good governance. 

    General: 

    • Ensure project actions are governed by the highest standards of personal and business conduct as stipulated in policy guidelines. 
    • Contribute to maintaining teamwork, discipline, sound work relationships and productivity. 
    • Ensure that unit staff charges their time to the different project activities in a manner which accurately reflects their level of effort. 

    QUALIFICATIONS

    • Master’s degree in business administration, finance, accounting or related subject with at least 10+ years of relevant work experience managing, in increasing roles of responsibility, finance, procurement, contracts management, construction, logistics and/or human resource-related matters for international development activities of similar dollar value, and: USAID experience required,   Nigeria working experience preferred, and training and capacity-building experience preferred.  
    • Thorough knowledge of USAID financial reporting, administration of Cooperative Agreements, subgrants,  and compliance requirements.  
    • Strong leadership, mentoring, management, planning, analytical and organizational skills demonstrated by ability to work both independently and within a team, assess priorities, and manage a variety of activities with attention to detail. 
    • Proven leadership and capacity in negotiation and conflict management. 
    • Demonstrated experience of providing technical assistance to organization and conducting trainings. 
    • High levels of diplomacy, conflict management, team building, written and oral communication, and negotiation skills.  
    • Fluency in written and spoken English, and demonstrated capacity to effectively communicate and document, including the writing of quality reports and detailed analysis of strategic information. Fluency in a local language is a distinct advantage.  

    Qualified local female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  

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    Technical Director for Health Service Delivery, USAID/Nigeria/Strengthening Quality of Care through Primary Health Care

    This position is subject to project award and funding. 

    OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES:  

    The TD (HSD) is a member of the senior leadership team and will support the project at the central level and oversee state teams to ensure quality technical service is provided as needed.  The TD HSD will provide technical oversight and direction of integrated health service delivery and technical assistance activities for quality improvement and RMNCH/FP at the facility and community levels. The TD HSD will support the program to deliver high-quality integrated health interventions and ensure that project activities align with relevant international standards and national/state policies, strategies, and plans. The TD HSD will coordinate among USAID, donors, contractors and implementers, and Government of Nigeria institutions and representatives, particularly at the national, state, and community levels, for integrated health service delivery activities. The Technical Director will supervise a team of technical advisors that will manage direct service delivery and cross cutting areas as needed in the project.   

    SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES: 

    • In collaboration with the COP, ensure that the program is delivered according to donor and government policies. 
    • Collaborate with the Chief of Party, Director of Finance and Operations, and State Team Director and the MSH Headquarters to allocate and utilize project resources in the most efficient way and ensure effective technical, budgeting and financial management. 
    • Provide overall technical direction, leadership and technical expertise for the team in designing and delivering evidence-based, high impact reproductive, maternal, newborn, child health, nutrition and malaria (RMNCH+NM) services in public and private health facilities, that are responsive to the needs of the National, State and USAID.
    • Support and oversee the introduction of appropriate quality improvement approaches that improves PHC service delivery. 
    • Provide technical advice on the integration of RMNCH+NM into established service delivery systems across service levels and life course continuum.  
    • Provide technical assistance and guidance on the latest health developments, publications, and other information generation activities nationwide and globally.  
    • Represent program at national and state level stakeholder meetings and technical working groups in relation to RMNCH+NM and related technical areas.  
    • Develop and regularly update detailed annual work plans and ensure the team monitors progress towards completion and achievement of program objectives.  
    • Coordinate project’s technical work across clinical content-specific and cross-cutting areas at the national and state levels.  
    • Coordinate the technical expertise of MSH and its subcontractors, which will include international, national, and local organizations (civil society, faith-based organizations [FBOs] and local partners). 
    • Link with technical counterparts in Federal and State Governments, Local Government Areas, Ward Development Councils, local NGOs, FBOs, and civil society to coordinate and leverage the project’s technical interventions. 
    • Build capacity through training, mentoring, supervision, and technical exchanges that support F/SMOH, civil society, faith-based, and local partner development. 
    • Supervise Technical Advisors. 
    •  Ensure strategies are developed and implemented to increase sensitivity to gender equity and female empowerment; accountable for ensuring that gender and capacity development activities are integrated into all project activities. 
    • Coordinate the project’s work with the private sector.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    • Medical Doctor, Registered Nurse, or Midwife with a Master’s degree in public health, social sciences or related field, and 10+ years of successful experience as senior-level technical or program manager of health projects of equivalent size and complexity, 
    • USAID experience strongly preferred. 
    • Proven exceptional leadership in the design, management, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of health programs) in Nigeria,  
    • Including experience in the design and implementation of large-scale programs across the national health system in Nigeria with a strong working background at the subnational level. Must have technical experience in the fields of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child health, nutrition, malaria (RMNCH+NM).  
    • Familiar with the national and sub-national primary health care context in Nigeria and designing and implementing activities and projects with a focus on PHC and quality of care 
    • Demonstrated ability to lead multidisciplinary, multicultural teams, manage complex programs and ensure that project staff adhere to the highest standards of quality, relevance, and timeliness,
    • Including experience leading technical staff and consultants within a consortium of international and local subcontractors to achieve measurable results within a technically complex and integrated health program.  
    • Proven ability to build and maintain technical and collegial relationships with host-country (national and sub-national) government officials, civil society organizations, and international development organizations in a variety of forums where technical implementation is discussed.  
    • Demonstrated capacity to develop technical materials and strengthen local clinical and non-clinical capacities to improve service delivery, advocacy and resource mobilization for quality RMNCH+NM services. 
    • Proven ability in conflict management, team building, written and oral communication, and negotiation skills. 
    • Fluency in written and spoken English, and demonstrated capacity to effectively communicate and document, including the writing of quality reports and detailed analysis of strategic information. Fluency in a local language is a distinct advantage. 
    • Willingness to travel throughout Nigeria as necessary. 

    Qualified local, female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. 

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