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  • Management Sciences for Health (MSH) saves lives and improves health, especially among the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Our mission is to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health.

    Chief of Party - Malaria Proposal in Nigeria

     

    MSH is seeking highly qualified candidates for an anticipated five-year USAID funded malaria program in Nigeria. This program will strengthen delivery of malaria case management: delivery of quality services for management of malaria and its complications, prevention of malaria in pregnancy, and integrated community case management. Availability of the position is contingent upon issuance of a USAID funding mechanism, and selection of final applicant is subject to USAID approval. Preference will be given to candidates with relevant experience in Nigeria.

    The Chief of Party leads and manages the project and is accountable for project deliverables and results, 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 and synergy with other MSH projects and collaboration with the MSH Country Representative and the Country Operations Management Unit (COMU). In the role of Chief of Party, s/he ensures that the Program has a strategic vision of success, and deploys all resources – financial, technical, and human - in support of these strategies and plans. S/he is aware of and adheres to MSH’s Procurement Integrity standards and procedures in all project management responsibilities.

    Specific Responsibilities

    1. The Chief of Party oversees implementation of program activities and provides high quality technical and strategic leadership, managerial oversight, and administration of the project.
    2. S/he serves as the primary project liaison from MSH to the donor and is accountable for the achievement of results, ensuring quality of services is maintained at the highest standard, and that all project objectives and deliverables are met.
    3. S/he adapts and implements 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 USAID.
    4. The Chief of Party collaborates with partners, donor, and stakeholder representatives, building and maintaining productive relationships.
    5. S/he supervises direct reports with a particular focus on achievement of their key tasks and project deliverables.
    6. S/he communicates, implements, and assures adherence to MSH and project policies, guidelines and values; develops staff skills and knowledge; and facilitates supervisee success and professional development whenever possible.
    7. The Chief of Party serves as the primary liaison for communication with USAID/Nigeria, US Government representatives, partners, civil society organizations, appropriate officials from the Government of Nigeria and representatives from other donor and development agencies.

    Qualifications

    • A Masters’ degree in a relevant field (management, public health, international development) from an accredited college or university.
    • Experience in public health in developing and/or transitional countries managing the operational and organizational aspects of similar health projects including staff supervision and oversight of operational procedures and policies; preference given to those with experience in Nigeria.
    • Demonstrated ability to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse partners and the ability to lead multidisciplinary teams.
    • A minimum of 10 years of project management experience (of which at least half is in a senior management position) in large, multi-year international health sector development programs that increase uptake of evidence based interventions in malaria or MNCH.
    • Demonstrated subject-matter expertise in malaria and two or more of the following areas: health service delivery, service quality improvement, malaria prevention, malaria treatment and diagnosis, behavior change communications, capacity building, and monitoring and evaluation.
    • Track record of strong commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experiences, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit.
    • Outstanding interpersonal, communication, cross-cultural, collaboration and negotiation skills are essential.
    • Ability to delegate effectively
    • Demonstrated ability to make timely effective decisions
    • Willingness to travel within project areas as needed.
    • Excellent written communication in English is required.

    EEO Statement

    Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.

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    Director, Finance and Operations

     

    MSH seeks candidates for the position of Director of Finance and Operations for an anticipated multi-million dollar USAID 5- year health project in Northern Nigeria. The project will focus on support for service delivery in six interventions areas: family planning, malaria, routine immunization, nutrition, maternal/newborn health, and treatment of pneumonia/diarrhea. The position will be based in Abuja, Nigeria.

    This position is subject to project award and funding. International allowances are available.

    The Director, Finance and Operations is a member of the project’s senior management team and oversees the overall financial and project operational functions under the supervision of the Chief of Party. S/he is responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of technical efforts and field activities by providing accounting, administrative, management and logistical support to facilitate the implementation of project activities. The Director ensures that the project’s financial management, personnel, administrative and contractual operations systems are conducted according to MSH regulations, standard operating procedures and good business practices. S/he provides management support to the technical assistance team to facilitate the implementation of program activities. The Director coordinates with the Country Operations Management Unit (COMU) unit to ensure that the project’s operational needs (including finance, accounting, HR, IT, and procurement functions) are met, facilitating coordination and integration with other existing MSH country projects, systems, and processes.

    The Director, Finance and Operations safeguards the assets (financial and physical) of MSH or other donors against fraud, loss or misuse. S/he ensures that any money expended in the field is done in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, MSH Policy, and any cost principles imposed by MSH or a donor agency. S/he must demonstrate the ability to use sound business judgment in assuring that all costs are reasonable and necessary for the completion of the office projects and MSH’s mission.

    Specific Responsibilities

    1. As a member of the project’s senior management team, participate in all meetings with USAID, host government, local partners, and other organizations as needed as well as internal joint operations and shared program discussions.
    2. Coordinate with the Country Operations Management Unit (COMU) unit to ensure that the project’s operational needs (including finance, accounting, HR, IT, and procurement functions) are met. Ensure coordination and integration with other existing MSH country projects, systems, and processes.
    3. With the Chief of Party, lead the preparation and management of country project budgets and pipeline expenditures. Manage monitoring, analysis and reporting of actual and accrued expenditures against project budgets for accurate project pipelines, estimates of upcoming cash needs and overall efficient and effective financial management of the project.
    4. Exercise independent discretion and judgment in continually exploring opportunities for cost-cutting, cost-sharing and rational use of the project’s resources, and advise the Chief of Party accordingly.
    5. Manage cash flow, including funds transfers from MSH Home Office, local currency exchange, and petty cash. Obtain authorization for and pay local costs. Reconcile the project’s bank accounts and field advance accounts each month.
    6. Assure that all project financial transactions are recorded into an approved MSH Field Expense Accounting System, and submit timely reports each month. Verify documentation of all field financial transactions.
    7. Review all paid invoices, verifying agreement with supporting documentation, including price quotes, purchase orders and shipping receipts.
    8. Apply internal systems for obtaining purchase approvals and use of assets ensuring the adequate application of internal controls.
    9. In conjunction with the Chief of Party, oversee project hiring and HR-related functions for the project in coordination with the COMU.
    10. Maintain project’s current standing with all mandated tax and registrations, including submission of payments and required reports.
    11. Review all approved payments for the project’s local vendors, contractors and consultants for goods and services received, in accordance with the laws and regulations of Nigeria, and MSH and USAID regulations.
    12. Prepare country activity travel advances and process travel claims (TEFs) and work with program staff to resolve accounting related issues.
    13. Ensure that project staff receive logistics support in booking staff and consultants travel and accommodations, and in processing required authorizations.

    Qualifications

    1. Master’s level degree or equivalent of 10 years’ (12 years preferred) experience in financial management, with a minimum of 5 years direct international work experience in developing countries with senior-level responsibility for operations and finance managing awards of similar size.
    2. Proven expertise in finance, accounting and auditing, including automated financial systems.
    3. Proven expertise in financial planning and budgeting.
    4. Demonstrated strong management, coordination, teamwork, and planning skills, with proven ability to function effectively with donors and multiple host-country counterparts (public and private sector).
    5. Computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite applications (Excel spreadsheets, word processing, and electronic mail along with data entry experience), and proficiency in Quickbooks.
    6. Ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines.
    7. Fluent English is required.

    EEO Statement

    Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.

    Method of Application

    Interested and suitably qualified candidates should click on preferred job titles to apply online.

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