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MSH seeks a candidate for the position of State Team Director for an anticipated multi-million dollar USAID/PMI 3 to 5-year malaria project in Nigeria.
The project will focus on support for malaria services through key technical interventions including, prevention, case management (diagnosis and treatment), and supply chain management.
Other cross cutting interventions will include health systems strengthening, improving health information systems, behavior change communication, and private sector engagement.
This position will be based within central office of Abuja.
This position is subject to project award and funding.
The State Team Director is responsible for the management and implementation of all activities at the state level and supervision of State Team Leaders.
The estimated period of performance is 3-5 years, depending on availability of funds.
This position is contingent upon MSH receiving the project award.
There is only one position available depending on funding.
The State Team Director will manage State Team Leader and ensure activities within the targeted states are meeting the task order goals and are combined contributing to the strategic objectives of USAID/PMI and the FMOH’s NMEP Strategic Plan.
The State Team Director will supervise the State-Team Leads, integrating the activities into a single strategic approach at the Federal, State, local government, and community levels throughout each of the task orders.
He or she assists the DCOP in providing oversight and technical direction to the state task orders and collaborates with the DCOP in the appropriateness and quality of interventions.
Along with the DCOP, he or she serves as a technical liaison between the Project and other donors and stakeholders operating within the states designated through this project.
Lead coordination of MSH and partners activities in the Malaria project within the states.
Oversee the work of State Team Leaders.
Ensure that the work of each technical area is coordinated at all levels, from Federal to community level and across all states.
Ensure that technical work plans are linked so that the monitoring and evaluation plans are integrated.
Provide technical oversight and best practices across state task orders in order to promote sustainable practices that lead to direct impact.
Define specific, quantifiable performance indicators and targets for programs and report Work with the Director of Monitoring and Evaluation to assess activity progress and ensure that the project maintains close adherence to work plans and meets designated milestones, deliverables, and benchmarks.
With the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP), adapt and implement management systems with standard operating procedures to administer all activities funded by the task order.
Ensure there is 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.
With the DCOP and State Team Leader(s), ensure that the program has adequate staff to carry out high-quality work and that staff are recruited and hired in accordance with state-level, federal-level, donor, and MSH requirements.
In partnership with DCOP, meet regularly with USAID and other stakeholders to share progress, accomplishments, and challenges.
Consult regularly with USAID on the current and future strategic direction
Work and liaise with PMI and SMEP to ensure that the right technical areas are covered within the task-orders and that new task orders are assigned based on state participation and malaria burden needs.
Supervise staff as assigned.
Supervisory responsibilities include, but are not limited to, regular meetings with supervisees to discuss issues, track work progress, provide guidance and support, and ensure consistent quality of work performed; conducting Performance Plan and Reviews; communicating, implementing, and ensuring adherence to MSH policies, guidelines, and values; developing staff skills and knowledge; approving time sheets; and facilitating supervisee success whenever possible.
Perform other duties as assigned by the COP and DCOP.
Post graduate degree in Public Health, Public Administration or Management, or a combination of equivalent relevant experience and education.
Minimum of 8 years’ experience (10 years of progressively responsible experience preferred) managing malaria projects, or integrated health projects in a developing country setting.
Direct experience managing professional and financial resources on a similar scale amid the constraints of developing country health systems.
Substantial experience working within Nigeria, preferably at the state level in all geographic zones.
Demonstrated competence in assessing priorities and in managing a variety of activities in a time-sensitive environment, and in meeting deadlines with attention to detail and quality.
Demonstrated ability to lead a technical and managerial team to meet project objectives in multiple country sites and across multiple technical areas.
Familiarity with and understanding of US Government regulations and administrative procedures including, an in-depth understanding of Presidents Malaria Initiative (PMI) goals and objectives globally and within Nigeria to help the projects reach targets.
Proven ability to communicate well with, motivate, guide, and direct all Direct senior staff supervision experience required
Proven record of aligning diverse, multi-states teams with project mission and vision.
Track record of strong commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experience, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit.
Demonstrated strategic agility, diplomacy, conflict management, team building, written and oral communication, and negotiation skills. Sensitivity to local cultures and traditions.
Fluency in English, including reading, understanding, and speaking, with the ability to conduct business in English; excellent skills in drafting business correspondence.
Willingness and ability to travel within Nigeria at least 50% time.
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