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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.

    Director, Health Sector Strengthening (HSS) - MAPS Nigeria

     

    Overview

    • 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.

    Specific Responsibilities

    • Leads the design and implementation of the project’s health sector strengthening interventions focused on the State Governments, Local Government Areas, Ward Development Council and local NGOs and Civil Society Organizations participating in the project.
    • HSS topics will include: human resource management (pre-service and in-service training, supportive supervision; selection, deployment and motivation of providers and managers) supply chain management, leadership and governance, program and financial planning and reporting, inter-institutional coordination, health information systems and/or fundraising.
    • Coordinate the HSS expertise of MSH and of its sub-contractors, which will include international, national and local organizations so that the project’s HSS interventions are designed and implemented as a single package which includes the best expertise of MSH and each of its sub-contractors.
    • Link with HSS counterparts in government and international development agencies and NGOs to coordinate and leverage the project’s HSS interventions.
    • Contribute to strengthening MSH presence in Nigeria.

    Qualifications

    • Master’s Degree in Public Health or related area.
    • Minimum of 7 years of successful experience as senior-level HSS expert in health projects of equivalent size and complexity, funded by USAID or by other international donors. This HSS experience must include both government institutions and civil society organizations and must include at least four of the following HSS topics:
      • Human resource management,
      • Supply chain management,
      • Leadership and governance,
      • Program and financial planning and
    • Reporting, inter-institutional coordination and health information systems and/or fundraising.
    • Prior working experience in health programs in Nigeria.
    • Successful experience leading HSS staff and consultants within a consortium of international and local sub-contractors to achieve measurable results within a technically complex and integrated health program.
    • Successful experience in engaging HSS representatives of the host country government, civil society organizations, international development organizations and NGOs to support project implementation and/or to provide complementary resources to the project.
    • Successful experience in sharing knowledge, documenting experience, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit.
    • Demonstrated strategic agility, diplomacy, conflict management, team building, and negotiation skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to make timely effective decisions
    • Willingness to travel within project areas as needed.
    • Excellent written communication in English is required.

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    Chief of Party - Malaria Proposal in Nigeria

     

    Overall Responsibilities

    • Management Sciences for Health (MSH) saves lives and improves health by helping public and private organizations throughout the world to effectively manage people, medicines, money, and information.
    • Working from more than 30 country offices and our Arlington, Virginia and Medford, Massachusetts US headquarters, our staff from 65 nations is highly regarded for its technical expertise, integrity, and commitment to making a lasting difference in health.
    • We live by our mission 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.

    Will also perform:

    • 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:
      • Vision and technical strategy;
      • Project management;
      • Documentation and communication;
      • Client(s) and stakeholder(s) relationships; and
      • 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

    • The Chief of Party oversees implementation of program activities and provides high quality technical and strategic leadership, managerial oversight, and administration of the project.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • The Chief of Party collaborates with partners, donor, and stakeholder representatives, building and maintaining productive relationships.
    • S/he supervises direct reports with a particular focus on achievement of their key tasks and project deliverables.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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    State Team Leaders - RMNCH

     

    Number of Positions: 3

    Overview

    • The State Team Leaders assist the Chief of Party in leading the project activities in the designated states.
    • The estimated period of performance is 3-5 years, depending on availability of funds. These positions are contingent upon MSH receiving the project award.
    • There are 3 positions, one in each State. The State Team Leaders manage all activities within their State and supervise the State-level Specialists of the Project, integrating the activities into a single strategic approach at the federal, state, local government, and community levels.
    • He or she assists the COP in providing oversight and technical direction to the Project and collaborates with the COP on the appropriateness and quality of interventions.
    • Along with the COP, he or she serves as a technical liaison between the Project and other donors and stakeholders operating in Nigeria.

    Specific Responsibilities

    • Lead MSH and partners activities in the RMNCH project within the state. Oversee the work of State Advisors.
    • Ensure that the work of each technical area is coordinated at all levels, from federal to community level.
    • Ensure that technical workplans are linked so that the monitoring and evaluation plans are integrated.
    • Define specific, quantifiable performance indicators and targets for programs and reporting results.
    • Work with the Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor to assess activity progress to ensure that the project maintains close adherence to work plans and meets designated milestones, deliverables, and benchmarks.
    • With the Chief of Party, adapt and implement management systems with standard operating procedures to administer all activities funded by the contract.
    • 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 Chief of Party, 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 COP, meet regularly with USAID and other stakeholders to share progress, accomplishments, and challenges. Consult regularly with USAID on the current and future strategic direction.
    • Supervise staff as assigned. Supervisory responsibilities include, but are not limited to, regularly meeting 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.

    Qualifications

    • Post graduate Degree in Public Health, Public Administration or Management, or a combination of equivalent relevant experience and education.
    • Minimum of 8 years' experience managing RH/FP, or MCH, or integrated health projects in a developing country setting. Experience managing professional and financial resources on a similar scale amid the constraints of developing country health systems.
    • Substantial experience working within Nigeria, preferably in Sokoto, Bauchi States or Akwa Ibom States.
    • 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 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.
    • Proven ability to communicate well with, motivate, guide, and direct all levels of staff. Direct senior staff supervision experience required.
    • Proven record of aligning diverse, multi-level 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. Advanced proficiency in Hausa required.
    • Willingness and ability to travel within Nigeria at least 50% time.

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    Director, Finance and Operations

     

    Overview

    • 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.

    Job Description

    • 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

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Review all paid invoices, verifying agreement with supporting documentation, including price quotes, purchase orders and shipping receipts.
    • Apply internal systems for obtaining purchase approvals and use of assets ensuring the adequate application of internal controls.
    • In conjunction with the Chief of Party, oversee project hiring and HR-related functions for the project in coordination with the COMU.
    • Maintain project’s current standing with all mandated tax and registrations, including submission of payments and required reports.
    • 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.
    • Prepare country activity travel advances and process travel claims (TEFs) and work with program staff to resolve accounting related issues.
    • Ensure that project staff receive logistics support in booking staff and consultants travel and accommodations, and in processing required authorizations.

    Qualifications

    • 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.
    • Proven expertise in finance, accounting and auditing, including automated financial systems.
    • Proven expertise in financial planning and budgeting.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • Ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines.
    • Fluent English is required.

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    Director of Monitoring and Evaluation - MAPS

     

    Overview

    • 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.

    Specific Responsibilities
    Provide in-country technical leadership and support for monitoring and evaluation and knowledge management. These tasks include, among others:

    • Ensure the integration of M&E activities into all project components.
    • Collect, report and analyze information on project activities.
    • Ensure timely and complete reporting from in-country executing partners in accordance with approved reporting formats.
    • Monitor and evaluate progress towards annual work plans, expected outputs, including selecting and monitoring progress in meeting indicators.
    • Assist the Chief of Party in the preparation of work plans/selection of indicators and annual implementation plans with a view towards the project’s M&E requirements.
    • Coordinate the preparation of all quarterly progress reports, annual project report, inception report, ad-hoc technical reports, and success stories for USAID funding in line with the required formats.
    • Collect data for annual M&E plan and use those data to improve project performance.
    • Adapt and implement tools and techniques to improve the quality and use of data for decision making.
    • Compile information on lessons learned and expertise within and outside the project.
    • Provide capacity building activities on M+E to selected stakeholders and sub-contractors participating in project activities (government, CBOs, NGOs). Required capacity building includes reporting and management use of periodically collected health information, Data Quality Assurance, DHIS2 and LQAS.
    • Develop a detailed annual work plan to build technical and managerial capacity of project.
    • Based on the capacity building work plan mentioned above conduct monthly seminars, hands-on training, mentoring and coaching for project staff.
    • Design and implement operations research.

    Qualifications

    • Masters' Degree in Management, M&E, Health Sciences or public health or equivalent experience.
    • At least 7 years of relevant work experience in monitoring and evaluation of donor-funded public health programs; some of this experience must include health programs in Nigeria and the US Government as the project’s donor.
    • Knowledge of and experience in training and capacity building on M+E.
    • Experience establishing data quality assurance systems. Demonstrated experience with software applications related to project planning and monitoring.
    • Successful experience leading M+E activities within a team comprising staff and consultant coming from diverse organizations.
    • Prior experience conducting operations research desirable.
    • Successful experience in sharing knowledge, documenting experience, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit.
    • Demonstrated strategic agility, diplomacy, conflict management, team building, and negotiation skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to make timely effective decisions
    • Willingness to travel within project areas as needed.
    • Excellent written communication in English is required.

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    Director of Health Sector Strengthening

     

    Overview

    • MSH seeks candidates for the position of Director of Health Sector Strengthening for an anticipated 5 year, USAID-funded project in Northern Nigeria ($75-150 million) to contribute to state-level reduction in under-five and maternal mortality, and to increased capacity of health systems (public and private) to sustainably support access to primary health care.
    • The implementing partner will work closely with and support state governments, while strengthening their capacity in developing a robust plan for the health sector annually and provide support for its implementation to increase the use of high impact integrated maternal, newborn and child health and family planning/reproductive health interventions.

    Specific Responsibilities

    • Leads the design and implementation of the project’s health sector strengthening interventions focused on the State Governments, Local Government Areas, Ward Development Council and local NGOs and Civil Society Organizations participating in the project.
    • HSS topics will include: human resource management (pre-service and in-service training, supportive supervision; selection, deployment and motivation of providers and managers) supply chain management, leadership and governance, program and financial planning and reporting, inter-institutional coordination, health information systems and/or fundraising.
    • Coordinate the HSS expertise of MSH and of its sub-contractors, which will include international, national and local organizations so that the project’s HSS interventions are designed and implemented as a single package which includes the best expertise of MSH and each of its sub-contractors.
    • Link with HSS counterparts in government and international development agencies and NGOs to coordinate and leverage the project’s HSS interventions.
    • Contribute to strengthening MSH presence in Nigeria

    Qualifications

    • Required - Master’s degree in Public Health or related area.
    • Required - Minimum of 7 years of successful experience as senior-level HSS expert in health projects of equivalent size and complexity, funded by USAID or by other international donors. This HSS experience must include both government institutions and civil society organizations and must include at least four of the following HSS topics: human resource management, supply chain management, leadership and governance, program and financial planning and reporting, inter-institutional coordination and health information systems and/or fundraising.
    • Required - Prior working experience in health programs in Nigeria.
    • Required - Successful experience leading HSS staff and consultants within a consortium of international and local sub-contractors to achieve measurable results within a technically complex and integrated health program.
    • Required - Successful experience in engaging HSS representatives of the host country government, civil society organizations, international development organizations and NGOs to support project implementation and/or to provide complementary resources to the project.
    • Required - Successful experience in sharing knowledge, documenting experience, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit. Demonstrated strategic agility, diplomacy, conflict management, team building, written and oral communication in English, and negotiation skills.

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    Maternal, Newborn, Child Health - Director of Health Services Delivery

     

    Overall Responsibilities 
    Management Sciences for Health (MSH) saves lives and improves health by helping public and private organizations throughout the world to effectively manage people, medicines, money, and information. Working from more than 30 country offices and our Arlington, Virginia and Medford, Massachusetts US headquarters, our staff from 65 nations is highly regarded for its technical expertise, integrity, and commitment to making a lasting difference in health.

    We live our mission 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. MSH seeks candidates for the position of Director of Health Service Delivery for an anticipated 5 year, USAID-funded project in Northern Nigeria ($75-150 million) to contribute to state-level reduction in under-five and maternal mortality, and to increased capacity of health systems (public and private) to sustainably support access to primary health care.

    The implementing partner will work closely with and support state governments, while strengthening their capacity in developing a robust plan for the health sector annually and provide support for its implementation to increase the use of high impact integrated maternal, newborn and child health and family planning/reproductive health interventions. This position is contingent upon project award and funding.

    Specific Responsibilities

    • Leads the design and implementation of the project's integrated high-impact interventions in the areas of Family Planning; Maternal, Newborn and Child Health; Maternal and Child Nutrition; Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.
    • This integrated package of interventions will be delivered through government and/or private health providers.
    • Coordinate the technical expertise of MSH and its sub-contractors, which will include international, national and local organizations so that the project's technical interventions are designed and implemented as a single package which includes the best expertise of MSH and its sub-contractors.
    • Link with technical counterparts in government and international development agencies and NGOs, private sector and corporate organizations to coordinate and leverage the project's technical interventions.
    • Contribute to strengthening MSH presence in Nigeria.

    Qualifications

    • Required - Medical Doctor, Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife with a Master's degree in Public Health or related area.
    • Required - Minimum of 7 years of successful experience as senior-level technical or program manager of health projects of equivalent size and complexity, funded by USAID or by other international donors.
    • Required - Successful working experience in health programs in Nigeria. Successful experience in the design and/or implementation of large scale programs related to Family Planning; Maternal, Newborn and Child Health; Maternal and Child Nutrition; and/or Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.
    • Required - Successful experience leading technical staff and consultants within a consortium of international and local sub-contractors to achieve measurable results within a technically complex and integrated health program.
    • Required - Successful experience engaging technical representatives of the host country government, civil society organizations, international development organizations and private sector to support project implementation and/or to provide complementary resources to the project.
    • Required - Successful experience of sharing knowledge, documenting experience, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit. Demonstrated strategic agility, diplomacy, conflict management, team building, written and oral communication in English, and negotiation skills.

     Recommended - Demonstrated experience in the following:

    • Strengthening capacities of NGO administrative and financial systems, and oversight of grants programs.
    • Strengthening leadership and management capacities of national and sub-national government health systems.

    Method of Application

    To apply for this position, go to MSH's Career Website

    Note: Select Preferred Location and Click SEARCH.

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