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  • Posted on: 8 September, 2016 Deadline: 20 September, 2016
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  • Options Consultancy Services Limited was established in 1992 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marie Stopes International. We are a consultancy organisation providing technical and management expertise in the health and social sectors to governments and international development partners to transform the health of women and children. We provide information, expertise and influence to governments, health workers, NGOs and businesses to catalyse change so that health services can be accessed by the people who need them most.

    State Team Leader - Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Phase 2


    Job Roles

    • Provide overall state level technical leadership and representation of the project, under the direction of the Deputy Team Leader – Technical:
    • Work closely with the Technical Advisors and Coordinators to ensure all interventions are delivered to the highest standard to ensure they are effective
    • Ensure logframe results are achieved with the support of the Technical Advisors and Coordinators
    • Strategic, programmatic and financial responsibility at the State-level:
    • Be an active contributor to the senior management team
    • Convey the overall purpose, activities, and achievements of the project to external stakeholders
    • Ensure that all outputs of MNCH2 are meeting and working together to promote a “one team” approach
    • Support coordinators to develop annual budgets and workplans and ensure these are followed
    • Liaise with other relevant programmes and originations as appropriate to further the outcomes of the programme
    • Managing large teams:
    • Work closely with and manage a large team of technical and administrative professionals to achieve programme success
    • Ensure that all reportees are supported to produce quality and timely deliverables and work with the relevant personnel to build capacity in areas where reportees need development

    Take an activity role in the recruitment and management of new team members

    Quality Assurance:

    • Accountable for project objectives, outcomes, and milestones at the state levels and ensures that financial, operational, and reporting requirements of the programme and the donor are followed
    • Effectively leverage global technical assistance to ensure effective and high quality programme delivery, including Options Technical Support Unit.

    Essential Requirements

    Master’s degree in public health or a relevant field


    • Demonstrated coordination experience in international health programmes, with a record of successful team leadership and achieving programme objectives
    • Experience providing expertise in multiple programme focus areas (health system strengthening and reproductive health is a benefit) in Nigeria
    • Deep understanding and knowledge of contemporary health system dynamics and MNCH challenges
    • Demonstrated capabilities in management, capacity building, high-level strategic visioning, and leadership
    • Demonstrated experience in budget management
    • In depth understanding of the political, social, economic, and cultural context of Northern Nigeria
    • Experience working effectively with LGA and State government authorities (Jigawa would be a very strong benefit)
    • Familiarity with the political, social, economic, and cultural context of Northern Nigeria required

    Skills and attributes

    • Excellent attention to detail and experience of quality assurance
    • Excellent written and spoken English and Hausa
    • Ability to work to deadlines
    • Advanced Microsoft Office skills, including but not limited to Excel, Word and PowerPoint
    • Excellent leader and team player, with excellent interpersonal skills and comfortable working in a multi-disciplinary team

    Desireable requirements

    • Commitment to achieving effective and efficient delivery of essential health care for pregnant women, new-borns and children, alongside routine immunisation
    • Commitment to ensuring that all Nigerian citizens, including women, the poorest and other marginalized groups, are able to have equal voice and participate in holding government accountable in the delivery of public services


    • Life insurance
    • Accident insurance
    • Health insurance 20 days leave (excluding public holidays)

    Method of Application

    To apply, please send your CV with a summary note of your skills and experience to Charlotte Langridge Candidates should state the role in the subject header

    Closing date for applications is: Tuesday 20 September 2016 (NB no need to state a time, jobs on the company website close and are removed at 23.59)

    Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview. Interviews will be held week commencing 26 September 2016

    Other information

    Options is an equal opportunities employer

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