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    MSI is recruiting on behalf of MSION, a local organisation and member of the MSI partnership. This position is contingent upon award confirmation. The Project Start up Advisor will provide support to Marie Stopes International Organization Nigeria for a period of about 3 months to ensure the efficient inception of a new USAID-funded family planning project in view of rapid scale up.

    He/she will support the Chief of Party to finalise the project design and documents; strengthen MSION’s capacity; and coordinate partners and stakeholders. Millions of the world's poorest and most vulnerable women trust Marie Stopes International to provide them with quality sexual and reproductive health care. We have been delivering contraception, safe abortion, and mother and baby care for over thirty years and work in 42 countries around the world. By providing high quality services where they are needed the most, we prevent unnecessary deaths and make a sustainable impact on the lives of millions of people every year. It is a role requirement that the job holder must fully comply with, promote and live MSION CORE VALUES:

    Project Start up Advisor - Nigeria


    Key Responsibilities

    • Finalise project design and documents
    • Conduct baseline assessments as required and finalise the project design with partner, stakeholders and MSION staff
    • Produce project documents such as detailed project workplan, M&E plan, Management plan, budget Project documents are finalised and agreed upon withstakeholders
    • Confirm lines of communication with donor and key stakeholders
    • Coordinate and engage with other partner organisations
    • Finalise project organisational structure, the personnel and staffing plan, ensure roles, responsibilities and lines of authority are clearly established Project management and staffing plan is finalised
    • Support the recruitment and orientation process of project personnel for start up, ensure they are well prepared for complying with MSI rules and regulations and minimum standards for service delivery
    • Project personnel is recruited and prepared for stat up Newly recruited MSION team members receive appropriatetechnical training in MSI rules and regulations and minimum standards for service delivery.
    • Ensure that all relevant project team members are trained on donor compliance and understand their implications on operating procedures .All program operations are compliant with donor rules and regulations.
    • Support coordination with key stakeholders
    • Establish the project’s Steering Committee with key stakeholders and agree on working procedures
    • Coordinate the kick-off workshop with partners and stakeholders
    • The project steering committee is established and working procedures agreed The project kickoff workshop is held


    • Post graduate degree in Health Science, Social Science, or International Development Management; Doctorate is preferred
    • Fluent English both oral and written
    • Knowledge of clinical health, community outreach, training programmes
    • Knowledge of family planning, maternal health or other reproductive health interventions


    • Proven track record of starting large, preferably USAID-funded projects, a must
    • Nigeria experience valued
    • Experience in leading and motivating dynamic teams and partnerships in developing countries
    • Senior Management experience preferably within health management, family planning, community development, and/or public sector capacity strengthening


    • Leadership skills; with the ability to motivate others to exceed expectations and to up skill other managers to reflect the same behaviours
    • Conflict management, negotiation and resolution skills and experience
    • Strong management skills; able to manage performance effectively and support others during times of change
    • Ability to influence and communicate with stakeholders, both internal and external
    • Excellent communication skills – with the ability to give presentations
    • A good understanding of external relations techniques and principles
    • Strong analytical skills – the ability to accurately interpret data both financial and statistical and take relevant action
    • Track record of delivering quality results and impact in previous roles
    • Adaptable during times of change and ambiguity and able to quickly gain the cooperation of other departments and external parties.
    • Fluent in English both written and spoken

    Method of Application

    Interested applicants should click here to apply online.

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