Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Country Director
Job ID: 13-10155
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Reports To: MSH Country Representative
MSH is seeking highly qualified candidates for a 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. Selection of final applicant is subject to USAID approval. Preference will be given to candidates with relevant experience in Nigeria.
- The Country Director 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.
- In the role of Country Director, 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.
- 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 Country Director 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.
- The Country Director 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 Country Director collaborates with partners, donor, and stakeholder representatives, building and maintaining productive relationships.
Qualifications and Experience
- A Masters’ degree in a relevant field (Public Health, International Development) from an accredited college or university.
- 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.
- Track record of strong commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experiences, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit.
- Demonstrated management capacity in Malaria programs with proven ability to oversee multiple projects simultaneously in multiple locations.
- Outstanding interpersonal, communication, cross-cultural, collaboration and negotiation skills are essential.
- Excellent organizational, leadership, analytical, supervisory and team-buildings skills.
- Ability to delegate effectively.
- Experience building organizational capacity and service delivery.
- Demonstrated ability to make timely effective decisions.
- Willingness to travel within project areas as needed.
- Excellent written communication in English is required.
- 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.
- 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.
- Demonstrated progressive experience in public health with the ability to negotiate, collaborate and coordinate with a range of stakeholders in context of complex and shifting priorities.
How to Apply
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