MSH Jobs in Nigeria: Capacity Building Advisor

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7 Sep, 2010

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Non profit Organization Jobs

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a nonprofit international health organization composed of more than 2,000 people from 73 nations. 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. Together with our partners, we are helping managers and leaders in developing countries to create stronger management systems that improve health services for the greatest health impact. MSH Nigeria recruits Capacity Building Advisor, OVC Umbrella Grants Project

Overall Responsibilities
The Capacity Building Advisor provides focused, high-quality institutional capacity building assistance for a large Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Umbrella Grants Project in Nigeria. The anticipated emphasis of the project is to on strengthening community-level services, building capacity, increasing coordination between federal, state, LGA and community levels, improving quality assurance and monitoring & evaluation.

This position is contingent upon MSH being awarded the project.

Specific Responsibilities
The Capacity Building Advisor plans, coordinates, implements, and evaluates State and Federal-level institutional capacity building activities, resulting in increased effectiveness of the Project’s partners, including public institutions, NGOs, and other community-based organizations. S/he implements and scales up technical assistance in a manner that leads to adoption and sustainable use of tools and approaches by building client awareness of current gaps, achieve buy-in on the viability and need for an tool or approach, and train client staff on the use of tools or approaches, utilizing expertise in some or all of the following key areas of technical assistance mentioned in the general description above. S/he builds and manages professional relationships with key stakeholders, and provides reliable, high-quality follow through on all obligations to clients and other parties. S/he communicates with clients, donors and other external parties as requested, including contributing to written reports and/or presentations. S/he develops tools and interventions to address client needs, including manuals and new systems, and utilizing existing tools, with a focus on incorporating these tools into client’s operations. S/he strengthens the managerial and technical capacity of local partners by conducting a needs assessment of their capacity; creating an action plan; assisting in implementing their action plan; and actively assists them in managing their grants in the first year of the award. The Capacity Building Advisor identifies individual health and development professionals, larger NGOs, and training institutions to assist with implementing technical assistance. S/he contributes to the design of strategies for implementing institutional capacity development across multiple clients, utilizing existing resources, according to client’s greatest needs, with awareness of cultural and political sensitivities, and according to donor expectations and timeframes. The estimated period of performance of the award is five (5) years, depending on availability of funds.

Job Qualifications
1. Master’s degree in public health, international development, public policy, public administration, management, social sciences or a related discipline. Preference given to candidates with experience in OVC and/or HIV/AIDS.
2. A minimum of 6 years experience in institutional capacity building across the areas of strengthening leadership, organizational development, and strategic planning in local organizations.
3. 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.
4. Strategic thinker with people skills and managerial, coordination, and organizational skills.
5. Ability to work as a member of a team, and to contribute to developing a new project in a dynamic environment.
6. Proven programmatic, technical, and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively with professional colleagues in a broad range of local public institutions and NGOs.
7. Demonstrated computer skills in MS Office Suite applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
8. Fluency in English (including speaking, writing, and reading).
9. Willingness to travel extensively within Nigeria.

Relocation and post allowances are not available for this position.

Please note that this is a potential opening dependent upon funding.

To apply for this position, please see the instructions below. If you cannot apply online or have difficulty doing so, please send your cover letter and CV, indicating the position of interest, to [email protected]:

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