Posted on :
7 Sep, 2010
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 Chief of Party, OVC Umbrella Grants Project
The Chief of Party is responsible for the leadership, management, and technical oversight of a large Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s (OVC) Umbrella Grants project in Nigeria. The anticipated emphasis of the project is strengthening community-level services, building capacity, increasing coordination between federal, state, LGA and community levels, improving quality assurance and monitoring & evaluation. The estimated period of performance of the award is five (5) years, depending on availability of funds.
The Chief of Party serves as the primary project liaison from MSH to the US Government team in Nigeria and ensures 1-the achievement of results and accountability; 2-all program activities related to management systems, program monitoring and coordination, networking and linkages, and technical leadership and knowledge management in the project’s implementation sites are completed in a timely fashion; 3-quality of services is maintained at the highest standard, and that all projects objectives are met; 4- the project has adequate staff to carry out high-quality work and that staff are recruited and hired in accordance with local, donor, and MSH requirements. With the Director of Finance, Administration and Grants, the Chief of Party ensures that management and financial systems and standard operating procedures are in place to administer, track, and report on all activities funded by the award and that financial and technical reports are provided to USAID in timely manner. The Chief of Party supervises direct reports with particular focus on their key tasks and project deliverables. Supervisory responsibilities include, but are not limited to, meeting with supervisees on a regular basis 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 assuring adherence to MSH and project policies, guidelines and values; developing staff skills and knowledge; approving time sheets; and facilitating supervisee success whenever possible.
1. Master’s degree in public health or related field.
2. Minimum of 10 years experience managing large donor-funded projects. Previous Chief of Party experience preferred, managing professional and financial resources on a similar scale. Previous work experience in Africa managing OVC or HIV care and treatment programs.
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. Demonstrated ability to make sound decisions in a timely manner.
5. Familiarity with and understanding of US Government (with preference to USAID and PEPFAR) regulations and administrative procedures.
6. Proven ability to communicate well with, motivate, guide, and direct all levels of staff. Direct senior staff supervision experience required.
7. Proven record of aligning diverse, multi-level teams with project mission and vision.
8. Track record of strong commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experience, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit.
9. Demonstrated ability to work well with senior colleagues, particularly interacting productively, proactively, and comfortably with government agencies, NGOs, private sector groups, USAID, CAs, and donor organizations.
10. Commitment to working closely with the donor, MSH home offices, and partner organizations on a collaborative basis.
11. Demonstrated strategic agility, diplomacy, conflict management, team building, written and oral communication, and negotiation skills.
12. Fluency in English including speaking, writing, and reading.
13. Willingness to travel within Nigeria as needed.
Please note that this is a potential opening dependent upon funding. International allowances and relocation assistance are available.
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