Malaria Consortium Job Recruitment (4 Positions)

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Malaria Consortium is one of the world’s leading non-profit organisations specialising in the comprehensive prevention, control and treatment of malaria and other communicable diseases among vulnerable and under privileged populations. We increasingly find our work on malaria can be effectively integrated with other similar public health interventions for greater impact and therefore expanded our remit to include child health and neglected tropical disease interventions.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

1) Job Title: Senior Technical Specialist

Location: Abuja
Grade: 9
Job Type: Fixed Term
Level: Technical
Role type: National
Department: Technical  
Length of contract: July 2019 – Dec 2020

Country and Project Background
The Nigeria Country Office in Abuja, started operations in 2008, through the DFID/UKaid funded Support to National Malaria Programme, SuNMaP (2008 – 2016). The office had presence in 23 states of the country and has managed at various times, about 15 programmes and projects. It follows the mandate of the parent organization in Nigeria and has been working specifically in the following areas:

  • Malaria control/elimination;
  • Integrated community case management (iCCM) for malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea;
  • Nutrition; and
  • Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

Currently, the Nigeria country office manages MC programmes/projects in Sierra Leone, Chad and Burkina Faso. In January 2018, Malaria Consortium become a sub-recipient for the grant of the Global Fund (GF) to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria under the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) and Catholic Relief Services as the principal recipients. The goal of the grant is to contribute towards reducing the malaria burden to pre-elimination levels and bringing malaria-related mortality to zero by 2020 in Nigeria.

This project aims to achieve seven objectives while delivering high quality malaria services in 14 states (MC implementing in 7 of the states – Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa, Niger, Yobe, Gombe and iCCM only in Kebbi and Niger) through improved service delivery mechanisms, demand creation and health system strengthening strategies:

  • To ensure at least 80% of targeted population utilizes appropriate preventive measures by 2020  
  • To test all care-seeking persons with suspected malaria using RDT or microscopy by 2020  
  • To treat all individuals with confirmed malaria seen in private or public facilities with effective anti-malarial drug by 2020  
  • To provide adequate information to all Nigerians such that at least 80% of the populace habitually takes appropriate malaria preventive and treatment measures as necessary by 2020
  • To ensure the timely availability of appropriate antimalarial medicines and commodities required for prevention and treatment of malaria in Nigeria wherever they are needed by 2018  
  • At least 80% of health facilities in all LGAs report routinely on malaria by 2020  
  • To strengthen governance and coordination of all stakeholders for effective program implementation towards an “A” rating by 2018 on a standardized scorecard

Job Purpose

  • To work with the Senior Project Manager (SPM) and team in providing technical support and direct implementation of both health facility-based and iCCM components of the programme, covering training, routine reporting, logistic system, quality assurance (QA) and supportive supervision at the state, LGA, health facility and community levels as per the agreed performance framework targets.

Scope of Work:

  • The Technical Specialist (TS) will provide additional technical support working closely with the Country Technical Coordinator (CTC), to the technical team at the country office level with specific attention to follow-up on ToRs, concept notes, engagement of technical assistance (TA), TA and programme reports, tracking/follow up on technical quality of state-level activities through interphase with the STOs.
  • Furthermore, the TS would follow up on additional/emerging issues in the programme; e.g. technical activities at the national level especially the integration of malaria with RMNCH+N, demand creation, and oversee quality of care (QoC) processes and procedures to ensure quality assurance (QA) at the programme level.
  • S/he would also be involved in representation of the programme during meeting with PRs and other stakeholders.

Key Working Relationships:

  • The Technical Specialist working under the line-management of the Programme Director, dotted line management of the CTC and in close collaboration with the colleagues in the country office, dotted line relationship to the State Technical Officers, other GF SRs, partners and stakeholders would deliver aspects of the programme as per the specified job tasks and expected deliverables.

Key Accountabilities
Technical contributions (80%):

  • Support states to ensure that rollout of programme service delivery activities meet international standard of quality;
  • Initiate/follow-up on approval of ToRs for all activities to be carried out at the national, state, LGA, health facility and community level;
  • Work with the Human Resource Management towards the engagement of appropriate TA as per approved ToRs and oversee the implementation of such activities;
  • Work in liaison with country office team to closely monitor delivery of ToRs; obtain reports in a timely manner and ensure the proper sign-off of all submitted reports;  
  • Provide technical support, including building their capabilities, to the state teams in the planning and implementation of all programme activities including malaria prevention (routine LLINs distribution & IPTp), case management (diagnosis and treatment), quality of care (QoC), integrated community case management (iCCM), logistics management information system (LMIS) and health management information system (HMIS);
  • Follow up on additional/emerging issues in the programme; e.g. integration with RMNCH, demand creation, QoC processes and procedures to ensure quality assurance (QA) at the programme level;
  • Ensure the GF project’s adherence to technical quality assurance processes for MC in programme planning and implementation.
  • Document innovation and best practices that are related to the programme.
  • Represent MC on malaria Technical Working Groups (TWGs) and other relevant health coordinating committees at national level as designated.

Project Management (20%):

  • Support collation, review and submission of routine project service delivery activity reports to Programme Director.
  • Support Programme Director to follow up Country Office review feedbacks on reports and other project documents.
  • Contribute to preparation of the quarterly Progress Update and Disbursement Request (PUDR) to the donor.
  • Contribute to quarterly lessons identification and learning .documentation and dissemination
  • Contribute to project exit strategy and ensure inclusion of relevant activities to promote sustainability within the workplan and smooth transition of the programme to government;

Person Specification

Qualifications and Experience
Essential:

  • A Degree in Medicine plus a Master’s in Public Health, Health Policy, Epidemiology or another relevant specialty with at least ten years work experience, is a minimum requirement;  
  • Previous experience working at national level with oversight for at least 3 states
  • Demonstrable experience working with national programmes and engaging with stakeholders at that level.
  • Significant experience of working in developing countries and experience with GF or GAVI funded programmes would be an added advantage; 

Work-based Skills and Competencies
Essential:

  • Knowledge of global and country specific malaria policy and guidelines;  
  • Knowledge of medical supplies procurement and supply chain management;
  • Technical knowledge and skills in control of malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea;
  • Demonstrable report writing and presentation skills.
  • Excellent project management and M&E skills; and familiarity with accountability and learning
  • Excellent written and spoken English

Core Competencies
Delivering results:

LEVEL C – Supports others to achieve results:

  • Displays a positive and enthusiastic approach and is not deterred by setbacks, finding alternative ways to reach goals or targets.
  • Supports others to plan and deliver results
  • Supports others to manage and cope with setbacks

Analysis and use of information:
LEVEL B – Uses evidence to support work:

  • Identifies and uses various sources of evidence and feedback to support outputs
  • Uses evidence to evaluate policies, projects and programmes
  • Identifies links between events and information identifying trends, issues and risks
  • Ensures systems are in place to address organisation needs

Interpersonal and communications:
LEVEL C – Adapts communications effectively:

  • Tailors communication (content, style and medium) to diverse audiences
  • Communicates equally effectively at all organisational levels
  • Understands others’ underlying needs, concerns and motivations and communicates effectively in sensitive situations
  • Resolves intra-team and inter-team conflicts effectively

Collaboration and partnering:
LEVEL B –  Collaborates effectively across teams:

  • Proactive in providing and seeking support from expert colleagues
  • Raises difficult issues with teams/ partners and stakeholders with a view to positive resolution
  • Proactive in building a rapport with a diverse range of people

Leading and motivating people:
LEVEL B –  Manages own development and seeks opportunities:

  • Actively manages own development and performance positively
  • Learns lessons from successes and failures
  • Seeks and explores opportunities within Malaria Consortium which develop skills and expertise

Flexibility/ adaptability:
LEVEL C – Supports others to cope with pressure:

  • Responds positively to change, embracing and using new practices or values to accomplish goals and solve problems and supports others to do the same  
  • Adapts team approach, goals, and methods to achieve solutions and results in dynamic situations
  • Sets realistic deadlines and goals for self or team

Living the values:

  • LEVEL B –  Promotes Malaria Consortium values amongst peers:
  • Shows a readiness to promote Malaria Consortium’s values amongst peers
  • Promotes ethical and professional behaviour in line with Malaria Consortium’s values

Strategic planning and thinking and sector awareness:

  • LEVEL B – Is aware of others’ activities and vice versa in planning activities:
  • Takes account of team members and others’ workloads when planning.
  • Maintains awareness of impact on other parts of the organisation, keeping abreast of other’s activities, objectives, commitments and needs
  • Has a good understanding of the sector in which Malaria Consortium works

Salary

  • Competitive

Benefits:

  • National
Application Closing Date
15th June, 2020; 23:59


2) Job Title: Senior Project Manager

Location: Abuja / Nigeria Country Office  
Grade: 10
Job Type: Fixed Term
Role type: National  
Level: Management
Department: Management
Length of contract: 1 year

Country and Project Background
The Nigeria Country Office in Abuja, started operations in 2008, through the DFID/UKaid funded Support to National Malaria Programme, SuNMaP (2008 – 2016). The office had presence in 23 states of the country and has managed at various times, about 15 programmes and projects. It follows the mandate of the parent organization in Nigeria and has been working specifically in the following areas:

  • Malaria control/elimination
  • Integrated community case management (iCCM) for malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea
  • Nutrition
  • Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)

Malaria Consortium has recently become a sub-recipient for the new grant of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GF) under the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) and Catholic Relief Services as the principal recipients.  

The goal of the grant is to contribute towards reducing the malaria burden to pre-elimination levels and bringing malaria-related mortality to zero by 2020 in Nigeria.

This project aims to achieve seven objectives while delivering high quality malaria services in 14 states (MC implementing in 7 of the states – Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa, Niger, Yobe, Gombe and iCCM only in Kebbi and Niger) through improved service delivery mechanisms, demand creation and health system strengthening strategies.

  • To ensure at least 80% of targeted population utilizes appropriate preventive measures by 2020  To test all care-seeking persons with suspected malaria using RDT or microscopy by 2020  
  • To treat all individuals with confirmed malaria seen in private or public facilities with effective anti-malarial drug by 2020  
  • To provide adequate information to all Nigerians such that at least 80% of the populace habitually takes appropriate malaria preventive and treatment measures as necessary by 2020  
  • To ensure the timely availability of appropriate antimalarial medicines and commodities required for prevention and treatment of malaria in Nigeria wherever they are needed by 2018  
  • At least 80% of health facilities in all LGAs report routinely on malaria by 2020  
  • To strengthen governance and coordination of all stakeholders for effective program implementation towards an “A” rating by 2018 on a standardized scorecard

Job Purpose

  • To work with the country office team, manage GF-SMC project activities and resources, provide leadership and stewardship to the project team and maintain collaborative links with the project’s key stakeholders at national and sub-national levels.

Scope of Work:

  • The senior project manager will provide overall leadership to the GF-SMC project team and be responsible for implementing project activities in the State.  S/he will be responsible for the provision of project management of the project at the national level. The position will be based in the country office, with regular travel within implementing states.

Key working relationships:

  • S/he would be reporting to the Project Director, but relating with the Principal Recipients for the grant, other SRs, major stakeholders and partners including the iCCM Taskforce and subcommittees, states and LGAs where the project is operational.
  • S/he would line manage the key project staff in the country and state offices.

Key Accountabilities
Project management (60%)

  • Work with the project team and other relevant personnel in the country office to lead activities for smooth project start up and planning
  • Work with the relevant personnel to prepare all necessary project start up and planning tools on time
  • To build and performance manage an effective and technically unsurpassed GF project team
  • Line manages with the country project team and the zonal project managers
  • Be responsible for coordinating overall project implementation and see that activities are carried out on a time and within budget and targets for each milestone as set by GF are met
  • Liaise regularly with the Country Director and Country Technical Coordinator to provide timely and comprehensive updates and reports as required
  • Work with the project team to develop and implement annual work plans
  • Work closely with the Project Director to prepare the project monitoring and evaluation framework. Work with the project team to implement it
  • Work with the country finance team to track progress of project and activity budgets
  • Work with relevant country office staff to ensure they are aware of the project needs and support is provided adequately to the project team
  • Be responsible for project budget management including the preparation of annual budget and forecasts, implementation as planned, tracking and reforecasting
  • Be responsible for preparing project progress and quarterly narrative reports on time
  • Work with the country finance and Country Technical Coordinator to prepare quarterly financial reports
  • Work with the relevant country personnel and the Country Technical Coordinator to prepare an exit strategy and to implement it, to see the smooth end of the programme
  • Work with the Country Technical Coordinator, Demand Creation Officer and project partners to see that a project communications strategy is developed which includes the production of case studies, reviews of lessons learnt and general documentation for internal and external dissemination
  • Be responsible for quarterly lessons identification and learning documentation and dissemination
  • Lead the development of any additional country project documentation that may be requested by the Country Director or Regional Programme Coordinator
  • Be responsible for building functional partner relationships among the project’s stakeholders
  • Oversee project partners inputs and subcontractors’ activities to deliver harmonized, aligned and effective outputs
  • To manage the risks of the project including financial, reputation and security in a challenging environment especially to the project teams in the north eastern geopolitical zone of the country
  • Lead on the performance management of the project staff

Technical contributions (10%):

  • Work with the project teams and the Country Technical Coordinator to determine technical support needs to implement the project effectively and with high quality. Liaise with the Country Technical Coordinator to obtain the technical support
  • Contribute to the development and production of dissemination documents to allow wider sharing of Malaria Consortium’s experiences, lessons and successes

Technical performance management and quality assurance (20%):

  • Take the lead in monitoring and evaluating project performance
  • Keep abreast with evidence and best practices that are related to the project

Representation (10%):

  • Work with the Country Director and Country Technical Coordinator to participate in national level meetings and workshops to represent Malaria Consortium at programmatic and coordination events
  • Liaise regularly with GF and PRs focal persons on iCCM keeping the relevant Country Team in loop of communication
  • Work with the Country Director and Country Technical Coordinator to keep key national stakeholders abreast with the project
  • To exert influence and to advocate for Malaria Consortium’s key technical positions and promote best practice in malaria and iCCM interventions

Person Specification

Qualifications and Experience
Essential:

  • Postgraduate Master’s degree in Public Health, Health Policy, Epidemiology or another relevant specialty is a minimum requirement
  • Extensive experience of working at national level in developing countries
  • Excellent project planning, management and monitoring & evaluation skills
  • Experience managing programme / project budgets
  • Excellent written and spoken English

Desirable:

  • Proven leadership skills and team leading
  • Experience in advocacy and policy influencing

Work-based Skills and Competencies
Essential:

  • Demonstrable passion for Malaria Consortium’s mission; a strategic manager with integrity and a desire to work in a dynamic environment
  • Proof of strong interpersonal and negotiating skills
  • Excellent report writing and presentation skills are also needed.
  • Clear communication skills for managing partnerships and relationships with senior stakeholders at all levels

Core Competencies

Delivering results:
LEVEL C – Supports others to achieve results

  • Displays a positive and enthusiastic approach and is not deterred by setbacks, finding alternative ways to reach goals or targets
  • Supports others to plan and deliver results
  • Supports others to manage and cope with setbacks

Analysis and use of information:
LEVEL C – Works confidently with complex data to support work:

  • Interprets complex written information
  • Works confidently with data before making decisions, for example; interpreting trends, issues and risks
  • Acquainted with the validity, relevance and limitations of different sources of evidence

Interpersonal and communications:
LEVEL C – Adapts communications effectively:

  • Tailors communication (content, style and medium) to diverse audiences
  • Communicates equally effectively at all organisational levels
  • Understands others’ underlying needs, concerns and motivations and communicates effectively in sensitive situations
  • Resolves intra-team and inter-team conflicts effectively:

Collaboration and partnering:
LEVEL C – Builds strong networks internally and participates actively in external networks and think tanks:

  • Builds strong networks internally  
  • Participates actively in external networks and/or think tanks
  • Engages with relevant experts to gather and evaluate evidence
  • Shares and implements good practice with internal and external peers

Leading and motivating people:
LEVEL C – Effectively leads and motivates others or direct reports:

  • Gives regular, timely and appropriate feedback
  • Acknowledges good performance and deals with issues concerning poor performance
  • Carries out staff assessment and development activities conscientiously and effectively
  • Develops the skills and competences of others through the development and application of skills
  • Coaches and supports team members when they have difficulties

Flexibility/ adaptability:
LEVEL C – Supports others to cope with pressure:

  • Responds positively to change, embracing and using new practices or values to accomplish goals and solve problems and supports others to do the same
  • Adapts team approach, goals, and methods to achieve solutions and results in dynamic situations
  • Sets realistic deadlines and goals for self or team

Living the values:
LEVEL C – Supports others to live Malaria Consortium’s values:

  • Demonstrates personal integrity by using role position responsibly and fairly
  • Cultivates an open culture within the wider team, promoting accountability, responsibility and respect for individual differences

Strategic planning and thinking and sector awareness:
LEVEL C – Keeps up to date with the internal and external environment:

  • Takes into account economic, political and other business factors when drawing up medium and long-term plans, covering both public and private sectors
  • Looks beyond the immediate operations to prospects for new business
  • Engages with appropriate internal and external sources to establish major influences on future plans

Salary

  • Competitive

Benefits:

  • National
Application Closing Date
12th June, 2020; 23:59

3) Job Title: Programme Director, SMC

Location: Abuja / Nigeria Country Office
Department: Management
Length of contract: Indefinite
Role type: National
Grade: 11
Travel involved: In-country 50% with occasional int’l
Child safeguarding level: 1
Reporting to: WCA Programmes Director
Dotted line manager: Global Programme Director – SMC
Indirect reports: 7 Zonal project managers

Country and Project Background

  • The Nigeria Country Office in Abuja, started operations in 2008, through the DFID/UKaid funded Support To National Malaria Programme, SuNMaP (2008 – 2016). The office had presence in 23 states of the country and has managed at various times, about 15 programmes and projects. It follows the mandate of the parent organization in Nigeria and has been working specifically in the following areas:
    • Malaria control/elimination;
    • Integrated community case management (iCCM) for malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea;
    • Nutrition; and
    • Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).
  • Malaria Consortium has been involved in implementing seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) since 2013, with a major scale-up between 2015 and 2017 across 7 countries of the Sahel region, including Nigeria, under the ACCESS-SMC project. Today, Malaria Consortium’s SMC programme operates in Burkina Faso, Chad, Nigeria and Togo, using a mix of philanthropic and institutional funding. In Nigeria, Malaria Consortium currently implements SMC in 7 states: Bauchi, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Jigawa, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfara, aiming to reach around 9 million children under 5 in 2020.

Job Purpose

  • To ensure a coherent programme approach across locations and funding streams, working with the SMC programme team at global, regional and national levels as well as the Nigeria country office team.
  • To manage programme activities, resources as well as provide leadership, stewardship and maintain collaborative links with the programme’s key stakeholders at national and sub-national levels.

Scope of Work:

  • The Programme Director will provide overall leadership to the programme team and be responsible for managing the programme at national level and implementing programme activities at the State level.
  • The post holder will also liaise closely with the wider SMC programme team at global and regional level to ensure country-level expertise and insights to inform a coherent approach across Malaria Consortium’s multi-country SMC programme and conversely the global SMC programme approach is adapted to the Nigerian context.
  • The position will be based in the country office, with regular travel within implementing states.
  • It will support the SMC programme team through providing managerial, technical support and direct implementation of MC SMC project activities in implementing states and at national level, as well as oversee and coordinate SMC deliverables.
  • S/he will lead the country-level SMC Senior Management Team (SMT).
  • The post holder will be responsible for the development and monitoring of a sustainability plan working closely with other members at the country office.

Key Working Relationships:

  • The post holder will report to the West and Central Africa Programmes Director and work closely with the wider SMC programme team at global and regional level, especially the global SMC Programme Director, the Regional Programme Coordinator West & Central Africa, Head of Technical West & Central Africa, Global Operations Manager, as well as other senior technical, research, M&E, operational and external relations colleagues at programme level.
  • The role will also work with major stakeholders and partners at the national level, including the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) SMC expert group and subcommittees, states and Local Government Areas (LGAs) where the programme is operational.
  • S/he will line manage key programme staff in the country and state offices (dotted line management).

Key Accountabilities (percent of time spent on each area)
Strategic Planning and Project Management (60%):

  • Build and manage a high-performing country-level SMC programme team;
  • Line manage the technical specialist, project manager, Data Analysis Specialist as well as the operations and surveillance specialist with dotted line management function to the Zonal Project Managers.
  • Be responsible for the coordination and implementation of programme activities for all SMC projects within Malaria Consortium on a time and within budget, ensuring targets and milestone are met.
  • Liaise regularly with the West and Central Programme Director, Country Programme Manager, Country Technical Coordinator and team leads of all projects funding SMC to provide timely and comprehensive updates and reports as required.
  • Liaise regularly with the global SMC Programme Director and other senior programme-level staff to ensure country-level expertise informs the global programme approach to SMC and the global approach is adequately adapted to the Nigerian context.
  • Work with the country-level programme team to develop and implement annual work plans.
  • Work closely with the Country Technical Coordinator to prepare the project monitoring and evaluation framework and research strategy, taking programme-level frameworks and strategies into account.
  • Work with programme and country-level colleagues to implement frameworks and strategies.
  • Work with the country finance team to track progress of programme and activity budgets
  • Work with relevant country office staff to ensure they are aware of the programme needs and support is provided adequately to the programme team.
  • Be responsible for country-level programme budget management including the preparation of annual budget and forecasts, implementation as planned, tracking and reforecasting, as well as liaise with programme-level colleagues to ensure accurate tracking and reporting of Nigeria finance information at programme level
  • Be responsible for preparing country-level programme progress and quarterly narrative reports on time.
  • Liaise with programme-level colleagues to ensure accurate tracking and reporting of Nigeria programme and operations information at programme level
  • Work with the country finance and Country Programme Manager to prepare quarterly financial reports.
  • Work with the relevant country personnel and the Country Programme Manager to prepare and implement an exit strategy as well as see to the smooth end of the programme.
  • Work with External Relations colleagues at programme level, the Country Communications Manager, Demand Creation Officer and project partners to develop and implement a programme communications and advocacy strategy is developed, taking programme-level communications and advocacy goals and objectives into account.
  • Contribute to the development and be responsible for the implementation of a communications and advocacy plan in line with the communications and advocacy strategy of the programme and NG office, which will include, for example, the production of case studies, reviews of lessons learnt and general documentation for internal and external dissemination.
  • Be responsible for quarterly lessons identification and learning documentation and dissemination.
  • Lead the development of any additional country project documentation that may be requested by the Country Director or Global Programme Director-SMC.
  • Be responsible for building functional partner relationships among the programme’s stakeholders.
  • Oversee programme partners’ inputs and subcontractors’ activities to deliver harmonized, aligned and effective outputs
  • Manage the risks of the project including Safeguarding, financial, reputation and security in a challenging environment.
  • Lead on the performance management of country-level programme staff
  • Ensure regular communications are maintained between the different teams particularly between zonal/state teams and with the Abuja office.
  • Be responsible for the project risk register. Work with the team members of the SMT in the identification, tracking, prevention and management of key programme risks especially those related to performance and fiduciary management.
  • Liaise between the project, NMEP, and other stakeholders.

Technical contributions (10%):

  • Work with senior technical colleagues at country and programme to determine technical support needs to implement the programme effectively and with high quality.
  • Liaise with the Country Technical Coordinator and Global Programme Director-SMC to obtain the required technical support.
  • Support the generation of evidence to improve programme performance and illustrate effectiveness through monitoring and evaluation, research and learning.
  • Contribute to the development and production of dissemination documents to allow wider sharing of Malaria Consortium’s experiences, lessons and successes.
  • Technical performance management and Quality Assurance (20%)
  • Take the lead in monitoring and evaluating programme performance.
  • Keep abreast with evidence and best practices that are related to the programme.

Representation (10%):

  • Work with the Country Director and Country Programme Manager to participate in national level meetings and workshops to represent Malaria Consortium at programmatic and coordination events.
  • Liaise regularly with NMEP SMC expert group and focal persons keeping the relevant Country Team in loop of communication.
  • Work with the Country Director to keep other key national and state stakeholders abreast with the project.
  • To exert influence and to advocate for Malaria Consortium’s key technical positions and promote best practice in SMC interventions, in line with MC global and national communications and advocacy plans and strategies.

Person Specification
Qualifications and experience:

Essential:

  • Postgraduate Master’s Degree in Public Health, Health Policy, Epidemiology or another relevant specialty is a minimum requirement.
  • Senior management level experience on large-sized health projects in Africa.
  • At least 15 years working experience in international projects.
  • At least 5 years of those spent in projects in developing countries lasting more than 2 years and managing teams of 10 or more including local and international staff.
  • Extensive experience of working at national level in developing countries.
  • Excellent project planning, management and monitoring & evaluation skills.
  • Experience managing programme / project budgets
  • Excellent written and spoken English Language

Desirable:

  • Proven leadership skills and team-leading
  • Experience in advocacy and policy influencing
  • Experience managing donor grants or contracts such as DFID, GFATM or USAID/PMI.
  • Experience working on malaria, maternal and child health programmes, including community health delivery.
  • Familiar with the Nigeria health system

Work-based Skills and Competencies
Essential:

  • Demonstrable passion for Malaria Consortium’s mission; a strategic manager with integrity and a desire to work in a dynamic environment
  • Excellent report writing and presentation skills are also needed.
  • Clear communication skills for managing partnerships and relationships with senior stakeholders at all levels
  • Strategic thinking.
  • Ability to manage and inspire high performing teams.
  • Excellent programme management skills, with proven ability to implement high-quality projects on time and within budget.
  • Strong negotiation skills, particularly in engaging government health officials at all levels.
  • Good influencing and persuasion skills and ability to remain compliant with organisational and donor policies.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize high workload and multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent English language skills, both spoken and written.
  • Capable of establishing strong working relationships with colleagues from different functions and cultures.
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly Word and Excel.
  • Proactive and takes initiative as required.
  • Results-oriented work ethic.

Core Competencies
Delivering results:

LEVEL D:

  • Inspires wider teams to achieve outstanding results and to manage risks
  • Proactively improves effectiveness and performance of other senior staff to increase the ability to meet objectives, acquiring new skills when appropriate
  • Encourages mitigating risks amongst the teams/groups they work with/ manage
  • Ensures the quality of all internal/external work of own and others

Analysis and use of information:

LEVEL C:

  • Works confidently with complex data to support work
  • Interprets complex written information
  • Works confidently with data before making decisions: for example, interpreting trends, issues and risks
  • Acquainted with the validity, relevance and limitations of different sources of evidence

Interpersonal and communications:

LEVEL D: 

  • Communicates complex technical and/or sensitive/high risk information effectively
  • Communicates complex operational, technical and strategic issues clearly and credibly with widely varied audiences
  • Uses varied communication to promote dialogue and shared understanding and consensus across a variety of audiences
  • Influences internal and external audiences on specific issues
  • Scans the internal and external environment for key information and messages to support communications strategies

Collaboration and partnering:

LEVEL C:

  • Builds strong networks internally and participates actively in external networks and think tanks
  • Builds strong networks internally
  • Participates actively in external networks and/or think tanks
  • Engages with relevant experts to gather and evaluate evidence
  • Shares and implements good practice with internal and external peers

Leading and motivating people:

LEVEL C:

  • Effectively leads and motivates others or direct reports
  • Gives regular, timely and appropriate feedback
  • Acknowledges good performance and deals with issues concerning poor performance
  • Carries out staff assessment and development activities conscientiously and effectively
  • Develop the skills and competence of others through the development and application of skills
  • Coaches and supports team members when they have difficulties

Flexibility/ adaptability:

LEVEL D:

  • Clarifies priorities and ensures learning from experience
  • Clarifies priorities when leading change
  • Sees and shows others the benefits of strategic change
  • Helps colleagues/ team members to practise stress management through prioritisation of workloads and modelling of appropriate self-management and care
  • Makes time to learn from experience and feedback, and apply the lessons to a new situation

Living the values:

LEVEL D:

  • Acts as a role model in promoting Malaria Consortium’s values
  • Champions and takes ownership of corporate decisions, values and standards and ensures team members implement them in a positive manner
  • Acts as role model internally and externally in promoting Malaria Consortium’s values
  • Is accountable for ensuring that cultural awareness is demonstrated across the area (s) they manage

Strategic planning and thinking and sector awareness:

LEVEL C:

  • Keeps up to date with the internal and external environment
  • Takes into account economic, political and other business factors when drawing up medium and long-term plans, covering both public and private sectors
  • Looks beyond the immediate operations to prospects for new business
  • Engages with appropriate internal and external sources to establish major influences on future plans

Salary
NGN 8,248,079 Annually.

Application Closing Date
5th June, 2020.

4) Job Title: Country Programmes Manager

Location: Abuja
Department: Programmes
Length of contract: Indefinite
Role type: Global
Grade: 11
Travel involved: Yes
Child safeguarding level: 3
Reporting to: West and Central Africa Programmes Director
Direct reports: BMGF Project Manager, Office Manager, Security Manager

Country and project background
The Nigeria Country Office in Abuja started operations in 2008, through the DFID/UKaid funded Support to National Malaria Programme, SuNMaP (2008 – 2016). The office had presence in 23 states of the country and has managed at various times, about 15 programmes and projects. It follows the mandate of the parent organization in Nigeria and has been working specifically in the following areas:

  • Malaria control/elimination;
  • Integrated community case management (iCCM) for malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea;
  • Nutrition; and
  • Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).
  • Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention

Recently the portfolio of the projects and programmes have increased in number and complexities which will require adaptation and embedding of global best practise and organisational programme management processes and procedures to meet the new requirements.

The operations of the organisation are now in the twelve states with possibility of this increasing by another three in the current financial year, some of which areas with security and other operational challenges which needs to be managed while ensuring appropriate duty of care of our staff and other personnel that participates in programmes supported by the organisation.

Job Purpose

  • The role of the Country Programmes Manager (CPM) is to provide leadership in the roll-out and efficient running of programme / project management systems and processes for all programmes and projects as a coherent portfolio within Malaria Consortium Nigeria office.
  • The job holder will also oversee all security and operations activities in all locations and some projects in MC Nigeria as agreed with the West and Central Africa Programmes Director, who also functions as the Country Director.

Scope of Work:

  • The position holder will work with all departments (Technical, Finance, Operations, HR and Compliance) to ensure that programme / project planning, implementation, M&E, reporting and finances, are in line with the programme proposals and operational plans whilst ensuring that programme/ project targets are met.
  • He/she will be involved in needs assessments, development of programme / project concept notes and proposals as well as representing Malaria Consortium Nigeria in various national forums
  • S/he will be responsible for adapting and roll-out of support services to the programme projects e.g. project management, value for money, security and operation services.
  • S/he will make contributions to the development and periodic review of relevant MC Nigeria systems and policies.
  • The position holder will also oversee the BMGF Project through line management of the Project Manager.

Key Working Relationships:

  • The CPM will be a member of the Country Management Team (CMT), the Senior Management Team (SMT) and will report to the West and Central Programmes Director (WCAPD).
  • S/he will work very closely with all departments (Technical, Finance, Logistics, HR & Admin) while supervising project managers to ensure that all Malaria Consortium Nigeria projects are implemented in line with donor guidelines and Malaria Consortium policies and procedures.

Key Accountabilities
Programme management (50%)

  • Develop and implement systems and processes for work planning, work plan review, monitoring and reporting ensuring that different donor grants are integrated into an overall consolidated work plan for the country office and demonstrate alignment with MC Country Strategy.
  • Support PMs to ensure the development of appropriate work plans for each level in each of the projects, annual / quarterly / monthly / operational / activity plans and ensure these are linked to the forecast both in content and timing
  • Support PMs to ensure programmes and projects are implemented as planned and all MC systems to ensure this (BVA, QPA etc) are complied with.
  • Work closely with the Country Technical Coordinator to see that work plans are aligned with best technical approaches
  • Ensure all relevant authorities and stakeholders are included in the planning and implementation of projects as appropriate
  • Ensure regular cross functional project review meetings are held which include all relevant country and state office stakeholders. Such reviews should review output and outcome indicator progress against the project log frames, activity progress against work plans, financial progress against the forecast and compared to activity progress, and operational plans (procurement and HR plans)
  • Work with the PMs to develop risk register for their projects and programmes and develop a consolidated risk register for the country office and set systems for the review of these risks including the mitigating actions
  • Work with other country functional leads to develop and maintain as a management tool, a Value for Money (VFM) framework for the country office and track the key indicators and use these to improve efficient running of all MC office locations in the country
  • Collate and develop a schedule for all different types of programme / project reporting including the quality assurance process and support PMs to ensure this is complied with
  • Ensure monitoring systems are in place and that project reviews/audits are carried out periodically in conjunction with the team, local stakeholders and project partners
  • Work with the PMs and other Country Office functional leads to respond to audit / review recommendations within the agreed timeline
  • Work with the West and Central Africa Programmes Director to monitor the evolving security and humanitarian situation in all MC implementation sites, especially in the North – East Zone and consider operational and immediate responses to it
  • Travel to the field as necessary to provide support and effective oversight to the field teams
  • Maintain a good and proactive collaboration with the local authorities and partners
  • Work with the Country Technical Coordinator to see that lessons and experiences are documented, and that programme improvement is data-informed
  • Work with Compliance manager to ensure all donor and MC requirements for all projects and programmes are met

Strategic planning and management (10%):

  • Provide strategic planning support to the West and Central Africa Programmes Director with focus on ensuring the relevance of Malaria Consortium’s role in Nigeria and contributes to the development, implementation and M&E of MC country strategy
  • Support the West and Central Africa Programmes Director in identifying new business development opportunities which will include identifying areas of interest and identifying potential project partnerships
  • Ensure regular communications are maintained between the different departments particularly between field teams, and the Abuja office

Finance (10%):

  • Work with the CFM, PMs and Operations team to design roll-out systems that ensure the link of programme / project planning with MC annual budgeting and forecasting cycle.
  • Work with WCA Programmes Director to monitor that Programme / Project Managers are efficiently and accurately managing their budgets and resources within allowable line item flexibility and there is full accountability of resources
  • Work with the Country Finance Manager to monitor expenditure and budget compliance on a regular basis, report any concerns to the WCAPD and develop plans to mitigate any under or over expenditure at grant level
  • Closely monitor programme / projects budget spending and burn rates

Operations and Security (25%):

  • Oversee that the Office Manager runs MC office locations efficiently and safely using MC policies and tools, including security, power, internet, fleet, travel, safety and cleanliness and assets.
  • Ensure all operational and management indicators are tracked and shared with WCAPD and PM and this is discussed at CMT
  • Acts as the secretary to the CMT meeting and supports the Office Manager to ensure other meetings and platforms in all MC locations meet and operate efficiently
  • Liaise with MC global operations manager and MC NG security manager to ensure
    • All locations have updated Safety and Security Plans which include risks and standard operating procedures, and which are regularly updated based on security context assessments.
    • That all staff are aware of the risks and SOPs and that heads of office in each location follow the SOPs.
    • That all staff have completed Safety and Security inductions and relevant online Security courses
    • That incidents are reported as per policy, with follow up actions agreed and implement to reduce the risk of similar incidents in the future
  • Work with the West and Central Africa Programmes Director to monitor the evolving security and humanitarian situation in all MC implementation sites, especially in the North – East Zone and consider operational and immediate responses to it
  • Work with the procurement team and project managers to ensure that procurement plans are in place, regularly referenced and updated to enable on time delivery at value for money.
  • Identify and plan for any large programme and project accelerated activities that requires a surge in support services and take oversight in implementing such activities

Human Resource Management (5%):

  • Contribute to recruitment and selection of staffing for programme and projects
  • Line manages BMGF project manager, Office Manager and Security Manager using performance-based management approaches
  • Acts as safeguarding focal point

Person Specification
Qualifications and Experience:

Essential:

  • Postgraduate qualification in International Development, Public Health, Business Administration, Project Management or similar.
  • Extensive experience in a similar role;
  • Significant hands-on experience in project management at a senior level or management of large or multi-country programmes ideally in low or middle income countries
  • Strong experience with managing operational units in large international organisations
  • Experience working in the management of public health programmes
  • Strong team management skills with experience of working in disparate teams
  • Experience of managing projects with a budget size of over 5 million GBP
  • Experience working in security challenged environments and/or humanitarian context
  • Experience in proposal development and reporting
  • Significant experience in budget holding duties
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural team

Desirable:

  • Experience working in Nigeria
  • Programme management qualification e.g. PRINCE2
  • Experience managing donor grants such as GFATM, DFID, BMGF, USAID or UNITAID
  • Experience working on maternal and child health programmes, including community health delivery

Work-based skills
Essential:

  • Solid understanding of project management practices
  • Ability to manage and prioritize high workload and multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions and to remain flexible and calm under pressure
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Proven ability to deliver high quality projects on time and within budget
  • Capable of establishing strong working relationships with colleagues from different functions and cultures
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly Excel
  • Excellent English language skills, both spoken and written
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • A team player, with a friendly attitude
  • Proactive and takes initiative as required
  • Results-oriented work ethics

Desirable:

  • Project Monitoring and Evaluation skills
  • Good capacity building skills especially mentoring and coaching
  • Conversant with public health principles

Core competencies
Delivering results:

LEVEL C:

  • Supports others to achieve results:
  • Displays a positive and enthusiastic approach and is not deterred by setbacks, finding alternative ways to reach goals or targets.
  • Supports others to plan and deliver results
  • Supports others to manage and cope with setbacks

Analysis and use of information:

LEVEL D:

  • Analyses the external environment confidently:
  • Generates a range of policy options and appraises them based on the internal and external evidence
  • Develops ways of applying new knowledge and ensures lesson-learning with self and wider team
  • Analyses the significance of external events and situations for Malaria Consortium

Interpersonal and communications:

LEVEL D:

  • Communicates complex technical and/or sensitive/high risk information effectively
  • Communicates complex operational, technical and strategic issues clearly and credibly with widely varied audiences
  • Uses varied communication to promote dialogue and shared understanding and consensus across a variety of audiences
  • Influences internal and external audiences on specific issues
  • Scans the internal and external environment for key information and messages to support communications strategies

Collaboration and partnering:

LEVEL C:

  • Builds strong networks internally and participates actively in external networks and think tanks
  • Builds strong networks internally
  • Participates actively in external networks and/or think tanks
  • Engages with relevant experts to gather and evaluate evidence
  • Shares and implements good practice with internal and external peers

Leading and motivating people:

LEVEL C:

  • Effectively leads and motivates others or direct reports.
  • Gives regular, timely and appropriate feedback,
  • Acknowledges good performance and deals with issues concerning poor performance
  • Carries out staff assessment and development activities conscientiously and effectively
  • Develops the skills and competences of others through the development and application of skills
  • Coaches and supports team members when they have difficulties

Flexibility/adaptability:

LEVEL D:

  • Clarifies priorities and ensures learning from experience
  • Clarifies priorities when leading change
  • Sees and shows others the benefits of strategic change
  • Helps colleague’s/ team members to practise stress management through prioritisation of workloads and modelling of appropriate self-management and care
  • Makes time to learn from experience and feedback, and apply the lessons to new situations

Living the values:

LEVEL D:

  • Acts as a role model in promoting Malaria Consortium’s values
  • Champions and takes ownership of corporate decisions, values and standards and ensures team members implement them in a positive manner

Core competencies:

  • Acts as role model internally and externally in promoting Malaria Consortium’s values
  • Is accountable for ensuring that cultural awareness is demonstrated across the area(s) they manage
  • Strategic planning and thinking and sector awareness

LEVEL C:

  • Keeps up to date with the internal and external environment
  • Takes into account economic, political and other business factors when drawing up medium and long-term plans, covering both public and private sectors
  • Looks beyond the immediate operations to prospects for new business
  • Engages with appropriate internal and external sources to establish major influences on future plans

Application Closing Date
3rd June, 2020.

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