Short Term Consultant at the Management Sciences for Health (MSH)

The 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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Short Term Consultant – PMI-S Task Order 04 Work Plan Development

Ref. No.: R220
Location: Abuja
Job Type: Part-time


  • The US President’s Malaria Initiative for States (PMI-S) project is a five-year USAID flagship malaria project managed by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) with consortium partners ThinkWell, Banyan Global, and the Nigeria Interfaith Action Association (NIFAA).
  • The project goal supports the Government of Nigeria through its agencies at the federal, state, local government area (LGA), and community levels to reduce malaria-related mortality by delivering quality services for management of malaria and its complications, and prevention of malaria during pregnancy and in children under five. PMI-S is an indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract with several task orders.
  • Task Order 04 (TO 04) supports the SMEPs in Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau and Zamfara States to lead the response to malaria through four core interventions: (1) malaria case management, including malaria diagnosis and treatment for uncomplicated and severe malaria, including integrated community case management (iCCM); (2) surveillance, monitoring, and evaluation (SME); (3) drug-based prevention and treatment approaches, including IPTp and SMC; and (4) health systems strengthening, including State Malaria Elimination Programme (SMEP) planning, management, and program monitoring.

Overview of Consultancy:

  • MSH seeks the services of a short-term consultant to lead the development of the TO 04 Year 1 (October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021) workplan.
  • The work plan is due to USAID no later than September 27, 2020. The consultant must be based in Abuja, Nigeria and will work remotely with the PMI-S staff, SMEP counterparts and other stakeholders.
  • He / she may be asked to have in-person meetings in Abuja and travel to Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau to meet with stakeholders.
  • The consultant will also be required to hold virtual meetings with the Zamfara SMEP/SMOH to gather information for the work plan.
  • S / he will follow all MSH rules regarding COVID-19 and would only do any in-person work if / when MSH policies allow it.

The Consultant will to carry out the following:

  • Contribute to the development, and manage a detailed timeline for all TO 04 work plan development activities. The timeline must include specific tasks, due dates and responsible parties.
  • Convene and chair regular progress meetings (daily huddles, as needed) regarding work plan development. Meetings to include PMI-S Nigeria staff (Abuja and field) as well as Home Office staff as needed.
  • Contribute to development of templates for Detailed Implementation Plan (DIP) and narrative, using existing formats.
  • Gather all inputs, compile, edit and present a DIP for each of the 4 states.
  • Prepare a well-edited and concise joint TO4 DIP and work plan narrative from the four individual state DIPs and narratives.
  • Work with F&A Director to develop budget inputs for activity budget projections.
  • Receive and incorporate feedback from reviewers, and prepare final version.
  • Prepare a slide deck for PMI-S to present work plan to USAID.
  • Incorporate USAID feedback, and work with the PMI-S Country Director to finalize all pieces of the work plan for submission to USAID.


  • Work Plan development timeline.
  • DIP and narrative templates.
  • Action items from meetings.
  • A DIP draft for each of Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau and Zamfara States
  • A final joint TO 04 DIP and work plan narrative.
  • Slide deck for presentation to USAID.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s Degree and postgraduate qualification in a relevant field is a must, and at least 5 years post qualification experience working on health development programs.
  • Proven experience leading development of strategic or annual program work plans for government and NGOs in Nigeria is required. Experience developing work plans for USAID-funded organizations is desirable.
  • Familiarity with the Malaria Program in Central and Northern States of Nigeria.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, Microsoft Excel and Word computer packages.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • MSH is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, religion, creed, citizenship, national origin, age, veteran status, or disability unrelated to job requirements.
  • MSH will take affirmative action to ensure that qualified applicants are employed and that employees are treated without regard to their race, age, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran and disability status.
  • In compliance with U.S. Department of Labor Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Section 4212 of the Vietnam Era Readjustment Assistance Act, MSH has developed and maintains an affirmative action program and plan.
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