Deputy Chief of Party/Technical Director

Job
from Management Sciences for Health
Closing date: 01 Nov 2019

Overview

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party/Technical Director for a potential 2-year USAID-funded contract to be implemented in the South South, South West and North East regions of Nigeria. This project is designed to improve the quality and delivery of sustainable, high-impact, evidence-based HIV/AIDS interventions in Nigeria. Using a data-driven approach, this project will improve Nigeria’s capacity to effectively expand, coordinate, finance, and manage HIV/AIDS and TB services.

MSH saves lives and improves health by helping public and private organizations throughout the world to effectively manage people, medicines, money, and information. Working from more than 40 country offices and our Arlington, Virginia, and Medford, Massachusetts, US headquarters, our staff from more than 70 nations is highly regarded for its technical expertise, integrity, and commitment to making a lasting difference in health. We live our mission 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.

***This position is subject to project award and funding***

This position will be responsible for overseeing management and technical operations, ensuring that staffing is aligned with the project’s vision, goals, and plans to achieve program results. With guidance and support from the Chief of Party (COP), the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)/Technical Director will coordinate the provision of technical services and harmonize efforts and maximize synergy and integration between project program areas and technical units. Like the COP and all other senior staff, s/he will set a positive tone for the entire project and inspire staff to apply results-based approaches for timely delivery of services to the clients we serve.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Provide technical leadership and managerial oversight for the project and ensure the efficient implementation of project activities and the timely reporting of those activities to USAID and MSH headquarters.
  • Coordinate collaboration with partners, donors, clients and stakeholders, including MSH headquarters. Maintain the MSH partnership in such a way that ensures high performance, engenders trust and respect, and builds USAID’s confidence in MSH’s ability to get the job done.
  • Promote a team approach that emphasizes high level performance, creative approaches, review and analysis of data, the achievement of project goals and results, and a collegial approach that is focused on assisting one another to succeed for project staff in Nigeria, as well as support team members in the Home Office.
  • When appropriate, act in place of the COP.
  • Advise the COP in alignment of human resources with project work plans and emerging SOW from the donors, MSH, and partners, including on external sourcing of human resources and consultants.
  • The DCOP will set direction and coordinate annual work plan development, implementation, and review. S/he will ensure alignment with MOH and USAID frameworks and strategies
  • S/he will direct efforts to write concept notes and new programs to address emerging health and programming challenges identified by donors, host countries or through the work we do.
  • Contribute to the project knowledge management system .
  • Work in close collaboration with the MSH Country Representative(s) and Country Operations Management Unit (COMUs) to ensure coordinated and effective operational support for the project and for MSH within the various countries and the region.
  • Serve as a member of the Nigeria Leadership Team. With the COMU Director, adapt and implement management systems with standard operating procedures to administer all activities funded by the agreement.

Qualifications and Experience

  • MD with Master’s level or above in public health, epidemiology, or a related field is required.
  • A minimum of seven (7) years’ experience working as a senior level manager experience working on public health programs in developing countries.
  • In depth experience in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care, and support of PMTCT, HIV/TB, OVCs, and health systems strengthening.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with senior-level colleagues, particularly interacting productively, proactively, and comfortably with government agencies, NGOs, private sector groups, USAID, PEPFAR, and other donor organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience in program management and administration, and contract compliance. Experience with USAID projects is required.
  • Must have a proven track record of building teams and fostering collaboration in order to achieve goals, meet milestones, and produce high quality written qualitative, quantitative, and narrative deliverables. Familiarity with USAID regulations and administrative procedures in the implementation of donor assisted projects.
  • Track record of strong commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experiences, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit.
  • Demonstrated strategic agility, diplomacy, conflict management, team building, written and oral communication, and negotiation skills.
  • Fluency in English required (oral and written).
  • Willingness to travel within Nigeria.