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Senior Project Manager at Malaria Consortium

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:

Job Title: Senior Project Manager SP-IPTi

Location: Abuja / Nigeria Country
Job type: Fixed term
Grade: 10
Role Type: National
Length of Contract: 4 years
Department: Techical

Job Purpose

  • The Senior Project Manager will lead and manage an effective-implementation hybrid project on the operational feasibility and effectiveness of SP-IPTi in Nigeria, ensuring the implementation aligns with project design.
  • The position holder will provide management oversight for the project and its partners to achieve the project objectives.

Scope of Work:

  • The Senior Project Manager will lead a project team that includes experienced technical and research specialists. S/he will be responsible for ensuring coordination and communications across the project leadership and governance structures; including an International Steering Committee (ISC), a National IPTi Research and Policy uptake subcommittee (NIRPUS), Data safety and Monitoring Board (DSMB) in conjunction with the Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-Principal Investigator (CoPI).
  • S/he will ensure collaboration and coordination with key project stakeholders such as National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), National and State Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA and SPHCDA), Child Health Unit of the Federal Ministry of Health, National Food and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC) ,State Malaria Elimination Programme (SMEP) and other relevant stakeholders, including the World Health Organisation, UNICEF, academia, private sector, local authorities, international organisations and civil society organisations. The Senior Project Manager will ensure timely and efficient implementation of project work plan and carry out external representation and advocacy.

Key Working Relationships:

  • Country Director, Country Programme Manager and other members of the country office Senior Management Team (SMT) Technical Director, also PI
  • Senior Country Technical Coordinator, also CoPI, and other co-investigators
  • State project team
  • National and state stakeholders, NMEP, NAFDAC, NPHCDA, SPHCDA and SMEP
  • Project sub-grantee/contractors – National Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
  • International Steering Committee (ISC)
  • National IPTi Research and Policy uptake subcommittee (NIRPUS)
  • Data safety and Monitoring Board (DSMB)
  • Key donors
  • Other key partners as identified in the project stakeholders’ matrix.

Key Accountabilities
Project Management (50%):

  • Support project set up and roll out, including office set and recruitment of project teams
  • Provide effective management leadership to the project and the project sub-grantees, ensuring that roles and responsibilities are clear and that the project governance model is efficient
  • Provide coherent strategic direction for the project and the project sub-grantees/contractors
  • Oversee effective planning and quality implementation of SP-IPTi project in Nigeria
  • Support development and planning of formative research at project initiation
  • Lead the gender analysis during the formative research and ensure that findings are incorporated into project design and implementation.
  • Lead effective stakeholder engagement and coordination for timely achievement of project targets
  • Provide line management to project team to ensure optimal project implementation, partnership and operational systems
  • Be responsible for project budget management including the preparation of annual budget and forecasts, implementation as planned, tracking and reforecasting
  • Work with the relevant members of the country office SMT and the Country Programme Manager, to prepare and implement a transition strategy for the project through the timely uptake of the research results and experiential learning.
  • Ensure quality and timeliness of programmatic, financial and technical project deliverables and reports, including managing the budget in line with donor requirements and formats
  • Ensure the project adheres to both Malaria Consortium and the donor’s best practices, policies and procedures, including Safeguarding, among others
  • Work with the project team to develop and implement annual work plans.
  • Liaise regularly with the Country Director, Country Programme Manager, Senior Country Technical Coordinator to provide timely and comprehensive updates and reports as required
  • Support project Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist and Country Public Health Specialist to prepare the project monitoring and evaluation framework. Work with the project team to implement it.
  • Work closely with the country office SMT to oversee procurement and distribution of commodities and materials to implementation sites. This includes
  • Development of a procurement, supply chain management plan for the project
  • Working with procurement agents on acquisition of commodities including importation, storage, internal transportation, last mile delivery and drug administration

Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement (30%):

  • Work with the PI and Co-PI to provide technical direction for the project.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of a quality assurance and quality improvement framework for the research project.
  • Facilitate the development of a knowledge management system for the project that includes:
    • The systematic documentation of learning within the project to ensure and that experiential learning informs project quality improvement
    • Production of learning documents and research dissemination products working closely with MC’s external relations team, project sub-grantees/contractors,
  • Planning of local and international dissemination meetings or fora.
  • Work with project members and project sub-grantees/contractors to ensure there are several publications from the project
  • Work closely with the Research Specialist, the PI and the Co-PI, to ensure a research uptake plan is developed and implemented.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of organizational approaches and tools for monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL)

External Relations and Advocacy (20%):

  • Work with the SMT and liaise with project sub-grantees/contractors and key stakeholders to ensure the project has a communication and advocacy plan, and that it is fully implemented
  • Represent the project at internal and external meetings at national level and coordinate closely with other relevant stakeholders
  • Champion the establishment and inauguration of the National IPTi Research and Policy uptake subcommittee (NIRPUS), for its role in the coordination and engagement framework for the project.
  • Act as focal point for the project with the donor’s Nigeria office, ensuring a collaborative and transparent engagement is maintained at all times
  • Act as focal point for the project with NMEP, NAFDAC, NPHCDA, WHO and UNICEF to see that opportunities for collaboration are effectively used towards achievement of the project’s objectives

Person Specification

Qualifications and Experience
Essential:

  • Masters’ degree in Public Health, Health Policy, Epidemiology, Social Science, Gender-related studies, Development Studies or another relevant Social or Human Development specialty.
  • First-hand experience of working on gender integration in implementation or research projects
  • First-hand experience liaising with donors and government officials, in particular at the interface between research, policy and practice.
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Extensive experience of working at national level in LMICs at senior level
  • Experience in project and financial management with a demonstrable track record of timely high-quality project deliverables

Desirable:

  • Experience in complex implementation or research projects
  • Experience with the adoption of global normative guidance into national policies
  • Experience working on catalytic projects, such as those funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Work-based Skills
Essential:

  • Familiarity with key global health issues affecting the wellbeing of children and women in LMICs
  • Ability to apply gender analysis to address gender gaps/barriers in public health
  • Excellent project 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
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills in English
  • A high performer, who is motivated by a results-oriented work ethic
  • A team player, with a friendly attitude and able to mentor high-performance in teams
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Proactive and takes initiative
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly Word and Excel
  • Ability to lead teams that are compliant with organisational and donor policies
  • Ability to manage and prioritise high workload and multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines
  • Excellent influencing and persuasion skills

Desirable:

  • Working knowledge of malaria control
  • Familiar with implementation research design
  • Excellent advocacy skills, and comfortable being a strong advocate for the project

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

Application Deadline  11th February, 2021.

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