State Team Leader

Palladium Group

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Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

  • For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.
  • Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

  • The Palladium Group develops and delivers solutions that create positive impact for communities, businesses, societies and economies. We transform lives and create enduring value by working with governments, corporations and non-profit organisations. We create positive impact through more than 100 current projects with more than 2000 employees operating in over 90 counties.
  • The Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Programme (MNCH2) is a country led programme which aims to reduce maternal and child mortality in Northern Nigeria and it is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID). The MNCH2 programme is being implemented in six states in northern Nigeria: Jigawa, Kaduna, Katsina, Kano, Yobe and Zamfara States.

Scope of Work

  • The State Team Leader has overall programmatic, financial and management responsibility for the MNCH2 project at state level.
  • The role works closely with and manages the state team of technical and administrative professionals and other support staff.
  • The role ensures that project objectives, outcomes and deliverables are met and that financial, operational and reporting requirements of the client are adhered to.

Primary Responsibilities
Specifically, the State Team Leader is responsible for:

1.) Strategic and Operational Planning:
  • Leads the preparation of state annual strategic plans; technical and operational work plans and budgets; staffing plans; performance improvement plans and other plans as required;
  • Ensures appropriate consultation in the development of state-level plans and budgets (including consultation with the National Team Leader, national government agencies and other project stakeholders);
2.) Programme Management:
  • Provides technical guidance, oversight and quality assurance for all project activities, outputs and deliverables at state level;
  • Assumes overall responsibility for the effective implementation of state work plans and ensures delivery is on time, within budget, meets client and stakeholder expectations and is contractually compliant;
  • Monitors state implementation progress and progress towards milestones; maintains up to date logs of issues and risks; works to resolve issues, manages and mitigates risks; and escalates material issues and risks as appropriate;
  • Oversees and contributes to results measurement, monitoring and evaluation, knowledge management, value for money analysis and communication for the state;
  • Is an active contributor to the Senior Management Team;
3.) Human Resource Management:
  • Assumes overall responsibility for the effective and professional management of the state team;
  • Leads, guides, mentors and manages the performance of technical and administrative direct reports and ensures appropriate leadership, guidance, mentorship and management of other staff;
  • Participates as required in HR management including but not limited to recruitment and contracting, performance management, disciplinary and grievance proceedings, and learning and development;
4.) Financial Management and Administration:
  • Ensures consistent implementation of company Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Guidelines, Security Protocols.
  • Ensures the team and activities in the state provide and demonstrate good value for money;
  • Supports the preparation of annual workplan budgets and workplan budget variations to the client;
  • Responsible for forecast management in the state including working with the state team to minimise monthly forecast variance and annual budget variance;
Reporting Requirements
The role will report directly to the National Team Leader. The reporting requirements include:
  • Chairing weekly meeting with direct reports and state project staff;
  • Regular update discussions with the National Team Leader;
  • Exception reports as and when required;
  • Report on issues and risks;
  • Other reports as requested by the National Team Leader.
  • The role liaises with assigned Practice Area Specialists, Operations Managers, other company employees as required, professional service providers, host country government representatives, and other stakeholders.
Authority levels
The role carries a high degree of autonomy with appropriate consultation. The role is required to:
  • Manage, analyse and make sound recommendations to the line manager
  • Oversee the effective management of all state project staff members
  • Ensure compliance with the Groups published policies on delegation of expenditure and signing authorities. With the understanding that the client contract and SOP take precedence over any other direction in this job description. Order of precedence being as follows: Client Contract, SOP for the project and then Job Description.
  • Minimum education and experience required
  • An advanced degree in Public Health of a relevant field.
  • At least 5 years of experience managing international health programmes, with a record of successful team leadership and achieving programme objectives.
  • At least 3 years experience on international health programmes for key health development partners, including, but not limited to, DFID, USAID, AusAID and the European Union.
  • Substantial experience working on reproductive health and health systems strengthening in Northern Nigeria. Deep understanding and knowledge of contemporary health system dynamics and MNCH challenges.
  • Experience working effectively with district and provincial government authorities. Familiarity with the political, social, economic, and cultural context of Northern Nigeria required.
Key Competencies and Professional Expertise Required:
  • Successful track record in delivery of complex programs
  • Strong technical track record in reproductive health and health systems strengthening
  • Excellent leadership, representation and organizational skills
  • Strong management and people handling skills
  • Financial acumen and the ability to interpret and analyse financial reports
  • Ability to operate in complex situations
  • Ability to foster successful partnership approaches and relationships among a variety of organizations/institutions
  • Excellent English language communication skills and ability to work collaboratively across technical disciplines
  • Ability to communicate effectively and negotiate persuasively with high level decision makers
  • Results oriented.
We Offer
  • A friendly and team-based working environment
  • Opportunity to work with national and international colleagues
  • Vital contribution to improving maternal and newborn services in Northern Nigeria
  • The opportunity to truly make a difference
  • A competitive salary with benefits

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