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Deputy Chief of Party/USAID/Nigeria/Healthcare Financing and Human Resources for Health/Forecast


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Position: Deputy Chief of Party

Location: Abuja, Nigeria

About the project

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party for a potential 5-year USAID Healthcare Financing and Human Resources for Health Forecast program in Abuja, Nigeria. The program will seek to enhance the effectiveness, efficiency, and transparency of health spending while increasing the availability of trained and equipped healthcare workers to promote more affordable, accessible, and higher quality health services for all Nigerians.

About your role

This position will be responsible for all Healthcare Financing and Human Resources for Health Forecast program and technical direction, ensuring that staffing is aligned with the Healthcare Financing and Human Resources for Health vision, goals, and plans to achieve the program results. With guidance and support of the Chief of Party (COP), the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) will coordinate the provision of technical services, harmonize efforts and maximize synergy and integration between project program areas and units including health financing, health information systems, human resources for health, quality improvement and governance. The DCOP 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 including but not limited to timely producing high-quality documentation of project’s successes and lessons learned for local and international audiences, as well as quarterly reports.

This position is contingent upon award and funding .

How will YOUaccomplish this?

As the Technical Director you will be expected to provide technical leadership and support the efficient implementation ofproject strategies and activities.Specific areas of accountability could include:

  • 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 regional and country specific donors, and MSH headquarters. 

  • Coordinate project liaison and collaboration with partners, donors, various USAID country missions, clients and stakeholders, including MSH headquarters. Maintain a USAID/Healthcare Financing and Human Resources for Health Forecast partnership that engenders trust and respect and build USAID’s confidence in MSH’s ability to get the job done. 

  • Work in close collaboration with the project leadership team 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 Abuja, Nigeria Leadership Team. 

  • With the F&A Director, adapt and implement management systems with standard operating procedures to administer all activities funded by the agreement. 

  • Promote a team approach that emphasizes high level performance, creative approaches, the achievement of personal and project goals and a collegial approach that is focused on assisting one another to succeed for project staff in Nigeria, as well as the support team members in the Home Office. 

  • Ensure effective coordination is established and maintained with the relevant MSH country Operational Support Team (OST). 

  • 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 workplan development, implementation, and review. S/he will ensure alignment with regional frameworks and strategies, national and donor strategies in each country – including USAID strategies. The DCOP will identify opportunities for integrated planning and implementation creating synergies between various program areas. The DCOP shall guide and coach project staff in leveragingproject, non-project and community resources through the establishment and maintenance of partnerships and networks. 

  • 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 a knowledge management system where the donor vision and government values permeate through our clients to reach beneficiary communities, and the learning from grassroots and countries is documented and shared to influence new programming at national and regional levels.

  • This list is not exhaustive, and we would expect our Technical Directors to be both innovative and strategic in suggesting and implementing new methods to achieve the outcomes and impact desired by our client and needed by the people the project aims to serve. 

    What should you know about MSH?

    Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a global nonprofit advisory firm that provides governments, health organizations, and the private sector with the strategies, tools, and management support to effectively and efficiently deliver high-functioning health systems. With work in more than 40 countries across 5 continents,we advance knowledge and technology globally to support people locally to achieve health for all. From health ministry to community, private sector to civil society, as trusted advisors, we make the foundational changes that support the whole health system. 

    For more than 50 years, we have focused on the people at the heart of the health system. We help by supporting local professionals to deliver improvements in the societies where we partner. To do this MSH has committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment in every country where we work. We welcome applications from all sectors of the population and are excited to grow teams that truly represent this diversity. If you feel you have the required experience to assist MSH in implementing our vision, please submit your CV via our career portal:

    Our history in Nigeria

    For nearly two decades, MSH has partnered with Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), state ministries of health, local partners, and health service providers to control infectious diseases and improve child and maternal health. In addition to our years of support to fight tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and other epidemics, we are supporting Nigeria’s National Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP) across nearly 60% of Nigeria— from the ministry to the facility level—which comprises 15% of the global malaria response. We’ve provided malaria preventive treatment to close to 4 million children (about twice the population of New Mexico) under the age of five and maintained services despite disruptions from civil conflicts and the COVID-19 pandemic. More information can be obtained from our website:


    What do you need to apply?

    MSH employs people of passion, we seek those individuals who dream of a better world. We look for professionals who combine experience, local knowledge, and an understanding of international best practices. Individuals who share our values oftreating everyone with respect while being equitable and holding all of us accountable to make an impact.

    Specific requirements for this role are:

  • An advanced degree at the master's level or above in social science, public health, or other appropriate area is required. 

  • 8+ of experience in the implementation and management of international development projects, specifically, with combined experience in two or more technical areas such as health systems strengthening, health finance, and human resources for health. 

  • 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 and other donor organizations. 

  • Demonstrated experience in program management and administration, and contract compliance. Experience with USAID projects is strongly preferred. 

  • At least 5 years of supervisory experience. Must have a proven track record of building teams and fostering collaboration 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.

  • 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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