United States Agency for International Development Project Management Specialist - Maternal and Child Health Jobs in Nigeria

United States Agency for International Development Project Management Specialist - Maternal and Child Health Jobs in Nigeria


General Statement of Purpose of the Contract

  • The Project Management Specialist (Maternal and Child Health) (MCH) provides technical and program expertise to the Health, Population and Nutrition (HPN) Team.

  • The primary responsibility is to provide project management and technical advice on maternal and child health, provides guidance on new program initiatives, drafts program documents to secure funding and implement activities.

  • The incumbent represents USAID regarding MCH policies, strategies and activities with outside organizations, such as the Federal Ministry of Health, the National Population Commission, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, the State Ministries of Health, United Nations organizations, British Department for International Development, UNICEF, the World Bank, United Nations Population Fund, foundations and other development partners.

    Statement of Duties to be Performed
    Program/Project Management – 45 %


  • The Specialist manages a diverse portfolio targeting evidence-based, high impact, cost-effective interventions for the improvement of MCH including but not limited to prevention and treatment of diarrhea and pneumonia;

  • strengthening routine immunization and new life saving vaccines; improving emergency obstetrical and new-born care.

  • Close coordination, collaboration, alignment and integration with staff working to improve other components of the portfolio, including malaria, family planning, nutrition, prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV, health systems strengthening, health seeking behavior, commodity supply and logistics, and quality improvement is essential.

  • Serve as Agreement/Contract Officers Representative (AOR/COR) and program/project/activity manager.

  • Provide review and approval of work plans, budgets, performance monitoring plans, quarterly and annual reports, and other key documents for managed activities.

  • S/he provides guidance on new program initiatives, drafts program documents to secure funding and implement activities, and manages the relationships between USAID and implementing partners (IPs).

  • Provide technical assistance in capacity building, planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation to key USAID governmental and non-governmental partners, to ensure that they develop measurable plans and objectives for implementation of innovative and effective HPN projects.

  • Provide oversight to ensure that programs have sound programmatic and financial management, achieve expected results, are linked to and enhance attainment of strategic objectives, are aligned with Government of Nigeria (GON) priorities, and are implemented within the framework of the USG foreign assistance policies.

  • Work closely with other U.S. Mission and Agency staff to ensure effective coordination and alignment of all USG programs.

  • Conducts regular site visits to monitor activity progress, and to provide technical and programmatic recommendations.

    Technical advice and advocacy – 35%

  • Serves as a Mission point of contact for all matters related to MCH.

  • Work to ensure technical and programmatic synergy within USAID/Nigeria supported activities, and with GON and other development partners by facilitating the exchange of technical information and identifying and fostering opportunities for partnership on technical and programmatic activities.

  • Participate as USAID representative in national-level technical, programmatic, and policy meetings, and in consultations with other donors, government officials, and IPs.

  • Develop policies and guidelines to integrate MCH activities and technical priorities into other areas of health and related sectors, including HIV, education, governance, agriculture and economic strengthening activities.

  • Participate in relevant Mission, donor and GON working groups, providing technical advice and guidance, and advising on projects supporting maternal health and child survival.

  • Advocates for MCH programs and for funding required achieve desired outcomes within the HPN results framework.

  • Ensure that USAID
    programs contribute to relevant USG plans and goals.

    Programmatic Support – 20%

  • Provides technical and programmatic support, including developing presentations and talking points, and serves as site officer for high-level delegations, other visitors, and overall USG and USAID Mission needs.

  • Maintains responsibility for supporting the Team, other technical offices, the Agency and USG Mission in developing strategic and technical plans.

  • Respond to reporting requirements and requests from within the Mission, from USAID/Washington, and others, as needed.

    Supervisory Relationship

  • The incumbent will be supervised by the Team Leader or his/her designee.

    Minimum Qualifications Required for this Position

  • Education: Minimum of master’s degree in Public health or other health-related area is required.

  • Prior Work Experience: A minimum of 7 years progressively responsible, professional-level experience managing public health and health delivery with emphasis on MNCH; Clinical and Programmatic experience working in Nigeria’s northern states on public health–related activities is required.

  • Language Proficiency: Level IV English language (high proficiency in verbal and written expression) is required.

    Job Knowledge

  • Familiarity with the broad range of MCH issues that affect Nigeria and/or developing countries in general.

  • Understanding of, and sensitivity to, the major issues affecting MCH in all geographical regions of Nigeria, with in-depth knowledge of the implementation of MCH programs in Nigeria’s northern states.

  • Demonstrated understanding of programs and organizational aspects of major international donors, organizations, foundations and private sector organizations that support Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health.

    Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated skills in decision-making and overseeing the implementation of RH/FP/MNCH activities in Nigeria. Excellent communication (oral and written) and facilitation skills.

  • Word processing skills are essential; knowledge of spreadsheet development, graphics applications and statistical analyses packages are highly recommended.

  • Ability to analyze information, evaluate data and prepare reports and be capable of producing high quality work, often under time pressure and in complex situations.

  • Excellent organizational and management skills, strong analytical skills and in-depth understanding of the technical, political, economic and cultural characteristics of Nigeria as they relate to the implementation of public health programs.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, good social and professional judgment, and the ability to function effectively in cross-cultural and multi-level settings.

  • S/he must be able to interact effectively with mid- and senior-level government officials and to maintain collaborative relationships within a team structure, in addition to effectively work individually and as a team member.

  • S/he must be able to effectively lead, facilitate and participate in discussions and meetings.

    How to Apply

  • Submit Applications package to: abujahr@usaid.gov

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