Saturday, 24 August 2019

Latest Job Positions at Malaria Consortium, August 2019

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 positions below:
Job Title: Finance Officer 

Location: Niger
Grade: 6
Role type: National
Department: Finance
Length of contract: 4-years
Travel involved: Up to 20% in country
Reporting to: Project Manager Direct reports: N/A
Dotted line manager: Country Finance Manager
Country and Project Background
  • In Nigeria, many women of child bearing age (44,000) and children under-five (940,000) die annually from preventable and treatable causes (UNICEF/WHO 2012). While the trends show that Nigeria has made progress since the 1990s in reducing under-five and maternal mortality rates, the country remains the second largest contributor to under-five and maternal deaths in the world (UNICEF 2018).
  • Niger State Government is committed to improving her Health sector and articulated this state health plan and adoption of ‘primary health care under one roof’ policy to reduce fragmentation of services and to bring their management under one authority. The state leadership is also committed to increasing the number of primary health care centers in compliance with the national standards by having a focal center per ward.
  • Niger State Government has also entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to strengthen its primary health care (PHC) system. The BMGF component of the MoU is delivered through technical assistance grants implemented by other partners with a focus on strengthening: leadership and governance of health services, health care financing, Human Resources for health, health information management, access to affordable medical products, service delivery and community engagement in health service delivery.
  • Malaria Consortium has recently received Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation four (4) year grant to provide ‘wrap- around’ technical assistance for implementation of the community based health service delivery component of the state plan through harmonizing and integration of the various health service interventions at the community level including maternal and child health services.
Job Purpose
  • To work closely with the Project Manager and with the Project team to ensure the project maintains acceptable accounting standards and financial control according to the MC and donor finance rules and procedures.
Scope of Work:
  • The Finance Officer will be responsible for timely posting of all invoices approved and paid, budget analysis and reconciliation, petty cash management, banking, filing of field office monthly financial information inclusive of payment vouchers, bank information, financial correspondence etc.
  • S/he will also ensure orderliness within the finance department.
  • The Finance officer will deal with all cash receipts and payments as well as advising the State team Manager and other Technical Officers on all financial matters and sharing areas of concern along with suggested solutions aligned with MC and donor guidelines.
Key Working Relationships:
  • The Finance officer (FO) will report to the Project Manager while interacting directly with other staff including the Administrative and the Technical officers in the office.
  • S/he will also work with stakeholders, Local government and communities in the state.
  • The FO will indirectly report to the Finance Manager at the Country office.
Key Accountabilities
Finance work (50%):
  • Prepare monthly reports to the Project Manager as set on monthly finance timetable which comprises the following:
    • Bank reconciliation statement including copy of bank statement
    • Aged list of outstanding Advances and Other ledger balances
    • Fixed asset register update and Spot Check reports
    • Authorized Petty Cash Count Certificate and reconciliations
    • Monthly timesheet update
    • End of Month Checklist
  • Making Payments of all meetings, workshop and training participants and consultants
  • Safeguarding the organisation resources by scrutinizing all payment requests, TAFs, PRFs and by adhering to the MC Manual, Policies and Procedures
  • Advising the State team Manager and other Technical Officers on all financial matters and sharing areas of concern along with suggested solutions aligned with MC and donor guidelines.
  • Follow up on the stock balance of financial documents (forms, vouchers, receipts etc.) and make a timely order before stock outs occurs
  • Register Invoices  delivered by suppliers into PSF
  • Post Field returns into PSF as per MC guidelines
  • Review all cash and Bank transactions posted into PSF on a weekly basis
  • Support In the preparation of monthly BVAs
  • Support in budgetary planning and revisions
  • Support in the timely completion of checklists for month and year ends
  • Be responsible for issuing travel and activity advances to the team members, consultants for any official travels, including reconciliation of the same on return
  • Any other reasonable duties as may be required from time to time
Suppliers Invoice (25%):
  • Receive all invoices of suppliers and vendors from the Senior Administrative officer and prepare the Invoice authorization forms
  • Review and post all invoices onto PSF ledger ensuring the accuracy of codes, support documentation, budget availability and necessary approval from the authorized personnel
  • Prepare all payments – cash, cheque, bank transfers and obtain approval from the authorized personnel
  • Post payments onto PSF general ledger ensuring the accuracy of all the required codes
Filing and Admin (15%):
  • In charge of archiving and filling all finance documents and ensuring that they are in safe custody and easily accessible by the finance team
  • In -charge of collating timesheets of all field office staff
Petty Cash management (10%):
  • In charge of keeping the Petty cash imprest system and records, making requisitions and issues as approved by the authorized personnel. Take collections after issuing proper receipts and make a deposit of all cash collections in a timely, honest and trust worthy manner
  • Count Petty Cash on a minimum of a monthly basis with the Project Manager/Finance Manager
  • Post all petty cash invoices and vouchers into the General Ledger with accurate codes
Person Specification
Qualifications and experience:
Essential:
  • A degree in Accounting or Business Administration is required
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in a related function and supervisory role;
Desirable:
  • Member of Accounting Professional body
  • Experience in working in INGO
  • Knowledge of NGO donors and their financial reporting requirements
  • Willingness to learn at all times
Work-based skills:
Essential:
  • Working knowledge of accounting software, especially PS Financial
  • Excellent computer skills with high proficiency in Microsoft excel
  • Strong ability to be able to manage and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Good analytical and reporting skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
Desirable:
  • Able to manage pressure
  • Excellent team player, including working in diverse cultural environment
  • Line management capabilities
Core Competencies
Delivering Quality results:
LEVEL B – Takes on pieces of work when required and demonstrates excellent project management skills:
  • Shows a flexible approach to taking on additional work/ responsibilities when needed to achieve results
  • Demonstrates excellent project management skills to agreed timescales (timelines, targets, donor requirements)
  • Makes clear and timely decisions within remit of own role
Analysis and use of information:
LEVEL B – Uses evidence to support work:
  • Identifies and uses various sources of evidence and feedback to support outputs Uses evidence to evaluate policies, projects and programmes
  • Identifies links between events and information identifying trends, issues and risks
  • Ensures systems are in place to address organisation needs
Interpersonal and communications:
LEVEL B – Fosters two-way communication:
  • Recalls others’ main points and takes them into account in own communication
  • Checks own understanding of others’ communication by asking questions
  • Maintains constructive, open and consistent communication with others
  • Resolves minor misunderstandings and conflicts effectively
Collaboration and partnering:
LEVEL B – Collaborates effectively across teams:
  • Proactive in providing and seeking support from expert colleagues
  • Raises difficult issues with teams/ partners and stakeholders with a view to positive resolution
  • Proactive in building a rapport with a diverse range of people
Leading and motivating people:
LEVEL B – Manages own development and seeks opportunities:
  • Actively manages own development and performance positively
  • Learns lessons from successes and failures
  • Seeks and explores opportunities within Malaria Consortium which develop skills and expertise
Flexibility/ adaptability:
LEVEL B – Remains professional under external pressure:
  • Able to adapt to changing situations effortlessly
  • Remains constructive and positive under stress and able to tolerate difficult situations and environments
  • Plans, prioritises and performs tasks well under pressure
  • Learns from own successes/ mistakes actions
Living the values LEVEL B:
Promotes Malaria Consortium values amongst peers:
  • Shows a readiness to promote Malaria Consortium’s values amongst peers
  • Promotes ethical and professional behaviour in line with Malaria Consortium’s values
Strategic planning and thinking and sector awareness:
LEVEL A – Manages own workload effectively:
  • Plans and manages own workload effectively
  • Is familiar with Malaria Consortium’s mission and current strategic plan
  • Understands own contribution to Malaria Consortium’s objectives
Salary
Competitive.
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply



Job Title: Field Finance Officer
Location
: Sokoto
Department: Finance
Length of Contract: 3 years
Role Type: National
Grade: 6
Reporting to: State Coordinator
Job Purpose
  • The state Field Finance Officer will provide a full accounting function in maintaining financial records of all transactions in accordance with Malaria Consortium’s financial policies and procedures to the respective state offices.
Scope of Work:
  • The State Field Finance Officer will be responsible for the accurate and timely posting of all invoices approved, petty cash management and banking, filing of field office monthly financial information inclusive of payment vouchers and procurement.
  • The State finance Officer handles all cash receipts and payments as well as advising the Project Manager and Financial Accountant on any concerns about financial issues and sharing suggested solutions.
Key Working Relationships:
  • The State Field finance Officer will be based in a state and will report to the state coordinator while interacting directly with other staff including the supply chain / admin officer, M&E officer and other staff in the field office.
  • Indirectly they report to the Financial Accountant based in Abuja.
Key Accountabilities (percent of time spent on each area)
Financial transactions (60%):
  • Receives all invoices from suppliers and prepares the Invoice authorisation forms.
  • Reviews and post all invoices onto the purchase ledger, ensuring the accuracy of codes, complete support documentation and necessary approval from the authorised personnel as per the authorised signatory list (ASL).
  • Prepare monthly reports to the state coordinator as set on monthly finance timetable which comprises the following:
    • Bank reconciliation statement including copy of bank statement
    • Aged list of outstanding Advances and Other ledger balances
    • Fixed asset register update and Spot Check reports
    • Authorised Petty Cash Count Certificate and reconciliations
    • Monthly timesheet update
    • End of Month Checklist
  • Advise the state coordinator and Financial Accountant on any concerns on financial matters and share suggested solutions.
  • In charge of archiving and filling all finance documents and ensuring that they are in safe custody and easily accessible by the finance team and auditors.
  • Follow up on the stock balance of pre-printed financial documents (forms, vouchers, receipts etc.) and make a timely replacement order before stock outs occur.
Payment Processing (30%):
  • Prepare all payments either cash, cheque or bank transfers and obtains approval from the authorised personnel.
  • Scrutinise all payment requests, including advances for travel and activities that these are in accordance with Malaria Consortium policies and procedures.
  • Issue all travel and activity advances to staff and consultants.
  • Check all advances are settled with the set timeframes as per the finance policy, bringing any late settlements or concerns to the attention of the state coordinator.
  • Post payments onto PS Financials ensuring accuracy and timeliness.
Petty Cash (10%):
  • Keep the petty cash impress system and records, making payments as approved by the authorised personnel.
  • Take collections and issue proper receipts, making the deposit of all cash collections in a timely manner.
  • Count Petty Cash at least on a monthly basis with the supply chain / Admin Officer.
  • Post all petty cash invoices and vouchers into the general ledger with accurate codes and on a timely basis.
Qualifications and Experience
Essential:
  • HND or Bachelors in Accounting or relevant degree
  • At least one year in a Finance/Accounts Officer position.
  • Working knowledge of accounting software
Desirable:
  • Experience of working in a smaller remote field office as the lead finance person
  • Knowledge of NGO sector
  • Part qualified member of an accounting professional body
  • Work-based skills and competencies:
Essential:
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Good computer skills with high proficiency in Microsoft excel
  • Good analytical skills
  • Strong ability to be able to manage and prioritise multiple tasks.
  • Willingness to learn at all times.
Core competencies
Delivering results:
  • LEVEL A – Focuses on delivering contribution to Malaria Consortium and achieving own objectives:
    • Puts in effort required to ensure the delivery of own work and objectives to meet (and exceed) expectations
    • Strong self-management of time and effort
    • Checks own work to ensure quality
Analysis and use of information:
  • LEVEL B – Uses evidence to support work:
    • Identifies and uses various sources of evidence and feedback to support outputs
    • Uses evidence to evaluate policies, projects and programmes
    • Identifies links between events and information identifying trends, issues and risks
    • Ensures systems are in place to address organisation needs
Interpersonal and Communications:
  • LEVEL B – Fosters two-way communication
    • Recalls others’ main points and takes them into account in own communication
    • Checks own understanding of others’ communication by asking questions
    • Maintains constructive, open and consistent communication with others
    • Resolves minor misunderstandings and conflicts effectively
Collaboration and Partnering:
  • LEVEL A – Is a good and effective team player
    • Is as a good and effective team player
    • Knows who their customers are and their requirements
    • Respects and listens to different views/opinions
    • Actively collaborates across teams to achieve objectives and develop own thinking
    • Proactive in providing and seeking support from team members
Leading and Motivating People:
  • LEVEL A – Open to learning and responds positively to feedback:
    • Willingness to manage own development and performance
    • Builds capacity of colleagues by sharing knowledge (induction) and acting as induction ‘buddy’ when asked
    • Open to learning new things
    • Responds positively to feedback from others
    • Identifies mistakes and takes positive steps to improve
Flexibility/ adaptability:
  • LEVEL A – Recognises own stress levels and adapts:
    • Recognises limitations and take steps to manage any resulting pressure or stress
    • Remains focused on objectives and goal in a rapidly changing environment
    • Takes responsibility for own work and for the impact of own actions
Living the values:
  • LEVEL A – Demonstrates Malaria Consortium values:
    • Demonstrates integrity, honesty and fairness in dealing with colleagues and stakeholders
    • Maintains ethical and professional behaviour in line with Malaria Consortium’s values
    • Treats all people with respect
Strategic planning and thinking and sector awareness:
  • LEVEL A – Manages own workload effectively:
    • Plans and manages own workload effectively
    • Is familiar with Malaria Consortium’s mission and current strategic plan
    • Understands own contribution to Malaria Consortium’s objectives
Salary
Competitive.
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply




Job Title: M&E Assistant (SMC)
Location:
 Yobe, Nigeria
Grade: 5
Role type: National
Department: Technical
Length of contract: June 2019 – December 2020
Reporting to: Senior Technical Officer (SMC)
Travel involved: Up to 40%
Dotted line manager: M&E Officer (Yobe)
Direct reports: Market systems development specialist, Diagnostics specialist, SBCC specialist
Country and project background
  • The Nigeria Country Office with office in Abuja, started operations in 2008, through the DFID/UKaid funded Support to National Malaria Programme, SuNMaP (2008 – 2016). The office had presence in 23 states of the country and has managed at various times, about 15 programmes and projects. It follows the mandate of the parent organization in Nigeria and has been working specifically in the following areas:
    • Malaria control/elimination;
    • Integrated community case management (iCCM) for malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea;
    • Nutrition; and
    • Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).
  • Currently, the Nigeria country office manages MC programmes/projects in Sierra Leone, Chad and Burkina Faso.
  • Malaria Consortium has recently become a sub-recipient for the new grant of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GF) under the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) and Catholic Relief Services as the principal recipients.
  • The goal of the grant is to contribute towards reducing the malaria burden to pre-elimination levels and bringing malaria-related mortality to zero by 2020 in Nigeria.
  • This project aims to achieve seven objectives while delivering high quality malaria services in 14 states (MC implementing in 7 of the states – Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa, Niger, Yobe, Gombe and iCCM only in Kebbi) through improved service delivery mechanisms, demand creation and health system strengthening strategies.
  • To ensure at least 80% of targeted population utilizes appropriate preventive measures by 2020
  • To test all care-seeking persons with suspected malaria using RDT or microscopy by 2020
  • To treat all individuals with confirmed malaria seen in private or public facilities with effective anti-malarial drug by 2020
  • To provide adequate information to all Nigerians such that at least 80% of the populace habitually takes appropriate malaria preventive and treatment measures as necessary by 2020
  • To ensure the timely availability of appropriate antimalarial medicines and commodities required for prevention and treatment of malaria in Nigeria wherever they are needed by 2018
  • At least 80% of health facilities in all LGAs report routinely on malaria by 2020
  • To strengthen governance and coordination of all stakeholders for effective program implementation towards an “A” rating by 2018 on a standardized scorecard
  • In January 2019, the portfolio of MC was increased to include state-wide LLINs campaign in Yobe and seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) in selected LGAs of Katsina and Yobe states. The SMC would be implemented in both states in 2019 and 2020.
Job Purpose
  • The M&E Assistant will provide support for all Research, MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning) activities on the SMC project in Yobe State.
  • The role will provide support to ensure timely and effective monitoring, supervision and reporting of project activities and to ensure that data is available for prompt decision-making for the state.
  • S/he will assist and report to the Senior Technical Officer (STO) regarding the M&E components of implementing SMC in Yobe State.
Scope of Work:
  • The scope of work will include implementation of the project M&E plan, which includes monitoring of MDA implementation, data validation, DQA, coordination meetings, capacity building in data quality and supportive supervisory visit to support the delivery of SMC mass drug administration (MDA) in Yobe State.
Key Working Relationships:
  • The post holder working under the line-management of the STO (SMC) and in close collaboration with the state, LGA, community actors, stakeholders and partners would deliver aspects of the project as per the specified job tasks and expected deliverables. This role will work indirectly with the country office-based SMC M&E Specialist, SMC HMIS Officer and GF M&E Specialist
Key Accountabilities (percent of time spent on each area)
Technical Contributions (70%)
  • Implement M&E activities as approved in the SMC work plan under the guidance of the STO (SMC).
  • Provide support for data quality assessments and ensure the completeness, consistency and validity of data.
  • Work with project team to facilitate the documentation of SMC campaign in form of reports and ensure proper archiving of such for easy access and reference.
  • Provide direct technical assistance and capacity building support for state, LGA, health facility (HF) and community level implementers in the design and implementation of M&E components of the SMC campaign.
  • Participate in SMC campaign assessments, evaluations and design including development of survey protocols with support from country office and advisors.
  • Support sentinel sites reporting and data validation exercises
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Support campaign coordination meetings at the state, LGA, HF and community levels.
  • Work with the state, LGA and HF staff to ensure that reports are obtained from all HFs and communities within the state through appropriate channels and mechanisms.
Accountability (10%):
  • Support the development and implementation of feedback and response channels to reflect the preferences of community members and beneficiaries.
  • Ensure that beneficiary feedback is adequately documented, analyzed, shared and utilized by programme teams.
Knowledge Management and Learning (10%):
  • With support from the SMC STO and GF State M&E Officer, organize learning-to-action events and reflection sessions to systematically analyze data for programmatic use for the state, and to document and incorporate lessons learned into programme design and implementation.
  • With support from the SMC STO, operationalize the project’s learning agenda, organizing regular learning events, supporting operations research, and reflecting, documentation, and communication of learning initiatives.
  • Actively participate in the M&E Community of Practice (CoP) with other PR, SRs and government M&E staff.
  • Support knowledge management systems and practices to gather, document and share best practices with GF programme team in Yobe State, MC country office, government and technical partners.
Representation (10%):
  • Network with technical counterparts in the State Ministry of Health, PRs, SRs, and other local stakeholders engaged in malaria activities in Nigeria.
  • Represent MC and make presentations at professional meetings and conferences related to M&E and research, including quarterly PR and SR quarterly review meetings.
Person Specification
Qualifications and experience:
Essential:
  • Degree in Statistics, Demography, Mathematics or any other relevant quantitative relevant discipline,
  • 2 – 3 years post qualification.
  • Cognate experience in M&E of community-based interventions
  • Demonstrable familiarity with HMIS (DHIS2 electronic platform) and community LMIS
  • Demonstrated skills in data management and quantitative data analysis.
  • Familiarity with Nigerian public sector health systems
Desirable:
  • Experience in survey design and implementation, development of data bases and analysis and write up of survey results.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Demonstrable contextual knowledge of local issues, community priorities, social and cultural constraints and realities related to community assessment, project design, evaluation and implementation.
  • Familiarity with Global Fund programme implementation will be added advantages.
Work-based skills and competencies:
Essential:
  • A solid understanding of health systems strengthening,
  • Proficiency in database management especially DHIS, Excel, Word, PowerPoint and demonstrable experience with statistical software packages (Stata, SPSS, Epi Info)
  • Proven writing, communication and presentation skills in English.
  • A collaborative and flexible style, with a strong service mentality.
  • Facilitation, stakeholder engagement and coordination skills.
  • Attentive to detail, highly organized, flexible and self-motivated.
  • Excellent skills in written and oral communications.
  • He/she must clearly display the ability to effectively prioritise and perform tasks to meet tight deadlines
Desirable:
  • Skills in qualitative research
Core Competencies
Delivering results:
  • LEVEL B – Takes on pieces of work when required and demonstrates excellent project management skills
  • Shows a flexible approach to taking on additional work / responsibilities when needed to achieve results
  • Demonstrates excellent project management skills to agreed timescales (timelines, targets, donor requirements)
  • Makes clear and timely decisions within remit of own role
Analysis and use of information:
  • LEVEL A – Gathers information and identifies problems effectively
  • Interprets basic written information
  • Attentive to detail
  • Follows guidelines to identify issues
  • Recognises problems within their remit
  • Uses appropriate methods for gathering and summarising data
Interpersonal and communications:
  • LEVEL B – Fosters two-way communication
  • Recalls others’ main points and takes them into account in own communication
  • Checks own understanding of others’ communication by asking questions
  • Maintains constructive, open and consistent communication with others
  • Resolves minor misunderstandings and conflicts effectively
Collaboration and partnering:
  • LEVEL A – Is a good and effective team player
  • Is a good and effective team player
  • Knows who their customers are and their requirements.
  • Respects and listens to different views/opinions
  • Actively collaborates across teams to achieve objectives and develop own thinking
  • Proactive in providing and seeking support from team members
Leading and motivating people:
  • LEVEL A – Open to learning, and responds positively to feedback
  • Willingness to manage own development and performance
  • Builds capacity of colleagues by sharing knowledge (induction) and acting as induction ‘buddy’ when asked
  • Open to learning new things
  • Responds positively to feedback from others.
  • Identifies mistakes and takes positive steps to improve
Flexibility/Adaptability:
  • LEVEL A – Recognises own stress levels and adapts
  • Recognises limitations and takes steps to manage any resulting pressure or stress
  • Remains focused on objectives and goals in a rapidly changing environment
  • Takes responsibility for own work and for the impact of own actions
Living the Values:
  • LEVEL A – Demonstrates Malaria Consortium values
  • Demonstrates integrity, honesty and fairness in dealing with colleagues and stakeholders
  • Maintains ethical and professional behaviour in line with Malaria Consortium’s values
  • Treats all people with respect
Strategic planning and thinking and sector awareness:
  • LEVEL A – Manages own workload effectively
  • Plans and manages own workload effectively
  • Is familiar with Malaria Consortium’s mission and current strategic plan.
  • Understands own contribution to Malaria Consortium’s objectives.
Salary
Competitive.
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply




Job Title: Senior Malaria Specialist
Location:
 Abuja, Nigeria
Grade: 10
Role type: National
Department: Technical
Length of contract: Five years
Reporting to: Team Leader, SUNMAP2/ Project Director
Travel involved: Up to 40%
Dotted line manager: Country Technical Coordinator
Direct reports: Market systems development specialist, Diagnostics specialist, SBCC specialist
Country and Project Background
  • Malaria is highly endemic in Nigeria and it remains one of the leading causes of childhood and maternal morbidity and mortality in the country. Nigeria is deeply committed to making progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and it recognizes the fact that, without firm efforts to control malaria, achievement of the targets related to child mortality, maternal mortality, and reducing the burden of communicable disease will not be possible. Malaria therefore constitutes a significant development challenge for Nigeria. Interventions for reducing malaria burden in the country are documented in the national malaria strategic plan with Government taking the lead in its implementation with the support of all the RBM partners.
  • The DFID funded and Malaria Consortium led malaria programme, SUNMAP, provided technical assistance and other support to the Nigeria National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) covering the period 2008 to 2016. The anticipated follow on project, SUNMAP2 has been designed to strengthen the management and technical capacity of NMEP, State Malaria Elimination Programme (SMEP) and their stakeholders to drive the implementation of the National Malaria Strategic Plan, 2014 to 2020 and achieve its ambitious targets.
  • This will include short term technical assistance and technical assistance embedded in NMEP in key areas of programme management, evidence generation and use, and capacity building across all project outputs and ultimately reducing Nigeria’s malaria burden and strengthening the Government of Nigeria’s health systems capacity to ensure long term programme and impact sustainability.
Job Purpose
  • The Senior Malaria Specialist will provide technical leadership on all aspects of malaria control to the project and working closely with the project team to implement evidence-based approaches to achieve the projects outcomes.
  • The position holder will serve as a resource for up-to-date technical information on malaria control and elimination including providing technical support to NMEP, SMEP and other key stakeholders.
  • He/She will supervise a team of three specialists and support them to implement work plans in a coherent and harmonised manner.
Scope of Work:
  • Provide technical oversight for the project and take direct a lead in implementing malaria initiatives such as severe malaria case management and seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC).
  • The position holder line manages four technical specialists.
  • He/She will support the team to adapt the project strategies to their settings and see that they are revised periodically based on learnings (both internal and external to the project).
  • He/She will provide technical assistance and capacity building to NMEP and SMEP especially within a paradigm of changing malaria epidemiology along the malaria elimination continuum.
  • He/She will represent the programme on relevant technical working groups.
Key Working Relationships:
  • The Senior Malaria Specialist will mobilise and coordinate with a broad range of stakeholders to deliver the project.
  • They will work closely with the National Malaria Elimination Programme, State Malaria Elimination Programmes in the six SUNMAP2 supported states, public and private sector actors in the malaria control landscape and Malaria Consortium’s team of global technical specialists.
  • Along with the Team Leader he/she will liaise periodically with DFID Nigeria. He/She will be a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) of the project.
Key Accountabilities (Percentage level of effort)
Strategic contributions (10%):
  • Contribute to development of project strategy papers, in particular those directly related to malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
  • Contribute to the development and improvements in the projects value-for-money approach, in particular related to effectiveness and impact optimisation.
  • Lead the development and facilitate the use of a framework for technical quality improvement for the project
  • Provide strategic technical support to the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), include support in the harmonisation of tools and approaches.
Technical leadership and oversight (40%):
  • Provide technical support to the project’s technical team in relation to WHO’s Global Technical Strategy for malaria, the National Malaria Strategic Plan, 2014 to 2020 and the technical approaches comprising SUNMAP2.
  • Oversee malaria interventions implementation from intervention design to quality assurance of implementation
  • Oversee data-driven adaptation of malaria intervention implementation to achieve project output and outcome targets. This will require working closely with other teams within the project and collaboration with partners and other organisations.
  • Periodically carry out statistical analysis of survey and other epidemiological data, working with the Senior MEAL Specialist in this regard.
  • Provide technical support in other aspects of the project such as Surveillance and Operational Research. This includes community-based services such as integrated community case management (iCCM) and community distribution of LLINs.
  • Work with the Team Leader and the Senior Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) Specialist to embed malaria control activities into the broader health systems to improve programme and impact sustainability.
  • Remain abreast of technical developments in malaria control and share them with the project team and with NMEP
  • Facilitate the use of data and experiential learning to inform quality improvement of project implementation and technical assistance
  • Contribute to the use of information management tools such as dashboards to support decisionmakers at national and state levels to make better use of data, include data from SUNMAP2
  • Line manage four technical specialists, and in so doing provide them with inspiring technical leadership
Learning, sharing and positioning (25%):
  • Work with the Senior MEAL Specialist to spearhead the use of a learning agenda approach including accountability within the project and amongst key stakeholders such as NMEP and SMEP.
  • Help to operationalise the learning agenda approach, results measurement and documentation
  • Develop guidance documents on how malaria interventions should be implemented and monitored using the project results measurement framework. This may require checklists, SOPs or guidance instructions.
  • Work with the Senior MEAL Specialist to lead the documentation of experiences and lessons learnt from the project including production of learning briefs, learning papers and general documentation (e.g. narrative reports, infographics)
  • Disseminate lessons learned to national and global audiences through conference presentations, peer-reviewed publications, and technical reports
  • Work with NMEP to periodically refresh the national agenda for malaria research
Technical quality and continuous improvement (10%):
  • Facilitate the regular use of project and other information for technical quality improvement
  • Contribute to the development and embedding of standards of malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment
Capacity building and institutional strengthening (10%):
  • Lead in building project capacity in malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment such as writing of capacity building tools and work guidance documents.
  • Organise periodic technical strategy meetings to update the project team on new developments and current trends in malaria control in Nigeria, in the region and globally.
  • Work closely with long term technical assistance (LTTA) to NMEP to strengthen its institutional capacity to use evidence for decision-making and to capture learning.
  • Lead capacity building efforts to strengthen both individual and institutional technical capacities within the National Malaria Elimination Programme, and State Malaria Elimination Programme (SMEP) and LGA levels working with State Malaria Service Delivery Specialist.
  • In liaison with the Country Technical Coordinator and Technical Director, support capacity building initiatives of the project’s technical team and contribute to Malaria Consortium’s strategic objectives
External Representation (5%):
  • Participate in national or regional technical working groups as relevant
  • Make presentations at national, regional or global conferences showcasing the malaria control approaches we are using in the project
Person Specification 
Qualifications and Experience:
Essential:
  • Postgraduate degree in Epidemiology or Public Health with a focus on malaria control/elimination
  • At least 8 years working in technical role with an excellent understanding of malaria control/elimination approaches
  • Significant experience in intervention design and implementation of large-scale malaria control projects
  • Familiarity with the challenges and opportunities of malaria control Sub Saharan Africa (SSA)
  • Experience in setting up standards of technical quality as well as internal quality assurance mechanisms
  • Experience with value-for-money measurements
  • Familiarity with the Nigerian health system
Desirable:
  • Significant knowledge in communicable diseases control
  • Experience of supporting development of learning processes and structures, ideally in an NGO context
  • Experience working with private sector actors involved in malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment
Work-based Skills:
Essential:
  • Excellent skills in public health and or disease control, and in particular related to malaria
  • Strong analytical ability
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills
  • Management of high performing teams, including ability to delegate efficiently and technically support teams
  • Mentoring and coaching skills with respect to junior staff
  • Strong skills in negotiating with and engaging Ministry of Health Officials at all levels of the health system
  • Ability to work in a multicultural team
  • Results-oriented attitude to work
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to work independently with little support
  • Expert competency level in reviewing, understanding and synthesising data for sharing with wider audiences
  • Practical organisational skills with the ability to manage a fluctuating workload, prioritise and reprioritise when necessary and meet tight deadlines
  • Able to travel to SUNMAP2 supported states for up to one week at a time to oversee implementation activities
  • Attention to detail
  • Problem solving mind-set
  • Positive work attitude; a team player
Desirable:
  • Excellent project management and planning skills
  • Excellent statistical analysis skills including familiarity with software such as STATA, R or Statgraphics
  • Demonstrable publication writing skills include peer reviewed publications
  • Advocacy skills
Core Competencies:
Delivering Results:
  • LEVEL D – Inspires wider teams to achieve outstanding results and to manage risks:
  • Proactively improves effectiveness and performance of other senior staff to increase ability to meet objectives, acquiring new skills when appropriate
  • Encourages mitigating risks amongst the teams/ groups they work with/ manage
  • Ensures the quality of all internal/ external work of own and others
Analysis and use of information:
  • LEVEL D – Analyses the external environment confidently:
  • Generates a range of policy options and appraises them based on the internal and external evidence
  • Develops ways of applying new knowledge and ensures lessonâ€ï¿½learning with self and wider team
  • Analyses the significance of external events and situations for Malaria Consortium Interpersonal and communications
LEVEL C – Adapts communications effectively:
  • Tailors communication (content, style and medium) to diverse audiences Communicates equally effectively at all organisational levels
  • Understands others’ underlying needs, concerns and motivations and communicates effectively in sensitive situations
  • Resolves intra-team and inter-team conflicts effectively
Collaboration and Partnering:
  • LEVEL D – Develops external networks to increase internal thinking/ learning:
  • Actively develops partnerships with relevant organisations, think tanks and individuals
  • Takes initiative to establish a network or partnership where one does not exist
  • Ensures any external learning is effectively brought in-house
Leading and motivating people:
  • LEVEL C – Effectively leads and motivates others or direct reports:
  • Gives regular, timely and appropriate feedback
  • Acknowledges good performance and deals with issues concerning poor performance
  • Carries out staff assessment and development activities conscientiously and effectively
  • Develop the skills and competence of others through the development and application of skills
  • Coaches and supports team members when they have difficulties
Flexibility/ Adaptability:
  • LEVEL D – Clarifies priorities and ensures learning from experience:
  • Clarifies priorities when leading change
  • Sees and shows others the benefits of strategic change.
  • Helps colleagues/ team members to practise stress management through prioritisation of workloads and modelling of appropriate self-management and care
  • Makes time to learn from experience and feedback, and apply the lessons to new situations
Living the values:
  • LEVEL D – Acts as a role model in promoting Malaria Consortium’s values
  • Champions and takes ownership of corporate decisions, values and standards and ensures team members implement them in a positive manner
  • Acts as role model internally and externally in promoting Malaria Consortium’s values
  • Is accountable for ensuring that cultural awareness is demonstrated across the area (s) they manage
Strategic planning and thinking and sector awareness:
  • LEVEL C – Keeps up to date with the internal and external environment:
  • Takes into account economic, political and other business factors when drawing up medium and long-term plans, covering both public and private sectors
  • Looks beyond the immediate operations to prospects for new business
  • Engages with appropriate internal and external sources to establish major influences on future plans
Salary
$72,865.
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply


Application Deadline 27th August, 2019.

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