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Task Order 04 Director at the Management Sciences for Health (MSH)

Posted on Fri 28th Aug, 2020 - --- (0 comments)

The Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Task Order 04 Director

Ref. No.: R21
Location: Nasarawa
Job Type: Full Time

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) saves lives and improves health by helping public and private organizations throughout the world to effectively manage people, medicines, money, and information. Working from more than 30 country offices and our Arlington, Virginia and Medford, Massachusetts US headquarters, our staff from 65 nations is highly regarded for its technical expertise, integrity, and commitment to making a lasting difference in health. We live by our mission to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health.

Job Overview

  • MSH seeks a candidate for the position of Task Order 04 Director for an anticipated USAID funding for malaria services in four target states: Benue, Nasarawa, Zamfara and Plateau.
  • The project will focus on supporting malaria services through key technical interventions including, prevention, case management (diagnosis and treatment), health systems strengthening, improving health information systems, and private sector engagement. This position is based at the MSH central office in Abuja.
  • This position is subject to donor approval and funding.

Job Objective

  • The Task Order 04 Director is a senior-level position responsible for designing the PMI-S strategy for working with the four states, LGAs and communities to plan, implement, monitor and report on malaria elimination services.
  • In addition, the position provides TA to state and LGA coordination structures and platforms to own malaria control programming, increase domestic resourcing for malaria and steward efforts to address health system bottlenecks.

Specific Responsibilities

  • The Task Order 04 Director will manage and supervise 4 State Coordinators and ensure activities within the targeted states are meeting PMI-S task order goals and objectives; in alignment with USAID/PMI strategic objectives and NMEP Strategic Plan.
  • In collaboration with the Senior Malaria Technical Advisor (SMTA)/Deputy Project Director (DPD), take lead in coordinating development of PMI-S state-specific plans ensuring adequate participation of relevant state and federal level stakeholders. While the SMTA)/DPD will provide malaria technical direction and assurance of quality of malaria services, the Task Order 04 Director will lead overall state-level coordination and alignment between technical program - Surveillance Monitoring and Evaluation (SME) - Financing/Administration - and Learning Communication and Reporting.
  • As a member of the senior project management team, the Task Order 04 Director will participate in federal level activities to identify and leverage strategic involvement of NMEP and other federal level actors in state malaria programming.
  • Define specific, quantifiable performance indicators and targets for programs and reporting results. Work with the Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor to assess activity progress and ensure that the project maintains close adherence to work plans and meets designated milestones, deliverables, and benchmarks.
  • Document emerging good practices and/or best practices across states malaria programs to promote sustainable practices that lead to direct impact.
  • With the Director Finance and Administration, adapt and implement management systems with standard operating procedures to administer all activities funded by the task order. Ensure there is sufficient financial staff for disbursing all local costs under this project, monitoring and tracking expenditures, and preparing financial reports of project expenditures for submission to USAID.
  • With the Project Director and State Coordinators, ensure that the program has adequate staff to carry out high-quality work and that staff are recruited and hired in accordance with state-level, federal-level, donor, and MSH requirements.
  • As a member of the PMI-S senior management team, meet with USAID and other stakeholders to share progress, accomplishments, and challenges.
  • Supervise staff as assigned. Supervisory responsibilities include, but are not limited to, regular meetings with supervisees to discuss issues, track work progress, provide guidance and support, and ensure consistent quality of work performed; conducting Performance Plan and Reviews; communicating, implementing, and ensuring adherence to MSH policies, guidelines, and values; developing staff skills and knowledge; approving timesheets; and facilitating supervisee success whenever possible.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Project Director.


  • Post-graduate degree in public health, public administration or management, or a combination of equivalent relevant experience and education.
  • Minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible experience managing donor projects, five of which in Malaria Projects or integrated health projects in a developing country. Direct experience managing professional and financial resources on a similar scale amid the constraints of developing country health systems will be an advantage.
  • Familiarity with and understanding of US Government regulations and administrative procedures including, an in-depth understanding of The US President's’ Malaria Initiative (PMI) goals and objectives globally and within Nigeria to help the projects reach targets is preferred.
  • Substantial experience working at the federal and state level in more than 3 geographic zones of Nigeria is an advantage.
  • Demonstrated competence in assessing priorities and in managing a variety of activities in a time-sensitive environment, and in meeting deadlines with attention to detail and quality.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a technical and managerial team to meet project objectives in multiple country sites and across multiple technical areas.
  • Direct senior staff supervision experience is required, with proven ability to communicate well, motivate, guide, and direct all staff.
  • Proven record of aligning diverse, multi-states teams with project mission and vision.
  • Demonstrated strategic agility, diplomacy, conflict management, team building, written and oral communication, and negotiation skills. Sensitivity to local cultures and traditions.
  • Fluency in English, including reading, understanding, and speaking, with the ability to conduct business in English; excellent skills in drafting business correspondence.
  • Willingness and ability to travel within Nigeria at least 50% time.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

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


  • 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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