Malaria Consortium - Established in 2003 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 position below:
Job Title: Senior Project Manager, SP-IPTi
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Length of contract: 4 years
Role type: National
Travel involved: Up to 50%
Child safeguarding level: 1, high risk
Direct reports: Research Specialist, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Statistician and State Project Manager
- Malaria affects most Nigerians and remains a public health problem despite progress in the last two decades. Between 2008 and 2018, even though the overall under-five mortality rate (U5MR) reduced by 15.9 percent, from 157 to 132 per 1000 live births, the reduction in infant mortality rate (IMR) during the same period was less marked: 10.7 percent (from 75 to 67 per 1000 live births), with no noticeable change in the neonatal mortality rate over the same period (NDHS 2019).
- Intermittent Preventive Treatment in infants (IPTi) is the administration of preventive antimalarial drugs to infants to provide personal protection against malaria transmission. Under current WHO guidelines, the drug sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) is delivered to infants at approximately 10 weeks, 14 weeks, and 9 months of age during routine immunization services. IPTi is safe, cost-effective, well accepted by health workers and communities, and has been found to reduce clinical malaria by 30%, and episodes of anaemia by 21%.
- Despite the WHO recommendation to administer IPTi in areas of moderate-to-high transmission since 2010, there has been limited uptake to date. The intervention is not yet recommended as one of the interventions in the Nigerian Malaria Control Policy. A rapid assessment of stakeholders’ perspective on barriers to IPTi policy uptake in Nigeria revealed that providing evidence on operational feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness of the intervention at field level will be key for policy uptake.
- Malaria Consortium is anticipating funding to carry out an effectiveness-implementation hybrid project on operational feasibility and effectiveness of on IPTi in Nigeria. It is aimed at generating the required evidence to inform policy and possible scale up of IPTi in Nigeria, and ultimately contribute towards a reduction in under 5 mortalities in the country.
- Senior Country Technical Coordinator
- Dotted line manager: Country Programme Manager.
- The Senior Project Manager will lead and manage an effective-implementation hybrid project on the operational feasibility and effectiveness of SP-IPTi in Nigeria, ensuring the implementation aligns with project design.
- The position holder will provide management oversight for the project and its partners to achieve the project objectives.
Scope of Work:
- The Senior Project Manager will lead a project team that includes experienced technical and research specialists.
- S/he will be responsible for ensuring coordination and communications across the project leadership and governance structures; including an International Steering Committee (ISC), a National IPTi Research and Policy uptake subcommittee (NIRPUS), Data safety and Monitoring Board (DSMB) in conjunction with the Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-Principal Investigator (CoPI).
- S/he will ensure collaboration and coordination with key project stakeholders such as National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), National and State Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA and SPHCDA), Child Health Unit of the Federal Ministry of Health, National Food and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC) , State Malaria Elimination Programme (SMEP) and other relevant stakeholders, including the World Health Organisation, UNICEF, academia, private sector, local authorities, international organisations and civil society organisations.
- The Senior Project Manager will ensure timely and efficient implementation of project work plan and carry out external representation and advocacy.
Key Working Relationships:
- Country Director, Country Programme Manager and other members of the country office Senior Management Team (SMT)
- Technical Director, also PI
- Senior Country Technical Coordinator, also CoPI, and other co-investigators
- State project team
- National and state stakeholders, NMEP, NAFDAC, NPHCDA, SPHCDA and SMEP
- Project sub-grantee/contractors - National Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
- International Steering Committee (ISC)
- National IPTi Research and Policy uptake subcommittee (NIRPUS)
- Data safety and Monitoring Board (DSMB)
- Key donors
- Other key partners as identified in the project stakeholders’ matrix.
Project Management (50%):
- Support project set up and roll out, including office set and recruitment of project teams
- Provide effective management leadership to the project and the project sub-grantees, ensuring that roles and responsibilities are clear and that the project governance model is efficient
- Provide coherent strategic direction for the project and the project sub-grantees/contractors
- Oversee effective planning and quality implementation of SP-IPTi project in Nigeria
- Support development and planning of formative research at project initiation
- Lead the gender analysis during the formative research and ensure that findings are incorporated into project design and implementation.
- Lead effective stakeholder engagement and coordination for timely achievement of project targets
- Provide line management to project team to ensure optimal project implementation, partnership and operational systems
- Work with the project team to develop and implement annual work plans.
- Liaise regularly with the Country Director, Country Programme Manager, Senior Country Technical Coordinator to provide timely and comprehensive updates and reports as required
- Support project Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist and Country Public Health Specialist to prepare the project monitoring and evaluation framework. Work with the project team to implement it.
- Work closely with the country office SMT to oversee procurement and distribution of commodities and materials to implementation sites. This includes:
- Development of a procurement, supply chain management plan for the project
- Working with procurement agents on acquisition of commodities including importation, storage, internal transportation, last mile delivery and drug administration
- Be responsible for project budget management including the preparation of annual budget and forecasts, implementation as planned, tracking and reforecasting
- Work with the relevant members of the country office SMT and the Country Programme Manager, to prepare and implement a transition strategy for the project through the timely uptake of the research results and experiential learning.
- Ensure quality and timeliness of programmatic, financial and technical project deliverables and reports, including managing the budget in line with donor requirements and formats
- Ensure the project adheres to both Malaria Consortium and the donor’s best practices, policies and procedures, including Safeguarding, among others.
Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement (30%):
- Work with the PI and Co-PI to provide technical direction for the project.
- Contribute to the development and implementation of quality assurance and quality improvement framework for the research project.
- Facilitate the development of a knowledge management system for the project that includes:
- The systematic documentation of learning within the project to ensure and that experiential learning informs project quality improvement
- Production of learning documents and research dissemination products working closely with MC’s external relations team, project sub-grantees/contractors,
- Planning of local and international dissemination meetings or fora.
- Work with project members and project sub-grantees/contractors to ensure there are several publications from the project
- Work closely with the Research Specialist, the PI and the Co-PI, to ensure a research uptake plan is developed and implemented.
- Contribute to the development and implementation of organizational approaches and tools for monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL).
External Relations and Advocacy (20%):
- Work with the SMT and liaise with project sub-grantees/contractors and key stakeholders to ensure the project has a communication and advocacy plan, and that it is fully implemented
- Act as a focal point for the project with the donor’s Nigeria office, ensuring a collaborative and transparent engagement is maintained at all times
- Act as a focal point for the project with NMEP, NAFDAC, NPHCDA, WHO and UNICEF to see that opportunities for collaboration are effectively used towards achievement of the project’s objectives
- Represent the project at internal and external meetings at national level and coordinate closely with other relevant stakeholders
- Champion the establishment and inauguration of the National IPTi Research and Policy uptake subcommittee (NIRPUS), for its role in the coordination and engagement framework for the project.
Qualifications and Experience
- Master's degree in Public Health, Health Policy, Epidemiology, Social Science, Gender-related studies, Development Studies or another relevant Social or Human Development Specialty.
- Extensive experience of working at national level in LMICs at senior level
- Experience in project and financial management with a demonstrable track record of timely high-quality project deliverables
- First-hand experience of working on gender integration in implementation or research projects
- First-hand experience liaising with donors and government officials, in particular at the interface between research, policy and practice.
- Excellent written and spoken English.
- Experience in complex implementation or research projects
- Experience with the adoption of global normative guidance into national policies
- Experience working on catalytic projects, such as those funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
- Familiarity with key global health issues affecting the wellbeing of children and women in LMICs
- Ability to apply gender analysis to address gender gaps/barriers in public health
- Excellent project management skills, with proven ability to implement high-quality projects on time and within budget
- Ability to lead teams that are compliant with organisational and donor policies
- Ability to manage and prioritise high workload and multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines
- Excellent influencing and persuasion skills
- Strong negotiation skills, particularly in engaging government health officials at all levels
- Excellent writing and presentation skills in English
- A high performer, who is motivated by a results-oriented work ethic
- A team player, with a friendly attitude and able to mentor high-performance in teams
- Excellent problem-solving skills
- Proactive and takes initiative
- Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly Word and Excel.
- Working knowledge of malaria control
- Familiar with implementation research design
- Excellent advocacy skills, and comfortable being a strong advocate for the project
LEVEL C - Supports others to achieve results:
- Displays a positive and enthusiastic approach and is not deterred by setbacks, finding alternative ways to reach goals or targets.
- Supports others to plan and deliver results
- Supports others to manage and cope with setbacks
Analysis and use of information:
LEVEL C- Works confidently with complex data to support work:
- Interprets complex written information
- Works confidently with data before making decisions: for example; interpreting trends, issues and risks
- Acquainted with the validity, relevance and limitations of different sources of evidence.
Interpersonal and communications:
LEVEL D - Communicates complex technical and/or sensitive/high risk information effectively:
- Communicates complex operational, technical and strategic issues clearly and credibly with widely varied audiences
- Uses varied communication to promote dialogue and shared understanding and consensus across a variety of audiences
- Influences internal and external audiences on specific issues
- Scans the internal and external environment for key information and messages to support communications strategies.
Collaboration and Partnering:
LEVEL C - Builds strong networks internally and participates actively in external networks and think tanks:
- Builds strong networks internally
- Participates actively in external networks and/or think tanks.
- Engages with relevant experts to gather and evaluate evidence
- Shares and implements good practice with internal and external peers
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
- Develops the skills and competences of others through the development and application of skills
- Coaches and supports team members when they have difficulties
LEVEL C - Supports others to cope with pressure:
- Responds positively to change, embracing and using new practices or values to accomplish goals and solve problems and supports others to do the same
- Adapts team approach, goals, and methods to achieve solutions and results in dynamic situations
- Sets realistic deadlines and goals for self or team
Living the values:
LEVEL C - Supports others to live Malaria Consortium’s values:
- Demonstrates personal integrity by using role position responsibly and fairly
- Cultivates an open culture within the wider team, promoting accountability, responsibility and respect for individual differences
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.