Jhpiego Job in Nigeria for a Country Director

Jhpiego is an international non-profit health organization affiliated
with The Johns Hopkins University. For 40 years and in over 150
countries, Jhpiego has worked to prevent the needless deaths
of women
and their families. Jhpiego works with health experts, governments and
community leaders to provide high-quality health care for their people.

Jhpiego is recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Country Director
Job ID: 2016-2658
Location: Nigeria
Under the general supervision of the West and Central Africa (WCA)
Regional Director, the Country Director is Jhpiego’s representative in
Nigeria. This position also serves as Chief of Party for the Maternal
and Child Survival Program (MCSP) in Nigeria.

The Country Director is the primary contact for all information and
requests for technical or programmatic assistance for new or ongoing
Jhpiego and MCSP activities in Nigeria. The Country Director is
responsible for ensuring programmatic and operational integrity of
Jhpiego’s and MCSP’s activities in Nigeria. As COP the candidate will
provide vision, leadership and direction to ensure the strategic,
programmatic, technical, and financial integrity for the programs under
MCSP in Nigeria. This includes planning, implementation and monitoring
of program activities, presenting Jhpiego and MCSP’s Nigeria’s
activities, overseeing financial management and compliance, fostering a
productive team environment, and ensuring safety. The Country Director
also leads strategic planning and new business development activities.

The Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) is a global, USAID
Cooperative Agreement operating in 24 high priority countries to
introduce and support high-impact health interventions with the ultimate
goal of ending preventable child and maternal deaths within a
generation. The Program is focused on ensuring that all women, newborns
and children most in need have equitable access to quality health care
services to save lives. USAID’s MCSP supports programming in maternal,
newborn and child health, immunization, family planning and reproductive
health, nutrition, health systems strengthening,
water/sanitation/hygiene, malaria, prevention of mother-to-child
transmission of HIV, and pediatric HIV care and treatment.


  • Provide strategic leadership and set technical and programmatic
    priorities for in-country programs ensuring that they are  technically
    sound, evidence- based and responsive to the needs of Nigeria, its
    people and donors
  • Cultivate strategic relationships and alliances with ministries,
    donors, implementing partners and other key stakeholders to advance
    Nigeria’s strategy
  • Keep the WCA Regional Director informed of successes, challenges, and lessons learned in managing the country programs
  • Ensure preparation and timely submission of all programmatic and financial reports to Jhpiego and donors
  • Support Program and Technical Review (PTR) processes and subsequent action planning to ensure the highest quality programming
  • Lead process to proactively identify and document risks that can
    negatively affect program deliverables, and develop strategies to
    mitigate risk
  • Review projects’ annual work plans to ensure that they advance
    the program’s overall strategy, meet key deliverables to achieve project
    objectives and adequately define work that is achievable within the
    given timeframe and budget
  • Ensure that all projects have strong monitoring and evaluation plans and comply with Jhpiego best practices
  • Ensure that all research and learning activities are compliant
    with review and approval processes of JHU’s institutional review board
    and Nigeria’s human research ethical review committee
  • Seek opportunities to present work and learning from projects
  • Ensure that programs are working within resources available and that they are fiscally sound
  • Assure role clarity and proactively resolve confusion or conflicts
  • Ensure that annual staff evaluations are completed on schedule and support professional development for staff supervised
  • Maintain and implement Jhpiego safety and security procedures
    and coordinate with Jhpiego’s global security advisors, including the
    development and updating of local security procedures
  • Establish local information sources to keep abreast of security information
  • Maintain current emergency contact procedures (travel
    notifications, SMS lists, telephone trees, etc.) for all staff, as well
    as hibernation and evacuation plans
  • Lead the management of any incidents accordingly in coordination with HQ staff and Jhpiego’s global security advisors
  • Represent Jhpiego in professional circles through meetings,
    conferences and presentations in Nigeria, the region, and
  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships with colleagues and
    donors including US government (USAID, CDC), foundations, and
    corporations within the country and region
  • Conduct stakeholder analysis for all Jhpiego projects and employ strategies to manage stakeholders well
  • Support Global Programs Vice President and WCA Regional Director
    in developing and implementing processes for providing Jhpiego staff
    worldwide with updates, technical direction, approaches and successes of
    the Nigeria country programs
  • Ensure successful management, technical, programmatic and financial implementation of Nigeria’s programs and awards
  • Provide direct technical support to ongoing programs as needed
  • Ensure that Jhpiego’s project management approaches and tools are utilized in management of projects
  • Lead development of country and award work plans including budgets and modifications as required
  • Work with the WCA Regional Director, HQ program and technical
    backstops and program partners to ensure successful programmatic,
    technical and financial implementation of the country’s programs and
  • Ensure staff are included in sharing of information and
    knowledge and that flow of information comes from the field as well as
    from Baltimore
  • Ensure that the country office has adequate IT and technology
    support systems and processes in place and is compliant with the Jhpiego
    IT Policy
  • Expand Jhpiego’s in-country opportunities through relationships
    developed with in-country partners, donors and the business community,
    as well as through strengthening local program implementation capacity
  • Provide analyses of in-country business development
    opportunities to the relevant staff in the regional and new program
    development offices at headquarters
  • Manage and supervise the work of Jhpiego staff and contractors
    in country, including those providing technical, programmatic, financial
    and administrative services, to maximize efficiency and effectiveness
  • Promote and support the staffs’ understanding of and compliance
    with Jhpiego, JHU and donors’ operational policies and regulations and
    Nigerian laws and complete the annual compliance certification
  • Support Internal Control Reviews and external audits and take action to address any findings
  • Provide oversight and support to Human Resource Management
  • Motivate, mentor and develop capacity among local staff, in particular senior staff
  • Hire administrative and technical staff with appropriate
    competencies and manage them to meet timely delivery of country program
  • Ensure appropriate orientation for new staff
  • Assist with the creation, leadership, and management of in
    country proposal development teams, and provide technical, programmatic
    and financial inputs for proposals
  • Participate in final review of all technical and programmatic
    portions of proposals of applications developed for implementation in
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Required Qualifications

  • 10+ years’ experience successfully leading the implementation
    and management of large public health programs, preferably within
    Nigeria or other anglophone Africa countries
  • Advanced degree in public health, health administration, international health or a related field
  • Experience in leading and working with multi-cultural staff,
    including awareness of and sensitivity to working with multi-cultural
    groups in multiple socio-economic settings
  • Excellent skills in facilitation, team building and coordination
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills in English and
    French, demonstrating an ability to communicate with various audiences
    including stakeholders, partners, and donors
  • Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform
  • Ability to develop productive working relationships with counterparts in other agencies and organizations worldwide
  • Ability to provide technical leadership to develop innovative country program
  • Ability to communicate effectively, instilling trust and confidence
  • Capacity for analyzing technical problems and issues which
    impede efforts to provide improved health care to populations;
    developing technical solutions to these problems/issues and assisting in
    the design of operational research which could yield appropriate
    solutions to these problems/issues.
  • Thorough understanding of and ability to analyze financial documents, projections, expenditures and accruals
  • Proven leadership and management skills, as demonstrated by
    successful previous residential leadership in one or more developing
  • Strong business development experience, including proposal
    writing and negotiating with host country government and partner
  • Strong project management skills with experience using program
    management tools (Gantt charts, stakeholder matrix, work breakdown
    structure, issues logs, project charters, etc.)
  • Extensive working knowledge of the international health program
    development field, in particular reproductive, maternal neonatal and
    child health and HIV/AIDS
  • Working knowledge and understanding of rules and regulations of international and U.S. donor agencies, in particular USAID
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Jhpiego offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive employee
benefits package including: medical and dental plans; paid vacation,
holidays and sick leave; personal accident insurance; 403(b) retirement
plan; life and disability insurance; travel insurance; education
assistance plan and more.

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

Note: The successful candidate selected for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation

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