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 position below:
Job title: Project Director (Global Fund)
Donor title: Project Director
Role type: National Grade: 11
Department: Management Length of contract: 2 years
Travel involved: In-country, and possible for international
Reporting to: West & Central Africa Programmes Director
Direct reports: Senior Programme Manager Senior LLIN campaign Manager Senior Technical Specialist
Country and Project Background
- The Nigeria Country 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
- Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)
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; iCCM only in Kebbi and Niger; SMC in Katsina and Yobe States and LLIN campaign in Yobe state) 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
- The Project Director will provide overall programme oversight to the project.
- He/she will be the focal point for engagement with GF and representation at National level.
- He/she will lead the Global Fund Senior Management Team (SMT).
- The post holder will be responsible for the development and monitoring of a sustainability plan working closely with other members of the SMT.
Scope of Work
- The Programme Director will lead a project team that includes experienced technical and programme management specialists and oversee the provision of short term technical assistance from GF grant to NMEP and SMEPs and other key stakeholders.
- He/She will work to keep GF grant on course to achieve its targets and fully compliance with GF, PR and MC policies, guideline and code of conduct.
Key Working Relationships
- Serve as contact for all GF funded activities managed by MC.
- Line management by the West & Central Africa Programmes Director.
- Country Technical Coordinator for coordination of short-term technical assistance.
Strategic planning, management and governance (20%):
- Ensure regular communications are maintained between the different teams particularly between zonal/state teams and with the Abuja office.
- Be responsible for the project risk register. Work with the team members of the SMT in the identification, tracking, prevention and management of key programme risks especially those related to performance and fiduciary management.
- Be liaison between the project, NMEP, the PR - CRS and the donor - GF.
Programme (Routine, LLIN Campaign and SMC distribution) management (50%):
- Develop and implement work plans, ensuring that campaign and routine programming work plans are integrated into an overall consolidated programme work plan.
- Work closely with the Country Technical Coordinator to see that work plans are aligned with best technical approaches.
- Perform strategic oversight on the overall delivery of the LLINs campaign in Yobe State.
- Perform oversight with the project team to ensure successful implementation the 2019 and 2020 mass drug administration (MDA) for SMC in Katsina and Yobe states.
- Ensure monitoring systems are in place and that project reviews/audits are carried out periodically in conjunction with the project team, key stakeholders and PR.
- Travel to the field as necessary to provide support and oversight to the zonal and state teams.
- Ensure all relevant authorities and stakeholders are included in the planning and implementation of the project as appropriate.
- Work with the Country Technical Coordinator to:
- Adapt MC technical quality standard for the project and ensure its compliance
- See that project lessons and experiences are documented.
- Work with the SMT to see that programme improvement is data-driven.
Logistics, finance and administration (10%):
- Ensure the project is efficiently and accurately managed within allowable line item flexibility and there is full accountability of resources.
- Ensure familiarity and compliance of staff and stakeholders with/to Malaria Consortium and GF compliance issues.
- Work with team members to prepare projected project expenditures.
- Work with the finance team (both at the country office and GF project based) to monitor expenditure and budget compliance on a regular basis, report any concerns to the WCAPD and develop plans to mitigate any under or over expenditure.
- Closely monitor project budget spending and burn rates.
- Work closely with the finance team to ensure timely financial reporting and assistance at audits for the project.
Human Resource Management (10%):
- Work with the HR manager to ensure the project is roles are filled with quality staff and their performance continuously improve throughout the project implementation period.
- Line manage members of the staff using performance-based management approaches.
- Represent MC in all GF activities.
- Other representations as might be delegated by MC management team.