The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking to employ a suitable and qualified candidate for the position below:
Job Title: Project Management Specialist - Maternal and Child Health
Solicitation No.: 72062019R10004
Period of Performance: Five (5) years renewable
Security Level Required: Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU)
Basic Function of the Position
- The Project Management Specialist (Maternal and Child Health) (MCH) provides technical and program expertise to the HPN Team. The primary responsibility is to provide project management and technical advice on maternal and child health, provides guidance on new program initiatives, drafts program documents to secure funding and implement activities.
- The incumbent represents USAID regarding MCH policies, strategies and activities with outside organizations, such as the Federal Ministry of Health, the National Population Commission, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, the State Ministries of Health, United Nations organizations, British Department for International Development, UNICEF, the World Bank, United Nations Population Fund, foundations and other development partners.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
Program/Project Management - 45 %:
- The Specialist manages a diverse portfolio targeting evidence-based, high impact, cost effective interventions for the improvement of MCH including but not limited to prevention and treatment of diarrhoea and pneumonia; strengthening routine immunization and new life saving vaccines; improving emergency obstetrical and new-born care. Close coordination, collaboration, alignment and integration with staff working to improve other components of the portfolio, including malaria, family planning, nutrition, prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV, health systems strengthening, health seeking behaviour, commodity supply and logistics, and quality improvement is essential.
- Serve as Agreement/Contract Officers Representative (AOR/COR) and program/project/activity manager. Provide review and approval of work plans, budgets, performance monitoring plans, quarterly and annual reports, and other key documents for managed activities. S/he provides guidance on new program initiatives, drafts program documents to secure funding and implement activities, and manages the relationships between USAID and implementing partners (IPs).
- Provide technical assistance in capacity building, planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation to key USAID governmental and non-governmental partners, to ensure that they develop measurable plans and objectives for implementation of innovative and effective HPN projects.
- Provide oversight to ensure that programs have sound programmatic and financial management, achieve expected results, are linked to and enhance attainment of strategic objectives, are aligned with GON priorities, and are implemented within the framework of the USG foreign assistance policies.
- Work closely with other U.S. Mission and Agency staff to ensure effective coordination and alignment of all USG programs. Conducts regular site visits to monitor activity progress, and to provide technical and programmatic recommendations.
Technical advice and advocacy - 35%:
- Serves as a Mission point of contact for all matters related to MCH. Work to ensure technical and programmatic synergy within USAID/Nigeria supported activities, and with GON and other development partners by facilitating the exchange of technical information, and identifying and fostering opportunities for partnership on technical and programmatic activities. Participate as
- USAID representative in national-level technical, programmatic, and policy meetings, and in consultations with other donors, government officials, and IPs.
- Develop policies and guidelines to integrate MCH activities and technical priorities into other areas of health and related sectors, including HIV, education, governance, agriculture and economic strengthening activities. Participate in relevant Mission, donor and GON working groups, providing technical advice and guidance, and advising on projects supporting maternal health and child survival.
- Advocates for MCH programs and for funding required achieve desired outcomes within the HPN results framework. Ensure that USAID programs contribute to relevant USG plans and goals.
Programmatic Support - 20%:
- Provides technical and programmatic support, including developing presentations and talking points, and serves as site officer for high-level delegations, other visitors, and overall USG and USAID Mission needs. Maintains responsibility for supporting the Team, other technical offices, the Agency and USG Mission in developing strategic and technical plans.
- Respond to reporting requirements and requests from within the Mission, from USAID/Washington, and others, as needed.