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 – Tuberculosis
Solicitation No.: AID-620-S-00-18-00012-00
Period of Performance: Five (5) years renewable
Security Level Required: SBU
Basic Function of the Position
- This position is for a Senior Nigerian, locally hired medical professional to serve as a Project Management Specialist (Tuberculosis). The primary responsibility is working with the TB Control and Resource Mobilization Group to ensure implementation and scale-up of TB and TB/HIV interventions.
- To also interact with Implementing Partners (IPs) in managing day-today TB and TB/HIV related activities, monitoring and evaluating progress of IP activities affecting TB and TB/HIV, and providing technical advice on TB to members of the TB/HIV Team and to other IP staff as needed.
- The Project Management Specialist (Tuberculosis) serves as an Activity Manager and provides technical and program expertise to the HIV/AIDS-TB Team and the TB Control and Resource Mobilization Group.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
Program/Project Management - 45%:
- The Project Management Specialist (Tuberculosis) and HIV/AIDS-TB serves as Activity Manager for selected Implementing Partners (IPs). Coordinates TB and TB/HIV activities, and facilitates implementation of the global PEPFAR strategy, ensuring high quality TB treatment services are being provided in accordance with national and international standards, following best practices procedures, in the many varied sites supported by USAID through IPs.
- S/he is responsible for timely implementation, evaluation, and monitoring of assigned aspects of the HIV/AIDS and TB Office’s portfolio and for the management of service delivery projects valued at more than $10 million over a five year period. This includes acting as Activity Manager of field support activities, participating in design of new programs/projects and evaluation of ongoing programming, advising the Mission and other stakeholders including Ministry of Health (MoH) and other donors, and helping relevant sector-wide technical working groups with the MoH and other donors, and helping USAID/Nigeria integrate TB and TB/HIV interventions into other areas of its portfolio, including health, HIV/AIDS, education and the conflict affected areas of the country.
- Monitors and evaluates USAID TB and TB/HIV programs and services through site visits, reporting, and trends analysis. Works in close collaboration with the Pharmaceutical Logistics Manager to ensure availability, quality, and distribution of drugs and reagents needed to diagnose and treat tuberculosis. Facilitates the development of IP work plans, Performance Management Plan (PMPs), and coordinates preparations for IP review. Participates in the review of annual, semi-annual and quarterly IP reports and requests or participates in other reports asneeded.
- Conducts site visits for technical oversight of TB and TB/HIV programs. Coordinates temporary duties (TDYs) related to TB and TB/HIV activities for the TB/HIV team. The work requires the Project Management Specialist to remain current on clinical, epidemiological, political, and global trends related to public health work and to analyze those trends in relation to their impact on managed TB programs. Keep abreast of current publications and information on international TB and TB/HIV issues and concerns, and its programming in developing countries, in order to advise the Mission on all issues related to TB and TB/HIV activities.
- The Project Management Specialist (Tuberculosis) will build and further develop the learning agenda for TB strengthening particularly related to laboratory, supply chain and the private sector.
- Establish analyses, assessments, program evaluations or reviews that are required to inform programming and implementation of course corrections.
Technical Advice and Advocacy - 35%:
- The Project Specialist works to strengthen USAID strategic and programmatic directions, and the ability to address issues in HIV/AIDS-TB, with special emphasis on TB.
- Develop appropriate opportunities to integrate awareness of internationally recognized best practices in TB treatment and TB Program Implementation across all USAID/Nigeria Implementing Partners, including awareness of the effects of high levels of TB on economic growth, peace, democracy and governance, etc.
- Assists senior USG, Mission, Office, Team and Work Group staff in representing USAID to IPs, NGOs, Government of Nigeria (GoN) agencies, and other national and international groups and bodies, in order to develop effective and sustainable strategies for scaling up of TB and TB/HIV treatment services to meet national and international standards, and to achieve national and PEPFAR goals.
- Collaborate with other Care and Treatment Work Group members, in preparation and presentation of PEPFAR deliverables. Assist in monitoring Mission and USG progress towards meeting TB and TB/HIV objectives.
Other Project Management Activities - 20%:
- The Project Management Specialist (Tuberculosis) is responsible for maintaining a liaison between USAID and the GON and with other stakeholders in the areas of TB and TB/HIV, and for providing technical guidance and leadership at the national level, including participation in government-led health partners meetings, keeps abreast of trends, policies, needs, and other donor programs in the area, and advises the USG Team in the implementation of best practices.
- Support ongoing and constantly improving relations with the GoN, IPs, other USG Agencies, and external organizations and counterparts. Ensures capacity is developed in technical TB treatment and mitigation areas. Participates in budgeting and financial analysis with other work Groups, and with other groups and/or teams in areas related to TB and TB/HIV.
- Mentors Project Management Assistants and Administrative Assistants and backstops other Care and Treatment