Country Director at Jhpiego Nigeria

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.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title:Country DirectorOverviewUnder 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.Responsibilities: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 donorsCultivate strategic relationships and alliances with ministries, donors, implementing partners and other key stakeholders to advance Nigeria’s strategySupport 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 programsEnsure successful management, technical, programmatic and financial implementation of Nigeria’s programs and awardsProvide direct technical support to ongoing programs as neededEnsure that Jhpiego’s project management approaches and tools are utilized in management of projectsLead development of country and award work plans including budgets and modifications as requiredWork 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 awardsKeep the WCA Regional Director informed of successes, challenges, and lessons learned in managing the country programsEnsure preparation and timely submission of all programmatic and financial reports to Jhpiego and donorsSupport Program and Technical Review (PTR) processes and subsequent action planning to ensure the highest quality programmingLead process to proactively identify and document risks that can negatively affect program deliverables, and develop strategies to mitigate riskReview 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 budgetEnsure that all projects have strong monitoring and evaluation plans and comply with Jhpiego best practicesEnsure 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 committeeSeek opportunities to present work and learning from projectsEnsure that programs are working within resources available and that they are fiscally soundManage and supervise the work of Jhpiego staff and contractors in country, including those providing technical, programmatic, financial and administrative services, to maximize efficiency and effectivenessPromote 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 certificationSupport Internal Control Reviews and external audits and take action to address any findingsProvide oversight and support to Human Resource ManagementMotivate, mentor and develop capacity among local staff, in particular senior staffHire administrative and technical staff with appropriate competencies and manage them to meet timely delivery of country program outputsEnsure appropriate orientation for new staffAssure role clarity and proactively resolve confusion or conflictsEnsure that annual staff evaluations are completed on schedule and support professional development for staff supervisedMaintain and implement Jhpiego safety and security procedures and coordinate with Jhpiego’s global security advisors, including the development and updating of local security proceduresEstablish local information sources to keep abreast of security informationMaintain current emergency contact procedures (travel notifications, SMS lists, telephone trees, etc.) for all staff, as well as hibernation and evacuation plansLead the management of any incidents accordingly in coordination with HQ staff and Jhpiego’s global security advisorsExpand 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 capacityProvide analyses of in-country business development opportunities to the relevant staff in the regional and new program development offices at headquartersAssist with the creation, leadership, and management of in country proposal development teams, and provide technical, programmatic and financial inputs for proposalsParticipate in final review of all technical and programmatic portions of proposals of applications developed for implementation in Nigeria Represent Jhpiego in professional circles through meetings, conferences and presentations in Nigeria, the region, and internationallyDevelop and maintain excellent relationships with colleagues and donors including US government (USAID, CDC), foundations, and corporations within the country and regionConduct stakeholder analysis for all Jhpiego projects and employ strategies to manage stakeholders wellEnsure staff are included in sharing of information and knowledge and that flow of information comes from the field as well as from BaltimoreEnsure that the country office has adequate IT and technology support systems and processes in place and is compliant with the Jhpiego IT Policy 

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