Senior Project Manager

Malaria Consortium Nigeria is committed to tackling the large number of malaria cases and deaths in the country. Working in partnership with the Ministry of Health and other partners, we lead and support three major malaria control initiatives in the country: Support to the National Malaria Control Programme (SuNMaP); NetWorks and MAPS. Our areas of focus include: Technical support for malaria control Capacity building, harmonisation and training of health workers Heath systems strengthening Behaviour Change Communications and community outreach activities Operational research, policy and advocacy

Job Title: Senior Project Manager

Location: Abuja / Nigeria Country Office 

Grade: 10

Job Type: Fixed Term

Role type: National 

Level: Management

Department: Management

Length of contract: 1 year

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
  • Nutrition
  • 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 and iCCM only in Kebbi and Niger) 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

Job Purpose

  • To work with the country office team, manage GF-SMC project activities and resources, provide leadership and stewardship to the project team and maintain collaborative links with the project’s key stakeholders at national and sub-national levels.

Scope of Work:

  • The senior project manager will provide overall leadership to the GF-SMC project team and be responsible for implementing project activities in the State. S/he will be responsible for the provision of project management of the project at the national level. The position will be based in the country office, with regular travel within implementing states.

Key working relationships:

  • S/he would be reporting to the Project Director, but relating with the Principal Recipients for the grant, other SRs, major stakeholders and partners including the iCCM Taskforce and subcommittees, states and LGAs where the project is operational.
  • S/he would line manage the key project staff in the country and state offices.

Key Accountabilities

Project management (60%)

  • Work with the project team and other relevant personnel in the country office to lead activities for smooth project start up and planning
  • Work with the relevant personnel to prepare all necessary project start up and planning tools on time
  • To build and performance manage an effective and technically unsurpassed GF project team
  • Line manages with the country project team and the zonal project managers
  • Be responsible for coordinating overall project implementation and see that activities are carried out on a time and within budget and targets for each milestone as set by GF are met
  • Liaise regularly with the Country Director and Country Technical Coordinator to provide timely and comprehensive updates and reports as required
  • Work with the project team to develop and implement annual work plans
  • Work closely with the Project Director to prepare the project monitoring and evaluation framework. Work with the project team to implement it
  • Work with the country finance team to track progress of project and activity budgets
  • Work with relevant country office staff to ensure they are aware of the project needs and support is provided adequately to the project team
  • Be responsible for project budget management including the preparation of annual budget and forecasts, implementation as planned, tracking and reforecasting
  • Be responsible for preparing project progress and quarterly narrative reports on time
  • Work with the country finance and Country Technical Coordinator to prepare quarterly financial reports
  • Work with the relevant country personnel and the Country Technical Coordinator to prepare an exit strategy and to implement it, to see the smooth end of the programme
  • Work with the Country Technical Coordinator, Demand Creation Officer and project partners to see that a project communications strategy is developed which includes the production of case studies, reviews of lessons learnt and general documentation for internal and external dissemination
  • Be responsible for quarterly lessons identification and learning documentation and dissemination
  • Lead the development of any additional country project documentation that may be requested by the Country Director or Regional Programme Coordinator
  • Be responsible for building functional partner relationships among the project’s stakeholders
  • Oversee project partners inputs and subcontractors’ activities to deliver harmonized, aligned and effective outputs
  • To manage the risks of the project including financial, reputation and security in a challenging environment especially to the project teams in the north eastern geopolitical zone of the country
  • Lead on the performance management of the project staff

Technical contributions (10%):

  • Work with the project teams and the Country Technical Coordinator to determine technical support needs to implement the project effectively and with high quality. Liaise with the Country Technical Coordinator to obtain the technical support
  • Contribute to the development and production of dissemination documents to allow wider sharing of Malaria Consortium’s experiences, lessons and successes

Technical performance management and quality assurance (20%):

  • Take the lead in monitoring and evaluating project performance
  • Keep abreast with evidence and best practices that are related to the project

Representation (10%):

  • Work with the Country Director and Country Technical Coordinator to participate in national level meetings and workshops to represent Malaria Consortium at programmatic and coordination events
  • Liaise regularly with GF and PRs focal persons on iCCM keeping the relevant Country Team in loop of communication
  • Work with the Country Director and Country Technical Coordinator to keep key national stakeholders abreast with the project
  • To exert influence and to advocate for Malaria Consortium’s key technical positions and promote best practice in malaria and iCCM interventions