Senior Technical Specialist

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 Technical Specialist

Grade: 9

Job Type: Fixed Term

Level: Technical

Role type: National

Department: Technical 

Length of contract: July 2019 - Dec 2020

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; and
  • Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

Currently, the Nigeria country office manages MC programmes/projects in Sierra Leone, Chad and Burkina Faso. In January 2018, Malaria Consortium become a sub-recipient for the grant of the Global Fund (GF) to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria 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 Senior Project Manager (SPM) and team in providing technical support and direct implementation of both health facility-based and iCCM components of the programme, covering training, routine reporting, logistic system, quality assurance (QA) and supportive supervision at the state, LGA, health facility and community levels as per the agreed performance framework targets.

Scope of Work:

  • The Technical Specialist (TS) will provide additional technical support working closely with the Country Technical Coordinator (CTC), to the technical team at the country office level with specific attention to follow-up on ToRs, concept notes, engagement of technical assistance (TA), TA and programme reports, tracking/follow up on technical quality of state-level activities through interphase with the STOs.
  • Furthermore, the TS would follow up on additional/emerging issues in the programme; e.g. technical activities at the national level especially the integration of malaria with RMNCH+N, demand creation, and oversee quality of care (QoC) processes and procedures to ensure quality assurance (QA) at the programme level.
  • S/he would also be involved in representation of the programme during meeting with PRs and other stakeholders.

Key Working Relationships:

  • The Technical Specialist working under the line-management of the Programme Director, dotted line management of the CTC and in close collaboration with the colleagues in the country office, dotted line relationship to the State Technical Officers, other GF SRs, partners and stakeholders would deliver aspects of the programme as per the specified job tasks and expected deliverables.

Key Accountabilities

Technical contributions (80%):

  • Support states to ensure that rollout of programme service delivery activities meet international standard of quality;
  • Initiate/follow-up on approval of ToRs for all activities to be carried out at the national, state, LGA, health facility and community level;
  • Work with the Human Resource Management towards the engagement of appropriate TA as per approved ToRs and oversee the implementation of such activities;
  • Work in liaison with country office team to closely monitor delivery of ToRs; obtain reports in a timely manner and ensure the proper sign-off of all submitted reports; 
  • Provide technical support, including building their capabilities, to the state teams in the planning and implementation of all programme activities including malaria prevention (routine LLINs distribution & IPTp), case management (diagnosis and treatment), quality of care (QoC), integrated community case management (iCCM), logistics management information system (LMIS) and health management information system (HMIS);
  • Follow up on additional/emerging issues in the programme; e.g. integration with RMNCH, demand creation, QoC processes and procedures to ensure quality assurance (QA) at the programme level;
  • Ensure the GF project’s adherence to technical quality assurance processes for MC in programme planning and implementation.
  • Document innovation and best practices that are related to the programme.
  • Represent MC on malaria Technical Working Groups (TWGs) and other relevant health coordinating committees at national level as designated.

Project Management (20%):

  • Support collation, review and submission of routine project service delivery activity reports to Programme Director.
  • Support Programme Director to follow up Country Office review feedbacks on reports and other project documents.
  • Contribute to preparation of the quarterly Progress Update and Disbursement Request (PUDR) to the donor.
  • Contribute to quarterly lessons identification and learning .documentation and dissemination
  • Contribute to project exit strategy and ensure inclusion of relevant activities to promote sustainability within the workplan and smooth transition of the programme to government;