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Abt Associates - The International Health Division is committed to the improvement of health and healthcare delivery around the world. Serving both the public and private sectors, our efforts include health policy research and evaluation, health promotion and disease prevention, health finance, and health systems management. Our impact is felt in policies that ensure healthcare access for women, children, and individuals with special needs, in strengthening health infrastructures, and HIV/AIDS solutions.

COUNTRY DIRECTOR, MALARIA

OPPORTUNITY


Abt Associates seeks a Country Director for an upcoming USAID-funded Malaria control project in Nigeria. The project will focus on four core interventions: (1) Malaria case management, including malaria diagnosis and treatment for uncomplicated and severe malaria, and iCCM; (2) Prevention of MIP, including community IPTp (c-IPTp); (3) National and state health system strengthening; and (4) monitoring and evaluation, including malaria surveillance, HMIS, and operational research.

The Country Director provides leadership, management, and strategic direction for the entire project.  This position is responsible for guiding senior technical staff and for ensuring the responsiveness and quality of work along with efficient use of resources and achievement of results.  The Country Director has the final authority within the project team for decisions related to technical, management, resource allocation and personnel issues. The Country will be accountable for the successful implementation of all aspects of the project. In carrying out these responsibilities the Country Director works in partnership with USAID, national, state and local government agencies and officials, local and community organizations, other partners, and project staff.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
Provide overall strategic leadership and oversight of the project, including overseeing the implementation of all Task Orders
Provides strategic direction and technical leadership to produce project results and deliverables, and overall management of the operational, financial, and administrative aspects of the project
Functions as the primary liaison between USAID, federal and state ministries of health,  and other partners and stakeholders
Creates management systems in line with Abt standard operating procedures consistent with the needs of the project
Designs and oversees an annual project cycle in accordance with the USAID annual planning cycle
Works with staff and partners to translate project goals and objectives into implementable strategies and plans
Directs and oversees planning and budgeting processes. Prepares quarterly and annual project activity reports as specified in the contract;
Monitors the progress and pace of project implementation, assuring that the full potential of the program is realized through the promotion of high quality work and internal control
Supervises the work and assesses the performance of all long term and short term advisors, consultants and staff
Clarifies roles, delegates responsibilities to senior staff, and clearly communicates expectations for staff contribution to project activities
Manages and supervises project staff and partners in the identification of all the project’s technical assistance needs, development of suitable scopes of work, recruitment of consultants, and execution of technical assistance contracts

QUALIFICATIONS
Master’s degree in Public Health, international development, or another related field
At least 15 years of demonstrated progressive experience in public health with the ability to negotiate, collaborate and coordinate with a range of stakeholders in context of complex and shifting priorities
Demonstrated management capacity in Malaria programs with proven ability to oversee multiple projects simultaneously in multiple locations
Prior experience successfully implementing donor-funded programs with wide geographic reach.
Significant experience in Nigeria, including thorough knowledge of specific health priorities, is required
Deep knowledge of geo-political, ethnic, cultural, and other factors affecting programming in Nigeria
Ability to liaise effectively with and develop consensus among key stakeholders, including USAID, national and local officials, public, private and civil society partners to assure effective collaboration among stakeholders
Experience developing project vision, aligning key stakeholders around that vision, and assuring that the vision is translated into implementable strategies
Excellent organizational, leadership, analytical, supervisory and team-building skills
Experience building organizational capacity and service delivery

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