Jhpiego Director of Programs in Nigeria

The Director of Programs will work closely with the Deputy Country Director (DCD) and the management team to provide programmatic managerial oversight and guidance as well as overall strategic direction. The Director of Programs will also work closely with program implementation team in Nigeria to ensure project resources are applied appropriately and efficiently (e.g. human resources, finance and administration and procurement) to ensure smooth program implementation. Responsibilities include supervising program management staff, overseeing annual work planning, implementation and reporting of project activities. The position works closely with M&E Advisor and all the other technical advisors to ensure M&E and other technical strategies and processes are up to date and effectively implemented

  • Provide programmatic leadership and set priorities for programs in collaboration with the DCD or his designee and the program management team

  • Convene and facilitate monthly coordination meetings with finance and program staff

  • Implement activities and ensure that the project is technically sound, evidence-based and responsive to the needs of Nigeria its people and donors

  • Support field offices by working with the state team leaders and project directors

  • Promote and support knowledge management and sharing efforts

  • Represent Jhpiego in public and professional circles through meetings, conferences and presentations at the request of project director or his designee

  • Ensure that the project is compliant with Jhpiego, JHU, host country government, and USAID policies and regulations.

  • Lead quarterly program reviews with each program team (including technical, program, M&E and finance) to ensure necessary program planning, development and management activities function smoothly and efficiently

  • Support Team Leads to develop work plans, prepare quality reports, review and monitor process and outcome indicators

  • Ensure that project are meeting their deliverables on time

  • Work collaboratively with HQ staff (Program Officer and Sr. Program Coordinator) to ensure that resources for effective and timely program implementation are available

  • Work collaboratively with finance staff to prepare and track the progress of program’s activity budgets

  • Oversee technical assistance needed to execute project work plans, which may include external consultants and international short term technical assistance

  • Mentor, support, supervise and manage a team of highly qualified staff and align their efforts in concert with program goals

  • Advanced degree required in medicine, nursing, public health, business administration or relevant field

  • A minimum of five years mid- to senior- level experience in designing, implementing or managing large, complex health projects in developing countries several technical experts, project, finance and administrative staff

  • Strong programming, management and technical skills, especially in RMNCH in developing countries

  • Knowledge of international and USG donor agencies and private sector foundations


  • Demonstrated experience in implementing public health projects of more than US$1M per year in developing countries, with emphasis on maternal and child health programs.

  • Demonstrated expertise working in a leadership capacity with international donors, senior government officials, policymakers, executives of NGOs, FBOs, CBOs, and the for-profit business community.

  • Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform.

  • Strong change management, results oriented and decision making skills.

  • Excellent presentation skills and verbal and written communications skills.

  • Excellent skills in facilitation, team building and coordination.

  • Proven depth and breadth of technical and program management expertise and experience in public health projects.

  • Aware of and sensitive to working in multiple socio-economic settings and with multi-cultural groups in a developing country environment.

  • Previous experience working in Nigeria.

  • Proficiency in word processing, Microsoft Office and data software.

  • Ability to travel 25% of time.

Nigerian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should submit an Application letter and a CV as one single word document to ng-recruitment@jhpiego.org not later 26th June, 2017. The title/subject of your email and application should be the position you have applied for. For further information about Jhpiego, please visit our website at www.jhpiego.org. Only shortlisted candidates will receive an invitation for an interview. Please note that any successful candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation.

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