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New Vacancies at Management Sciences for Health (MSH) October, 2015


MSH, a Non-Governmental Organisation with head office in Boston USA,
has been in existence for over 40 years implementing projects and
programs in over 40 countries across the globe. In Nigeria, MSH
implements several projects including the Leadership, Management and
Sustainability project.
United States Agency for International
Development (USAID) recently modified   MSH ProACT project which is a
United State Government (USG) rationalization initiative in support of
the Government of Nigeria to effectively and efficiently prevent and
control HIV/AIDS in the country. Across project foci states, MSH
currently supports HIV counselling and Testing, PMTCT, Adult and
Paediatric ART, TB/HIV and OVC in 41 comprehensive care and treatment
health facilities in Nigeria.

Job Title: State Team Lead (STL)
Overall Responsibilities
MSH is seeking to recruit a
State Team Lead (STL) who will be responsible for providing
coordination, technical and programmatic support to PLAN-Health’s work.
This position will be based in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom state. To achieve this,
she/he will work closely with the technical leads of the respective
PLAN-Health teams in the country office Abuja. Additionally, the post
holder will work under the supervision of the PLAN-Health Associate
Director in the MSH country office.
Specific Responsibilities
  • The STL will coordinate the MSH
    interventions in Akwa Ibom state and represent the MSH PLAN-Health
    project in the state. S/he will be responsible for monthly work plans
    for Akwa Ibom in coordination with the Abuja-based teams and with Akwa
    Ibom partners.
  • Participate in key stakeholder meetings
    in Akwa ibom and represent MSH in forums with clients, donors and other
    key health sector stakeholders in the state
  • Provide monthly written reports of the current state of programming
  • The STL also serves as a resource for
    identifying best practices, lessons learned, and innovative approaches
    to institutional capacity building, and for disseminating this
    information both internally and externally.  
  • Becomes conversant with PLAN-Health tools and approaches
  • Establishes regular communications with the Abuja-based team
  • The STL will exercise impeccable
    professional ethics, and will be aware of and adhere to MSH’s
    procurement integrity standards in all activities.
  • Professional advanced degree in public health or social sciences is required.
  • Five years of experience in public
    health in any southern part of Nigeria. Preference to candidates who
    have work experience in Akwa Ibom and fluent the local language.
  • Demonstrated strategic agility,
    diplomacy, conflict management, team building, hands-on supervisory,
    written and oral communication, decision making, and negotiation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with
    senior colleagues, particularly interacting productively, proactively,
    and comfortably with government agencies, NGOs, private sector groups,
    USAID, CAs, and donor organizations.
  • Track record of strong commitment to
    sharing knowledge, documenting experience, supporting creative
    initiatives, and sharing credit.
  • Familiarity with and understanding of USAID regulations and administrative procedures.
  • Demonstrated computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Fluency in English required.

How to Apply

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Job Title: Communication Manager
Overall Responsibilities

The Communication Manager will be responsible
for ensuring the smooth operation of MSH’s communications to maximize
visibility of MSH Nigeria in coordination with the Country
Representative, COMU and Project Directors and the Corporate Office of
Strategic Development and Communications and advocacy.

Specific Responsibilities

Under the direct
supervision of the Country Representative, develop a comprehensive MSH
Nigeria strategic external engagement plan and oversee its
implementation in coordination with the corporate Communication office
to bring out “cause-result relationships” in the work we do.
The Communication Manager will:
  • Generate and share success stories/news
    nuggets, briefs, photographs/video recordings and related items of MSH
    Nigeria activities. Provide stories for quarterly, annual and
    semi-annual donor reports.
  • Generate Communication quarterly reports and produce the MSH Nigeria Newsletter.
  • Manage media relations for increased
    visibility – write press releases; organize press events/MSH public
    events; help set conference agendas and generate technical materials,
    IVs etc.
  • Facilitate MSH participation in public events in-country, international conferences etc.
  • Ensure the production of high-quality
    printed materials (such as Newsletter, project briefs, fact sheets,
    posters) in coordination with the corporate communication office.
  • Ensure organization-wide donor branding compliance.
  • Support management of MSH Nigeria
    Communication Teams, collating materials generated by technical teams
    and field offices and mentoring Communication staff.
  • Oversee MSH Nigeria’s presence on the
    internet, including management of content for the MSH Nigeria country
    page on the MSH corporate website and the MSH Nigeria OLLIE page;
    archiving of Success Stories, abstracts and other communication products
    in hard and soft files.
  • Manage MSH Nigeria Communications Folder on SharePoint and shared drive.
  • Support timely submission of project
    reports, Integrated Country Presence reports and documents to the MSH
    Country Representative/NLT and MSH HQ as required.
  • Track & report quarterly on communication plan implementation from analytic perspective.
  • Edit and support production of technical abstracts and conference posters, in coordination with corporate SDC office.
  • Provide communication advisory/mentoring to select MSH Nigeria partners.
  • Serve as a resource to and operational
    liaison between projects (FCT and States) and the Communications Unit,
    documenting meetings as required; inputs into reports/Newsletters etc.
    Involves periodic strategic travel to supported States to capture
    stories of interest.


  • Masters in the Liberal Arts, Social or other Sciences.
  • Minimum of six years post-qualification communications-relevant experience.
  • Exemplary verbal/written English
    language and drafting skills – and evidence of interest in reading
    widely and writing, essential.
  • Proven track record in
    communication/creative writing with capacity for strategic-thinking, and
    at least three years supervisory-level work in development programming
    or communication.
  • Works independently and takes initiative for creativity, innovation and in making positive change.
  • Assesses priorities and multi-tasks in a work-intensive situation.
  • Must be good at organizing, time-management, especially in meeting deadlines with attention to detail and quality.
  • Good interpersonal skills and effective team member in a complex and fast-paced environment;
  • High-level computer skills, especially for graphic and web design or good potential.
  • Understanding of photography and ability to take photographs which impact an advantage.

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Job Title: Consultancy Services to Support the FMOH in the Finalization of a National eHealth Strategy for Nigeria
Overall Responsibilities
A draft national eHealth
strategy for Nigeria has recently been prepared. Since the process
began, a National Health Act 2014 has been enacted and there is ongoing
work on its operationalizes action. The purpose of this consultancy is
to provide advice and technical expertise to the FMOH to align this
draft document with the provisions of the NHAct-2014 towards the
preparation a finished product – an approved national eHealth strategy –
that is fully aligned to the provisions of the NHAct-2014 and to fast
track it’s inclusion into the ongoing revision of the National Health
Policy and the National Strategic Health Development Plan (NSHDP-2). The
main objectives are to:
  • Undertake a critical appraisal of the draft
    framework and align it’s contents to the provisions of the National
    Health Act (NHAct-2014) in terms of the three critical dimensions of
    national eHealth strategy development, namely: stakeholder engagement,
    process and content;
  • Prepare a report to the FMOH, with recommendations on how to improve all three dimensions; and
  • Provide technical guidance to the FMOH in
    fast-tracking the inclusion of the provisions of the framework into the
    ongoing revision of the National Health Policy and the National
    Strategic Health Development Plan (NSHDP-2) towards a speedy roll out of
    an aligned and approved national eHealth strategy.
  • The consultant should support the meeting with
    state teams to socialize the Framework, capture of feedback from the
    states and report on comments from the state level stakeholders.
Strategic alignment
This intervention on ICT for health should be fully aligned with Nigeria’s existing policies and strategies, including (add key policy dimensions).
The eHealth strategy should
aim at mainstreaming critical cross-cutting issues: it undertakes, in
particular, to mainstream capacity building, gender and environmental
Specific Responsibilities
Main Tasks and Responsibilities of the Consultants
Working under the guidance of the Directorate Health Planning, Research and Statistics, the consultants will:
  • Provide technical
    assistance to the strategy development core group in aligning and
    navigating issues around approval processes by providing evidence of
    reviewing relevant FMOH documents and reports, such as:
  • the FMOH Medium Term Strategy (MTS);
  • Health Sector policy;
  • national ICT policy, and
  • relevant policies and strategies of the
    FMOH, and in particular those on the use of technology in the health
    sector in general, and those related to ICT in health in specifically
  • Review and identify Health
    sector-specific opportunities and challenges in Nigeria that address ICT
    in health; and identify a few applications that have had significant
    impact in Africa or elsewhere and that have the potential of being
    scaled up.
  • Support the collection and review existing eHealth strategies
  • Provide assistance to the development
    of a strategy to support ICT for Health as well as actionable
    recommendations on how to include ICT in policy dialogue and planning
    with development counterparts on sectoral development goals and
    priorities; and
  • Prepare a final report on alignment of the national eHealth strategy for Nigeria with the NHAct-2014
  • Provide guidance and technical
    expertise for facilitating the finalization of the national eHealth
    strategy of Nigeria post management approval.
  • Report on how to align and the existing draft eHealth Strategy with the NHAct-2014
  • NHAct aligned draft National eHealth strategy for Nigeria ready for management approval processes.
Duration And Fees Of The Assignment
80 person-days distributed as follows: 
  • 20 person-days of an International consultant
  • 30 person-days of two national consultants
  • We are cognizant of the fact that the
    ToR as developed by Dr. Azodoh seems focused on what we believe that are
    staff on this activity should have or be able to do
  • We also think some of the activities
    described in the ToR run counter to the objectives and direction of the
    project and may not be justifiable/allowable expenses (e.g. Norad has
    funded us to support the development of the HICT-F, we find it difficult
    to justify paying a consultants – who have no idea of the history or
    process – to review the near end document)
  • Consequently:
    • We cannot fund some parts of the ToR within the mandate and structure of our project
    • However, we can fund consultant(s) to support the presentation of
      the HICT-F to and capture of feedback from states; alignment of such
      feedback on the HICT-F with the NHAct & production of a detailed
      report on synergies / gaps between the HICT-F and the NHAct with
      appropriate recommendations
  • So we would want the ToR tweaked to
    reflect that the consultant(s) will work before, during & after the
    state engagement meeting         
  • Once we achieve concurrence by all on
    the ToR, we will put same out and go through the recruitment process as
    appropriate i.e. working in conjunction with the FMoH DPRS 
Guiding Principles
 The following principles constitute the core values which underpin this Technical Assistance support activity:
  • Alignment and Country Ownership: the approach used will be underscored by reviewing the NHAct and providing evidence of country ownership.
  •  Leveraging the Private sector: leverage investment of the private sector at local government, state and national levels.
  • Selectivity and Complementarity:
    ICT will be anchored on the FMOH’s strategic operational priorities and
    the development challenges facing health. Support will be based on an
    integrated approach and selectivity taking into account
    complementarities with other actors including the private sector.
  • Catalytic Role: This
    consultancy should help identify how the FMOH can continue to play a
    catalytic and convening role to leverage enhanced access to information
    and knowledge resources for ICT support for health sector development in
    Nigeria and ensure sustainable and predictable financing after the end
    of the current supporting project.
  • Modularity: ICT
    Intervention in the health sector will be modular and incremental in
    order to provide for flexibility and replication of best practices.
    Modularity will ensure a more responsive, dynamic, scalable and flexible
    operations in the eHealth activities.
  • Integrated approach: The work will be based on an integrated approach that builds synergy among different sectors to maximize development impact.
  • National focus: The approach should encourage national programs that promote cooperation and bring sustainable results at national level.
  • Results: The
    approach to ICT for health will be results-oriented. To this end,
    relevant and measurable result indicators and targets will be identified
    and developed for any operation in the sector.
Application documents and procedures:
Interested candidates must submit to nigeriajobs@msh.org  the following documentation by or before Sunday October 18, 2015:
  • Suitability Statement
  • Updated CV

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