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
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.
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.
- 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
- 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
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.
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.
- 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,
- 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
- 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.
How to Apply
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.
aim at mainstreaming critical cross-cutting issues: it undertakes, in
particular, to mainstream capacity building, gender and environmental
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
- 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
- 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.
- 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)
- 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
- 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
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.
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.
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.
- Updated CV
How to Apply