Chief of Party (COP) needed to provide vision, leadership and direction to ensure the strategic, programmatic, technical, and financial integrity of an upcoming USAID funded HIV prevention, care and treatment program in Nigeria.
The TMEC / RISE program is a newly-awarded 5-year, USAID-funded global HIV program that supports countries to achieve and maintain HIV epidemic control through provision of strategic technical assistance and direct service delivery to improve prevention, HIV case finding and treatment programming.
In Nigeria, TMEC / RISE will support the Government of Nigeria to address barriers in HIV services among at-risk adult men, women and priority populations and to build capacity of local implementing partners, continuously leveraging data to successfully course correct and achieve and maintain epidemic control.
This project aims to achieve and maintain the primary prevention and 95-95-95 goals that are critical to HIV epidemic control in Nigeria.
The program will also support PEPFAR’s transition of HIV service delivery to local partners, advancing progress along the journey to self-reliance.
COP will have the overall responsibility for leadership and management of and reporting on TMEC / RISE-Nigeria program activities, making key decisions and solving problems in short timeframes while ensuring operational and program quality and integrity and serving as the program’s first point of interface with USAID on routine and strategic matters.
This includes ensuring effective organizational management and communication interacting with other projects, Government of Nigeria stakeholders at the National, State, and LGA levels, community and local stakeholder groups, other international implementing partners, and USG and other agencies.
Nigerian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.
Provide leadership and strategic direction to ensure programmatic and financial integrity of TMEC / RISE-Nigeria, including achievement of project goals, objectives and targets
Provide overall oversight of the project and maintain effective and regular communication with the TMEC / RISE-Nigeria leadership team, the TMEC / RISE Core (global) management team, implementing partners, and government entities at Federal, State, and LGA levels
Ensure that program is technically sound, evidence-based and responsive to the needs of the Nigerian government, its people and donors
Develop and maintain strong working relationships and alliances with USAID, the Nigerian Ministry of Health, National Agenda for the Control of AIDS (NACA), as well as other USG implementing partners, private sector partners and other key stakeholders in Nigeria to maximize resources and avoid duplication of effort
Establish functional routine management and oversight processes among the TMEC / RISE-Nigeria leadership team to ensure effective, timely and coordinated project implementation, including close oversight and direction for site-
level technical assistance and service delivery
Ensure compliance with USAID and PEPFAR operational policies and regulations
Ensure timely reporting of any project challenges, adverse events, or other management issues requiring engagement with the TMEC / RISE Core (global) management team
In collaboration with the project program and finance team, develop the TMEC / RISE-Nigeria workplan, budget, and other deliverables;
and ensure performance indicators and targets are met, as well as timely completion of activities against workplan deadlines
Work closely with monitoring and evaluation (M&E) staff to develop M&E frameworks and to ensure timely reporting and use of program data to improve performance
Ensure the quality and sustainability of interventions particularly in the areas of HIV prevention, care and treatment, including eMTCT, care and treatment and HTS
Lead the annual work planning process in close collaboration with USAID, Nigerian Ministry of Health, project team and project partners
Participate in relevant technical advisory groups with counterparts and partner institutions
Mentor, support, supervise and manage a team of highly qualified staff and align their efforts to ensure rapid and sustainable results
Advanced degree in public health, health administration, international health or a related field; MD preferred.
Previous experience serving as COP or DCOP
10+ years’ experience managing large, multi-year international health sector development projects (approximately $10M per year) that have implemented successful activities in areas of HIV prevention, care and / or treatment working with PEPFAR funding
Understanding of the Nigerian (or similar) social and political context and developments in the health sector
Experience hiring and supervising personnel and ensuring they acquire the necessary training and skills to meet evolving program needs
Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and sustain interpersonal and professional relationships with USAID missions, host-
country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, the private sector and other donors.
In-depth knowledge of USAID and PEPFAR-funded projects, regulations, compliance and reporting
Demonstrated outstanding leadership, strategic thinking, organizational and team-building skills.
Required Abilities / Skills :
Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform
Ability and willingness to travel domestically up to 40% time
Ability and willingness to learn and empower others
Excellent communication, public speaking, presentation skills
Result-oriented and comfortable with a team approach to programming
Strong skills and experience in all aspects of program cycle management design and development, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation.
References will be required.