The Senior Technical Manager, Malaria position is designed to provide technical assistance, specifically to the NMEP and State-levels MEPs, in meeting the technical demands of the Global Fund malaria grant. The Senior Technical Manager, Malaria is expected to support the NMEP to ensure quality malaria case management delivery in public and private facilities and to assist in the monitoring of activities as they relate to the M&E plan. Also, the incumbent will plan and coordinate with other Global Fund Malaria Grant partners assisting the NMEP to improve quality of malaria case management in other States and among different technical support areas such as Supply Chain, Supervision (OTSS) and M&E. The work involves complex and interrelated processes. The political environment requires a high degree of sensitivity and diplomacy in supporting the NMEP, State MEPs and LGAs, establishing dialogue, and developing activities to support improved quality of malaria case management practices in public and private facilities. The incumbent will require a depth of expertise that will allow her/him to provide leadership and management in malaria-related issues and programs, including the capability to identify and systematize otherwise diffuse issues.
The Senior Technical Manager, Malaria provides professional leadership support to the NMEP, State MEPs and LGAs for the achievement of objectives set forth in the Global Fund Malaria Grant, which support the National Malaria Control Strategy. The principal task of the incumbent is to provide overall management, technical guidance and leadership to the NMEP and State MEPs around implementation of the Global Fund Malaria Grant.
- Assist the NMEP and State MEPs to ensure quality malaria case management practices by leading support for training of health staffs in public and private facilities.
- Assist the NMEP and State MEPs in roll out of OTSS in support of supervision and improving quality of malaria case management.
- Work with States and LGAs in planning and coordinating training and OTSS activities.
- Work with other grant partners in coordinating training, OTSS, and M&E oversight in all 13 target States.
- Work closely with Grant Supply Chain Managers and State-level units responsible for malaria commodity distribution, to ensure that supply chain issues are addressed in the context of improving malaria case management.
- Work with Grant implementation leadership to ensure proper coordination among States, LGAs and Grant implementation partners.
- Work in collaboration with the NMEP and Implementing Partners to support a malaria routine data system as part of the Health Management Information System (HMIS).
- Other activities related to technical input and oversight of the Global Fund Malaria Grant as identified in collaboration and coordination with the NMEP, Grant Implementation Partners, States and LGAs.
- Advanced degree (Masters, PhD, or MD) in a health-related field or management field required. Specialized experience in malaria is highly preferred.
- At least 10 years of experience in progressively responsible experience in designing, implementing and managing malaria and other health programs in developing countries.
- Demonstrated experience managing successful teams comprised of experienced professionals.
- Demonstrated technical leadership, program management, strategic planning, policy experience and problem solving skills working on complex projects in a highly sensitive environment are required.
- Previous experience with or good knowledge of Global Fund operating procedures (proposal development and submission, monitoring and evaluation and reporting).
- Ability to work effectively in a team environment and communicate information to both health and non-health audiences, and achieve consensus on policy, project, research, and administrative matters.
- Excellent verbal communication skills, tact and diplomacy are required to establish and develop sustainable working relationships at the highest level and a high level of trust with public/private organizations. Verbal communication skills are also used to negotiate activity plans and resolve activity implementation issues with counterparts, partners and team members. Excellent written communication skills are required to prepare regular and ad hoc reports, activity documentation and briefing papers.
- Excellent computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook, Access, SPSS and other statistical and other relevant software) are required for effectively operating in this position. Good computer skills are required to implement, analyze, and monitor, and manage activity goals, inputs, outcomes, and achievements.
- Willingness and ability to travel within Nigeria as needed.