Public Health Specialist at Malaria Consortium

Malaria Consortium Nigeria is committed to tackling the large number of malaria cases and deaths in the country. Working in partnership with the Ministry of Health and other partners, we lead and support three major malaria control initiatives in the country: Support to the National Malaria Control Programme (SuNMaP); NetWorks and MAPS. Our areas of focus include:
Technical support for malaria control
Capacity building, harmonisation and training of health workers
Heath systems strengthening
Behaviour Change Communications and community outreach activities
Operational research, policy and advocacyGrade: 9
Job Type: Fixed Term
Role type: National
Level: Management
Travel involved: Up to 40%
Department: Technical
Length of contract: 2 years
Reporting to: Country Technical Coordinator
Direct reports: None

Country / Project background

The Nigeria Country Office in Abuja, started operations in 2008, through the DFID/UKaid funded Support to National Malaria Programme, SuNMaP (2008 – 2016). The office had presence in 23 states of the country and has managed at various times, about 15 programmes and projects. The Nigeria country office has been working specifically in the following areas:

Malaria control/elimination
Integrated community case management (iCCM) for malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea
Nutrition
Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs);
Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention

Job purpose
The post holder will work closely with the Country Technical Coordinator to support the technical design, planning, coordination and implementation of projects and programmes in the Nigeria Office portfolio.

Scope of work

The Public Health Specialist will work closely with the Country Technical Coordinator (CTC) to support programme design, planning, implementation and epidemiological field activities, including technical inputs in development of protocols, data management, analysis, interpretation of findings and writing of progress and scientific reports.
The post-holder will follow up on technical support to facility level and community-based health service delivery programmes.
S/he will actively contribute to M&E, Knowledge Management and internal capacity building for MC staff.

Key working relationships:

The Public Health Specialist will work closely with the all members of MCN Technical Team, including project Technical Officers/Specialists, Operations Research/M&E Managers/Specialists/Officers, Country Commodity Manager, Data Analysts and Programme Managers under the mentorship of the Country Technical Coordinator.
S/he will need to liaise with stakeholders such as the Federal Ministry of Health, National Malaria Elimination Programmes, State Ministry of Health and Malaria Elimination Programmes.

Key Accountabilities
Technical contributions (60%):

As part of the Senior Country Team, work in collaboration with Country Technical Coordinator (CTC) to provide technical support to the portfolio of malaria consortium projects to ensure global best practices are utilized in programme design and roll out.
Work with CTC to support projects in MCN in the area of design, implementation and interpretation of results frameworks.
Lead the effort of the country office in the development of plans of action for project evaluations and coordinate the evaluation of country projects
Lead statistical analysis of research and M&E data, and contribute to reports and publications to disseminate to national stakeholders
Contribute to the planning of field activities and development of standard operating procedures
Contribute to the design of data collection tools and database systems for the entry, storage and retrieval of epidemiological data
Work with M&E officers across projects in the development / strengthening of routine and supplementary disease surveillance systems
Liaise with the National Malaria Elimination Programme and other health service departments responsible for health programme implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation and Health Management Information System at all levels
Provide technical assistance in the analysis and interpretation of results from surveys conducted and surveillance systems
Contribute to the design of technical proposals
Contribute to Malaria Consortium Knowledge Management content and strategy at National, Regional and Global levels
Contribute to on-going operational research work across the Nigeria portfolio of projects
Work with the M&E team in the planning, design, and implementation of health-related surveillance systems or epidemiologic studies and participate in the development of field testing of innovative tools and approaches in surveys, rapid assessments, routine data collection and surveillance

Strategic contributions (20%):

Support the institutionalization of MCN’s guidance for Programme Technical Quality Assurance
Work with CTC in strengthening and expanding the internal learning platforms within MCN and support capacity building for relevant technical staff across MC’s Nigerian portfolio on public health and disease epidemiology
Ensure regular planning and implementation of the quarterly cross-learning forum

Programme management (15%):

Work as part of the Nigerian Technical team to provide technical assistance to country requests
Provide technical support to project managers in review of consultancy and donor reports to ensure compliance with MC’s technical standards
Organize and participate in technical update meetings between projects and the CTC and follow up of actions
Support CTC to collate periodic Technical Assistance Forecasts from projects to develop TA forecast for the CO
Collate achievement against strategic milestones from project to prepare CO report to be uploaded on PreS

Communication and advocacy (5%):

Draft manuscripts as identified by the technical team for peer-reviewed journals
Contribute to documentation of lessons learnt from the organization’s work including production of learning briefs, learning papers, general documentation and contribution to publications.

Person Specification
Qualifications and experience:
Essential:

Postgraduate degree in public health with focus on epidemiology/bio-statistics or demography;
A minimum of 8 years’ post-graduate working experience in public health;
Substantial Experience in the development, implementation, monitoring, review, documentation, reporting and dissemination of public health interventions.
Mid-level management experience in planning and implementing large sized health projects in Nigeria
Experience working on maternal and child health programmes, including community health delivery
Extensive experience in research design and implementation
Excellent writing and presentation skills
Flexibility and ability to work independently
Full professional proficiency in English (written and spoken) required

Desirable:

Experience managing donor grants or contracts such as BMGF, DFID, GFATM or USAID/PMI.
Demonstrable skills in manuscript writing for peer-reviewed journals

Work-based skills
Essential:

Significant knowledge in communicable disease control and child health
Good technical knowledge of malaria control
Excellent programme management skills, with proven ability to implement high quality projects on time and within budget
Ability to remain compliant with organisational and donor policies
Ability to manage and prioritise high workload and multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines
Excellent writing and presentation skills in English
Excellent problem solving skills
Capable of establishing strong working relationships with colleagues from different functions and cultures
Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly Word and Excel
A team player, with a friendly attitude
Proactive and takes initiative
Results-oriented work ethic

Desirable:

Excellent advocacy skills, and comfortable being a strong advocate for the programme

Core Competencies
Delivering quality results:
LEVEL C – Supports others to achieve results:

Displays a positive and enthusiastic approach and is not deterred by setbacks, finding
alternative ways to reach goals or targets.
Supports others to plan and deliver results
Supports others to manage and cope with setbacks

Analysis and use of information:
LEVEL B – Uses evidence to support work:

Identifies and uses various sources of evidence and feedback to support outputs
Uses evidence to evaluate policies, projects and programmes
Identifies links between events and information identifying trends, issues and risks
Ensures systems are in place to address organisation needs

Interpersonal And Communications:

LEVEL C- Adapts communications effectively:
Tailors communication (content, style and medium) to diverse audiences
Communicates equally effectively at all organisational levels
Understands others underlying needs, concerns and motivations and communicates
effectively in sensitive situations
Resolves intra-team and inter team conflicts effectively

Collaboration And Partnering:
LEVEL B – Collaborates effectively across teams:

Proactive in providing and seeking support from expert colleagues
Raises difficult issues with teams/partners and stakeholders with a view to positive
resolution
Proactive in building a rapport with a diverse range of people

Leading And Motivating:
LEVEL B – Manages own development and seek opportunities:

Actively manages own development and performance positively
Learns lessons from successes and failures
Seeks and explores opportunities within Malaria Consortium which develop skills and
expertise

Flexibility / Adaptability:
LEVEL C – Supports others to cope with pressure:

Responds positively to change, embracing and using new practices or values to accomplish
goals and solve problems and supports others to do the same
Adapts team approach, goals, and methods to achieve solutions and results in dynamic
situations
Sets realistic deadlines and goals for self or team

Living The Values:
LEVEL C – Supports others to live Malaria Consortium’s values:

Demonstrates personal integrity by using role position responsibly and fairly
Cultivates an open culture within the wider team, promoting accountability, responsibility
and respect for individual differences

Strategic Planning, Thinking And Sector Awareness:
LEVEL C – Keeps up to date with the internal and external environment:

Takes into account economic, political and other business factors when drawing up medium
and long-term plans, covering both public and private sectors
Looks beyond the immediate operations to prospects for new business
Engages with appropriate internal and external sources to establish major influences on future plans.

Salary

Competitive

Benefits

National

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