State Team Leader - Jigawa

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State Team Leader (STL) – Malaria – Jigawa, Nigeria

Tropical Health LLP is an international consultancy company specialising in the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of health and disease control programmes in Africa and Asia. We contribute in a unique way to the cost effectiveness and sustainability of development aid in the health sector by improving the availability, quality and use of evidence for strategic and operational planning and programme implementation. We offer a variety of services in the M&E field including independent evaluations and reviews, health research studies, comprehensive programme M&E design and solutions, health surveillance and information systems.  We firmly believe in the principles of developing local capacity and transferring skills and knowledge.

Tropical Health is seeking an exceptional manager/expert to provide technical and management oversight for a small team of experts in Jigawa, Nigeria. In close collaboration with government and other stakeholders, the post-holder will lead the implementation of sustainable solutions aimed at reducing the malaria burden in Jigawa State.

The STL will oversee the strategic and evidence informed State level implementation of malaria interventions and will in addition provide focused technical contributions in the area of malaria M&E and research. The STL will be responsible for providing technical leadership in Jigawa state, implementing technical strategies to achieve long-term institutional and transformational change through identified strengthening initiatives.  The STL will also ensure that programme M&E and research is implemented to high standards and work closely with the State Malaria Elimination Programme (SMEP), to develop their own capacity in M&E.

The STL should hold an MSc in public health, epidemiology, surveillance, research methods or other relevant subjects and at least 7 year’s proven experience in a relevant context.  We are looking for a results oriented individual with coordination experience in international health programmes, with a deep knowledge of health systems and the Nigeria malaria context.  The candidate will have experience in management, capacity building and leadership, a successful background in project and budget management, demonstrated understanding of the Northern Nigeria states context and experience of working with state authorities.  The successful candidate will also have excellent computer skills including MS Excel and statistical software packages and data analysis skill.  Nigerian nationals are encouraged to apply.

The advert and full job description can be found on our website at www.trophealth.com.  The closing date for applications is Monday 19th March 2018.

Send a motivation letter and up to date CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5pm on Monday, 19th March 2018.  The title of your email should be the full job title.

Interviews will be held between on the 28th March 2018; only candidates selected for the interview stage will be contacted. We thank all applicants in advance for their interest in working with us.

Job Description

State Team Leader

Role title:             State Team Leader

Location:              Jigawa, Nigeria

Contract type:      Fixed term, 2 years with possible extension

Salary:                   Negotiable and commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience 

Introduction

Tropical Health is seeking an exceptional manager/expert to provide technical and management oversight for a team in Jigawa, Nigeria. In close collaboration with government and other stakeholders, the post-holder will oversee a small team of experts and will lead the implementation of sustainable solutions aimed at reducing the malaria burden in Jigawa State.

Responsibilities

The State Team Leader will oversee the strategic and evidence informed State level implementation of malaria interventions and will in addition provide focus contributions in the area of malaria monitoring, evaluation (M&E) and research. Key areas of responsibility are:

State level leadership and team management:

  • Ensure that state-level project objectives, outcomes and deliverables are met and that financial, operational and reporting requirements are adhered to.
  • Provide overall state level technical leadership and representation of the project.
  • Work with the Deputy Programme Director and Technical Specialists to implement technical strategies that achieve long term institutional and transformational change to Nigeria’s Malaria response in the State, making sure interventions respond to the rapidly changing malaria landscape.
  • Strengthen the State Malaria Elimination Programme (SMEP) ability to provide stewardship, ensuring it effectively plans and resources its response to malaria, based on available evidence.
  • Manage and supervise a team of experts, while promoting an atmosphere in which programme staff collaborate to achieve the vision, mission and strategies of the programme.
  • Maintain close collaboration and partnership with implementing partners, other development programmes and government for the successful State level delivery of the programme.
  • Report against the logical framework in line with programme M&E systems, and support the preparation for programme annual reviews.
  • Lead the State level annual planning and budgeting processes.

Technical implementation:

  • Ensure the programme M&E and research is implemented to highest standard in Jigawa State and provide support in the area to other states, as required and feasible
  • Strengthen the SMEP capacity to:
    1. develop, implement and track progress against sound malaria M&E plan
    2. collect, collate, quality assure, analyse and interpret routine (surveillance) and survey or evaluation data
    3. promote and support use of data and evidence for planning, budgeting and decision making

Person specification

  • Master’s degree in public health epidemiology, surveillance, research methods or other relevant qualification.
  • Demonstrated coordination experience in international health programmes, with a record of achieving programme objectives
  • Deep understanding and knowledge of health systems’ dynamics and challenges in relation to Nigeria’s response to malaria.
  • Demonstrated capabilities in management, capacity building, and leadership.
  • Demonstrated experience in budget management.
  • In-depth understanding of the health, political, social and cultural context of Northern Nigeria
  • Experience working effectively with State government authorities.
  • Excellent computer skills, including in Excel and in at least one statistical software package, preferably Stata, alternatively SPSS or R; knowledge of other data software an advantage, such as mapping software