Technical Director (RMNCH) Job at Chemonics International


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We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Position: Technical Director, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) 
Job Location:
 Abuja
Project: Global Health Supply Chain - Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) Nigeria

Background

  • The overall goal of GHSC-PSM is to procure and provide health commodities for all USAID health programs, including but not limited to, HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Family Planning, and Maternal & Child Health, as well as provide systems strengthening technical assistance to improve supply chain management and commodity security in Nigeria.
  • The Technical Director, in close collaboration with the Deputy Country Director, will provide overall technical leadership on the Reproductive Health (RH) and the Maternal, Neonatal & Child Health (MNCH) program.
  • This is a senior leadership position and the successful candidate will serve on the project senior management team.

Responsibilities
Strategic Planning:

  • Support the Deputy Country Director - Technical, the Country Director and the Task order Directors at the HQ in developing project strategy to facilitate uninterrupted commodity availability in supported States
  • In collaboration with the Deputy Country Director - Technical, provide high-level supply chain technical assistance to national- and state-level RMNCH programs of government and implementing partners
  • Lead and contribute to the development of annual work plans, planning documents, reports to ensure their alignment with the project’s strategy and priorities
  • In collaboration with the Deputy Country Director - Technical ensure that the USAID GHSC-PSM is well-positioned as a supply chain thought leader for RMNCH policies and programs in Nigeria

Technical Leadership:

  • Provide technical leadership for the RMNCH department of the GHSC-PSM Nigeria across central, regional and State levels
  • Responsible for managing supply chain implementation of cross cutting programs of the project across 3 regions of program implementation
  • Mentor and build the capacity of RMNCH and regional project team members and relevant stakeholders at the federal, regional and State levels on ATMRHV and RMNCH technical issues
  • Provide technical leadership for the sustainable drug initiative of the project to support the reformation of existing Drug Revolving Fund (DRF) in priority States
  • Ensure that teams provide high quality and timely supply chain technical assistance to national and State level stakeholders including government and implementing partners
  • Ensure technical activities are data driven and aligned with national guidelines and global best practices and consistent with USAID GHSC-PSM priorities and areas of expertise
  • Represent and position USAID GHSC-PSM as a supply chain management thought leader for ATMRHV and RMNCH programs at State, national, and international meetings and platforms
  • Develop and/or contribute written technical expertise to thought leadership platforms nationally and globally
  • Contribute to the development of data-driving capacity building materials and standards, supportive supervision materials and approaches, job aids, and other systems and tools.

Implementation:

  • Develop and/or support the development of USAID GHSC-PSM relationships with donors, government counterparts and implementing partners across all levels of project implementation
  • Provide technical input, leadership, and coordination for the design and implementation of all program components
  • Facilitate linkages and foster collaboration and coordination with key stakeholders, including relevant national, state, and local government authorities, NGO partners and civil society organizations involved in RMNCH
  • Ensure compliance with implementation targets and deliverables and together with the government leadership co-lead reviews of progress against objectives as required.
  • Oversee the use of data on evidence, program design, project performance management, advocacy and policy, in the delivery of high quality MIYCN services, and evaluation of innovations in the region;
  • Facilitate and maintain close communication and coordination with the A&T staff at HQ, and in the regionally based offices, and consultants;
  • Ensure alignment and implementation of GHSC-PSM policies and procedures regarding program design, procurement and communication, in consultation with relevant teams in the field and home offices.
  • Conduct regular field visits in collaboration with key stakeholders and facilitate follow up on recommendations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Educational background in pharmacy, medicine, supply chain management, public health or nursing and a Master's Degree in public health or a related field.
  • At least 10 years of experience in public health supply chain management, with at least five in a senior management position.
  • Expertise in multiple technical areas highly desired, including family planning and reproductive health, maternal health, newborn health, child health, and malaria.
  • Proven senior expertise in developing and implementing effective partnerships with partners, government entities, and donors.
  • Knowledge and proven experience in strategy development, staff oversight, program administration, contractual compliance, and financial management of large health programs.
  • Prior experience working with Nigeria’s public health system.
  • Prior experience working with USAID funded projects.
  • Demonstrated leadership, management, coordination, teamwork, and planning skills, with proven ability to liaise effectively with and collaborate with diverse stakeholders, including international, national, State and sub-state, public, and private partners
  • Strong interpersonal and capacity building skills including training, mentoring, and coaching skills
  • Computer literacy in the following: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook.
  • Fluency in English required and fluency in Hausa will be an advantage.
  • Willingness to travel extensively including northern Nigeria.

Supervision:

  • The Technical Director, Reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) will report directly to his/her designee.

Working Conditions/Duration of Assignment:

  • This is a long-term position for the life of the contract based in Abuja, Nigeria.