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Career: Country Director, Abujana, Nigeria

Country DirectorOverall Purpose/Broad Function:
Effectively lead staff, efficiently manage resources and oversee the programs of MI Nigeria to ensure that they are aligned effectively with MI’s and the Government of Nigeria’s priorities and that they help to achieve MI’s strategic objectives both in Nigeria and globally.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Human Resource Management 
  • Provide vision and leadership for MI staff and consultants in Nigeria. 
  • Ensure effective performance management of MI staff in line with MI procedures. 
  •  Encourage staff to continue to develop professionally and provide mentoring to help them improve performance. 
  •  Manage all MI employees’ contracts and consultants in a timely manner and according to local legislation and MI policies.
Strategic Planning 
  • Ensure planning is informed by a comprehensive appreciation of the landscape concerning national needs for, and provision of, micronutrient programs in Nigeria including the roles and plans of key stakeholders in government, private sector, donors and other funding agencies and communities. 
  •  Oversee the development, finalization, implementation and monitoring of Strategic Planning for MI Nigeria including consultation with stakeholders in government, private sector and donor partners and coordinating inputs from staff in Nigeria, regionally and at HQ.
  •  Generate new ideas, initiatives and strategies to better meet MI objectives and encourage staff to do the same. 

Program Development 
  • Maintain up to date national situation assessments regarding micronutrient programs in Nigeria including related areas like changes to the health system, political and socio-economic environment etc. 
  •  Ensure MI’s programs in Nigeria are designed to address the needs of the government of Nigeria and aligned with MI’s priorities, plans and objectives.
  •  Ensure that the design of MI-funded programs is developed in a participatory way that fosters ownership by the Government of Nigeria in line with the Paris Principles. 
  •  Ensure that MI staff adhere to the Project Concept Note Procedures and secure technical and financial approval in a timely manner. 

Program and Financial Management 
  • Oversee management of MI funded programs in Nigeria, ensuring that program staff are meeting all technical and reporting requirements and that the program approval process and program implementation is in accordance with MI policies and procedures. 
  •  Ensure that all projects are managed within the overall operational Country budget. Ensure that the contracts database is regularly updated for all projects and for Nigeria as an organizational cost center.
  •  Ensure that the government of Nigeria is fully engaged in the management of MI Programs. 
  •  Provide reports for CIDA and other funding agencies, via HQ on timely basis, fully meeting the established criteria for reporting.

External Relations 
  • Build and strengthen relationships with key stakeholders in Nigeria, such as the Ministry of Health, NPHCDA, NAFDAC, UN Agencies, World Bank, bilateral donors, to facilitate effective design, coordination and implementation of programs by partners and leadership and ownership of programs by the government, in line with the Paris Principles. 
  •  Represent MI at national and international conferences/fora and play an active role on national level task forces and alliances. 
  •  Look for new opportunities to expand the work of MI using non-CIDA financial resources and ensure effective stewardship of such donors. 
  •  Ensure positive communication and build a positive relationship with CIDA staff in Nigeria. 

Office management 
  • Ensure all MI financial resources in Nigeria are properly and transparently managed in liaison with the Regional Financial Manager. 
  •  Ensure the MI office space and environment is appropriate for the number of MI staff in Nigeria, meet acceptable standards of safety, security and hygiene and is properly maintained. Other duties and responsibilities as may be required.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
Direct supervision of Technical Team Coordinator and 2 Program Assistants and indirect supervision of Program Officers. 

Education/Professional Designations/Experience:
  • Masters degree from a recognized university in management, international development, public health field, or related area. 
  •  Training in management essential. 
  •  Training in research methodologies desirable.
  • At least 10 years experience in management of public health or a related field compulsory, including managing finances and human resources, in progressively more responsible levels. 
  •  At least 5 years experience in program management essential. 
  •  At least 5 years experience in strategy formulation and planning essential. 
  •  At least 10 years experience of working in Nigeria. 
  • At least 3 years of research experience in related fields, desirable.
  •  At least 3 years experience in micronutrient supplementation and/or child survival programs, desirable. 
  •  At least 5 years experience in networking at a high level with international partners and country government, desirable.

Language Skills
Fluent in English.

Travel Requirements
Based in Abuja, position travels 30% of the time, in country and internationally.

Other Specific Skill Requirements:
Strong interpersonal and negotiation skills. Good presentational skills. Effective leadership and team working skills. Discretion. Integrity.

This job description can and will be amended as required from time to time NOTE: 2011-AFR-NIG-01 selection process is open to all citizens of Nigeria and those entitled to work in Nigeria. The position is location in Abuja. The salary is paid in NGN and is subject to Nigeria’s taxation laws. Candidates’ evaluations may include both a written exam and an interview. HOW TO APPLY: You must submit the following documents in one file: your curriculum vitae in English (typed), a presentation letter, in English, explaining how you meet the qualifications for the job and your motivation (typed), plus the names of 3 referees by email to the following email address: hr@micronutrient.org. Please quote number 2011-AFR-NIG-01 on your application. Deadline to apply is Monday, May 16, 2011 at noon (Abuja’s time). Please also note that candidates whose application will be considered will be expected to be available for an interview May 26th, 2011 in Abuja. Failure to submit the documents in the format required may result in the rejection of your application.

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