Team Lead (Health in Nigeria)

Abuja, Nigeria
Apply by 1 September 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 17 July 2018

Job Description

OPM are pre-positioning for DFID’s upcoming flagship health programme in Nigeria. The programme will pool all DFID funding to the Nigerian health sector and cover all pillars previously targeted under programmes MNCH2, PATHS2 and W4H. We are seeking to recruit a full-time Team Leader to join the team based in Nigeria. Details about the role are given below, and more information about OPM can be found at the end of this document.

About the programme

DFID are currently working on the final business case, and the eight-year programme is expected to come to market in early 2019, with an envisioned inception phase starting in late 2019. Therefore, the total project length is expected to be from late 2019 to late 2027, with a 5+3 contractual break clause structure.

The desired outcomes of the project will be:

• Increase resources in public sector at state and federal level
• Improving effectiveness of basic health services (private and public)
• Family planning integrated in wider health approach

Specifically, DFID expects:

• Strengthening health information systems, health financing, health system
• Efficiency in HR and medicine supply chain
• Improve effectiveness with private sector
• Strong outreach at community and policy level
• Advocacy for health financing
• Creation of social norm for family planning
• Delivering programmes at scale, particularly north Nigeria

The approximately GBP 100,000,000 technical assistance component of the programme is expected to cover five states, with a focus on Jigawa, Kaduna and Kano, followed by strategic engagement with Borno and Yobe. The latter two states will fall under the remit of an accountable grant separate from the technical assistance.

There will be a particular focus on health expenditure, family planning, community outreach, health information and management systems and human resources for health.

The programme will be expected to work closely with the other DFID funded State Level Programmes (SLP) in Nigeria, in particular PERL (Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn).

About the role

This is a full-time role for initially five years, based in Abuja, with a possible three year extension. The Team Leader is expected to be free from conflicts of interest in the responsibilities they take on.

The Team Leader will provide strategic, policy and technical guidance to the programme to ensure high quality and consistent delivery of all programme activities. They will also be responsible for monitoring progress and ensuring that milestones, outputs and outcomes are met and managing the full-time team and inputs from short term consultants.

The Team Leader shall bear overall responsibility for the delivery of all services and deliverables; supervise a team of up to 30 people mobilised for the production of deliverables, ensure quality management, timely corrective action as required, and managing the recruitment and ongoing performance management of team members.

The Team Leader should have experience in all of the following fields:

• Large project management
• Health systems strengthening, preferably of Nigeria
• High level negotiations with donors and governments

The Team Leader will be required to:

• Manage the programme in accordance with best practices for project and funds management and in compliance with DFID’s contractual and fiduciary requirements
• Represent the programme on behalf of OPM; serve as principal liaison to the Client (DFID) and to the Government of Nigeria’s Ministry of Health (MOH), the Government of the project states and the Local Government Areas.
• Lead and motivate a diverse team of long term and short term experts
• Ensure high quality implementation of timely and accurate reporting of all contractual deliverables

Skills and experience requirements

Ideal candidates will be able to demonstrate the following on their CV:

• University degree, preferably at Masters’ level a Health related subject (public health, health economics for example)
• Minimum of 15 years of related working experience in the health sector and at least 10 years of experience in the implementation of technical cooperation projects at senior level
• Practical experience and proven track record for organising and delivering multi million pound health system strengthening programmes
• Excellent management and leadership skills
• Excellent negotiation skills
• Excellent writing, communication and presentation skills
• Fluency in written and oral English, Hausa an advantage
• Willingness to relocate to Nigeria (Abuja) for at least five years
• Working experience with DFID and NGOs would be an asset


This is a full-time position based in Abuja, Nigeria with travel to Kano, Jigawa states and less frequently travel to Yobe and Borno.

To apply please fill out the form online and submit the requested documents. We cannot accept applications submitted via email. The closing date for applications is 01 Sept 2018.

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About the Organization

Oxford Policy Management (OPM) enables strategic decision-makers to reduce social and economic disadvantage in low- and middle-income countries through a unique combination of high-quality analysis and more than 35 years’ practical experience in over 120 countries worldwide.

Supported by a multinational team of more than 400 specialists on four continents, our success is based on a unique combination of high-quality analysis and 30 years’ practical experience of facilitating positive change in over 120 countries worldwide. OPM’s expertise, which is underpinned by a strong commitment to capacity building, ranges from social and economic policy to public finance and management, political economy analysis and statistics.

Clients range from bilateral and multilateral organisations such as DFID, UNICEF and the World Bank through to governments, NGOs and private-sector organisations.

With offices in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Tanzania and the United Kingdom, we can provide our clients with rapid, local support and context-specific solutions.

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