Pact seeks a Program Manager for a 5-year demand creation for essential medicines for the treatment of childhood illness project in Nigeria.
The project will provide capacity development support and leadership of demand creation to increase the uptake of medicines that treat childhood illnesses.
Main stakeholders will, include the National Essential Medicines Coordinating Mechanism (NEMCM), state and local government authorities in 4 states (Kebbi, Benue and 2 others to be determined),civil society organizations (CSOs) and Proprietary Patent Medicine Vendors (PPMVs).
The Program Manager will collaborate with external partners operating a myriad of childhood illness programs. The program will include results-based financing.
The Program Manager is responsible for meeting the project's technical objectives, managing financial resources, managing program staff, maintaining good working relationships with host government officials and local partners, managing donor reporting and ensuring a high-quality delivery of services.
The position is contingent upon successful award of the project. The Program Manager reports to the Country Director.
Ensure high-quality technical programming through hands-on guidance and support grounded in the project's results framework and adhering to expected technical quality and reporting requirements
Manage all project planning responsibilities, including the production of annual work plans, guide and oversee the alignment of the budget to expected results, and review and approve annual budgets and quarterly reports
Regularly coordinate and collaborate with external partners, including the donor, NEMCM, CSO partners, state and local governments, NAPPMED and other stakeholders such as the BBC Trust, Save the Children, RTI and CHAI.
Finance & Administration:
Provide oversight for all administrative and financial operations at the regional office
Maintain up to date understanding and adherence to Pact's policies and procedures amongst all regional office staff
Monitor progress against the budget and assure timely and high-quality monitoring and reporting of finances, focusing on performance
In cooperation with Pact HR, oversee the management and on boarding of state office staff to ensure a diverse, skilled and productive workforce and promote an organizational culture where Pact's values are practiced
Ensure levels of authority and responsibility are clearly defined, understood and followed within the project team
Provide proper supervision and management for all direct reports.
Ensure the proper implementation of Pact's performance management system for direct reports.
This can include: proactively addressing performance issues through regular, constructive and honest feedback and coaching and identifying necessary staff development for direct reports.
Actively promote staff wellness by monitoring regional office organizational health and taking corrective actions as needed. Invest in consistent team building to increase cohesion between staff in all geographic areas of the country
Along with the Security Coordinator, support the management of Security and Safety Administration by developing and updating a staff and asset security plan in line with the local context and in alignment with Pact Nigeria/DC security guidance; keeping key Pact staff abreast of any security issues, as they arise.
Minimum MA and at least 5 years of relevant experience (or equivalent) in Childhood illnesses, and other child related wellness and well being activities including but not limited to treatment, protection and care for children, Orphan and Vulnerable children support, child nutrition and related areas of child support in Nigeria
Demonstrated interpersonal, team building and communication skills;
Excellent representational skills and building of rapport with state government and agencies international and national donors, international, national and local NGOs, etc.
Experience in capacity building for state and non-state partners
Strong project management experience including running projects in multiple states in Nigeria
Ability to manage complex interwoven activities, and move a project towards its goals;
Strong budgeting experience, especially in performance based management
Strong analytic and critical understanding;
Excellent organization and planning skills;
Ability to travel regularly and at short notice to sometimes challenging settings within Nigeria.
Education and Experience Requirements:
Knowledge and understanding of the social welfare systems in Nigeria in particular health sector in Nigeria, specifically Pneumonia and Diarrhea as well as other Childhood illness.
Advanced degree (minimum Master's or equivalent experience) in social science, public health, or other relevant field preferred;
Minimum 5 years' experience in program management in Nigeria required;
Experience managing Foundation funded programs with demonstrated capacity to create and/or maintain complex systems and procedures involving multiple implementation sites, multiple partners and diverse beneficiaries;
Fluency in English required; with proficiency in Hausa and other regional Nigerian languages preferred.
Financial planning skills including pipeline analysis, analysis of burn rate and ensuring compliance with donor financial & contractual regulations Experience setting up multiple field offices.