MOMENTUM Integrated Health Resilience (MIHR)is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to strengthen quality voluntary family planning (FP), reproductive health (RH), and maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH). MIHR in Niger is led by IMA World Health, with partners JSI Research & Training Institute, GOAL, and Pathfinder International. This position will be employed by IMA World Health.
The COP, based in Niamey, Niger will provide overall technical leadership and operational oversight for the USAID funded MOMENTUM Integrated Health Resilience (MIHR) project. The MIHR project is a global award launched in 2020 that is designed to strengthen quality maternal, newborn, and child health, voluntary family planning and reproductive health (MNCH/FP/RH) service delivery in fragile settings. MIHR works within the humanitarian to development nexus to increase health resilience, reduce chronic vulnerabilities and promote more inclusive health development by addressing the response to shocks and stresses, better ensuring the continuation of MNCH/FP/RH services during a crisis.
In Niger, MIHR will work to strengthen quality maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH), family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH), and nutrition services and support for improved resilience, building on USAID’s extensive malaria activities, among communities in Dosso, Tahoua, and Niamey. MIHR will focus on sub-national technical assistance to increase equitable access to and use of essential facility- and community-based health services, by advancing adaptive, locally owned implementation approaches tailored to realities and needs of these fragile contexts.
The COP will serve as the primary liaison with USAID/Niger, MIHR partners in Niger, and the MIHR headquarters based in DC (HQ), as well as relevant project stakeholders fostering collaborative working relationships. The COP directs the project team with an integrated vision, applying effective leadership and strategic planning skills.
- Provide overall management, strategic direction, and technical leadership to the project to achieve expected project results within budget and timeframe.
- Serve as the Program’s primary liaison with the MOH, USAID, MIHR HQ, other donors, and multilateral and NGO partners, primary health care, MNCH, FP/RH and nutrition partners.
- Represent the MIHR project in all technical, policy and programmatic fora at all levels (regional, national, and international).
- Ensure high level of coordination and harmonization, as necessary, and nurture relationships with all key stakeholders, including partner organizations/at national and county level, on administrative, financial, and programmatic matters related to the project.
- Oversee the project teams of technical, program, finance, and operational staff to ensure program deliverables, tasks and responsibilities are met; staff management includes hiring, supervising and mentoring project staff.
- Ensure regular reporting and timely submission of deliverables as required under the award.
- Lead preparation of annual work plans, project activity updates and other project- related communication and reporting materials.
- Monitor Annual Workplans and Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan to ensure that the Activity is meeting goals and analyze reasons for any difficulties.
- Ensure compliance with IMA policies and procedures and USG rules and regulations by project staff and sub-awardees and monitors the quality of program implementation.
- Demonstrated knowledge of USAID/Niger’s priorities and objectives.
- Deep knowledge of the political, social, and economic context of Niger required.
- Experience working in Dosso and Tahoua is preferred.
- Technical expertise in maternal/child/adolescent health, family planning, and/or reproductive health.
- Excellent planning and prioritization skills as well as creative problem-solving and analytical skills.
- Strong interpersonal, writing, and oral presentation skills.
- Fluency in English with professional proficiency in writing.
- Fluency in French.
- Knowledge of USG Rules and Regulations.
- Advanced degree: Master’s in Public Health or related field, MD, or PhD
- At least 7 years of senior-level management experience working on USAID-funded projects.
- Prior experience as a Chief of Party in a USAID-funded project.
- Demonstrated leadership qualities, depth and breadth of technical, management, and evaluation expertise for complex programs in resource-constrained countries.
- Experience collaborating and coordinating with local and national host government agencies, and aligning program activities and results with national strategies.
- Demonstrated experience in developing and maintaining strong relationships with government agencies, international donor agencies (USG, DFID, UN agencies), civil society and implementing partners.
- Must be comfortable in high-level representational role.
- Proven ability to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse public and private partners and the ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams.
- Ability to diplomatically supervise staff and coordinate programs with partners from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.