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HSS Director - Nigeria

FHI 360

FHI 360

Abuja, Nigeria
Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2023

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) Director for an anticipated USAID-funded integrated health project in Nigeria.

Job Summary:

FHI 360 seeks an HSS Director to provide technical assistance to the Government of Nigeria to improve governance, equity, resource optimization, quality, and data systems for health services at community- and health facility-levels in select states. The HSS Director will be based in Abuja, report directly to the Chief of Party, and provide technical oversight and direction to state teams. This will require frequent travel to focus states. The HSS Director will be responsible for managing the technical direction and implementation of HSS-related programming. This position is contingent upon funder award and approval.


The HSS Director will work closely with the program team under the leadership of the Chief of Party to execute the following responsibilities:

  • Lead and manage the project HSS team at a national level by providing technical direction on HSS programming for national, state, LGA, facility and community-level interventions based on local and global best practices.
  • Provide high level coordination with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), other line ministries, and other key stakeholders on technical issues for smooth implementation of national policies and strategies and project activities.
  • Lead on HSS-related program/project design, implementation, learning, and monitoring and evaluation through active collaboration with project teams and Government of Nigeria (GoN) structures at central, state, and local levels.
  • Develop technical components of annual work plans, draft technical sections of quarterly reports, and ensure project technical objectives and deliverables are met in a timely manner.
  • Provide guidance and technical support in alignment with GoN policies and strategies, including USAID development priorities.
  • Contribute to the learning agenda by identifying knowledge gaps in integrated health systems and services that could be filled by secondary data analysis, literature reviews, field testing of new approaches and collaborative learning activities, and lead technical inputs on learning activities related to HSS.
  • Actively engage in networks and forums to support GoN integrated health priorities and promote involvement of multiple government sectors, donors, and the private sector.
  • Maintain diplomatic and high-quality interactions and clear and consistent communications internally and with partners.

Applied Knowledge & Skills:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of concepts, practices, and procedures with project management and technical development.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent and demonstrated organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent and demonstrated project management and technical skills.
  • Ability to influence, motivate, negotiate and work well with others.
  • Ability to exercise judgment within generally defined practices and policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of concepts, practices and policies related to specialized technical area of expertise.
  • Proven ability to ensure that budgets, schedules, and performance requirements are met.
  • Excellent and demonstrated leadership skills.
  • Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and analytical skills in English.

Problem Solving & Impact:

  • Works on problems of complex scope and require in depth evaluation of issues and assessment of intangible factors.
  • Exercises judgment within broadly defined practices and policies to select methods and techniques for obtaining results.
  • Decisions made generally affect overall success of functional, division or company operations.
  • Problems encountered are complex, highly varied and require considerable judgment to obtain results.
  • Erroneous decisions may result in critical delay(s) in schedules.

Supervision Given/Received:

  • Typically provides direct supervision of a team of Technical Advisors and Technical Officers.
  • Leads and directs staff to achieve strategic project goals.
  • Coordinates with project lead to set budgets, goals, and develops procedures and training for project.
  • Develops and recommends project management solutions.
  • Typically reports to a Project, Program, or Portfolio Director.

Education: **

  • Master’s Degree or its International Equivalent in Civil Society, Communication and Social Marketing, Economic Development, Education, the Environment, Gender, Health, Nutrition, Research, Technology and Youth or a Related Field.
  • Project Management (PM) Certification preferred.

Experience: **

  • Typically requires a minimum of 12+ years of relevant technical/project management experience (including 8+ years of leadership, strong business acumen and/or line management experience).

Typical Physical Demands:

  • Typical office environment.
  • Ability to spend long hours looking at computer screen and doing repetitive work on a keyboard.
  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to lift/move up to 5 lbs.

Technology to be Used:

  • Personal Computer/Laptop, Microsoft applications (i.e., Office 365, SharePoint, Skype/Zoom/Teams), cell phone/mobile technology, and standard office equipment.

Travel Requirements:

  • Less than 25%

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

Our values and commitments to safeguarding: FHI 360 is committed to preventing any type of abuse, exploitation and harassment in our work environments and programs, including sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment. FHI 360 takes steps to safeguard the welfare of everyone who engages with our organization and programs and requires that all personnel, including staff members and volunteers, share this commitment and sign our code of conduct. All offers of employment will be subject to appropriate screening checks, including reference, criminal record and terrorism finance checks. FHI 360 also participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme (MDS), facilitated by the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response. In line with the MDS, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any substantiated findings of sexual abuse, exploitation and/or harassment during the applicant’s tenure with previous employers. By applying, job applicants confirm their understanding of these recruitment procedures and consent to these screening checks.

FHI 360 will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws.

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