Country Program Director at an International NGO – Management Alternatives Limited

Management Alternatives Limited – Our client, is an international not for profit NGO, with its Headquarters based in Los Angeles, California. It is registered in Nigeria as an organization focused on AIDS Care Prevention and Advocacy. The organization works in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health to provide free HIV/AIDS services; HIV prevention and treatment (ART), capacity building and advocacy in resource constrained settings. They currently operate in 6 states including; Benue, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nasarawa, Kogi, Cross River, Anambra and supports 62 clinic sites country wide. To further enhance its service provision and maintain it high standards of quality healthcare, the organization is looking to fill her leadership position within the country.

Country Program Director

  • Job Type Full Time
  • Qualification BA/BSc/HND   MBA/MSc/MA
  • Experience 10 years
  • Location Abuja
  • Job Field NGO/Non-Profit

Code: MAL/AHF/002
Reports to: Africa Bureau Chief


  • The Country Program Director is responsible for ensuring full support of the Program. (S)He is responsible for strategically leading, directing, developing, and managing all aspects of client’s program in Nigeria as an effective member of client’s organization’s Africa Bureau leadership team.
  • The Country Program Director ensures that client’s organization’s mission statement, core values, management philosophy and key partnership standards and practices are the foundation of client’s organization’s strategies and work.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Include the following, other duties may be assigned.

  • Provide effective and inspiring leadership by being actively involved in all programs and services, developing a broad and deep knowledge of all program areas.
  • Cultivate the values and mission of client’s organization’s  within the organization
  • Identify opportunities for client’s organization’s to leverage cross-program strengths to take advantage of new opportunities and/or to address organizational challenges as they arise.
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain high-performance of staff with an emphasis on developing capacity in strategic program growth, planning and budgeting.
  • Prepare and submit an annual operational budget, manage effectively within this budget, and report accurately on progress made and challenges encountered.
  • Ensure the continued financial viability of the country’s operational programs through sound fiscal management.
  • Working in partnership with the Bureau team, create strategic plans and implement new processes and approaches to achieve it
  • Partner with the Bureau team, in essential internal leadership activities (human resources, administration, and organizational planning).
  • Lead the performance management process that measures and evaluates progress against set goals for the organization
  • Provide management support, mentorship and direction to subordinates. Provide for all staff a strong day-to-day leadership presence; bridge national and site level operations and support an open-door policy among all staff
  • Serve as client’s organization’s representative of the country program with implementing partners, private and public agencies, national AIDS programs, and major donor agencies. Represent client’s organization at meetings on HIV/AIDS issues, and maintains a wide-range of professional contacts with Government and non-governmental organizations.

Program Building:

  • Take the lead in identifying new opportunities for program growth in the country
  • Coordinate the development of annual work plans and budgets
  • Ensure that all programmatic partners contracts and MoU’s are up to date
  • Develop/improve and implement standard operating policies and systems in relation to procurement, supply chain and logistics management and assets management.
  • Identify polices and standard operating procedures that are required for efficient and effective performance of programs
  • Participate in proposal preparation, in collaboration with client’s organization’s Corporate Headquarters and Africa Bureau Secretariat, including field assessment, writing, and negotiations with donors, identification of partners, and preparation of proposals, logical frameworks, work plans, and detailed budgets.
  • Ensure that client’s organization’s Global Program Policy and Procedure Manual is clearly communicated, implemented and adhered to.
  • Generate regular country program reports for client’s organization’s Corporate Headquarters, Africa Bureau Secretariat and donors as required.
  • Keep abreast of HIV/AIDS best practices/resources and passes these resources to line managers and field staff.
  • Work with the Finance and budget departments to ensure financial information enables strategic budgeting and monitoring of financial performance vs program
  • Identify best practices and improve internal systems with an eye toward future needs and budget realities
  • Work closely with the finance team and Managers in the budgeting process, mentor and support staff in this area
  • Share in knowledge dissemination, reporting, and communications.

External Relationship Development:

  • Manage and cultivate existing relationships with funders and partners to secure and expand revenue streams.
  • Publicly represent client’s organization’s with the media and external constituency groups including community, governmental, private organizations and NGOs
  • Undertakes other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Bureau Chief

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Includes direct supervision of the following Managers; Medical Director, Operations Manager, Prevention Program Manager and any others as will be defined in the Organogram.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Medicine, Public Administration or Social Sciences Degree with more than 10 years working experience
  • Must have a Master of Public Health or relevant Master of Science or Business Management degree and a minimum of 5-7 years’ experience in managing public health/international development programs.
  • Minimum of 7 years of field experience in managing public health / international development programs.
  • Highly skilled in HIV/AIDS programming, preferably within an African context, funded by major donors, such as the U.S. Government, World Bank, Global Fund for AIDS, TB, and Malaria, corporations, foundations, etc.

Other Skills & Abilities/Qualifications:

  • Proven skills in management, supervision, leadership and networking, with at least 3-5 years’ supervisory experience.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form (High Skills).
  • Must be culturally sensitive and able to work in a wide variety of settings and cultures.
  • Computer and Internet skills, including word processing, database, presentation software and project management software. Experience with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Project is preferred.
  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.
  • Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry (Intermediate Skills).
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.
  • Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints  from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.
  • Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

Travel Expectancy:

  • Ability to travel at least 12 weeks per year to operations sites as assigned.
  • Must have a valid passport

Method of Application

Applicants should send a one page profile and their CV’s (as one document) in word format by email to: recruitment@mal.com.ng and the subject line of the email should be the Job title and Code.

Note: Only short-listed applicants will be notified.

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