Chief of Party, USAID/Nigeria Health Project at Management Sciences For Health – MSH

Management Sciences for Health_MSH

MSH, a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health.

  • Job Type Full Time
  • Qualification MBA/MSc/MA
  • Experience 5 years
  • Location Abuja
  • Job Field Medical / Healthcare 


The COP’s primary responsibilities are providing overall leadership and technical direction of the entire project, ensuring an integrated vision among different components and actors, and focusing on achieving the results defined in the project’s scope of work. The COP has the final authority within the project team for decisions related to technical, management, contractual, resource allocation, and personnel issues. The COP will be responsible for the successful implementation of all aspects of the project, with full accountability and authority for the development, execution, and monitoring of the project, including (1) vision and technical strategy; (2) project management; (3) documentation and communication; (4) client(s) and stakeholder(s) relationships; and (5) coordination with government, donor, stakeholder, and other MSH projects. 


  • Oversee implementation of project activities and provide high-quality technical and strategic leadership, managerial oversight, and project administration. 
  • Serve as the primary project liaison from MSH to the donor and is accountable for achieving results, ensuring the quality of services is maintained at the highest standard, and all project objectives and deliverables are met. 
  • Adapt and implement management systems with standard operating procedures to administer all activities funded by the agreement, ensuring sufficient financial staff for disbursing all local costs under this project, monitoring and tracking expenditures, and preparing financial reports of project expenditures for submission to the donor. 
  • Ensure positive relationships between the team and Nigeria’s multi-lateral and bi-lateral partners. 
  • Mentor, support, manage and supervise a team of highly qualified staff with a particular focus on achieving key tasks and project deliverables. 
  • Communicate, implement, and ensure adherence to MSH and project policies, guidelines, and values; develop staff skills and knowledge; and facilitate success and professional development whenever possible. 
  • Cultivate strategic relationships with the donor, US Government representatives, partners, Federal and State Governments, Local Government Areas, Ward Development Council, local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), faith-based organizations (FBOs), civil society, and contractors and implementers to create synergies and ensure smooth implementation of activities. 
  • Meet regularly with USAID/Nigeria, contracting officer (CO) and technical leads (HSS and RMNCH), FMOH and SMOH representatives and partners, and attend meetings as requested. 
  • Ensure that project activities are technically sound, evidence-based, and responsive to the needs of the country and USAID. 
  • Facilitate the development of annual work plans and budgets; review work plans, financial reports, cost share, and performance monitoring plans. 


  • Master’s degree in public health, social sciences or related field with at least 10-15+ years of senior-level international project management experience in designing, implementing, and managing large, complex, integrated health programs in Nigeria or West Africa, 
  • USAID experience is required, and
  • Five years of previous experience as a Chief of Party is required. 
  • Demonstrated progressively increased responsibility in managing development assistance and health programs of similar scope or size, $50 million USD+ portfolio 
  • Proven exceptional project leadership in the design, management, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation, with skills in strategic planning, management, supervision, and budgeting,  including experience in managing complex activities involving coordination with multiple program partner institutions.  
  • Strong communication skills to fulfill the program’s diverse technical and managerial requirements and effectively coordinate with a wide range of stakeholders.  
  • Experience developing project vision, aligning key stakeholders around that vision, and assuring that the vision is translated into implementable strategies. 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead multidisciplinary, multicultural teams, manage complex programs and ensure that project staff adhere to the highest standards of quality, relevance, and timeliness. 
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with senior-level colleagues, particularly interacting productively, proactively, and comfortably with government agencies, NGOs, private sector groups, USAID, implementers and contractors, and donor organizations. 
  • High levels of diplomacy, conflict management, team building, written and oral communication, and negotiation skills. 
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, and demonstrated capacity to effectively communicate and document, including the writing of quality reports and detailed analysis of strategic information. Fluency in a local language is a distinct advantage.