CSO Capacity Strengthening Specialist at the Management Sciences for Health (MSH)

Management Sciences for Health_MSH

The Management Sciences for Health (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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: CSO Capacity Strengthening Specialist

Requisition No: R3081
Location: Abuja
Job Type: Full time


  • The GAVI CSO Fund Management Program is a 3-year, large scale and complex fund management program that operates in up to 40 LMIC countries and runs until 2026.
  • The Program supports funds distribution and capacity strengthening for local CSOs and partners aiming to increase vaccination coverage across the countries where the project is being implemented.

Specific project objectives are:

  • Increase vaccination coverage and reduce zero dose and under-immunized children;
  • Set up grant/contract schemes with CSOs and local partners that are results-focused, cost-effective and provide value for money; 
  • Strengthen the capacity of CSOs and local partners to effectively and efficiently implement contracts/grants;
  • Contribute to a conducive partnership, a joint vision and clarified collaboration modalities between governments, and civil society and local partners;
  • Help roll out HPV vaccination; and 
  • Robustly evaluate the contracts/grant with CSOs and local partners to capture learning and ensure course correction as required.

About your Role

  • Reporting to the MSH Portfolio Manager, the Capacity Strengthening Coordinator is accountable for the program’s design, implementation and ongoing monitoring of activities related to grantee capacity strengthening, including operational and technical competency for fulfilment of grant agreements.
  • This role will design and conduct the facilitated self-assessment process among grantees, action planning for strengthening capacity where the assessment finds areas for growth, and coordination of technical assistance for agreed areas of capacity strengthening.

How will you accomplish this?


  • As the Capacity Strengthening Coordinator you will be expected to lead, support, or supervise capacity development and strengthening activities in program countries, including but not limited to the design and implementation of capacity assessments, action planning, technical assistance for key competencies, and monitoring and evaluation of activities.

Specific areas of accountability could include:

  • Identifying common critical areas for capacity strengthening among CSOs and other local partners and developing technical assistance approaches that may be adapted to various country and health system contexts, such as financial management; human resources management; monitoring, evaluation, and reporting; program management and oversight; and organizational governance.
  • Supporting the identification and dissemination of key immunization program approaches, evidence-based practices, and programmatic strategies to strengthen grantees’ technical results.
  • Collaborating with key stakeholders and project colleagues to develop ongoing capacity-strengthening strategies that lend to vaccination and zero-dose program sustainability at all levels of the health system.
  • Collaborating with the core project team, regional coordinators, and country coordinators to ensure capacity development activities are adapted, implemented, and closely monitored and documented throughout implementation and that actions are taken to continually improve activity performance (including re-orienting and adjusting strategies when needed).
  • Supporting knowledge management through technical forums, working groups, and other meetings with grantees, host country government, and other counterparts.
  • Ensuring effective project collaboration, coordination, and internal partnerships with other partner and MSH projects in countries to build synergies across programs for maximum impact.
  • Collaborating with the MSH headquarters support team and participate as required in activities organized for MSH staff involved in the program.
  • This list is not exhaustive, and we would expect our Capacity Building Coordinator to be both innovative and strategic in suggesting and implementing new methods to achieve the outcomes and impact desired by our client and needed by the people the project aims to serve.

From a practical point of view, you will have:

  • An Advanced Degree at the Master’s level or above in Public Health, Health Management, Education, Instructional Design, or related field.
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of relevant professional experience required in designing, implementing, and/or evaluating organizational capacity development programs in health systems and for adult learners.
  • Fluency in English (required), and French language skills are strongly preferred.

Specific requirements for this role are:

  • A passion for building teams, coaching, and building capacity both internally and externally.
  • A commitment to working shoulder-to-shoulder with local partners to support their capacity-strengthening objectives and organizational growth to ultimately succeed in this program.
  • Proven ability to provide technical leadership and support, capacity building and technical assistance on the design and implementation of capacity strengthening activities, including instructional design; virtual, face-to-face, and blended learning; adult learning theory; experiential learning; and learning evaluation.
  • Proven ability to develop and implement organizational development strategies, plans, and activities, including assessment, action planning, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with senior-level colleagues, particularly interacting productively and professionally with government agencies, CSOs and other local actors, private sector groups, Gavi, and international organizations.
  • Proven ability to align diverse, multi-level teams with project goals, objectives, and result areas. Strong problem-solving skills and ability to analyze problems and select remedies and opportunities.
  • Demonstrated diplomacy, written and oral communication, and negotiation skills. Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and maintain a critical overview of interrelated tasks, projects and issues, ensuring delivery according to targets and timelines.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

Method of Application
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  • MSH is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, religion, creed, citizenship, national origin, age, veteran status, or disability unrelated to job requirements.
  • MSH will take affirmative action to ensure that qualified applicants are employed and that employees are treated without regard to their race, age, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran and disability status.