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NPHI Senior Country Coordinator (Nigeria)

With support from the project’s Principal Investigator, the Senior Country Coordinator will provide strategic leadership and bear responsibility for the achievement of objectives and stated project goals, the effective management of local team members and consultants, and for the timely and accurate fulfilment of reporting requirements specified in the project award for activities in country. S/he will be the official representative for MSH’s NPHI Capacity Building Program in the country and will maintain routine communication between all relevant parties, including with CDC and MSH’s home office project leadership, as well as management and technical support staff.

The Country Coordinator will be responsible for providing technical assistance and coaching, as well as coordinating other members of the project’s team to provide technical assistance to the Nigeria Ministry of Health and relevant National Institute for Public Health (NIPH), Nigeria Public Health Emergency Operations Centers (PHEOCs), and other relevant stakeholders to strengthen technical and managerial capacities—particularly those related to effective emergency management—and to better identify and address priority challenges arising from the current response to COVID-19. Support will likely include strengthening NIPH’s institutional capacity to play its leadership role, clarifying to the incident command structure and improving its performance, and using the COVID-19 response as an entry point for taking steps toward eventual integration of emergency operations and national disease surveillance into NIPH’s structure.

The Country Coordinator will supervise the Project Officer assigned to support the NPHI activity and ensure that activity reports are compiled and submitted to the Project Management Team in the MSH Home Office. The Country Coordinator will liaise closely with other MSH teams in country.


Advanced degree in Public Health, Health Management Sciences, or a related discipline


At least eight (8) years of related experience; including experience developing capacities of high level public sector institutions, fostering high performing technical assistance, building the capacity of teams, and delivering on expected project results, with flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines

Experience of the One Health and/or IDSR frameworks in relation to epidemic control and or FETP training will be beneficial.

Experience in developing leadership and management behaviors of teams and coaching senior leaders to improve performance is highly preferred


Capacity development experience in the context of public health emergencies or disease outbreaks is highly desirable.

Experience with CDC is preferred. Record of productive collaboration with the Ministry of Health is beneficial .


Designing and facilitating participatory assessments and group exercises

Co-designing strategies and plans


capacity development

conflict management


disease surveillance

emergency management

global health

health emergencies

health systems

human resources

oral communication


project management

public sector


Designing and adapting capacity building strategies

Planning for sustainability

Strong interpersonal skills coupled with excellent communication skills: verbal, written, listening, presentation, and facilitation.

Fluency in oral and written English communication


Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide range of colleagues and stakeholders.

Demonstrated strategic agility, diplomacy, conflict management, team building, written and oral communication, and negotiation skills.

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. In compliance with U.S. Department of Labor Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Section 4212 of the Vietnam Era Readjustment Assistance Act, MSH has developed and maintains an affirmative action program and plan.

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Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a global health nonprofit that makes foundational changes to health systems to protect people from diseases and improve their health. MSH collaborates with local partners, from the Ministry to the community, to strengthen and complement existing health systems. Since 1971, MSH has worked in more than 150 countries to help ensure sustainable, resilient, and equitable access to quality health care around the globe.

If you are a candidate in need of assistance, an accommodation, or an alternative method to apply for an open position, please email or call +1-703-524-6575 to be connected with Human Resources.


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