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Vacancies At Marie Stopes Nigeria (MSN)

Date Posted: 20/Dec/2013
Deadline: 24/Jan/2013

Marie Stopes Nigeria (MSN) is a results-orientated non-Governmental organization. Which uses modern management 
and marketing techniques to provide family planning, reproductive and sexual healthcare and allied services. MSN's 
goal is to meet the needs of underserved Nigerians and dramatically improve access to and use of family planning and 
other reproductive health services. MSN is a member of the Marie Stopes International Global Partnership which 
operates in over 40 countries worldwide.



Country Director


Location: Abuja, Nigeria 
Reporting to: MSN Board of Trustees & MSI Regional Director 
Duration of contract: 2 years’ 
Salary: Competitive + Relocation package


Take your management skills and commercial expertise with an interest in using private sector approaches for international health and development to the cutting edge of the global development sector. and join Marie Stopes Nigeria as Country Director of our local partner affiliate programme; Marie Stopes Nigeria, and help us transform the lives of millions. 

As Country Director you will be responsible for the overall strategy, management and development of our national family planning and sexual reproductive health programme in Nigeria. You will lead a skilled team of professional teams to deliver life-saving services through clinical centres, mobile outreach teams, social franchising and social marketing. You will prepare and execute annual budgets, marketing plans and work plans: develop and plan new business opportunities, oversee financial administrative and logistical resources to ensure these adhere to MSI minimum standards and assure quality operations are in line with annual and long term strategic goals and objectives.
To be successful in this role you will have previous experience in a senior management and leadership position with a track record of achieving results and driving growth. International experience is essential, ideally gained in developing nations. You’ll have good facilitative skills and be able to use quantitative evaluation to measure success and meet KPIs. As a leader, you won’t just have gravitas – your team members will find you approachable and responsive to their needs. Through your skills and experience, combined with the right aptitude, you could be the person helping us become an even more efficient, more successful social business – improving the lives of millions in the process.

Our clinics in Nigeria offer a range of reproductive health services, including a wide range family planning services, emergency contraception, pre and post natal care, diagnosis and treatment of STIs, pregnancy testing, voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) for HIV, ultrasound and laboratory services. Our Outreach teams travel too hard to reach areas of Nigeria, to provide access to a range of contraceptive services to those who need them the most. In addition to these services we have social franchisees that are already operational in Enugu and Anambra States, South East, Nigeria. Social franchising is one of the innovative ways in which we are connecting the under-served clients with the family planning and reproductive health services they want and need.
We have also teamed up with government and existing private healthcare providers to increase access to high quality care for the under-served communities in Nigeria. In the first year of the project, 22 franchisees have been trained with a view to increasing this number to 50.
Marie Stopes International delivers quality family planning and reproductive healthcare to millions of the world's poorest and most vulnerable women. We want to make sure that women have a choice when it comes to having children and because we employ and train local people, we are able to work in some really remote and difficult places.
If you are interested in finding out more about this role before applying, please view the attached job framework.





Programme Director

As a result of rapid growth over the last two years, MSN is restructuring its senior management team. The Programme 
Director role is a new senior management role that will enhance MSN's success in fundraising. Project management and engagement with local and international external partners and stakeholders. The Progamme Director will lead MSN's project management. And monitoring and evaluation teams and will work closely with MSN's clinical. Operational and financial teams. As well as external stakeholders. To ensure that MSN continues to expand its delivery of high quality reproductive health services to underserved communities throughout Nigeria. He/she may serve as Chief of Party or Team Leader for special projects.

Location: Abuja - Nigeria
Reporting to: Deputy Country Director
Duration of contract: 2 years
Probationary period: 6 months 
Leadership and External Relations

  • Create and pursue opportunities to advance the mission and goals ot MSN by developing productive mutually
  • beneficial relationships with donors, development partners, the government and other stakeholders working in
  • The area of Family Planning and Sexual, Reproductive Health (SRH).
  • Develop opportunities for strategic alliances with the government, and other development partners to create an enabling environment tor MSN to expand its reach and advance its mission.
  • Support the Country Director and Deputy Country Director In fundraising tor the expansion of the country programme including coordinating MSN's fundraising strategy and annual plan. Identifying new fundraising opportunities, and developing concept notes and proposals.
  • Lead the Programme Team by providing strategic guidance, building capacity, managing growth and ensuring effective communication. As a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) actively participate in SMT strategies to provide leadership. Guidance and support to the organization in pursuit of MSN's mission and strategic objectives.

Technical Programme Design and Quality Assurance

  • Ensure that projects are approved. Implemented, monitored, evaluated and reported on in line with MSN and donor policies and systems. Manage and support progamme managers to ensure project targets achieved within budget. Ensure effective project management and implementation - including project performance tracking against defined indicators, budget tracking and limely1inancial and narrative reporting.
  • Lead the co-ordination with operational/implementation teams by leading the development and monitoring of mutually agreed cost, time- bound work plans; regularly monitoring project performance in relation to donor agreements. Determine technical support needs for projects and participate in recruitment of consultants and project staff to ensure timely completion of all donor deliverables.
  • Ensure clear. Timely communication between all departments on all aspects project design. Implementation and management Ensure clear. Timely communication with all relevant project related external stake holders including donors, and implanting partners.
  • Ensure that all relevant team members are trained in at! Aspects of compliance with donor rules and regulations and related MSN standards and policies.

Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Support

  • Oversee the M&E team. Providing leadership and guidance to ensure that MSN team members have timely access to high quality data. Ensure regular tracking of operations to allow MSN to meet all internal and external reporting requirements. Ensure that all data is shared in a timely manner.
  • Provide leadership in the technical design and development of all research and monitoring and evaluation activities to support project design and reporting
  • Ensure the impact of marketing and other communications activities on service uptake and client satisfaction is constantly and effectively assessed and shared to inform return-on-investment and other strategic decision-making.
  • Ensure all appropriate ethical considerations and approvals are secured wherever required. Ensure that all data that is considered sensitive or confidential (such as client data) is properly secured and released in line with MSN policy on such data.
  • Lead the development and upgrade of MSN's management information system (MIS) and M&E systems to improve the quality and efficiency of data collection and analyses.


  • Post graduate degree If) a related Held
  • Fluent In both oral and written English


  • At least 5 years’ experience in a senior management role of a medium to large organization. with a proven track record of leading and motivating dynamic teams in developing countries
  • At least 5 years’ experience in managing donor funded, health related projects. Including technical and financial management and compliance (USAID EC, and DFID experience valued)
  • Thorough understanding of health interventions and approaches in developing country setting.
  • Proven track record in external relations. fundraising and communication
  • Sound knowledge of family planning, reproductive and maternal health an advantage

Skills and attitude:

  • Excellent leadership skills; with the ability to motivate others to exceed expectations and to up skill other managers to reflect the same behaviors
  • Strong management skills; able to manage performance effectively and support others during times of change
  • Ability to influence and communicate with stake holders, both internal and external
  • Strong analytical skills - the ability to accurately interpret data both financial and statistical and take relevant actions
  • Adaptable during times of change and able to quickly gain the cooperation of other departments and external parties.
  • Demonstrates commitment to MSN's mission, vision and values and ways of work 109

Method of Application

If you wish to apply for the Country Director position, kindly request for the application pack from [email protected] Deadline: 24th January, 2014.

Interested candidates for the Programmes Director's position are to submit a suitability statement and CV as a single document to [email protected] quoting the position applied for as subject of the email. Deadline for application is on or before close of business on 
Friday 24 January 2014


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