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Associate Director, National Programs At FHI 360

Date Posted: 23/Jul/2014
Deadline: 05/Aug/2014

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in Health, Education, Nutrition, Environment, Economic Development, Civil Society, Gender, Youth, Research and Technology; creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries, all 50 U.S. states and all U.S. territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Associate Director, Country Programs

Supports the senior management in the country office to oversee country projects/programs. Works with team to ensure continu ed high performance and responsiveness to changing needs and opportunities. Supports strategic planning and business development with a focus on US government and non-government funding sources in order to position country as a leader in it’s specific area of expertise consisting of health, education, nutrition and food security, environment, economic development and livelihoods, civil society and peace building, gender equality, youth and technology.


- Manages and/or participates in assessment, design team, capacity building and program start up activities.
- Assists senior country management and team in the development of country operation plans for donor funded programs.
- Assists to ensure projects meet established objectives and deliverables and ensures appropriate monitoring of projects and project subawards to achieve financial, administrative and programmatic goals as articulated by the donor.
- Manages the country office’s system for the documentation and dissemination of performance and results; builds the capacity of the country team; works with the Project Directors/Chief of Parties to ensure development and submission of timely project reports to headquarters and donors as required.
- May develop and monitor country level budgets and implementation plans for centrally funded programs.
- Supports country senior management to ensure project resources are utilized in accordance with FHI 360 and donor policies and procedures.
- May assist in networking and representation of the organization with stakeholders for select initiatives.
- Works with the country team toensure program quality according to organization standards including all programs, tools and systems are implemented in an effective, efficient and integrated manner.
- May provide technical assistance through the review and/or writing of proposals, protocols, papers, reports to ensure accuracy and appropriateness.
- Contributes to resource development efforts: identifies opportunities; leads or participates in proposal development process.

Applied Knowledge & Skills:

- Effective knowledge of design, implementation, and management of sector specific and/or multi- sector/international development programs funded by US government or other international donors.
- Knowledge of various funding mechanisms, general contracting and reporting requirements
- Knowledge of donor planning and reporting systems.
- Knowledge of business development processes, specifically proposal development,within an international NGO context.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Sensitivity to cultural differences and understanding of the political and ethical in countries outside of the US.

Problem Solving & Impact:

- Solid operational and tactical decision maker with the ability to handle unforeseen and often time sensitive issues.
- Decisions and actions have minimal to moderate implications for the costs and short term goals of within a the department.
- Problems encountered are often minimal to moderate; narrowly defined, and require basic approaches to resolve them.

Supervision Given/Received:

- Routine coordination with all employees, in the country office and with HQ.
- Expected to work well with others; develop and maintain compatibility among project staff and colleagues across projects, donors, subawardees, consultants and recipients of assistance.
- May supervisor small number of staff.

Technology to be Used:
Personal Computer, Microsoft Office (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), e-mail, telephone, printer, calculator, copier, cell phones, PDAs and other hand held devices.

Travel Requirements:
Greater than 25%

Typical Physical Demands:
Typical office environment. Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time; ability to lift 5-50 lbs.

Additional Responsibilities:

Basic Function:


As a member of the Program Management Team working with the Director, the Associate Director-National Programs will provide leadership, management, coordination, and technical expertise for the improvement of systems for planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of SIDHAS and other FHI 360 Nigeria project activities.



Duties and responsibilities:


  1. Coordinate the development, implementation and evaluation of annual work plans and budgets for each assigned grant, award or portfolio


  2. Ensure timely submission of  periodic donor reports that meet donor standards (timeliness, accuracy and quality)


  3. Oversee management of FHI 360’s sub agreements with consortium partners (both core and TA) to ensure achievement of set targets and compliance with donor policies and regulations.


  4. Coordinate capacity development efforts in support of country office and implementing agency staff and other partners.


  5. Contribute to the development and maintenance of systems that effectively respond to USAID/Nigeria requirements regarding implementation procedures, reporting and evaluation.


  6. Lead and coordinate program cycle (DME) management interventions e.g. participating in proposal development, evaluations and close out processes


  7. Work with other departments to ensure documentation and easy retrieval of all training and trip reports related to assigned portfolio


  8. Disseminate and ensure compliance with donor/prime award programmatic, contractual and financial regulations, requirements and restrictions by all FHI 360 Nigeria partners


  9. Support and supervise individual NAP staff for effective management of assigned portfolios


  10. Manage and ensure strong relationships with national level stakeholders (USAID, GoN federal departments, other IPs)


  11. Represent PM and report on all technical and programmatic external meetings/events as assigned by the FHI 360 Nigeria leadership and in collaboration with other departments


  12. Ensure appropriate monitoring of sub grantees to achieve financial, administrative, and programmatic goals.


  13. Guide and support the zonal and state offices in establishing sound management systems to ensure cohesive implementation of project activities.


  14. Assists the Director of Programs as required to perform duties related to the management of human resources including analysis of staffing needs and resources.


  15. Liaise with multiple stakeholders and collaborators to share information, coordinate activities and avoid duplication in the implementation of the program.


  16.  Remain informed on current programs and research in the HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and community development fields; hones skills by working closely with international prevention specialists.


  1. Perform other duties as assigned.

  1. MB.BS/MD/PHD or similar degree with 5-7 years relevant experience with international development programs which includes 5 years of relevant supervisory experience.


  2. or MS/MA in social science, public health or related field, MPH preferred, and a minimum of 7-9 years relevant experience with international development programs which includes 5 years relevant supervisory experience. 


  3. Or BS/BA in social science, public health or related field, with a minimum of 9-11 years relevant experience with international development programs which includes 5 years of relevant supervisory experience.


  1. Familiarity with Nigerian public sector health systems, international donor organizations, NGOs and CBOs is required.


  1. Demonstrated success in multicultural environments is required.

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