The Regional Partnership Advisor will work closely with the technical leadership at Alive & Thrive HQ, and provide program and technical leadership for the Alive & Thrive activities in Nigeria and other Anglophone countries such as Ethiopia and countries under the collaboration of A&T with UNICEF/ESARO. Focal countries in addition to Nigeria and Ethiopia will be defined based on scoping activities jointly with UNICEF. will work as part of the A&T Nigeria senior technical leadership team led by the Project Director. The National Partnership Advisor is responsible for providing linkages with new networks in the Essential newborn care and RMNCH sectors, partnerships with new consultative groups and technical working groups that exclusively deal with saving newborn lives and collaboration with neonatal health groups and stakeholders. The goal is to reach all states through existing or newly establish newborn care initiatives in addition to what our country team is doing with nutrition-focused entities in Nigeria. The geographic focus of this position will be 36 states of Nigeria, rather than the 2 states where other members of the country team will focus. A&T’s support will be viewed as rolling out one of the key components of the Nigerian Every Newborn Action Plan (FMOH, 2016).
S/he will be responsible for ensuring policy level stakeholder engagement, development and completion of collaborative agreements, and quality of technical inputs as per agreed upon work-plans. S/he will monitor the project activities from initiation through delivery ensuring completion on schedule and within budget constraints. The position will be based in Abuja, Nigeria and will report administratively to the Country Director, Nigeria and take technical guidance from the Alive & Thrive technical leadership at HQ.
Essential Job Functions:
- Provide technical leadership in a specific technical component and/or program wide activities.
- With technical oversight, provide technical leadership in design, development, planning, implementation; and capacity building of specific technical components of programs.
- Participate in resource development activities.
- Responsible for accomplishing assigned job responsibilities, and following the standards and practices of the department and division.
- Responsible for planning and scheduling own work flow and timetables, within area and function guidelines.
- Identifies areas for improved efficiency or effectiveness within prescribed parameters, and institutes enhancements to procedures.
- Maintains a constructive dialogue and technical exchange with field counterparts and technical staff of implementing partners.
- Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with donor/client organizations, relevant government agencies, bilateral and other NGOs.
- Develops tools for the design and implementation of specific technical components.
- Ensures that project implementation adheres to the appropriate global strategy and remains technically sound.
- May serve as a departmental resource on procedural, administrative and operational issues.
- Provides broad global technical leadership to multiple components for moderate to complex programs.
- Defines and develops solutions for major business or functional challenges.
- Contributes to planning and making recommendations for department/program/project concept, operations, and/or implementation.
- Influences design and scope of initiatives and programs.
- Reviews, analyzes and evaluates the effectiveness of programs/projects and makes recommendations for enhancements.
- Develops strategies and tools for the design and implementation of specific technical components.
- Ensures the quality of implemented technical activities and systems at all levels.
- Represents the organization and/or Institute to external entities at professional meetings and conferences.
- Maintains collaborative relationships with donor/client organizations, relevant government agencies, bilateral and other NGOs and consistently maintained and viewed as a knowledgeable resource in their technical area.
- Continually maintains a dialogue and technical exchange with field counterparts and technical staff of implementing partners.
- Coordinates with employees and consultants, on-site and in the field for situations that is less routine and more unusual.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- In-depth functional knowledge in area of specialization and detailed knowledge of related areas in the organization.
- General understanding of the external environment and how it affects the industry in general and FHI in particular, including political, legal, environmental, financial and social influences.
- General understanding of organization’s structure, policies and practices, and the impact on own area.
- Strong diagnostic, analytical and problem solving skills.
- Ability to exchange information, present recommendations and collaborate with colleagues and peers within the organization and possibly externally.
- Ability to influence others of the benefits/importance of an idea or plan of action and to gain their support or commitment.
- Strong negotiation skills and ability to reach mutual points of agreement and benefit among peers and colleagues.
Problem Solving & Impact:
- Provide technical leadership and plan, direct, and coordinate advocacy and technical support activities in Anglophone countries for A&T in partnership with stakeholders engaged at policy level and systems strengthening including social behavior change.
- Manage program activities in alignment with Alive & Thrive approaches and lessons learned, and work in close co-ordination with partners to ensure that support is locally adapted, relevant, timely and appropriate.
- Coordinate project liaison with UNICEF, other national and international stakeholders
- Build capacity of national teams and stakeholders at regional, national and sub-national levels
- Provide technical leadership to the project team and partner agencies working under the regional initiative, ensuring clarity over plans and priorities, encouraging effective team work.
- Seek out and maintain partnerships with development partners to build networks and platforms for program activities and inputs. Identify and support the formation of and partnerships to leverage technical and financial resources to enhance implementation of program activities.
- Develop high quality annual work plans, reports, and other project deliverables including the business plan; determine scheduling, procedures, staffing, and allotment of resources needed for projects in alignment with Alive & Thrive policies and guidelines.
- Serve as a technical advisor for identifying, engaging and coordinating with well-established national institutions and programs who share a commitment to essential newborn care, saving newborn lives and protecting the health and nutrition of infants and young children through breastfeeding interventions; providing them with tools and materials developed by the A&T team and others in Nigeria and building their capacity and motivation to act.
- Support and guide the work of the A&T Nigeria Senior Leadership Team as it works with its partners to strengthen breastfeeding interventions at the national level.
- Manage A&T funded Partnerships with The Nigerian Inter-Faith Action Association (NIFAA) and Midwife and Nurses Association, and others having the capacity to reach multiple states.
- Facilitate collaboration with other implementing partners and donors like the Dangote Foundation, DFID, World Bank, UNICEF, MNCH2, etc.
- Document progress made, lessons learned, and what works in sustainably expanding the reach of breastfeeding/IYCF interventions in Nigeria.
- Draft A&T Nigeria’s partnership agreements, work plans, scopes of work, implementation and monitoring methods and tools in collaboration with other team members and A&T/HQ staff; ensure that partners clearly address feasible and sustainable interventions for improving breastfeeding support and service delivery across multi states and in Kaduna and Lagos, and ensure oversight and stewardship of Alive & Thrive resources at different levels for the benefit of breastfeeding and IYCF practices.
- Support A&T’s negotiations and constructive dialogue with the Government of Nigeria (GoN), implementing partners (IPs), CSOs and other breastfeeding/IYCF/RMNCH stakeholders and provide contextualized advice to management.
- Provide technical and strategic advice to the GoN, partners and stakeholders on all technical and strategic aspects in support of the GoN’s implementation of the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP).
- Contribute to the development of A&T annual work plans and project reports, and ensure timely reporting and responses for information to HQ. In collaboration with A&T Nigeria senior leadership team:
- Actively participate in, contribute to, and facilitate major A&T program development and implementation activities (strategic planning, program presentations, advocacy and policy meetings, workshops), as appropriate
- Present program results, based on program experience, M&E and evaluation data to the GoN, projects and partners, and other professional colleagues and organizations, both in country and internationally
- Other duties as assigned
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with a job.
- Master’s Degree or its International Equivalent in Knowledge/Information Services, Communications, Education, Environment, Health, Behavioral, Life/Social Sciences International Development, Human Development or Related Field.
- Typically requires 8-11 years of experience in education, health, behavioral, or social sciences or related field.
- Established relationships and memberships in/with national health, social sector, educational, professional institutions such as NANMs, NIFAA, Every Newborn Action Plan collaborators, SOGON, PAN, well-known universities working in newborn health/MNCH/nutrition/IYCF.
- Extensive knowledge of infant and young child feeding approaches; and program experience.
- Recent senior technical and program work experience (3-5 years in the last 10 years) in Nigeria, and at least one or more years in another Anglophone country.
- Extensive public health/nutrition field experience in designing, implementing, monitoring and reporting on one or more component: policy and advocacy, interpersonal communication and community mobilization, mass communication, strategic collection and use of data, capacity building.
- Ability to work independently, assess priorities, and manage a variety of activities while communicating, connecting, and collaborating with HQ and field office staff, subcontractors, and a broad coalition of government, NGO, and international project partners
- Strong interpersonal, supervisory, and organizational skills
- Excellent problem-solving skills
- Excellent writing, editorial, training, and communication skills, including strong presentation skills
- Fluency in English required; fluency in Hausa, Yoruba also very strongly preferred.
- Travel from Abuja to and from different states including Lagos and Kaduna 35% time; up to 20% travel to other Anglophone African countries.
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