The SPRING project has received field support funding from the USAID Nigeria Mission since 2012. The project rolls out the nationally adapted infant and young child feeding (IYCF) training packages and provides technical assistance (TA) to USAID implementing partners under the Umbrella Grant Mechanism (SMILE and STEER) and Local Partners for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (ARFH, HIFASS, and WEWE) to strengthen the nutrition component of their orphan and vulnerable children (OVC)-focused programming. SPRING/Nigeria works closely with these partners, their civil society organizations (CSOs), and the Government of Nigeria to increase access to nutrition information and counseling services in communities across 16 states (Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Cross River, Edo, FCT, Imo, Kaduna, Kano, Kogi, Nasarawa, Lagos, Plateau, Rivers, and Sokoto). Currently, the project is developing materials to support the CSOs’ nutrition programming for OVCs for use in early childhood development centers (ages 3-5), kids clubs (ages 6-11), and organized community events (ages 12-17).
Scope of the Position:
The Chief of Party (COP)serves as the representative and primary technical and management specialist for the SPRING/Nigeria Project. S/he is responsible for leading, strategic planning, managing and implementing the SPRING project in Nigeria, comprised of staff from both HKI and SC. The COP will serve as the primary focal point for communications with USAID/Nigeria. This HKI position will be based in Abuja, Nigeria and will supervise all locally hired staff. The COP will report to both the HKI Country Director in Abuja, Nigeria, as well as the SPRING Country Support Team Lead based in Arlington, VA.
- Provide strategic leadership and direction for SPRING/Nigeria. Identify opportunities for project growth and development as well as collaboration with other projects/programs and government counterparts in the current 16 implementation states.
- Develop and oversee all aspects of the SPRING/Nigeria project.
- Manage relationships and ensure regular communication with counterparts in the Government of Nigeria, SPRING partners (SMILE, STEER, ARFH, HIFASS, and WEWE), USAID, and other key stakeholders at country level as well as SPRING/HQ.
- Lead development of work plans, scopes of work, and budgets. Secure approval from SPRING HQ and USAID/Nigeria as needed.
- Prepare project budgets and monitor expenses. Supervise a team of high performing national technical and operations staff.
- Oversee implementation of all project activities, and ensure performance of the project team against targets. Take corrective action where necessary.
- Ensure the technical integrity of the project. Identify technical assistance (TA) needs, and work with SPRING/HQ to identify appropriate TA providers.
- Develop and oversee project monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in collaboration with the project’s M&E officer. Ensure use of data for decision making, and ensure timely quality reporting to SPRING HQ, USAID/Nigeria, and USAID/Washington.
- Ensure compliance with HKI and SPRING policies and procedures, as well as USAID rules and regulations related to finance and administration, sub-awards and grant compliance. Comply with Nigerian laws and regulations.
- Represent SPRING in national and regional forums. Document program successes and serve as an advocate for SPRING/Nigeria.
- Represent SPRING global program interests at country level, and contribute to SPRING global success at global level.
- Travel domestically and internationally as needed, up to 30%.
- Master’s degree in nutrition, public health, social sciences, international development, or a related field, plus at least 8 years of relevant experience leading, managing and implementing large international development projects in nutrition, public health, behavior change communication, community development, or a related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Demonstrated success across the whole range of project management responsibilities: strategic program planning; work planning and budgeting; financial, administrative, contractual management and oversight; relationship management with multiple clients; oversight of program monitoring and evaluation; and documentation of results for USAID-funded programs.
- Superior leadership, management and communication skills, including demonstrated experience interacting with U.S. Government agencies, host country governments and other relevant stakeholders.
- Excellent English language skills, both written and spoken, with strong presentation skills. Able to prepare reports with appropriate content requiring little to no editing and to prepare and disseminate project findings, success stories and other documents effectively.
- Strong interpersonal skills in dealing with external contacts, as well as internal colleagues; demonstrated capacity to network and to develop and maintain productive relationships.
- Demonstrated successful experience in managing teams for high productivity. Proven ability to supervise and mentor staff from different cultures.
- Proficient at Microsoft software packages: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook.
- Willingness and ability to travel, as required.
- Nigeria nationals encouraged to apply. Expatriate allowances are not available for this assignment. Non-nationals are welcome to apply if they are authorized to work in Nigeria.