Marie Stopes International (MSI) is a global organisation providing personalised contraception and safe abortion services to women and girls. Our local teams of professionals are passionate about the work they do in communities across 37 countries. The services we provide give a woman the power to choose when she has children so that she’s free to pursue her plans and dreams for herself and her family.
The primary responsibility of this role is to further MSI’s Goal: The prevention of unwanted births and its mission of ensuring an individual’s right to: children by choice, not chance.
The UK-based MSI DFID Reproductive Health Programmes Team has responsibility for oversight of all MSI’s contracts/grants funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), as well as management MSI’s overall relationship with DFID. The Team provides leadership for ensuring that organisational strategy, policy, systems and capacities are responsive to DFID priorities and investments and that the organisational strategy and policies influences the DFID priorities and investments. In addition, the DFID team oversees all DFID funded multi-country programmes which includes the Women’s Integrated Sexual Health (WISH) to ensure that programme implementation and project management exceed DFID expectations.
WISH is a DFID funded, three year, multi-country programme which aims to improve access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for women and girls in areas of highest unmet need. In Nigeria, WISH will increase access to family planning and integrated SRH services for women, men and young people with a focus on reaching young people, people who are poor and people who are marginalised. It will achieve this through a combination of direct service provision, strengthening of public sector health information and services, addressing demand side barriers to accessing services and improving policies, financing and commodity security to create an enabling environment for SRHR.
The Partnership Consultant will perform a key function facilitating collaboration, co-ordination and communication between WISH stakeholders in Nigeria, and ensuring the benefits of the WISH partnership approach.
This is a strategic role which will report to the Head of WISH based in London. The Partnership Consultant will lead on national level programme collaboration and co-ordination, driving communication between all consortium partners within Nigeria to ensure synergy between the various work streams of the programme. S/he will work closely with the programme leadership of each agency to ensure that the activities of all consortium partners are aligned and being implemented efficiently and effectively, and that the consortium as a whole is embedded within federal and state level and national health system and civil society platforms. The Partnership Consultant will lead on development and implementation of a WISH Nigeria engagement strategy, supporting the co-ordination and development of partnerships both within the consortium and externally with various governmental, non-governmental and private sector organisations, which are essential for effective implementation and sustainability of the WISH programme.
The consultant will work with the WISH office in London and MSION to support consortium members to develop and agree coordinated project implementation workplans, ensuring that opportunities for synergy are maximised. S/he will also support partners in identifying environmental opportunities and challenges, and risk levels to ensure WISH in Nigeria is maximising opportunities for impact.
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Master’s degree (MA, MSc, MPH) in public health or relevant field of social science, or equivalent experience (essential).
Technical understanding of sexual and reproductive health and rights programmes in Nigeria, especially northern Nigeria, including the provision of health services (essential).
Ability to work with a diverse team within and outside of the organisation to deliver results on time and within budget (essential).
Ability to identify opportunity and risks and course-correct programmes to drive impact (essential).
Ability to balance evidence-based approaches with innovation to adapt to changing contexts (essential).
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and fluency in English (written and spoken) (essential).
Excellent representational skills with experience of negotiating and influencing governments, working with partners, donors and development agencies (essential).
Ability to use effective strategies to facilitate change initiatives and overcome resistance to change by involving others, listening and building commitment (essential).
Competent in all the Office based software packages (essential).