Project Director Job at The Population Council, Abuja

The Population Council is an international, non-profit, non-governmental institution that seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and help achieve a humane, equitable and sustainable balance between people and resources. The Council’s major program areas ace HIV&AIDS, Reproductive Health and Poverty, Gender, and Youth. The Council conducts biomedical, social science and public health research and helps build research capacities in developing countries. The Population Council works in collaboration with a broad range of Nigerian institutions.

The Population Council is recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Project Director (RH-HRH)


The Project Director (RH-HRH) will oversee the HRH operations research strategy for the Human Resources for Health Program Area at the Council to meet their goals and objectives in an efficient and cost-effective manner. The PD will assume the overall responsibility for the technical quality of the HRH (MCH) program area; directly supervise technical staff and program partners and allocate the financial and human resources to carry out program area activities. Additionally, the PD will provide oversight of contracts and sub-awards, and personnel issues and provide quality assurance oversight related to the design, implementation and documentation of the project. The PD will represent the Council in matters related to the HRH (MCH) project and the Council in general when so delegated. The PD will be involved in fundraising activities and contribute to establishing the PGY unit.


1. Provide technical oversight and management of a multi-disciplinary team working to carry out a range of interventions and operations research activities to improve human resources for health.
2. Provide oversight in implementing and evaluating project activities in close collaboration with the partners, government, NGOs and civil society representatives.
3. Supervise and provide technical guidance to the DFATD-WHO project technical staff, sub-awardees and consultants.
4. As a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT), actively contribute to upholding the Council’s mission, goals and ethos.
5. Identify and provide staff development and training when necessary, ensure synchrony and collaboration between technical staff from the various partner organizations, and work with them to bring their ideas, findings, and lessons learned to the HRH project leadership and donors.
6. Provide oversight and align deliverables with identified technical assistance needs of the HH project intervention strategies.
7. Provide leadership in the development and implementation of strategies for synthesizing and disseminating key results, programmatic lessons learned, methodologies developed and other research outputs.
8. Collaborate with counterparts and partner organizations, including other donor-funded projects, in work planning and project implementation.
9. Provide oversight in ensuring the alignment of daily activities with project goals, approved work plans and standards for high quality, within-budget, and on-time product delivery.
10. Monitor overall project, tasks, and budgets to ensure that activities are within budget through the maintenance of a program area pipeline system.
11. Interact with finance staff to ensure the accuracy of project expenses entered and maintained in the Council accounting system.
12. Provide financial oversight and ensure compliance with donor requirements in the management of project sub-awards. Ensure that reviews and approvals for all budgets are performed to comply with project budget and funding guidelines, and assess budgets to ensure that all proposed costs are allocable and allowable pursuant to appropriate cost principles or funding source requirements.
13. Provide technical leadership on documentation and dissemination of findings from ongoing RH research and intervention projects.
14. Provide guidance and technical assistance to the development of new RH and PGY project proposals.
15. Collaborate with RH and PGY staff at the Council HQ and in other developing countries in identifying and developing potential multi-country finding opportunities.
16. Ensure quality control and quality assurance in the roll-out and implementation of new RH/PGY projects.
17. Lead in identifying research topics for abstract and scientific paper development and publication.
18. Undertake any additional activities identified by the Country Director as deemed necessary.


1. Master’s, medical degree, or doctoral degree in a social or health science with a minimum of eight years of technical and program development experience and assistance in managing, developing and implementing clinical, social, or economic development research and/or interventions for internationally funded health programs.
2. High level of theoretical and practical expertise in gender and adolescent programming, MCH, and reproductive and sexual health as demonstrated in achievements and positions in previous posts.
3. Solid leadership, management, and staff development skills in order to effectively manage and supervise a diverse range of technical staff.
4. Extended resident work experience in northern Nigeria, and fluency in Hausa language as well as experience in multiple regions of Nigeria are desirable.
5. Willingness to travel internationally and locally with regular extended working visits.
6. Experience in building intervention and research capacity, and in fostering the utilization of research results.
7. Excellent quantitative and analytical skills as well as English language writing ability. Accuracy and attention to detail.
8. Excellent supervision and management skills to oversee finance and accounting staff.
9. Strong organizational skills as well as good communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to handle a heavy workload with competing priorities.
10. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and to also function as part of a team.

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