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Governance Advisor, Communications and Partnerships

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27 Oct 2017
About Tony Blair Institute for Global Change:
 Who we are: The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change  

The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to making globalisation work for the many, not the few.  We offer new thinking and new approaches to addressing some of the most intractable problems leaders today are wrestling with. 

The Institute works to provide policy and strategy in support of a vision of globalisation which improves the well-being of people: economically, politically, and socially. Our focus is on tackling the big challenges which hold such a vision of globalisation back: 

  • Poor governance which stops the benefits of globalisation being shared because countries cannot build the institutional strength and resilience to transform their situation and deliver for their people
  • Extremism which stops the co-existence and cultural open-mindedness essential for social integration
  • Conflict which entrenches sectarianism and paralyses progress, particularly in the Middle East
  • Western politics which is in urgent need of a new agenda to provide radical but sensible answers to the new challenges presented by globalisation, technology, and the rise of a new false populism.

TBI Nigeria 

Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country, with a population of 182 million, including 40 million children. It is one of the continent’s largest economies and until recently, was achieving strong economic growth rates. 

Nigeria has amongst the worse health indices worldwide, with communicable disease and vaccine preventable diseases remaining major contributors to mortality and morbidity. Despite recent improvements in vaccine coverage, Nigeria remains one of only three polio endemic countries in the world, with wild polio virus circulation resuming in 2016 after a brief period of interruption. Nigeria has the second highest HIV burden in the world, and the third highest burden of Tuberculosis.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control was established in 2011 as a part of the Federal Ministry of Health with the mandate to coordinate the public health response to communicable diseases, specifically, and to include environmental hazards, health emergencies and other diseases of public health significance. However, NCDC remained a function within the public health structure in the federal ministry of health. Five year strategic plans for NCDC were developed in 2013 and  2014 but were not supported by implementation and delivery plans and no evaluation of performance.

TBI has recently helped the recently appointed NCDC CEO to develop a five-year strategic aimed at re-positioning the NCDC.  The strategy rests on five strategic pillars:

  • Build an accurate picture of the burden of defined infectious diseases in Nigeria 
  • Reduce the adverse impact of predictable and unpredicted public health emergencies 
  • Develop a Public Health laboratory service network to support the detection, prevention and response to critical infectious diseases 
  • Ensure Nigeria is able to meet its international obligations as a member of the World Health Assembly

TBI has been asked to provide Communications and Partnerships support to the NCDC in ensuring the successful implementation of the 5-year strategic objectives. The role would report directly to the TBI NCDC Project Lead.

Focus Of This Role:
 Responsibilities and Duties:

Partnerships and Funding

  • Strengthen the strategic relationships and create strong support networks between NCDC, international, regional and local partners:
  • Fully define the NCDC role as the West African hub for the African Union CDC
  • Identify and engage with partners in similar roles across the West Africa sub-region to create a network capable of working in partnership to respond to regional priorities. 
  • Identify and map external partners potential support in the areas of :
    • Funding;
    • Capacity building; and
    • Program implementation
  • Develop new partnership strategies between the NCDC and external stakeholders across all identified areas (Funding, capacity building and program implementation) to drive structured engagements
  • Operationalize new partnership strategies across all identified three areas (Funding, capacity building and program implementation)
  • Broaden, diversify and increase flexibility in the funding available to the NCDC to enable it realize it strategy over the next five years
  • Develop the overall funding strategy including local regulatory landscape, funding landscape, segmentation and prioritization, trends and opportunities, baselines to set targets
  • Identify funding priorities, develop and operationalize detailed operational plans for:
    • International partners & bodies
    • Regional & Continental bodies
    • FG Budgetary and extra-budgetary allocations
    • Domestic business and Philanthropy
  • Develop and operationalize the NCDC Internally Generated Revenue strategy
  • Develop and operationalize the NCDC Foundation strategy

Communications and Change management

  • Ensure the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has a systematic and consistent approach to communication for public health action.
  • Develop and operationalize a pro-active and reactive communication strategy for the NCDC including monthly messages, communication planning calendar and media monitoring & response systems 
  • Develop and operationalize the communications strategy for internal communication within NCDC incorporating the story of change (and required interventions)
  • Ensure NCDC is recognized as the lead agency for prevention, management and control of diseases of public health significance
  • Review findings on current performance patterns and drivers of all health priority projects
  • Drive the process of prioritizing performance drivers, test the drivers for robustness, accuracy, and common sense and approve final recommendations
  • Facilitate the development of delivery plans for all priority projects within the healthcare projects delivery theme
  • Develop the NCDC branding and visibility guidelines
  • Develop a public awareness campaign focusing on the NCDC role and contact details for emergencies and develop a schedule for regular campaigns
  • Operationalize the NCDC public awareness campaign schedule
  • Build the capacity to communicate urgent public health messages to the public in response to public health events
  • Develop and operationalize the All Hazards Risk communication protocols, frameworks and templates to support communications during  a public health crisis
  • Design and implement a change management operationalization plan:
  • Develop the NCDC change management strategy
  • Design and operationalize interventions to shift Mindsets, Capabilities and Behaviours alongside change management dimensions
What We Look For in Our People:
  • The minimum academic qualification for this role is a post-graduate degree, and applicants should have a degree and background in Social Sciences. A minimum of 10 years’ experience is also necessary.  Other important attributes are:
  • Good understanding of the Public Health sector is desirable
  • Experience and/or involvement in a project of similar or related nature, size, and complexity 
  • Deep understanding of the Nigerian context and dynamics is a must
  • Ability to structure complex problems and strong project planning skills, underpinned by analytical capacity
  • Exceptional written/verbal communication
  • Change management and Leadership skills (Coaching, Influencing, Leading others and Teamwork)
  • Ability to engage with senior stakeholders across the government, developing strong networks and interfaces to achieve results
  • Global (international or African) experience of other projects is a plus

 How to apply  

In order to apply you are required to complete an online application form which includes uploading your CV and cover letter (collated into one document and no longer than 2 pages each). You will also be required to complete a 300 word statement explaining your suitability to the role and organization. 

To apply please visit our website and apply through the careers portal:   

Deadlines for applications will be Friday 27 October 2017 at 5pm GMT 

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