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Country Director (CD) for Project HOPE Nigeria, Global Health

Silla Zeka Plaza, 29 Adebayo Adedeji Crescent
Utako, ABUJA

Position Type: Employee: Full Time, International

Division: Global Health

Reports To: Regional Director, Africa

Work Location: Abuja, Nigeria

Project HOPE is an international NGO with employees and volunteers who work around the world, responding to the world’s most pressing global health challenges. Throughout our 60-year legacy, Project HOPE has treated millions of patients, provided more than $3 billion worth of medicines to local healthcare organizations around the world, helped build hundreds of health programs from the ground up, and responded to humanitarian crises worldwide.

Code of Conduct

It is our shared responsibility and obligation to treat each other with respect, take affirmative steps to prevent matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse and Trafficking in Persons, and disclose all potential and actual violations of our Code of Conduct, which may include Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption, Discrimination, or Harassment. Together we can reinforce a culture of respect, integrity, accountability, and transparency.


The Country Director (CD) for Project HOPE Nigeria will lead and supervise all technical aspects of program design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of Project HOPE programs in Nigeria. Reporting to the Africa Regional Director, the incumbent will oversee program administration and financial management of Project HOPE programs in Nigeria and supervise all staff in Nigeria. They will represent Project HOPE before Nigeria government authorities, US government agencies, UN and donor agencies in Nigeria, other NGOs/PVOs, and local partners and serve as the main liaison between Project HOPE Headquarters (HQ) and country operations, ensuring continuous communication. The Country Director will lead dissemination and compliance efforts, in line with Project HOPE’s mission statement and guidelines, promote Project HOPE efforts, and pursue opportunities for program expansion.


Technical Responsibilities:

  1. Manage the planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of Project HOPE programs in Nigeria.
  2. Develop country specific strategic plan and proposals for programs in line with Project HOPE’s global operational framework, considering country priority needs and in collaboration with HQ Technical Unit.
  3. Coordinate with headquarters and country departments to design and implement high-quality programs, ensuring all programs are completed within time, within budget, achieving program objectives and in line with principles, values, minimum standards, policies and strategic plans.
  4. Supervise and assist Program Technical Directors/Program Managers to provide technical oversight to all technical staff employed in country and participate in internal trainings, as required.
  5. Ensure the adequate monitoring and evaluation of programs and interventions, including the development of monitoring and evaluation tools, the performance of quantitative and qualitative programs assessments, and evaluations.
  6. Perform regular supervision visits for technical oversight of all programs.
  7. Oversee the production of quarterly and annual narrative program reports, including relevant information such as descriptions of activities conducted and planned, lessons learned, problems encountered, opportunities, programs statistics, and workplans.
  8. Participate in program development and the writing of project proposals for the extension of existing and/or the establishment of new programs in Nigeria. Maintaining and expanding the country donor and financial portfolio.
  9. Identify and discuss any consultancy needs with Project HOPE HQ, participating in the development of TORs, supervising the work, and ensuring the fulfilment of requirements outlined in consultancy TORs and contracts.
  10. When applicable, provide technical inputs and assistance to programs including financial management and reporting systems. 


  1. Oversee program operations and reporting, ensuring compliance with agency Project HOPE technical standards, policies and procedures, donor regulations and local laws.
  2. Facilitate investigations on violations of policies as appropriate.
  3. Oversee the preparation of annual work plans and budgets.
  4. Ensure compliance with local labor, NGO and technicality laws or present concerns to Regional Director / HQ Legal.
  5. Roll out protection risk assessment across all the projects and implement subsequent action plans for safeguarding.
  6. Support the implementation of the community-based feedback and response mechanisms across the mission.

Administrative and Financial Management Responsibilities:

  1. Supervise, and support finance and administration staff. 
  2. Ensure that all program administration and financial management in country is in line with donor and Project HOPE HQ procedures and regulations.
  3. Oversee in-country human resource management, including the recruitment of personnel, the development of job descriptions, performance appraisals, local salary adjustments, and compliance with Nigerian labor law and regulations.
  4. Perform regular supervision visits for administrative oversight of all programs.
  5. Supervise finance and administrative team ensuring the timely production, verification, and submission of all monthly financial reports.
  6. Supervise National Administrator and Accountants to ensure regular budget monitoring is conducted for all programs.
  7. Ensure adequate systems are in place and followed, regarding program procurements, management and maintenance of project assets, regular inventories, etc.
  8. Notify Project HOPE HQ of any problems or needs regarding a change in resource requirements or a re-alignment of budgets and collaborate with Project HOPE HQ to make the relevant adjustments.
  9. Assist National Administrator to ensure the timely renewal of Project HOPE’s registration as an NGO working in Nigeria, keeping Project HOPE HQ informed of all legal requirements.
  10. Determine training needs for the field staff in coordination with relevant supervisors.

Representation and Communication:

  1. Establish and maintain regular contact with Nigerian government authorities.
  2. Represent the organization and liaise with local and national authorities, UN, NGO, and donor agencies, to promote the organization’s programs, facilitate successful coordination of activities and ensure transparency and accountability to all stakeholders. Including, participate in relevant NGO/PVO fora and networks, and exchange information with other partner NGOs. 
  3. Ensure the continuous and adequate communication with local NGOs and other partners under the existing programs and explore possibilities for new partnerships as may be appropriate for future program extension.
  4. Identify and pursue new program development opportunities that fit within the overall strategic objectives of Project HOPE/Global Health Department/Africa region.
  5. Maintain continuous contact with and disseminate relevant reports, updates, and information to donor representatives and agencies in country (US Embassy, USAID, CDC, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNAIDS, etc.) and other stakeholders, as required by the Regional Director, for internal management purposes.
  6. Organize and accompany donors, Project HOPE HQ, or representatives from other agencies during field visits to Project HOPE programs in Nigeria.
  7. Maintain continuous contact with Project HOPE HQ, ensuring colleagues are informed on all important program developments and issues of concern to program operations and safeguarding of Project HOPE’s assets and reputation, including technical, administrative, and financial program aspects.
  8. Establish effective partnership between Project HOPE, Project HOPE Nigeria and the Lafia Initiative for Health and Development (LIHD).
  9. Liaise with Project HOPE offices outside Nigeria. 
  10. Ensure the dissemination of and compliance with Project HOPE’s mission statement, Policies and Procedures, Field Accounting Manual, and other organizational guidelines.
  11. Promote Project HOPE’s efforts, visibility of program interventions, and expansion with relevant authorities and donors in Nigeria.
  12. Establish and update contact details of potential Donors in-country.
  13. Participate in Donor meetings and communicate relevant information to HQ.
  14. Work with key Donor Staff to develop and maintain optimum financial and programmatic relationship.
  15. Ensure maximum visibility of the Agency amongst the NGO community.
  16. Lead the production of reports and ensure the timeliness and accuracy of information provided, as well ensuring confidentiality of sensitive information.
  17. Contribute to the creation of a positive image and overall credibility of the organization, notably through the application of the organizations Code of Conduct, ethics, values and standpoint with regard to internal and external actors.


  1. The Country Director is ultimately responsible for the security management of staff, operations, assets and directs country-specific response to security threats and incidents, up to and including management of evacuation.
  2. Monitor security level in collaboration with Programs and Operations Manager and consult with the HQ Global Security Senior Management to upgrade or downgrade level.
  3. Responsible for ensuring that Incident Report Forms are completed and submitted to HQ Security in a timely manner.
  4. Responsible for ensuring the Programs and Operations Manager give all staff a security briefing and required documentation upon entry into the country.
  5. Ensure application and compliance of security protocols and policies.
  6. In cooperation with the Security Focal Person, monitor the security situation and inform the HQ Security Management through weekly security reports.
  7. Ensure that country security guidelines, SOP’s and policies are updated twice annually (July 31 and January 31) including contingency planning for evacuation, in accordance with agency protocols and respected by all staff. 

**Fulfil other duties and responsibilities as may be reasonably assigned by the Regional Director.



  • A Medical degree and a master’s degree in public health or a related field.
  • 15+ years field-based experience, including managing large and complex multi-partner development programs and donor-funded projects, with at least 10 years in a senior management position.
  • Experience with PEPFAR and RMNCH programming.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement strategies that employ evidence-based approaches to meet project targets, especially under rigorous timelines.
  • Experience working and collaborating with diverse sets of stakeholders, including local partners, government officials, donor representatives, and communities.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading strategic and operational planning.
  • Extensive conceptual skills including strategic analysis.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills.
  • High levels of personal integrity.
  • Demonstrated self-awareness and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong human resource management skills including capacity building, coaching, and conflict management.
  • Experience supervising and developing a multi-disciplinary team in a cross-cultural setting.
  • Demonstrated interest and ability to give feedback, develop, motivate, and lead a diverse team to achieve results.
  • Demonstrated use of positive coping strategies in stressful environments.
  • Knowledge and experience with financial management as demonstrated by the ability to manage a complex budget, effectively follow-up on internal and external audit recommendations, and ensure donor compliance and reporting.
  • Strong writing and presentation skills.
  • Strong negotiation and organization skills.
  • English language proficiency. Ability to read, write, analyze, and interpret, technical and non-technical materials in English.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond appropriately to questions from senior managers in the field and HQ, counterparts, senior government officials, rebel leaders, and other related regional stakeholders.


  • Has strong working relationships with actors in the emergency/humanitarian response sector.
  • A people person, comfortable interacting with new people and groups, both one-on-one and in large gatherings.
  • Ability to identify and analyze opportunities that contribute to strategic aims, translate them into practical plans, and implement them.
  • Ability to exercise problem solving skills in day-to-day and crisis situations.
  • Demonstrated resilience and stress management skills for self and team.


The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be mobile in an office environment and able to use standard office equipment.
  • Must be able to communicate in verbal and written form.
  • Project HOPE employees may be required to travel or work in countries where working conditions are classified as “hardship.”


  • Typical office environment with exposure to a minimal noise level.
  • Emergency deployments may be in resource-deprived environments with austere living conditions.
  • Travel for extended periods may be by air and/or other modes of transportation.
  • While international travel is not a regular part of every job, programmatic needs may require it intermittently.
  • Project HOPE employees may be required to travel or work in countries where working conditions are classified as “hardship.”

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