Established in 2003, Malaria Consortium is one of the world’s leading non-profit organisations specialising in the prevention, control and treatment of malaria and other communicable diseases among vulnerable populations. Our mission is to save lives and improve health in Africa and Asia, through evidence-based programmes that combat targeted diseases and promote universal health coverage.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Security Management Expert

Locations: Abuja (FCT), Bauchi, Kebbi, Kogi, Nasarawa, Oyo, Plateau, and Sokoto
Employment Type: Contract

Country and Programme Background

  • In 2013, WHO introduced the SMC strategy to prevent malaria among children aged 3 – 59 months in areas where malaria transmission is highly seasonal. The National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) led stratification exercise in 2020 increased the number of states eligible for seasonal malaria transmission (SMC) implementation from the nine (9) in the Sahel zone with marked seasonal malaria transmission and most of the disease burden occurring during a distinct rainy season, to 21, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
  • Currently, Malaria Consortium has been supporting SMC implementation in 13 of these 21 states/territories with funding support from the Global Fund (for Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, and Niger) and MC/Philanthropic Funding (for Bauchi, Borno, Kebbi, Kogi, Nasarawa, Oyo, Plateau, Sokoto, and the FCT). In 2024, Malaria Consortium would move from Kano to Yobe states for SMC implementation with GF funding and discontinue support to Borno State.
  • SMC involves the administration of monthly treatment courses of a combination of antimalarial drugs (sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine / SPAQ) with the objective of maintaining therapeutic antimalarial drug concentrations in the blood throughout the period of transmission (rainy season) to prevent malaria. This preventive treatment requires a large number and variety of personnel involved at the state, LGA, health facility and community levels for four/five cycles, usually between June and October to coincide with the peak period of malaria transmission.
  • For the 2024 SMC round, more than one hundred thousand and fifty (150,000) personnel would be involved in the states Malaria Consortium SMC is supporting SMC, where more than 18m eligible children would be reached with antimalaria medicines. While about one hundred and forty (140,000) are the frontline service providers – community drug distributors, town announcers and lead mothers who are resident within the communities, about twenty thousand (10,000) supervisors (national, state and LGA) are non-residents/indigenes of the communities and will be involved in travels to these communities for SMC activities, including training, last mile distribution, daily supervision, and reverse logistics.
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Specific Objectives
The following are specific objectives for the assignment:

  • Guided by the previous security reports from Malaria Consortium, government security agencies and international/local security organization/agencies, conduct desk review of SRA in all 11 MC/SMC implementing states and the FCT;
  • Train state security focal persons (SSFPs) to be able to review the state security plans (SSPs) for the states and the FCT.
  • Profile the general security situation across the 36 states and the FCT;
  • Utilize the information obtained from the assessment to -review the risk profiles of each state, LGA, ward and community where applicable;
  • Identify any new risk to implementations at different categories of state, LGA, wards, and community levels;
  • Update security risk mitigation plan for states and LGAs in response to information obtained in objectives above where applicable; and
  • Update SRAs, SSPs and SOPs for identified implementing states

Methodology for (Sitan /SRA / SP) Review:

  • This assignment will include the desk review of previous SRAs, security profiles and SSPs and the use of a combination of key informant interviews (KIIs), administration of questionnaires and consensus meeting with Malaria Consortium staff at country, state and LGA offices; and stakeholders from the states and LGAs, especially the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Officers to obtain the required data and information. These would be followed by a consensus meeting involving the consultants, relevant Malaria Consortium, state and LGA personnel would be held to agree on the relevance, currency, and validity of the obtained data/information. Furthermore, meetings would be held with the National Coordinator of the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) and Country Operations Manager of Malaria Consortium, towards the development of a national security plan (NSP) to support malaria elimination activities.
  • Guided by the grading system developed in 2022 (and reviewed in 2023) from the Malaria Consortium Security Adaptation Guideline, Safety and Security Policy and Framework, and findings from the SRA, grade the wards, LGAs and states into red (high), amber (medium) and green (low) areas; to enable Malaria Consortium top management categorize the LGAs and states into:

High Security Risk / Hard-to-reach (HTR) Areas
Medium risk area; and Low risk area:

  • The assignment would require a desk review of existing security documents such as SSPs, SRAs, weekly security updates and any report related to the supported states and the FCT present security situation. Visits to be undertaken to selected communities, wards and LGA/Area Councils of interest to enable a comprehensive review of the security situation within the supported states/FCT which will enrich the reviews.
  • Furthermore, the consultants will support the designated SSFPs to carry out rapid assessments based on designed questionnaires, the outcome of which, will also inform on the reviews. Remote support will also be provided in close collaboration with the Malaria Consortium Security Manager / Officers based in the country and zonal offices. The data will be collected using SurveyCTO; while the GIS coordinates will also be obtained, and data analyzed to produce the SSPs and SOPs to support SMC implementation in all security profiling categories for all the supported states and FCT.
  • In addition, the engaged TAs would support the Country Office Manager (for the country office) and SSFPs (for the states) to assess the different office locations and advise accordingly.
  • A debriefing meeting will be held at state level to validate all collated information with the respective SSFPs and Malaria Consortium’s Security Managers before submission to the Country Operation Manager, Programme Director and Regional Risk Programme Manager’s review and input before finalization and sign-off by the West and Central Africa Programmes Director.
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List of Tasks
The following are specific, but not exhaustive list of tasks to be conducted to meet the goal and objectives of the assignment:

  • Conduct a desk-top analyses of the current security profiles of the respective SMC states using existing documents within MC and proffer recommendations for update on same;
  • meet with the National Coordinator, NMEP (or his designated officer) and review existing security documents towards the development of a national security plan (NSP) to support malaria elimination activities in Nigeria;
  • identify and assess the functionality of all existing security coordination platforms in the states (especially those used by existing donor agencies), identify new ones and their membership and requirements for Malaria Consortium being accepted as a member;
  • orientate, debrief and work closely with the Malaria Consortium Security Managers, SSFPs and other stakeholders to understand the SMC implementation and the security context in the LGAs to enable the development of an accurate security strategy
  • Develop an updated security risk mitigation plan for SMC deployment and update the SSPs for Malaria Consortium’s operations in the SMC supported states (as per the Malaria Consortium template); and
  • review the SRAs, SSPs and SOPs for identified implementing states.

Expected Outputs / Deliverables

  • Comprehensive report produced using standard Malaria Consortium report template, to include feedback from conducted desk review related to the ff:Security profile for Nigeria, focusing on areas currently receiving interventions towards malaria elimination;Security profile review of each state and the FCT;Risk assessment review for the respective states and the FCT;Possible updated catalogue of security structures in the states and the FCT; andRecommendation on security infrastructures/equipment/ tools needed by MC, their costs and process of procurement or hiring.
  • Map of high, medium, and low risk LGAs where applicable.
  • Updated List of hard-to-reach (HTR) communities due mainly to insecurity, geographical and other constraints where applicable.
  • Orientation of key implementers and SSFPs on required security measures that would be required for the 2023 SMC implementation.
  • Support SSFPs to updated Standard operating procedures (SOPs) for security management of all implementation staff.
  • Updated 2024 SRA/SSPs for all 12 Malaria Consortium SMC supported states and the FCT.
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Timelines For Activities:

  • The timeline for the assignment is February – March 2024.

Expected Outputs / Deliverables
National Consultant:
The team lead will be a security management expert with experience in security assessments and risk mitigation planning. Other requirements include:

  • Minimum of 10 years experience working in the context of a complex and challenging operating environments;
  • Demonstrable experience in security assessment/evaluation;
  • Good report writing skills and communicating with stakeholders;
  • Experience providing similar services to other iNGOs in Nigeria; and
  • Experience working in highly resource-constrained environments.

State Consultant:
The states to be covered in this assignment are Bauchi, FCT, Kebbi, Kogi, Nasarawa, Oyo, Plateau and Sokoto. The State Consultant will be a security management expert with experience in security assessments and risk mitigation planning. Other requirements include:

  • Minimum of 5 years experience working in the context of a complex and challenging operating environments;
  • Demonstrable experience in security assessment/evaluation;
  • Good report writing skills and communication with stakeholders; and
  • Experience working in highly resource-constrained environments.

Application Closing Date
29th January, 2024.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:

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Note

  • Interested and qualified candidates who are passionate and willing to contribute towards the achievement of our goals should kindly fill the form above
  • Applicants who do not follow this specification will be disqualified.
  • Only Shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and as a result, the application process may conclude before the advertised deadline. Therefore, early applications are highly encouraged.
  • Malaria Consortium does not accept or ask for payment during recruitment. We also would not accept hardcopy CVs; all applications should be sent through the above link.