Programme Manager Nursing

  • Full Time
  • Lusaka, Zambia
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Website SolidarMed Zambia

Swiss Organisation for Health in Africa

Start of Contract

1st November 2022

Your tasks and responsibilities as Programme Manager Nursing

Decentralized Nurse Training

Our nursing project began in 2010 and was based at a new nursing college, St Luke’s, in Mpanshya. Support for the college grew into a model of decentralization in which the constraints on student numbers based around a small local hospital are mitigated by working with a selected number of partner hospitals and clinics in the catchment area. The decentralised clinical facilities work with the ‘mother site’ to provide high-quality learning experiences for students.

In a subsequent phase, working closely with the Ministry of Health’s nursing unit and the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Zambia, the decentralised model was extended to two further colleges, in Luapula and Muchinga provinces.  This new phase also proved successful and both funders and the Ministry saw the potential for scale-up nationally so that the huge gap in nursing numbers can be met at a pace that Zambia can afford.

The next phase, over 4.5 years from mid-2022, will see the model scaled to seven additional colleges, providing a presence in all ten provinces of Zambia, from which to cascade the model to all other colleges in each province.  The goal of the new phase is to onboard seven new colleges, who become champions for further colleges in their provinces.  The implementation of the programme comprises support for human capacity building and organisational development in the host colleges and their practicum partners. Where appropriate, source essential physical infrastructure to ensure the teaching spaces are sufficient for growth, alongside other vital teaching aids; support to create a national blended learning offer so that all students can access high-quality learning materials from their devices and can interact with teachers; and support for monitoring, evaluation, research, alongside learning and advocacy efforts with the colleges, with the Ministry and with other partners, so that the model can be understood and its impact extended internationally as well as nationally.

This phase of the programme represents a major scale-up for the nursing project, as well as for SolidarMed in Zambia’s operations; the programme has several concurrent projects that require close strategic and operational attention to ensure that overall programme delivery goals are met.

Key Responsibilities

Ensure the nursing programme team is supported to deliver and held accountable for on-time delivery of programme targets and goals, by means of regular 1-2-1s, team meetings, performance, and development meetings.
Provide intellectual (including professional nursing input) and strategic leadership for the programme, ensuring that each of the programme elements works tightly with the other and that learning from each part supports delivery in the other parts.
Actively track, manage, and report on project objectives and deliverables, ensuring the implementation is kept on track and managed for ongoing and foreseeable risks.
Ensure that reports and funding documents are completed timeously and written to the highest international standards.
Support consultants to deliver to the highest international standards by careful ToR drafting and close oversight.
SolidarMed works with two long-standing and key funding partners for this programme. There are additional needs to ensure sustainable whole systems change and resource mobilization, working to identify and craft applications for new sources of funding will be part of this role.

Operations Management: Capacity Building

1.       Through own actions and oversight of the two nursing technical specialists, ensure that the key organizational and human capacity development needs of each college and each practicum site are met within resource constraints.

2.      Ensure that the three alumni colleges are supported to become the champions of decentralization to the new colleges; and ensure they are equipped for that purpose.

3.       Ensure that the colleges that are new to this phase have the support from SolidarMed, as well as existing alumni colleges, to accelerate their adoption of the decentralized model.

4.      Propose and support liaison meetings to put the decentralized model on the map in the terms of policymakers and funders

Operations Management: Infrastructure

1.       Maintain an up-to-date infrastructure needs analysis for colleges and practicum sites, both in terms of teaching and accommodation needs.  Work with the colleges, the Programme Steering Committee, Ministry of Health, and with prospective local and international funders to source appropriate construction.

2.      Work with contractors to design and deliver appropriate on-the-ground solutions to provide the necessary infrastructure.  Maintain effective working relationships with our pool of construction contractors and other suppliers to deliver on time and to budget.

3.       Support MoH to prioritize investment in the nursing college sector.  Work with SolidarInvest, our social enterprise, to develop and build for-revenue student accommodation where needed.

Blended Learning Environment

1.       Working with the national partner, e.g., NMCZ, and the Instructional Design expert to deliver an appropriate design for a blended learning solution for all colleges, their teachers, and students across the curriculum.

2.      Support the implementation of this solution on time and to budget.


1.       Maintain and support the team to keep strong relationships with local operating partners, not least the Nursing Directorate of the MoH, the NMCZ, other NGOs leaders in the sector, as well as the leadership teams of the colleges.

2.      Work closely with current and potential funders to broaden our reach, thinking of the nursing programme as a platform of cooperating partners to deliver shared goals.

3.       Ensure there are effective working relationships with the local healthcare providers where we work or may work, their district and provincial supervisors, as well as municipal authorities and traditional rulers.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning and Advocacy

Support the MERLA Officer to deliver effective monitoring and evaluation systems for each college and a set of KPIs across the programme; support them deliver that system.
Specify, commission, and oversee a small programme of research studies to publish the successes and lessons learned from our work.
Engage with the sector to publicize our work and the results of our research.
Act as an ambassador for the decentralized nursing model and for SolidarMed in Zambia and beyond, presenting our work to wider audiences.

Other Programmes

Maintain strong working relationships with the other projects and programmes, assessing potential synergies and exploiting them in a collegial way, supporting other programme leaders deliver their goals.

Annual Planning & Reporting

Prepare and agree Yearly Plans of Operations, project descriptions, and budgets to deliver funder contracts.
Prepare narrative reports for funders that address their requirements and the impact our work has.
Maintain close budget management control to ensure execution is on track, reporting on this to the CD and the Lucerne office.

Organizational Leadership

Actively participate as a senior staff team member in leading SolidarMed in Zambia as a whole.
As one of SolidarMed’ s leaders, role model good leadership behaviors and management, play a part in supporting the development of the organization and its leadership culture and work closely with the Country Director.
Support the Country Office develop its organizational and strategic business plans.
Your profile

Leadership and management:
Experience in leading teams to deliver complex goals in a resource constrained environment.
Experience and training in managing direct reports and motivating them to deliver.
Mid- to senior level experience in leading teams in organizations, as well as leading change.
Taking development projects to scale:
Experience in leading scale up of development projects, in the health sector.
Senior business or INGO experience, good donor/investor background, including experience with large donors.
Clear appreciation of the importance of change management in organisations and how it can be led.
Nursing professionalism:
Strong and senior background as a professional nursing or midwifery officer, working at a senior level.
Strategy, planning, and fund finding:
Strong strategic planning, operational planning, and funder applications skills, demonstrated by direct funder experience, working in business or the NGO sector
Managing construction/infrastructure projects:
Experience and ability to select, hire and manage professional consultants and contractors, ensuring that infrastructure is designed to meet need and the resulting contracts are delivered to specification on time.
Research and communications:
Experience of commissioning and managing evaluation and research projects (Health sector research experience preferred)
Strong report writing and presenting skills
Understanding of research methods, use of Excel and other similar analysis tools
Budgets & reporting:
Experience in setting, managing, and reporting on donor budgets
Familiarity with project cycle management tools, including the log frame
Competent in all standard office tools, especially Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
Educated to master’s level in nursing or a related clinical discipline and/or an appropriate social science discipline: including public health, or business administration
Significant experience of working in a rural development context
Knowledge of the Zambian context desired
Able and willing to travel locally and internationally (Clean driving license, ability to drive a manual 4×4).
Fluency in written and spoken English essential
o   Knowledge of Zambian languages and German a bonus

Attitudes and Motivations

Motivational aptitude to get the best from the staff team
Reliable and able to work at a senior level without close supervision
Commitment to social change and to SolidarMed’ s values and principles
Enthusiastic, positive, determined, and flexible; a team player
Highly developed communication skills with demonstrated cultural sensitivity
Desire to apply excellent professional and business skills to social goals
We offer

An exciting role which brings with it clear scope for innovation and creativity, as well as the chance to apply expert skills in a challenging delivery environment.
You will be part of a motivated team with a flat hierarchy in a professionally run, innovative programme
Placement in Zambia’s capital Lusaka
How to apply

Please email your application to [email protected] citing reference “Programme Manager Nursing” and include

Your CV including 3 references (max. 3 pages)

A covering letter outlining your motivation and how you meet the requirements

Copies of your qualifications

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