Programme Manager Nursing

at SolidarMed
Published September 4, 2022
Location Lusaka, Zambia
Category Management  
Job Type Full Time  


SolidarMed Zambia, is looking for an energetic, dynamic, and experienced nursing professional with strong mid-to-senior strategic management and leadership experiences. This is an opportunity to scale up and showcase a proven decentralised nurse training model, to be implemented across all provinces within Zambia.


Programme Manager Nursing


Contract Type Full time


Place of Assignment Lusaka, Zambia


Programme Zambia


The current nursing project began in 2010 and was first implemented at St Luke’s, in Mpanshya. It has subsequently expanded to additional nurse colleges in Luapula and Muchinga provinces. The project itself strengthens the decentralisation of clinical rotations to local health facilities, thereby allowing for increased nurse graduates and strengthened clinical training opportunities. Success, and strong working relationships with the MoH and the NMCZ, have proven this model as ideal to strengthen and grow nurse graduate numbers in Zambia.


The selected nursing program manager will strategically lead the SolidarMed nursing team in the next phase of this project. Over the next four years, the model will be scaled up to seven additional colleges, providing a presence in all ten provinces of Zambia. The implementation of the programme comprises support for human capacity building, organisational development, potential infrastructure support, support to strengthen a national blended learning offering, support for monitoring, evaluation, and research; as well as advocacy efforts to ensure recognition both nationally and internationally.


Key Responsibilities


Ensure the nursing project team is supported to deliver to the highest standards, within expected timelines, and against available budgets

Provide strategic leadership, and adequate risk management for the project

Actively track, manage, and report on project objectives and deliverables; effectively prepare and utilise project work plans, log frames and budgets

Ensure that reports and funding documents are completed timeously and written to the highest standards

Support commissioning and management of consultants and research opportunities

Ensure professional and ongoing stakeholder management and funder relationships; and provide support to the nursing council, MoH, college leadership and local NGOs

Support existing and future nursing colleges to achieve program outputs and capacity-building requirements in the adoption and scale-up of the decentralised nurse training model

Support MoH to prioritise investment in the nursing college sector, managing infrastructure needs analysis and funding opportunities to strengthen college capacity

Ensure achievements of KPIs and effective monitoring, evaluation, and reporting at all times

Actively participate as a senior staff team member in leading SolidarMed in Zambia as a whole

Your profile


Mid-to-senior level experience in leading teams to deliver complex goals in a resource-constrained environment

Strong strategic and operational planner, with experience in funder application

Senior business or INGO experience, good donor/investor background, including experience with large donors

Experience in setting, managing, and reporting on budgets and implementation progress

Experience in leading scale-up of development projects, in the health sector

Experience commissioning and managing consultants and research projects (health sector research experience preferred)

Significant experience of working in a rural development context

Educated to master’s level in nursing or a related clinical discipline and/or an appropriate social science discipline: specific public health and business administration education is desirable

Strong and senior background as a professional nursing or midwifery officer, working at a senior level

Strong report writing and presentation skills

Competent in all standard Office tools, especially Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook



Knowledge of the Zambian context desired

Able and willing to travel locally and internationally

A valid driver’s licence and ability to drive a manual 4x4

Fluency in written and spoken English essential

Knowledge of Zambian languages and German is a bonus


How to apply


Please email your application citing the 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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