IT Specialist at the Management Sciences for Health (MSH)


The Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: IT Specialist

Reference ID: R1526
Location: Abuja
Employment Type: Full-time

Main Purpose of Job

  • The IT Specialist role is responsible for oversight of IT needs for the project main and state offices, including system installations, maintenance, support, and technical advice.
  • The IT Specialist is responsible for ensuring that MSH established standards set by MSH home office are followed and that proprietary project solutions are fully functional, efficient, and cost effective.
  • The IT Specialist provides user support and manages relationships with outside system support companies (as needed).

General Responsibilities

  • Responsibilities also include the management and maintenance of LANs (Local Area Networks) in MSH country office Abuja and PMI-S eight state offices.
  • IT specialist will ensure that proper backup and restore procedures are followed, maintain network security (antivirus and communications devices), and that end users have access to shared files, printers, and email.
  • When needed, IT specialist will also be responsible for conducting IT assessments and preparing reports for grantees and project partners per MSH IS standards to ensure that appropriate solutions (equipment, software, and services) are proposed and provided to beneficiaries.
  • File incoming help requests from end users via both telephone and e-mail in a courteous manner.
  • Document all pertinent end user identification information, including name, department, contact information, and nature of problem or issue.
  • Build rapport and elicit problem details from users
  • Prioritize and schedule problems. Escalate problems (when required) to the appropriately experienced Manager.
  • Record, track, and document the help desk request problem-solving process, including all successful and unsuccessful decisions made, and actions taken, through to final resolution.
  • Apply diagnostic utilities to aid in troubleshooting.
  • Access software updates, drivers, knowledge bases, and frequently asked questions resources on the Internet to aid in problem resolution.
  • Identify and learn appropriate software and hardware used and supported by the organization.
  • Perform hands-on fixes at the desktop level, including installing and upgrading software, installing hardware, implementing file backups, and configuring systems and applications.
  • Make sure the phone on every desk is working at all times.
  • Install anti-virus software.
  • Performing preventative maintenance, including checking and cleaning of workstations, printers, and peripherals on a monthly basis (monthly report of the work done submitted to the Operations Manager)
  • Prepare the Projector and other presentation materials for quality presentations.
  • Test fixes to ensure problem has been adequately resolved.
  • Perform post-resolution follow-ups to help requests.
  • Develop help sheets and frequently asked questions lists for end users.
  • Travel to site offices whenever there is a need to, and resolve issues independently as much as can be achieved.
  • Send a weekly Status report and Time Sheet to IT Operations Manager
  • Ability to travel 40% of the time to various state offices.
  • Ensure that systems are in place in country to ensure that operations are managed and staff act in full compliance with local laws, adhere to contract/award and donor requirements, and comply with MSH policies and standard operating procedures.
  • Ensure that appropriate staff members are aware of and understand laws, contract/award and donor requirements, and MSH policies and procedures
  • Monitor and ensure compliance.
  • The responsibilities and duties are indicative only. The responsibilities and duties are subject to change to meet the needs of the project, the organization and the donor.
  • The responsibilities and duties are indicative only. The responsibilities and duties are subject to change to meet the needs of the project, the organization and the donor.

Required Minimum Education

  •  University Degree in Information Technology or Computer science

Required Minimum Experience:

  • Knowledge of computers and relevant software application
  • Knowledge of customer service principles and practices
  • Keyboard skills
  • Logical and flexible approach to solving problems, especially when working under pressure
  • Verbal and written language skills in English required.
  • MSCE, N+ or A+ , CCNA (industry standard professional qualifications)
  • Ability to work with a switchboard
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Must possess a user first mentality
  • Experience with Google Apps
  • Exceptional motivation to learn on the job
  • Extensive Windows, Mac and iOS or Android experience
  • Experience with Python, Dart or GO a plus
  • Familiarity with computer networking, TCP/IP a plus
  • Familiarity with Symantec Altiris a plus.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Communication
  • Organization
  • Analytical Abilities
  • Creativity
  • Project Management
  • Problem Solving
  • Resourcefulness.


  • Strategic Management;
  • Project Management;
  • Architecture;
  • Information Security;
  • Design, Development, and Maintenance;
  • Operations and Support;
  • Quality Assurance
  • Generic Skills.

Application Closing Date
20th January, 2022.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


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