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Kenya: RMNCAH ADVISOR/PROGRAM LEAD

INTRODUCTION

Jhpiego is a nonprofit NGO that prevents the needless deaths of women and families in limited resources settings. To accomplish this, Jhpiego implements innovative evidence-based solutions for intractable problems in health to overcome barriers to high-quality care services for the world’s most vulnerable populations. Jhpiego and partners are currently implementing the Momentum Country and Global Leadership (MCGL) program in Kenya to support the adaptation and adoption of WHO MNCH QoC standards, support Kenya to strengthen Postnatal Care (PNC) for women and newborns, work alongside in-country partners such as Breakthrough Action, NEST 360, PATH to develop capacity of local organizations, including professional bodies to implement a model of care for SSNBs and generate learning for sub-national and national scale, improve prevention and management of Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy, leverage experience gained under MCSP to design and implement approaches to RMC promotion and mistreatment reduction, starting with engaging key stakeholders and conducting policy dialogues to promote an enabling environment for RMC/PCC, finding new ways to approach the issue of client rights to freely and voluntarily choose to use FP, support utilization of a digital system for learning to improve awareness of postpartum fertility and prompt Postpartum family planning (PPFP) uptake prior to ovulation, and support for national scale-up of hormonal IUS.

MCGL Program is a five-year USAID funded global award, that will work in tandem with country governments and local nongovernmental organizations to provide targeted technical and capacity development assistance and contribute to the global technical leadership and policy dialogue on improving measurable outcomes for maternal, reproductive, newborn and child health, and voluntary family planning. We are seeking an experienced individual, who has excellent planning, organizational and technical skills, is a team player, strategic and analytical thinker, dedicated, hardworking, innovative, highly motivated and able to work in a high-pressure environment requiring multi-tasking abilities.

RMNCAH ADVISOR/PROGRAM LEAD

Reporting to the Country Director, The Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) Advisor/Program Lead will provide program and technical leadership and coordination of project planning, implementation and monitoring to ensure it delivers on increasing the use of quality Family Planning/RMNCAH/Nutrition/WASH services in a self-reliant manner in Kenya.

The RMNCAH Advisor/Program Lead will have the overall responsibility for leadership and management and reporting of project activities in Kenya. S/he will be responsible for making key decisions and solving problems in short timeframes while ensuring operational and program quality and integrity. S/he will serve as the project’s main point of contact with USAID/Kenya and MCGL technical and global leadership on routine and strategic matters. S/he will also ensure effective organizational management and communication with the host country government at all levels and international partners and agencies.

Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and strategic direction to ensure the programmatic and financial integrity of the project within Kenya to achieve rapid and sustained goals, objectives and targets
  • Ensure that the project is technically sound, evidence-based and responsive to the needs of Kenya, its people and donors, including alignment with USAID’s sustainable development aims
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with USAID, the Government of Kenya’s Ministry of Health, as well as implementing partners, private sector partners, and other key stakeholders to maximize resources and avoid duplication of effort
  • Represent MCGL (Jhpiego and relevant consortium partners) and project progress, achievements and lessons learned to donors, other key stakeholders, and through meetings, conferences, and presentations
  • Provide technical leadership and ensure the quality and sustainability of interventions
  • Lead the annual work planning process in close collaboration with USAID, the Government of Kenya’s Ministry of Health, and the MCGL project team
  • Collaborate and closely coordinate with MCGL consortium partners to ensure effective programmatic implementation
  • Oversee the quality, preparation, and timely submission of project reports for donor consumption
  • Provide guidance, in collaboration with staff, to subcontractors and sub-grantees
  • Write and/or review project materials and publications
  • Work with finance and project staff to develop and track project budgets
  • Work with Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) staff to develop M&E frameworks and effectively track data/results
  • Provide guidance and leadership on strategic and programmatic shifts as determined by evolving public health issues, including the COVID-19 crisis
  • Ensure compliance with the terms of the award and with USAID operational policies, rules and regulations.
  • Qualifications
  • An advanced degree with a minimum of a Master’s degree in public health, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics and child health, health management or a related field; MD preferred
  • At least eight (8) years of demonstrated technical experience, with five years (5) at the senior level management in at least two of the following areas: maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH); family planning/reproductive health(FP/RH); nutrition
  • 3+ years experience in program management, financial management, award contractual compliance, sub-award management and tracking project performance and costs via specific funding streams; as well as developing, managing, overseeing or evaluating public health programs in Kenya of a similar size and complexity
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge in establishing project systems and overseeing project start-up and closeout
  • Previous experience working in Kenya with an intimate understanding of local health system and FP/RMNCAHN gaps and opportunities, and solid relationships at government agencies
  • Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with USAID, host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, CSOs, and the private sector, as well as create synergies among stakeholders
  • Knowledge of USAID programs, regulations, compliance, and reporting requirements
  • Excellent management skills, strategic vision and leadership qualities
  • Excellent verbal, written interpersonal and presentation skills in English and Swahili
  • Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in the regional and national program and technical staff
  • Proficiency in word processing and Microsoft Office
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally

How to apply

Interested applicants should send application and CV with 3 referees to the following email address HR.Kenya@jhpiego.org by June 30, 2021. Indicate how your education and experience qualify you for the position.

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Jhpiego is an equal opportunity employer promoting gender, equity and diversity. Persons with disabilities and other minority groups are encouraged to apply.

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