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Merlin was established in 1993, currently is the UKs leading charity specialising in international health, sending medical experts to the front line of global emergencies and is active in 15 countries worldwide.

Merlin Consultant Jobs in Kenya

The purpose(s) of the consultancy includes but not limited to the following key areas both in retrospect, current scenario and forecast:

  • To film, document and publish best practices in the implementation of HiNi in Merlin’s supported Districts in Turkana County
  • To document the impact and lessons learnt in Merlin’s approach of working in collaboration with district health authorities in implementation of nutrition programs
  • To document Merlin’seffective and efficient implementation of nutrition programs in Turkana county
  • To document the impact of community outreach activities and community strategies in promotion of nutrition programs in Turkana County
  • To recommend best approaches in the scaling up of nutrition activities with focus on the CNAP and recommend a rational exit plan

    Process:

    The documentation will be conducted in a participatory manner that will enable government counterparts from the CHMT and DHMT, other partners and beneficiaries to participate.

    District health authorities and key community leaders within the Merlin’s operational area will be consulted and trained on Documentation.

    The process will involve a series of planning, consultative meetings and related sessions that will include:

  • Detailed review of existing qualitative and quantitative data Consent from participants in filming and documentation
  • Training of key select teams on Documentation of Best Practices
  • Visits to operational selected sites with schedules provided
  • Short films and documentaries limited to the scope of work
  • Focused group discussions (FGD)
  • Key informant interviews
  • Observation checklists
  • Final review, documentation and publication of work

    The consultant will brief Merlin field based staff at the end of the exercise and will also be required to present a narrative not more than 40 pages and a documentary film of Best Practice. 4. Time Frame

    The duration of the Documentation will be for 27 (17 days in the field, 2 days technical planning at the head office and 5 days compilation and submission of final report) working days and starting date will be the date of arrival to the field site and will be clearly indicated in the signed contract.

    Expected Deliverables

  • Detailed documentation protocol, work plan and budget before departure to the field
  • Final report on nutrition best practice for Turkana County Case study documentation in IMAM and IYCF
  • A film on best practice documentation in Turkana County

    NB: The final report should be both in hard and electronic copies.

    Reporting and Payment Schedule

    It is proposed that the payment schedule will be as follows: 20% as first Instalment on presentation of the Approved Protocol, 40% with completion of draft report and 40% on completion and presentation of final report. Progress reports are required at each payment schedule.

    Expected Background and Experience of Consultant

  • A reputable consultant with documented experience in conducting similar work for international non-government organisations
  • Knowledge and understanding of nutrition programmes and systems in Kenya
  • Experience in arid, semi-arid and pastoralist environment
  • Experience in county systems and filming is an added advantage

    Desirable Qualifications

  • The consultant should preferably be a holder of a post graduate degree in public health, sociology, anthropology and related discipline.
  • She/He must have good analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills.
  • Prior work experience of working in Kenya-Turkana County would be an advantage.
  • The consultant should be fluent in spoken and written English.
  • Knowledge of the Turkana language will be an added advantage.
  • The consultant could be supported by another member with a strong background in filming health and nutrition documentaries.
  • Excellent in public speaking, writing, reporting and presentation skills.

    General Conditions

    Merlin will support the successful documentation by executing the following:

  • Initial meeting with key stakeholders on the upcoming consultancy especially the CHMT, the DHMTs and beneficiaries.
  • Cover the cost of flights to and from Lodwar for the consultant and his/her assistant filming technical assistant
  • Cover the costs of accommodation and meals for the consultant and his/her assistant during their stay in the field
  • Facilitate local transport for the consultant and his/her assistant during their stay in the field but the consultant is expected to cover the cost of transportation within Nairobi.
  • The consultant will work from a combination of locations i.e. from Merlin Nairobi office, Merlin Lodwar office and other remote locations in Turkana districts
  • The consultant should be able to conduct his / her task by using his /her own IT equipment and other office supplies related directly to the task but Merlin will cover the cost for stationery and other printing and photocopying costs that will be required
  • Merlin will provide the consultant with all project related documents and technical guidance as required from the nutrition technical teams and the monitoring and evaluation teams
  • Provide translators as required but for the film the consultant will be expected to have a translation software
  • Final payment to the consultant will be dependent on the completion of deliverables

    Policy both parties should be aware of:

  • The consultant and his/her team are not entitled to payment of overtime. All remuneration must be within the contract agreement.
  • No contract may commence unless the contract is signed by both Merlin and the consultant.
  • No travel in lieu of the contract will be undertaken by the consultant and his/her team to the duty station without prior submission of insurance cover and waiver in the event of injury while executing the duty.
  • The Consultant must adhere to Merlin’s security guidelines

    Interested consultants are invited to submit their proposals including a letter explaining their competencies to meet the requirements of the scope of work, CV, detailed budget in Kenyan currency and a tentative detailed work plan to: recruitment [at] merlin-kenya.org

    Application deadline is 5:00pm on Friday, 11th October 2013.


    Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

    Under the management of the Project Officer and in close consultation and coordination with other programme and support function staff as well as the Country Health Director based in Merlin country office in Nairobi, the M&E Officer will establish and implement a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation system to measure programme progress and impact and establish effective lesson learning and accountability mechanisms for Merlin health project in Turkana County.

    Key Responsibilities:

    Programme

  • In consultation with other project team develop M&E framework, systems, tools as well as work plans for Merlin Turkana health project
  • Coordinate implementation of the developed monitoring and evaluation framework, systems and tools including documentation of targets and performance monitoring for all project activities. Manage the appropriate parts of the grants that relate to M & E in close collaboration with the project officer.
  • Undertake regular visits to project sites to monitor progress of implementation of monitoring and the evaluation framework and plans.
  • Coordinate periodic data collection, analysis and review of project implementation in harmonized and standardized manner compiling information from the field sites and report to senior management team.
  • Liaise and network with other stakeholders including partners, MOH, national and international NGOs, UN agencies and donors on M&E matters and represent Merlin at county M&E forums as required.
  • Participate in planning and implementation of training activities
  • Establish and implement lessons learning mechanisms including documenting and disseminating best practices, lessons learnt and success stories.
  • In consultation with programme team and other support function departments participate in the establishment of beneficiary accountability systems in project areas in Turkana County including establishing complaint mechanisms.
  • Assist the programme team in ensuring the timely preparation and submission of quality reports including donor reports.

    Other

    Undertake any other assignment as required by the Project Health Coordinator

    Professional/Personal Requirements

    Essential

  • Degree or diploma in Applied Epidemiology, Health Information Systems (Medical statistics) or equivalent
  • Fluent English speaker and writer.
  • Ability to organize and plan
  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation methodologies.
  • Knowledge of database design and use
  • Knowledge of data processing and analysis
  • Knowledge of MS Excel/ Access, Epi info or similar data analysis programmes
  • Professional initiative, commitment and motivation

    Desirable

    Previous work experience with INGOs in M and E

    To apply for this positionAll applications including cover letter and CV should be sent to:

    HR Department,
    Merlin, Nairobi Office,
    P.O Box 3350 – 00200,

    Nairobi, Kenya

    OR

    Email to: recruitment [at] merlin-kenya.org

    Application deadline is 5:00pm on Tuesday 22nd October 2013.

    Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted.Data Protection

    Please note that in accordance with the 1998 Data Protection Act, Merlin will hold and use personal information that you have given for the purpose of recruitment and employment.

    This information can be stored in manual and/or electronic form.

    This information may also be disclosed to third parties in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

    In cases where a job offer is conditional on ensuring that potential employees’ names do not appear on counter terrorism lists generated by the United Nations, European Union or the United States due to donor funding requirements, Merlin will use the information that you have given for checking that your name does not appear on these lists.


    Project Officer

    Key responsibilities

    Programme

  • Support and supervise Merlin staff working in this project
  • Plan and supervise implementation of project activities together with Merlin senior management team at field level, MOH counterparts and UNICEF field focal point
  • Manage project budget including monitoring of expenditures
  • Represent Merlin in all health coordination forums in conjunction with project health coordinator
  • Consolidate activity reports and ensure timely submission to his/ her supervisor for onward submission to project coordinator and country office.
  • Organise and coordinate health worker trainings in consultation with County health authorities
  • Support county health authorities to properly manage medical supplies including monitoring of consumption
  • Initiate and participate in all multi-stakeholders advocacy activities, forums and networks aimed at raising the profile of Merlin project issues in the agenda of government, partner NGOs and communities.

    Operations

  • In charge of financial and logistical functions regarding the project at the field level in accordance with Merlin procedures. Other
  • To carry-out any other duties and/or responsibilities assigned by the immediate supervisor
  • To be flexible as required

    Professional/Personal Requirements

    Essential

  • Qualification in Public/ Community Health and/or development studies
  • Strong background in humanitarian projects
  • Previous field coordination and management experience of primary health care projects
  • Proven problem solving and organisational skills
  • Diplomatic and effective communicator at all levels
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Fluent written and spoken English
  • Computer skills

    Desirable

  • Previous work experience with INGOs in project management

    To apply for this position

    All applications including cover letter and CV should be sent to:

    HR Department,
    Merlin,
    Nairobi Office,
    P.O Box 3350 – 00200,
    Nairobi, Kenya

    OR

    Email to: recruitment [at] merlin-kenya.org

    Application deadline is 5:00pm on Tuesday 22nd October 2013.

    Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted.

    Data Protection

    Please note that in accordance with the 1998 Data Protection Act, Merlin will hold and use personal information that you have given for the purpose of recruitment and employment.

    This information can be stored in manual and/or electronic form. This information may also be disclosed to third parties in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

    In cases where a job offer is conditional on ensuring that potential employees’ names do not appear on counter terrorism lists generated by the United Nations, European Union or the United States due to donor funding requirements, Merlin will use the information that you have given for checking that your name does not appear on these lists.


    BCC Officer

    This position will be a member of a team that will implement this project.

    Overall Objective of the Position

    The BCC Officer for Merlin’s health project in Turkana will oversee the development, planning, organisation, implementation and monitoring of all IEC/BCC activities under the project with technical support and direction from Merlin Project Health Coordinator and working in close collaboration with county and sub-county health authorities and partner organizations to ensure efficient implementation of IEC/BCC activities in project area.

    Key Responsibilities

  • Take the lead in development and implementation of IEC/BCC strategies for the health project
  • Develop and review IEC/BCC messages / materials in collaboration with other program staff, MoH, NGO counterparts, UNICEF focal person and community representatives.
  • Support the adaptation and dissemination of relevant training materials and job aids.
  • Support the development of BCC skills of MOH staff.
  • Organise and execute community health campaigns in collaboration with other program staff, MoH counterparts and community representatives.
  • Evaluate and document the impact of IEC/BCC activities in collaboration with other stakeholders.
  • Build the capacity of relevant project staff to conduct community mobilization, awareness and sensitization on project objectives.
  • Manage the appropriate parts of the grants that relate to BCC in close collaboration with the project officer.
  • Analyze formative research findings and use these to develop communication plans and messages in collaboration with the team.
  • Develop and pre-test BCC materials in the appropriate audiences.
  • Translate /arrange the translation of IEC/BCC materials as appropriate

    Other

  • To carry-out any other duties and/or responsibilities assigned by the immediate supervisor
  • To be flexible as required

    Professional /Personal Requirements

    Essential

  • Bachelors Degree in Public Health; Social Sciences or Community health
  • Over 3 years experience in implementing BCC activities on MCH,RH and Nutrition
  • Very good communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills
  • Training experience, mobilisation and community education skills
  • Experience in development and design of IEC materials
  • Good computer skills

    Desirable

  • Previous work experience with INGOs
  • Knowledge of the local language is an added advantage

    To apply for this position

    All applications including cover letter and CV should be sent to:

    HR Department,
    Merlin,
    Nairobi Office,
    P.O Box 3350 – 00200,

    Nairobi, Kenya

    OR Email to: recruitment [at] merlin-kenya.org

    Application deadline is 5:00pm on Tuesday 22nd October 2013.

    To see full job description and application, see: Merlin Jobs

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