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Human Resources for Health (HRH) Policy and Leadership Manager

Overall Responsibilities

  • The HRH Policy and Leadership Manager will help ensure the delivery of technical support in developing human resources leadership and management capacity and human resources policies in the health sector.
  • Working with the Assistant Director for Organisational Development and HRH Policy, the HRH Policy and Leadership Advisor will provide assistance to the country-level counterparts and stakeholders in the public and private sector to (1) develop a comprehensive approach to address the health workforce shortages across the country, and (2) identify both short-term and long term strategies that adhere to Health Sector Policy and Strategy.
  • The HRH Policy and Leadership Manager will provide assistance to the health sector leaders and managers at national level to review and align HRH policies in line with relevant devolution legislations and policies.
  • S/he will build leadership and management capacity at the subnational level to improve HRM systems (such as recruitment, deployment, salaries and benefits, retention, performance management) in order to improve the quality and availability of health services in all parts of Kenya, especially in under-served/ resource-constrained geographic locations.
  • S/he will assist in documenting best practices in technical papers and in analyzing and adapting innovative tools and resources for use in Kenya and other developing country health sector leaders.
  • Working with the Capacity Kenya Project team and MoH, S/he will play a role in HRH programming and developing a comprehensive plan to strengthen the capacity of the MOH departments (responsible for HRH) to perform a more strategic role in terms of HRH planning, budgeting, coordination, and management.

    Specific Responsibilities

  • In close collaboration with MOH and other key stakeholders, support the development of policies and guidelines related to identified aspects of HRH at the national and sub-national level.
  • Develop and institutionalize sustainable HRH leadership programs, and provide technical assistance to MOH in articulating strategies and priorities for seamless transition to devolved county system.
  • Develop new and/or improved strategies, tools, and interventions for improved human resources planning, availability, management, and productivity.
  • In coordination with the Assistant Director for Organizational Development & HRH Policy, the Capacity Kenya Project team, build capacity in the central MOH and the sub-national level to strengthen their HRH management systems, especially systems such as recruitment, deployment, retention and motivation, work climate and performance management systems.
  • Assist the Assistant Director for Organisational Development and HRH Policy to organize work teams for assigned activities, including preparing budgets, tracking expenditures, ensuring work proceeds according to plans and timelines and ensuring the quality of the deliverables.
  • Contribute to activities and work teams as assigned.


  • Advanced degree in social sciences, public administration, management, or public health.
  • 5-7 years experience in HRH policy, strategic planning development and implementation.
  • 5 years experience working in Kenya’s Health Sector
  • Experience in implementing and managing HRM systems and practices (e.g., planning, recruitment, retention, and performance management).
  • Excellent analytical, planning, management, and communication skills are essential.
  • Strong team player with excellent interpersonal, facilitation, relationship-building, negotiating and influencing skills.
  • Basic computer literacy.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision under tight timelines, and ability to work collaboratively across technical teams.
  • Excellent verbal and written English and Swahili.


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