Amref Gender Technical Advisor – Big 4 Agenda, Policy and Strategy Unit - Jobs in Kenya

Amref Gender Technical Advisor – Big 4 Agenda,

Policy and Strategy Unit - Jobs in Kenya

Amref Health Africa is the largest international health development organisation based in Africa.

Working with and through African communities, health systems and governments, Amref Health Africa’s vision is for lasting health change in Africa and is committed to improving the health of people in Africa by partnering with and empowering communities, and strengthening health systems.

For more on Amref Health Africa please visit The Big Four Agenda On 12th December 2017, President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the “Big Four” agenda – the transformative socioeconomic plan that his administration will focus upon during his second term of office (2017- 2022).

Broadly, the “Big Four” agenda seeks to create shared prosperity through the creation of jobs, increased revenues and levelling the playing field.

This would be achieved through (i) increasing the share of manufacturing to GDP, (ii), achieving universal health coverage (iii) ensuring food and nutrition security and (iv) providing access to affordable housing.

The Project

Recognizing this strong interdependence to achieve productivity, equity and long-term socio-economic growth, the Policy and Strategy Unit (PASU), under the Executive Office of the President, plays a critical role in translating this ambitious goal into reality by inter alia, strengthening policy coordination, thought
leadership and follow-through working in close partnership with line ministries and key stakeholders.

Amref Health Africa is supporting the secondment of a highly proficient technical expert to assist in developing a structured platform for strategic and systematic engagement, employing research, evidence and analytics in cross-cutting thematic areas across the “Big Four” agenda.

In particular, the individual would bring gender expertise or analysis to better understand and articulate the interface between universal
health coverage and food and nutrition security; the health and socio-economic intergenerational benefits that successes in these pillars could portend, especially in respect to gender aspects.

Additionally, this expert would ideally draw connections between ongoing work to improve gender data and statistics at national and county level s in Kenya with the “Big Four” agenda and other relevant gender programs and policies.

Under the administrative supervision of the Programme Director, the job holder will report directly to the Deputy Chief of Staff (PASU), the Executive Office of the President, Government of the Republic of Kenya.

Main Purpose of Job

The technical expert would be the lead interlocutor between the Policy and Strategy Unit and the line ministries and other stakeholders in:

  • Establishing a platform that convenes the relevant stakeholders in both national and county
    governments, private sector, civil society organisations and other interest groups to further develop the focus areas of inter-sectorality:
  • The relationship between food and nutrition security with the role of women’s economic
    empowerment and emancipation in the decision of household level diets.
  • The intergenerational benefits in health and economic emancipation of the timely
    investments in adolescents sexual and reproductive health
  • The integration of gender considerations in the interventions targeting food productivity
    recognizing the centrality of women as the key labour production unit at both the farming
    and agro-processing levels.
  • The platform would also provide a continuous feedback mechanism from the stakeholders and
  • Developing a robust analytical framework and data base that will highlight quantifiable gender
    aspects in the ongoing and upcoming work streams at the Policy and Strategy Unit. The framework
    would guide
  • key policy and legislative processes (including national/county budget making
  • identification of interventions with “quick wins” that elevate gender aspects
  • mitigation efforts against systemic bottlenecks such as teenage pregnancies, gender based violence, early marriages and other harmful practices such as FGM that undermine economic participation of women.
  • Anchoring these work pieces in international best-practice and in the development blueprints in
    Kenya (Vision 2030) and in the global aspirations of Sustainable Development Goals.



  • A Master’s Degree or higher in the relevant subject area(s), preferably in International development, Community Development or Public Health with focus areas in gender, social work, development economics is required.


  • At least three years’ experience in gender working across other development sectors
    like agriculture and nutrition.
  • Demonstrated ability to use data, research and analysis to influence policy design, programming,
    implementation and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Knowledge of and experience with the design, management and implementation of programmes
    related to international development (agriculture, nutrition, livelihood, health programs) and the
    nexus of these development issues with gender aspects.
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and understanding of the socio-economic and political situations
    and gender sensitive programming
  • Ability to navigate politically sensitive terrain and maintain constructive relationships with a diverse set of key stakeholders;

    Required Competencies
  • A Proven record of excellent management, leadership, decision-making and interpersonal skills.
  • Effective English oral and written communication skills; ability to interact professionally in English.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and transmit his/her vision to partners and colleagues.
  • Communicating with impact with various stakeholders.
  • Excellent Communication (written and oral) and Public Relations skills
  • Good organisational, research, negotiation and analytical capabilities
  • Ability to identify, obtain and analyse information from a variety of sources
  • Ability to work well with others and to develop and maintain compatibility among staff,
    subcontractors, consultants, and recipients of assistance.
  • Ability to travel as needed.

    Principal Responsibilities
  • Provide technical expertise to ensure integration of gender aspects in interventions focused on nutrition security, agricultural productivity and livelihoods in the “Big 4” Agenda within the PASU development team, in particular the rural livelihoods, nutrition and health teams, to ensure that a sound gender analysis informs design, management, and identification strategic interventions to be undertaken to improve the quality of programme implementation for the “Big 4” Agenda.
  • Monitor and analyse developments in ongoing and upcoming work streams at a national and
    international level that enhance cross-cutting issues, in particular gender aspects.
  • This will include the review and technical feedback on interim results and the identification of potential synergistic opportunities.
  • Draw connections between ongoing work to improve gender data and statistics at national and
    county levels in Kenya with the “Big Four” agenda and other relevant gender programs and policies.
  • Distil and document, through continuous assessments, reviews and audits, lessons for enhancement of gender aspects for policy dialogue, continual targeting and future programming and organise dissemination of learning within the PASU team and with partners.
  • Provide advice on appropriate gender sensitive indicators in the performance measurement
    framework and support colleagues in the monitoring and reporting of programme results/outputs and objectives against agreed indicators.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relations with a wide network of partners, including other Government departments, development and UN partners, parliament, media and NGOs/civil society.
  • In particular, drive improved coordination between and among key government ministries
    and agencies involved in gender work
  • Identify successful practices in the interventions that can be showcased in publications, communication materials and conferences and prepare communication materials for the same.

    Terms of Engagement
  • The assignment will be for an initial contract period of 24 months but eligible for renewal upon
    agreement between PASU and BMGF
  • A remuneration package commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the selected
    candidate and within the context of applicable remuneration rates for similar posts in public service will be agreed upon.

    How to Apply
  • Interested applicants are encouraged to apply online and submit a Cover letter in PDF specifying how you meet the mandatory requirements and an updated CV in PDF (3 pages max).
  • Deadline for applications is
    Wednesday 10th April 2019
  • Please visit Amref Health Africa website at to view full job descriptions and procedure on how to apply.
  • For more information and job application details, see; Amref Gender Technical Advisor – Big 4 Agenda, Policy and Strategy Unit - Jobs in Kenya

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