AMREF Programme Director – RMNCAH and Nutrition Jobs in Kenya

AMREF Programme Director – RMNCAH and Nutrition Jobs in Kenya

Amref Health Africa was officially founded in 1957 to deliver mobile health services and to provide mission hospitals with surgical support.

A medical radio network was developed to coordinate the service, and provide communication.

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.

With headquarters in Kenya, Amref Health Africa has offices in Ethiopia, Uganda, South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Southern Africa and West Africa providing services to over 30 countries.

Employing over 900 staff and with an annual operating budget of approximately $100 million, Amref Health Africa is a knowledge resource for donors and partners.

Main Purpose of Job:-

  • Under the supervision of the Country Director, Amref Health Africa in Kenya, the job holder will provide overall technical and managerial support for effective program execution and growth, ensuring that Amref’s strategic priorities
    are reflected throughout all programmes.
  • The job holder will be a member of the Senior Management Team.

    Qualifications, Experience and Skills

  • Minimum 8 year’s relevant experience with 3 years at a senior level
  • Master’s Degree in Social Sciences, Public Health or relevant field
  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Proposal writing and development skills
  • Team leader with strong interpersonal and networking skills
  • Experience providing leadership for RMNCAH & Nutrition programmes

    Key Area Activities


  • Provide overall credible leadership to the Programme, providing clear vision, and inspiring
    confidence and team spirit among Programme staff.
  • Actively participate in the Country Senior Management Team (SMT) and Programme
    Technical Team (PTT), and adhere to the duties enshrined there in.
  • Regularly update SMT and PTT on challenges requiring SMT and PTT action or decisions.

    Quality Assurance & Performance

  • Provide targeted technical assistance to projects through field visits and other methods to
    foster continuous improvement in quality & both programmatic and financial performance
    (will spend 50% of time in field based technical assistance).
  • Ensure projects are aligned with and contribute to Amref Business Plan and National
    strategies, policies, operational guidelines, and protocols, as applicable.
  • Quality assure all operational plans for projects to ensure they are realistic.

    Programme Development

  • Grow the programme by providing leadership in development of new project proposals,
    drawing necessary support from the business development unit, and fostering team spirit
    in Programme development.

    Key Area Activities

    Policy Advocacy and Networking

  • Provide leadership in identification of relevant policy issues in the Programme and
    supporting policy advocacy action/process.
  • Participate in relevant external technical working groups and committees, provide
    feedback and develop networks needed to support Amref Health Africa in Kenya deliver on
    planned results.
  • Coordinate participation of staff in the Programme in relevant technical working groups
    and platform ensuring that participation generates value for communities that Amref supports. .
  • Manage internal (with other Programme managers) and external relations with donors,
    partners, and collaborators that are stakeholders in the Programme.

    Administrative & Financial Oversight

  • Ensure projects being supervised, submit annual and quarterly procurement plans in accordance with budgets and donor/Amref procurement rules and regulations.
  • Review operational budgets in conjunction with project
    teams, Programme accountant,
    and the Finance Manager to ensure value for money.
  • Providing support to project teams in reviewing operations financial performance against
    set targets, and implementation of remedial actions.
  • Budget monitoring to ensure expenditure in line with set budgets and in accordance with
    donor and Amref financial rules and regulations.
  • Forecasting Programme growth
  • Review of budgets during proposal development

    Human Resources Management

  • Foster development of vibrant teams in projects, so that project teams grow into ‘winning
    teams’ where project managers provide effective leadership.
  • Identify staff development needs and provide coaching and mentoring, as well as link to
    training and development opportunities, to spur performance.
  • Identify career growth plans for reportees and support their movement along career paths
    through mentoring.
  • Proactively identify appropriate training/capacity building opportunities for reportees that are in line with their performance plans and organization objectives.
  • Identify and manage internal conflict through appropriate resolution mechanisms, where
    necessary involving the Human Resources Manager.
  • Identify underperforming individuals and work with HR Manager to ensure they are put on
    performance improvement plans and supported.
  • Carrying out periodic and annual performance appraisals and provide on-going performance monitoring and feedback.

    Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Provide oversight for all donor reports, evaluation reports, and other reports emanating
    from the Programme and projects to ensure timeliness and quality.
  • Provide leadership in quarterly Programme review meetings aimed at identifying and
    remedying performance gaps, as well as disseminating relevant information e.g. new
    government policies etc.
  • In liaison with the M & E unit, provide administrative support to projects to develop and
    implement M & E plans.

    Operations Research and Knowledge Management

  • Provide leadership in the identification, development and implementation of relevant
    operations research within the Programme, drawing on support from the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research Unit.
  • Provide leadership in the documentation of best practice models in the Programme,
    working with relevant departments within Amref.
  • Effectively manage dissemination of information on relevant government and international
    policies, and other relevant information to staff.
  • Create environment for learning across projects within the Programme, and across programmes e.g. through inter-project exchange visits.

    How to Apply

  • If you are conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results you are the person to lead this Programme. We encourage interested candidates to submit motivation letter and CV, quoting above
    reference number as indicated in the subject line of your email to This position is open until filled.
  • Duly note that Amref Health Africa in Kenya does not require applicants to pay any fee at whatever stage of the recruitment and selection progress.
  • Amref Health Africa in Kenya is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment.Apply by 18th February, 2019

  • For more information and job application details, see; AMREF Programme Director – RMNCAH and Nutrition Jobs in Kenya

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