Helen Keller International - Project officer for SETH project - Jobs in Kenya

Helen Keller International - Project officer for SETH project - Jobs in Kenya


Helen Keller International (HKI) was founded in 1915 and is dedicated to saving the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.

HKI aims to combat the root causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition.

HKI, in partnership with Action Against Hunger, is running the project called System Enhancement for Transformative Health (SETH) in Kenya.

The project funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) aims at contributing to the reduction of maternal and child mortality in five Kenyan counties with serious nutrition and health needs (West Pokot, Trans-Nzoia, Busia, Kakamega and Bungoma counties) through enhanced and sustainable Maternal New born, Child Health and Nutrition (MNCH) interventions.

This initiative also aims to reinforcing and broadening the partnerships between AAH, HKI and county health departments for enhanced capacity of county governments' efforts to deliver essential MNCH services through health system strengthening approach.

Specific responsibilities

Coordination and Representation

  • Serve as the project focal point with CHMT to support the CHMT in planning and monitoring activities in the County
  • Ensure coordination with all relevant health and nutrition actors at the county level including UN agencies, INGO’s, CBO’s and county health management teams to ensure the high performance of program.
  • Work closely with the SETH CORE Management Team and the CHMT to conduct and/or update a landscape analysis of current stakeholders and their activities;
  • Assess and remain aware of all interventions taking place in their county on health and nutrition and participate in all relevant coordination meetings in the counties;
  • Engage stakeholders on a regularly basis as part of the implementation process; Convene County Level Meetings with stakeholders to discuss Health System management issues, the planning, organization, coordination and implementation of Health System Strengthening activities between key stakeholders;
  • Represent SETH in County and sub-county meetings

    Relationship management:

  • Maintain relationship with stakeholders and partners in the county on behalf of SETH project.
  • Youth Can, Chiefs and Sub chiefs, Religious leaders, County governors, AMREF, Plan International among others

    Program implementation:

  • Contribute to the development of a detailed implementation plan (DIP) that encompasses activities and assigns responsibilities against defined timelines
  • Advocate with appropriate government officials and partners for continued support to improve routine child survival interventions through routine service delivery mechanisms
    and regular campaigns such as Malezi Bora.
  • Liaise closely with other partners to support to County and sub County health management teams
  • Participate in County and sub County level reviews to facilitate problem solving and problem seeking by County and sub County Health Management Teams for procurement, training, supportive supervision and management and use of data for routine service delivery and Malezi Bora
  • Liaise with the Yes Youth Can project, to mobilize the ‘youth bungees’ to sensitize the
    communities to the importance of MNCH services.
  • Support the sub county health teams to mobilize the community for MNCH services specifically utilizing administrative leaders, Religious leaders, community dialogue days, etc.

    Qualifications, Experience, Skills and Competences
  • University Degree in Public Health, Nutrition, Health Management, gender or related field
  • Proven experience in implementing health system strengthening or gender programs
  • At least three years of experience with INGO, NGO or development agencies.
  • Good knowledge of Kenya government policies and systems.
  • Demonstrated experience working with county and sub-county department of health
  • Demonstrated experience working with health care workers and community health volunteers
  • Effective planning and organizations skills;
  • Effective Coaching skills for health workers and the government partners
  • Strong interpersonal, analytical, communication and advocacy skills; able to contribute innovative thinking within a team;
  • Excellent report writing abilities;
  • Strong communication skills, with excellent written and spoken English and Kiswahili
  • Knowledge of computer applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and MS Outlook;
  • Seasoned reasoning and judgment skills; Ability to work independently with minimal supervision;
  • Demonstrated experience participating and contributing to a productive team environment
  • Being a resident of target counties will be an added advantage

    How to Apply
  • To apply, send a cv and a cover letter by latest 10th May 2019 at Kenya.recruitment@hki.org indicating the title of the position as the subject.
  • For more information and job application details, see; Helen Keller International - Project officer for SETH project - Jobs in Kenya

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