Palladium Chief of Party - USAID/Kenya & East Africa Health Systems Strengthening Jobs

Palladium Chief of Party - USAID/Kenya & East Africa Health Systems Strengthening Jobs

Company Profile

  • For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives. 

  • Palladium develops and delivers innovative, locally relevant, evidence-based solutions to improve the health and well-being of people around the world. Since 1971, we have assisted governmental and non-governmental agencies, foundations, and the private sector by designing, implementing, and evaluating programs in HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, population and family planning, maternal and child health, infectious diseases, and gender.

  • Palladium has deep expertise in policy and advocacy, research and strategic information, health markets and private sector engagement, modeling and economic analysis, patient monitoring and management/HMIS, strategic consulting, and program management.

  • Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran, or marital status. 

    Project Overview & Position

  • The Chief of Party is a full-time position for an upcoming award being solicited through USAID/Kenya & East Africa to redesign its health systems strengthening project. USAID/Kenya & East Africa’s Health, Population, and Nutrition (HPN) Office has realized the need to realign its HSS programming and resources to achieve equity, quality, and resource optimization.

  • The redesign will identify and address underlying health system barriers to achieving desired and sustainable health impact and contribute to the overall reduction in morbidity and mortality particularly for children under 5 and women of reproductive age. As part of this overall objective, there will be emphasis to ensure strengthened governance and accountability structures, policy development and implementation for responsive health systems which promote equity, quality, and resource optimization.

  • The Chief of Party (COP) shall provide overall leadership, program management and oversight, and serve as principal liaison to USAID and the Ministry of Health (MOH).

  • This position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya and is contingent upon contract award to Palladium.  

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides overall leadership, strategic guidance, vision, and management to staff and the overall project team, including staff, consultants, and partner organizations.

  • Plan, direct and coordinate technical and operational activities to ensure that project goals and objectives are met and prescribed timeframes and funding parameters are in compliance with USAID regulations and Palladium’s policies.

  • Provide overall technical and administrative leadership to the project implementation team, including development of strategies, budgets, work plans, MEL plans and reporting

  • Ensures the strategic and functional integration of all technical areas as well as strong collaboration with government counterparts, donors, private sector, and other implementing partners,

  • Coordinates with other local USAID representatives, USG projects, as well as other development partners to ensure collaboration, integrated approach, and complementarity of the interventions to add
    value to private service delivery improvement and HIV/AIDS, malaria, and family health programming.

  • Serve as the project's primary point of contact with USAID, other implementing partners, MOH, and other stakeholders; ensure alignment and harmonization with other programming where appropriate, including public/private sector partnerships.

  • Oversee budget implementation and financial management, working closely with the Director of Finance & Operations/Grants Manager; ensure the project's preparedness for USAID audit.

  • Responsible for meeting contractual obligations, producing deliverables and targets, and achieving project results as specified by USAID.

  • Oversees project planning, contributes technical expertise as necessary with a focus on results and financial accountability for all project activities.

  • Provides strategic vision on program sustainability and resilience.

  • Leads and advises on best governance principles, including ownership, inclusiveness, transparency, accountability, integrity, and ethical standards.

  • Balances the interests of various stakeholders and supports participatory governance through multisectoral partnerships.

  • Ensure interventions reflect high technical quality and are in line with the project's scope of work.

  • Communicates/works with health sector leaders in Kenya, including MOH, subnational health sector leaders, and key stakeholders at the national level.

  • Lead and manage staff professional development to build their capacity and strengthen competency and professional development.

  • Represents the project to USAID, senior policymakers, and in professional and donor forums.

  • Fluent writing, reporting, and presentational skills in English.

    Required Qualifications:

  • Extensive professional experience in at two or more of the following areas: health systems strengthening, governance, health financing, health policy formulation, private sector service delivery, advocacy for co-financing, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and family health.

  • USAID program experience a must with significant experience as a Chief of Party on a USAID funded project or other donor-funded development project. Significant experience in partnership building, particularly with government representatives, donors, private sector, and community organizations.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with USAID or other donor planning and reporting systems, operations, programming, and structure

  • Significant experience managing and leading technical and administrative teams for complex development projects

  • Significant experience working in low- and middle- income countries (LMICs). Experience in Kenya and/or East Africa region preferred.

  • Excellent interpersonal, writing, presentation, organizational and computer skills required (Outlook, Word, Excel).

  • Attention to detail and ability to effectively and efficiently perform multiple tasks and balance competing priorities often within a required timeframe.

  • Ability to respond and adapt quickly to changing requirements and competing demands.

  • Must be willing to live and travel within Kenya.

  • Fluency in English.

  • Kenyan Nationals are encouraged to apply.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Palladium Chief of Party - USAID/Kenya & East Africa Health Systems Strengthening Jobs

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