SPARC Program Manager Jobs in Kenya

SPARC Program Manager Jobs in Kenya

Job Details:

SPARC is designed to be a sustainable initiative housed within an existing African-based institution.

The goal of SPARC is to connect and build on the breadth of existing expertise in strategic purchasing in sub-Saharan Africa, and deepen this expertise to offer context-specific partnerships to build strategic demand.

SPARC is an initiative implemented by Results for Development (R4D) in partnership with Amref Health Africa, and with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

An advisory Committee made up of key global, regional and country stakeholders has provided input and guidance to position SPARC as a complementary resource and partner to the many health financing initiatives on the African continent and globally.

SPARC will benefit from Amref Health Africa's reach across sub-Saharan Africa to foster strong partnerships across the continent to continue to build expertise on strategic purchasing and broker support based on country demand.

Through these partnerships SPARC will help promote evidence informed policy making that leads to better health spending and facilitates learning and sharing of best practices in health purchasing.

The Job:

Under the leadership of the Executive Director, the Program Manager will provide strategic management of SPARC's programmatic pillars (coaching/mentoring program, country engagement, and knowledge management) and business operations to ensure the work plan is coherently implemented and SPARC achieves its mission of becoming the "go-to" resource center for strategic purchasing in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Program Manager will provide day to day management and oversight of program activities and will be responsible for the development and execution of project deliverables, lead project monitoring and budgeting.

The programme Manager will also advise on overall project strategy and design, contribute technical expertise to specific health system challenges, and oversee implementation of activities.

He/She will be responsible for ensuring effective coordination with other actors, monitoring and evaluation and quality assurance, representation and partnership development, proposal and resource development; and organizational learning.. .

[Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic management of SPARC's programmatic pillars and business processes to ensure the work plan is coherently implemented and results are achieved and disseminated
  • Provide day to day oversight of operations, ensuring effective risk and quality management systems to meet operational outcomes, standards, regulatory compliance, contractual and funder's requirements and financial targets.
  • Support the development of budgets and work plans for SPARC and monitor progress against both programmatic and budgetary targets.
  • Provide input into the development of M&E and indicator tracking plans and lead internal evaluation
  • Develop methods for assessing SPARC strengths and identify areas for improvement. Implement and manage changes and interventions to ensure SPARC goals are achieved.
  • Manage cross programme/portfolio dependencies and synergies in support of increased productivity
  • Produce accurate and timely reports and other key initiative deliverables,
  • Work with the HR team to manage staff and resources for SPARC activities.
  • Develop and/or refine project management systems to ensure thorough planning, budgeting, and implementation of program's activities.
  • Establish and maintain partnerships with
    government teams, relevant institutions and program partners.
  • Support oversight of contractors and partners responsible for assisting with implementation of SPARC activities
  • Demand Generation & Business Development
  • Assist countries in framing country demand and prioritizing key topics that can then be addressed through SPARC platform
  • Spearhead proposal development to secure funding and business for SPARC.
  • Liaise with country stakeholders regarding SPARC packages of support and monitor feedback channels
  • Liaise with the marketing and communications team to increase awareness of SPARC and its programmes
  • Maintain ongoing communication with potential partners and other key stakeholders to identify and pursue growth opportunities.
  • Serve as first point of contact with donors and streamline communications
  • Liaise with donors to identify potential areas of donor support for SPARC activities and to create partnerships that foster effective use of skills and resources.

    Job Skills:
  • Strong international development and programme/project management background: knowledge of UHC, health financing and/or health economics a bonus
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and expertise in the management of health programs
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience working with cross cultural teams
  • Strong knowledge of and experience in monitoring and evaluation Excellent analytical skills, as well as the ability to express facts and ideas in a clear, convincing and organized manner.
  • Ability to set priorities and handle multiple competing time and resource demands, highly organized
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products at expert level
  • Willing to travel within the region and across the African continent
  • Fluent in speaking, reading and writing in English. Knowledge of French would be an asset.

    Job Qualifications:
  • Master's Degree preferred in Public Health, Health Economics, Social Sciences or other relevant field.

    Job Experience Requirements:
  • At least 7 years' experience providing program support to similar initiatives or in a health-related setting

    How to Apply
  • If you are the right person for the job, please submit your motivation letter and an up-to-date CV with a maximum of 4 pages - both In PDF format - by Friday 16th August, 2019.
  • Your application should have the mentioned reference number in the subject line of the email.
  • Duly note that Amref Health Africa does not require applicants to pay any money at whatever stage of the recruitment and selection process and have not retained any agent in connection with recruitment.
  • Amref Health Africa is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment.
  • Amref is an equal opportunity employer and has a non-smoking environment policy.

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