USAID Project Management Specialist (Pediatric Public Health) Jobs in Kenya

USAID Project Management Specialist (Pediatric Public Health) Jobs in Kenya


  • USAID/Kenya and East Africa invests in population and health programs at national and county levels that aim to improve the survival, well-being and productivity of the Kenyan population by reducing the burden of major infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, and addressing the main causes of maternal and child illness and deaths.

  • The Program Management Specialist (Pediatric Health will work under the overall direction of the Centre of Excellence Director for Family Health with day-to-day supervision by the Team Leader for Nutrition and Child Health.


    Major Duties and Responsibilities

    Technical Assistance and Leadership 50%

  • The USAID Project Management Specialist (Pediatric Public Health) provides a high level technical guidance and recommendations in pediatric public health initiatives, including infant and young children health and nutrition, pertaining to preventive, promotive and curative health, to the Mission and the Ministry of Health (MOH), including counterparts and senior level officials; provides direction in the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of nutrition, infant and child public health programs/ projects/ activities and interventions.

  • Serve as a technical subject matter expert through active engagement with technical counterparts in the Ministry of Health, and other subnational and national stakeholders, to advance USAID and USG strategic objectives related to key pediatric and nutrition public health interventions.

  • The Specialist participates in other relevant technical advisory committees - with MOH, academia, private sector, professional associations including the Kenya Pediatric Association and other organizations that have an oversight for child health and nutrition.

    Program/project Management and Monitoring30%

  • The Specialist serves as an Activity Manager for USAID polio eradication activities, implementation science activities and other Global Health buy-in; provides overall management, technical guidance and leadership to implementing partners in carrying out designated activities within the HPN’s portfolio. As such, the incumbent is responsible for technical, programmatic, and financial management of these activities, including developing, monitoring, and analyzing budget planning, obligations, and pipelines.

  • The Specialist serves as an Activity Management Team (AMT) member of various activities within HPN, working closely with other staff in the HPN Office and across the Mission to optimize opportunities for cross-sectoral integration and leveraging of resources across the different program components, extending these efforts to the USG interagency and other development partners whenever possible. The incumbent serves as a member of PMI as Global Fund child health liaison.

  • The Specialist fully participates in designing new activities, contributes to the identification of new potential USAID-supported activities for pediatric public health and nutrition approaches/ models, designing strategies in conjunction with partners, obtaining approval by all concerned parties, and coordinating targeted efforts.

  • The Specialist conducts site visits to USAID supported programs to assess the quality of services, provide expert advice on implementation and other relevant areas, and guide implementing partners on newly emerging and highly efficacious approaches to pediatric public health program implementation.

    Program Planning and Reporting 20%

  • The Specialist fully participates and actively engages in planning processes within HPN and in the preparation of key annual and mid-term planning and reporting documents, providing input on child health and community engagement in the Operational Plan (OP), Country Operational Plan (COP) and Malaria Operational Plan (MOP), Congressional Budget Justifications, Technical Notifications, Quarterly, and Semi-Annual and Annual Progress Reports, and providing input for the design and development of pediatric public health activities.

  • Responds to a wide range of work-related requirements as a member of the HPN Team, including responding to program and strategy requests for information from USAID Washington.


    Minimum Qualifications Required for This Position

  • Any application that does not meet the minimum requirements stated below will not be evaluated. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted. If you have not been
    contacted within one month from the closing date of this advertisement, please consider your application unsuccessful.

    Education: A Master’s Degree in medicine, clinical services, or public health is required.

    Post Entry Training:

  • The incumbent will receive familiarization training in USAID-specific procedures, regulations, and methods, and orientation to working from a donor-agency perspective, etc. AOR/COR certification may be required.

  • Participation in job-related seminars, workshops and other development studies programs organized by USAID, such as USAID University modules and courses, e-Learning Institute Courses including Introduction to Program Cycle, Project Development etc. are expected to be completed, as is participation in general training or regional conferences on USAID programming, and other areas in the sector, subject to course offerings and availability of funds.

    Language Proficiency: Level IV fluency in both oral and written English and Kiswahili is required.

    More Details on Experience

    Prior Work Experience:]

  • At least five (5) years of professional-level directly responsible experience in managing large-scale public health programs/activities with focus in infant and young child health and nutrition, with multi-lateral or bilateral organizations, and/or NGOs.

  • Increasingly responsible experience in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of pediatric public health initiatives in developing countries.

  • Demonstrated experience developing, implementing and assessing institutional processes and systems, particularly in local organizations.

    Job Knowledge:

  • The Specialist must have a comprehensive knowledge and demonstrated experience in the programming of public health programs/projects/activities with focus on nutrition infant and young child health; and, the role of pediatric public health activities with other health areas such as HIV/AIDS, etc.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of country’s development and pediatric public health program dynamics, particularly the social, economic and cultural determinants and implications of the infectious disease epidemics in the country and in the region, and understanding of the resources, resource constraints, and overall development prospects and priorities of the host country and the region.

  • Demonstrated understanding of state-of-the-art pediatric public health global guidelines, PEPFAR and Global Health initiatives and the current priorities at national and global level.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of USG processes through which pediatric public health programs are planned, reviewed, approved, implemented and evaluated.

  • Demonstrated experience in local organization capacity development focusing on governance, accountability and service delivery in public, faith-based, non-governmental, civil society and community institutions.

    More Details on Skills

    Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate information in objective, transparent, accurate, and concise oral and written forms, and to represent USAID programs and priorities to a wide range of outside parties, including Host Country Government officials at all levels, USAID senior management, interagency colleagues, and other stakeholders as relevant. Ability to present information, analysis, and recommendations in clear written and oral formats.

  • Ability to independently conceive, plan, organize, manage, and evaluate important, diverse and complex work projects. Demonstrated ability to apply policy directives to activity design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation.

  • Excellent analytical, technical and project management skills to review and provide substantive feedback on concept papers, proposals, program descriptions/ scopes of work, performance reports, and other technical and programmatic documents.

  • Ability to respond professionally and adjust in fluid situations in order to meet deadlines in the face of competing priorities and time pressures.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; USAID Project Management Specialist (Pediatric Public Health) Jobs in Kenya

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