USAID Project Management Specialist (Pediatrics) Jobs in Kenya

USAID Project Management Specialist (Pediatrics) Jobs in Kenya


Background

  • 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 Project Management Specialist (Pediatrics) works under the overall direction of the Director, Center of Excellence Family Health and reports to the MCH/RH Team Leader. The Specialist will provide technical expertise and serve as the pediatric and newborn subject matter expert for USAID/KEA’s Maternal and Child Health / Reproductive Health portfolio; support the team Leader to set the strategic direction for new born health service delivery and primary health care..

    Description

    Major Duties and Responsibilities

    Technical Assistance and Leadership 50%


  • The USAID Project Management Specialist (Pediatrics) provides a high level technical guidance and recommendations in pediatrics and newborn health initiatives, to the Mission and the Ministry of Health, including counterparts and senior level officials; contributes to the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of pediatrics and newborn health programs/projects/activities and interventions.

  • The Specialist develops and maintains relationships with relevant government officials and provides technical assistance to MOH in the development of policies, strategies, and guidelines related to newborn care and treatment. The Specialist works closely with national and sub-national/County and local government officials in order to enhance success of pediatrics service delivery and newborn interventions and advance USAID and USG strategic objectives.

  • The Specialist collaborates with the Health policy and Financing Team on advocacy and technical input as it relates to maternal and newborn health as part of USAID’s technical assistance activities related to national and county budgets.

  • The Specialist works closely with other units within the Health Population and Nutrition Office, and across the USAID Mission, to optimize opportunities for cross-sectoral integration, and the leveraging of resources across the different program components.

    Program/project Management and Monitoring 30%

  • The Specialist serves as an Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR)/COR for a bilateral mechanism under the new Integrated Family Health and HIV Program. As AOR/COR or activity manager, oversee the development and implementation of annual work plans, schedules for budget allocation, obligation, and expenditure, portfolio reviews, evaluation planning and implementation, audits, development and outreach communications, and closeouts.

  • The Specialist serves as an Activity Manager for contracts or cooperative agreements, bilateral or centrally procured research and innovation activities, as part of the collaboration, learning and adjusting (CLA) component of the health program; provides overall management, technical guidance and leadership to implementing partners carrying out newborn health activities within the HPN’s portfolio.

  • The Specialist is responsible for management of pediatric and newborn health programming activities including planning, monitoring, reporting, and evaluation. The Specialist fully participates in designing new activities, takes the prime responsibility for identifying new potential USAID-supported activities for pediatric and newborn health 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 and newborn health program implementation.

  • Participates in HPN data quality assessments to ensure the quality and reliability of program data.

  • The Specialist monitors and makes recommendations to resolve implementation obstacles to ensure judicious use of USG funds and effective implementation of pediatric and newborn health interventions.

    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, including the Country Operational Plan (COP), Operational Plan, 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 newborn health activities.

  • The Specialist supports the annual budget preparation process, providing technical assistance to USG financial teams and technical working groups in completing the required reports and tools that may be provided for use in the planning processes. Participates actively in inter-agency processes for determining targets, unit costs and budgets for use in the annual planning for USG pediatric and newborn health interventions.

  • The Specialist prepares technical analyses, evaluates sectoral issues, and provides input to Mission activities with respect to pediatric and newborn health initiatives.

    Education

  • Master’s Degree In Medicine, Clinical Services, Or Public Health

    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.

    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 pediatrics and newborn health, with multi-lateral or bilateral organizations, and/or NGOs.

  • Increasingly responsible experience in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of pediatric and newborn 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 pediatrics and newborn health; and, the role of newborn health activities with other health areas such as HIV/AIDS, etc.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of country’s development and newborn 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 care and newborn health global guidelines, PEPFAR and Global Health initiatives and the current priorities at national and global level.

  • The incumbent should have knowledge of development principles, concepts, and practices, especially as they relate to the devolution of the health sector and the increasing roles and responsibilities of the Counties within this new formulation.

    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.

    How to Apply

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


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