USAID Project Management Specialist (Prevention) - Prevention and Social Services Team Leader Jobs in Kenya

USAID Project Management Specialist (Prevention) - Prevention and Social Services Team Leader Jobs in Kenya


Background

  • The US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) represents the US government response to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic and is the largest commitment by any nation to address a single disease in history. Thanks to American leadership and generosity, alongside the work of many partners, PEPFAR has saved millions of lives, averted millions of infections, and changed the course of the epidemic. As countries progress towards HIV/AIDS epidemic control, the point at which new HIV infections have decreased and fall below the total number of deaths among HIV-infected individuals, PEPFAR is now undertaking the challenge of controlling the pandemic.

    Description

    Major Duties and Responsibilities

    Technical and Strategic Leadership 30%


  • Serves as a high-level advisor to USAID/KEA's HPN Office and Mission leadership on infectious disease prevention and social services issues including key technical areas such as case finding in HIV testing and counseling and linkage, condom promotion and distribution, biomedical HIV prevention interventions such as Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC), pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), HIV/family planning integration, and community platforms for delivering HIV prevention services including innovations such as root cause analysis to enhance social and behavior change communication; programming targeting youth (young boys and men, adolescent girls, and young women), and multiple levels of influence on HIV risk and tuberculosis, orphans and vulnerable children, social protection, value chain and social determinants and risk factors for HIV acquisition and transmission in priority and key populations. These priority populations require special focus in order to bring Kenya closer to epidemic control.

  • The Jobholder keeps abreast of current and new prevention and social services issues, interprets and advises the Office and Mission on implications and implementation options to maximize programmatic opportunities (as strategic and cost-effective) within KEA's integrated programming environment.

  • Carries out a full range of consultative, advisory, strategic, coordinating, planning and evaluation responsibilities related to the assigned portfolio. Guides and crafts USG/USAID policy and programs in KEA in the area of infectious disease prevention, behavioral change, and social services.

  • Articulates USAID prevention and social services strengthening vision and strategic priorities to GOK and other development partners including donor agencies and private sector providers, leads in the alignment and harmonization with national and global best practices for the achievement of sustainable strategies to facilitate medium to long-term impact of activities, providing technical direction and capacity strengthening, monitoring progress toward key milestones and recommending program course corrections as needed for interventions at national and county levels.

    Project Planning, Management, Monitoring and Evaluation 20%

  • Provide strategic and technical leadership in the preparation of key annual and mid-term planning and reporting documents including the Country Operational Plan, Operational Plan, Congressional Budget Justifications, Technical Notifications, Quarterly, Semi-Annual and Annual Progress Reports.

  • Support country-level PEPFAR annual budget preparation process, providing technical assistance to USG financial teams and technical working groups in completing the PEPFAR Funding Allocation to Strategy Tool (FAST) and any other new tools that may be provided for use in the planning processes.

  • Provide oversight to the annual HIV/AIDS budget and ensure costs remain within budget planning levels and that efficiency is maximized.

  • Analytically assess the HIV/AIDS portfolio, the performance of partners, the available budget, the need for additional activities or ending activities, and facilitate design of new projects or activities necessary to achieve strategic objectives.

  • Participate in and ensure the effectiveness of Site Improvement Monitoring System (SIMS) and other field visits to improve quality of service delivery.

    Representation and Reporting 30%

  • Represent USAID and PEPFAR at designated national, regional and international meetings that relate to HIV/AIDS including regular participation in national level HIV/AIDS technical working groups and related committees.

  • Represent USAID on the inter-agency USG PEPFAR Inter-Agency Technical Team.

  • As requested by the Mission Director, Health Office Director or Deputy Director, represent USAID at meetings outside of the HIV/AIDS field when needed.

  • Organize site
    visits and prepare orientation materials for delegations from Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), USAID Headquarters, State Department, and other agencies.

    Supervision, Coaching/mentoring and Staff Support 20%

  • Supervise Co-operating Country Nationals, which includes developing annual work objectives, identifying appropriate training opportunities, mentoring and coaching them in facilitation of professional development. Conduct regular performance reviews and address any performance challenges that may arise.

    Education

  • Master’s Degree In Public Health, International Development, Health, Social Or Behavioral Sciences, Organizational Development, Epidemiology, Biology, Infectious Disease, Political Science, Or Business Administration.

    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 Public Health, International Development, Health, Social or Behavioral Sciences, Organizational Development, Epidemiology, Biology, Infectious Disease, Political Science, or Business Administration.

    Post Entry Training: On-the-job training will be provided relating to USG-specific procedures, regulations, and methods. Formal COR/AOR training is required for successful performance in the position and will be provided. Appropriate training courses will be offered, subject to course offerings and the availability of funds.

    Language Proficiency: Level IV fluency in both oral and written English and in the host-country business language is required.

    More Details on Experience

    Prior Work Experience: A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in public health programming in developing or middle-income countries, with experience spent on HIV/AIDS-related work in Africa are required. Experience working with or for bilateral or multilateral donors/stakeholders such as USAID, the World Bank, the Global Fund, the UN agencies, or national-level public sector projects. At least one year of supervisory experience is required.

    Job Knowledge: Extensive knowledge of multi-sectoral HIV/AIDS approaches and interventions, as well as the host country context including priorities and challenges, funding of the epidemic and the key stakeholders engaged in the response is required. Thorough knowledge of the host-country’s economic, political, social and cultural characteristics and the history of development assistance, in particular the response to HIV/AIDS, including current trends and directions. The incumbent is expected to have an in-depth understanding of US Government foreign assistance to the host-country government and familiarity with central aspects of U.S. Government policy in the host-country. Working knowledge of USG and USAID’s strategic direction, its chief accomplishments and its challenges.

    More Details on Skills

    Skills and Abilities:


  • The incumbent must possess strong skills in communication (oral and written), advocacy, and networking. S/he must have strong conceptual and analytical skills to be able to quickly grasp and translate new concepts into operational plans and results. This position requires an outstanding ability to exercise flexibility and prioritization skills to be able to accept and react to evolving planning and implementation contexts. Ability to exercise sound judgement, take initiative and offer leadership. S/he demonstrates timely decision-making and extensive judgment in planning and carrying out tasks. 

  • The incumbent must have the ability to identify significant economic, political and social trends in the host country and assess their importance and impact on USAID development assistance objectives and programs. The incumbent must demonstrate excellent computer skills including skills with Microsoft Office, web-based databases, and electronic filing.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; USAID Project Management Specialist (Prevention) - Prevention and Social Services Team Leader Jobs in Kenya


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