USAID Usaid Development Assistance Specialist (Family Health) – Senior Health Advisor/family Health Coe Director) Jobs in Kenya

USAID Usaid Development Assistance Specialist (Family Health) – Senior Health Advisor/family Health Coe Director) 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.


    Major Duties and Responsibilities

    Technical Leadership: Fp/rh, Mnch, Youth and Adolescent Health, Nutrition and Wash (55%)

  • Serves as a high-level health advisor to USAID/KEA mission management and the Office of Health Population and Nutrition (HPN). Provides advice to Embassy, mission management, HPN and other relevant sectors including education and the office of economic growth on developments in the health sector, with emphasis on population and development, family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH), maternal newborn and child health (MNCH), adolescent and youth, nutrition, water sanitation and hygiene. The incumbent uses their analytical skills to inform and guide decision-making at the Mission level regarding the on-going effectiveness of current strategies and provide recommendations on options to shape the portfolio.

  • Provides TA across the HPN portfolio on cross cutting programs in health system strengthening, integration of reproductive health, HIV and malaria, water sanitation and hygiene, emerging pandemic threats.

  • Represent USAID on joint development partner working groups advancing donor assistance transitions and Kenya’s Journey to Self-Reliance in family health programs.

  • Leads the development of the Health Implementation Plan which contributes to the Annual Operational Plan (OP) and the Annual Performance Plan (PPR) which are key to the achievement of the development objectives. The incumbent is expected to collaborate with all the technical teams in HPN to develop the comprehensive Health Sector narrative, the budget allocation narratives, targets and indicators, and other relevant Mission cross cutting narratives such as gender, anti-corruption, and others.

    Program Management and Strategic Planning 20%

  • Provides direct supervision of and mentoring to at least 13 professional cooperating country national staff members, two being Deputy Team Leaders, providing supervision, leadership, mentorship, and guidance to the Family Health COE staff. Identifies professional development opportunities for staff and provides timely performance reviews.

  • Provides oversight over all project designs and relevant analyses and documentation under HPN’s family health portfolio.

  • Manages the performance of the Family Health COE portfolio and its contribution to the Country Development Cooperation Strategy and the Regional Development Cooperation Strategy Performance Management Plans.

  • Provides financial oversight for USAID’s investments in FP/RH, MNCH, adolescent and reproductive health, WASH and nutrition.

  • Conducts regular site visits to review implementation of the portfolio’s efforts. Based on information collected during field visits with relevant AOR/COR’s, communicate findings and recommendations for strengthening HPN’s Family Health activities.

  • Leads regular data analysis and review for the family health portfolio and data quality assessments.

  • Participates in health care financing planning forums of the GOK aimed at securing adequate resources for the health sector at the national and county level. This includes the MTEF process and the relevant county budget and planning processes in the USAID target counties for the Family Health portfolio.

    Coordination and Representation 25%

  • Serves as the Mission representative alongside USAID Washington in the Global Vaccine Initiative’s (GAVI) Partner Steering Committee charged with providing technical input to the Global GAVI 2.1 Strategy.

  • Serves as the Kenya Country USAID representative on the FP 2020 development partner group alongside DfID, UNFPA, Gates Institute.

  • Lead the development partner forum for coordination of polio support in Kenya working with WHO, UNICEF, and implementing partners.

  • Represent USAID in relevant national, regional and international forums focused on sharing best practices, policy formulation, review of pertinent global strategies, collaborating and learning in reproductive health, maternal, newborn child and adolescent health.


  • Master’s Degree In Public Health, International Health

  • Master's Degree In A Relevant Social Science And Or Clinical Field.

    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: Master’s degree in Public Health, International Health, or in a relevant social science and/or clinical field is required.

    Post Entry Training:

  • Familiarization training in USAID-specific procedures, regulations, and methods, and orientation to working from a donor-Agency perspective, etc., will be provided.

  • Successful completion of formal COR/AOR certification courses is required.

  • Other training to maintain professional capability in the field, and other courses offered for professional USAID staff, as appropriate; and, courses, seminars, conferences, and other activities in fields related to the sector and needed to maintain and update professional qualifications as they become available will be provided, subject to offerings and the availability of funds.

    More Details on Experience

    Prior Work Experience:

  • A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience managing and implementing public health programs in developing countries, with an emphasis on reproductive health/family planning, MCH, HIV/AIDS and/or child survival is required.

  • Two years of supervisory experience required.

  • Experience working for a USG agency and/or a development organization, with at least three years’ experience, working on RH/MCH activities; At least four years’ experience working for a U.S. Government agency or a development organization, or implementing partner, in a developing country context supporting health development programs, preferably in East Africa or a similar development context at progressively higher program management levels.

    Job Knowledge:

  • Demonstrated advanced specialist knowledge and technical experience in population and development, family planning, reproductive health, maternal, newborn and child health, adolescent reproductive health is required.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of public and private approaches to providing family planning, reproductive health/maternal, newborn and child health and integration with HIV is required. Advanced knowledge of health sector issues, national and regional perspective and programs in the USAID/KEA region is required.

  • The incumbent must have a good knowledge, or the potential to quickly acquire such knowledge, of USG legislation, policy, and practice relating to development assistance, of USAID programming policies, regulations, procedures, and documentation, and those of non-state actors (i.e. multilateral and bilateral health partners, civil society and faith-based organizations and private sector).

  • The incumbent must have substantial knowledge and understanding of the organization and respective roles of the different levels of government, in order to enhance effective communication, and to develop consensus on program/project strategy and implementation plans.

    More Details on Skills

    Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated diplomatic and leaderships skills with strong oral communication abilities at senior management levels is required.

  • Ability to lead project teams and workgroups and to develop effective working relationships with national and international partners is required.

  • Ability to provide complex explanations, facilitate meetings and make oral presentations to senior officials and partners in a multi-cultural contexts and exercise ingenuity and tact in highly complex settings.

  • The candidate must be capable of working independently, prioritizing and managing several activities simultaneously.

  • The ability to work in collaboratively in a team environment to achieve consensus on policy, program and administrative matters is necessary.

  • The work requires strong writing and computer skills with ability to produce concise and clear technical and financial reports.

  • Ability to travel extensively to multiple countries within the region is required.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; USAID Usaid Development Assistance Specialist (Family Health) – Senior Health Advisor/family Health Coe Director) Jobs in Kenya

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