Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium (KANCO). KANCO is a membership organization established in the early 1990sin Kenya with operations in the eastern Africa
USAID Health System Strengthening Grant - Kenya
KANCO is seeking a Chief of Party to lead an anticipated USAID-funded Health Systems strengthening project in Kenya. This will be a contract position pending award from USAID.
KANCO is seeking a Chief of Party to lead an anticipated USAID-funded Health Systems Strengthening Project in Kenya. The 5-year project will focus on providing support to strengthen health leadership and governance and health systems for quality and equitable service delivery.
Summary of the Position
The Chief of Party (COP) will be responsible for overall USAID project performance, management, and execution, ensuring all project deliverables including the budgets are met. The COP will serve as the primary point of technical contact with USAID and the Government of Kenya and will supervises the day-to-day work of staff, oversees project implementation to ensure quality of health system programming. S/he will be Responsible for providing leadership and overall management of a multi-disciplinary team to implement integrated health and health systems strengthening solutions to achieve project goals and objectives.
The COP will Provide leadership and oversight for areas including, Finance, Operations, monitoring and evaluation Reporting and Human Resource for successful implementation of the project and will lead the coordination with partners, as well as the Government of Kenya, Civil Society, Private Sector and others.
S/he will be responsible for communications with USAID to publicly represent the project and to establish contacts with Government Institutions and other stakeholders. The COP will be responsible for ensuring that all project interventions are of high quality and have a measurable impact.
The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya, and will report to the Executive Director KANCO
Actual hiring is contingent upon successful activity award and USAID approval.
- Provide overall program and technical leadership and supervision of all project activities, including sub-awardees and project personnel
- Lead all project planning responsibilities, including the production of annual workplans and budgets and performance monitoring plan, ensuring alignment of the budget to expected results and ensuring cost-effective use of resources
- Serve as the primary point of contact with USAID, project partners, and key stakeholders
- Oversee responses to donor reporting, including periodic technical and financial reports specified in the award
- Liaise with relevant county Ministry of Health counterparts and key stakeholders
- Ensure compliance with USAID award and support capacity building of the sub awardees.
- As relevant, manage all Government local grantmaking mechanisms, ensuring compliance with USAID regulations and KANCO policies
- Coordinate and/or conduct monitoring visits to grantee programs
- Ensure the development and implementation of key project deliverables, including the Monitoring and Evaluation plan
- Monitor staff performance and provide capacity strengthening support when needed
- Ensure visibility of project results, achievements, and lessons learned through presentations at planned meetings, conferences and workshops and/or by publishing articles through professional journals
- Support in funds management and subawards; closely monitor project expenditures and outcomes.
- Oversea the preparation of annual budgets; ensure and supervise regular financial reporting; keep USAID appraised of significant variances
- Ensure project expenses are reasonable, allocable, prudent, and spent in accordance with USAID rules and regulations; support annual audit procedure.
- Manage all grantmaking mechanisms, ensuring compliance with USAID regulations and KANCO policies.
- A Master’s degree in public policy and management, public policy and analysis, public health, Management, Social sciences or a related field
- Minimum 12 years’ experience managing and implementing complex donor-funded health projects, with a strong preference for experience and familiarity with USAID programming and priorities.
- Ten (10) years of experience building partnerships with local government, donors, multilateral organizations, academia, private sector, local community organizations, policy think tanks and research organizations.
- Experience in managing USG contracts and agreements mastery of USAID regulations governing such programs.
- Experience overseeing sub-awardees to achieve project results
- Familiarity with and expertise in overseeing financial and contractual management aspects of project management
- Experience with projects designed to increase equitable access health and rebuilding of Health systems preferred
- Knowledge and skills in health systems strengthening, health service delivery, and linkages between communities and health facilities
- Proven ability to forge strong professional relationships and facilitate coordination with donors, implementing partners, Nationwide and County Governments, health facilities, and communities in the public and private sectors
- Experience in capacity building and working with the public and private health sectors, especially with County Governments
- Demonstrated experience leading teams to achieve successful project implementation, financial management, and reporting
- Experience overseeing development and implementation of M&E and knowledge management strategies relevant to international public health projects
- Strong leadership, program, organizational management and communication skills including documentation.
- Previous experience managing an international development team as either a Chief of Party or Deputy Chief of Party preferred.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
Nationals of Kenya and especially women are strongly encouraged to apply.
KANCO is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). KANCO makes employment decisions and provides equal employment opportunity without regard to an applicant's or employee's race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age, disability, or any other basis.