Project: CDC: Supporting the Sustainable Implementation of Comprehensive High-Quality HIV Prevention,
Care and Treatment Programs in Nairobi County/Western Region of Kenya under PEPFAR
Location: Nairobi County/Western Region, Kenya
Reports to: Principal Investigator
We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of a Co-Principal Investigator
Summary of Position:
The Co-Principal Investigator will be responsible for the overall technical oversight of the program, including providing technical leadership in the design, planning and execution of sound technical strategies and best practices in the program areas targeted by this program. Reporting to the PI, the Co-PI will take a leadership role in ensuring technical implementation and ensure the program meets stated goals and reporting requirements. The Co-PI will directly supervise the program’s senior technical and program staff and will lead development of the project’s annual work plans, overseeing the achievement of targets set in the work plans and reporting on progress toward achievement on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual basis. S/he will work closely with the CDC technical teams to review and re-align program implementation strategies to achieve the expected program outcomes. S/he will take a technical leadership role in coordinating overall technical implementation strategies with program technical leads, Government of Kenya (GOK) structures at the national and county levels, and other partners.
Duties and responsibilities
- Work in close collaboration with the PI to plan and oversee senior level technical assistance for the program;
- Provide the overall program technical leadership and direction in the design, planning, implementation, and monitoring of program activities and ensure seamless integration, coordination of all components of the program to facilitate timely delivery on planned activities.
- Identify technically sound, cost-effective, and practical approaches to enhance provision of comprehensive HIV prevention, care and treatment services that are consistent with CDC's strategies/regulations, international standards and GOK policies and priorities.
- In consultation with the GOK county counterparts, ensure timely co-development, co-implementation and co-monitoring of the annual work planning process that will strengthen the capacity of the county, sub-county, and health facility levels to deliver comprehensive high-quality HIV prevention care and treatment interventions.
- Work closely with PI and technical teams to ensure that all program activities and deliverables are programmatically sound and of the highest technical quality.
- Ensure that regular quarterly, semi-annual and annual program reports, along with ad hoc reports requested by the donor are accurate, of the highest quality, and submitted in a timely manner.
- Serve as a member of the project senior management team, providing input to decision making and action planning and helping to communicate decisions and important issues to program staff accordingly.
- Work closely with M&E Lead and other Technical Leads to ensure that quality management is well integrated into both program interventions and internal processes and procedures.
- Provides day-to-day supervision to technical staff in the program and ensures technical quality of the work of the technical unit/team.
- Support the PI in programmatic representation, strategic development, and quality control duties, including liaison with CDC and government stakeholders to respond to their informational, data and monitoring requirements.
- Contribute to the tracking of progress, analysis of data and preparation of project reports for the donor; and participate in key meetings and presentations with external stakeholders; and
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Desired knowledge, skills, and attributes
- In-depth knowledge of Kenyan public health sector and clinical settings, including governmental and non-governmental contexts.
- At least five years of demonstrated, recent experience within the capacity of a senior staff in HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment; and/or quality improvement/quality assurance; health systems strengthening; M&E; and operations research.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with government representatives, other implementing partners, local community organizations, donors, and other stakeholders, particularly at the county level.
- Demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to work well with others, including developing and maintaining compatibility among project staff, consultants, and recipients of project TA and support.
- Demonstrated management and team-building skills, including relevant experience in direct supervision of professional staff.
- Articulate and able to communicate in a clear, professional manner with clients and staff; and
- Sensitivity to cultural differences and understanding of the social, political ethical issues surrounding HIV infections.
- Ability to manage tight deadlines and deliver high volumes of work with minimal supervision.
- A minimum qualification of medical doctor (MD) plus Master of Degree in public health infectious disease, or related discipline.
- Concrete and clear understanding, and knowledge of Kenya’s health care system and National HIV program.
- At least ten years of proven and demonstrated experience in technical and strategic planning, implementation, monitoring, and supervision of comprehensive HIV program.
- At least 10 years of reputable technical leadership and program management experience in large complex public health programs.
- At least five years of demonstrated senior- level experience in the design, planning, implementation, and overall technical management of donor funded HIV programs.
- Demonstrate decision making ability, problem solving ability, competency to work independently when required and under stressful conditions, and the experience of operating in a management culture built on consensus and results.
- Experience in supervision of senior technical staff within an NGO setting.
- Expertise in care, treatment, and support for adult, pediatric HIV/AIDS/eMTCT, and TB at the clinical level, with the ability to understand full range of issues around the clinical management of HIV/AIDS and TB including provision of ART.
- Sound knowledge of HIV prevention strategies such as Recency testing, Smart testing approaches, VMMC, PreP and cervical cancer.
- At least 5 years of senior-level experience within INGO-led, USG-funded public health programs focusing on HIV/AIDS, including ART.
- Demonstrated ability to interact professionally with, gain credibility/respect from, and maintain strong relationships with key project stakeholders, especially county and national governments officials, and the donor.
- Experience in reporting writing based on USG/CDC guidelines is an essential requirement for the position; and
- Should have the knowledge of and experience in training and capacity building and must be fluent in written and spoken English.
This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties.