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  • Posted: Apr 9, 2020
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  • Abt Associates is a global leader in research, evaluation and program implementation; driving innovation and measurable impact for more than 50 years. What sets us apart is our evidence-based and multi-disciplinary approach to solving tough challenges in health, social and environmental policy and international development. Specific areas we work in include:...
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    Chief of Party ll - LHSS Kenya

    Job Summary

    Abt Associates seeks a qualified Chief of Party for the Local Health System Sustainability Project’s East Africa Cross-Border Health Activity (LHSS/East Africa) focusing on the following countries in the region: Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. The LHSS Project is USAID’s flagship initiative in integrated health systems strengthening, with a goal to help low- and middle- income countries transition to sustainable, self-financed health systems as a means to support universal health coverage. LHSS/East Africa in particular will work in partnership with USAID Kenya and East Africa (KEA) Mission, bilateral Missions of the focus countries, regional intergovernmental organizations (RIGOs), national governments, private sector stakeholders, and relevant civil society organizations (CSOs) to improve the health of vulnerable and mobile populations that cross borders. At the end of two years, LHSS/East Africa will have increased access to and use of affordable and continuous quality health care in cross-border areas for this target population.

    This is a full-time position based in Nairobi, Kenya with frequent travel to focus countries.

    Key Roles and Responsibilities

    The Chief of Party will have the following specific duties and responsibilities:

    • Provide strategic direction, technical leadership, and project management to successfully implement planned activities and produce results
    • Serve as the project’s key liaison with USAID KEA, bilateral Missions in focus countries, government counterparts, RIGOs, private sector stakeholders, and other local partners
    • Provide leadership and technical support for project staff and subcontractors on areas of health financing, capacity building, and private sector engagement
    • Supervise the project’s technical team to ensure a focus on core objectives, achievements of annual work plan and targets, and timely/effective implementation
    • Support the underpinning of self-reliance and sustainability development throughout the implementation of all activities, emphasizing the importance of RIGOs acting as primary stewards of all work
    • Collaboratively create and implement a strategic, long-term programmatic vision for the project and its stakeholders
    • Coordinate with and leverage similar projects from surrounding development partners and local stakeholders for better results
    • Monitor the progress and pace of project implementation, assuring that the full potential of the program is realized through the promotion of high quality work and internal control
    • Lead planning and implementation with respect to human resource management, reporting, compliance, logistics, property, communications, environmental compliance, and all other contractual obligations in collaboration with the Finance and Operations Manager

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Master’s degree or higher in public health or medicine is required
    • Minimum of 15 years’ prior experience in implementing health systems strengthening and financing schemes for improving access to care, facilitating private sector engagement in health service provision, and/or strengthening local capacity and sustainability for transition-readiness, preferably with demonstrated experience (5 years) in leadership positions specifically improving access to and quality of regional or cross-border health systems
    • Minimum 10 years of experience managing development projects. Prior COP experience for USG projects is preferred
    • Demonstrated experience in working in partnership with multiple host country governments/ government entities, donors, local partners, and other stakeholders
    • Proven record of excellent management, leadership, decision-making, and interpersonal skills
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate a common vision among team members and stakeholders
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English are required
    • Knowledge and communication skills in French and/or one or more national languages in the region will have an added value

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    Administration Manager / Finance & Operations Manager - LHSS Kenya

    Job Summary

    Abt Associates seeks a qualified Finance and Operations Manager for the Local Health System Sustainability Project’s East Africa Cross-Border Health Activity (LHSS/East Africa). The Activity supports Development Objective (DO) 2 of the East Africa Regional Development Cooperation Strategy (2016-2021): Improve management of risks that transcend borders. LHSS/East Africa will work in partnership with USAID, bilateral Missions, regional intergovernmental organizations (RIGOs), national governments, private sector stakeholders, and relevant civil society organizations (CSOs) to improve the health of vulnerable and mobile populations that cross borders. At the end of two years, LHSS/East Africa will have increased access to and use of affordable and continuous quality health care in cross-border areas for this target population.

    This is a full-time position based in Nairobi, Kenya. Kenyan citizenship or residency with work authorization is required.

    Key Roles And Responsibilities

    The Finance and Operations Manager will have the following specific duties and responsibilities:

     

    • Responsible for the primary oversight and in-country leadership of all financial reporting, human resources, and administrative operations including all audits and financial reporting to USAID
    • Develops, manages, and monitors project budgets, accurate financial reports, and projection of funding
    • Oversees the recording of expenditures, income, and any other related transactions in the company accounting software
    • Liaise with the Home Office Finance team on all aspects of financial procedures and any issues that may arise
    • Manages and enforces systems for travel advances, travel expense reports, tracking of travel aging report, and follow up with staff on outstanding advances
    • Oversees the preparation of payroll and other regular payments with due consideration to deductions (for advances, taxes, etc), and manages the review of monthly payroll for accuracy
    • Tracks and records all site office fringe benefits
    • Oversees all project procurements, including drafting RFQs, reviewing quotes, writing vendor selection memos and analyses, and issuing PR/POs
    • Creates tracker of all procurements including information on total value, invoices received, and any modifications issued
    • Prepares monthly cash requests, and promptly advises actions required to cover estimated costs
    • Ensures that government taxes, pension funds, and other local statutory requirements are paid on time
    • Oversees the preparation of monthly bank reconciliations
    • Checks petty cash payments and periodically reconciles petty cash balances
    • Prepares monthly Remove Office Voucher (ROV) documentation and promptly submits to Abt HQ once approved by Senior Management
    • Reviews and approves payment vouchers and corresponding checks, and conducts regular audits of supporting documentation
    • Provides financial data necessary to complete the periodic inventory of fixed assets
    • Ensures that the accounting records are up to date at all times, orderly, well kept, and readily available for reference and audit, when required
    • Facilitates opening of a new bank account
    • In coordination with Abt Home Office, develops an Activity grant manual with the necessary templates and tools
    • Oversees and manages grants through ensuring proper record keeping and documentation by the grantees for auditing
    • In coordination with the Home Office, facilitates tax exemption processes with local government entities as applicable
    Preferred Qualifications

     

    • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration, or other relevant field is required
    • Minimum of 8 years of experience in financial and administrative management for donor-funded projects, including five years of progressive experience in a supervisory role
    • Experience working on USAID-funded projects
    • Demonstrated leadership skills in working collaboratively with other donors, host country institutions, and international organizations
    • Demonstrated initiative and self-motivation in handling all assigned tasks
    • Skills with Quicken, Microsoft Word, and Excel, as well as electronic communications programs as required
    • Kenyan citizenship or residency with work authorization
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Fluency in written and spoken English
    • Writing and speaking Swahili and/or French is an added advantage
    Minimum Qualifications

     

    • Master’s degree and 6-8 years of experience OR the equivalent combination of education and experience
    Abt Associates is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse workforce. Abt Associates provides market-competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits. Local candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

    Disclaimer: Abt Associates will never ask candidates for money in exchange for an offer of employment.

    Method of Application

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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