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  • Posted: Sep 21, 2021
    Deadline: Sep 30, 2021
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  • Ciheb is an international health, education, and research center founded by the Institute of Human Virology within the University of Maryland, Baltimore's School of Medicine. The center is comprised of a network of international experts who work with local stakeholders to combat infectious and non-communicable diseases in resource-limited regions of the world. 
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    Health Systems Strengthening Lead

    Job Description

    The Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) Lead will provide technical support in building the capacity of the county leadership and Health Management Team (CHMT) towards ownership and utilization of high quality and sustainable HIV prevention and treatment services. Notably, the position shall facilitate a seamless link between service delivery interventions and county capacity for systems development including leadership and governance, Human Resources for health, planning, budgeting, and finance.

    Duties and Responsibilities: 

    1. In conjunction with the technical staff, take lead in supporting counties to undertake HSS capacity assessments, setting priorities, developing, and implementing capacity strengthening plans.
    2. Develop and implement a robust Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) plan for transition by guiding the process of identifying key performance parameters with clear milestones through the life of the project to tracking the transition process and objectives outlined in the grant’s proposal towards sustainability.
    3. Provide overall guidance and leadership support for HSS interventions including leadership and management capacity, human resources for health, budgeting/finance and enhance efficiency of supply chain among other pillars of health.
    4. Provide technical assistance to strengthen institutional capacity of county health systems management for implementation of quality health services.
    5. Strengthen strategic planning at county level by supporting the development and implementation of the health component of the five-year strategic plan and the annual operation plan.
    6. Work closely with technical staff to provide technical assistance in mainstreaming HSS in their technical service areas – service delivery, laboratory services, and commodity management.
    7. Provide expert support in the development and application of HSS tools (gap analysis, supervisory etc.).
    8. Oversee health workforce contracting and transition process to county government payroll through close collaboration with the relevant Public Service Boards (PSB).
    9. Facilitate high level engagements within the relevant counties to ensure increased ownership and buy in towards transition, sustainability, and the journey to self-reliance.
    10. Provide strategic oversight and supervision support to the county management in budgeting for essential services.
    11. Coordinate identification of training and system improvement needs, and support implementation of relevant training modules targeting health workers and CHMTs.
    12. Participate in the relevant technical working groups (county transition team) in the respective counties.
    13. Support the sharing of lessons learned, promising practices, and effective strategies to enable the county government, particularly the county health management team, to advance toward the desired HSS results.

    Required Qualification:

    1. Minimum of a Master’s Degree in Health Policy and administration, health sector development, public health, or a related field
    2. Minimum of 10 years’ working experience, designing, managing, implementing, and overseeing health systems strengthening initiatives with at least five (5) years at senior supervisory level with Ministry of Health and donor-funded programs including the US government PEPFAR programs
    3. Solid understanding Kenya’s devolved health systems both national and county systems
    4. Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills, capacity building skills, communication and interpersonal skills, and providing technical assistance
    5. Ability to cultivate, develop, and maintain good relationships with the county government and staff, colleagues and partners

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    Technical Lead (Dreams)

    Job Description

    She/he will be responsible for guiding the overall Ciheb-Kenya – ENTRENCH DREAMS strategy and coordinating the implementation of this strategy for quality and timely implementation, monitoring and reporting. S/he will supervise, work with the support of the ward-based staff to ensure quality support for effective implementation of HIV prevention services for adolescent girls and young women (AGYW).

    Duties and Responsibilities

    1. Provide overall coordination and support of the planning, design, and implementation of evidence-based HIV-prevention interventions targeting adolescent girls and young women, and to provide leadership in the adaptation and training of appropriate HIV prevention interventions including SHUGA, HCBF, MHMC, RESPECT-K, and FMP.
    2. Facilitate proper community mobilization, community entry process to ensure program sustainability, and ownership by the community members and stakeholders.
    3. Provide technical assistance through trainings, mentorship, and support to staff working on the DREAMS project, focusing on the package of evidence-based interventions including school-based HIV prevention programming, social asset building, social protection interventions including vocational training, education subsidy, entrepreneurship and financial capability training, and biomedical interventions including gender-based violence, HIV testing and counselling, contraceptive method mix, condom promotion and provision, PrEP education, community mobilization and norms change interventions, among others.
    4. Supervision and mentorship of the program staff in implementing targeted HIV prevention programs, packaging of interventions, and development of training and IEC materials.
    5. Capacity building, mentorship and support supervision of field staff, mentors, and change agents to ensure quality implementation of services to AGYW within the DREAMS program throughout recruitment, onboarding, structuring, performance monitoring, and day-to-day management.
    6. Effective monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of programs including working closely with the M&E team to set up program responsive M&E systems, tools, reporting structures, and data analysis that track progress and inform review meetings for programming as per the DREAMS guidance.
    7. Generate technical programmatic reports including documentation of lessons learnt, best practices, challenges, and opportunities for programming.
    8. Facilitate linkages across different HIV programs and services at health facility, consortium partners, and community levels; HIV testing, counselling, care, treatment and strengthening of health facility-community referral and linkages systems for the AGYW for biomedical interventions and social economic approaches.
    9. Identification of access barriers for AGYW (structural, HR, attitude, or skills) and addressing them in a timely manner with communities, gate keepers, and appropriate government organs.
    10. Serve as the budget holder for the program elements ensuring all expenditures are compliant, and budget revisions are completed accurately when required.
    11. Coordination and supervision of evaluations on the efficacy of behavioral, biomedical, and structural interventions and programs.
    12. Represent the organization in various forums including stakeholder forums, technical working groups, and other national programmatic forums, as well as coordinate ownership and sustainability of programs within the government mainstream functions whilst ensuring that key actors, both internal and external, are aware of programmatic and operational successes.

    Required Qualification

    1. Degree in Clinical Medicine or Nursing
    2. Master’s Degree in Public Health or Epidemiology
    3. Minimum of five (5) years’ experience implementing complex HIV prevention programs, with at least three (3) in a senior level position
    4. Experience working under PEPFAR-funded programs and USG donor’s regulations, specifically DREAMS program
    5. Knowledge or experience in social, behavioral change communication implementation science
    6. Demonstrated experience with a mix of practical technical skills in HIV prevention for AGYW necessary for strengthening service delivery at the national, county, or community-level
    7. Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving, written and verbal skills, capacity building skills, communication and interpersonal skills, and providing technical assistance.

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    Strategic Information Advisor

    Job Description

    The SI Advisor will be responsible for guiding the overall Ciheb-Kenya – ENTRENCH M&E strategy and coordinating the implementation of this strategy for quality and timely monitoring of ENTRENCH’s supported programs and activities in Kisumu and Migori Counties. This includes, but is not limited to, designing and leading the implementation of the monitoring, evaluation, and reporting (MER) systems that will ensure the program meets the required ministry, county and donor requirements including efficient systems for data management and reporting.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    1. Develop and maintain the overall framework for project’s M&E systems, prioritizing efficient HMIS for HIV including mHealth applications, eHTS, KenyaEMR, amongst others.
    2. Lead the baseline assessment and monitoring of the project by guiding the process of identifying key performance parameters and comparing these to targets and objectives outlined in the grant’s proposal.
    3. Develop a robust strategic information approach that can track the immediate and intermediate effects of program activities, including changes in knowledge, attitudes, responsiveness, data use, and technical assistance demand.
    4. Maintain a database to ensure all project outputs and results are accurately recorded and coordinated to inform program staff enhancing data demand and information use.
    5. Ensure timely reporting of supported activities to county, MoH, and the donor through DHIS2, 3PM, DATIM, and all other reporting platforms whilst ensuring data concordance.
    6. Provide regular reports on the status of implementation against the project goals and objectives to PI, PD, Senior Technical Advisor, CDC, and other program managers as required.
    7. Building the capacity of the supported facilities, county health teams, and project staff in collecting, utilizing, and disseminate data as well as ensuring harmonization of all data whilst working closely with the county M&E personnel and other stakeholders.
    8. Ensure the timely production and storage of accurate, reliable data through conducting regular quality assessments and carry out analysis and interpretation of project data.
    9. Support the preparation and facilitation of structured periodic project reviews, participatory impact assessments, process monitoring, operations monitoring, and lessons-learned workshops.
    10. Supervise Technical Leads and support to coach staff in all aspects related to HIV monitoring and evaluation.
    11. Collaborate with MoH M&E department as well as health informatics and data warehouse to create platform for dialogue, data sharing, and addressing key M&E issues within MoH.

    Required Qualification

    1. Minimum of an MSc in Epidemiology, applied or bio statistics, or health informatics
    2. Proficient in use of data management and analysis tools, and advanced skills in database construction and/or management (SQL, Access, Excel), and various statistical packages such SAS, SPSS or R including EPI-Info. Experience with programming software an added advantage
    3. Proven expertise in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, evaluation and implementation research, health information systems, reporting, data quality assessments, data analysis, and presentation
    4. Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience, designing, implementing, and overseeing monitoring and evaluation tasks for health and/or development projects, with at least five (5) years at senior supervisory level with MoH and donor-funded programs, including the US government PEPFAR programs
    5. Solid understanding Kenya’s health information systems and issues related to data (e.g., data security, tracking through the cascade etc.) on key and priority populations
    6. Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills, capacity building skills, communication and interpersonal skills and providing technical assistance

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    Pediatrics And Adolescent Lead

    Job Description

    S/he will be responsible for guiding the overall Ciheb – ENTRENCH project’s Children and Adolescents Living with HIV (CALHIV) technical strategy including the orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) program within Kisumu County. This will include taking the lead on development of the CALHIV annual workplan providing leadership, coordination, and management of technical assistance to achieve the UNAIDS’ goal of 95-95-95.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    1. Design and lead program initiatives within the Kisumu and Migori Counties to increase utilization and delivery of high quality, high impact comprehensive HIV services for children and adolescents across the continuum of care. This includes effective and efficient HIV case identification strategies to treatment cascades.
    2. Working closely with the STA Care and Treatment (C&T) and the Technical Leads to support and coach staff in all aspects related to CALHIV prevention and treatment, and to provide technical assistance within relevant Technical Working Groups (TWG), particularly C&T task teams, workshops, and campaigns.
    3. Provide leadership for continuous quality improvement (CQI) initiatives for efficient operations management and technical assistance to increase utilization of and continuity in treatment, as well as viral load suppression and monitoring.
    4. Design and implement the overall framework for the project’s OVC care and support program, institutionalizing the case planning approach to OVC care, and achieve the outcomes of healthy, stable, safe, and schooled by ensuring that all children and caregivers receive the eligible services as outlined in the OVC package of care.
    5. Ensure all the Local Implementing Partners (LIPs) are fully utilizing the CPIMS database and tools for their program implementation, monitoring, and reporting.
    6. Coordinate engagement of the LIPs, including grants to ensure the LIPs report and receive funding in a timely manner, and OVC supported within the program access optimum eligible services directly or through establishment of viable networks with relevant stakeholders.
    7. S/he will ensure the smooth transition of OVCs, empower caregivers, and create strong links with the relevant organizations (e.g., DREAMS, Families Matter), departments, and ministries leading to improved welfare of the OVCs.
    8. Enhance data demand and information use through structured technical review meetings and implementation of evidence-based public health approaches to service delivery.

    Required Qualification:

    1. Minimum of a degree in clinical medicine and an MSc in Public Health, Social, and/or Behavioral Sciences, or a related field with specific emphasis on community-level health promotion and/or education and/or social work
    2. Minimum of 10 years of experience in designing and implementing complex large scale HIV prevention and treatment programs, including OVC care and support programs, of which a minimum of five (5) were at senior level
    3. Demonstrable knowledge in HIV programming, especially in children, adolescents, and OVC care and support
    4. Demonstrated experience in capacity building, organizational systems strengthening, participatory methodologies for planning and implementing local-level activities given close engagement with LIPs
    5. Solid understanding of relevant Kenya national HIV technical policies and guidelines
    6. Experience and familiarity with donor-funded programs including the US government PEPFAR programs
    7. Demonstrated communication, problem solving and interpersonal skills and providing technical assistance

    Method of Application

    Kindly send your application that includes a cover letter and an updated CV including names of three professional referees to [email protected] on or before 30th September 2021. Applicants are advised to include the title of the position in the subject line also indicating preferred location.

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