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  • Posted: Aug 13, 2020
    Deadline: Aug 28, 2020
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    Senior Technical Advisor, Adolescents 360

    Department: Sexual and Reproductive Health

    Reports to: Deputy Director, Adolescents 360

    Timing: October 2020

    Travel: Up to 25% travel (Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, USA, UK)

    PSI’s flagship adolescent program, Adolescents 360 (A360) is looking for new talent to support the next phase of the project. With funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), A360 has partnered with young people and government health systems to design, pilot and scale adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) interventions which position contraception as a tool to achieving girls’ self-defined goals. In 2½ years of implementation it has supported over 360,000 adolescent girls adopt modern contraception. A360 is set to embark on an ambitious new phase which will focus on making adaptations to support continuation, strengthening the enabling environment, providing more substantive economic empowerment opportunities and embedding A360’s approaches in the government health systems in which we work. Cutting across this will be a comprehensive research and learning agenda designed to advance ASRH evidence and practices.

    As A360 enters its next phase, PSI is looking for a Senior Technical Advisor to build technical capacity and provide technical assistance (TA) to country teams. This position is based in reports to the Deputy Director and is based in Kenya.

    Interested? Read on.

    Your contribution

    Technical

    • Support the Deputy Director to develop, adapt and evaluate A360’s technical strategy.
    • Oversee adaptations relating to continuation, the enabling environment, economic empowerment, meaningful adolescent engagement, and integration into government health systems.
    • Support the Senior Technical Advisor (Research and Learning) and M&E Advisor to ensure there is a monitoring, evaluation, research and learning framework for each adaptation.
    • Collaborate with and take direction on adaptive implementation from the SRH Department’s Senior Technical Advisor (Learning and Implementation Science).
    • Support the Senior Program Manager and Program Manager – who will serve as the point people for each country - to provide day-to-day technical support to the country teams.
    • When technical assistance needs extend beyond the capacity of the Senior Program Manager and Program Manager, work with them to identify the technical assistance (TA) needs.
    • Provide practical (not theoretical or conceptual), pragmatic (realistic and prioritised) and context appropriate technical assistance.
    • When the TA needs extend beyond A360’s capacity, source the necessary technical assistance from PSI global, consultants or technical partners.
    • Define the scope of work for PSI global, consultants or technical partners and manage the relationship and deliverables.
    • Support peer-to-peer technical assistance systems to leverage the capacity within country teams and provide high performing, high potential individuals with professional development opportunities, helping identify peer-to-peer candidates, prepare those selected, and quality assure the TA provided by them.
    • Build the capacity of each country team in a deliberate and concerted manner.
    • Collaborate with PSI’s SRH technical advisors and Youth Task team to ensure strategic alignment, leverage departmental capacity, and advance PSI’s thought leadership.
    • Keep abreast of the latest literature on ASRH and ensure key learning is shared across the global and country teams.

    Donor relations

    • Be responsive to the requests from donors – whether direct from the donors or relayed by the Senior Program Manager – and produce quality deliverables in a timely manner.
    • Support new business development as appropriate.

    Research and learning

    • Work with A360’s global and country teams to produce knowledge products to support adoption of A360 approaches by third parties, ensuring all technically sound, use plain English, and are tailored to the intended users.
    • Work with A360’s global and country teams to write conference abstracts and papers, technical publications and peer review journal articles.
    • Work with the Communications Manager to develop and review technical content in external communications.
    • Represent A360 in external fora, including technical working groups and regional / global conferences.
    • Partner with country teams to provide TA to third parties replicating A360’s approaches.

    What are we looking for?

    You should embody PSI’s corporate values:

    • Measurement: You use hard evidence to make decisions and guide your work. You set clear goalposts in advance and explain clearly if you need to move them.
    • Pragmatism: You’ll strive to deliver the best possible result with the resources available. You won’t be paralyzed by a need to make things perfect.
    • Honesty: You own your mistakes and are open about your shortcomings – it’s the only way you’ll learn and improve.
    • Collaboration: You’ll quickly establish a mental map of whom you can rely on for what, on your team, at headquarters, and in our country offices – if you try to do it all yourself, you won’t succeed.
    • Trust: You accept limits to your sphere of control and give colleagues the benefit of the doubt.
    • Commitment: You are in it for the long-haul and want to grow with the organization, just like PSI serves its consumers and partners with host-country governments through thick and thin.

    Our ideal candidate will possess:

    • At least 10 years of relevant experience in program management and technical assistance roles.
    • A breadth of technical expertise including ASRH, HCD and public sector strengthening.
    • Experience of providing effective technical assistance across multiple countries.
    • Experience of working on complex multi-country projects.
    • Authentic individual with strong emotional intelligence, especially self-management.
    • Good judgement and strong interpersonal skills.
    • Strong technical writing skills, including the ability to communicate with brevity and in plain English.
    • First-hand knowledge of some or all of the A360 geographies.
    • An aptitude for being highly organized, diligent, and reliable.
    • A commitment to PSI’s mission and its sexual and reproductive health strategy.
    • A higher education qualification such as an MBA, MPH or other relevant Masters’ degree.

    Please note:

    • This role will be based in Nairobi with local terms applicable.
    • References will be required and a background check will be performed.

    PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.

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    Deputy Director, Adolescents 360

    Join us!

    PSI’s flagship adolescent program, Adolescents 360 (A360) is looking for new talent to support the next phase of the project. With funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), A360 has partnered with young people and government health systems to design, pilot and scale adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) interventions which position contraception as a tool to achieving girls’ self-defined goals. In 2½ years of implementation it has supported over 360,000 adolescent girls adopt modern contraception. A360 is set to embark on an ambitious new phase which will focus on making adaptations to support continuation, strengthening the enabling environment, providing more substantive economic empowerment opportunities and embedding A360’s approaches in the government health systems in which we work. Cutting across this will be a comprehensive research and learning agenda designed to advance ASRH evidence and practices.

    As A360 enters its next phase, PSI is looking for a Deputy Director to lead A360’s technical strategy, build technical capacity, and provide technical assistance (TA) to country teams. This position is reports to the Project Director and is based in Kenya.

    Your contribution

    • Leadership
      • Serve as a member of the A360 leadership team.
      • Help foster a high performing and positive team culture.
      • Deputize for the A360 Director when required.
      • Line manage the Senior Technical Advisor (ASRH) and Senior Technical Advisor (Research and Learning).
      • Lead a deliberate and concerted effort to build the technical capacity of the country teams.
    • Technical
      • Lead the development, adaptation, and evaluation of A360’s technical strategy for the next phase of this project, building on the learning from the first phase of the project.
      • Support the Senior Program Manager and Program Manager – who will serve as the point people for each country - to provide day-to-day technical support to the country teams.
      • When technical assistance needs extend beyond the capacity of the Senior Program Manager and Program Manager, work with them to identify the technical assistance (TA) needs.
    • Work with A360’s technical advisors to plan TA, drawing on A360’s technical advisors, country teams (peer-to-peer), PSI’s global team, consultants, and technical partners.
    • Establish peer-to-peer technical assistance systems to leverage the capacity within country teams and provide high performing, high potential individuals with professional development opportunities.
    • Work with country leads and the project’s Senior Program Manager and Program Manager to define the scope of work for technical partners and consultants and manage the relationship and deliverables.
    • Oversee the execution and appraisal of TA by A360’s technical advisors, country teams (peer-to-peer), PSI’s global team, consultants and technical partners.
    • Lead the development of A360’s replication strategy to support others to replicate A360’s approaches and coordinate the technical assistance required.
    • Collaborate with the SRH department’s other technical advisors to ensure strategic alignment, leverage departmental capacity, and advance PSI’s thought leadership.
    • Keep abreast of the latest literature on ASRH and ensure key learning is shared across the global and country teams.
    • Donor relations
      • Be responsive to the requests from donors and produce quality deliverables in a timely manner.
      • Review donor communications such as reports for technical accuracy.
      • Be accountable for the technical team’s travel, consultant and ODC budgets, ensuring budgets and forecasts are based on robust work plans, expenditure is tracked on a monthly basis, and corrective measures are taken.
      • Attend monthly donor calls, quarterly leadership calls and the annual program review meeting.
      • Host stakeholder site visits.
      • Support new business development as appropriate.
    • Research and learning
      • Oversee the production of knowledge products by the A360 core and in-country teams to support adoption of A360 approaches by third parties, ensuring all technically sound, use plain English, and are tailored to the intended users.
      • Oversee the production of conference abstracts and papers, technical publications and peer review journal articles.
      • Work with the Communications Manager to develop and sign off the technical content in external communications.
      • Work with the process evaluators to shape the process evaluation, disseminate learning and make course corrections.
      • Represent A360 in external fora, including technical working groups and regional / global conferences.
      • Coordinate A360’s global advisory panel.

    What are we looking for?

    You should be client-focused and embody PSI’s corporate values:

    • Measurement: You use hard evidence to make decisions and guide your work. You set clear goalposts in advance and explain clearly if you need to move them.
    • Pragmatism: You’ll strive to deliver the best possible result with the resources available. You won’t be paralyzed by a need to make things perfect.
    • Honesty: You own your mistakes and are open about your shortcomings – it’s the only way you’ll learn and improve.
    • Collaboration: You’ll quickly establish a mental map of whom you can rely on for what, on your team, at headquarters, and in our country offices – if you try to do it all yourself, you won’t succeed.
    • Trust: You accept limits to your sphere of control and give colleagues the benefit of the doubt.
    • Commitment: You are in it for the long-haul and want to grow with the organization, just like PSI serves its consumers and partners with host-country governments through thick and thin.

    Our ideal candidate will possess:

    • A higher education qualification such as an MBA, MPH or other relevant Masters’ degree.
    • At least 10 years of relevant experience in program management and technical assistance roles.
    • A breadth of technical expertise including ASRH, HCD, public sector strengthening and research.
    • Experience of effectively providing technical assistance across multiple countries.
    • Experience of working on complex multi-country projects.
    • Authentic individual with strong emotional intelligence, especially self-management.
    • Experience of managing others effectively, including remote and matrix management.
    • Solutions orientated.
    • Good judgement and strong interpersonal skills.
    • Strong technical writing skills, including the ability to communicate with brevity and in plain English.
    • First-hand knowledge of some or all of the A360 geographies.
    • Sound financial literacy and budget management experience.
    • An aptitude for being highly organized, diligent, and reliable.
    • A commitment to PSI’s mission and its sexual and reproductive health strategy.
    • Experience of working with BMGF and/or CIFF would be an added advantage.

    Please note:

    This role will be based in Nairobi with local terms applicable.
    References will be required and a background check will be performed.

    PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.

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    Senior Technical Advisor (Research and Learning), Adolescents 360

    Department: Sexual and Reproductive Health

    Reports to: Deputy Director, Adolescents 360

    Timing: October 2020

    Travel: Up to 25% travel

    Location: Nairobi, Kenya (local hire)

    Join us!

    PSI’s flagship adolescent program, Adolescents 360 (A360) is hiring new talent to support the next phase of the project. With funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), A360 has partnered with young people and government health systems to design, pilot and scale adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) interventions which position contraception as a tool to achieving girls’ self-defined goals. In 2½ years of implementation it has supported over 360,000 adolescent girls adopt modern contraception. A360 is set to embark on an ambitious new phase which will focus on making adaptations to support continuation, strengthening the enabling environment, providing more substantive economic empowerment opportunities and embedding A360’s approaches in the government health systems in which we work. Cutting across this will be a comprehensive research and learning agenda designed to advance ASRH evidence and practices.

    As A360 enters its next phase, PSI is looking for a Senior TA lead A360’s research and learning agenda. This position is based in reports to the Deputy Director and is based in Kenya. It will have a dotted line into the SRH Department’s Senior Research Advisor.


    Interested? Read on.

    Your contribution

    • Technical
      • Collaborate with government, donors and other stakeholders to develop and adapt a research and learning agenda at a global and country level.
      • Collaborate with the Senior Technical Advisor (ASRH) and M&E Advisor to ensure there is a monitoring, evaluation, research and learning framework for each of the major areas of adaptation (continuation, the enabling environment, economic empowerment, meaningful adolescent engagement, and integration into government health systems).
      • Collaborate with the country teams and their Regional Research Advisor to ensure A360’s research and learning agenda is integrated into the country’s annual research plans.
      • Build the capacity of each country team to execute A360’s research and learning agenda, in a deliberate and concerted manner.
      • Oversee the development of research protocols. Ensure research protocols use high quality quantitative and qualitative methods and participatory methodologies and are aligned with the project’s human centeredness and employ participatory methodologies.
      • Oversee the ethics approvals process by the country teams and PSI’s regional research advisors.
      • Oversee the development and execution of the annual client exit interviews and mystery client visits by the country teams.
      • Manage the day-to-day relationship with the process evaluators, ensuring their activities are aligned with the research and learning agenda, the learning is disseminated across the team, and where appropriate course corrections are made.
      • Manage consultants hired at a global level to support the research and learning agenda, shaping their scopes of work, overseeing the procurement process, managing their delivery, and tracking spend against budget.
      • Collaborate with the SRH department’s Senior Research Advisor and Senior Technical Advisor (Learning and Implementation Science), and PSI’s Evidence Team to ensure strategic alignment, leverage departmental capacity, and advance PSI’s thought leadership. Leverage their expertise and give weight to the direction they provide.
      • Organize regular after-action reviews to elicit and document learning, using independent facilitators drawn from within the SRH department.
      • Keep abreast of the latest relevant literature and ensure key learning is shared across the global and country teams.
    • Documentation and dissemination
      • Ensure A360’s learning repository is updated by the global and country teams periodically and the learning reviewed periodically.
      • Identify critical knowledge gaps and strategize with the project team how to address this.
      • Facilitate knowledge sharing between country teams via monthly calls and other mechanisms.
      • Contribute to the production of knowledge products to support adoption of A360 approaches by third parties, ensuring all technically sound, use plain English, and are tailored to the intended users.
      • Coordinate the writing of A360’s peer reviewed journals, technical publications, conference abstracts and papers, authoring where appropriate and feasible.
      • Contribute technical content to external communications organized by the Communications Manager.
      • Help foster a learning culture across A360 and one that embraces psychological safety.
      • Represent A360 in external fora, including technical working groups and regional / global conferences.
    • Donor relations
      • Be responsive to the requests from donors – whether direct from the donors or relayed by the Senior Program Manager – and produce quality deliverables in a timely manner.
      • Support new business development as appropriate.

    What are we looking for?

    You should be client-focused and embody PSI’s corporate values:

    • Measurement: You use hard evidence to make decisions and guide your work. You set clear goalposts in advance and explain clearly if you need to move them.
    • Pragmatism: You’ll strive to deliver the best possible result with the resources available. You won’t be paralyzed by a need to make things perfect.
    • Honesty: You own your mistakes and are open about your shortcomings – it’s the only way you’ll learn and improve.
    • Collaboration: You’ll quickly establish a mental map of whom you can rely on for what, on your team, at headquarters, and in our country offices – if you try to do it all yourself, you won’t succeed.
    • Trust: You accept limits to your sphere of control and give colleagues the benefit of the doubt.
    • Commitment: You are in it for the long-haul and want to grow with the organization, just like PSI serves its consumers and partners with host-country governments through thick and thin.

    Our ideal candidate will possess:

    • At least 10 years of relevant experience in monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL) roles, including 5 years in the sexual and reproductive health field.
    • Strong technical expertise in quantitative and qualitative research techniques.
    • Experience working on HCD projects and projects that have embraced adaptive implementation.
    • Experience working on complex multi-country projects with substantial research and learning agendas.
    • Experience developing research protocols, securing ethics approvals and supervising research.
    • Authentic individual with strong emotional intelligence, especially self-management and strong interpersonal skills.
    • Experience of writing technical publications and peer review journal articles.
    • Strong technical writing skills, including the ability to communicate with brevity and in plain English.
    • First-hand knowledge of some or all of the A360 geographies.
    • An aptitude for being highly organized, diligent, and reliable.
    • Strong computer literacy and proficiency in relevant software (e.g. Excel, DHIS2, PowerBI, Stata, SPSS, etc.).
    • A higher education qualification such as a Master’s degree in a relevant field (public health, epidemiology, international development, etc.).
    • A commitment to PSI’s mission and its sexual and reproductive health strategy.

    Please note:

    This role will be based in Nairobi with local terms applicable.
    References will be required and a background check will be performed.

    PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment

    Method of Application

    Interested applicants should submit a current Curriculum Vitae no later than August 28th, 2020 to jobs@psinairobi.org using the positions as the subject of the email

    • Applications will be screened on a rolling basis until a suitable candidate is identified.
    • The service is expected to start in October 2020

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