Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University is implementing The Challenge Initiative (TCI), a project funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) through The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health (GI), Department of Population, Family & Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Provide leadership and strategic direction to ensure programmatic and financial integrity of integrated health projectand to achieve rapid and sustained project goals, objectives and targets
Ensure compliance with the project award results and the oversight of project activities to achieve the stated objectives
Develop and maintain strong working relationships and alliances with USAID, the Kenyan Ministry of Health, NASCOP, NACC, as well as other USG implementing partners, private sector partners and other key stakeholders in Kenya to maximize resources and avoid duplication of effort
Represent Jhpiego’s interests and present progress, achievements and lessons learned to key Kenyan stakeholders including USAID and implementing partners in public and professional circles through meetings, conferences, and presentations
Provide technical leadership in the design, analysis, and synthesis of interventions
Ensure the quality and sustainability of interventions particularly in the areas of HIV prevention, care and treatment, including VMMC, eMTCT and HTS.
Participate in relevant technical advisory groups with counterparts and partner institutions
Lead the annual work planning process in close collaboration with USAID, Kenyan Ministry of Health, project team and project partners
Oversee preparation of periodic project reports to donor
Mentor, support, supervise and manage a team of highly qualified staff and align their efforts to ensure rapid and sustainable results
Provide guidance, in collaboration with key staff, to subcontractors and subgrantees and coordinate activities with other agencies
Manage multiple project partner
Write and/or review technical components of materials and publications related to integrated health and its development
Ensure resources for project implementation are available
Work with finance and project staff to develop and track project budgets
Work with Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) staff to develop M&E frameworks and effectively track data/results
Work closely with Jhpiego home office staff to ensure effective, timely and coordinated project implementation
Ensure compliance with USAID operational policies and regulations
Advanced degree in public health, health administration, international health or a related field; MD preferred.
Previous experience serving as COP or DCOP
10+ years' experience managing large, multi-year international health sector development projects (approximately $10M per year) that have implemented successful activities in areas of HIV prevention, care and/or treatment including program, financial and administration management, award contractual compliance, sub-award management, and tracking project performance and costs via specific funding streams; experience managing contracts preferred
Demonstrated experience and knowledge in establishing systems and overseeing project start-up
Understanding of the Kenyan (or similar) social and political context, and developments in the health sector
At least five years international (outside of Kenya) experience in development, managing, overseeing, and evaluating public health programs of similar size and complexity
Experience hiring and supervising personnel and ensuring they acquire the necessary training and skills to meet evolving program needs
Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and sustain interpersonal and professional relationships with USAID missions, host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, PVOs, the private sector and other donors.
In-depth knowledge of USAID projects, regulations, compliance and reporting
Demonstrated outstanding leadership, strategic thinking, organizational, team-building and representational skills.
Management, training or clinical background in HIV prevention, care and/or treatment
Expertise in research to practice—identifying best practices and adapting them to project realities
Previous experience working in Kenya with intimate understanding of local health system and health systems strengthening, HIV health care gaps and opportunities, and solid relationships at government agencies
Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform
Provide technical and programmatic oversight, strategic direction and ensure appropriate support for the implementation of program activities in the areas of health systems strengthening and quality improvement
Provide leadership in development of HSS &QI framework for partner districts and at facility levels
Coordinate assessments, site strengthening, follow-up and supervision, including developing supportive supervision guidelines
Identify clinical training needs and assist in the design and implementation of measures to address those needs
Oversee the development of training curricula and quality improvement systems
Engage regional and district stakeholders to define desired health outcomes and confirm clinical performance standards in alignment with national health service delivery standards and QI processes in different health facilities) and settings (static clinics, referrals, outreach), assess existing gaps in meeting standards, and develop a plan of action to achieve the desired health outcomes
Develop and test approaches for quality and performance improvement according to the local context as needed
Lead in establishment/maintenance of quality laboratory practice and quality standards for all biomedical interventions
Apply quality standards to ensure that health services meet national requirements, as well as meet client expectations
Advocate with national, district and community-level health institutions to raise awareness about their role in improving health outcomes
Contributes to strengthening the referral system at all levels of health system
In collaboration with program staff and the M&E Specialist, ensure that necessary quality improvement planning, budgeting and management activities occur to facilitate smooth and efficient program functioning
Monitor and track improvements and progress toward quality goals
Reinforce the peer review process, including sharing lessons learned and best practices adopted, to continually bridge performance gaps
A Master’s degree in Public Health or a related field
At least 8 years’ experience relevant, senior-level professional experience managing and implementing health systems strengthening programs in the areas of health policy and administration, health sector development, public health with a minimum of (5) years’ experience in sub-Saharan Africa, Kenya experience preferred.
Five (5) years demonstrated experience in managing and supervising health systems activities and teams.
Skill in strengthening service delivery programs, training, performance and quality improvement and monitoring and evaluation
The ability to liaise with senior MOH officials and dignitaries, executives of NGOs, FBOs, CBOs, the for-profit business community, and senior members of the donor community;
Demonstrated in-depth understanding of Kenya healthcare system, particularly the public health system, experience living and working in Kenya preferred
Strong oral and written communication and presentations skills in English
Familiarity with USAID or other USG administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems; experience with contracts preferred
Proven track record managing a project team composed of several technical experts and fostering team work
Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in national programs and technical staff in QI
Ability to travel up to 50% time
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