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Project Overview and Role
Palladium has recently been awarded a cooperative agreement to implement the USAID County Measurement, Learning and Accountability Program (CMLAP) in Kenya. The purpose of this activity is to support ongoing activities by the national and county governments and other development partners to strengthen outcome measurements, learning and accountability (MLA) systems in order to provide quality data and synthesized information for planning, implementation, policy development and decision making. This activity will focus its support in the following HIV, malaria and MNCH focal counties of Homabay, Migori, Kisii, Kakamega, Busia, Vihiga, Bungoma, and Kisumu.
The Palladium led CMLAP team includes Plan International and the Kenyan School of Government. Together we bring a deep knowledge of the country context—in particular, experience working on strengthening HIS in devolved counties. We have a collective track record in governance, health M&E and data systems, ICT and analytics, data demand and use, and capacity building strategies at all levels of the health system. Team partners are currently working in 7 of the 8 focus counties which favors a rapid start-up. Through our existing projects, the partners have established collaborative working relationships with local nongovernmental, community-based, and faith-based organizations (NGO/CBO/FBO) and the County Health Management Teams (CHMTs) that will facilitate work planning and the achievement of project results.
The project has two sub-purposes:
- Increased leadership and management capacity of county governments for effective outcome MLA systems.
- Increased availability, analysis and use of quality data
A 25 person team will be recruited to work in Kisumu to achieve the project results. Palladium is recruiting 21 staff and Plan 4 staff. The team will be led by a Chief of Party also based in Kisumu. Palladium staff in Nairobi and our international offices will provide routine technical and administrative support and assistance.
- The Knowledge Management (KM)/Communications Advisor will be responsible for ensuring project results are collected, disseminated and communicated appropriately for different audiences.
- S/he will work closely with the Deputy Chief of Party and other key technical staff on supporting inter and intra county learning platforms.
- The KM/Communications Advisor will provide technical assistance and support across the project activities to support the CMLAP counties to improve the MLA framework and to help strengthen communications mechanisms and networks.
- S/he will provide specific support to project activities to communicate learning around MLA strengthening. The Advisor will coordinate and support and planning, development, and implementation of project communications strategy that clearly identifies the main audiences for CMLAP, appropriate dissemination activities to reach the audiences, and the tools/products required.
- S/he will report to the Chief of Party and will supervise one position, the Project M&E Specialist.
The position is based in Kisumu, Kenya. No expatriate or relocation benefits are associated with the position.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Guides the design of a CMLAP communication and dissemination strategy and the production of innovative communication tools, products and platforms for CMLAP. These include but are not limited to reports, briefs, presentations, and special background papers.
- Provides communication guidance and capacity building to CMLAP staff and project partners through training and mentoring to help partners apply communication in their contexts.
- Organizes and supports communication strategies, messages and materials for project trainings, conferences, workshops, and meetings.
- Develops and manages innovative mechanisms and tools to capture and share CMLAP ideas, achievements and impact.
- Supervises the Project M&E Specialist to ensure the project M&E plan is implemented on time and to high quality standards, including timely submission of all USAID- and PEPFAR-required reports. This will include ensuring that the Specialist works closely with all staff on tracking project implementation, identifying gaps, and supporting teams in identifying opportunities for improvement.
- Coordinates CMLAP participation in national, regional, and local conferences and workshops by helping to identify appropriate meetings, plan presentations, prepare and finalize materials, and provide on-site communication support as required.
- Actively participates in the development of annual work plans and any specialized technical planning or reporting.
- Performs other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.
- A university degree in Communications, Journalism, International Relations or a relevant field.8 years experience in KM/Communications. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in i) public health; and ii) information systems strengthening iii) USAID development projects.
- Strong writing skills. Samples may be requested.
- Ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, strong communications skills.
- Fluency in written and spoken English and Swahili.
- Solid computer skills, including photo editing and desktop publishing.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified? Go to Palladium International career website on palladiumhr.secure.force.com to apply