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  • Technical Advisor at Child.org

  • Posted on: 14 September, 2018 Deadline: Not Specified
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    Technical Advisor - Programming



    Contract: Part time, two days per week with the potential to increase

    Salary: Between $200 and $250 per day depending on skills and experience (negotiable) ($52,000-$65,000 pro rata)

    Holiday: 28 days pro rata

    Location: Ideally in Nairobi, Kenya

    Reports to: Head of Programming

    Start date: ASAP

    Application deadline: 19th September 2018

    The role

    We’re looking for a dynamic and proactive Technical Advisor for our programming department. You will provide technical support to the team for programmes in low and middle income countries, currently in Kenya and Sierra Leone.

    The Technical Advisor will help us to manage and grow our programming output. We have a range of small and medium scale projects that require expertise in public health; specifically in maternal and newborn and school health programming. You will be responsible for the development and technical oversight of our programming activity.

    Main Responsibilities

    • Providing technical expertise to field and country teams on maternal and child health and public health issues and project implementation, cross-cutting health, education and other sectors
    • Overseeing the project cycle and supporting the team to ensure timely delivery of programming activity.
    • Respond to field and partner requests for technical assistance to field platforms in maternal, child and public health to improve quality, as well as delivery of project activities.
    • Providing expert technical support for the development of proposals for Child.org’s future projects, to a range of different donors and funding bodies.
    • Advise in the conduct of regular monitoring and evaluation assessments against project objectives.
    • Supervise and monitor the development of reporting systems for needs assessments and data collection (qualitative and quantitative), analysis, follow-up, feedback to staff, donors, partners and other agencies.
    • Represent Child.org in international and domestic fora together with the Head of Programming.
    • Maintain updated information and be a resource in relation to global health issues.
    • Contributing to strategic engagement and providing technical support in internal and external technical working groups with a variety of foci, with a range of stakeholders including internal board and staff members, partners and government departments.
    • Inputting into the development and updating of internal policy documents and governance.
    • This will be an exciting and challenging job for a self starter with a passion for the start-up mentality. This role has potential for it to develop into a full time position in the future as our programme portfolio and team grows in Nairobi.
    • The programming team at Child.org is at an exciting stage of development with lots of potential for substantial growth. We want someone to help the team navigate the changes ahead and ultimately to help us impact the lives of more women and children.

    About you

    • You have a passion for health programming and strive to improve on your work at all times.
    • You have extensive experience in working on public health programmes, ideally in maternal and neonatal health, school health and/or sexual and reproductive health projects.
    • You’re keen to dedicate your time and energy into helping the organisation to grow in Kenya and beyond.
    • You’re comfortable working in an agile environment and iterating on activities where you see the need and where appropriate.
    • You are the kind of person who wants to have an impact, who likes to throw themselves into something. There is no room for someone who looks forward to 5pm arriving so they can leave. We don’t want you to stay after 5pm very often, but we want you to be unhappy about that.

    Person Specification


    • Masters in Public Health or equivalent academic degree in other relevant subject
    • Qualified health professional (desirable)


    • At least 5 years of relevant experience in maternal, child, reproductive public health and service delivery within health and other sectors such as education
    • Research experience is an asset

    Knowledge & Skills:

    • Proficient in the use of project development and planning tools (eg logical frameworks)
    • Strategic approaches to programme development
    • Strong and persuasive verbal and written communication skills, able to explain complex issues and concepts to a wide range of audiences, donors, partners, beneficiaries and other sector agencies
    • Development of training materials and mentoring
    • Capacity to work under pressure to tight deadlines
    • Working in diverse environments
    • Computer skills are essential
    • Competency with a statistical database such as EPI Info, SPSS, or STATA is desirable

    You’ll be really good at

    Providing technical expertise

    You will be providing support to a wide range of project activities and helping the team to identify and develop new programmatic opportunities. You will have substantial experience of providing remote and in-person technical assistance across a range of overseas programmes in the African context.

    Institutional grant applications

    We’re on the cusp of extensive growth within our programming team and we have recently submitted multiple institutional funding applications with the UK government. Whether we are successful or not, we want to keep up momentum of growing our portfolio of programmes in Kenya and Sierra Leone so we need your help with ensuring our applications stand out. You will have demonstrable experience of developing and designing scalable development programmes and succinctly communicating those programmes in institutional grant applications.

    Demonstrating impact

    In order to grow and develop, we need to be sure of our impact. You will have experience of demonstrating the impact of your work through structured and responsive monitoring, evaluation and learning processes. You will use your experience to help us adapt and strengthen our MEL processes and to communicate our impact both internally and externally.

    Learning for growth and development

    We do what works. We are the team that ascertains whether what we’re doing is working or not. We constantly seek out new ways to have a positive impact upon the communities we work with and continually assess the efficacy of our projects. We have an agile approach and if something is struggling to achieve the impact we’re aiming for, we’ll change it. We need an individual who is adaptive and proactive in their approach, who’s always looking to learn and who will help us to be the best we can be.

    Applying for the role

    Required experience

    You need to be an experienced Technical Advisor with clear and communicable successes on development programmes in public health. We would ideally prefer someone based in Nairobi so you can help develop our programming team but we will consider you if you’re based elsewhere if your experience is applicable.

    For applicants based in Kenya, you will need to have citizenship or residency already in place as in the short term we cannot provide this.

    Method of Application

    We do want to see your CV (maximum of 3 pages please), but we also want a cover letter that explains why you will be a good fit for our programming team.

    We want to hear what will make you an asset to our team and how you’ll help us to grow. We want you to tell us what you like about our approach and why you’re the person to help us to more forward.


    Interested and qualified? Go to Child.Org career website on child.org to apply

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