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OVC Chief of Party – Nairobi Office for Anticipated “LPSDA OVC Activity”

Background: I Choose Life – Africa (ICL) is a youth focused organization that seeks to empower youth in Kenya and across Africa as the foundation for sustainable development. Registered in 2004 and working closely with Government, ICL has over 14 years’ experience implementing evidence-based adolescents and youth programs in over 345 institutions of learning (Primary, Secondary and Higher learning institutions) across 26 Counties in Kenya. The organization implements programs in Health and Nutrition, Education, Economic Empowerment and Leadership and Governance Sectors. To ensure maximum impact in these sectors, ICL utilizes a multi-sectorial approach, Quadra Helix development approach (which brings together the Government, Private sector, Academia and Civil society) to foster innovative and sustainable transformation in communities.

Vision & Mission: ICL’s vision is to see a ‘Healthy Africa, Empowered People!’ The organization seeks to support to the implementation of Vision 2030 through the cascading it to the Counties. ICL’s mission is to create a movement of individuals that enhance the quality of life for communities through Health initiatives, Economic empowerment, Education and Improved Leadership & governance (HEAL).

Job Purpose: In line with an anticipated solicitation that will be restricted to local partners, I Choose Life – Africa will be responding to an RFA relating termed as “Local Partner Service Delivery Activities (LPSDA) for OVC services” which aims to increase use of quality county-led social services in selected counties in Kenya. These will be service delivery activities providing key OVC and adolescents services at the county level that contribute to the attainment of the Government of Kenya’s (GOK) goal of safeguarding the rights and welfare of children and adolescents impacted by Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS). Ultimately this will contribute to the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in supporting the health and overall well-being of children and adolescents. The activities will enhance the capacity of the national and local social services systems and structures to provide care and support for OVC and their families more sustainably through systematic evidence–informed graduation and transition of PEPFAR beneficiary households away from U.S. Foreign Assistance and support the Journey to Self-Reliance (J2SR). USAID/KEA’s overall goal is to increase use of quality county-led health and social services.

It is against this background that ICL wishes to recruit for the position of an OVC Chief of Party for an upcoming five-year, multi-million dollar USAID Health activity in select Counties in Kenya to deliver the following key objectives.:

  1. Increased Access to quality HIV Prevention Services

  2. Increased access to quality health and social services for OVC and their families The following principles will serve as pillars for programming and implementation plans:

a. Journey to Self -Reliance. USAID focuses on building countries’ self-reliance — defined as the ability of a country, including the government, civil society, and the private sector, to plan, finance, and implement solutions to solve its own development challenges.

b. Invest in Kenyan leadership, capacity, and systems for long-term ownership, and sustainability: A key focus on developing, supporting, and sustaining the considerable professional talent and institutional capabilities that exist within Kenya and engaging the host county leadership to foster ownership.

c. Evidence-based Interventions. The interventions must be aligned and direct respond to the needs of the people in Kenya, scaling up evidence-based models and employing proven patient-focused and family-centered approaches. The program will work with government and non-government actors to strengthen management systems to build a body of evidence to improve current and future health and social services programming.

d. Increase involvement of the private sector. The activities must ensure they leverage strategic private sector partnerships and alliances to improve on health and social service delivery. The private sector offers expertise in implementing cost-effective models that can complement access to comprehensive services, maximize efficiency and enable beneficiaries and county governments to become self-sufficient through various opportunities

Job Responsibilities:

The COP will be responsible for ensuring that the proposed project is implemented in accordance with the cooperative agreement, USAID regulations, principles of I Choose Life – Africa, and internationally recognized quality of assistance standards. The COP will be the primary representational link with USAID staff. The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya. Recruitment is contingent upon successful award of the project and the selection of final applicant is subject to USAID approval.

  1. Provide overall leadership and technical direction for the project, ensuring achievement of project deliverables.
  2. Responsible for the overall planning, implementation, management, and financial management of the project and the achievement of the goals and objectives of the project
  3. Coordinate with government and other stakeholders to ensure that activities complement ongoing initiatives and adhere to country and global standards.
  4. Serve as the primary liaison with the donor. Report to USAID through formal and informal debriefings, annual and semi-annual reports.
  5. Represent the project and organization at regional, national and international forums, including technical conferences, policy briefings, and share information about project achievements and lessons learned.
  6. Develop, review, and monitor in coordination with key project staff, yearly work and performance plans to ensure long-term and short-term priorities are on track.
  7. Manage project staff and implementing partners to ensure proper reporting, financial management, and compliance.

Minimum qualifications

  1. Must have a Masters’ degree in either, in public health, social services, management, or business administration, or related field Finance/Accounting or other business related degree.

  2. Project Management Training will be an added advantage

Experience and Abilities Minimum 10 years of demonstrated, recent experience as a senior staff designing

  1. implementing, and managing large, complex projects that work specifically focused on OVC, HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment; and/or quality improvement/quality assurance; health systems strengthening; M&E; and operations research

  2. At least seven years’ experience in managing complex public health programs or programs of similar scope and size, including program, financial and administration management, award contractual compliance, sub-award management, and tracking project performance and costs via specific funding streams

  3. At least five years’ experience in development, managing, overseeing, and evaluating public health programs of similar size and complexity

  4. 2 years working experience working in a corporate/Sacco with a minimum of 2 years in a supervisory position.

  5. Experience in working with USAID/PEPFAR multi year, multi million funded projects is desirable

  6. Ability to set priorities, organize time efficiently and work independently on several tasks simultaneously.

  7. Demonstrated ability to work in a team with other finance, grants and accounting staff.

  8. Demonstrated project management experience

  9. Significant previous experience working in conflict or crisis situations, preferably in Northern Kenya;

  10. Demonstrated ability through previous experience to establish and maintain productive working relationships with a wide network of partners and stakeholders

  11. Demonstrated ability through previous experience to liaise with senior government officials, dignitaries, executives of NGOs, and senior members of the donor community

  12. Demonstrated innovation and success in staff capacity-building and in participatory, flexible, and gender-sensitive programming and implementation.

  13. Experience working to incorporate issues of equity including gender, ethnicity, and disability inclusion in education programs.

  14. Previous experience as COP of USAID-funded programs preferred.

  15. Demonstrated experience in policy dialogue and health reform.

Knowledge and skills

  1. Excellent computer knowledge in Microsoft Navision

  2. Strong financial reporting skills

  3. Strong analytical skills

  4. Team building skills including managing consortiums

  5. Strong management skills, strategic vision, leadership qualities, professional reputation, ability to create synergies where applicable, interpersonal skills, and written and oral presentation skills to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the project description.

Desirable skills

  1. Skilled at and passionate about supporting the use of data for decision-making, strategizing and course correction

  2. Experience with using supportive approaches to building capacity of fellow colleagues to accurately record, document, report and use data

  3. Capacity to work well under pressure, and the ability to communicate appropriately and effectively cross‐culturally is critical.

  4. Must be proficient in English with proven professional level of oral and written fluency

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