PROJECT MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST (PEDIATRIC PUBLIC HEALTH)

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1) TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND LEADERSHIP 50%

  • The USAID Project Management Specialist (Pediatric Public Health) provides a high level technical guidance and recommendations in pediatric public health initiatives, including infant and young children health and nutrition, pertaining to preventive, promotive and curative health, to the Mission and the Ministry of Health (MOH), including counterparts and senior level officials; provides direction in the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of nutrition, infant and child public health programs/projects/activities and interventions.

  • Serve as a technical subject matter expert through active engagement with technical counterparts in the Ministry of Health, and other subnational and national stakeholders, to advance USAID and USG strategic objectives related to key pediatric and nutrition public health interventions.

  • The Specialist supports USAID representation in the Kenya Global Vaccine Initiative GAVI interagency committee, MOH-led polio eradication working groups and MOH-led immunization working groups. The Specialist supports USAID representation on MOH Nutrition committees and working groups and relevant multi-sectoral working groups for nutrition and food security.

  • The Specialist participates in other relevant technical advisory committees – with MOH, academia, private sector, professional associations including the Kenya Pediatric Association and other organizations that have an oversight for child health and nutrition. The Specialist represents USAID/KEA at designated national, regional, and international meetings, in particular those relating to pediatric public health, nutrition including regular participation in national-level pediatric technical working groups and related committees.

  • The Specialist develops and maintains relationships with relevant government officials and provides technical assistance to MOH in the development of policies, strategies, and guidelines related to pediatric public health, monitoring primary health care including community engagement as part of universal health care and in the GoK intergovernmental forum.

  • The Specialist works closely with national and sub-national/County and local government officials in order to enhance success of nutrition, pediatric public health service delivery and interventions and advance USAID and USG strategic objectives.

  • The Specialist works in collaboration with Health Policy and Financing Team to provides technical input in the HPN health care financing efforts as it relates to infant, child health and nutrition for national and county governments.

  • The Specialist works closely with other units within the Health Office, and across the USAID Mission, to optimize opportunities for cross-sectoral integration, and the leveraging of resources across the different program components.

2) PROGRAM/PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND MONITORING 30%

  • The Specialist serves as an Activity Manager for USAID polio eradication activities, implementation science activities and other Global Health buy-in; provides overall management, technical guidance and leadership to implementing partners in carrying out designated activities within the HPN’s portfolio. As such, the incumbent is responsible for technical, programmatic, and financial management of these activities, including developing, monitoring, and analyzing budget planning, obligations, and pipelines.

  • The Specialist serves as an Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR) for a bilateral mechanism under the new Integrated Family Health and HIV Program. In this role, the incumbent manages the daily activities of mechanism, establishes routine communication, conducts site visits and inspections, and maintains up-to-date information and files on the status of partner activities, resources, and work plans.

  • The Specialist, as an AOR/COR reviews and approves annual work plans, monitoring and evaluation plans, quarterly reports and other key documents of designated USAID-supported projects. Monitors program resources allocated for child health and nutrition activities to ensure that they are being used rationally and that there are no cost overruns.

  • The Specialist serves as an Activity Management Team (AMT) member of various activities within HPN, working closely with other staff in the HPN Office and across the Mission to optimize opportunities for cross-sectoral integration and leveraging of resources across the different program components, extending these efforts to the USG interagency and other development partners whenever possible. The incumbent serves as a member of PMI as Global Fund child health liaison.

  • The Specialist fully participates in designing new activities, contributes to the identification of new potential USAID-supported activities for pediatric public health and nutrition approaches/models, designing strategies in conjunction with partners, obtaining approval by all concerned parties, and coordinating targeted efforts.

  • The Specialist conducts site visits to USAID supported programs to assess the quality of services, provide expert advice on implementation and other relevant areas, and guide implementing partners on newly emerging and highly efficacious approaches to pediatric public health program implementation.

  • The Specialist participates in data quality assessments for the health program to ensure the quality and reliability of program data especially as it relates to infant and child health.

  • The Specialist monitors and makes recommendations to resolve implementation obstacles to ensure judicious use of USG funds and effective implementation of pediatric public health interventions.

  • The Specialist contributes to and participates in pediatric public health-related program evaluations to document and scale up proven best practices, identify and address challenges, improve program performance, and ensure continuous learning.

3) PROGRAM PLANNING AND REPORTING 20%

  • The Specialist fully participates and actively engages in planning processes within HPN and in the preparation of key annual and mid-term planning and reporting documents, providing input on child health and community engagement in the Operational Plan (OP), Country Operational Plan (COP) and Malaria Operational Plan (MOP), Congressional Budget Justifications, Technical Notifications, Quarterly, and Semi-Annual and Annual Progress Reports, and providing input for the design and development of pediatric public health activities.
  • The Specialist supports the annual budget preparation process, providing technical assistance to USG financial teams and technical working groups in completing the required reports and tools that may be provided for use in the planning processes. Participates actively in inter-agency processes for determining targets, unit costs and budgets for use in the annual planning for USG pediatric public health interventions.
  • The Specialist prepares technical analyses, evaluates sectoral issues, and provides input to Mission activities with respect to pediatric public health initiatives. Prepares written reports that reflect a sound understanding of the assigned area of responsibility and document a wide variety of sources and points of view that have been consulted in undertaking analyses and in drawing conclusions.
  • Responds to a wide range of work-related requirements as a member of the HPN Team, including responding to program and strategy requests for information from USAID Washington. The incumbent will ensure that all program documentation meets both USG requirements and audit inspection standards. Ensures that documentation of USAID activities is prepared with input from other USG Team members and implementing partners; and is submitted in a timely fashion to USAID/W.

How to apply

How to Apply

Step 1: Register in MyJobsInKenya at www.myjobsinkenya.com

Step 2: Complete the job application questionnaire at www.myjobsinkenya.com The applicant must answer all the questions in the Questionnaire.

Step 3: Internal Applicants/Current USG Employees: Attach an updated curriculum vitae/resume (no more than five pages), a copy of your most recent Performance Evaluation Report, and copies of all relevant certificates. Scan and attach all the documents and upload to MyJobsInKenya.com

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External Applicants/Not Current USG Employees: Attach an updated curriculum vitae/resume (no more than five pages) and copies of all relevant certificates. Upload all the documents to MyJobsInKenya.com

Note to Applicants:

  1. Applications must be received by the closing date and time specified in Section I, item 3, and submitted through myjobsinkenya.com as stated in Section IV.

  2. Submissions will only be accepted through www.myjobsinkenya.com Late and Incomplete applications (those that do not contain the applicant’s most current and up to date detailed CV and relevant education certificates) will not be considered for the position. The closing date for receipt of applications is indicated above.

3. USAID DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING) AND DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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