PROJECT MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST (PEDIATRIC)

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1) TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND LEADERSHIP 50%

  • The USAID Project Management Specialist (Pediatrics) provides a high level technical guidance and recommendations in pediatrics and newborn health initiatives, to the Mission and the Ministry of Health, including counterparts and senior level officials; contributes to the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of pediatrics and newborn health programs/projects/activities and interventions.

  • The Specialist serves 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 newborn health interventions.

  • The Specialist participates in Technical Advisory committees – with MOH, academia, private sector, professional associations which have an oversight for newborn health and the Kenya Pediatric Association. The Specialist represents USAID/KEA at designated national, regional, and international meetings, those relating to pediatrics and newborn health, 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 newborn care and treatment. The Specialist works closely with national and sub-national/County and local government officials in order to enhance success of pediatrics service delivery and newborn interventions and advance USAID and USG strategic objectives.

  • The Specialist collaborates with the Health policy and Financing Team on advocacy and technical input as it relates to maternal and newborn health as part of USAID’s technical assistance activities related to national and county budgets. S/he contributes to the Family Health Center of Excellence activities related to oversight of the portfolio budget, ensuring costs remain within budget planning levels, and that efficiency is maximized.

  • The Specialist works closely with other units within the Health Population and Nutrition 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 Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR)/COR for a bilateral mechanism under the new Integrated Family Health and HIV Program. As AOR/COR or activity manager, oversee the development and implementation of annual work plans, schedules for budget allocation, obligation, and expenditure, portfolio reviews, evaluation planning and implementation, audits, development and outreach communications, and closeouts.

  • The Specialist serves as an Activity Manager for contracts or cooperative agreements, bilateral or centrally procured research and innovation activities, as part of the collaboration, learning and adjusting (CLA) component of the health program; provides overall management, technical guidance and leadership to implementing partners carrying out newborn health 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 is responsible for management of pediatric and newborn health programming activities including planning, monitoring, reporting, and evaluation. The Specialist fully participates in designing new activities, takes the prime responsibility for identifying new potential USAID-supported activities for pediatric and newborn health approaches/models, designing strategies in conjunction with partners, obtaining approval by all concerned parties, and coordinating targeted efforts.

  • The Specialist 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 pediatric and newborn health activities to ensure that they are being used rationally and that there are no cost overruns.

  • The Specialist serves as an AMT member of various activities within HPN. In this team the incumbent contributes to the oversight the newborn health activities in the integrated portfolio, reviewing work plans and quarterly reports, conducting site visits contributing to reports and program assessments.

  • The Specialist works 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 PEPFAR Inter-agency Technical Team (ITT) – fostering integration for PMTCT and Pediatric HIV program components. The Specialist also coordinated newborn health activities with the President’s Malaria Initiative Team (PMI).

  • 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 and newborn health program implementation.

  • Participates in HPN data quality assessments to ensure the quality and reliability of program data

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

  • The Specialist contributes to and participates in newborn 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, including the Country Operational Plan (COP), Operational Plan, 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 newborn 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 and newborn health interventions.

  • The Specialist prepares technical analyses, evaluates sectoral issues, and provides input to Mission activities with respect to pediatric and newborn 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

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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

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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