MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
TECHNICAL AND PROGRAMMATIC LEADERSHIP 35%
● As a technical resource and advisor, the Specialist advises on and backstops foreign development assistance activities in the area of population/health/nutrition. The Specialist supports activities within the population/ health/ nutrition sector by reviewing and analyzing data and providing assistance and advice on health partnerships and operations, analytics, policy, financing, products, and technology issues. The Specialist assists the HPN Office Director in formulating, coordinating, and managing strategy, policies, concepts, procedures, guidelines, and models for establishing programs in the population/health/nutrition sector. S/he analyzes constraints to development, both sector-wide and country-specific, and recommends courses of action.
● The Specialist will serve as an Agreement or Contracting Officer’s Representative (AOR/COR) or alternate, and/or an Activity Manager depending on staffing levels and program needs.
● The incumbent serves as a senior technical expert, assisting in the planning for a broad range of population/health/nutrition activities, including identifying opportunities for integrating development assistance principles with population/health/nutrition sector programs, specifically building health partnerships, strategic information and data analytics, managing supply chain operations and technology; participating in the formation of policies and guidelines to further population/health/nutrition activities in the geographic area; and, coordinating program development, implementation, and performance monitoring plans that encourage population/health/nutrition activities.
● As the most senior CCN professional in the HPN Office, the Specialist advises the HPN Office and Mission leadership, technical office team and Center of Excellence leaders, and project managers on important aspects of USAID programming processes, including the effects of U.S. legislation and GOK policies and priorities, U.S. assistance program objectives, budgetary levels and constraints, Congressional directives, earmarks and multiple funding sources which have a significant bearing on annual funding allocations to ongoing and new projects in the Mission’s portfolio, and preparation of program documentation related to the above. Makes recommendations to the HPN Office and Mission management and USAID/Washington on changes in HPN budgets, with the intended result being Mission and Agency-wide changes to improve HPN Office program management and results.
● The Specialist provides HPN Office input for the long-term resource requirement section of the Mission strategy document. Provides HPN Office input for the Mission’s annual planning documents such as the Mission Resource Request (MRR), Congressional Budget Justification, Mission Performance Plan and Report (PPR), the Health Implementation Plan (HIP), Country Operational Plan (COP), and the Bureau Budget Submission. Prepares HPN Office justifications and rationales for the requested resources for submission to USAID/Washington, State and OMB.
● The Specialist leads and oversees the development, management, and assessment of HPN programs in critical program areas including private sector engagement, health partnerships and operations, strategic information and data analytics, supply chain and technology programs. Participates and assists in the development of plans and programs for technical assistance, capital assistance, and other activities within the sector. The incumbent leads strategic development, implementation, financial management and monitoring and evaluation of health programs that complement Government of Kenya priorities. The incumbent manages a broad range of key activities including the development of in-depth analyses of existing programs and projects and makes policy recommendations to strengthen USAID programs.
● Accomplishes work related to the conceptualization, design, documentation, and/or management of centrally-administered HPN programs/projects in designated regions and areas. Programs/projects may be targeted toward a specific county, region, or they may be targeted to a specific development problem. Develops concept papers, project authorizations, and project amendments, in line with agency regulations and guidance.
● The incumbent will have a central role in conceptualizing and operationalizing the HPN Office’s efforts to effectively advance Kenya in its Journey to Self Reliance (J2SR). This will include playing a leading role in reorienting HPN’s strategies, partnership models, and program practices to achieve greater and more durable development outcomes. Specifically, the incumbent will be working closely with Governors on devolution, with the GOK Treasury and COG on Government-to-Government (G2G) programming, and with senior GOK economists on health financing, including Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
● The incumbent will respond to taskers and urgent requests by the Front Office and the Embassy, delegate tasks to appropriate office technical experts/project managers, write briefers and strategic documents, support and provide input into the development of new programs and projects.
OFFICE MANAGEMENT AND SUPERVISION 35%
● The Supervisory Development Assistance Specialist serves as one of two Deputy Office Directors, and helps the HPN Office Director to manage an office of 122 staff. The incumbent supports the Office Director in day-to-day management and oversight of HPN technical programs.
● The Specialist has direct supervisory responsibility for four Divisions (divided into seven functional teams) of the Health, Population and Nutrition Office – HPN Partnerships and Operations, Health Analytics, Health Policy and Financing, and Health Products and Technology (this last a Center of Excellence that includes supply chain and laboratory teams). The incumbent leads and directs the Division Chiefs in planning, budgeting, organizing, and managing their respective teams, which total 57 staff.
● The incumbent, together with the Office Director and the second Deputy Office Director manages internal office operations, including development and implementation of personnel strategy, workforce planning and recruitment of staff, budget and resource planning, implementation, and reporting, establishing systems, and ensuring the office is responsive to strategic opportunities.
● As a subject matter expert, advises members of staff and provides mentoring and guidance to newly-hired CCN and USDH staff within the Mission as well as to other Missions worldwide. The incumbent will train and mentor staff in all aspects of health program design, development, and implementation activities, provide technical support and leadership in the areas of reporting and documentation, monitoring and evaluation, and budget and data analysis. Additionally, the incumbent will coach staff to set professional development goals, identifying relevant training opportunities to advance those goals and strengthen the overall USAID/Kenya and East Africa Mission.
● During the absence of the Health Office Director, the Specialist may take on an “Acting” Office Director role and, as such, productively engage with the Mission Director and Deputy Directors, participate in senior leadership meetings and discussions, and represent the HPN Office in external meetings and functions.
STRATEGIC COORDINATION AND REPRESENTATION 30%
● The incumbent serves as a key advisor on health-related donor coordination activities and policy forums. The incumbent will represent USAID with a wide range of stakeholders from the Government of Kenya at the national and county levels, academia, research institutions, and development partners, as well as in a variety of settings with regional stakeholders.
● The incumbent will support the HPN Office Director to strengthen the USAID – Government of Kenya relationship in the health area, supporting state and county government engagement and coordination and staying abreast of changes in processes and policies to keep the HPN Office and Mission leadership informed.
● Carries out a leadership role in coordinating, planning, and management of activities related to health partnerships and operations, strategic information and data analytics, health products and technology, policy and financing. Coordinates assigned activities with host government institutions, other donor and international organizations, the Department of State, other USG agencies, and the private sector within Kenya and the assigned regions.
● Acts as a liaison with counterparts in other USAID regional and central bureaus, on behalf of the organization, to develop agency-wide policies, strategies, performance indicators, assessments, and evaluations of programs. Liaises directly with the USAID staff in the Bureau of Global Health (BGH) in Washington DC, orients the USAID/KEA health program to align optimally with BGH principles and program objectives.
● Represents USAID programs in Technical Working Groups and meetings with donors, implementing partners, and government senior officials in the partner country (principally the Minister of Health and Ministry senior staff), in regional settings, and with a variety of other stakeholders. Liaises with partner-country and regional officials of other ministries and government entities on health-related plans and programs. Leads the designated heath teams in collaborating with Ministry of Health officials, civil society organizations and in-country donors in promoting a country-owned program.
● The Specialist seeks out and establishes partnerships with in-country multilateral organizations, associations of health professionals, civil society organizations that advocate for health, and private firms to marshal complementary resources, foster country ownership and promote sustainability. The incumbent will maintain extensive contact with the corporate sector, impact investors, philanthropists, and financial institutions to further USAID’s programming in Kenya and the region.
How to Apply
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Note to Applicants:
- 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.
- Submissions will only be accepted HERE 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.
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