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Catholic Relief Services – USCCB is the official agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for relief and development overseas.

CRS supports programs in over 100 countries and works through local partners.

We are seeking suitable persons to fill the following positions in response to the drought crisis in the country.

All candidates require technical competencies in the respective areas, willingness to travel to field locations and a commitment to work with and support partners of CRS many of whom are Catholic institutions.

1) Project Officer - PMTCT 


 Nairobi with frequent travel to the field

Background/Job Summary: Catholic Relief Services Kenya is implementing the Support and Assistance to Indigenous Implementing Agencies (SAIDIA) program by working in partnership with local implementing partners to strengthen HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment services at different levels of health facilities.

This program is part of a US Government initiative against HIV in Kenya that receives funding from PEPFAR through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS (PMTCT) Officer is responsible for providing technical support to the PMTCT component of the program to Implementing Partners (IP) in Nairobi.

The officer will advance CRS desire to integrate PMTCT with other components implemented by the rest of the consortium.

Summary of Key Responsibilities & Accountabilities

  • Provide on-going technical support and supervision for the PMTCT component of the Program
  • Monitor and regularly review with partner organization and particular health facilities the services provided to PMTCT clients
  • Oversee the training of health care workers at SAIDIA-supported facilities on National PMTCT guidelines and protocols.
  • Ensure proper financial management, reporting and administration of the project
  • Strengthen referrals and linkages between the MCH where PMTCT activities are provided and the HIV clinics at SAIDIA-supported private health facilities.
  • Strengthen collaboration and linkages between PMTCT and HIV-Exposed Infants (HEI) activities at the MCH.
  • To participate in the PMTCT technical working group in the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation, National AIDS and STI Control Program (NASCOP)
  • Develop and implement strategies to increase the male involvement in PMTCT services
Desired Qualifications, Skills and Abilities
  • University degree in Nursing, Clinical Medicine and must be registered with the relevant professional body.
  • Trainer of Trainers in PMTCT and Early Infant Diagnosis.
  • Have solid working knowledge (practical skills) in the following areas: PMTCT, PWP, HTC, AB and ART.
  • Three years experience implementing PMTCT and HIV/AIDS projects, preferably in an NGO setting.
  • Experience in implementing US Government-funded projects.
  • Experience in training and mentorship of health care workers on PMTCT working in private health facilities.
  • Willingness to work under difficult circumstances e.g. working in slums
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate in English (written and oral)
  • Excellent computer skills (Microsoft office programs).
2) Program Officer – Medical 



Background / Job Summary:
 The Officer will facilitate the implementation of the SAIDIA HIV/AIDS care and treatment project in Kenya with implementing partners.

This position will mainly comprise of supporting the medical components of service delivery of Antiretroviral treatment but will also include support to partners for HIV palliative care, TB and HTC services and representation of CRS and the SAIDIA consortium at MOH, NASCOP and other stakeholders forums as necessary.

Summary of Key Responsibilities & Accountabilities
  • Provide guidance and mentorship to the implementing partners’ staff on ART, TB , PMTCT, HIV clinical care and commodity management, monitoring and evaluation.
  • With other team members, develop and strengthen the training component of the program to ensure provision of high-quality and accessible HIV prevention, care and treatment services in the SAIDIA health facilities using MoH guidelines.
  • Participate in planning and facilitate technical workshops for capacity building in HIV/AIDS and ART
  • Provide technical leadership and set priorities for SAIDIA service areas in line with national and international guidelines
  • Lead development and utilization of standard operating guidelines for HIV clinical care, prevention, care and support activities.
Desired Qualifications, Skills and Abilities
  • Degree in Medicine
  • 3-5 years experience in clinical practice
  • Has solid working knowledge (practical skills) in the following areas: ART, TB,HTC,PMTCT
  • Three(3) years experience implementing HIV/AIDS projects preferably in an NGO setting
  • Experience in implementing US government funded projects
  • Demonstrated ability to transfer knowledge through formal and informal training
  • Willingness to travel under difficult circumstances
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate in English and Swahili(written and oral)
  • High level of integrity and professionalism.
  • Excellent computer skills(Ms Office programs).
3) Project Manager - Monitoring, Evaluation and Accountability 



Background/Job Summary:

In response to the drought affecting the Horn of Africa, and specifically to the dramatic influx of refugees arriving from Somalia to the existing camps in Dadaab, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Kenya has a strategy to respond to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) needs of 12,000 households (approximately 53% of the planned camp population) who will be moved into the new Kambioos camp in Dadaab.

The Project Manager ensures the overall coordination of monitoring, evaluation and beneficiary accountability functions for the Dadaab area response, both in the refugee camps and in surrounding areas.

S/he ensures systems are in place to monitor progress toward achieving project results and objectives, to inform timely decision-making, and to be accountable to CRS, its donors, and its beneficiaries.

Summary of Key Responsibilities & Accountabilities

A. Monitoring and evaluation
  • Provide overall management, supervision, and administration of M&E activities.
  • Together with CRS and partner program staff and communities, design, develop and implement a monitoring and evaluation system.
B. Accountability to beneficiaries
  • Build CRS and partner staff capacity to increase beneficiary accountability in programs by providing guidance, training, and/or resources.
  • Design, pilot and formalize a feedback mechanism that takes into account both beneficiary and staff perspectives.
Desired Qualifications, Skills and Abilities
  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in sociology, statistics, or any other M&E related field or equivalent combination of education and work experience. Degree in relevant field such as social studies or community development acceptable with significant M&E work experience.
  • At least five years of proven technical expertise in the design, monitoring and evaluation of multisectoral programs.
  • Strong analytical skills, particularly in issues related to monitoring and evaluation.
  • Expertise in community mobilization, including PRA and other participatory techniques.
  • A professional with high personal integrity, commitment and good steward of agency resources
4) Project Officer, Somalia 


 Nairobi, Kenya

Background/Job Summary:

Working with local and international partners with a longstanding history in the region, Catholic Relief Services intends to respond to the urgent drought crisis in Somalia.

The famine has been officially declared in five regions of Somalia and the United Nations expects the crisis to spread across all regions within two months.

The Project Offer for Somalia will be based in Nairobi and travel to Somalia as required.

S/he will coordinate the drought response including activities targeting refugees in Somalia and
the local population.

The Project Officer will work closely with in-country local NGOs and adhere to regional and agency priorities as well as Sphere guidelines.

Summary of Key Responsibilities & Accountabilities
  • Program Quality and Management
  • Reporting
  • Budgeting, Financial Planning and Reporting
  • Representation, Coordination and Communication
Desired Qualifications, Skills and Abilities
  • Master’s Degree in international relations, international development or related field.
  • Minimum three years experience working within international development and/or relief, including experience in emergency environments.
  • Experience with capacity strengthening and partnership building.
  • Supervisory experience, especially in a multicultural setting.
  • Strong cross-cultural skills and experience.
  • Experience working/living in Kenya/Somalia preferred
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English (Ability to communicate in Somali language an added advantage)
  • Knowledge of CRS and Sphere emergency guidelines.
  • Ability and willingness to work and live in a diverse, challenging and potentially unstable environment.
  • High personal integrity, commitment and good steward of agency resources
Written applications indicating the reference number of position applied for and CV including day-time contact phone numbers, as well as names and contact information of three references should reach the below-mentioned by September 22, 2011.

Human Resources Manager
Catholic Relief Services – Kenya Program
P.O. Box 49675, GPO 00100


 Please indicate the Reference Number of the position you are applying for on the ‘email
subject’ and the envelopes for those using postal address.

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