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Director for Country Operations and Senior Program Associate Jobs in Kenya

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a non-profit organization with a mission to close the gap between what is known about public health problems and what is done to solve them, particularly in developing and transitional countries. Headquartered in the United States, we have operations in more than 30 countries and employ staff from over 60 nations.

We invite you to join our effort in creating stronger health systems and greater health impact.

Director for Country Operations (COMU)

Overall Responsibilities:

The Director leads and manages the Country Operations Management Unit (COMU) overseeing all operational and administrative services for the portfolio of MSH projects in Kenya.

S/he ensures that MSH Kenya operates as a cohesive, neutral, functional unit that provides high-quality, responsive, timely and cost effective services to projects within the framework of local laws, MSH policies and standard operating procedures, and donor requirements.

S/he is a member of the MSH Kenya Leadership Team and is expected to play an active role in assisting MSH develop a strong and strategic country presence.

The Director for Country Operations has primary responsibility for ensuring that MSH operations in Kenya are functioning efficiently and effectively, and aligned to support attainment of project results and client expectations.

S/he is the administrative supervisor of all COMU staff and oversees the following core systems: field accounting and cash management; human resource management and payment of payroll; management of local contract, consultant and vendor agreements; procurement and purchasing; travel, fleet management and logistics; security; and facilities and communication services.

The position reports directly to the MSH Country Representative.

Specific Accountability:

 Collaborate with MSH Country Representative to

(a) ensure that MSH activities and management operations are implemented as per MSH Mission, values, policies and standard operating procedures, and local laws and regulations, and

(b) to safeguard MSH’s reputation - financial, contractual, and political integrity.

 Contribute to the development and execution of the MSH Integrated Country Strategy (ICS) and provide support to ICS operational plans and budget development, execution and monitoring.

 Develop and execute responsive and appropriate COMU management and operational systems in line with local laws and regulations, MSH policies and standard operating procedures, and donor requirements.

 Lead and manage the COMU functions by aligning staffing, systems, work plans and budgets with country projects and available resources to provide timely, cost effective, and high quality support and administrative services to all MSH country-based projects and activities.

 Responsible for providing equitable, effective, timely, cost-effective, and responsive and high quality operations and administrative support to all MSH in-country projects within local laws and available resources, and in an environment with adequate internal controls, adherence to contracts regulations, MSH policies and standard operating procedures.

 Ensure timely submission of required administrative and financial reports to MSH Representative, Project Directors and corporate Operations Office.

 Provide administrative supervision to all COMU staff and is accountable for their performance management (including regular results, check-ins, formal appraisals, supportive supervision, rewards, training, coaching and career development support).

 Coordinate execution of internal/external financial, operations and program reviews or audits, and ensures timely follow up to reviews or audits conclusions and recommendations.


  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in business administration, accounting or other relevant discipline or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 10 years, senior-level experience managing complex health or development programs in developing countries on a similar scale. Significant operations and financial management experience in Kenya strongly preferred.
  • Experience managing significant USG-funded programs and comprehensive knowledge of applicable regulations and requirements.
  • Demonstrated success and familiarity experience in Kenya is particularly relevant.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills; experience mentoring and supervising staff at all levels within the organization.
  • Strong leadership, analytical and organizational skills demonstrated by ability to work both independently and within a team, assess priorities, and manage a variety of activities with attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated experience in building and maintaining partnerships with other projects, local organizations, host country governments, donors, and international agencies.
  • Excellent conceptualization, facilitation, and planning skills. Possess outstanding professional reputation and have strong demonstrated interpersonal, written, and oral presentation skills.
  • Excellent demonstrated cross-cultural communication and active listening skills.
Senior Program Associate – Reproductive Health / Family Planning (RH/FP)

The Senior Program Associate will provide technical assistance and build capacity to improve pharmaceutical management systems in Kenya as a RH/FP team leader working under the supervision of the Supply Chain Specialist.

The Senior Program Associate (SPA) will support the provision of MSH/HCSM technical assistance to the Division of Reproductive Health (DRH) and other stakeholders in planning, coordinating, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating activities, with special attention to commodity management and pharmaceutical services.

The SPA will coordinate the RH/RP activities in the regions in collaboration with regional HCSM staff to improve commodity management at facility and district level.

Applicants must possess a relevant academic degree or equivalent, relevant, professional training with significant experience in public health and health commodity forecasting, quantification and logistics.

Qualification in health sciences, public health or pharmacy is preferred. He / She must have strong familiarity and experience with pharmacy and/or pharmaceutical management systems.

Knowledge of and/or experience in RH/FP interventions and public health management issues in developing country context is required.

Candidates must demonstrate ability and willingness to travel periodically within Kenya.

Thorough understanding of the Kenya public and private pharmaceutical sectors is required for this position.

To apply for these positions, please submit your c
v and cover letter at
 before January 16, 2012.

You may also send your cover letter and cv to MSH Kenya Office at 6th Floor ACK Garden House Wing A, Nairobi or via email to

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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