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Programming Director - AGIARP


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Pathfinder International (PI) is an international non-profit organization that is dedicated to supporting high-quality comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services in Kenya. 

We seek a dynamic and high profile individual for the following position based in Nairobi.

Programming Director - AGIARP

The DFID funded Adolescent Girls’ Initiative Action Research Programme (AGIARP) in Kenya aims to test a package of interventions for vulnerable adolescent girls (aged 10-14) in the areas of health, wealth creation, education and prevention of violence with the intended outcomes of (a) improved policy, legislation and budget allocation for adolescent girls and (b) a replicable, scalable and value for money package of interventions for adolescent girls aged 10-14.


The AGIARP intended impact is that girls’ and women’s lives are significantly improved and sustainably transformed, accelerating progress towards poverty reduction and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Reporting to the Team Leader, we are seeking an individual with significant experience designing and managing programs aimed at improving the lives of adolescent girls.

This DFID initiative aims to assess the differential benefits of multisectoral approaches to improving adolescent transitions to adulthood as compared to single intervention strategies across the sectors of education, wealth creation, health and prevention of violence. 

The Programming Director will be responsible for program implementation of the project in coordination with the Research Director.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • In collaboration with the Team Leader, lead and manage all program related activities, including program planning and development, project implementation, relationships with donors and implementing partners, and all other organizational, operational and reporting activities.
  • In collaboration with the Research Director, design interventions in different programmatic areas with local partners, ensuring design is aligned with findings from the inception phase research and that the implementation plan and M&E structure meet the needs of the research component.
  • Supervise managers at each site and the M&E manager, ensuring quality data collection and management.
  • In collaboration with the Team Leader, provide quality control of programmatic arms of the program.
  • Maintain effective and regular communication with implementing and research partners
  • Serve as liaison between implementing partners and service providers, as well as between the various service providers in health, education, micro-finance and violence prevention.
  • Coordinate joint and multi-sector efforts drawing from the contributions of multiple service providers
  • In collaboration with the Team Leader, ensure effective use and coordination of donor resources and the compliance of financial systems and controls with relevant donor standards.
  • In collaboration with the Team Leader, develop and maintain strong external relations, in particular with government, donors, and public and private sector partners
  • Provide strategic direction for the transition component of the HIV/AIDS prevention care and treatment program.
  • Develop and update the strategic plan, ensuring that programmatic directions are technically sound, evidence-based and consistent with National and Donor priorities.
  • Jointly with KPS and partners develop an operational plan for the transition of organizational and technical functions to KPS
  • Identify institutional strengthening partners and map their specific areas of strength
  • Identify consultancy needs and assist with procurement of consultancy services
  • Provide technical expertise in organizational development and capacity building
  • Assess and contribute to the development of program management systems that cover multiple dimensions: human resources, financial management, supply chain management, information technology, monitoring & evaluation systems, quality improvement systems and reporting as necessary.
  • Support the development of technical documents, manuals, presentations and other reports documenting the achievements, lessons learnt and other findings related to the project.
  • Support senior staff in KPS in strengthening individual and collective performance in areas of governance, leadership management, systems thinking, change management, communication
  • Provide support to different planning systems and their implementation
  • Build strategic alliances and partnerships with GOK, donor and stakeholders and assist KPS in leveraging resources
  • Perform other tasks to ensure effective implementation of the Project as required.
Qualifications and Experience:
  • At least a Master’s degree in public health, business administration, or a related field.
  • Minimum of eight years of experience in the design and management of programs targeting youth and adolescent girls in particular.
  • In-depth knowledge of international development issues with particular focus on gender, health, education, economic development or as they relate to adolescent girls as a target group.
  • Excellent managerial and operational experience.
  • In-depth knowledge of programs that work to improve the lives of adolescent girls in Kenya and/or sub-Saharan Africa.
  • In-depth knowledge of organizations that work with adolescent girls in relevant sectors in Kenya and/or sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Strong understanding of data for program design and improvement.
  • Experience working with M&E teams to ensure effective implementation of the M&E plan.
  • Demonstrated experience working across a diverse set of partners and stakeholders, local NGOs/PVOs, and public/private agencies.
  • Ability to travel within country or region
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
Candidates who meet the above requirements should Submit a statement of interest and CV detailing current and expected salary, names and contacts of three referees preferably supervisors and clearly indicating daytime telephone contacts to kenyajobs@pathfinder.org with “Programme Director” in the subject by no later than is 6th May, 2013. 

Only candidates who meet the basic requirements will be shortlisted and contacted for this position.  

Offers are contingent upon receipt of funding from DFID.

Pathfinder International is an equal opportunity employer

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