UN Senior Programme Coordinator Job in Nairobi Kenya

Position Title: Senior Programme Coordinator - Reproductive, Maternal, New-born, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH), Kenya
Grade: Service Contract (SB-5)
Location: Nairobi
Duration: One year renewable
Organizational Unit: County Project Office

Background: Improving Maternal, Newborn and Child health is a key global agenda. Although some progress has been noted, the goal of reducing maternal mortality ratio (MMR) by three quarters by 2015 remains unmet by most of the Low Income Countries (LICS). 

Given this scenario, consistent efforts need to continue focusing on reducing MMR in the high burden LICS, many of which will not have achieved the desired health targets contained within the aspirations of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). 

The Global Financing Facility (GFF) for Every Woman and Every Child responds to this challenge and aims to support scale-up RMNCAH plans and measurement mobilize and channel additional international and domestic financing.

The proposed project to improve maternal and new born mortality in 6 high burden counties (Mandera, Wajir, Marsabit, Isiolo, Lamu, & Migori) is aligned to existing Kenyan aspirations and initiatives to increase access and improve quality of health services.

This project will bring together key partners (USAID, DFID, Save the Children Fund, members of the UN H4+ partnership-UNFPA, WHO, UNAIDS, UN Women, UNICEF and the World Bank) in the target counties in a coordinated manner.
The project, in addition to supporting the 6 county governments, will also provide technical assistance to finalization of multi-year RMNCAH plan and investment case for Kenya being developed by the Family Health Division, Ministry of Health. 

It is proposed to contract one national technical advisor to support this critical role.

Main tasks and responsibilities:
The National Technical Advisor will provide technical leadership to the RMNCAH policy development at the national level and its implementation in the 6 Counties. 

Specifically s/he will have the following core functions:
  • Collaborate with the World Bank Group in supporting the Division of Family Health to in the finalization of the multi-year integrated RMNACH plan and investment framework revenant for the Kenyan context involving key stakeholders.
  • Facilitate dialogue and information sharing between the two levels of Government, UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNICEF, the World Bank, WHO, other UN partners and development partners financing RMNCAH on technical and operational issues.
  • Provide technical advice to the county health teams in the project counties, including support for prioritization, target setting and quality assurance.
  • Prompt identification of implementation bottlenecks for the Project and find locally relevant solutions to address them.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation tools for the project and support the UNPFA team in the project oversight.
  • Prepare regular analytical reports to be shared with H4+ Partners and the Project Steering Committee; and
  • Facilitate documenting the implementing experiences and best practices for deepening the knowledge base on RMNCAH.
  • Technical notes and analytical pieces to be used for the finalization of multi-year RMNCAH plan and investment case.
  • Baseline analysis of implementation bottlenecks and options relevant for the Kenyan context.
  • Monthly progress reports.
  • Quarterly newsletter documenting the implementation experiences and best practices.
Reporting and Coordination Responsibilities:
The selected candidate will work closely with the Lead Health Specialist, World Bank for the development of the RMNCAH Kenya multi-year plan and investment framework.

S/he will work under the overall Supervision of the UNFPA Representative/Deputy Representative.

Core Competencies:
  • Self-Motivated with strong Emotional Intelligence
  • Commitment to the poor
  • Integrity and valuing Diversity
  • Fostering Innovation and Empowerment
  • Coaching and Mentoring to build implementation capacity within the county
  • Working in Teams & Communication Information and Ideas
  • Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making
  • Analytical and Strategic thinking and Results Orientation/Commitment to Excellence
  • Promoting Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Learning.
Qualification and Experience Required
  • Advanced university degree in public health, medicine, demography, social sciences or related field;
  • At least 10 years of progressive professional experience in development, design, and implementation of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)/RMNCAH programmes in developing countries;
  • Experience of working in Africa especially Kenya either with Governments or UN systems will be an asset;
  • Experience in the management of county or national level RMNCAH or Health related programmes;
  • Fluency in English with excellent writing, analytical and communication skills.
Application Procedures
Interested candidates who meet the above qualifications may send their applications to email address: kenya.recruit@unfpa.org by Wednesday, 11th March 2015, quoting the post title on the subject line.

Applications should have a cover letter, curriculum vitae, names and contacts of three referees.

We will only be able to respond to those applicants in whom UNFPA has a further interest. 

Women and nationals from developing countries (this is a National Position) are encouraged to apply.

Notice: There is no application, processing or other fee at any stage of the application process.

Applications received via other means will not be accepted.

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