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Programme Manager Job in Kenya

Job Title: Health and Rights Programme Manager
No of Posts: 1
Reporting To: OSIEA Director and the Open Society Foundation’s Public Health Program

The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA) promotes human rights and vibrant and tolerant democracies in the region by awarding grants, developing programs, and bringing together diverse civil society leaders and groups. 

We are seeking a dynamic, creative and committed person to fill the position of program manager in the health and rights program.

The program advances health rights in the region and current areas of focus include maternal health, harm reduction, palliative care, access to medicines, and health rights of marginalized populations. 

The position reports to the OSIEA Director and the Open Society Foundation’s Public Health Program and could be based in any of the offices in the region (Nairobi, Kampala, Juba, and Dar es Salaam).

Overall job purpose: Responsible for the execution and advancement of the health and rights program in the Eastern Africa region. Provides leadership and management of grants as well as relationships with partners.

Key Responsibilities
  • Strategic leadership: Provide a bold vision for innovative work that will add value to the existing efforts in the region by identifying grant-making, operational, and advocacy strategies to promote health rights in Eastern Africa
  • Management and collaboration: Supervise and mentor staff and ensure a team leadership approach that fosters information sharing, learning, and growth. Coordinate and serve as the key focal point with the Public Health Program for collaborative work in Eastern Africa to maximize results and impact.
  • Implementation: Grant making to civil society and other partners advancing health rights strategies in the region.
  • Capacity building of health rights actors, particularly civil society. Conduct relevant legal and policy analysis for internal and external audiences. Write, edit or commission reports and advocacy documents on health rights priorities.
Person Specifications
  • Advanced degree in a relevant field.
  • Proven commitment to the protection of human rights and substantive knowledge of health rights issues in the Eastern Africa region.
  • Experience in and/or demonstrated commitment to strengthening civil society; experience working with a range of civil society actors.
  • Ten years work experience, five years of which one should have served as a Manager with an understanding of the principles and practices involved in the effective management of a complex program.
  • Extraordinary initiative, creativity and capacity to think strategically.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a diverse array of people.
  • Team spirit and respectful working and decision-making style.
  • Ability to manage several simultaneous projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong organizational skills and close attention to detail.
  • Integrity, diplomacy and professionalism will be essential.
  • Willingness to travel as needed.
At OSIEA, all staff are expected to work at integrating the organizational values into the performance of their duties and tasks on a daily basis and by participating in in-house working groups designed to uphold the values and foster healthy inter-office communication.

Suitably qualified candidates should mail their resumes and cover letters to by 31 December 2015.

 For more information interested applicants may visit: 

The position will attract a competitive salary with good benefits package.

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