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Program Coordinator Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Job Title: Harm Reduction Program Coordinator 
Starting From: asap (from January 2015)     
Country: Kenya
Based: Nairobi    

Context of the program

General context: Kenya is still facing a generalized HIV epidemic with a national average prevalence of 6.3% and 7% in its capital Nairobi. In 2008, it was estimated that key populations account for around a third of all new infections in Kenya, with people who inject drugs accounting for around 4%.

The Kenyan government, with the support of international stakeholders, has put considerable efforts in designing effective strategies and implementing targeted interventions for people who inject drugs. 

Early in 2013 the standard operating procedures for Needle and Syringes exchange program and Medically Assisted Treatment were signed by the Ministry of Health. 

Nevertheless, implementation of these core targeted interventions remains difficult, underfunded, and lack stakeholder capacity to be delivered effectively. 
Based on this situational analysis, MdM started a comprehensive program in Nairobi in May 2013, focusing on the slum areas and the more remote locations of Dagoretti County.

The program benefits not only from international but also from regional experience and expertise since MdM has been developing a comprehensive model in Tanzania since 2010.

Harm Reduction in Nairobi
The program focuses on the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis through the implementation of a broader multidisciplinary framework of intervention than the UN core package, while advocating for a long term and sustainable harm reduction approach for Kenya. 
In 2015 the program will focus on:
  • Run our current Drop In Centre (DIC) & outreach services offering prevention and access to HIV, HBV, HCV and STI testing/care, treatment or referral system
  • Progressively relocate our outreach activity and later the DIC to Mathare with a strong focus on implantation strategy (community and authorities acceptance in a particularly sensitive environment notably in terms of safety and security)
  • Capacity building of local, national and regional stakeholders, in particular in terms of Hepatitis B and C screening, Hep B vaccination and “liver health” follow up for patients HCV positive.
  • Empowerment of self-help support groups and networks
  • Advocacy campaigns/workshops for the promotion of an adapted and holistic approach to HR services
Overall Responsibilities

Management, monitoring and reporting
  • He / she monitors and evaluates the overall program implementation, including data management and analysis
  • He / she supervises the program activities: outreach work and DIC interventions/activities;
  • He / she insures the quality of all services delivered within the program, including linkage to care, medical referral follow up, access to Methadone
  • He / she reinforces the acceptance of MdM program amongst community, district, local and national authorities
  • He / she develops an advocacy strategy for MdM HR program in Kenya
  • He / she ensures and supervises any research work/assessment in the field, in coordination with the General Coordinator and HQ technical advisors
  • He / she supervises / animates internal and external trainings on Harm Reduction issues and other regular training sessions on agreed topics towards partners (NGOs, MoH, Police…)
  • He / she supervises all necessary internal and external reporting for the Kenyan program (compiles and finalises monthly sitreps and contributes to donors’ narrative and financial reporting)
  • He / she proposes and designs potential interventions and/or re-orientations when needed
Team coordination and security
  • Under the direct management of the General Coordinator, he / she manages the Harm Reduction team and
  • He / she collaborates with the rest of the coordination team as well as the Nairobi office team
  • He / she collaborates with HQ technical referent for HR on a regular basis to determine and adapt the program’s strategy
  • He / she supervises the HR Program by daily security follow-up, attendance of security briefings, analysis of security risks, reporting and monitoring incidents etc…
  • He / she  analyses how the situation develops, liaise with other organizations on security and, with the General coordinator, determine any changes to the security plan and security related to the program
  • He / she is responsible for the application, compliance and regular updating of the program security plan towards the local team and visitors
Management of human resources
  • Applies in close cooperation with the Administrative Coordinator MDM’s Human Resources policies in line with the Kenyan Labour law
  • Develops the team’s skills by working on training needs
  • Recruits, briefs, supervises and performs evaluations of national staff when needed/requested
Overall management of finance accountancy and logistics of Kenya HR Program
  • He / she ensures financial, administrative supervision of the HR project in close collaboration with the Administrative Coordinator and the Nairobi office team
  • Ensures logistic supervision of the HR project in close collaboration with the Admin Coordinator and the Logistic Officer
  • Defines MdM annual budget of HR program with the Administrative Coordinator and under the supervision of the General Coordinator
  • In close coordination with the General Coordinator He /she represents MDM-F to Kenyan authorities when required (on the behalf of the General Coordinator)
  • In close coordination with the General Coordinator he / she ensures representation functions towards partners and local/national authorities
  • Maintains regular contact with local partners and international HR stakeholders
Donor and fundraising (in coordination/collaboration with the General Coordinator)
  • He / she assess potential donors and initiate and follow up on fundraising process
  • He / she Takes lead in Harm Reduction program proposal writing and budget preparation of the program
  • He /she complies to donor contracts; donor reporting, follows up specific agreements and guarantees that the contract of objectives defined by the donors is fulfilled and that contractual obligations are respected
Legal management
  • He / she supports the General Coordinator in the development and signing of an MOU with the MoH
  • Anticipates and ensures renewal of all administrative agreements, licenses, permits, authorizations regarding the program
Position Requirements 

  • Master Degree in Humanitarian / Development / Social or political sciences, or Public Health
Professional experience
  • Experience of project management is compulsory
  • Experience of team management is essential
  • Experience in negotiations and relations with local partners and authorities in a difficult legal, administrative and political context is essential
  • Experience in the field of Harm Reduction or HIV is strongly recommended
  • Experience in the delivery of training/educational programs to health staff or other professionals is an asset
  • Experience in community based programming and on capacity building of local organizations is an asset
  • Experience in developing an advocacy strategy is an asset
Required Skills
  • Excellent knowledge and practice of Cycle project management
  • Strong ability to implement and follow up on Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Ability to develop the collaboration with national and local stakeholders
  • Good management and communication qualities
  • Skills in designing and writing proposals and reports
  • Capacity to design and animate adults training and sensitization is an added value
  • Capacity to work in a difficult security environment
  • Ability to work on own initiative; self-motivated and able to motivate others
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
  • Good diplomatic skills
  • Ability to effectively communicate with other professionals and organisations
  • Ability to prioritise self and team workload
If you believe you are the ideal candidates we are looking for, please submit your application and CV to the following email address with the title: Program Coordinator

Closing date is 8th January 2015. 

Only shortlisted applicant will be contacted.

No application will be considered after the closing date as well as any application received by phone or in our office. 

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