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Project Officer - Quality Improvement
Location: Turkana - Kenya
Salary: Commensurate with required experience and qualifications
Reports to: Senior Quality Improvement Advisor 
Position Level: 9
University Research Co., LLC (URC): URC is a global company dedicated to improving the quality of health care, social services, and health education worldwide. 

With a non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS), URC manages projects in over 45 countries, including the United States. 

Established in 1965, URC offers a range of technical assistance to strengthen health and social systems and service quality by empowering communities and health workers to identify and scale up locally appropriate solutions to critical problems. 

Internationally, we expand access to and improve the quality of services addressing maternal, newborn, and child health; infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria; reproductive health and family planning; food and nutrition; and vulnerable children and families. 

In the US, we focus on improving communication related to issues like substance abuse, with a particular focus on reaching underserved populations. 

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Division & Project Overview: The URC Quality & Performance Institute (QPI) is a division of URC which serves as an organizing force to bring together best practices, staff experience, partnerships, and documentation on improving health care at URC. 

The USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project is URC’s flagship project in quality improvement. 

ASSIST is managed by URC’s Quality and Performance Institute, (QPI), which has implemented quality improvement and operations research programs in health care since 1981 and continues to be at the cutting edge of health care improvement work in countries around the world. 

URC is looking for individuals to fill the position of Project Officer, Quality Improvement to be based in Lodwar for a USAID funded project Applying Science to strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST). 

The project is a global leader in the implementation, advocacy, development and promotion of cost-effective methods to design and improve healthcare services and systems in developing and middle income countries.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Senior Quality Improvement Advisor in-charge of health service delivery, the project officer will work closely with ministry of health officials in the target counties and other local implementing partners to lead in the applications of improvement methods in integrated clinical settings. 

The incumbent will:
  • Provide project management support in Turkana.
  • Work closely with APHIA Imarisha and sub county level health management teams within selected counties to support improvement work in line with the Kenya Quality Model for Health (KQMH).
  • Support regional mentors/coaches in quality improvement.
  • Support Quality Improvement Teams and the Work Improvement Teams.
  • Provide support to develop quality indicators, data collection, analysis and reporting.
  • Develop and update materials for training, coaching and learning sessions.
  • Ensure project compliance with USAID rules and regulations.
Minimum Qualifications:
Required Experience & Qualifications 
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Medicine or Nursing with two years’ experience or Diploma in Clinical Medicine & Surgery with a minimum of four  years’ experience. Those with additional training in public health and project management will have an added advantage.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in teams.
  • Ability to build networks and partnerships.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Exceptional verbal, interpersonal, written communications, facilitation and presentation skills.
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Proficiency in data analysis and presentation.
  • Ability and willingness to travel in the field as and when required.
  • Fluent in English and Kiswahili.
Desired Experience & Qualifications
  • Knowledge  of USAID/Federal rules and regulations
  • Relevant training in Quality assurance/quality improvement of health services.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to build networks and partnership;
Please note: Only candidates who are eligible to work in Kenya for an indefinite period without a need for sponsorship will be considered for this position. 

How to Apply:
For immediate consideration, please visit URC’s Career Opportunities page at

Qualified applicants can also send a cover letter and detailed curriculum vitae indicating present employer, and position, daytime telephone number, current salary, names and addresses of three work related referees to  

The closing date for submitting applications is 11th March, 2016. 

You must upload your CV/Résumé and your Cover Letter where indicated. Also, please complete your application form and attach a completed USAID Form 1420 Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet as well.  

Due to the large number of inquiries we receive, only candidates who have met the required experience & qualifications for this position will be contacted. No phone calls please. 

However, since we are active around the world in the field of public health, we may wish to retain your CV in our database for other/future opportunities, unless you direct us otherwise. Thank you very much for your interest.

URC is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

We value and seek diversity in our workforce.

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