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ZanaAfrica

Vacancy:
 Program Manager – The Nia Project (Kilifi, Kenya)

About ZanaAfrica:
ZanaAfrica is a social enterprise headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya that provides dignity and inspiration for women and girls to live their purpose through sanitary pads and related products.

We envision a future where girls in East Africa live healthy, safe, informed lives while defining their own purpose - a world in which menstrual health management is recognized as a human right, and the onset of puberty as the most effective time to engage girls in a range of personal health decisions.

Our business arm maintains a portfolio of high quality sanitary pad products and brands designed for and by East Africa women. 

Our non-profit arm innovates scalable, engaging health education solutions that, together with our pads, deliver comprehensive menstrual and reproductive health support. 

Together, we leverage the best of the private and non-profit sectors to equip women and girls with the support they need to define their purpose and live the life they choose.

About the Program Manager Role:
 ZanaAfrica seeks to grow its team through the addition of a Program Manager who will lead the project management, implementation, and monitoring of The Nia Project, a two-year program that is part of a larger study in which three different school-based menstrual and reproductive health interventions will be implemented monthly among Class 7 and 8 girls in 100+ schools in Kilifi, Kenya. 

The Nia Project evaluation will be the first study to rigorously measure the independent and combined effects of sanitary pad provision and reproductive health education (RHE) provision on girls’ education, health, and social outcomes - a groundbreaking initiative for girls, and the menstrual health space.

The Program Manager role is a two-year renewable contract position. 

The role will be based at ZanaAfrica’s headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya until January 2017, after which the role will be based at the project site in Kilifi, Kenya. 

This is a critical role, which will oversee all aspects of program implementation and monitoring for The Nia Project, including but not limited to the following key areas:

Program Implementation + Monitoring:-
 The Program Manager will be responsible for ensuring the implementation and monitoring in this four-armed randomized controlled trial to the highest standard possible, in collaboration with ZanaAfrica’s local implementing partner in Kilifi.

Responsibilities associated with this include developing and following program implementation protocols and phone-based monitoring tools; collaborating with ZanaAfrica’s partner in Kilifi to support program implementation and quality assurance; overseeing adherence to program monitoring protocols and addressing discrepancies; managing large data sets from field staff; conducting random site visits to ensure efficacy of partners and relevant data gathering infrastructure and adherence to research protocols; submitting necessary and relevant documentation and data to either ZanaAfrica HQ, its evaluating partner, or both; maintaining relationships with local county stakeholders including government officials, and maintaining a clear line of communication with ZanaAfrica’s leadership team and its research partners. 

The Program Manager will also oversee product and program field testing prior to launch each term.

Project Management:-
 The Program Manager will be responsible for ensuring that all necessary intervention implementation and logistics preparation activities are carried out to a high standard and according to the project timelines in advance of the program launch in May 2017, and throughout the 20-month program to December 2019. 

Such activities include but are not limited to team deliverable management, budget development and management, contractor and personnel hiring and management, government relationship management, local stakeholder relationship management, study site preparation activities (such as sourcing field offices and relevant field personnel), stakeholder sensitization, meeting organization facilitation, protocol preparation, etc.

Relationship Management:-
 The Program Manager will play a key role in maintaining strong relations at the county and national level, with government authorities as well as ZanaAfrica’s implementing CBO partner at the study site. 

In addition, the Program Manager will likely represent the project to other ZanaAfrica partners, including the project funders, in the interest of maintaining strong communications and relationships.

Additional responsibilities associated with this role may include but are not limited to grant writing, partnership development, and attendance at local or international conferences.

Required Qualifications:

Applicants for the Program Manager role should exhibit the following qualifications:
  • Graduate-level degree in Public Health, Public Policy, Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, Behavioral Economics, or a social science field, or equivalent experience.
  • 5+ years relevant work experience that includes implementing and monitoring large-scale, girl-focused programs in Kenya or an East African country with a high level of detail. Experience running interventions for randomized controlled trials is a plus.
  • Go-getter attitude with an unabashed commitment to doing whatever it takes to get a job done, on time, while motivating others to do the same.
  • Demonstrated ability to execute project, personnel, and partnership management to an extremely high caliber. Enthusiastic and collaborative team player.
  • Outstanding attention to detail and proactivity in carrying out tasks. Analytical and strategic approach to project management is a must.
  • Demonstrated skills in overseeing the coordination, collection, and management of large data sets. Expertise using mobile apps to collect field-based data is a plus.
  • Previous experience coordinating field teams in resource-limited environments.
  • Humility. We are a small, gritty team achieving big things. We check our egos at the door.
  • Fluency in English and Kiswahili. Fluency in Giriama is a plus. Excellent written and oral English communication skills.
  • Unbounded enthusiasm for realizing, and advocating for, girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights.
  • Kenyan or East African candidates are highly encouraged to apply.
Working at ZanaAfrica: We’re a growing group of now 18 bold, smart, dedicated individuals from diverse backgrounds who are passionate about empowering girls and women using all the tools available of non-profit and for-profit acumen. 

We work smart, we work hard, and we learn fast. Our tight knit team of big thinkers and visionaries puts girls’ needs first, always, and is constantly pushing ahead, innovating, and driving towards having the greatest impact on the lives of girls and society as a whole.

ZanaAfrica values girls and womens’ right to choice in their reproductive health management, including access to family planning and abortion services. Any hired candidate will be expected to represent such values internally and to external partners.

How to apply:

Application Instructions:


Interested applicants should send their CV and a cover letter outlining their qualifications and enthusiasm for the Program Manager role, both in PDF format, to careers@zanaafrica.com. 

Use the email subject line, APPLICATION FOR PROGRAM MANAGER – THE NIA PROJECT.

Closing date:
 30 Nov 2016

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