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Job Vacancy: Senior Nurturing Care for ECD Technical and Program Coordinator, ECD

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Job Location:Kisumu, Nyanza, Kenya
Company Location: Kenya, Kisumu
Position Type: Full-Time / Regular 

Job Description: PATH is an international organization that drives transformative innovation to save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. 

We accelerate innovation across five platforms - vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations - that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. 

By mobilizing partners around the world, we take innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. 

Together, we deliver measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health.

Kenya has made significant gains in reducing under-five mortality. However, even though more children are surviving, an unacceptably large number of children continue to fail to attain their full developmental potential in life. 

Since 2012, PATH has developed and implemented approaches to integrate content on ECD/responsive caregiving into health services targeting children 0–3 years and their caregivers e.g., counseling caregivers on how to play and communicate with children, screening for developmental milestones, and making referrals in case of developmental delays. 

Young children are often outside of the purview of “traditional” ECD services that focus on providing pre-primary education through ECD centers. 

In the early years of a child’s life, the health system is often the only way to consistently reach children and their caregivers.
The recent Lancet series on ECD strongly validates the PATH model and also defines the concept of “nurturing care” to encompass the five critical domains that are necessary for ensuring that children not only survive, but also thrive and reach their full potential in life. 

These domains include health, adequate nutrition, responsive caregiving, security and safety, and early learning. 

With funding from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, PATH will support the Ministry of Health at all levels of the health system to achieve its objectives to provide nurturing care at scale for the youngest children, in order for them to attain their full potential in life.

PATH is seeking to recruit a Senior Nurturing Care for ECD Technical and Program Coordinator who will play a key role in the implementation of this workthrough the county health system in health facilities and in communities of Siaya County in western Kenya.  

This work will be strongly linked to advocacy efforts taking place at national, regional and international levels.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Plan, manage, and execute a wide range of activities in support of PATH’s integrated ECD program implementation in Siaya County.
  • Provide team technical leadership on integration nutrition with other key domains of nurturing care.  This includes both innovative integration at point of service through various service delivery channels as well as integration into county and national level policy instruments and technical standards and guidelines.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for PATH’s ECD team in Kisumu and provide timely feedback and reports to the National ECD Manager in Nairobi and to PATH’s ECD Leadership in the USA.
  • Develop, cultivate, and maintain strong and productive relationships with the Siaya Ministry of Health (MOH) at county and subcounty levels.
  • Identify and cultivate partnerships with other ministries, programs, projects and entities who can contribute to the emerging nurturing care program.
  • Coordinate meetings for joint planning and design of project activities with MOH and other counterparts at county and subcounty levels. Actively participate in relevant meetings at county and subcounty levels convened by the MOH and nongovernmental partners.
  • Work with other team members to design multiple field activities—e.g., trainings of health service providers, routine mentoring of trained health service providers, supervision of quality of service delivery, joint mentoring with MOH staff, parenting programs through existing community groups, etc.
  • Supervise and support, as requested,field based team members to ensure that field activities are conducted on schedule and with desired quality, and that team members are performing well individually and as a team and growing professionally through their work with PATH.
  • Support other NGO partners to design and implement innovative approaches to create demand for ECD services being offered through the health system, ECD service delivery through private health facilities, and integration of ECD services into adolescent, sexual, and reproductive health platforms (to cite three examples)
  • Contribute to internal documentation and reporting processes in Kenya and supportthe development of reports and other deliverables required by the donor.
  • Provide inputs into various project documents, such as technical briefs and presentations.
  • Provide inputs and share successes, challenges, and lessons learned from the field with the National ECD Manager and other team members in order to support national and international-level policy and advocacy efforts.
  • Share successes, challenges, and lessons learned with PATH ECD team members globally.
  • Ensure compliance with donor and PATH policies and guidelines.
  • Identify issues or risks which will inhibit successful implementation of the initiative and suggest mitigation factors.
Required Experience
  • Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline, or a combination of Bachelor’s Degree and equivalent professional experience.
  • Minimum seven years of experience and demonstrated skills in designing and implementing child health, nutrition, or development projects with multiple objectives and associated activities.
  • Demonstrated experience of managing milestone-based projects within budget and time constraints.
  • At least three years in a role that involved regular communication with the Kenyan MOH at county and/or subcounty levels and joint planning, implementation, and evaluation of activities.
  • Robust technical knowledge of maternal and child nutrition is essential.
  • Strong understanding of holistic child development and the role played by responsive caregiving, health, nutrition, early learning, and protection/security in ensuring appropriate development.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with the Kenyan MOH at county and subcounty levels and extensive knowledge of the Kenyan health system is essential.
  • Ability to travel throughout Siaya County and occasionally to other parts of Kenya.
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills with a demonstrated capacity to solve problems with energy, flexibility, attention to detail, and a positive attitude.
  • Ability to work with various technologies (computers, mobile phones, etc.) and proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including presentation, training, and facilitation skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to manage several major activities simultaneously, and work in a complex environment with short deadlines.
Must have current legal authorization to work in Kenya.
PATH is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is valued. 

How to Apply

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Job Vacancy: Deputy Director, Operations and Research Affairs (Nairobi)

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Job Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Company Location: Kenya, Nairobi
Position Type: Full-Time / Regular 

This position may be located in Seattle, Washington or Nairobi, Kenya.
PATH seeks to hire a seasoned leader with extensive experience working in operations to serve in the new role of Deputy Director, Operations and Research Affairs. 

This position supports and represents our Chief Operations Officer internally and externally, and ensures that operations are resourced and aligned to achieve PATH’s mission of delivering high quality programs with maximum impact. 

The deputy director will be located in our Seattle, Washington or Nairobi, Kenya office.

PATH is an international organization that drives transformative innovation to save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. 

We accelerate innovation across five platforms - vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations - that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity.

By mobilizing partners around the world, we take innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. 

Together, we deliver measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health.

The Operations and Research Affairs division is comprised of five departments: Business Development, Legal Affairs, Office of Grants & Contracts, Office of Research Ethics, and Office of Scientific Affairs. 

The mission of the division is to provide effective, efficient, pragmatic, and compliant operations support for PATH’s global operations.  

Leadership and Management
  • Foster collaborative relationships at all levels and locations of the organization to understand existing and changing needs with the goal of continuous improvement in the alignment, efficacy, and efficiency of operations, world-wide and across functions.
  • Evolve development of business pipeline, projects, and knowledge management to deliver success.
  • Work with stakeholders to design and implement a Transformational Management Office (TMO) function.
  • Develop and introduce continuous process improvement within key institutional initiatives sponsored by the COO.
  • Manage open access requirements implementation and compliance framework activities for FY 17.
  • Manage division management staff as required.
Strategic Partner
  • Serve as a bridge builder across PATH to increase our impact and program efficacy and compliance through an optimized operations framework.
  • Lead the coordination (including capacity, resource mobilization, and sequencing) of key institutional initiatives.
Communications and Knowledge Management
  • Plan and organize team meetings and serve as primary representative for the COO on select PATH committees, teams, and initiatives.
  • Working with the COO, craft routine and special communications.
  • Drive the cascade of operations information to stakeholders across PATH and within the division’s departments in collaboration with PATH’s Global Engagement team.
  • Lead the design, planning, implementation, and maintenance of knowledge management systems specific to the division.
  • Collaborate with Project Management/Knowledge Management staff to optimize PATH’s knowledge management in relation to operations and key initiatives sponsored by the COO.
  • Collaborate with other operations/shared services departments to enhance coordinated, seamless service provision.
Required Experience
  • Master’s degree in business, public health, management, or related area.
  • Minimum of six years in senior management working in the public or private sector in low resource settings to achieve change.
  • High-level, strategic understanding of operations within a global organization.
  • Proven skills in project, knowledge, and policy management.
  • French language skills a plus.
  • Demonstrated experience and success in strategy development and oversight.
  • Demonstrated strength in strategic thinking and pragmatic problem solving.
  • Skilled systems thinker with demonstrated ability to develop and manage processes.
  • Proven skill building new and effective partnerships, and managing external relations.
  • Strong ability to drive for results while dealing with ambiguity.
  • Proven success leading systematic change through strategic planning, and developing and managing systems, tools, and processes.
  • Proven collaborative leadership skills, including a track record of exercising good judgment and managing change effectively.
  • Excellent writer and communicator with success as a spokesperson who can articulate messages to diverse audiences.
  • Proven success managing staff and supporting professional and leadership development.
  • Demonstrated cultural competence and strength in appreciating and managing diversity.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal effectiveness with track record of taking initiative, leading through influence, and building relationships to achieve success.
  • Demonstrated commitment to PATH’s mission and values.
  • Ability to work flexible hours and travel up to 40% time.
  • Must have current authorization to work in Kenya.
How to Apply

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Job Title: Team Leader – Marsabit / Lodwar
Location: Kenya
Department Name: Program Delivery
Pact Overview: The Team Leader will be responsible for the overall management and operations of the proposed European Union Trust Fund a three-year Collaboration in Cross-Border Areas of the Horn of Africa Region: The Southwest Ethiopia – Northeast Kenya border to prevent local conflict and mitigate its impact. 

She/he will supervise project implementation and ensure the project meets stated goals and reporting requirements. 

The Team Leader will take a leadership role in coordination among the European Commission and key stakeholders and other implementing partners. 

The position requires a political savvy and diplomatic staff who will interact at a high level with numerous Government institutions and senior government officials as well as European Union agents. 

Reporting to the Country Director, the position is based in Marsabit/Lodwar. 

This position is contingent upon award.

Roles and responsibilities:
  • The Team Leader will ensure appropriate systems and support mechanisms are in place to track, analyze and report on results as well as engagement with senior management on the strategic direction of the overall program.
  • Oversee program start-up and ongoing program management and administration of teams across various field locations.
  • Engage with various partners and stakeholders at different levels, to establish and maintain contacts with senior-level officials of the host government in the three represented countries and represent Pact in national and regional meetings.
  • Implement the strategic vision and programmatic goals as laid down in the Project Document.
  • Ensure that program implementation is responsive to communities and partners and beneficiaries are effectively targeted.
  • Support and guide program managers to develop partners’ memoranda of understanding (MoUs) and contracts & oversee a training program for program partners.
  • Develop, oversee and ensure joint work planning and program implementation strategies, including frameworks, beneficiary targeting, distribution process as well as capacity building of partners as needed. Evaluate, interpret and analyze information and data to prepare accurate reports and to realign if necessary.
  • Integrate community approaches, gender sensitivity and capacity building into all activities as appropriate. Ensure coordinated efforts with other Pact conflict and peace building programs.
  • Ensure program implementation is on time, target and budget, using effective M&E systems to reach desired impacts.
  • Create and maintain systems ensuring effective and transparent use of financial resources for timely and informative reporting in line with donor policies and procedures.
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.
  • Provide training and mentoring to partners to strengthen capacity for technical service delivery and compliance with donor rules and regulations.
  • Oversee the management and development of project office human resources to ensure a diverse, skilled and productive workforce, an effective leadership team, and an organizational culture where Pact’s values are practiced.
  • Ensure high-quality strategic oversight, direction and technical programming through hands-on guidance and support grounded in the program’s strategic objectives and adhering to expected technical quality and reporting requirements.
  • Participate in the technical and programmatic design of award and partner programs; represent Pact in negotiating with donors and partners.
  • Manage all project planning responsibilities, including the production of annual work-plans; guide and oversee the alignment of the budget to expected results, and review and approve annual budgets and quarterly reports.
  • As relevant, manage all local grant making mechanisms, ensuring compliance with donor regulations and Pact policy; coordinate and/or conduct monitoring visits to grantee programs.
  • Ensure compliance with Pact and EU and government of Kenya requirements, policies and regulations.
Qualifications and experiences:
  • Master’s Degree with 8 years’ experience or Bachelor’s Degree with 10 years of experience in Conflict, CVE, Peace Building, Migration or a related field.
  • Ten years’ experience in managing complex peace building programs, cross border programs, CVE and/or migration programs of similar scope and size is desired;
  • Eight years of experience in program management and administration, financial management, award cooperative agreement compliance, sub award management, and tracking project performance and costs;
  • At least five years’ international experience in development, managing, overseeing, or evaluating comprehensive CVE, conflict and/or peace building programs of similar size and complexity, with European Commission experience preferred.
  • Five years demonstrated skills and experience in building and strengthening partnerships donors, private sector, NGO and local community organizations relations; and engagement with the Government of Kenya and Ethiopia.
  • Strong strategic and creative thinker.
  • Flexibly to changing situations, overcomes obstacles and recovers quickly from set-backs.
  • Proven performance in organizing and coordinating major initiatives, events or challenging inter-organizational activities.
  • Ability to work in partnership with team members, partner agencies and community members of both the international and national communities.
  • Excellent written and oral communication abilities.
  • Strong computer (word processing) literacy, skills in graphic/web design a plus.
  • English and at least one local language (Amharic or Kiswahili).
How to apply:
Interested applicants fulfilling the requirements are invited to send their application letter and CV to indicating “Team Leader-Marsabit/Lodwar” on the subject line.  

Deadline for applications: September 15th, 2017

Pact is an equal opportunities employer.

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