Senior Technical Advisor Job in Kenya

Job Title: Senior Technical Advisor

Hiring Organization: Amref Kenya
Location – Locality: Nairobi
Location – Region: Kenya
Industry: NGO
Job Type: Full Time
Salary: KES
Date Posted: 05/31/2024

About The Role

The Senior Technical Advisor will offer leadership, management and technical assistant for Amref’s Learning for Life (L4L): Building a Resilient and Responsive Health Workforce in Africa programme in Kenya. This 4-year programme in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, will be implemented in Kenya, Senegal and Zambia during this first phase. The estimated ratio of health workers per population in Africa is 11.2 workers per 10,000 people, far below the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended ratio of 44.5. It is estimated that the global shortage of health workers will increase from 12 to 18 million by 2030, translating to a shortage of six million health workers. Africa also has the world’s fastest growing population, which presents governments and policy makers with both opportunities and challenges to ensure sufficient livelihood opportunities for its young population. To address these challenges and accelerate the current Universal Health Coverage (UHC) gains, Amref is implementing this innovative, multi-country, multi-million dollar programme with the ultimate goal of contributing to increased and sustainable job creation within primary health care (PHC) sectors across Africa.

Reporting to the PHC Programme Manager, the Senior Technical Advisor will lead the implementation of the Learning for Life programme’s pillars of health employment, health entrepreneurship, and health ecosystem building in Kenya. S/he will oversee stakeholder engagement to ensure ongoing relevance and alignment of programme interventions with both national and sub-national priorities.

The role involves guiding and inspiring the assessment, training, and coordination of ecosystem players to bolster the primary healthcare workforce, which includes Community Health Workers. The Senior Technical Advisor will also support the strengthening of the Ministry of Health, along with those of training institutions and other pertinent public and private sector entities, to optimize the generation and integration of a skilled health workforce that meets the evolving needs of the healthcare landscape.

About You

You are a leader who understands how to inspire and guide teams, fostering collaboration, and driving towards common ambitious goals. You are a clear and concise communicator who uses your skills to engage and maintain positive relationships with stakeholders, conveying strategies, and ensure alignment across various levels of the healthcare system. You are able to think strategically to understand, analyze and influence the broader healthcare landscape, identifying opportunities for improvement, and developing long-term plans to address challenges.

You also are a strong project manager who is able to use the skills in planning, implementing, and evaluating programme interventions effectively, while ensuring adherence to timelines and budgets. We know that the health sector is dynamic, and thus you are adaptable to respond to changes and challenges but still having an eye on the goal which is the key to success.

Principal Responsibilities

Project Management

Provide management and technical expertise, oversee coordination, and supervise activities within the Learning for Life programme, ensuring alignment with programme goals and objectives.

Lead discussions to guide the implementation of the programme, offering insights and recommendations based on technical expertise.

Offer technical and operational support across all phases of the programme, ensuring seamless integration and alignment with the multi-country programme.

Conduct regular risk assessments, identifying potential obstacles and developing mitigation strategies to ensure programme success and minimize disruptions to activities. PHC Health Care Workers Employment

Steer conversations with the stakeholders including National and County Governments, Regulatory Bodies, and training institutions to co-develop, review, and adapt country-specific curricula responsive to training and healthcare ecosystem needs.

Facilitate the establishment of knowledge exchange platforms to promote south-to-south and peer-to-peer learning and communities of practice among primary healthcare workers.

Support young health workers through mentorship programmes and scholarships to enhance specialized or advanced skills, including soft skills relevant to the health ecosystem.

Facilitate the development and review of regulations at national and regional levels tofacilitate cross-border labor movement and ensure harmonization of curricula and qualifications.

Health Entrepreneurship Support

Lead strategic mapping and vetting of health and related-sector entrepreneurship opportunities, leveraging the Social Health Insurance Fund.

Provide comprehensive support to health workforce and affiliated entrepreneurs in business development, focusing on supply chain optimization.

Drive development, testing, and scaling of innovative business models such as Social Franchising and Social Marketing in healthcare.

Establish and nurture inter-university social entrepreneurship networks in collaboration with tertiary institutions.

Monitoring, Evaluation Research and Learning

Support monitoring and evaluation processes to assess programme progress, ensure accountability, determine impact, and facilitate organizational learning.

Support management of health data monitoring and audit activities, ensuring accurate reporting in various systems including iHRIS, National Health Workforce Accounts, CHW registry, and project-based tools.

Take the lead in documenting, institutionalizing, and disseminating achievements, best practices, and lessons learned from health activity implementation.

Support comprehensive in-country assessments and collaborate with regional team to identify knowledge and skills gaps in the health ecosystem, guiding strategic planning.

Support in conducting and applying research to inform the implementation of best practices in health interventions.

Health Ecosystem

Lead stakeholder policy engagement initiatives, including with youth, to address identified gaps within the health sector.

Support the project steering committee at country level;

Develop and maintain strong, collaborative partnerships with health sector entities, government counterparts, regulators, and county stakeholders to ensure effective programme implementation.

Represent the organization at national and county-level technical meetings, conferences, and workshops, collaborating with other Amref Projects to support the co-design and institutionalization of project interventions.

Programme Development

Actively participate or lead programme concept development and proposals for fundraising.

Engage in strategic partnerships towards programme development

Education and Professional Qualifications

University degree in health sciences or healthcare management.

Master’s degree in health or social sciences is preferable. Additional years of relevant programme management experience combined with a Bachelor’s Degree can substitute the requirement for a Master’s Degree

Required Experience

A minimum of 5 years relevant health system strengthening experience.

Demonstrated experience in project management.

Demonstrated experience managing multidisciplinary teams is an advantage.

Experience in implementing development programmes is an advantage

Experience in implementing in the private sector is an advantage;

Experience in delivering technical assistance and/or institutional capacity building is an asset.

Proficiency in report writing, and presentation skills.

Willingness to travel domestically and internationally as required

Skills and Competencies

Strategic thinking and leadership skills

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Good coordination, problem solving and networking skills

Excellent stakeholder engagement skills

Excellent report writing skills

Decision making and problem-solving skills

Ability to work under pressure, and within strict time limits

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