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Technical Program Manager - IRS Project Job in Kenya

RTI International is one of the world’s leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice.

Our staff of more than 2,800 provides research and technical expertise to governments and businesses in more than 40 countries in the areas of health and pharmaceuticals, education and training, surveys and statistics, advanced technology, international development, economic and social policy, energy and the environment, and laboratory and chemistry services.

RTI International is currently seeking qualified candidates for the
Technical Program Manager (TPM) position to be based at the Nairobi Regional office.

Overall Purpose:

In collaboration with each country Chief of Party (COP), and other relevant RTI staff, serves as a Technical Program Manager for IRS country programs.

This is essentially a coordinative and technical advisory position, with considerable responsibility for helping the COP ensure country program success. It requires close and continuous collaboration and communication with the COP to be effective.

Essential Duties:
  • Key deliverables on which the TPM works and has significant responsibility include: Annual work plans and associated budgets, End of Spray reports, Semi-Annual and Annual Reports.
  • The TPM works with COP on annual work plan development and ensures that proposed activities are in line with PMI MOP and MOH/NMCP agreements as well as RTI priorities
  • Based on country program input, plays a key role in ensuring the timely submission of satisfactory country semi-annual reports, and end of spray reports as required under the IRS contract
  • Works with M&E Manager and COP to design impact assessments, and qualitative/quantitative surveys (i.e., role of gender/superstition in the acceptance of IRS spraying of the household).
  • Monitors, and reports to RTI and USAID Washington on progress of each country program on a weekly basis, and keeps track of all actions required in the IRS countdown calendar.
  • In partnership with the COP, and based on inputs from the country, responds as needed to USAID Washington and mission requests for information
  • Assists PAS in budget development and identifies areas of concern. Assists PAS in monitoring budget consumption and making projections to ensure project is completed within budget
  • Work with RTI procurement officer and COP to ensure accurate and timely procurement of insecticide and other IRS commodities (country approvals are in place, on-time arrival and order is according to technical specs).
  • Assists COP as needed, to prepare scopes of work and budgets for consultants and subcontractors, based on country specifications, and provides follow up for their approval.
  • Provide short-term technical assistance to countries to assist COP in planning, implementation, M&E, and/or closing of spray operations as necessary.
  • Manage timely scheduling and execution of entomological activities and other subcontracts to ensure scopes of work are completed satisfactorily.
  • Advise the Project Director and Deputy of progress and challenges.
  • Available to fill in for COPs as directed on interim basis as needed
Minimum Required Education & Experience: 
  • Masters degree in public health, biology, entomology, environmental sciences or related field plus 6 years of experience in international health.
  • Prior experience serving in a long-term resident position or in a project management role preferred. Experience in home office backstopping also considered.
  • Prior work experience in Africa is preferred.
  • Local Nationals or Residents with valid work permit preferred.
  • Must have demonstrated experience in financial management, human resources, logistics /operations and other administrative tasks.
  • Demonstrated experience working on USAID-funded projects and in-depth knowledge of USAID rules and regulations is required.
  • Flexibility and ability to handle multiple tasks and work collaboratively with others.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability writing technical reports or proposals.
  • Ability to build positive relationships with all levels of internal and external clients/ stakeholders.
  • Foreign language fluency in French, Portuguese, or Kiswahili preferred.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills in English.
  • Strong computer skills: Microsoft Office Applications.
  • Willingness to travel frequently, sometimes for extended periods.
How to Apply: Candidates who meet the above minimum requirements should submit application letter and detailed CV with contact information including telephone to on or before May 30th.

Due to the urgency of the recruitment, applications will be short-listed on a regular basis and we may offer the positions before the closing date.

RTI International would like to graciously thank all candidates for their interest.

Only short listed applicants will be contacted.

RTI is proud to be an EEO/AA /M/F/D/V employer.

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