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Project Director Job in Kenya

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a non-profit organization with a mission to close the gap between what is known about public health problems and what is done to save them, particularly in developing and transitional countries.

Headquartered in the United States, we have operations in more than 30 countries and employ staff from over 60 nations.

Project Director

Health Commodities and Services Management (HCSM) Project (Nairobi, Kenya) USAID/ Kenya’s Health Commodities and Services Management (HCSM) Program, implemented by MSH, will improve health outcomes and impact through sustainable country-led programs and partnerships that address commodity management, pharmaceutical services and policy, and laboratory systems. 

The Program will focus on health systems strengthening in the pharmaceutical and laboratory sectors.

Overall Responsibilities:
  • The HCSM Project Director is responsible for coordinating and managing all activities for the Kenya Health Commodities and Services Management (HCSM) Program. 
  • S/he shall be responsible and accountable for the development, regular update and implementation of the HCSM work plan and budget to ensure attainment of the program goals and objectives in line with the HCSM mandate and approaches, to contribute to the goals of the local USAID Mission and government partners. 
  • S/he is the primary liaison between HCSM and the local USAID Mission, Government counterparts, stakeholders, and partners involved with pharmaceutical management activities and/or implementing related programs in Kenya. 
  • The HCSM Project Director is accountable for the management of the HCSM office, provides strategic and technical guidance and works closely with the assigned Arlington based Portfolio Manager, other CPM home office technical and operational staff, and other MSH projects in Kenya to ensure that MSH/CPM/HCSM plans and activities effectively address priority pharmaceutical and commodity management needs of Kenya. 
  • As the head of the HCSM Leadership Team, he or she ensures the timely and quality delivery of HCSM products and activities and supervises staff.
Major Key Responsibilities Include:
  • Vision, Technical Strategy and Results
  • Documentation and Communication
  • Project Management
  • Client Relations
Key Qualifications Include:
  • Advanced degree in a health-related field required; physician, nurse, or pharmacist qualification preferred. 
  • At least 5 years demonstrated relevant experience in pharmaceutical management and/or health care systems development and strengthening in developing country context required. 
  • Relevant experience in international public health with experience in pharmaceutical management and systems strengthening strongly preferred, particularly those related to the implementation of reproductive health, MCH, HIV/AIDS, Malaria, TB prevention, care, and treatment programs in developing countries. 
  • Experience with public health programs supported by bilateral agencies such as USAID and international agencies such as WHO and World Bank preferred. 
  • Demonstrated managerial and organizational skills in a development country setting with flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to interact professionally with culturally diverse staff, clients, and consultants. 
  • Interest in and experience managing and supervising technical staff. 
  • Demonstrated competence to assess priorities and manage a variety of activities in a time-sensitive environment and meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality. 
  • Proven record of aligning diverse, multi-level teams with project mission and vision. 
  • Track record of strong commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experiences, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit. 
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with senior-level colleagues, particularly interacting productively, proactively, and comfortably with government agencies, NGOs, private sector groups, USAID, CAs, and donor organizations. 
  • Demonstrated strategic agility, diplomacy, conflict management, team building, written and oral communication, and negotiation skills. 
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills in English are essential. 
  • Ability to travel internationally and domestically as required to support the progress of program activities. Long-term working resident of the assigned country, proficiency in the major local languages and demonstrated experience and knowledge of the assigned country highly preferred.
  • Relocation and international allowances are available ONLY to eligible candidates.
Interested applicants should submit applications at no later than June 22, 2012.

Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental handicap, or status as a disabled or Vietnam Era veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces

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