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Technical Director / Deputy Project Director Job in Kenya

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) founded in 1971, is a non-profit organization with a mission to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. 

Together with our partners, we are helping managers and leaders in developing and transitional countries to create stronger management  systems that improve health services for the greatest health impact. 

Headquartered in the United States, we have operations in more than 30 countries and employ more than 2,000 people from over 73 nations.

For more information please visit our website:

MSH seeks to recruit highly motivated  and result oriented individual  for the Strengthening  Public Health Laboratory Systems (SPHLS) Project in the Republic of Kenya funded by PEPFAR. 

The Project goal is to strengthen and expand public health laboratory systems and develop indigenous capacity in Kenya to support HIV prevention, treatment and care as part of the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS relief.

Technical Director / Deputy Project Director
The Technical Director /Deputy Project Director will lead, direct, mentor and monitor the team of local technical laboratory staff carrying out approved activities to strengthen laboratory systems and services in Kenya in order to support and improve HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria programs.  

In collaboration with the Project Director, s/he will contribute significantly to providing the overall vision, strategic direction and state-of-the-art technical approaches for the project.

Roles & Responsibilities
  • Lead and supervise the project technical activities to ensure that the work is technically and logistically sound, collaborative, timely, and is conducted in line with the donor-approved project work plan and budget.
  • Ensure that technical work plans and budgets and individual staff action plans are developed and implemented in a timely manner and that the various activities and outputs are clearly linked to the overall project performance monitoring plan.
  • Supervise the laboratory technical staff, as assigned.
  • Act  as  the  main  point  of contact  for  the  subcontractor  and  short  term  consultants.    S/he  will  oversee  their performance.
  • Work closely with the Project Director to prepare and present annual and quarterly project progress and technical reports to MSH, CDC/USG, MOH and other partners.
  • In partnership with the Project Director, meet regularly with senior Government of Kenya officials, CDC, collaborating partners, and other stakeholders to share progress, accomplishments and challenges and to advocate and ensure technical assistance activities result in skills transfer in sustainable  ways. Consult frequently with CDC on the current and future strategic direction of the project.
Qualifications and Experience
The ideal candidate should have a medical or science degree from a recognized university, plus a higher qualification (Doctoral or Master’s Degree) in clinical pathology, microbiology, public health or related field.

Clinical Pathologist, Laboratory Scientist or Public Health professional, with at least 8 years’ relevant working experience in clinical and public health laboratories, of which at least 3 years must have been at a senior  management level.

S/he  must  be  registered  with  the appropriate regulatory authority such as the Kenya Medical Practitioners’ and Dentists Board, Kenya Medical  Laboratory Technicians’ and Technologists’ Board (KMLTTB).

Experience in implementing and managing CDC, USAID, WHO, GFATM or other donor-funded health projects related to laboratory systems development is preferred. 

Ability to guide strategy development, manage technical implementation of projects and lead a team as well as ability to supervise mentor and coach other project staff.

Demonstrated  ability  to  work  independently  as  well  as  in  collaboration  with  colleagues  and  partners,  and  strong commitment  to managing  and meeting  competing  deadlines.  

Effective written  and verbal  communication  skills  are required.  

S/he should have ability to advocate and bring about consensus with senior government officials and numerous stakeholders.

The  ideal  candidate  should  be  computer  literate  and  willing  and  available  to travel  extensively  within  Kenya  and elsewhere as required.

Please note that international allowances are not available for this position.

Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, and national origin, and citizenship, physical or mental handicap. 

For further detail and  to apply  for  this  position, please visit  the  Employment Opportunities  section of our website at  by February 15, 2013. 

If you cannot apply online or have difficulty doing so, please email an explanation of your problem to 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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