Senior Health Officer (Health), Maternity Cover, Job in Kenya

Reports to:  Health Coordinator – Nairobi 

Staff directly reporting to this Post: None

Budget responsibility: Yes – as per program size and delegation scheme.

Key areas of accountability:


Plan and supervise implementation of project activities together with Save the Children Nairobi area programmes team at field level, and MOH counterparts.

Manage project budget including monitoring of expenditures.

Ensure quality implementation of the projects in country, providing support to Project officers in project management and project cycle management.

Support and participate in donor visits when necessary.

In times of emergency, provide technical support to disaster responses as directed by line manager.

Contribute to advocacy campaigns as directed by line management.

Contributes to the development of work plans and budgets, training plans, quarterly reports and other reports as needed.

Together with the Heath Technical Specialist and Health Coordinator ensures the project goals and milestones are met efficiently and effectively, in accordance with project budgets and work plans.

Provide technical support in implementation of the community and facility components of the project ensuring that these align with national and global best practices. 

Support the budget management, planning and roll out of both projects. 

Participates and oversee capacity building activities of Ministry of Health – private and public health workers and community health volunteers.

Other duties as assigned.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL)

With the support of MEAL team ensure project performance is tracked and quality standards adhered to.

Coordinate regular project monitoring and supervision in liaison with the SCHMTs to ensure quality project implementation according to agreed standards.

Take lead in preparation and documentation of best practices, lessons learnt including case studies.

Ensure the compilation of quality and timely reporting for the project both routine project reports and donor reports.

Ensure learning from the project are documented and shared with County officials, programme staff, other SCI partners as well as within the organization. 

Collect and manage complaints and feedback in close coordination with MEAL team

Coordination and Representation 

With guidance from the Health Coordinator, representing SC within authorized parameters, foster relationships with relevant host government ministries, UN agencies, and local and international NGOs focused on maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH). 

Cultivate robust networks with the Ministry of Health and other pertinent national institutions. 

Forge partnerships with Nairobi County and sub-county officials, establishing operational agreements to effectively execute our programs. 

Identify potential collaborators for joint initiatives and expand successful programs. 

Co-facilitate County and sub-county networks and advocacy efforts concerning health and nutrition programs.

Skills(our Values in Practice)


Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling SCI’s values

Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved


Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same

Widely shares their personal vision for SCI, engages and motivates others.

Future orientated, thinks strategically.


Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters.

Values diversity sees it as a source of competitive strength.

Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to


Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions.

Willing to take disciplined risks.


Honest, encourages openness and transparency.

Commitment to Save the Children Values

Core competencies:

Leading and inspiring others

Delivering results

Developing self and others

Problem solving and decision making.

Innovating and adapting

Applying technical and professional expertise

Working effectively with others 

Communicating with impact


Qualifications and Experiences

Bachelor’s degree/Diploma in public health, Nursing with community health experience.

Minimum four (4) years’ experience in community maternal and new-born health and Integrated Community case management of Case Management programming.

Experience working with Community Health Units in community health strategy.

Experience of working with local/national governments and capacity building of systems, partners and staff

Ability to extensively travel for project monitoring and provide on-site technical support to field teams 

Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching

Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international and matrix management environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures

Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind-sets

Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in

Excellent spoken and written English and Swahili.

Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.

Experience and Familiarity with the counties in Nairobi, will be an added advantage. 

Sensitive to issues affecting children and committed to Save the Children’s Child Safe Guarding policy.

Strong documentation and report writing skills.

Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability.

Culturally sensitive with qualities of mentorship and patience.

Commitment to Save the Children Values.

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