Technical Advisor Job in Kenya

Job Title: Technical Advisor

Hiring Organization: PATH
Location – Locality: Nairobi
Location – Region: Kenya
Industry: NGO
Job Type: Full Time
Salary: KES
Date Posted: 05/22/2024

PATH is a global nonprofit dedicated to achieving health equity. With more than 40 years of experience forging multisector partnerships and with expertise in science, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales up innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing heath challenges.

PATH Kenya is a local entity that has been working in the country since 1990. PATH Kenya has been a trusted partner to the Kenyan government, the private sector, nongovernmental organizations, and communities, supporting the country’s rise as a health leader in East Africa and beyond. PATH in Kenya works to enhance health system capacity and resilience by providing technical expertise with deep local experience, accelerating progress through advocacy and policy, and using human-centered design to maximize impact.

USAID Nuru Ya Mtoto aims to increase the use of quality county-led, county-owned, and county-managed health and social services for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and adolescents, as well as reducing new HIV infections, HIV treatment, reducing gender-based violence, and improving the health system response to post-gender-based violence care for adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) aged 9 to 24 years. The program will safeguard the rights and welfare of children and adolescents impacted by HIV and AIDS.

The TA Gender will manage, coordinate, oversee, and monitor capacity-strengthening activities and relationships with the Department of health(DOH), local implementing partners (LIPs) and other USAID Nuru Ya Mtoto project stakeholders to assist in DREAMS & OVC service delivery (HIV testing services, OVC clinical integration, OVC PMTC, Psychosocial Support, linkage to Adolescent health services and health system linkage) champion USAID Nuru Ya Mtoto Gender transformative agenda and strengthening case management systems and referral networks to advance PATH Kenya work of improved quality of health for AGYW and OVC and their families.

The holder of the position should possess strong project management skills and technical knowledge in HIV care and treatment, OVC & DREAMS programming to ensure that PATH Kenya delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of the USAID Nuru Ya Mtoto project. The TA Gender will provide technical guidance on USAID Nuru Ya Mtoto Gender transformative agenda in 7 Counties (Homa Bay, Kakamega, Kisii, Kisumu, Migori, Nyamira and Vihiga).

The TA Gender will be based in Kisii County and shall have an added role to provide overall coordination for Kisii County OVC Nuru Ya Mtoto team.

Specific responsibilities include:

Provide technical guide and oversight in service delivery, budget management, monitoring and reporting health activities (HIV testing services, OVC clinical integration, OVC PMTC, Psychosocial Support, linkage to Adolescent health services and health system linkage) in line with PATH Kenya program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices to ensure quality, timeliness and efficiency of all deliverables through the case management systems and referral networks component of the project.

Lead the development, dissemination, and implementation of strategies, approaches, guidance, standard operating procedures, tools, and various job-aids to facilitate health service delivery through case management and referral and strengthen referral networks amongst social service providers.

Take lead in providing technical assistance, guidance, and capacity strengthening for USAID Nuru Ya Mtoto project staff and LIPs in HIV testing services, OVC clinical integration, OVC PMTC, Psychosocial Support, linkage to Adolescent health services and health system linkages.

Provide technical leadership and mentorship in the implementation of the Gender service delivery component of the project.

Support integration of gender services in HIV/TB program interventions.

Support in the implementation of the post-GBV services across the health facilities

Coordinate the development, implementation, and monitoring of costed project work-plans in post-GBV service provision.

Provide leadership in creating and strengthening linkages and referral networks between facility and community activities ensuring there is seamless implementation of activities leading to improved health outcomes across the project areas.

Support in the writing of the gender component of the quarterly, semi-annual and annual project performance reviews, assessing progress in an objective manner.

Participate in the donor progress report writing, continuation application and quarterly review report writing and presentation.

Take lead in site preparation for supportive supervision and SIMS assessments in GBV and ensure recommendations are implemented at facility level by project team.

Coordination with CHMTs and S/CHMTs on implementation of Gender service delivery work plans.

Represent the project in Gender/post-GBV technical forums at sub-county, county and national level.

Coordinate’s gender and SGBV evidence-based interventions to ensure they meet the needs of the project and donor requirements.

Leads in conducting gender analysis in the supported Counties to ensure that gender awareness is incorporated into activities.

Provide leadership and build local capacity using proven training approaches and quality improvement methodologies

Support develops programs and implementation plans that will increase the number of clinical and community level staff members who can identify and report GBV cases to legal and social services.

Collaborate with other partner organizations, stakeholders to collect and disseminate gender and GBV awareness materials to clinical patients in targeted areas.

Advocate with the Ministry of Health for the adoption of new best practices of gender and evidence based GBV at the clinical and community level and encourage other ministries to collaborate.

Lead Project technical team to work with and create linkages with stakeholders involved in Adolescent service delivery with a specific focus on USAID Nuru Ya Mtoto Adolescent girls receiving service layering in line with DREAMS service delivery.

Strengthen coordination and networking, facilitate linkages, communication, and learning exchanges between GOK entities, LIPs, and CSOs/CBOs to support strengthening of case management capacity. Apply appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools and approaches.

Effectively manage talent and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, contribute to the recruitment process of project staff, and complete performance management for direct reports.

Champion learning with project staff and partner teams. Analyze and evaluate project performance data following MEAL policy. Proactively identify issues and concerns and use participatory processes to overcome implementation obstacles.

Coordinate and monitor financial and material resources relevant to achieve the assigned project outcome. Through planning and oversight ensure efficient use of project resources.

Assist with preparation of trends analysis reports and disseminate results. Review project documentation to ensure project file is complete with all required documentation and is filed per agency and donor requirements.

Maintain relationships and represent PATH Kenya with DCS, peer organizations, research and other institutions, participate in relevant forums and knowledge networks to collect and share promising practices in case management systems and referral networks, promote PATH Kenya work, and contribute to the USAID Nuru Ya Mtoto learning agenda.

Required Experience

Master’s degree in social science, Nursing, Public Health, Gender or a related field.

Master’s with a minimum of 5 years of work experience in project management with at least 3 years in an advisory role in relation to HIV care and treatment, DREAMS and OVC programming, ideally with NGO.

Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 5 years in advisory role in relation to HIV care and treatment, OVC programming and DREAMs, ideally with NGO.

Strong knowledge of the health and social service sector in Kenya.

Demonstrated ability to develop user-friendly guidance, tools and standard operating procedures for use at health facilities, CSO/CBO and community levels.

Relevant grant management experience, especially for USG or other public donors, a plus.

Experience working with stakeholders at various levels including but not limited to State and government actors, LIPs, civil society, healthcare providers and social service providers.

Experience analyzing data and contributing to evaluation reports.

Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment.

Strong communication, relationship management skills and the ability to work effectively with local stakeholders.

Presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills

Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented.

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