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- BY Nicole Pelette
Afya Uzazi Nakuru/Baringo Program aims to provide technical assistance and support to scale up evidence-based maternal, newborn, and child health interventions; family planning and reproductive health services; and nutrition activities in focus geographical areas.
The Associate Director- FP/RH/MNCH has the responsibility for achieving the USAID funded Afya Uzazi Nakuru/Baringo Program which aims to provide technical assistance and support to scale up evidence-based maternal, newborn, and child health interventions; family planning and reproductive health services; and nutrition activities in focus geographical areas (Nakuru & Baringo Counties). The Associate Director- FP/RH/MNCH, reporting to the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) shall provide programmatic, managerial and technical leadership in designing, planning, implementation and evaluation of family planning, reproductive health, maternal, newborn, child health and nutrition service delivery activities in the stated geographical program areas.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Serve as portfolio manager for facility-based component of Afya Uzazi project and second-in-command to the DCOP in ensuring development, integration, coordination and implementation of health facility and outreach level FP/RH/MNCH services including nutrition services. Contribute to the development and implementation of annual work plans and also to the development of project quarterly, semiannual and annual reports as per donor requirement. Support thematic team leaders especially the CHS-SBC team lead, MERL, HSS, PHE and program management, administration and operations in the implementation and monitoring of their respective work plans, ensuring that activities are implemented according to the work plan and budget and prudent use of program resources. Working closely with MERL He/she will participate in the tracking, monitoring and documentation of technical achievements and evaluation of the FP/RH/MNCH and nutrition activities with regard to access, integration, quality and service delivery impact in collaboration with other partners. Oversee monitoring visits to project sites, analyze and provide feedback to the DCOP Participate in the design of training curricula and other training materials as well as service delivery guidelines, protocols, concepts and standards of practice. Oversee training of key partners’ programmatic and technical staff in FP/RH/MNCH technical issues including integration of FP/RH services into other services (including HIV & AIDS) and into other sectors. Establish and maintain relationships with National & County governments and collaborating partners to ensure effective coordination and collaboration. Maintain smooth flow of information with the County’s (Nakuru & Baringo) Directors for Health including the County RH Coordinator, including other County MOH officials. S/he will also ensure smooth flow of information with the Deputy Chief of Party including Afya Uzazi Nakuru/Baringo Program technical staff on FP/RH/MNCH issues. Provide supervision and mentorship to all project technical officers providing support to health facilities Shall be a key member and actively participate in the Technical review and PMT meetings As a member of the Senior Management Team, contribute to the overall strategic direction of the project. Perform other related duties as assigned.
REQUIREMENTS: KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Excellent managerial, interpersonal, and leadership skills. Strong background in management of decentralized/devolved health systems in Kenya Must have demonstrated significant knowledge and skills in the following areas: RH/FP, MNH, Child and Adolescent health. Additional knowledge and skills on Nutrition, QA/QI and Supply Chain will be an advantage Ability to make effective presentations to large and diverse audiences in representation of project work Demonstrated knowledge of cultural differences and understanding of the political and ethical issues surrounding FP/RH/MNCH In-depth knowledge of USAID projects, regulations, compliance and reporting. Previous experience with donor funded projects preferred Knowledge of J2SR will be an added advantage Ability to work with others and maintain compatibility among project staff, sub-contractors, consultants and recipients of assistance. Ability to manage projects, set priorities and plan for the successful implementation of programs. Ability to work with minimum supervision, team player with drive and initiative. Ability to travel regionally, nationally and internationally as needed.
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