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Technical Lead, Measles & Rubella Partnership/Maternal Child Health

Kenya Red Cross Society is a leading humanitarian organization sustainably promoting the well-being, health and resilience of communities in Kenya. The Society works closely with other Partners of National Society including the American Red Cross, who are seeking a qualified professional in the following position:

Position Title: Technical Lead, Measles & Rubella Partnership/Maternal Child Health

Status/Duration: Two-year, full-time contract (renewable)

Location:  Nairobi, Kenya with up to 50% travel in region and globally

Reporting To: Field Representative, Measles & Rubella Partnership (M&RP

Overview

The American Red Cross (AmRC) prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. The American Red Cross International Services Department (ISD) helps vulnerable people and communities around the world prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters and humanitarian crises through mobilizing the power of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. With programs and partners across the globe, and as part of the International Federation of Red Cross and the Measles & Rubella Partnership (M&RP), AmRC is working to strengthen the global Red Cross Red Crescent Network to deliver critical assistance to some of the most vulnerable communities in the world.

Summary:

The American Red Cross in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Gavi the Vaccine Alliance, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Foundation (UNF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) leads the Measles & Rubella Partnership (M&RP). As a partnership, M&RP has for over a decade provided support to Ministries of Health conducting periodic immunization campaigns and has begun leveraging support to strengthen routine immunization programs. AmRC seeks a Technical Advisor to provide technical assistance to Red Cross/Red Crescent National Societies and ministries of health to plan and implement activities in support of supplementary immunization activities, including outbreak response, and routine immunization system strengthening efforts particularly via the 5-Point Plan (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqpeIgs62s4&feature=youtu.be).

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Responsibilities:

In conjunction with the M&RP Director and the Field Representative, the Technical Lead will work with National Societies, to build their capacity to educate and mobilize community members during vaccination campaigns, provide technical advice to support and strengthen routine immunization programs, and work with local partners to plan and implement programs to address issues related to maternal child health at the community level. 

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Provide technical support to National Societies based on their role in planning, implementation, and evaluation of vaccination campaigns, outbreak response and other immunization activities.
  • Provide technical support on communications, volunteer management, supervision, coordination, advocacy, training, and monitoring and evaluation. Support will be provided remotely and through periodic in-country support visits. 
  • Promote and facilitate a solid working relationship among the National Society, its government (especially health-related ministries) and other immunization partners, including UNICEF, WHO, and civil society organizations, among others. Ensure National Society participation in the Interagency Coordinating Committee for Immunization (ICC) and other relevant coordination bodies at the national, provincial, and district levels.
  • Work with National Societies to develop and strengthen an effective volunteer management and supervision system to determine realistic targets for volunteer participation during and after vaccination campaigns and in their support for routine immunization strengthening efforts particularly via the 5-Point Plan.
  • Assess project proposals, provide feedback, participate in preliminary assessment missions and report to AmRC and M&RP/immunization partners regarding capacity, gaps, needs and concerns about planning for vaccination campaigns. Work with in-country partners to revise and refine proposals, plans of action, and timelines. 
  • Enhance and utilize existing guidelines and tools for social mobilization and community education for vaccination campaigns, outbreak response and other immunization activities.
  • Assist National Societies to monitor the knowledge and experiences acquired to ensure organizational memory of the strengths and constraints for future programming.
  • Produce regular situation reports for circulation within AmRC to ensure that stakeholders are kept informed. Ensure lessons learned are shared with the AmRC M&RP team and reflected in future programming.
  • Provide support to AmRC staff and volunteers implementing immunization-related activities globally.
  • Support Ministries of Health in implementing immunization activities with a focus on building and strengthening local partnerships.
  • Participate in relevant fora, including regional and national technical working groups, meetings, conferences, and other events to provide technical input, liaise with partners, and expand the profile of AmRC. 
  • Provide strategic guidance and support the expansion of the AmRC portfolio in immunization, leveraging experience with M&RP and the broader AmRC support provided to countries.
  • Assist the Field Representative in managing the Kenya M&RP office and delegation.
  • Assist the Field Representative in providing support to in-country visitors and teams. Ensure adequate planning and activities to fill time in a productive way.
  • Assist AmRC with funding proposals and donor reports.
  • Support the identification of MCH issues within targeted communities, the selection of appropriate partners, the development of plans and budget to address the issues, and the monitoring of programmatic work. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Required 4-year university degree in public health, international development, or related field. 
  • Minimum 3 years relevant experience required with at least 5 years of experience preferred. Experience working in Africa or Asia is required; experience in these settings with a humanitarian aid organization preferred.
  • Must have technical knowledge of immunization programs including experience with immunization campaigns. 
  • High degree of competence in planning, project design & management, monitoring and evaluation, financial management, and management/reporting.
  • Experience with community/volunteer-based organizations is strongly preferred with ability to coach and train local staff.  
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain strong working partnerships with entities such as local community organizations,  government bodies, UNICEF, and WHO..
  • Excellent inter-personal and cross-cultural skills with strong ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing as well as computer literacy in Word and Excel.
  • Must display flexibility, adaptability, initiative and a high degree of competence in team building, teamwork and a commitment to the Red Cross principles.
  • Fluency in French and/or Portuguese is an advantage (not a requirement).
  • Must possess strong personal integrity and ability to adapt to changing situations.

Interested candidates who meet the above qualifications should apply strictly through https://www.redcross.or.ke/careers to reach us not later than 22nd July 2023; Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

PROJECT OFFICER-NUTRITION & LIVELIHOODS

JOB SUMMARY

The role of this position is to provide and coordinate provision of technical and operational support to the Nutrition and resilience programming in emergency and developmental projects/initiatives. The Post holder will oversee the implementation of the project initiatives in close collaboration with Regional and county teams in the respective counties implementing the Nutrition and Resilience project .

SCOPE OF THE ROLE:

•           Project Management

•           Resource Mobilization

•           Coordination

•           Stakeholder management

•           Capacity strengthening

•           Monitoring & Evaluation

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • To support the overall implementation of the project, including reporting, financial management and monitoring in the various project sites.
  • Support project implementation in the various project sites and ensure it is effectively integrated with county health and development plans, systems and service delivery structures;
  • Ensure that project volunteers and staff at field level have necessary tools for implementation of the planned community work including relevant adapted IEC materials.
  • Maintain budget and track expenditures/transactions
  • Promote livelihood programing and mainstreaming within the county government through capacity building and mentorship      

Supervisory Responsibilities:

•Participate in the Health Nutrition and Social Services management team forums providing technical support and guidance to the organization in areas of Public health and livelihoods (Community Health and Emergency Health), Nutrition, Protection, Gender mainstreaming, Disability mainstreaming/Disability inclusive development, in line with national  and international standards.

DESIRED COMPETENCIES

Technical:

Knowledge of Nutrition and Dietetics, Food Security and Livelihoods, public health, humanitarian relief issues, trends and goals aimed at preventing and alleviating human suffering

  • Strong communication and presentation skills in both English and Kiswahili, including ability to develop reports and prepare relevant publications
  • Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skills including the ability to build collaborative relationships with sensitivity to cultural, ethnic and political issues
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in project planning and budgeting as well as programme monitoring and evaluation 
  • Demonstrated competence in resource mobilization including implementation of effective fundraising strategies to increase resource through grant proposals 
  • Ability to maintain high standards of personal integrity; establishing productive relationships; treating individuals with fairness and respect 
  • Demonstrated proficiency in computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, data-base, email and utilization of the internet
  • Ability to monitor project against milestones, double-checks the accuracy of information to discover weakness and strive for high quality performance.
  • Ability to coordinate nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive programing for resilience building.
  • Ability to establish and foster Partnerships to advance the project goal and advocate for gender-sensitive programming.
  • A good understanding of community work, development programming and effective project management.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Foods, Nutrition and Dietetics, or  equivalent qualifications
  • In-depth experience and understanding of Nutrition and nutrition sensitive programming
  • At least two (2) years field experience, preferably 2 year’s experience with an NGO and or MoH implementing nutrition or public health programmes
  • Strong background in training and commitment to capacity building.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills.
  • Project management skills including PMER
  • Coordination and networking
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Strong computer skills, ability to work both as an individual and as a team leader and under stress in what can be a harsh environment
  • Experience in implementing food security and livelihoods projects is an asset.

Interested candidates who meet the above qualifications should apply strictly through https://www.redcross.or.ke/careers to reach us not later than 22nd July 2023; Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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