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USAID NAWIRI ADOLESCENT SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH (ASRH) ADVISOR
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
Technical assistance and capacity building
- Lead USAID Nawiri ASRH scope and cross-sector collaborators to articulate ASRH program strategy and Theory of Change.
- Provide technical leadership to support high-quality, implementation, monitoring, learning and evaluation of ASRH programs,
- Strengthen the capacity of USAID Nawiri Staff, and County Government MOH Staff to implement quality ASRH programming using evidence-driven interventions and identify opportunities for innovation, learning and scale up.
- Lead and facilitate the rollout and scaling up of the the ASRH activities based on human-centred design key findings.
- Coordinate with GYSD lead and SBC lead in sense-making, iteration, and learning feedback loops of scaled upASRH interventions scale-upSupport in the development of reports, learning briefs and dissemination of the same.
- Develop a county engagement plan and strategy that includes skill transfer and capacity improvement of government counterparts.
- Work with Institution and System Strengthening Lead to ensure uptake of evidence generated from the project implementation at the policy and practice level.
- Contribute to the development of donor reports
- Ensure collaborative working relationships within Save the Children team and with Nawiri consortium partners.
- Support the development of ASRH concept notes and proposals
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Representation and advocacy
- Represent Save the Children in relevant internal and external fora including donor meetings (as appropriate)
- Represent Save the Children at national and county technical working groups and committees.
- Work closely with the Head of Health and Nutrition, Head of Advocacy and Campaigns, PDQ and operations teams to develop policy research and advocacy strategy in child survival and nutrition in line with the Country Strategic Plan and the global strategy of Save the Children
- Work with consortium members to further Save the Children’s mission for children
- Work closely with other consortium partners to ensure all advocacy and policy work is coherent and complementary.
- Strategically engage with the government and other key stakeholders to ensure the project is meaningfully influencing government priorities in ending malnutrition.
- Actively identify and follow up on opportunities to leverage support and resources for the project that will contribute to, or further the objectives of the project.
Assessment, monitoring, evaluation and documentation
- Participate in the annual work planning process in close collaboration with USAID & BHA, MOH and County health teams and the project staff.
- Prepare narrative reports for the donor(s) and Save the Children as required, ensuring these are of high quality and submitted for review promptly. This will involve the compilation of information from a range of project staff and MoH partners
- Monitor program outputs, results and work closely with the Monitoring, Evaluation and Research team to ensure that results are documented, reported accurately and promptly.
- Facilitate appropriate dissemination of research findings and good practices documentations in the project internally and externally to donors, governments, consortium partners and other key actors strategic for immediate and sustainable development of children in Kenya
- Serve as a technical knowledge, skills and experience hub for the ASRH component in Nawiri in documenting and sharing best practices and innovations for replication.
- Work with technical resources among Save the Children members to facilitate sharing and learning in child survival and nutrition good practices and leverage their support for strengthening ASRH and CHS-related studies, assessments, innovations, advocacy and capacity building in favour of children in Kenya
BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)
- Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children 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 their team to do the same.
- Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others.
- Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.
- 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; demonstrates highest levels of integrity.
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
- Masters-level degree in Public Health, Development, Social Science, or relevant field;
- 5-10 years of demonstrated technical experience and expertise in evidence-based RMNCAH&N interventions and best practices, specifically for youth
- Demonstrated experience working with communities and county health management teams to improve the quality and responsiveness of ASRH services and, the demand for and use of services by adolescents and young people;
- Must have experience leading a large ASRH learning project.
- Basic understanding of Human- centred Design as a participatory approach to co-creating solutions with end-users is desired.
- Demonstrated ability to link ASRH outcomes with nutrition and system thinking approach to nutrition.
- Familiarity working on USAID programs and with multilateral agencies, academic institutions, and Kenya’s health and nutrition CSOs;
- Familiarity and understanding of USAID & BHA policies and procedures, those of other donors, or those of donor-funded projects or community-based projects.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English required;
- Highly organized and able to work successfully in a team that is geographically dispersed;
- Demonstrated problem-solving skills, collaboration experience, creativity and willingness to innovate;
- Willingness to be based in the Samburu and Turkana for months at a time, with frequent travel to project offices and field sites within the county.
- Highly developed organizational, interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching with demonstrated ability to challenge existing mindsets
- Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international and matrix management environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
- Experience in solving complex issues through analysis, the definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in and presenting complex information in a succinct, compelling manner.
- Demonstrates Save the Children’s core values of accountability, collaboration, integrity, ambition, and creativity.
- Self-starter who is willing to go the extra mile to get the job done
- Excellent understanding of computerised accounts packages, Excel, PowerPoint and Word
- A full appreciation of the value of co-operation, both internationally and within a team environment.
- Understanding of Save the Children’s vision, mission, and a commitment to its objectives and values.
HEALTH AND NUTRITION OFFICER – SAMBURU
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics.
- At least 2 year demonstrated experience in implementation of health and nutrition programmes with preference given to nutrition programming in arid and semi-arid land (ASAL) settings.
- Excellent understanding of the nutrition sector within the Kenyan context, particularly maternal, newborn and child nutrition issues including system approach to ending persistent acute malnutrition.
- Clear understanding of nutrition resilience, hunger and food security issues in Kenya, particularly in the context of Turkana and Samburu counties.
- Strong commitment to capacity building of county staff and partners with willingness to adopt a participatory and consultative approaches.
- Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels with County government, local partners and community members while taking into consideration cultural and language difficulties.
- Strong results orientation, with the ability to take initiative and challenge existing mindsets.
- Excellent written and verbal skills in English, with ability to draft quality reports. Excellent verbal skills in Swahili; ability to converse effectively with community members
- Attention to detail, accuracy and timeliness in execution of assigned responsibilities
- Ability to work in challenging and changing environment, and to see through challenges to find solutions.
- Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies.
- Qualified candidate from Turkana and Samburu counties are encouraged to apply.
- Commitment to Save the Children values, including willingness to abide by and enforce the Child Safeguarding policy.