ABOUT AMREF HEALTH AFRICA
Amref Health Africa is the largest international health development organisation based in Africa. Working with and through African communities, health systems and governments, Amref Health Africa’s vision is for lasting health change in Africa and is committed to improving the health of people in Africa by partnering with and empowering communities, and strengthening health systems. For more on Amref Health Africa please visit www.amref.org**
Capacity building can be defined as the process of developing and strengthening the skills, instincts, abilities, processes and resources that organisations, communities and individuals need to survive, adapt, and thrive in ever changing environments. Capacity building is one of the solutions that has been proven to work in strengthening health systems in developing countries to ensure that they can maximise the resources available to them for provision of quality health services. In combatting health challenges such as malaria and tuberculosis, countries such as Kenya are constantly looking for ways in which to ensure that health indicators improve towards the eradication of the diseases. In pursuit of developing strong and resilitient health systems, capacity building approaches look at catalysing transformation (including mindsets and attitudes) that can be sustained beyond any one intervention.
At Amref Health Africa, capacity building is at the core of our work and is embeded in all the initiatives that we design and implement. Working with Ministries of Health, this includes training of the health workforce, strengthening of leadership, management and governance, interrogating systems and process for increased efficiency, and all elements of capacity building.
Leading Amref Health Africa’s corporate strategic pillar on Human Resources for Health (HRH), the Institute of Capacity Development (ICD) is a cutting-edge, trendsetting, and industry-leading centre within Amref’s pan-African programmatic footprint. ICD exists to catalyse lasting health change to communities in Africa and works alongside Amref’s country offices and programmes as well as other health development partners to improve performance and sustainability of interventions.
In partnership with public and private actors in the health and health related sector, ICD’s vision is to have a responsive health workforce in Sub-Saharan Africa. Its mission is to develop capacities of individuals, institutions, and health systems through innovative approaches for improved health service delivery.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The Combatting Tuberculosis and Malaria in Kenya Project is a capacity development initiative that seeks to address the prevention, diagnosis and management of TB and malaria in Kenya. Co-created by the funding partner, the Ministries of Health and key stakeholders, this project will contribute to improving TB and Malaria indicators in six (6) counties in Western Kenya – Bungoma, Kakamega, Busia, Homabay, Siaya and Migori.
Our belief in the power of capacity building is echoed by many across the world. Development actors across the world are focussed on how to maximise the limited resources – financial, time, people, etc – available to us. At Amref, we have been at this for a long time! We have developed, tried and tested, and scaled capacity development approaches – such as digital learning, coaching, mentorship, etc – that have resulted in improvements in the quality of health service delivery. We now want to apply these approaches and the lessosn we have learnt in select counties in Kenya in the fight against malaria and tuberculosis.
That’s why we’re looking for a Project Manager. We need a seasoned leader to take the lessons we have learned, adapt them to fit context, identify improvement opportunities and implement these approaches accordingly. That’s where you come in.
- Support the strategy. Support implementation of ICD’s capacity development strategy for strengthening the various components of the health system for scale and sustainability. You will keep abreast of evolving capacity development approaches and innovations from different contexts. You will track key actors and lessons for and from different contexts that can be leveraged.
- Build and manage relationships. You will be one of our external-facing capacity development representatives and work to support the implementation of the target project while scoping for new opportunities.
- Support development of capacity development programmes. Your knowledge of the health sector enables you to identify and implement capacity development solutions in our growing portfolio of work.
- Advisory. You will serve as a trusted advisor to county governments in designing and implementing capacity development solutions. Support ongoing advocacy efforts to further the broader capacity development agenda within the health sector.
- Management credentials. You have at least 5 years’ progressive working experience in project management or technical position in public health or health development programmes. You can engage in technical discussions at various levels to suggest/lead solutions. You have a good command of project management, monitoring (of activities, budget, logistics issues), and research and learning.
- Health development programming. You have hands-on experience in project development, proposal writing and grant management. You have led diverse teams and have engaged in interventions with strong community involvement in Kenya. You have exposure at regional and international levels in managing capacity development programmes, especially human resources for health. This is an added advantage. You have demonstrable experience and knowledge in establishing systems and overseeing programmes from start-up under limited time constraints.
- Innovation and learning. You have experience in identifying improvement opportunities and course-correcting as necessary. You have the ability to sense make data and maintain an adaptative approach to project implementation.
- Resourcefulness. You have a track record identifying both collaborative and technical opportunities and bringing ideas to fruition. You have successfully started projects or initiatives in developing countries and/or counties, preferably in health.
- A strategic thinker. You can tailor and apply what Amref has learned in various countries to specific contexts.
- Lives our values. You can thrive in the Amref culture: you can demonstrate ubuntu, integrity, innovation, quick footedness, collaboration, and accountability.
Technical leadership and guidance
Provide overall leadership and project management through coordination and supervision of the implementation of project activities.
Facilitate the design, development, and delivery of capacity development programmes.
Provide advice and support to the project team as needed to ensure high-quality project implementation while nurturing their talent and career growth
Play a leading role in the management of project resources including staff, finances, and assets
Participate in duties necessary to aid business and organizational development for ICD
Manage the project / reportees staff development, coaching, work planning, direction, and supervision, monitoring quality work and evaluation of staff performance
Manage the performance of the project and make adjustments to work plans and quality of performance as necessary
Ensure clear internal coordination within the project teams and other support teams (Logistics, Human Resources, Finance,).
Develop, implement and control the different projects budgets and work plans
Ensure timely narrative and financial reporting
Ensure project integration and growth by ensuring timely reviews and tracking of financial performance to ensure acceptable financial performance and burn rate
Monitor the spending of designated project funds throughout the operational phase of the project.
Partnerships and Business Development
Establish and maintain partnerships and networking with relevant stakeholders including but not limited to donors, relevant Government Ministries, and NGOs.
Participate in the development of new concepts and proposals for fundraising.
Participate in the development and implementation of fundraising strategies to grow the Institute’s programmatic and financial portfolio.
Liaise with the M&E and communications team to increase the visibility of the project and ICD as a whole.
Maintain ongoing communication with potential partners and other key stakeholders to identify and pursue growth opportunities
Support ICD business development in liaison with the Senior Leadership Team as required
Monitoring, Evaluation and Knowledge Management
Lead in the preparation of work plans, budgets, M&E plans, and performance frameworks for the project
Preparation of technical monthly, quarterly, annual, and ad hoc reports relating to the project as per donor requirements as well as for internal purposes.
Lead in operations research, document, and share results for advocacy in order to influence relevant policies and practices.
Lead the project staff to document and disseminate best practices and lessons learned
Provide leadership in the documentation of best practice models in the Project, working with relevant departments within Amref.
Communications and Visibility
Guide the development, management, and implementation of the project’s communication plan
Guide the coordination and generation of communications content for use in external and internal communication and project visibility.
Act as the primary face and representative of the project for both internal and external partners and stakeholders
Guide the identification of forums and platforms for creating visibility for the project
Education and Knowledge
· Master degree or equivalent in Public Health, Business Administration, Health Leadership and Management, Medical Education or any other relevant Social sciences.
· A relevant first-level university degree in combination with two 2 additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
· Demonstrated expertise in the design and development of capacity enhancing programmes.
· In-depth knowledge of capacity development approaches and methodologies
· Knowledge in human resources for health (HRH) development, adult learning methodologies, and leveraging technology for learning.
· Demonstrated capacity in strategic planning, proposal writing, and project management and implementation.
· Demonstrated ability to design and manage multiple geographies capacity development programmes.
· Excellent networking and representation skills and ability to build effective relationships in a range of environments
· Demonstrable highly developed written and oral communication skills.
· Advanced level skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
· Strong analytical skills, and apt at turning abstract discussions into concrete ideas.
· Technical writing skills including developing proposals and reports.
· Ability to perform optimally within tight deadlines, flexible attitude.
· Demonstrable critical thinking and problem-solving skills
· Must a team player with great collaborative skills
· High degree of integrity, discretion, and personal conduct
- Creative: Thinks “outside the box” for unique solutions to problems
- Resourceful: Able to rapidly problem solve in settings with limited resources
- Organized: Can juggle multiple tasks and prioritize appropriately
- Collaborative: Works well in team settings, able to manage teams and incorporate feedback
- Savvy and well-networked: Has a range of relevant contacts within the region and feels comfortable working within working groups and similar settings
- Curios: genuine inquisitiveness with a bias toward asking and learning, and an authentic interest in others and what they might have to share.