Monday, 23 April 2012
Job Title:Regional Humanitarian Coordinator, Kenya Closing Date: Wednesday, 25 April 2012 Description of the unit / department: Trócaire works in partnership with local organisations to overcome poverty and promote justice in developing countries. The Horn & East Africa Regional Office (HEARO) in Nairobi is responsible for the management and implementation of Trócaire's development and humanitarian programme work in Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia, and Uganda. Background to the Role: Given the frequency of natural disasters (such as the recent drought) and conflict in the Horn & East Africa, the humanitarian response programme is the largest programme in the region and continues to grow. This role provides technical advice and support to all of Trócaire's humanitarian interventions, to programme staff and partners on proposed humanitarian interventions, and consolidates the trainings conducted in recent years with partners on Sphere, Good Enough Guide and LEGS. Reporting to: Assistant Regional Manger Managing: No current line management responsibilities but this may change. Provides technical support to all staff involved in humanitarian interventions, especially one humanitarian programme coordinator and two humanitarian programme/project officers. Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract Duration: 2 years Location of Position Nairobi, Kenya, Trócaire Horn & East Africa Regional Office with frequent regional and international travel Scope of the Role: In close collaboration with Trócaire staff and partners, the post holder will technically advise on country based humanitarian programme work in the region, and manage a small regional programme. The post holder will: ensure that regional humanitarian programme responses address prevention and mitigation; plan and conduct assessments of potential emergencies; evaluate emergency responses; build local emergency response capacity; ensure surveillance systems enable early identification of potential emergencies; provide the lead and surge capacity for early emergency responses, and lead on fundraising and donor liaison for humanitarian interventions. Key Duties & Responsibilities Programmes Coordinate humanitarian strategy and humanitarian programming (preparedness, response and recovery) across the region; Coordinate development and implementation of preparedness and contingency plans ensuring a level of consistency across countries; Support small and medium scale humanitarian responses at country/regional level; Participate in first phase response team in a large scale emergency; Assess current and potential local capacity in region, and the capacity of partners, to appropriately respond (pro-actively) to humanitarian situations; Provide technical leadership and support for Disaster Preparedness and Emergency programmes leading to the development of a DRR approach at country level; Support country programmes in the region and provide appropriate support, advice and direction in approaches and technical areas of emergency preparedness and disaster mitigation programming to the POs and LNGO's in the Horn & East Africa; Ensure that partners are familiar and compliant with donor regulations in the areas of procurement and budget expenditure, and that legal requirements are fulfilled; Provide or facilitate appropriate training for LNGO staff in the design and management of high quality programmes in emergency response and DRR; Develop and implement a strategy for dissemination of International Humanitarian Law, Red Cross Code of Conduct and basic humanitarian principles amongst partners; Submit periodic reports and programme reviews detailing the impact of programmes and lessons learned; Assist PO's in monitoring and analysis of disasters in the region, including the political dimension, in order to enhance both response and advocacy; Provide regular information/situation updates to HEARO and offices in Maynooth/Belfast. Lead Technical Agency for Ethiopia Joint Programme Responsible for ensuring provision of humanitarian technical support to Joint Ethiopia Programme (CAFOD/SCIAF/Trócaire) as outlined in the lead agency document; Act as focal person for ensuring coordination, support and strategic linking between the humanitarian departments of the three agencies. Monitoring Constantly monitor the humanitarian situation throughout the region and initiate assessments and responses when indicated.; Systematically reflect on humanitarian programme experience, research, and overall trends in order to feed into regional programme strategies; Facilitate project reviews and evaluations as required and ensure their documentation and dissemination; Ensure monitoring visits to partners are regular and clearly documented with feedback to partners; Ensure appropriate responses are made to emerging trends in region, including discussion with partners on strategies and programme modification if required. Networking Strengthen and build on existing relationships with Humanitarian networks and key stakeholders at different levels including like-minded agencies such as CAFOD, CIDSE / Caritas partners, etc.; Identify new initiatives/partners, where Trócaire might wish to have a greater focus in the future; Maintain relationships with donor agencies, Church partners and other groups working on humanitarian programmes, so as to keep informed of main developments; Work with Trócaire staff and like-minded groups on joint humanitarian advocacy initiatives where appropriate; Where necessary, liaise with local government officials and ensure that partners keep local authorities informed of Trócaire-supported programmes; Accompany visitors (Trócaire or external) to the programme and carry out promotional or media work as required. Finance Monitor humanitarian programme budgets and expenditure to ensure efficient and effective use of Trócaire and donor funds and resources; Seek appropriate institutional funding opportunities; Report to donors on progress and variations on budget expenditures. Reporting Oversee preparation of quality reporting on humanitarian interventions for Trócaire and donors; Keep HEARO & HQ staff and management regularly informed of progress, impact of programme and any problems encountered. Representation Participate in appropriate networks to ensure Trócaire is properly represented with regard to humanitarian intervention, including relevant UN cluster meetings; Work with the media to ensure that Trócaire's humanitarian work is profiled nationally and internationally. Other Undertake other agreed tasks, related to Trócaire's overall HEARO programme at the request of Assistant Regional Manager. Person Specification – Essential (E) (E) Qualification: Graduate level education in development studies or a relevant subject at Masters Level. (E) Experience: At least 4 years' experience in working in Humanitarian crises. Knowledge and experience of managing emergency response, recovery and sustainable livelihoods programmes. Knowledge and experience of working with humanitarian standards including Sphere, HAP & LEGS. Knowledge and experience of the key issues and trends in the development sector as a whole but especially on humanitarian issues. (E) Skills: Ability to manage and build capacity of partner organisations. Good understanding and experience of project/programme management cycle, and participatory appraisal techniques. Good understanding of financial management systems and budget development, monitoring and reporting. Ability to train others. Demonstrated capacity for analysis and writing. Good written and oral communications, interpersonal and team work skills. (E) Qualities Flexible, adaptable and innovative. Able to work and deliver results with minimal supervision. Sympathy with and understanding of the Catholic Church's role in relief and development. (E) Other: Availability to work outside normal hours and travel extensively within the region and outside when necessary. How to apply: To apply, please download application form from www.trocaire.org and return completed forms to Jason Rice, HR Officer, Trocaire, Maynooth, Co Kildare, Ireland. E-mail: email@example.com
Job Title:Program Director, Mabaan, South Sudan Closing Date: Wednesday, 30 May 2012 Position: Program Director Reports to: Country Director/East Africa Regional Program Manager Location: Maban County - Upper Nile State, South Sudan Duration: 12 month SUMMARY: Relief International (RI), an international relief and development agency with cross-sectoral programs bridging relief and development, currently seeks a Program Director to oversee the implementation of program activities and serve as Team Leader for the coordination process of Doro refugee camp management in collaboration with UNHCR The Program Director will provide the senior leadership on this UNHCR refugee camp management project which coordinates with local authorities, INGOs and refugee CBOs to manage camp community services and commodity distributions. He/She will be responsible for successful implementation of program activities and overall camp management. As the most senior RI team member in the region, he/she will be responsible for program execution accounting for the safeguarding of RI and partner staff safety and security as well for overseeing the financial management of the project. He/She will be the primary representative of RI in the field and will be expected to lead with transparency through a principled approach to refugee camp management. The position requires a senior leader with substantial experience in similar roles and an appreciation for minimum standards in service provision in humanitarian settings. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Program Management o Manage expatriate and national program staff in execution of their respective duties o Develop overall work/implementation planning and oversee sectoral specific workplan creation o Implement program activities assuring adherence to SPHERE minimum standards o Financial management of grant through monitoring program budget expenditures and burn rate o Oversee and ensure timely procurements for facilitation of the program objectives Representation & Communication o Represent RI at camp level meetings, state level coordination with county commissioners and SSRRC officials as well as some Juba-level representation o Provide briefings on program progress against objectives to HQ support staff as well as to donor partners and INGOs o Communicate with RI South Sudan Country Office and HQ Regional Desk on challenges and achievements o Generate regular reports, synthesizing program implementation challenges and lessons learned Strategic Leadership o Remain vigilant on issues of safety and security affecting Relief International staff members o Develop a conflict analysis to guide current and future programming activities o Generate an analytical overview of the disaster risk s of the refugee and host community affected populations, working with the Camp Manager and Community Services Coordinator to design additional program activities to reduce these risks o Steer programming activities adhering to the principle of "Do No Harm" and adapt programming to this end QUALIFICATIONS: Post graduate degree in relevant discipline 5+ years previous experience in senior management of field operations, preferably in austere and challenging environments Extensive experience in refugee programs Extensive knowledge of SPHERE minimum standards and appreciation for principled humanitarian work Previous experience managing UNHCR-funded programming Demonstrated experience in needs assessment s, conflict analysis, strategic planning Experience managing teams of international, multi-cultural staff Experience in representation of international organizations with various stakeholders including beneficiary groups as well as international partner organizations and government entities Ability to live, work, and travel in remote South Sudan, which can be difficult and stressful Previous experience in South Sudan preferred How to apply: To Apply: Submit a resume, cover letter, salary history, 3 professional references (e-mail address and phone number), and a date of availability to firstname.lastname@example.org. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The email subject line MUST include the following: Program Director, South Sudan
Job Title:Area manager, Dadaab, Kenya Closing Date: Friday, 27 April 2012 Dadaab North Eastern Province, based in Dadaab RE-ADVERTISEMENT Candidates who applied previously need not re-apply OVERALL OBJECTIVE Working under the Country Director, the Area Manager is responsible for DRCs operations in Kenya's North Eastern Province (NEP). S/he is responsible for program design and implementation, security, support functions, personnel management, funding and budgetary functions. BACKGROUND The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. DRC has been active in Kenya since 2005. The Kenya Program provides services and support in the sectors of WASH, Livelihoods, Shelter/Construction, Protection and Relief to IDPs, Refugees residing in Kenya and the resident communities hosting IDPs and refugees. DRC has operational offices in Nairobi, Eldoret and Dadaab implementing programs directly and in partnership with local and international NGOs. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES The Area Manager's (AM) core function is to ensure development of programming that is efficient and accountable. The AM will lead strategic planning and program development, ensure that operations are implemented within DRC's regulations, procedures, guidelines and strategies; enable a productive and accountable relationship with beneficiaries, members of the local and refugee community, relevant GoK, L/INGO and UN agencies. The AM is DRC's primary representative with relevant actors in NEP. The AM is the overview manager for all staff based in NEP and is responsible for ensuring a result oriented team. The incumbent will also ensure a safe environment for DRC staff, beneficiaries and assets through a proactive-acceptance approach using DRCs security framework. a) Management Enable an effective team through result oriented management systems, providing leadership, on-job capacity building and designing staff development strategies. Provide direct management of senior program, support and security staff; provide overview management for the entire NEP team. Ensure programs are developed, implemented and evaluated within clear monitoring systems and against clear people/program/finance planning that meets DRC and donor regulations and humanitarian and HAP principles. Provide on-site support through frequent visits to project sites b) Security Ensure a safe and secure environment for DRC staff, beneficiaries and assets through: operationalizing DRCs security procedures, providing safety and security analysis, recommendations and follow-ups. Organize for regular staff training on the use of security systems. c) HR, Finance and Administration Enable an effective team through mainstreaming performance based management systems. Ensure a diverse and skilled workforce through efficient, effective and transparent recruitment processes. Ensure HR, finance and logistics systems/documentation are in-line with DRC's, and relevant donor and government, rules and regulations. Ensure procurement is carried-out in a fair, transparent and well documented manner. d) Program Ensure that programs are based on user-identified needs and resources of the targeted population, are well coordinated with other aid actors, address lessons learned (from DRC and other aid actors) and steered towards decreased dependency on aid as well as accountable to the people to whom the services/inputs are indented to serve. Ensure that programs are user-oriented. QUALIFICATIONS Essential Advanced university degree in relevant field (relief, development, recovery) with at least 5-years relevant experience; or basic university degree and at least 8-years relevant experience; at least 3-years' experience managing large-scale multi-sector programming. Proven experience in strategic development and program design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Experience in WASH, livelihoods, shelter/construction, protection and relief highly desired. Practical and extensive financial, HR and administration management experience with extensive knowledge of budget development/management and finance documentation, tracking and archiving; understanding of HR and administration principles and ethics. Experience with UNHCR, ECHO, European Aid, and BPRM guidelines will be an added advantage. Result-oriented management experience of a large, diverse and dynamic team, and a commitment to good leadership essential. Must have a proven ability to foster teamwork and commitment to on-job training/support. Practical and proven skills in negotiation and conflict resolution with a wide range of stakeholders essential. Knowledge of refugee issues and related policies desired. Experience in security and safety management in highly dynamic security environments is highly desired. Analytical and problem solving skills and an ability to work independently and as a team needed. Proven excellent communication skills and fluency in written and spoken English essential. Excellent report writing skills is a must. Preferable Past experience in East Africa. Experience in a refugee setting and knowledge of refugee issues. CONDITIONS Commencement: May, 2012 Duty Station: Dadaab, Kenya Contract: 1 year renewable contract. Salary and conditions for expatriates in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council's Terms of Employment for Global Expatriates and for Nationals under the Danish Refugee Council's Regional Salary Scale. For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult www.drc.dk. GENERAL Commitments: DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework (http://www.drc.dk/HAF.4265.0.html) How to apply: APPLICATION AND CV The deadline for applications is 27. April 2012. Please send your CV (maximum 4-pages; CVs longer than 4-pages will not be considered) and a 1-page letter that explains your motivation for applying for the position. Please email your full application to: email@example.com with the subject heading: "Area Manager NEP Kenya". Candidates who applied previously need not re-apply
Job Title:Chief human righs office, Somalia Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 May 2012 Under the overall supervision of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) in Somalia, and the substantive support and guidance of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the incumbent will perform the following main functions as Head of the Human Rights component: Advisory and representative role - Act as the Senior Human Rights Advisor to the SRSG and report to him through the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) on human rights issues that are relevant to UNPOS-UN mandate; - Act as the Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in the mission area, and report to the High Commissioner in this capacity, including in strategic planning; - Represent the human rights component and OHCHR at interagency meetings at country level and in his/her capacity as OHCHR's representative, advise the UN Country Team (UNCT) and the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) to ensure that human rights issues are fully integrated into political, humanitarian and development efforts and programmes including with respect to the United Nations Development Assistance and Integrated Strategic Frameworks (UNDAF and ISF) as well as the Consolidated (Humanitarian) Appeal (C(H)AP) processes; - Advise the mission in the development of a comprehensive strategy for the protection of civilians; - Advise the national authorities on strategies, policies and actions necessary to ratify key international human rights instruments, and ensure respect and implementation of international human rights law and standards in all relevant processes including the Constitution-making process; - Participate in the mission's internal strategic, policy and decision-making processes, including the meetings of the Senior Management Team and of the Joint Planning Unit and advise on strategic, policy and operational decisions that may have human rights implications; - Inform other components of the mission on measures to adopt for the protection and promotion of human rights, to mainstream human rights and to implement a human rights-based approach, with special attention to support reconciliation; - Advise stakeholders on the integration of human rights into potential future peace accords and in the contingency planning for a possible United Nations peacekeeping operation. Substantive coordination - Ensure the regular and timely issuance of human rights public reports in consultation with OHCHR and the SRSG and of other relevant internal reports, including to OHCHR; - Ensure quality and standards with regard to human rights monitoring, investigation, verification, and reporting are met, as well as compliance with established monitoring, analysis and reporting arrangements, as relevant; - Ensure appropriate liaison with the national authorities and ensure they are provided with regular updates on the human rights, justice and transitional justice situation and assist them to improve the compliance with international human rights and humanitarian laws; - In close coordination with United Nations agencies, other components of the Mission and other relevant actors, support the national authorities and civil society to promote compliance with obligations related to the protection of civilians and the respect for human rights, with a special attention to the most vulnerable; - Collaborate with the national authorities, the Joint Security Committee, UN, and other stakeholders in the implementation of justice and security sector reforms, including inter alia as it regards the establishment of civilian oversight mechanisms for the security and police forces and through human rights training programs with special emphasis on SGBV and child protection; - Oversee provision of technical expertise for the mission to build its capacity to monitor and enhance the protection of human rights in Somalia, and for the national authorities to develop their capacity to address human rights issues; - Maintain close liaison with UN counterparts in neighbouring countries, particularly in Ethiopia, Eritrea and with OHCHR Regional Office for East Africa, with regard to developments that can affect the observance of international human rights in the mission area; - Ensure the integration of human rights aspects in the mission's efforts to coordinate mechanisms to improve protection of civilians, including through participating in the planning and carrying of mission's response, in collaboration with the African Union Mission in Somalia and other UN agencies, funds and programmes; - Ensure, as OHCHR representative, that human rights considerations are reflected and integrated in humanitarian activities, including in emergency planning, preparedness and response, and through participating in and/or playing a lead role in the work of the Protection Cluster, as appropriate; - Support the national authorities, the civil society and the United Nations agencies in engaging with the United Nations human rights mechanisms – including the Universal Periodic Review- and implementing their recommendations; Leadership and management - Responsible for the overall management of the component and the provision of substantive leadership, through inter-alia, formulating a human rights strategy and the substantive program of work of the office; allocating resources; reporting on budget/programme performance; evaluating staff performance and ensuring appropriate staffing of the component; - Ensure the component collects, consolidates and analyses information received from staff/offices from across the mission area, including through coordinating the effective set-up and functioning of a human rights database; the set-up of quality control mechanisms; and the timely and quality entry of data into the database; - Responsible for the planning, management and implementation of OHCHR funded projects in Somalia; - Support the work of the various United Nations human rights mechanisms, including the independent expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia; - In close collaboration with OHCHR Headquarters, identify and contribute to the development and implementation of best practices, particularly those relating to promotion of a rights based approach to planning and programming, coordination mechanisms, and inter-agency cooperation; - Maintain close liaison with OHCHR-HQ, in particular with the relevant geographic desk officers; ensure timely communications on the human rights situation and appropriatly liaise with relevant OHCHR departments as well as with OHCHR Regional Office for East Africa; - Perform other duties as required by the Head of Mission and the High Commissioner COMPETENCIES Professionalism – Comprehensive knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues. Familiarity with the realities of conflict and post-conflict situations. Very good knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to human rights including the rules governing their protection and the mechanisms available in case of their violation, in particular with regards to sexual and gender-based violence and child protection. Capacity to relate to and integrate human rights issues and perspectives into other fields – humanitarian action, development, rule of law, legislative reforms and vice-versa; Very good knowledge of the region, including the political environment and legal statutes as they pertain to human rights; Ability to work and act under pressure in a politically and stressful difficult environment, with a minimum of comfort and in precarious security conditions; Sound political judgment, impartiality, diplomacy and discretion; Planning& Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently. Communication – Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Teamwork – Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings. Vision - Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization's strategy and the work unit's goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities. Management Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly. QUALIFICATIONS Experience: At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in field and headquarters locations at national and international levels in the field of human rights. Experience in monitoring, reporting and investigations of human rights violations is required. Proven experience in public speaking and representation at a high level. A minimum of 3 years of managerial and supervisory experience, including of teams, is also required. Education: Advanced University Degree (Masters or equivalent), preferably in law, political science, international relations or other disciplines related to human rights. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Languages: Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of Somali and Arabic will be an asset. Other Skills: Previous experience in UN peace missions is highly desirable. How to apply: Reference number of vacancy notice is: 12-HRI-UNPOS-425676-R-NAIROBI. Applicants should submit candidature through the UN Galaxy website: JOBS.UN.ORG
Job Title:Senior health finance advisor, Nairobi Closing Date: Thursday, 17 May 2012 About Us Futures Group develops and delivers innovative, locally relevant, evidence-based solutions to improve the health and well being of people around the world. Since 1971, we have assisted governmental and non-governmental agencies, foundations, and the private sector by designing, implementing and evaluating programs in HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health , population and family planning, maternal and child health, infectious diseases , and gender. Futures Group has deep expertise in policy and advocacy, research and strategic information, health markets and private sector engagement, modeling and economic analysis, patient monitoring and management/HMIS, strategic consulting, and program management. Position Summary Futures Group is seeking a Senior Health Finance Advisor who will provide leadership, direction, and content to health finance policy in Kenya, including strategy development, technical analysis, stakeholder consultation, and writing of reports and briefs. Responsibilities require knowledge of health finance issues in Kenya and in East Africa, as well as of state-of-the-art innovations in the domain area. The incumbent of this position will report to the Program Director of the Health Policy Project's Kenya field program. Location for this position is Nairobi, Kenya. No expatriate benefits are associated with this position. Key Responsibilities Participates in the design and implementation of technical support activities related to health finance policy in Kenya Stays abreast of key developments in health finance and resource allocation innovations and interventions in Kenya and more broadly in East Africa, in order to inform technical support activities under the HPP Kenya Field Program. This includes frequent interaction with the Government of Kenya stakeholders relevant to this area as well as multilateral partners and donor agencies. Interacts with internal and external resources and other experts to bring new and "cutting edge" ideas into approaches Prepares health financing analyses, recommendations, briefing notes, and assessments for internal and client use. Represents the company with others in the professional community and in the regional countries. Participates and guides the health sector in preparation of the Medium Term Expenditures Framework and resource bidding process. Provides assistance to others on matters related to topic area of research and evaluation and applies relevant methodologies to programmatic issues of importance Supervises short-term local consultants in Kenya assigned to health finance activities Represents the projects, company, and programs in the health financing area in Kenyan and regional forums, as well as with others in the professional community and in countries of collaboration independent of technical supervision Conducts all work to accepted standards of research ethics Participates in the preparation of bids and proposals in response to government, foundation or other donor solicitation as requested by the company or supervisor Performs other related duties and responsibilities as assigned Qualifications The following may be acquired through a combination of formal or self-education, prior experience or on-the-job training: Significant experience in health finance and health economics in the context of Kenya and/or East Africa Advanced degree in health economics with academic specialization in health financing or commensurate work experience in health finance Experience: With Masters-level qualification in health economics: 7-8 years of experience required, with at least 3-4 years in Kenya. With Doctoral-level qualification in health economics: 3-4 years of experience required, with at least 2-3 years in Kenya. Significant knowledge of Government of Kenya planning and budgeting processes. Fluency in English required Sound knowledge of methodologies used in health finance research Knowledge of relevant literature related to topic area Appropriate computer skills necessary to conduct research, and to conduct analysis of study data Prior experience working with USAID-funded programs is not required, but will be an added advantage Strong written and oral communication skills for high-level policy audiences Ability and willingness to travel and implement studies on a national and international basis Physical Demands Regularly required to stand or sit, and move about the facility Work Environment Usual office working conditions free of disagreeable elements. All applications for this position should be submitted online at www.futuresgroup.com via the Careers page. Futures Group provides equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status. How to apply: All applications for this position should be submitted online at www.futuresgroup.com via the Careers page.
Job Title:Senior policy advisor, Nairobi Closing Date: Thursday, 17 May 2012 About Us Futures Group develops and delivers innovative, locally relevant, evidence-based solutions to improve the health and well being of people around the world. Since 1971, we have assisted governmental and non-governmental agencies, foundations, and the private sector by designing, implementing and evaluating programs in HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, population and family planning, maternal and child health, infectious diseases, and gender. Futures Group has deep expertise in policy and advocacy, research and strategic information, health markets and private sector engagement, modeling and economic analysis, patient monitoring and management/HMIS, strategic consulting, and program management. Position Summary Futures Group is seeking a Senior Policy Advisor who will provide technical assistance and support to the Government of Kenya (GoK) national-level health sector agencies to support implementation of the new constitution. The Senior Policy Advisor will conduct policy analysis, lead stakeholder consultation, assist the government in strategy and policy development, and will write and disseminate policy briefs. Responsibilities require knowledge of health policy issues in Kenya and in East Africa. The Senior Policy Advisor will report to the Program Director of the Health Policy Project's Kenya field program. Location for this position is Nairobi, Kenya. No expatriate benefits are associated with this position. Key Responsibilities Provides assistance to the GoK in the development, implementation and monitoring of health policies at the national and sub-national levels. Prepares health policy analyses, recommendations, policy briefs, and assessments for client and government use. Stays abreast of key developments in health policy in Kenya and more broadly in East Africa, in order to inform technical support activities under the HPP Kenya Field Program. This includes frequent interaction with the Government of Kenya stakeholders relevant to this area as well as multilateral partners and donor agencies. Facilitates stakeholder consultation and meetings at the national and sub-national levels. Supervises short-term local consultants in Kenya assigned to health policy, policy communication, and M&E activities Supervises the design, printing and dissemination of policy briefs and policy communication materials in English and Swahili to audiences at the national and sub-national levels. Provides assistance within the project team on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and documentation of project results Represents the projects, company, and programs in the health policy area in Kenyan and regional forums, as well as with others in the professional community and in countries of collaboration, independent of technical supervision Support capacity building efforts for health ministry and other non-MOH actors to develop analytic and operational skills related to health policy and planning. Conducts all work to accepted standards of research ethics Actively participates in the development of annual work planning, design, implementation, and reporting related to project technical activities. Participates in the preparation of bids and proposals in response to government, foundation or other donor solicitation as requested by the company or supervisor Performs other related duties and responsibilities as assigned Qualifications The following may be acquired through a combination of formal or self-education, prior experience or on-the-job training: Significant experience in health policy, policy analysis and policy communication in the context of Kenya and/or East Africa Master's Degree or higher in public health, public policy, political science, public administration, communication or a related technical degree. Experience: 7-8 years of experience required, with at least 3 years of experience in Kenya. Fluency in English and Swahili required Demonstrated strength and experience providing technical assistance, writing technical reports, and policy briefs targeted to decision makers. Proven ability to work collaboratively and build consensus across diverse sets of stakeholders. Experience in client relationship management, reporting, program work planning is preferred. Experience in M&E and documentation of project results highly desirable. Appropriate computer skills necessary to conduct quantitative and qualitative analyses Prior experience working with USG-funded programs is required. Strong written and oral communication skills for high-level policy audiences Strong facilitation skills required Ability and willingness to travel within Kenya Physical Demands Regularly required to stand or sit, and move about the facility Work Environment Usual office working conditions free of disagreeable elements. All applications for this position should be submitted online at www.futuresgroup.com via the Careers page. Futures Group provides equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status. How to apply: All applications for this position should be submitted online at www.futuresgroup.com via the Careers page.
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