The Aga Khan University (AKU) invites applications by appropriately qualified candidates for the position of the AQCESS Kenya Project Manager for the Kilifi Project site. The Canadian funded Access to Quality Care through Extending and Strengthening Health Systems (AQCESS) in Kenya implemented by Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) agencies is a four-year project (April 2016 to March 2020) aiming at contributing to the reduction of maternal, newborn, and child (MNC) mortality in two project sites in Kilifi and Kisii counties.
Based primarily at the AKU office in Mombasa with presence at the Mariakani Hospital in Kaloleni Subcounty, you will be responsible for the AQCESS project implementation in Kaloleni Subcounty of Kilifi County reporting to the AKU Project Director and under the overall coordination and grant management of the AQCESS Country Project Manager (based at Aga Khan Foundation in Nairobi). You will also work closely with the second AQCESS implementing agency, the Aga Khan Hospital Mombasa (AKHM), in the coordination, planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the project in Kaloleni Subcounty.
- Provide comprehensive, effective and accountable day-to-day project management of the AQCESS project in the sub-county Kaloleni, Kilifi County, ensuring that all project activities are coordinated and implemented as per a detailed project implementation plan (PIP), annual work plans and budgets.
- Participate actively in the recruitment of filed site project personnel as per plan.
- Lead the Kaloleni AKU project implementation team; guide, manage and supervise the day-to-day work of the field and local finance and admin staff; and provide support to the project team to effectively and efficiently achieve project objectives while empowering the staff and building their capacities.
- Develop annual work plans and budgets for the Kaloleni sub county site for effective project implementation in close collaboration with the AQCESS Kenya project leadership, the AKU Finance Department, and in coordination with the AKHM implementing partner.
- Work closely with the project M&E Officer in continuous monitoring of project processes, outputs and outcomes and collaborate with the M&E officer to ensure quality data collection, accurate analysis of data, and the use of data for project annual work planning and adjustment of project activities and processes as required.
- Elaborate monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual quality project reports as per requirement in close collaboration with the M&E Officer and ensure timely reporting as per agreed reporting timelines.
- Ensure coordination and integration of AQCESS project activities and collaborate closely with the various stakeholders present on the ground including AKHM and the County and Subcounty governments.
- Work closely with the AKU Monitoring, Evaluation Research and Learning (MERL) Unit in project midterm review and end-evaluation and provide support to the MERL unit for research activities implemented under AQCESS in the project area.
- Coordinate with other AKDN projects and initiatives in Coastal Kenya to identify and harness potential synergies in light of effective and sustainable project development.
- Attend county and subcounty level stakeholder forums, and adequately represent the AQCESS project and identify collaboration opportunities and synergies.
- Disseminate and discuss project information, key baseline and monitoring data with the County and Subcounty government and maintain effective working relationships with the key government partners.
- Provide support and your expertise as delegated and as organisation needs arise guided by the AQCESS Project Director.
The successful candidate for appointment to this position must demonstrate clear competencies, strong past results associated with at least:
- At least five years of experience in the health sector in developing countries, preferably East Africa. Preference will be given to those with experience in managing health projects (with focus on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, nutrition) in developing countries.
- Experience in gender, health & environment, establishing community health structures, building capacities at community and health care management levels, and early child development is an added advantage.
- Demonstrated capacity to write high quality reports for donor projects and analytical briefs and documentation.
- Strong familiarity with monitoring and evaluation methodologies and logical frameworks.
- Experience of working with the Global Affairs Canada (previously Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Development, Canada) and other bilateral donors will be of advantage.
- Exceptional written and verbal skills in English; knowledge of Kiswahili will be an advantage.
- Demonstrated excellent analytical, planning, organizational and problem solving skills.
- Demonstrated ability to coordinate teams and motivate a team of staff, inpidual experts and partners.
- Self-motivated; attentive to detail with the capacity to work within laid down procedures.
- Ability to work independently/with minimum supervision and within stipulated deadlines and schedules.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- A team player and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment