Early Childhood Development Program Coordinator

Lwala Community Alliance (Lwala) is a community-led innovator proving that when communities lead, change is drastic and lasting. A small community in rural western Kenya founded the organization as a response to extreme health challenges. The region experiences some of the highest HIV, maternal mortality, and infant mortality rates in East Africa. As such, community members built their region’s first health center.

From these humble beginnings, Lwala is now the largest provider of health services for a population of over 60,000 people. The work extends far beyond the original hospital, as we support communities in their homes, schools, and farms to advance their own comprehensive well-being. We address the complex causes of poor health through a multi-dimensional strategy, which engages community members in driving their own change. We have built a model for community-led health and are now working with the Ministry of Health to improve how millions of Kenyans access healthcare.

We have a new exciting opportunity for an experienced Program Coordinator to join us as the Early Childhood Development Program Coordinator, based in Migori County.

Position Description:

The Early Childhood Development Program Coordinator will ensure the management and implementation of the “Family-Centered Early Childhood Development project” with a hope to develop and implement an impactful and durable program that can be scaled along our community led health model. The program will adopt the Nurturing Care Framework and Care Group approach that is in line and embedded in the community health strategy. Emphasis will be placed on play based learning and cognitive development outcomes.

The position will be overseen by the Community Health Systems Director and work closely with the other programs

Key Responsibilities

  • Design activities in line with the objectives and outcomes of the “Family-Centered Early Childhood Development project”
  • Coordinate the programme, ensuring quality implementation in compliance with LCA and donor policies
  • Implement relevant, effective, and sustainable Community ECD interventions using the nurturing care approach and care group approach that achieve project goals and objectives in a timely manner
  • Ensure formation and capacity strengthening of care groups and integration with community health strategy.
  • In collaboration with community health staff, review project goals and objectives on a regular basis and develop annual work plans and budgets and ensure their implementation
  • Responsible for data collection and reporting by developing tools for monitoring and measuring program goals against set targets.
  • Prepare and submit timely, quality progress reports that meet organization and donor requirements.
  • Provide thought leadership and organizational learning through information sharing with partners and staff on innovations in community early childhood development
  • Contribute to fundraising efforts by generating ideas that can attract additional funding to the program.
  • Grow the program beyond current funding and scope in a scalable manner.

Technical skills, coordination and capacity building

  • Skills and experience in implementing nurturing care and care group approach to early childhood development ((skilful parenting, child protection and Play based therapy).
  • Organize and facilitate training of trainers (TOTs) on community based ECD curricula.
  • Identify and appropriately adapt evidence-based curricula and guides for community based ECD
  • Collaborate with programme teams to ensure integration of community ECD activities across lwala programs.
  • Lead the development and revision of technical tools and learning materials and resources to support strategic areas of intervention in early childhood care and development and their use
  • Provide technical advice and support internally- Coach, train, and mentor staff with the aim of strengthening their ECD technical capacity
  • Keep abreast with trends in child development and protection regionally and globally, to ensure application of current knowledge and best practices to Lwala’s work.

Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning

  • In collaboration with the M&E team, design and implement tools that measure and report on project progress.
    • Ensure documentation and dissemination of appropriate results, experiences, best practices, and lessons
    • Encourage sharing of learning and research in the subject area.

Grant Management

  • Work closely with the finance team to achieve overall grant targets, deliverables, and budget compliance.
  • Provide overall financial management of the project. This includes, but not limited to, monthly reviews of budget expenditures against donor line items, timely submission of expenditure reports, cash forecast and annual budgets.

REQUIREMENTS

Academic Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Public Health or related field
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field required Child development, family studies public health, nutrition, psychology, sociology, social work, human development or another relevant technical field.

Work Experience

  • Minimum of two year of professional experience in management in early childhood development ,Cognitive development and related areas;
  • At least 3 years of experience in managing ECD and child protection projects.
  • Knowledge of national and local policy environment, strategies and regulations in the fields related to early childhood development (i.e. health, early learning, and child protection).
  • Experience in working with community groups , families and children
  • Experience in leading or technically supporting community mobilisation programs, including campaigns and communication initiatives.

Essential Knowledge and Skills

  • Ability to transfer skills and knowledge through, training, mentorship and accompaniment
  • Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office)
  • Demonstrated ability to foster integration in programming approach
  • Strong conceptual and analytical skills
  • Ability to think innovatively and strategically
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills in English, with proven ability to write
  • Domain experience in healthcare delivery and/or community health programming
  • Must have a strong understanding of M&E strategy and processes
  • Experience with and interest in working with African youth
  • Attention to detail, strong communication skills, and excellent writing skills are essential to this position

What we offer

  • Experience working with an innovative organization where you will collaborate with local and global leaders in the education, innovation and social impact
  • Ability to shape your own professional development pathway
  • Ability to do meaningful work and directly impact children in Kenya
  • Benefits package: attractive package that includes medical care, group accident cover, pension and staff development

Application

Send your application letter and a current resume or Curriculum Vitae addressed to the Talent Development Manager, Lwala Community Alliance by email to recruitment@lwalacommunityalliance.org.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled and only successful candidates will be contacted.

Lwala is an equal opportunity employer and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.