Program Officer - Mothers and Children

Kenya

Reporting to the Mothers and Children Coordinator, the Mothers and Children Program Officer will be responsible for implementation of mothers and children program at Lwala. Implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the program aims at reducing maternal and child mortality in the community while modelling a community-led health model that can be replicated across the county and beyond thereby effecting system-wide change. S/he will oversee the activities of the CHUs within Lwala’s implementation scope. S/he will identify implementation gaps and lead efforts in program quality improvement. In addition, s/he will assist with technical strategy and work plan development, site assessment, supportive supervision and implementation of community health services across the target population.

Key Responsibilities

  • Program Implementation & Support
    • Ensure implementation of work plan and activity schedules for Mothers and Children program in an effective and efficient manner.
    • Participate in periodic review of operations plans and budgets for Mothers and Children Program at Lwala Community Alliance.
    • Directly supervise Community Health Nurses (CHNs), Mother and Child program Assistant, Community Health Worker supervisors and Community Health Workers (CHWs) and track their performance in achieving set goals ensuring that CHAs, CHWs, TBAs and CHCs deliver efficient and high-quality services to the community through; training, mentorship and supervision.
    • Participate in Preparation and management of the program’s annual budget and work plan.
    • Draw activity budget requests, oversee expenditure and ensure that it is allocable, allowable, reasonable and within budget and provide periodic input to management on performance against established benchmark.
    • Provide technical expertise in the area of Maternal child health and community health, ensure integration with other programs at Lwala and build the capacity of the staff in the same.
    • Draw and/or review all implementation protocols and curriculums within the community health and mothers and children programming for standardized implementation.
    • Work with the County and sub-county to ensure delivery of a high-quality mother and children programming to the population we are serving that is in line with the Ministry of Health priorities and delivery standards.
    • Represent the program at county, partner and technical meetings, and support donor visits as designated by the supervisor.
  • Quality Assurance, Monitoring Evaluation Research and Learning
    • Support in ensuring standardized high-quality reporting and documentation of all activities, meetings and trainings conducted within the area of implementation.
    • Participate in DQAs, QI and other quality check activities and ensure continuous improvement of program implementation and timely and accurate data.
    • Review and update records on a regular basis to ensure accuracy and integrity of data and contribute to knowledge production (case studies, experiences, best practice and lessons) that inform delivery of innovative community health programs for internal and external audiences.
    • Participate in identification, development and packaging of knowledge products for internal and external sharing and inform practices in the sector.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Level of Education/Academic Qualification
    • A Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Medicine and Surgery or Nursing
    • Masters degree in a relevant field (Public Health, Population Studies, Community Development etc) will be an added advantage
  • Specialized Training/Professional Qualifications
    • Post Graduate Diploma in any of the following areas: Project Planning and Management, Development Studies or Community Development, Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Any trainings on the following areas: family planning, advocacy and demand creation, sexual and gender-based violence or Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health.
  • Other Competencies/Abilities/Skills Required
    • Project management skills.
    • Good interpersonal and public relation skills, respect for communities and able to work with people from diverse backgrounds.
    • Share passion for mission and vision of the organization
    • Self-directing and able to work independently, under pressure with minimal supervision
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Ease with rural working environment
  • Relevant Work Experience
    • At least five (5) years post-graduation experience in a management position within a busy NGO

Applications: Send your cover letter and CV, stating your suitability for the position to the Talent Engagement Manager, at recruitment@lwalacommunityalliance.org on or before 25th March, 2021. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.