Job Description

Job Title: Senior Advisor - Health Systems Impact
Location: Kenya 
State date: September 2024

Organizational Background 

Founded by a group of committed Kenyans, Lwala unlocks the potential of communities to advance their own comprehensive well-being and improve health outcomes. We support communities to design, implement, and evaluate solutions to their most pressing health challenges. To address systemic inequities in health outcomes–and a health system that often leaves communities out of decision-making–Lwala deploys a community-led health model that has 4 pillars: professionalized community health workers (CHWs), community health committees, health facilities, and data. Lwala is an organization rooted in the communities we serve. When it comes to improving health outcomes, we believe that communities should be in the driver's seat–no one can identify challenges and solutions better than communities themselves. Our model centers communities as leaders and change-makers breaking cycles of inequity.

Position Overview

Lwala’s 2028 Strategy has a key focus on systems change with the goal of driving gender-equitable community-led health systems in Kenya. 

The Senior Advisor, Health Systems Impact will work closely with the External Affairs team to develop a framework for tracking and assessing systems change and support the implementation of key monitoring and evaluation activities 

Key Responsibilities

As the Senior Manager-Community Health, you will play a critical role in driving the delivery of our model, ensuring that community health interventions are delivered with programmatic excellence to achieve sustainable outcomes in health outcomes throughout Kenya. 

1.  Lead research, learning and evaluation study design and deployment for health systems evaluations (40%)

  • Support research study design and implementation. This includes ensuring alignment with Lwala’s systems change strategy and government priorities
  • Conduct background research and literature reviews on health systems strengthening with particular focus on community health systems 
  • Lead the development of protocols, submission of applications to IRBs and management of protocol requirements.
  • Manage research activities such as surveying, monitoring, data entry, data cleaning and data analysis.
  • Lead in the creation of papers, memos, and articles that synthesize findings and key points for a global audience and national policymakers. 
  • Oversee analysis of research results and deliver actionable insights to relevant stakeholders through reports, presentations, and interactive dashboards. 
  • Work closely with the External Affairs team to identify research requirements, devise research strategies, and effectively execute projects.
  • Maintain comprehensive documentation of research processes, data sources, and analytical approaches for future reference. 
  • Offer guidance and mentorship to junior members of the research team, including providing training and reviewing their work.
  • Facilitate and serve as project liaison for externally managed evaluations.

2.  Develop and implement monitoring and evaluation framework (40%)

  • Develop an M&E Framework for Lwala’s health systems strengthening strategy including indicator selection, target setting, data collection, Logic Models, Performance Measurement Frameworks (PMFs), Theory of Change (TOC), reporting, database management, and developing M&E and/ performance monitoring plans. 
  • Monitor implementation of learning agenda for identification of best practices and lessons learned and for adaptive management
  • Contribute to the development of quantitative and qualitative tools and implementation of robust context-appropriate systems for data collection, quality assurance, analysis, and reporting on activity outputs/outcomes and program quality
  • Lead establishment of data reporting systems and processes in collaboration with the External Affairs team.
  • Coordinate response to information and data requests.
  • Support the program’s periodic review of performance metrics, and support use of data for decision making to enhance service delivery to beneficiaries.
  • Collaborate with R&L team members in making departmental presentations on program performance related to Key Performance Indicators.

3.  Support strategic planning and team development (20%)

  • Participate in strategic thinking about Lwala’s long-term research and evaluation strategy and measurement design, alongside Lwala leadership and academic researchers. 
  • Support development of long-term staffing plan for Research & Learning team
  • Mentor and train other Research and Learning team members

Qualifications and Experience

  • A minimum of 8 years of senior-level experience in Advisory, preferably in the field of community health, public health or international development. 
  • PhD in Global  in a relevant field such as public health, development studies or related discipline.
  • Proven track record of successfully designing, implementing, and evaluating complex programs in Kenya. 
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Global Health Science
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc Hons) in Biochemistry or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in International Relations is preferred
  • Strong leadership and management skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate teams to achieve organizational goals. 
  • Attention to detail, highly methodical and ordered, and high affinity for maintaining standards and consistency in program implementation.
  • Exceptional strategic thinking and problem-solving abilities, with a results-oriented approach. 
  • Excellent writing, communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to to effectively engage with stakeholders at all levels. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to community development, the communities that we serve, social justice, and health equity. 

How To Apply:

Please send your application letter and CV as one attachment  to  >>> recruitment@lwalacommunityalliance.org

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with an application deadline of 30th July 2024.

Lwala Community Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and does not ask for fees at any stage of the recruitment process. Successful candidates must abide by Lwala’s Anti Fraud & Bribery Policy and Safeguarding Policy, including protection of children and vulnerable adults.

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