Programme Officer at Save the Children

On Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Vacancy: Programme Officer – Kenya Signature Programme

Team / Programme: Programmes
Location: Nairobi with frequent travel to project sites.
Grade: TBC     
Post Type: National
Child Safeguarding: Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people
Role Purpose:
SCI Kenya is in the process of designing a world class Signature Program (SP) for health that is expected to significantly contribute to achievement of Kenya’s MDG 4 and 5 targets. 

The programmatic model will actualize continuum of care approach mixed with an integrated package of quick wins, a minimum community health care package and a strengthened health system approach to maternal and newborn health programming across Save the Children’s Theory of Change. 

Save the Children will work with the government of Kenya and communities to address the maternal and neonatal health challenges in the country in a way that would deliver significant impacts for Children and Women by the end of the 5 year period.
The Signature Programme officer will work with the senior programme manager- health to support the design and implementation process of a world class innovative maternal and newborn signature programme.

Scope of Role:

Reports to: Senior Programme Manager – Health

Dimensions: Save the Children has supported children in Kenya since before its Independence in 1963 and has had a consistent operational presence in the country since 1984. 

We provide support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners. 
Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, Health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH. 
Save the Children has an operational presence in Dadaab Refugee Camp, Eldoret, Habaswein, Mandera, Meru and Wajir and has a liaison post in Garissa. 
Currently, we have a staff complement of approximately 350 staff and a confirmed budget of approximately US$15 million this year.

Staff directly reporting to this post:  None

Key Areas of Accountability:

1. Programme Support

  • Develops  in-depth knowledge of maternal and newborn based initiatives and acts as a resource person for  programme related issues
  • Develops and maintains adequate resource files for both SP implementation areas
  • Work with the SPM and project staff to develop concept notes and translate these into quality donor proposals
  • Liaise with the project managers in both sites and the necessary departments within the Nairobi office  to ensure timely information exchange and follow up
  • Stays informed about and follows up as required on grant-related issues  throughout the grants’ duration
  • Work with the finance department to prepare financial requests and ensure the timely reporting of expenditure.
  • Assisting with the compilation of budgets for concept notes and proposals.
  • Provide support to field and programme operations as required
  • Contribute to the overall effectiveness of the signature programme
  • Perform other reasonable tasks assigned by the SPM
2. Representation
  • Represents SCI  professionally  by attending external meetings/forums with partners, other NGOs and other agencies as required
3. Monitoring, Learning and Reporting
  • Coordinate the compiling of internal and external reports for submission
  • Editing the donor reports and incorporating input from technical staff.
  • Coordinate the publication and dissemination of newsletters and other project related information
Skills and Behaviours (our Values in Practice)
  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved
  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks
  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency
Qualifications and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in Public/Environmental Health and/or Social sciences with 3 years’ work experience
  • Experience in programme development in a public health context. Experience working with the ministry of health and with an NGO is a plus
  • Demonstrated experience in proposal  development and report writing; particularly donor reports
  • Excellent English writing skills are essential.
  • Computer skills, in particular MS Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Well-developed research, analytical, monitoring and evaluation, and report-writing abilities;
  • Demonstrable financial skills, particularly in budgeting and reporting;
  • Commitment to Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding and other global policies, and values.
How to Apply
The application process is now open and will close on 25th October 2013 at 5.00 p.m. 
To apply for this position, please send a short cover letter and CV to [email protected] indicating the position title on the subject line.
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