Regional Vitamin A Supplementation (VAS) M&E Officer at Helen Keller International

On Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Job Announcement

(Nairobi, Kenya)

Established in 1915 with Helen Keller as a founding trustee, Helen Keller International (HKI) works to save the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. Headquartered in New York City, HKI currently offers programs in 21 countries in Africa and Asia, as well as in the United States.  The organization combats the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing programs based on evidence and research.


Program Overview

The Vitamin A supplementation program is implemented by HKI in 13 countries in Africa (Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Cote d’Ivoire, DRC, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Mozambique, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Tanzania) with the dual objective of ensuring that 90% of children aged 6 to 59 months are supplemented with vitamin A every six months and ensuring that vitamin A supplementation (VAS) is owned by national governments and integrated in health systems.

Scope of Position

The Regional VAS M&E Officer (RVMO) will provide technical support for the design, implementation and running of a monitoring system for the VAS programs in 13 countries.

The RVMO hosted by HKI will report to HKI’s Regional VAS program manager.

The position requires at least 30% travel within five countries.

The location of the position is within HKI regional office in Nairobi, Kenya.

The key objectives of the RVMO position are:

  • Ensure 90% coverage of VAS through a combination of bi-annual campaigns (facility based through Child health days model or door-to-door with immunization)
  • Develop ownership of VAS within the national health system of targeted countries

Specific Responsibilities

A detailed Job description is available upon request

  • Design and implement an M&E system for the 13 countries and the regional office using m-health whenever possible and a web-based database.
  • Provide technical support to country offices in M&E activities
  • Support the identification of needs for research and their implementation

Qualifications & competencies

  • Master Degree in a field related to social sciences, public health nutrition, epidemiology or any other related discipline
  • 5 years directly relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in M&E and research.
  • Capacity building/training experience essential.
  • Experience in design and conduction of surveys and evaluations.
  • English proficient written and speaking level and French would be an asset.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Commitment to Continuous Learning, capacity building and developing others
  • Team Work and Cooperation
  • Listening, Understanding and Responding
  • Analytical thinking
  • Strategic Orientation
  • Problem Solving oriented

Terms and Conditions: fixed term renewable contract of 1 year following competitive national conditions in Kenya with a preferred start date of February 1st 2015.

To Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] noting the position title in the subject line.

HKI encourages female and male of all ethnic group to apply.

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