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Nairobi Municipality, Kenya (Remote)
JOB #R2102536

Regional Malaria Surveillance, Monitoring, and Evaluation (SME) Lead, Nyanza and Western – Kenya

ICF is a partner on the President’ Malaria Initiative (PMI) Measure Malaria project, a five-year cooperative agreement led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. ICF’s role includes providing technical assistance to PMI and national governments to build capacity in monitoring and evaluation primarily for malaria programming in PMI-supported countries. ICF seeks a Regional Malaria Surveillance, Monitoring, and Evaluation (SME) Lead to join our team in Kenya.

The Regional Malaria SME Lead will be responsible for leading the PMI Measure Malaria subnational activities in the eight PMI focus counties—Kisumu, Migori, Homabay, Siaya, Busia, Kakamega, Bungoma and Vihiga.  This person will manage four malaria county SME coordinators and oversee provision of technical support to county health teams and collaboration with PMI implementing partners. The Regional Malaria SME Lead will support the project technical staff to implement annual work plans, monitor implementation of activities, and communicate results. In addition to overall coordination of the subnational work, this person will be responsible for supporting efforts in strengthening the health information systems and malaria SME to generate high-quality data that ultimately informs decision making in Kisumu County. The position will be based in Kisumu, Kenya and will report to the Kenya Malaria SME Advisor in Nairobi.

The position will be assigned initially for one year, renewable, thereafter, pending availability of funding.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage the PMM portfolio in the eight PMI focus counties through support to the county malaria SME coordinators n implementation of the project’s sub-national activities at the county level
  • Provide direct technical assistance to Kisumu County on malaria SME including but not limited to the following :
  • Coordinate capacity building and mentorship efforts on malaria SME including through establishing strategic partnerships with stakeholders
  • Work within county health management structures to provide continuous technical support on malaria surveillance and monitoring of key performance indicators
  • Contribute to revitalization of County Malaria SME Technical Working Groups through participation in relevant meetings, identification and response to technical assistance needs.
  • Implement capacity building of health workers on malaria SME using existing curriculum
  • Lead identification and mentorship of county champions to lead data quality improvement and use efforts at the sub-county level
  • Technical assistance for targeted data quality assessments using the customized malaria routine data quality assessment (MRDQA) tool and development of quality improvement plans
  •  Provide technical support for production and dissemination of quarterly county malaria bulletins
  • Spearhead collaboration with US Government implementing partners and other development partner projects to coordinate and leverage resources in achieving stronger malaria SME systems in the focus counties
  • Represent the project at the county level as needed
  • Prepare work plans, including activity budget and monitoring work plan performance
  • Ensure timely project reporting and participation in relevant project meetings
  • Perform occasional work on other strategic initiatives in malaria for ICF as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in public health or medical sciences
  • At least 6 years’ experience in health programs and providing technical assistant in monitoring and evaluation in Kenya
  • Strong data analysis and proficiency in statistical packages, including SPSS, STATA, SAS, Epi-info.
  • Understanding of health information systems especially Kenya Health Information Systems (KHIS)
  • Experience managing remote teams
  • Excellent English verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office Applications (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel)
  • Ability to travel within region 30% time
  • Legal ability to work in Kenya

Desired Qualifications

  • Familiarity with U.S.-funded projects
  • Ability to effectively coordinate with the Kenya Government, U.S. government agencies, PMI implementing partners, and other technical organizations.
  • Prior experience working in the region
  • Experience working with the county governments
  • Malaria program or SME experience a plus

Professional Skills

  • Ability to work with minimum supervision
  • Strong problem-solving skills with ability to analyze situations, identify existing or potential problems and recommend solutions
  • Team player
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work with all levels of internal staff, outside clients, and vendors
  • Ability to be flexible to handle multiple priorities

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit www.icf.com/careers to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

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