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Senior Program Officer, Adolescent and Women Health and Nutrition & Food Fortification


Overall Purpose/Broad Function:
In line with NI’s strategic objectives in Africa, contribute to improving adolescent, women health and nutrition and food fortification programs in Kenya by supporting Government departments at national, county level and key partners.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Project Development:
  • Ensure that the landscape analysis for adolescent and women health and nutrition and Food Fortification are regularly updated and available.
  • Support the Deputy Country Director with information necessary for designing project plans and proposals.
Project Implementation and Management
  • Develop annual work plans and budgets for adolescent and women health and nutrition and Food Fortification projects
  • Ensure that work plan activities are implemented as scheduled and per the approved budgets.
  • Carry out site monitoring visits to ensure that implementing partners are executing project activities according to agreed strategy and contractual commitments.
  • Ensure data monitoring plans are implemented in a timely manner, project monitoring data is collected and the data workbooks are regularly updated.
  • Develop quality monthly, quarterly and annual performance monitoring (technical and financial) reports, ensuring challenges are identified and recommendations made and corrective actions are implemented in a timely manner.
  • Draw up on internal NI expertise in Kenya, the Regional and Headquarter Offices as necessary to ensure projects are on track.
  • Input into the NI Contract Database all approved financial commitments and regularly update the Contract Database for the two interventions in line with NI's contract management procedures.
  • In support of both internal team work and partnership coordination committees, prepare documentation for meetings and conference calls, taking detailed notes on decisions and action points from such meetings and ensuring follow up of the same.
  • Support the implementing organization in procuring commodities, if/ when needed.
External Relations
  • Build and maintain good collaborative relations with MoH, other government agencies, UN agencies and NGOs as appropriate to promote information sharing and effective coordination of effort to improve and sustain effective and efficient adolescent and women health and nutrition and Food Fortification programs.
  • Represent NI at national and regional fora relevant to adolescent and women health and nutrition and Food Fortification interventions.
  • Keep up to date with developments in adolescent and Women health and nutrition, BCC, Food Fortification and micronutrient supplementation to inform programming.
  • Support the Country Director and resource mobilization team at country and regional level with gathering of relevant information for proposal development for resource mobilization.
  • Document and share field stories, events and lessons learned from the adolescent and women health and nutrition and Food Fortification projects with the Advocacy & communications team.
Research, monitoring and Evaluation
  • Participate in the design of research, monitoring and evaluation activities for adolescent, women health and nutrition and Food Fortification projects and work closely with researchers and external evaluators to ensure approaches and methods respond to project needs.
  • Facilitate dissemination of project outcomes and research findings to relevant stakeholders
  • Ensure NI research monitoring and evaluation outcomes inform policy decisions and improve practices.
  • Any other duties that may be assigned
Education/Professional Designations/Experience:
  • At a minimum, a Master’s degree from a recognized university in Public Health, Nutrition and/or related field.
  • Training in Epidemiology and Research methodologies preferred.
  • At least 10 years’ experience working in Child health, Nutrition, Food technology and/or related field in Kenya or the Sub Saharan Africa.
  • At least 5 years of experience in supervising Child health, Nutrition and Food technology programs.
  • At least 5 years of experience in donor funded program/project implementation/supervision, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience with micronutrient supplementation programs for children and grants management are desirable.
Other Specific Requirements
  • Good spoken and written English
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Very good presentational skills
  • Integrity
Interested candidates submit their CV and Cover letter by 2nd October, 2018. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected to participate in interview process will be contacted.

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