DFID Funded Maternal and Newborn Health Project Jobs in Kenya – Programme Director, Finance & Admin Director, Clinical Services Director, M&E Director and Decentralization Programme Director

Abt Associates seeks candidates for an upcoming DFID – funded maternal and newborn health project in Kenya, which emphasizes increasing the demand for, and the supply of, quality services.  
Brief descriptions and qualification requirements for open positions are listed below.  
In addition to the position-specific requirements of each individual opening, the following apply to all positions:
  • Significant experience working in programmes funded by international donors, preferably in the health sector.
  • English language fluency (with fluency in Swahili highly desirable).
  • Understanding of DFID administrative procedures and requirements highly desirable.
  • Willingness and ability to travel and/or potentially be based outside of Nairobi.
To be considered for any of the positions listed below, an applicant must submit his/her CV and an application letter/email message that provides details of the applicant’s qualifications for the desired position to:


In the subject line of the email, write the specific title of the position for which you are applying.  If you wish to apply for more than one position, please submit separate applications for each position. 

Current openings are the following:

Programme Director  

Provides technical leadership, management, and strategic direction for the programme; responsible for guiding senior technical staff and for ensuring the responsiveness and quality of work along with efficient use of resources and achievement of results.  
Has the final authority within the project team for decisions related to technical, management, resource allocation and personnel issues, and will be accountable for the successful implementation of all aspects of the project.  
Qualification Requirements:  
  • Medical, Master’s or a Doctorate Degree in a relevant field, and at least 10 years of senior-level international management experience in designing, implementing and managing larger, complex health programmes.  
  • Significant technical depth in maternal, newborn, and child health.
Finance & Administration Director  
Develops, leads, and manages an internal team to support the following operational areas: contract administration, finance, human resources, procurement, subcontracting, and IT.  
Ensures the financial and administrative integrity of all business transactions; produces, analyses, and presents financial reports; and oversees annual budgeting and planning processes, and reviews all financial plans and budgets.  
Qualification Requirements:  
  • Bachelor ’s Degree (minimum) or a Master ’s Degree (desirable), in a relevant field, and 10 years of experience in the implementation and oversight of the finance and administration functions of medium-sized businesses or projects, especially in the area of public health or other types of development. 
  • Experience in the management of DFID-funded projects is desirable.
Clinical Services Director  
Leads the design and implementation of interventions at all project sites for the improvement of the quality of maternal and newborn health services.  
Oversees training and capacity building activities for healthcare providers, including the development of training materials and protocols.  
Qualification Requirements:  
  • Advanced clinical degree, preferably with a specialization on ObGyn/Midwifery, and 
  • 8 years of experience in designing, implementing, and managing public health programmes, preferably with a focus on essential and emergency maternal and child health services.
Monitoring & Evaluation Director  
Directs all of the programme’s monitoring and evaluation activities, creating systems to measure and document programme processes, outputs, and impacts by routinely and systematically collecting, analysing and presenting programme data for project staff, the client, other donors, counterparts, and other partners.  
Qualification Requirements:  
  • Master’s Degree (minimum) in a relevant field and 8 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation of social development programmes.  
  • Experience in the application of logical frameworks, development of indicators, and the implementation of strategies for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of public health programmes.  
Decentralization Programme Director  
Leads programme interventions that assist counties and county health facilities to adapt organizational and systems development to facilitate decentralization.  
Develop and manage capacity building activities related to decentralization and health systems strengthening.  
Qualification Requirements:  
  • Medical or a Master’s Degree and at least 10 years of relevant professional experience in health policy, health system restructuring/decentralization, health system strengthening and reform.   
  • Experience in maternal, newborn, and child health is desirable.

Abt Associates currently implements more than 50 global and bi-lateral programmes worldwide, including the USAID-funded AfyaInfo and Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) projects in Kenya.  
Interested individuals can learn more about Abt Associates’ multi-disciplinary group of dedicated professionals who provide technical assistance, health systems strengthening services, research, and analysis in more than 100 countries at: www.abtassociates.com

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