Save the Children
Kangaroo Mother Care – Senior Project Officer (Maternity Cover)
Team / Programme: Kangaroo Mother Care
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
Scope of Role: The Senior KMC Officer will have the overall responsibility of setting up centres of excellence for KMC in Bungoma and Busia Counties as well as ensuring that learning from these centres is captured and shared with other partners for scaling up
Reports to: Senior Health Coordinator – Nairobi
Dimensions: Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing 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.
In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programmes of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a single operation in Kenya.
In Feb 2014, we completed a second transition, which saw us join forces with the British INGO, Merlin, and merge their health and nutrition programmes with our own. Save the Children now has an operational presence in Bungoma, Dadaab Refugee Camp, Garissa, Mandera, Turkana and Wajir and we work through partners in many other parts of the country.
In 2016, Save the Children established a new project office in Madagascar whose operations are managed by the Kenya CO. In total, we employ around 250 staff in both countries and had an operating annual budget in 2016 of approximately US$17.5million.
SCI Kenya is in the process of implementing a signature maternal and newborn health (MNH) programme that is expected to significantly reduce maternal and newborn deaths.
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 at both national and county levels and communities to address the maternal and neonatal health challenges in the country in a way that would deliver significant impacts for women and children
Staff directly reporting to this post: Program Assistants
Qualifications and Experience
- Trained and registered as a Nurse or Midwife (Kenya Registered Nurse, Kenya Registered Midwife) with experience in maternal and newborn health.
- At least 5 years’ experience supporting maternal and child health programmes including experience working with the MoH. Experience conducting joint support supervision with the MoH
- Up-to-date knowledge on maternal and newborn health including EmONC, essential newborn care, focused ANC, malaria, immunization, supervision and quality improvement systems
- Training and support supervision experience in MNH programmes
- Computer literacy, particularly in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
- Strong representational and communication skills
- Commitment to Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding and other global policies, and to Save the Children’s vision, mission and values.
- Understanding of child rights programming
Delivering Results: Takes personal responsibility and holds others to account to deliver our ambitious goals for children, continually improving own performance or that of the team/organisation.
Developing Self and Others: Invests time and energy to actively develop self and others to help realise their full potential, and to build the organisation’s capability for the future.
Problem Solving and Decision Making: Takes effective, considered and timely decisions by gathering and evaluating relevant information from within or outside the organisation and making appropriate judgements.
Applying Technical Expertise: Applies the required technical and professional expertise to the highest standards, promotes and shares best practices within and outside the organisation.
Working Effectively with others: Works collaboratively to achieve shared goals and thrives on diversity of people and perspectives. Knows when to lead and when to follow and how to ensure effective cross- boundary working.
Other Desired Competencies
- Has high-level communication skills’, including engaging and informative formal public speaking.
- Fluent in English and Kiswahili (both spoken and written). Working knowledge of local language strongly preferred
- Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
- Sets high standards for quality and consistently achieves project goals.
- Maintains and extends an effective network of individuals within the organisation and with government and development partners.
How to Apply
The application process is now open and will close on Thursday, 2nd February 2017.
To apply for these positions visit the SCI Kenya Website: https://kenya.savethechildren.net/jobs.
The system allows CVs & Cover letter as One(1) document.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.