County Innovation Challenge Fund Internship Opportunity in Kenya

County Innovation Challenge Fund

Internship Opportunity

Nature of Contract: Internship

Position: CICF Intern

Summary of Role: Support programmatic and administrative roles to the CICF technical team

Start date: 5 June 2017

Duration: 6 months

Mentor: CICF Technical Associate

Duty station: Options Nairobi office on Ngong road next to Nakumatt Prestige


The Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH) programme

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) is funding a five-year Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH) programme referred to as “Reducing Maternal and Neonatal Death in Kenya (2013-2018)” that is implemented by UNICEF, Marie Stopes International / Options Consultancy Services Limited (Options), the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), and other partners.

The programme is expected to contribute towards increased access to and utilization of quality maternal and newborn health services resulting in reduction in maternal and neonatal mortality.

The programme has five components, namely:

  • Component 1: Scale up of training for health workers in emergency obstetric and neonatal care (EmONC) in five of Kenya’s eight regions (former provinces) implemented by LSTM.
  • Component 2: Health systems strengthening and demand-side financing targeting the poorest women in Homa Bay, Nairobi, Garissa, Kakamega and Turkana counties and the national level health system strengthening for maternal and newborn health. This component is implemented by UNICEF – directly at national level and through contracted partners at county level.
  • Component 3: Health systems strengthening and demand-side financing targeting the poorest women in Bungoma County and implementation of a County Innovation Challenge Fund (CICF) covering six DFID supported counties (Bungoma, Garissa, Homa Bay, Kakamega, Turkana, and Nairobi (two sub-counties). This component is implemented under the Options-led MANI consortium.
  • Component 4: Monitoring and independent review to monitor progress against the indicators and milestones in the logical framework and annual review at the end of each year of implementation, with a Project Completion Review at the end of year 5.
  • Component 5: Evaluation- with a total of 3 retrospective studies in the implementation phase and at the end of the programme; this will include assessment of the efficiency, effectiveness, relevance, equity and impact of support provided by DFID.

The County Innovation Challenge Fund (CICF)

The CICF, implemented under component 3 above, was created in 2015 to augment existing MNH interventions in the six focus counties by facilitating the design and delivery of innovative interventions, products, processes, services, technologies or ideas that will revolutionise access, demand and utilisation of quality maternal and newborn health services thus contributing to the goal of reducing maternal and newborn mortality.

The fund was envisaged to deliver a catalytic effect to ongoing efforts, enabling the targeted counties break through bottlenecks that result in the three delays that prevent a pregnant woman from accessing the health care she needs:

(i) delay in deciding to seek appropriate medical help for an obstetric emergency;

(ii) delay in reaching an appropriate obstetric facility; and

(iii) delay in receiving adequate care when a facility is reached.

The CICF takes a supply and demand approach to reducing the three delays, specifically by:

  • Supporting innovative solutions addressing supply-side challenges to ensure increased access to primary health care for women and newborns. Some of the key supply-side constraints include limited infrastructure, technology and essential commodities; lack of skilled health care providers; poor quality of care; operational inefficiency, among others.
  • Supporting innovative solutions that address demand-side challenges to enhance social accountability. Demand-side constraints are geographic (long distances for many households to travel to health facilities), economic (inability to afford direct and indirect costs of accessing health services and products), educational (lack of health information) and cultural practices that run counter to healthy outcomes.

The CICF operates funding windows for projects that are new (through the Innovation Competition) or that that can be scaled-up (through the Scaling Competition) and considers applications from legally registered entities including international, national or community based non-governmental organisations, faith-based organisations, civil society organisations, academic and research institutions, innovation hubs, social enterprises or private sector organisations.

Since its inception, the CICF has launched two rounds of innovation and scaling competitions through which 13 successful applicants were selected to implement their proposed innovations and scale-up projects.

The fund has recently closed the third call for applications and is currently undertaking evaluation of the applications received.


The objective of this internship is to provide programmatic and administrative support to the CICF technical team.

In addition, the internship aims to provide an opportunity to graduates who have completed their college studies and require experiential learning to enhance their chances for future employment.


1. Document deliberations and action points from meetings, circulate and file the minutes and support the team in tracking follow-up actions. In addition, support team in maintaining a team calendar of deliverables.

2. Under the guidance of the technical team, undertake preliminary primary level review of documents including grantee reports

3. Maintain a properly organised filing system including an up-to-date google drive.

4. In liaison with the technical team and KPMG, support maintenance of social media profile and activity including updating content on twitter and Facebook.

5. In liaison with the Office Administrator, support administrative and logistical aspects of the CICF functions, including events organisation, travel logistics and procurement.

6. Submit a monthly progress report to their line manager/mentor based on pre-agreed learning and development work plan

7. Adhere to Options policies and procedures, and observe the Code of Conduct.

8. Any other duty assigned by the line manager

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Updated: April 25, 2017 — 7:16 pm