FACES Program Director Job in Kisumu, Kenya

Vacancy Announcement: Program Director

Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES)

Based in Kisumu, Kenya

The Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES) is a PEPFAR CDC funded project that has supported the provision of comprehensive, coordinated, compassionate HIV prevention, care and treatment services in Western Kenya since 2004.

The FACES program is implemented in partnership with the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Ministry of Health (MOH) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

FACES is funded through September 2021 with a mandate to support HIV care and treatment services in 72 MOH health facilities within Kisumu County.

The Program Director will serve as the representative for the program in Kisumu County and will lead, manage, and direct the implementation of FACES in Kisumu County.

Reporting to the Global Programs Country Director for administrative responsibilities and to the UCSF FACES Principal Investigator for scientific and technical responsibilities, the Director oversees the management and delivery of high quality program activities.

She/he ensures the proper management and administration of all activities according to legal and donor (CDC/PEPFAR) requirements. She/he works closely with donors and partners to ensure appropriate levels of resources are available to implement FACES.

The Director provides strategic leadership to achieve the programmatic goals and targets. The Program Director will work closely with the FACES team including the KEMRI and UCSF technical teams, and the Kisumu County MOH.

Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Serve as the FACES program representative with partners, collaborators and CDC-Kenya
  • Overall management of the FACES program to ensure all objectives and targets are achieved
  • Lead the development of the program implementation/work plan, and development and monitoring of the programs budgets
  • Ensure that all program activities comply with CDC/PEPFAR requirements
  • Oversee the technical team at KEMRI to ensure provision of quality services
  • Work with the UCSF Principal Investigator (PI), KEMRI PI, FACES Deputy Director, Global Programs senior management and the KEMRI technical team and partners to develop a multiyear, well articulated strategic vision and plan for FACES
  • Work closely with management and partners to ensure appropriate levels of funding and resources are available to conduct the program
  • Ensure that FACES operates within the guidelines of the organization’s policies and procedures, donor requirements, and within budget
  • Effectively link the program with Ministry of Health, donors, and other stakeholders
  • Work closely with the KEMRI technical team to ensure the program adheres to procurement, cash advance and travel policies and procedures as stipulated by Global Programs
  • Ensure FACES program personnel adhere to Global Programs policies and procedures.
  • Ensure that all progress reports are prepared in a timely manner as per requested guidelines and disseminated to the CDC/PEPFAR and other relevant stakeholders
  • Responsible for staff recruitment and retention
  • Provide leadership to respond to calls for proposals and coordinate proposal development and submission as needed to support FACES, including possible expansion
  • Provide leadership and support for program evaluations, and ancillary research projects to evaluate FACES, and related interventions

Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree in Medicine (MBChB) or equivalent medical degree. Master’s degree or PhD in public health or a related field is an added advantage.
  • A minimum of eight years of experience with HIV/AIDS care and treatment and/or research experience, with at least four years in a senior management leadership position.
  • Minimum five years of demonstrated experience in project design of HIV technical activities and managing and supervising large teams.
  • Healthcare management, care provision, and/or research experience in Africa related to HIV/AIDS, preferably in Kenya.
  • Experience in representing organizations with government, donors or partner organizations.
  • Experience with development and implementation of multiyear grant funded projects.
  • Experience working with KEMRI and Ministry of Health is an added advantage.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes Required:

  • Extensive and current knowledge of the field of HIV/AIDS as it relates to care and research.
  • Knowledge of HIV/AIDS care and treatment national guidelines.
  • Familiar with CDC/PEPFAR guidelines and requirements.
  • Personal integrity and transparency.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead multidisciplinary teams.
  • Significant experience with grants management, budget development and management and donor reporting requirements.
  • Excellent conceptual, analytical, documentation, and presentation skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including report writing, communication with high-level stakeholders, partners, and funders.
  • Ability to work within coalition/consortium settings.
  • Experience with multiyear strategic planning and implementation of multifaceted programs.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills.
  • Willingness to travel to sites in remote parts of Western Kenya and frequent meetings in Nairobi, with occasional travel to UCSF.

Academic Research Responsibilities

This position is also subject to all of the academic research policies of University of California, as may be issued and amended during the appointment (see https://policies.ucsf.edu/ ).

Such policies include but are not limited to: Integrity of Research, Research Involving Human Subjects, Research and Instruction Using Animal Subjects, Affiliation Agreements, Clinical Trials Registration & Reporting, Disclosure of Financial Interests & Management of Conflicts of Interests, Public Health Service (PHS) Research Awards, and Academic, Legal and Financial Policies of Contracts and Grants.

How to Apply

Qualified Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply.

Applications should include the following:

  • A cover letter stating current position, if applicable, and date available to start working for the program
  • A current CV including email and mobile phone contact information
  • Name and phone number for three professional referees
  • Two letters of recommendation preferably from a previous employer
  • A copy of the latest pay slip, if applicable
  • Certified copies of academic and professional certificates

Applications should be sent via email to globalhr@flexi-personnel.com with the subject FACES Program Director by April 30, 2017.

No telephone calls please.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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Updated: April 12, 2017 — 9:17 pm