Program Associate Job in Nairobi, Kenya – Duke Global Health Innovation Center

We are hiring a Program Associate, Africa (Nairobi)

The Duke Global Health Innovation Center (GHIC), housed within the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI), studies and supports the scaling and adaptation of innovations and related policy reforms to address critical health challenges worldwide.

It helps integrate complementary efforts across DGHI, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy and Duke Health, developing an academic home for faculty, staff, trainees and students working on health/healthcare innovation and policy issues globally.

The GHIC is also affiliated with Innovations in Healthcare, a US non-profit organization co-founded by Duke University, McKinsey & Company, and the World Economic Forum, which is hosted at Duke.

It aims to improve healthcare and advance health worldwide by sourcing, strengthening, scaling, and studying the best healthcare innovations globally. Its mission is to source, strengthen, study and scale promising healthcare innovations, increasing access to quality, affordable healthcare worldwide. Innovations in Healthcare has developed a network of 82 healthcare innovators (social enterprises) operating in over 70 countries.

Within the African region, GHIC and Innovations in Healthcare’s portfolio spans health systems transformation projects, innovator support and ecosystem strengthening initiatives.

Our Africa team, which is based out of our regional office in Nairobi, works on these areas through diverse projects in collaboration with the US-based team while engaging a variety of stakeholders in the region.

About the role: The Africa Program Associate will be responsible for managing programmatic activities that provide deep and specific support to innovators (social enterprises) and health systems transformation portfolio in Africa.

This will include working on funded projects and supporting innovator engagement activities in the region. Additionally, the Program Associate will work closely with the Africa Regional Director and other team members to support broader ecosystem building initiatives including engaging key stakeholders and funders. The Program Associate will report to the Africa Regional Director in Nairobi.

Strong candidates for the role should bring experience in global healthcare, innovation and entrepreneurship, and/or private sector approaches to health and healthcare, in addition to strong analysis and writing skills.

This position is a one-year renewable contract and will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Your responsibilities will include:

Provide programmatic support to ongoing funded projects:

  • Conduct policy research and analysis to contribute to the production of project deliverables related to the Regional Action through Data (RAD) and African Collaborative for health financing Solutions (ACS) projects.
  • Engage with relevant country and regional stakeholders as part of project activities on RAD and ACS. The approaches to engaging them vary, and are aimed at supporting local decision makers in transforming their health systems.
  • Support convening of external stakeholders and technical teams related to RAD and ACS projects. This may include supporting convening of advisory panels and technical working groups.
  • Coordinate with regional partners and sub-contractors, the Accelerating Saving Lives at Birth (SL@B) project lead as well as with the Africa Regional Director to support relevant Accelerating SL@B programming activities in the African region
  • Identify potential linkages between programming within the funded projects portfolio and the Innovations in Healthcare innovator network management activities
  • Undertake other project related assignments based on the respective project work plans for the above projects

Innovations in Healthcare Network Management:

  • Function as engagement manager to innovators with the Innovations in Healthcare network (primarily those based in Africa)
  • Undertake project management for strategic projects related to the scaling challenges of innovators within the network, acting as the primary relationship manager for assigned innovators to connect them with required resources and relationships to enhance their growth and impact.
  • Support the implementation and ongoing monitoring of various programs that provide capacity-building to healthcare innovators
  • Support student internship placements in projects with innovators in Africa

Event Curation and Management:

  • Support the coordination and planning of GHIC and Innovations in Healthcare events, including events in Africa and in the United States

Knowledge Creation and Business Development:

  • Work with colleagues to identify and develop knowledge products that highlight the impact of our impact in the region
  • Under the guidance of the Regional Director and Business Development Manager, support new business development opportunities through drafting proposals and reports to assist potential funders in their understanding of the value proposition provided by Innovations in Healthcare and GHIC

Other duties:

  • Provide input to further all aspects of the Innovations in Healthcare and GHIC mission, including in areas related to research, impact investing, and ecosystem development
  • Provide additional ad-hoc project management support as required
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein
  • This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities.

Who we are looking for:

  • You have a deep passion for healthcare innovations and are excited about a fast-paced role driving multiple projects across timezones.
  • You have around five years of work experience, with at least three in a role requiring strong analytic and writing skills, such as in development or management consulting, business start-up advisory/support or policy research preferred.
  • You are a strong communicator with ability to engage high profile stakeholders and enable them see the application of healthcare innovations and your research in their systems and context.
  • You have an excellent track record of managing large and loosely-scoped projects across countries, delivering strong results.
  • Previous experience with healthcare entrepreneurs is preferred
  • You preferably have experience working in and knowledge about the global health field.
  • You have proven experience in developing a network of companies and institutions, identifying important partners, maintaining relationships with and delivering value to them.
  • You are a self-starter with high tolerance of ambiguity. People talk about your high level of initiative and resourcefulness in identifying and solving problems.
  • You are engaging and interactive: You enjoy meeting new people and naturally toss ideas around in the team.
  • You stay calm under pressure, drive results with little supervision and know how to stick to deadlines.
  • Good proficiency in French is highly preferred, as we have program partners in Francophone countries.
  • A bachelor’s degree is required. A master’s degree in a relevant field is highly preferred and you have gained strong analytical skills through your studies.

Why work with us?

  • Get engaged in shaping the regional ecosystem for health innovation, both at the macro level and at the implementer level. We do exciting frontier work, pushing the envelope and trying to rethink health systems.
  • Get exposed to and involved in health systems in Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone Africa. The role gives opportunities and platforms to meet new interesting and influential people, in Africa, at Duke and around the world.
  • You will build relationships with awe-inspiring entrepreneurs focused on disrupting the old business models of healthcare service delivery
  • Our flat team operates in a very dynamic space and intellectually stimulating environment. We are collaborative and are open to new challenges.

More information

We are looking for candidates with the right to live and work in Kenya and invite EAC citizens to apply.

This position is a one-year appointment and will be renewed with the receipt of anticipated funding. You should be ready to commit to working with us for at least 3-4 years. There will be a 3-month probation period with learning and performance objectives. You will work from our Kilimani office in Nairobi and should be able to begin the on-boarding process in April 2018. Work includes international travel approximately 20-30% of the time.

Note: The Program Associate will be an employee of Preferred Personnel Africa Limited (PPA) and will be seconded to Duke Global Inc., a Kenyan registered branch of a U.S. corporation controlled by Duke University.

Equal Opportunity: Innovations in Healthcare and Duke University are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employers committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, ethnicity, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. This spirit applies to all employees globally.

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You will be asked to attach your CV in PDF format in the application form. Make sure it’s no longer than 3 pages and tailored to this role.

The screening process will include interviews, a case study and reference checks.

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Updated: April 20, 2018 — 8:27 am