Amref Health Africa Program Manager (Cancer Alliance) Job in Nairobi Kenya

Amref Health Africa

Job Vacancy: Program Manager – Cancer Alliance

Job Ref: Amref/PM – Cancer Alliance /2018/05-01

Directorate / Unit: Cancer Alliance Board

Physical Location: Nairobi

Amref Health Africa is the largest international health development organization based in Africa. Working with and through African communities, health systems and governments, Amref Health Africa’s vision is to bring lasting health change in Africa and is committed to improving the health of people in Africa by partnering with and empowering communities, and strengthening health systems.

With headquarters in Kenya, Amref Health Africa has offices in Ethiopia, Uganda, South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Southern Africa and West Africa providing services to over 30 countries. Employing over 900 staff and with an annual operating budget of approximately $100 million, Amref Health Africa is a knowledge resource for donors and partners.

For more information on Amref Health Africa, please visit

The Cancer Alliance brings together a group of established organizations and agencies– including academic organizations, non-profits, government bodies, non-governmental organizations, industry associations and pharmaceutical companies – to improve cancer services in a more integrated and holistic manner.

The vision of the Alliance is to address the existing barriers in cancer treatment access in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and strive to raise standards of health. Specifically, the Alliance aims to develop Nairobi, Kenya into a regional ‘center of excellence’ for cancer treatment, to address the increasing rate of cancer in Kenya as well as to also serve as a regional hub that can facilitate treatment for patients across SSA.

Through its initiatives, the Cancer Alliance aims to improve:

  • Access to diagnostics
  • Affordability of high quality medicine
  • Transportation to healthcare facilities
  • Patient education and family services,
  • Healthcare practitioner education
  • Data collection and dissemination
  • Legislation and public policy.

Main Purpose of the Job: The Cancer Alliance Program Manager will be a very visible and outward facing position, responsible for leadership, oversight, partnerships, fundraising, facilitation, and high-level engagement with policymakers and donors.

He/she will also support the Cancer Alliance Advisory Board and will oversee and ensure the accountability of the day to day Cancer Alliance operations, commitments and activities.

Principal Responsibilities (Key Areas and Activities)

Strategy development and planning

  • Develop and lead implementation of the Cancer Alliance’s strategy, working in collaboration with the Cancer Alliance Board.

Extent of Discretion: Full

Programme oversight

  • Ensure efficient set-up of the entity and all financial, human resources, compliance, management, and monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) systems.
  • Closely manage financial resources to ensure transparent and effective use of resources. Oversee and ensure sustainability of the Cancer Alliance budget.
  • Through effective management, supervision and accountability practices, ensure that staff and consultants supporting the Cancer Alliance complete the day-to-day program and administrative operations of the Cancer Alliance.
  • Support staff to develop and measure key performance indicators

Extent of Discretion: Full

Resource mobilization and programme development

  • Attract funds to support the Cancer Alliance’s work and long-term sustainability.

Extent of Discretion: Full

Networking and Partnership

  • Establish and grow partnerships with health sector/NCD/Cancer stakeholders across the region and globally to utilize, engage, and interact with the Cancer Alliance through virtual and in-person platforms.
  • Ensure that online and in-person platforms are effectively used and valued by advocacy partners and donors across the region.
  • Serve as the primary external representative for the Cancer Alliance by participating in and speaking at meetings and conferences, engaging with the media, and partnering with high-level stakeholders and donors.
  • Engage with partners to identify and utilize opportunities for stakeholders to engage with and learn from each other about Cancer.

Extent of Discretion: Full

Report Writing

  • Develop and submit timely reports i.e. monthly, activity reports

Extent of Discretion: Full

Governance management

  • Manage and support the operations and governance functions of the Cancer Alliance Board.
  • Serve as Ex-officio of the Cancer Alliance Board.
  • Manage the overall relationship with the host organisation.

Extent of Discretion: Full

Other Duties

  • Additional program or project responsibilities as may be assigned

Required Qualifications


  • Experience engaging diverse stakeholders and partners toward common goals
  • High level contacts and relationships at national, regional and global levels in Africa
  • Demonstrated ability to ensure knowledge management and sharing of skills and information with diverse communities.
  • Proven experience effectively managing staff and consultants for high performance.
  • Successful experience fundraising and managing budgets.
  • Demonstrated experience fostering and strengthening relationships and partnerships with targeted stakeholders.
  • Experience in communication, including writing and public speaking.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, negotiation and networking skills
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task
  • Ability to exercise confidentiality, tact and discretion when dealing with diverse groups of people.

Desirable Qualificationa:

  • Master’s degree in public policy, strategy, public health, communications, or other relevant field.
  • Ability to travel at least 20% time.


  • At least 7 years of experience in a leadership position in a Health Sector Organization in Africa


  • High degree of diplomacy
  • Public Relations
  • People Management
  • Problem solving


  • Leadership and strategy development
  • Work under minimal supervision
  • Decision making skills
  • Fluency in French a plus

The role holder will be based at Amref Health Africa which is a member of the Cancer Alliance.

How to Apply

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to with the subject line: REF: Amref/PM – Cancer Alliance /2018/05-01.

Duly note that Amref Health Africa does not require applicants to pay any fee at whatever stage of the recruitment and selection process and review of applications will be ongoing.

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Updated: May 13, 2018 — 7:31 pm