Palladium Knowledge Management / Communications Specialist Job in Kisumu, Kenya


Knowledge Management (KM) / Communications Specialist

Kisumu, Kenya

Company Overview: Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact – the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved – and is committed to continuing to improve – economies, societies and most importantly, people’s lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

Company Profile: Palladium develops and delivers innovative, locally relevant, evidence-based solutions to improve the health and well-being of people around the world. Since 1971, we have assisted governmental and non-governmental agencies, foundations, and the private sector by designing, implementing, and evaluating programs in HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, population and family planning, maternal and child health, infectious diseases, and gender.

Palladium has deep expertise in policy and advocacy, research and strategic information, health markets and private sector engagement, modelling and economic analysis, patient monitoring and management/HMIS, strategic consulting, and program management.

Project Profile: Palladium is implementing a cooperative agreement – USAID Tupime Kaunti formerly County Measurement, Learning and Accountability Program (CMLAP) in Kenya. The purpose of this activity is to support ongoing activities by the national and county governments and other development partners to strengthen outcome measurements, learning and accountability (MLA) systems in order to provide quality data and synthesized information for planning, implementation, policy development and decision making.

This activity focuses its support in the following HIV, malaria and MNCH in focal counties of Homabay, Migori, Kisii, Kakamega, Busia, Vihiga, Bungoma, and Kisumu. In addition, the project anticipates supporting Nakuru, Baringo,Turkana and Samburu.

The Palladium led Tupime Kaunti project team includes the Kenya School of Government. Together they bring a deep knowledge of the country context–in particular, experience working on strengthening HIS in devolved counties. We have a collective track record in governance, health M&E and data systems, ICT and analytics, data demand and use, and capacity building strategies at all levels of the health system.

Through our existing projects, the partners have established collaborative working relationships with local nongovernmental, community-based, and faith-based organizations (NGO/CBO/FBO) and the County Health Management Teams (CHMTs) that will facilitate work planning and the achievement of project results.

The project has two sub-purposes:

  • Increased leadership and management capacity of county governments for effective outcome Measurement Learning and Accountability systems.
  • Increased availability, analysis and use of quality data

A 25person team is based in Kisumu to achieve the project results, led by a Chief of Party also based in Kisumu. The project anticipates having a satellite office in Nakuru with at least 3 staff. Other Palladium staff in Nairobi and our international offices will provide routine technical and administrative support and assistance.

Position Summary: The Knowledge Management (KM)/Communications Specialist will be responsible for ensuring project results are collected, disseminated and communicated appropriately for different audiences. S/he will work closely with the Deputy Chief of Party and other key technical staff on supporting inter and intra county learning and communications platforms.

The KM/Communications Specialist will provide technical assistance and support across the project activities to support the Tupime Kaunti counties to improve the MLA framework and to help strengthen communications mechanisms and networks.

S/he will provide specific support to project activities to communicate learning around MLA strengthening. The Specialist will coordinate and support and planning, development, and implementation of project communications strategy that clearly identifies the main audiences for CMLAP, appropriate dissemination activities to reach the audiences, and the tools/products required.

S/he will report to the Deputy Chief of Party. The position is based in Kisumu, Kenya. No expatriate or relocation benefits are associated with the position.


  • Guides the design of a CMLAP communication and dissemination strategy and the production of innovative communication tools, products and platforms for CMLAP. These include but are not limited to reports, briefs, presentations, and special background papers.
  • Provides communication guidance and capacity building to CMLAP staff and project partners through training and mentoring to help partners apply communication in their contexts.
  • Organizes and supports communication strategies, messages and materials for project trainings, conferences, workshops, and meetings.
  • Leads compilation and sharing of the Knowledge management library per the reporting guidelines.
  • Develop and disseminate monthly knowledge management briefs and learning materials to CMLAP staff
  • Develops and manages innovative mechanisms and tools to capture and share CMLAP ideas, achievements and impact.
  • Provide Support to the Deputy Chief of Party to ensure the project M&E plan is implemented on time and to high quality standards, including timely submission of all USAID -required reports.
  • In consultation with the DCOP, coordinates CMLAP participation in national, regional, and local conferences and workshops by helping to identify appropriate meetings, plan presentations, prepare and finalize materials, and provide on-site communication support as required.
  • Actively participates in the development of annual work plans and any specialized technical planning or reporting.
  • Works closely with CMLAP staff to develop information products and learning material
  • Leads the identification, development and dissemination of success stories and material for monthly newsletter
  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The following may be acquired through a combination of formal or self-education, prior experience or on-the-job training:

  • A university degree in Communications, Journalism, International Relations or a relevant field.
  • 8 years’ experience in KM/Communications. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in

i) public health; and

ii) information systems strengthening

iii) USAID development projects.

  • Strong writing skills. Samples may be requested.
  • Ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, strong communications skills.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Swahili.
  • Solid computer skills, including photo editing and desktop publishing.

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Closing Date: 31 October 2019

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Updated: October 25, 2019 — 3:38 am