Council of Governors (COG) Health Committee Consultants Jobs in Kenya

CONSULTANTS TO SUPPORT THE HEALTH COMMITTEE OF THE COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS (COG)

Company profile: SoCha (a portmanteau of Social and Change) is an independent Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (ME&L) firm that provides bespoke solutions to social challenges.

Since our inception in 2010, we have grown into a fully-fledged ME&L services firm that specializes in advancing innovative methodologies and changing the way donors find solutions to social problems.

Context: SoCha LLC is implementing a two-year (optional third year) Mission Support for Journey to Self-Reliance (J2SR) Pivot (MSP) Activity on behalf of USAID Kenya and East Africa (USAID/KEA).

The purpose of the Activity is to support USAID/KEA staff and stakeholders in achieving development outcomes through the use of evidence, performance management techniques, and collaborating, learning and adapting (CLA) practices that enable J2SR.

USAID and the Council of Governors (CoG) will jointly create a team of four experts (in the areas of Intergovernmental Relations, Public Health, Health Financing and Health Supply Chain) and three program management assistants to augment the Health Committee’s Secretariat.

This support advances USAID/KEA’s support to county governments to have:

  • Improved coordination, collaboration, and cooperation within the intergovernmental forum on health as well as the National and County Government Coordinating Summit.
  • Improved capacity of the CoG Health Committee to engage effectively in policy analysis, research, and communication.
  • Improved fiscal, policy and legal analysis on matters related to the health sector to enhance service delivery.
  • Coordination and engagement with development partners and other stakeholders towards sustainable delivery of Universal Health Care (UHC).

Location: Nairobi, Kenya with regular travels within the country.

Duration of engagement: 12 months, starting in September 2020.

Applications close on August 31, 2020. Profiles will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

For any other queries please email us at: msp@socha.net

1) INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS EXPERT

Context: The Intergovernmental Relations Expert will work closely with the Chairperson and the Health Committee’s Technical Lead to provide technical expertise on enhancing collaboration and cooperation between the two levels of government.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Carry out an assessment of the technical challenges facing the CoG Health Committee in the implementation of their mandate as well and give recommendations on appropriate technical support.
  • Support the streamlining and strengthening of coordination between the CoG, County Governments, Intergovernmental Forum (IGF) for health, Senate Health Committee and Development
  • Partners in the health sector in order to avoid duplication of roles.
  • Strengthen the capacity of the Health Committee of CoG to coordinate, review and streamline the Intergovernmental Partnership Agreement (IPAs) between the National and County Governments, to enhance the participation of County Governments to effectively implement the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) program.
  • Identify and suggest solutions to policy and legal barriers that prevent effective management of concurrent and residual functions in the health sector.
  • Strengthen the policy and legal interpretation that operationalize frameworks for managing the intergovernmental forum on health through development of position papers, policy and legislative proposals that will strengthen the delivery of health as a function in the counties.
  • Strengthen the Intergovernmental forum on health through the development of guidelines and best practices to enhance collaboration and cooperation between the two levels of government.
  • Support the County Executive Committee Members Caucus on health to enhance service delivery in the health sector.
  • Link key stakeholders in the health sector at National and County level in planning to ensure evidence-based strategic advice is provided to the health committee in preparation for committee meetings and decision making.
  • Support the development of relevant meeting briefs for meetings with various partners, including development partners that will address relevant policy issues, promote the exchange of knowledge and experience and advocate for appropriate interventions and identify areas for potential collaboration.
  • Support the detection of emerging disputes in the Health Sector, early warning prevention and the use of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.
  • Perform any other tasks that may be assigned.

Minimum qualifications and experience

  • Minimum of post-graduate qualifications in Public Policy, Law or Social Sciences.
  • Over ten years of experience in policy development and implementation.
  • Specific experience consulting for or working for Intergovernmental Relations institutions (Former Constitution Implementation Commission, Former Transition Authority, CoG, Ministry of
  • Devolution or the Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee) preferred.
  • Experience working with/consulting for development partners preferred.
  • Strong leadership capabilities and a demonstrated record of successful leadership of multi-disciplinary teams.
  • An understanding of the Kenya Constitution 2010 and devolution.
  • Strong report writing skills.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to engage with high level Government of Kenya officials.

Skills:

  • He/She should have the gravitas to interact with the highest levels of both National and County governments commanding respect and credibility.
  • Diplomacy: Demonstrate tact, sensitivity, emotional intelligence with superior negotiation skills to interact with the highest levels of government and the donor community.
  • Advocacy: Be an effective agent of change in the Intergovernmental space of the health care system, who demonstrates strengthening of partnerships and building collaborative relationships between the National and County Governments.
  • Relationship building: Establish credibility and earn the trust of those they work with in support of successful outcomes.
  • Communication: Ability to effectively organize and present data to various audiences using a multitude of media channels; Additionally, the ability to speak and write persuasively to various audiences is valuable.
  • Teamwork: Ability to work closely with staff at CoG, National Government and the donor community and stakeholders toward a common purpose, shared goals and objectives
  • Manages complexity and ambiguity effectively: Demonstrated ability to work with flexibility, efficiency, and diplomacy in a complex, fast-paced environment.
  • Research: Ability to conduct information gathering and operational research and synthesize evidence from the data.
  • Ability to maintain a calm demeanor and keep the team focused and productive when under pressure
  • Ability to effectively work virtually, and conversant with virtual meetings apps eg Zoom, Google Meets etc

To lodge an application for this position, please lodge CV via the following link:https://jobs.socha.net/intergovernmental-relations-expert/

Applications close on August 31, 2020

2) PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERT

Context: The Public Health Expert will work closely with the Chairperson and the Health Committee’s Technical Lead to provide technical expertise on how to strengthen county and inter county systems for public health preparedness, with the aim of detecting, preventing and responding to threats posed by emerging health risks such as COVID-19.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Lead the Health Committee of the CoG in both the preparedness planning process and the reaction to health risks and control measures that may affect any of the counties.
  • Perform research on the control and/or eradication of health hazards that affect different counties; The research may also include comparing information to that of a different geographic location to look for clues and risk factors.
  • Advise County Public Officers about health issues and empower them to aid in the prevention of spreading diseases.
  • Aid in the development of plans and policies that address public health concerns.
  • Act as a liaison between the National Government, the CoG and the donor community that provide assistance to different counties.
  • Advise on best practices regarding health protocols to ensure the highest level of quality for the delivery of healthcare.
  • Analyze trends regarding the health of certain populations and demographics.
  • Strengthen linkages and coordination of public health interventions between counties and relevant national level intergovernmental structures.
  • Work with the County Epidemiologists to compile data to track and trace emerging trends in diseases.
  • Provide analysis/ reports on county sanitation activities.
  • Perform any other tasks that may be assigned.

Minimum qualifications and experience

  • Master’s degree in Medicine, Public Health, Health Research, International Health, Health Policy and Management, Environmental Health Sciences, Family Health, Socio-medical Sciences, or any other field relevant to public health required.
  • 10+ years of relevant work experience in the related area.
  • Experience working in Kenya and other international development organizations is an advantage.
  • Track record of analytical/diagnostic work: preparing high-quality technical reports, policy briefing materials, and presentations to influence public health decision making and implementation at national and county levels.
  • Deep understanding of the Kenyan Health System at National and County Levels, preferably on-the-ground experience in both levels.
  • Experience working with/ consulting for development partners preferred.

Skills:

  • Research: Ability to conduct information gathering, operational research, and data analysis and synthesize evidence from the findings into health policy recommendations, especially on health hazards and disease risks and on sanitation.
  • Policy development: Ability to conduct strategic analyses of health sector challenges and develop policy responses and implementation plans for those policies.
  • Advocacy: Be an effective agent of change in the County health care system, advocating for evidence-based program and policy changes that enhance and ensure healthy populations.
  • Relationship building: Establish credibility and earn the trust of those you work with in support of successful outcomes.
  • Capacity building: Ability to design, develop and implement health education programs.
  • Communication: Ability to speak and write persuasively to various audiences on health policy issues.
  • Teamwork: In order to work toward shared goals and objectives, there will be a need to work closely with colleagues at CoG, National Government and the donor community.
  • Manages complexity and ambiguity effectively: demonstrated ability to work with flexibility, efficiency, and diplomacy in a complex, fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to effectively work virtually, and conversant with virtual meetings apps e.g. zoom, google meets etc.

To lodge an application for this position, please lodge CV via the following link: https://jobs.socha.net/public-health-expert/

Applications close on August 31, 2020

3) HEALTH FINANCING EXPERT

Context: The Health Financing Expert will work closely with the Chairperson of the Health Committee and the Committee’s Technical Lead to advocate for increased revenue allocation for health care and streamline domestic resource mobilization.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Lead economic analysis of health financing policies and strategies including assessing, designing, and County Health Plans in line with Kenya Health Act and government agenda on Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
  • Strengthen the Monitoring and Evaluation of County Health Sector planning and activities.
  • Lead and support operational research and evidence-building/generation (i.e. budget and expenditure analysis) to influence policy dialogue around resource mobilization for counties.
  • Develop guidelines on best practices around resource mobilization and management for healthcare in the counties.
  • Provide up to date briefings related to health financing in counties.
  • Support the County Executive Committee Members for Health and Finance on best practices around budgeting for healthcare.
  • Support institutionalization of county health planning units to plan, coordinate and formulate budgets within the medium-term expenditure frameworks
  • Perform any other tasks that may be assigned.

Minimum qualifications and experience

  • Minimum Master’s degree in health economics, or any other relevant discipline such as public financial management, decision sciences, operations research, or a related quantitative social science field.
  • 10+ years of relevant work experience developing health-focused econometric models using decision analysis software (e.g., TreeAge, SPSS, advanced Excel), health systems strengthening, research and development preferably in African country settings.
  • Track record of analytical/diagnostic work: preparing high-quality technical reports, policy briefing materials, and presentations to influence health financing policy decision making and implementation at national and county levels.
  • Deep understanding of the Kenyan Health System at National and County Levels, preferably on-the-ground experience in both levels.
  • Specific experience consulting for or working for Intergovernmental Relations institutions (Former Constitution Implementation Commission, Former Transition Authority, CoG, Ministry of
  • Devolution, or the Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee) preferred.

Skills:

  • Manages complexity and ambiguity effectively: demonstrated ability to work with flexibility, efficiency, and diplomacy in a complex, fast-paced environment.
  • Effective communicator: Develops and delivers communications that convey complex situations in a clear and concise manner to high level Government of Kenya officials and other broad and diverse audience.
  • Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations.
  • Ability to build and sustain formidable alliances on health financing issues affecting counties
  • Ability to effectively work virtually, and conversant with virtual meetings apps eg zoom, google meets etc.
  • Capacity building: Ability to design, develop and implement capacity building programs for county officials on health economic analysis.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Excellent mathematical and analytical skills.
  • Team spirit and time management skills.

To lodge an application for this position, please lodge CV via the following link: https://jobs.socha.net/health-financing-expert/

Applications close on August 31, 2020

4) HEALTH SUPPLY CHAIN EXPERT

Context: The Health Supply Chain Expert will work closely with the Chairperson and the Health Committee’s Technical Lead to provide technical expertise on health supply chain management.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provide advisory support for the strengthening of county capacity to manage the health supply chain e.g. demand and supply planning, management of medical equipment, medicines, vaccines, and other strategic health products and technologies.
  • Provide support to improve collaboration and exchange of information with Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA), Pharmacy and Poisons Board, MOH/DHPT and other relevant national authorities to improve regulatory and technical oversight.
  • Liaise with relevant authorities to develop standards for establishment, technical functionality, and financing of County HPT governance units to provide strategic oversight in active supply chain risk management and accountability for Health Products and Technologies (HPT), rational use and patient safety.
  • Advise on the development and strengthening of logistics management information systems in Counties, taking into consideration existing tools/systems and current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and gaps.
  • Define and propose a roadmap to improve logistics data and information flow, reporting into KHIS2 and routine triangulation with service data to improve overall accountability and use of quality data for decision making.
  • Identify and assist County health departments to address supply chain challenges related to access, storage, and re-distribution of HPTs.
  • Advise County procurement teams on ways to minimize supply chain costs, maximize supply chain efficiencies, conform to product quality standards, and establish inventory flows that are responsive to the needs of Counties.
  • Create a database of potential vendors as pre-qualified suppliers for recommendation to Counties.
  • Support County procurement departments to review and develop procurement systems, policies and practices which promote cost minimization, timely availability of HPTs and compliance to good procurement practices.
  • Develop a best practices manual on healthcare supply chain management.

Minimum qualifications and experience

  • MBA/MSc degree in Supply Chain management, Public Health, Pharmacy, economics, operations science, international development, or any other related field
  • Minimum 7-10 years’ experience in a supply chain and procurement role within the health sector with direct responsibility for managing supply chain operations including vendors and contracts management and capacity development.
  • Demonstrated skilled negotiator with working knowledge of contract management for local and international procurements
  • Ability to develop relationships and interact effectively at all levels
  • Good organizational skills, strong attention to detail and ability to prioritize tasks within a busy environment as well as solve problems and act independently.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) required.

Skills:

  • Technical understanding of public health supply chain management including emerging trends in health supply chain management; logistics management- flow of products and information; and financial flows.
  • Proven ability to strengthen supply chains and management systems for Health Products and Technologies (HPTs).
  • Ability to understand financial statements and the Government Financial cycle.
  • Thorough understanding of how funds flow in the health sector and within the County – across the Sub-counties and Community level.
  • Ability to advise Counties on effective monitoring systems of HPT supply and mechanisms to curb wastage.
  • Ability to develop and deliver communications that convey complex situations in a clear and concise manner to high level Government of Kenya officials and other broad and diverse audiences.
  • Ability to effectively work virtually, and conversant with virtual meetings apps eg zoom, google meets etc

To lodge an application for this position, please lodge CV via the following link: https://jobs.socha.net/health-supply-chain-expert/

Applications close on August 31, 2020

5) PROGRAM ASSISTANT POSITIONS

i) PROGRAM ASSISTANT – MONITORING, EVALUATION, RESEARCH AND LEARNING (MERL)

Scope of Work: The Program Management Assistant – Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) will research, analyze data and create evidence-based reports to support and advise the Health Committee of the CoG on emerging issues that affect the Health Sector at National and County levels in Kenya.

The consultant will report to the Technical Lead of the Health Committee of the CoG.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Under the guidance of the experts, support in the collection, aggregation, synthesis, analysis, and interpretation of data relevant to the Health Committee’s mandate.
  • Contribute to the synthesis of data and their translation into written documents and/or presentations.
  • Collaborate with the policy secretariat and the Health Committee at the Council of Governors to support the Committee’s mandate.
  • Develop and manage dashboards or other data visualization tools as necessary to facilitate reporting of the policy secretariat’s activities.
  • Provide administrative support as needed, including planning, coordination, and visits to Counties by the Experts.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Skills and Abilities:

  • The ability to recognize significant developments and trends reflected from collected data and bring it to the attention of supervisors is required.
  • The ability to obtain, evaluate and interpret factual data and to prepare precise, accurate and complete reports is necessary.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in collaboration with other team members required.
  • Ability to work across various teams with excellent interpersonal skills, with demonstrated ability to build consensus and navigate complex operating environments.
  • Prior experience designing and implementing performance and outcome evaluations and other types of research, preferably in the public service or health sector
  • Proficiency in computer skills is required for this position.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in order to: 1) facilitate productive professional relationships with different culturally diverse stakeholders; 2) work calmly, tactfully and effectively under pressure; 3) demonstrate extraordinary flexibility; and 4) effectively manage more than one task at the same time.
  • Ability to effectively work virtually, and conversant with virtual meetings apps eg zoom, google meets etc

Minimum qualifications and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Monitoring and Evaluation, Research Methods, Project Management, Social Sciences or any related fields
  • Three to five years of relevant experience
  • Experience in writing high quality reports.
  • Strong communication skills, and an excellent team player.
  • A Kenyan citizen

To lodge an application for this position, please lodge CV via the following link: https://jobs.socha.net/program-assistant-monitoring-evaluation-research-and-learning-merl/

Applications close on August 31, 2020

ii) Program Management Assistant – Administration

Scope of Work: The Program Management Assistant- Administration will support the Health Committee with logistical and administrative tasks. The consultant will report to the Technical Lead of the Health Committee of the CoG.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Under the guidance of the experts, support tasks related to communication: develop briefings, presentations, meeting agendas, i.e. memorandum, emails, and letters that seek approval or request information relating to the health committee’s mandate.
  • Oversee office logistics and travel arrangements.
  • Assist in the preparation and compilation of documents relevant to the work of the Health Committee.
  • Note taking and compiling final reports as needed in meetings.
  • Drafts correspondence and communication related to all aspects of the policy secretariat
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and multitask, have strong attention to detail, and work well with others in a fast-paced and demanding environment.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite.
  • Ability to effectively work virtually, and conversant with virtual meetings apps eg zoom, google meets etc

Minimum qualifications and experience

  • Minimum of an undergraduate degree in business administration, management, economics or a related field
  • Three to five years of relevant experience
  • Experience in writing high quality reports.
  • Strong communication skills, and an excellent team player.
  • A Kenyan citizen

To lodge an application for this position, please lodge CV via the following link: https://jobs.socha.net/program-management-assistant-administration/

Applications close on August 31, 2020

iii) Program Management Assistant – Health Supply Chain

Scope of Work: The Program Management Assistant- Health Supply Chain will support the Health Committee of the Council of Governors. The consultant will report to the HEALTH SUPPLY CHAIN EXPERT.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Lead the collection and presentation of data related to health supply chain e.g. demand and supply planning, management of medical equipment, medicines, vaccines, and other strategic health products and technologies.
  • Assist in the development of best practices manual for healthcare supply chain.
  • Support the Health Supply Chain Expert in putting together guidelines on collaboration and exchange of information with Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA), Pharmacy and Poisons Board, MOH/DHPT and other relevant national authorities to improve regulatory and technical oversight.
  • Collect and collate data for use in the development and strengthening of logistics management information systems in Counties, taking into consideration existing tools/systems and current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and gaps.
  • Create a database of potential vendors as pre-qualified suppliers for recommendation to Counties.
  • Support in developing a best practices manual on healthcare supply chain management.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Skills and Abilities:

  • Understanding of KEMSA’s supply chain system and the regulatory role of Public Procurement Oversight Authority (PPOA).
  • Technical understanding of public health supply chain management including emerging trends in health supply chain management; logistics management- flow of products and information; and financial flows.
  • An understanding of financial statements and the Government Financial cycle.
  • An understanding of how funds flow in the health sector and within the County – across the Sub-counties and Community level.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong analytical skills, including the ability to prepare and deliver compelling presentations and work on analyses at varying levels of granularity
  • Ability to effectively work virtually, and conversant with virtual meetings apps eg zoom, google meets etc
  • Ability to absorb and synthesize a broad range of information

Minimum qualifications and experience

  • Minimum of an undergraduate degree in supply chain management, business administration, economics or a related field
  • Three to five years of relevant experience in a fast-paced, demanding environment.
  • Experience in writing high quality reports.
  • Strong communication skills, and an excellent team player.
  • A Kenyan citizen

To lodge an application for this position, please lodge CV via the following link: https://jobs.socha.net/program-management-assistant-health-supply-chain/

Applications close on August 31, 2020


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Updated: August 18, 2020 — 8:11 am