Catholic Relief Services – Project Officer – Health.

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Project Officer – Health – (210000JX)



Reports To:                         Senior Project Officer – HEALTH

Country/Location:           Kenya/ Nairobi,

Length of Contract:         10 months

About Catholic Relief Services:

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners, people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

CRS has worked in Kenya since 1965. Over the years, CRS’ focus shifted from direct relief and food distributions to a comprehensive development program that works with partners and enhances local capacity. CRS Kenya programs now support COVID-19 IPC and Vaccination activities in Kisumu and Nairobi Counties.


CRS is implementing a 1-year COVID-19 response that seeks to strengthen the capacity and preparedness of Health Facility staff to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 infection in Nairobi and Kisumu counties, to strengthen and expand COVID-19 surveillance efforts in high-risk communities and to Strengthen COVID-19 prevention measures at community level, through improved access to clean water and dissemination of public health messages through radio. The project will empower local and county-level stakeholders to reduce COVID-19 transmission within the community.

Job Summary:

CRS will be supporting 195 health facilities in Kisumu and Nairobi, 810 health care workers and 575 Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) to early detect, provide messaging and surveillance at the community level on COVID-19. In Kisumu the project intends to support 50 MOH/Private health facilities and 11 KCCB health facilities. From these health facilities, CRS will support training of 238 health care workers and 205 CHVs in Kisumu County. CRS will also support surveillance in the seven sub-counties of Kisumu through the trained community health volunteers, community health assistants(CHA) and surveillance officers. The project will coordinate radio and community messaging on covid-19 prevention uptake.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and work closely with the Kisumu County Health Management Team (CHMT) in supporting KCCB and MOH/Private health facilities to ensure the training of 138 health care workers and 205 community health volunteers.
  • Engage and strengthen partnerships relevant with county governments especially CHMT, SCHMT and HFs to facilitate COVID-19 Surveillance and response.
  • Coordinate capacity strengthening activities to the health care workers in the supported health facilities by the CHM
  • Represent CRS in the Kisumu County COVID 19 response stakeholders’ meetings
  • Champion documentation, learning and data use for decision making.
  • Identify/adapt and promote evidence-based best practices that can be replicated to improve COVID-19 prevention.

Personal Skills & Attributes

  • Analysis and problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment
  • Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners
  • Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented
  • Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities
  • Ability to collaborate and contribute to a close knit, supportive team environment, and work with people and organizations of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and cultures;
  • Efficient, high-capacity self-starter who thrives in a fast-paced work environment;
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills. Ability to quickly establish trust and rapport with professional and community stakeholders; comfortable addressing politically sensitive and policy questions with tact and poise.
  • Demonstrated commitment to respect, equity, diversity and inclusion including gender equality.

Required/Desired Foreign Language: Strong technical writing skills in English

Travel Required: Must be willing to travel up to 40% of the time to Kisumu county region.  

Key Working Relationships:

Supervisory: No supervisory role.

Internal: Health team 

External: CHMT, SCHMT and Health Facilities, Interior Ministry staff and community leaders.




Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Nursing, Clinical medicine or a related field. A relevant master’s degree would be an added advantage
  • A minimum of 4 years for Bachelors’ degree holders or at least 3 years progressive experience for master’s holders in HIV/AIDS management and other health-related projects in Kenya and for an NGO.
  • In-depth understanding of donor expectations for program results, outcomes, impact, and reporting.
  • Experience in participatory action planning and engagement of stakeholders at various levels.
  • Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data preferred.
  • Excellent understating of GOK structures and systems, and demonstrated experience managing relationships with government structures.
  • Experience working with Local Implementing Partners and government key departments
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

MEAL Competencies:

  • Track project MEAL requirements – both CRS MEAL Policies and Procedures (MPP) and donor requirements.
  • Work with MEAL staff and partner staff to implement the MPP and donor MEAL requirements applicable to your projects.
  • Complete the annual MEAL procedure self-assessment for your project, and develop action plan to advance MEAL practice.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Integrity
  • Accountability & Stewardship
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  • Strategic Mindset

Disclaimer:  This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.


What we offer:

CRS offers a comprehensive benefits package and the opportunity to work in a collaborative, mission-driven culture that is committed to improving the lives of the poor throughout the world.

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

CRS Kenya strives to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come and work, stay, and do their best.

CRS provides equal employment opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry or national origin, sex, age, marital status, physical or mental disability or handicap, medical condition and any other status protected by law. As an equal opportunity employer, CRS will recruit, hire, train and promote persons solely on their qualifications and abilities.

By applying to this job, I understand and acknowledge that CRS requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking. Further, I understand that if I am a successful candidate, I will be subject to a comprehensive background check, and my personal/professional references will be asked to evaluate my behaviors related to the above safeguarding-related topics.




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