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County Partnership Manager, USAID Nuru Ya Mtoto Project
PATH is a global non-profit dedicated to achieving health equity. With more than 40 years of experience forging multisector partnerships, and with expertise in science, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales up innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing health challenges.
PATH is implementing a 5-year USAID Nuru Ya Mtoto (NYM) project, a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) project that is funded by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The project seeks to empower local and county-level AGYW and OVC stakeholders to strengthen the formal and informal HIV and child protection systems and services and the linkages between them, including cross-sectoral service referrals and coordination to ensure quality service delivery for AGYW, OVC and their households. This project is County led, County owned and hence this position is key in fostering the co-mandate of co-creation, co-implementation, co-monitoring, and co-evaluation to realize PEPFAR strategy of Journey to Self-Reliance (J2SR).
The County partnership manager will manage, oversee, and monitor activities and targets associated with strengthening the organizational capacity of County governments of Homa Bay, Kisii and Migori and facilitate relationships with local implementing partners and Department of Children Services (DCS) which is yet to be devolved hence engaging with National government. Typically, this involves joint coordination arrangements, partnership with various government departments in service delivery, and regular dialogue on project issues.
This Position advances PATH Kenya work of serving the poor and vulnerable and increasing investments to their services. The applicants project management skills and technical knowledge in this sector will ensure that PATH Kenya delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of the USAID Nuru Ya Mtoto project. The position will serve to impact on OVC and AGYW investments, structure programming and reporting systems to align to County government/National government systems, promote policy/strategies formulation/implementation to allow more resources for AGYW and OVC, participate in MTEF/budgeting cycles and advocate for child/adolescents focused budgeting, improve child protection reporting systems and strengthen public private partnerships for resource leveraging.
- Lead County Government assessments, capacity building and budget management efforts, monitoring, and reporting activities throughout relevant project cycles – project design, start-up, implementation, and close-out – in line with PATH Kenya program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices to ensure quality, timeliness, and efficiency of all deliverables on the case management systems and referral networks component of the project. Ensure project team and partner staff use the appropriate systems and tools in County engagements/partnerships.
- Serve as the Focal person for implementation of PEPFAR Journey to self-reliance for Homa Bay, Kisii and Migori County. Design robust sustainability systems, develop detailed county engagements and private and public partnership strategy aligned to PATH Kenya and USAID Nuru Ya Mtoto core programming principles and objectives.
- Lead the conceptualization and implementation of USAID Nuru Ya Mtoto program’s holistic approach costed sustainability planning at the County level to support AGYW, OVC and household graduation/transition and social service system strengthening ensuring alignment with national graduation strategy and criteria and progress towards OVC service delivery standards. Coordinate and work closely with the other component lead to ensure integrated approach to program implementation.
- Proactively lead and/or participate in meetings with the County Government to ensure the project activities are given due attention and is reflected within inter-governmental fora.
- Establish and coordinate Country-specific coordination mechanisms for situations co-led by USAID Nuru Ya Mtoto and the Government.
- Facilitate policy frame works that allows county to invest on OVC and AGYW endeavors. Collaborate with Homa Bay, Kisii and Migori Counties to finalize and implement county-based Child Welfare and Protection policy
- Participate and ensure the coherence of the work of the multi-sector group in accordance with the County Government.
- Facilitate linkages with government programs and other stakeholders to ensure that activities complement other economic strengthening initiatives and adhere to county, national and global standards.
- Effectively manage talent and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, contribute to the recruitment process of project staff, and complete performance management for direct reports, if any.
- Provide capacity strengthening to project staff through trainings, workshops, facilitated group interactions as well as accompaniment through regular communication and site visits to support the successful implementation of system strengthening project activities across implementing partners.
- Champion learning with project staff and partner teams. Analyse and evaluate project performance data following MEAL policy. Proactively identify issues and concerns and use participatory processes to overcome implementation obstacles.
- Identify/adapt and promote evidence-based organizational capacity strengthening tools, methods, or approaches that the LIPs can use or improve upon to address identified capacity gaps or areas in need of improvement for CSO/CBO and networks to better support OVC and household graduation/transition and strengthen a HIV-sensitive social service system.
- Coordinate and monitor financial and material resources relevant to achieve the assigned project outcome. Through planning and oversight, ensure efficient use of project resources.
- Ensure sustainable social change is attained through partnerships with a wide array of organizations, non-profits, faith-based, host governments, international agencies, and others working to achieve USAID Nuru Ya Mtoto core objectives of improved welfare and wellbeing of AGYW, OVC and their families.
Key Competencies required:
- Master’s Degree in Political/Social Science, Sociology, Public Administration, Public/Health policy, Business Administration or Organizational Management or Leadership, or equivalent degree with proven capacity strengthening experience.
- Minimum of 7 years professional experience, with 3-5 years in organizational development and provision of technical assistance to the government, NGOs, and/or CBOs and in the field of HIV care and treatment and/or OVC services delivery
- Experience in system strengthening programming with a focus on vulnerable populations especially orphans and vulnerable children, youth, and women.
- Training and Capacity Building of County Governments. Develop, propose, and implement training programs for target groups.
- Relevant grant management experience, especially for USG or other public donors, will be a plus.
- Experience working with stakeholders at various levels including but not limited to State and County government actors, LIPs, civil society, healthcare providers and social service providers.
- Experience managing partnerships.
- Multi-stakeholder communications with Partners, Government & Community.
- Strong negotiation and advocacy skills will be a plus.
- Experience analysing data and contributing to evaluation reports.
- Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
- Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment.
- Strong communication, relationship management skills and the ability to work effectively with local stakeholders. Representation abilities.
- Report writing, presentation and communication skills, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
- Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented.
- Strong technical writing skills in English and Kiswahili
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