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Amref Health Africa – Programme Manager.

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Job TitleProgramme Manager
Department/ProjectSEMA Reproductive Health
EmployerAmref Health Africa
TimeFull-time contract (two-year contract with potential to renew)
Reporting toHead of Operations
LocationNairobi, Kenya (preferred); potential for other locations in Africa where the individuals has legal eligibility to work
Closing dateOpen until filled

Amref Health Africa was founded in 1957 and has since grown to become the largest African-based international health development organization; currently implementing more than 140 programs, directly reaching more than 12 million people across 35 African countries. Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, Amref Health Africa has offices in eight African countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Malawi, South Sudan, Zambia, and Senegal. Amref’s work in each country responds to local needs and priorities, strengthens communities’ existing capacities to own their health, and strengthens the local health systems. Eleven advocacy and fundraising offices are located in Europe and North America. Amref has a staff complement of over 1,500. Amref Health Africa is driven by its vision of ‘Lasting health change in Africa’ and its mission ‘To increase sustainable health access to communities in Africa through solutions in human resources for health, health service delivery, and investments in health’.

About SEMA Reproductive Health

Shaping Equitable Market Access for Reproductive Health – SEMA Reproductive Health – is a new, innovative organization that aims to transform SRH markets so that people everywhere have sustained access to comprehensive, quality, and affordable SRH products. It emerged from a collective reflection by partners that although we have made tremendous improvements in SRH markets, we need to do business differently moving forward. In particular, we need to support countries to be stewards of their total markets and build a collaborative platform for countries, donors, and other partners to align on priority market problems, jointly problem-solve, and coordinate resources more efficiently to overcome SRH market challenges. To that end, SEMA has been designed to strengthen countries’ and global partners’ capacities to build healthier, more equitable, and more resilient SRH markets to ensure sustained access to comprehensive, quality, and affordable SRH products and services. To do so, SEMA will focus on aligning and strengthening efforts across geographies and private and public sectors through three core focus:

1. Proactively monitor SRH market health by aggregating, analyzing, and monitoring market data to develop a holistic, unified view of user demand and current market supply of different SRH markets across regions and sectors to generate critical insights that can drive strategy & execution

2. Identify market barriers across geographies and co-design strategic solutions, tapping the unique strengths of existing networks and organizations in-country and globally to align on the most strategic approach

3. Support countries and global partners to finance and implement interventions, including helping governments mobilize domestic funding against the problems, crowding in new players, directly funding market interventions, and encouraging coordination of global investments to drive impact.

SEMA was announced in July 2021 alongside the Generation Equality Forum in France, with country governments from Nigeria, Burkina Faso, and Uganda; financial support from the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs (MAE); and strategic partnership from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Foreign Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO), and the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition. The donors have currently committed approximately $55-70 million over five years to launch this organization with the aspiration to mobilize additional resources.

SEMA will operate in a lean coordinating structure backed by in-country focal points. SEMA will implement select functions directly and manage a pool of re-granting or contracted services via implementing partners to leverage and invest in ecosystem partners. SEMA is being incubated within Amref Health Africa to scale and deliver quick wins from the get-go rapidly and will spin out to form an independent entity once established. It is overseen by a governing body and leverages a technical oversight committee of a diverse group of experts for strategic and technical advice.

Job Purpose

The Programme Manager will report to the SEMA Head of Operations and lead SEMA’s efforts to develop and implement a standardized approach for effective programme management across the organization. This role will also work closely with the Executive Director, Global & Country Heads of Markets and Head of Data and Analytics to ensure that all relevant project initiatives are effectively managed for maximum results and impact. This will include working with SEMA project sponsors to plan and develop scopes of work and key deliverables, secure the required resources, and develop the necessary work plans, budgets, and timeframes for delivery. Therefore, this person will be expected to bring strong program management expertise to different components of SEMA’s business including operations, programs, and external engagement.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Mentor and assist SEMA programme leads in planning and implementing allocated projects, ensuring incorporation of best practice project management processes. This will include developing full-cycle project implementation plans in collaboration with SEMA leads and setting objectives, performance measurements, standards, and results for impact
  • Manage the timely and cost-effective implementation of SEMA interventions according to strategic goals/targets, internal expectations, and approved budgets
  • Ensure timely and accurate project tracking, analysis of outputs, and reporting.
  • Manage effective relations and communications with SEMA donors and implementing partners
  • Support SEMA resource mobilization for expansion and extension of current projects
  • Support the SEMA management team/country leads/finance manager to ensure the financial sustainability of country programmes and delivery of desired results, ensuring compliance with organizational strategies, rules, regulations, and standards of performance
  • Liaise with implementing partners, manage contractual issues, payments, budgets, and invoice reviews, and review deliverables in coordination with the relevant SEMA team to ensure they meet technical and quality standards
  • Conduct periodic SEMA country office visits to monitor and support SEMA operations and implementation, including conducting training, conducting or responding to audits, providing input to work planning, training on SEMA systems, conducting research, and performing other relevant tasks
  • Submit critical programme management issues to the Head of Operations, to drive future process improvement and business development planning
  • Manage the preparation of programme documents (including business cases/strategies, policy briefs, programme plans, and risk assessments)
  • Consult and collaborate with internal and external colleagues and partners to ensure linkages, consistency, and harmonization of approaches and compliance with guidelines, framework, accountability, integrity, and performance standards
  • Foster an inclusive and positive work environment, respectful of both men and women, and ensure that the highest standards of conduct are observed
  • Monitor and manage risks on programme implementation, assess constraints, and take corrective action, ensuring early warning of risks to the relevant lead for action and/or intervention.
  • Contribute to developing and introducing programme management innovation to ensure SEMA continually leverages best practice approaches to achieve results and drive impact
  • Contribute to the dissemination and sharing of best practices and lessons learned for corporate development planning and knowledge building

Education requirements

  • At a minimum, a degree in social science, international development, business administration, or a related field

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • 7 to 10+ years of relevant experience, including hands-on practical experience in programme management, preferably on sexual and reproductive health, global health, and/or global development programmes/organizations/initiatives
  • Demonstrated evidence of proactivity and ability to think strategically, set priorities and manage concurrent projects, handle pressure, manage time effectively, exercise independent judgement, and assume responsibility for seeing projects through to timely and successful completion
  • Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines, and pressure to perform
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong results focus on getting the job done
  • Excellent use of Excel and other software for programme and budget management
  • Self-motivated and effective including being willing to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent skills in facilitation, team building, and coordination
  • Great communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a complex, multi-cultural work environment and committed to promoting an inclusive culture where everyone is valued and belongs
  • Eagerness to contribute positively and collaborate effectively in a team working in a start-up environment (i.e., enjoy creating, can be flexible, embrace ambiguity)
  • Entrepreneurial and creative
  • Deep personal commitment to sexual & reproductive health & rights, including the right to safe abortion for all who need it
  • Team management experience desired
  • Fluency in English required, French language skills desired

How to apply

Interested? Please visit our website https://amref.org/vacancies/ to make your application. You will be directed to our online portal where you will need to create an account in order for you to be able to submit your application. Your application should include a cover letter detailing why you are the best fit for this position and your CV with relevant skills and experience. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

How to Apply

  • Go to Amref’s website https://amref.org/vacancies and you will be directed to an online portal where you need to create an account to submit your application
  • Your application should include a cover letter detailing why you are the best fit for this position and your CV with relevant skills and experience

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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