PATH – Program Officer, Advocacy and Policy

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PATH is a global nonprofit 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 heath challenges. 

PATH Kenya is recruiting a Program Officer, Advocacy and Policy to provide support for the Uongozi wa Afya Thabiti (UAT) Leadership and Governance project. The Program Officer will lead the provision of technical assistance to counties, and overall project management. As a key member of the project team, you will be the project lead responsible for coordination, monitoring and reporting all project activities related to strengthening structures for evidence-based health sector policy development, implementation, review, and tracking.

You will be based in the Nairobi Office, and you will provide technical support and lead the supervision for all Leadership and Governance activities in the following counties: Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo, Tharaka Nthi, Samburu, Laikipia, Turkana, Trans Nzoia, Taita Taveta, Kilifi and Nairobi. You will coordinate closely with other Uongozi wa Afya Thabiti (UAT) technical team of Project Officers, Technical Advisors, and Program Associates to contribute to a holistic, integrated, and comprehensive project implementation

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the coordination, implementation, and monitoring of all assigned project activities as outlined in the detailed implementation plan in line with UAT project’s program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
  • Provide technical assistance to counties including capacity building on policy development, implementation, review and monitoring and ensure effective supervision of other staff.

  • Cultivate and strengthen relationships with national and county level target policymakers, government and ministerial officials and staff, strategic partners, and key opinion leaders to promote priority policy changes and policy implementation including investments.

  • Provide technical and policy advisory support and thought partnerships to decision makers at national and county levels.

  • Provide technical assistance to civil society organizations on the development and implementation of effective advocacy strategies/initiatives or approaches at national and county level.

  • Represent UAT in meetings at national and county levels to support the forging relations with the GOK, CBOs, other stakeholders, and the community.

  • Represent UAT in key technical working groups (TWG) and strategic forums at national and subnational level to contribute thought partnerships to policy making processes.

  • Lead the development of tools, templates, fact sheets and policy briefs

  • Ensure accurate and timely reporting of all assigned project activities per donor and UAT standards and established schedules.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, Social Sciences, International Development, or a related field and at least 10 years’ experience or a combination of education and work experience. Master’s degree is an added advantage.
  • Experience in implementing USAID funded projects and working in a consortium.

  • In-depth understanding of donor expectations for program results, outcomes, impact, and reporting.

  • Experience working with the Ministry of Health and county health management teams required.

  • In depth understanding of devolution and county structures

  • Excellent interpersonal communication, and presentation skills required

  • Ability to oversee implementation of participatory action planning approaches and engage County, Sub- County and Ward-level stakeholders.

  • Advocacy experience related to policy, leadership, and governance; health financing strongly preferred.

  • Demonstrated experience in capacity building of government, civil society, and community teams

  • Demonstrated experience in developing policy briefs, fact sheets, tools, and templates

  • Demonstrated experience in managing teams and supervising staff in multiple locations.

  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

  • Good relationship building and partnership management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners and county government officials

  • Maturity and ability to remain calm, focused and solution-oriented while working under pressure is a must have for this position






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