PATH – Senior Technical Advisor-Economic Strengthening (STA-ES)

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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 seeks a Senior Technical Advisor Economic Strengthening for a multi-year USAID-funded award Nuru-Ya-Mtoto project in Kenya, to be based in Homa Bay County.

The Senior Technical Advisor Economic Strengthening (STA-ES) will provide technical leadership in designing, planning, implementing and quality reporting on HES interventions within the project to contribute to achieving the overall objectives of OVC and DREAMS. He/She will have supervisory role for Program Officer Economic Strengthening and coordinate, oversee, and monitor capacity strengthening activities and relationships with local implementing partners (LIPs) and other USAID Nuru Ya Mtoto project stakeholders to assist in OVC & AGYW Service delivery. His/her project management skills and technical knowledge in economic resilience for AGYW, OVC and their families will ensure that PATH delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of USAID Nuru Ya Mtoto project.

The STA-ES will be the Homa Bay County Focal person for USAID Nuru Ya Mtoto project.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Through guidance of the STA-DREAMS and STA-OVC, develop and implement HES and ES strategies to contribute to the DREAMS and OVC objectives and outcomes.

  • Mainstream gender equity and QA/QI principles within HES and ES interventions in consultation with the Gender and QA/QI Technical Advisors.

  • Lead the processes of conducting, updating and disseminating the project’s Local Market Analysis/Assessment, and ensure continued adherence to the same in  implementing the elements of economic strengthening;

  • Design and lead initiatives to leverage on government economic support opportunities including on skills development (vocational training and subsequent business start-ups), internships and employment.

  • Lead Evidence based Economic strengthening service delivery, budget management, monitoring, and reporting activities throughout relevant project cycles – project design, start-up, implementation and close-out – in line with PATH program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices to ensure quality, timeliness and efficiency of all deliverables.

  • Ensure project team and partner staff use the appropriate Economic strengthening systems and tools.

  • Ensure integrated implementation of HES interventions in case management to maximize impact for beneficiary households.

  • Lead the projects public and private partnerships initiatives for resource leveraging and synergy, and provide periodic quantification of the PPP contributions to the project’s cost share.

  • Manage talent and supervise the ES team both at project and LIP levels to ensure optimal use of their expertise to support project outcomes-through performance coaching, mentorship and accompaniment.

  • Lead the development, dissemination, and implementation of Economic strengthening strategies, approaches, guidance, standard operating procedures, tools, and various job-aids to facilitate and strengthen referral networks amongst social service providers.

  • Provide technical assistance, guidance, and capacity strengthening for USAID Nuru Ya Mtoto project staff and LIPs on Economic strengthening.

  • Champion learning with project staff and partner teams. Analyze and evaluate project performance data following MEAL policy. Proactively identify issues and concerns and use participatory processes to overcome implementation obstacles.

  • Coordinate and monitor financial and material resources relevant to achieve the assigned project outcome. Through planning and oversight ensure efficient use of project resources.

  • Assist with preparation of trends analysis reports and disseminate results. Review project documentation to ensure project file is complete with all required documentation and is filed per agency and donor requirements.

  • Maintain relationships and represent PATH with DCS, peer organizations, research, and other institutions, participate in relevant forums and knowledge networks to collect and share promising practices in case management systems and referral networks, promote PATH’ work, and contribute to the PATH learning agenda.

Education and Experience

  • A master’s degree in relevant field with a minimum of 4 years’ of work experience on advisory with at least 3 years in an advisory role in Economic strengthening in relation to OVC and DREAMS, ideally with an international NGO, or

  • A bachelor’s degree in relevant field with a minimum of 7 years’ experience with at least 3 years in an advisory role in Economic strengthening in relation to OVC programming and DREAMS, ideally with an international NGO.

  • Prior experience using community led saving group MIS.

  • Experience working with small scale farmers, value chain development, enterprise development, agribusiness and financial based institutions with focus on vulnerable populations.

  • Experience working with private and public sector.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop user-friendly guidance, tools and standard operating procedures for use at health facilities, CSO/CBO and community levels.

  • Relevant grant management experience, especially for USG or other public donors, a plus.

  • Experience working with stakeholders at various levels including but not limited to State and government actors, LIPs, civil society, healthcare providers and social service providers.

  • Experience analyzing data and contributing to evaluation reports.

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

Personal Skills

  • 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.

  • Presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills

  • Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented

Required/Desired Foreign Language

  • Good technical writing skills in English