Background

Jacaranda Health is a new venture that aims to set a new a new standard for maternity care in East Africa. We are combining business and clinical innovations to provide affordable maternity and reproductive health services to low-income urban women.

Job Description

Jacaranda Health is seeking several nurses or midwives to staff our first mobile maternity clinic in Nairobi. We seek nurses with good experience in maternal and child health and a strong commitment to providing friendly and respectful care to all women. Our first nurses will serve as leaders in quality improvement, and also ambassador to the community.

Jacaranda Health aims to become a chain of maternal health clinics and also a pioneer in maternal health innovation. Along with their clinical duties, the nurses will have the opportunity to work with new technologies and quality improvement techniques, and work with clinicians and advisors at the forefront of maternal health. It is an excellent opportunity to learn new clinical skills, receive mentorship in a clinical setting, and CME.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provide comprehensive antenatal care, postnatal care, and family planning for mothers and mothers-to-be in Jacaranda’s mobile clinic
  • Provide friendly, helpful service, advice, guidance, and education to all patients.
  • Maintain patient data using our electronic medical records system
  • Keep accurate records and remain committed to quality control
  • Provide comprehensive PMTCT services and counseling and referrals for HIV.
  • Maintain a good relationship with the community and other clinic staff
  • Work closely with peer educators, CHWs, and traditional birth attendants for outreach and education within the community
  • Work closely with the Jacaranda Health management team to identify and implement opportunities for improvement in clinical quality and clinic operations
Desired Qualifications

The desired candidate should possess the following:
  • Certificate in nursing from a recognized institution. A Diploma or Degree in nursing may be an added advantage
  • At least 3 years of clinical experience serving women, preferably in labor wards or maternities
  • Strong interpersonal skills and empathy: equally comfortable providing one-on-one counseling and presenting birth-preparedness education to groups
  • A commitment to providing world-class care, and the curiosity and commitment to excellence needed for continuous quality improvement
  • Excellent analytical reasoning skills and meticulous attention to detail
  • Computer literacy, preferably with proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to work effectively and interdependently in a culturally diverse environment
  • A good understanding of community dynamics. Knowledge and familiarity with low-income urban areas of Nairobi will be an added advantage
Additional Comments

Interested candidates may apply by email with an up to date CV, cover letter, current/expected salary and day-time telephone contact to jobs@jacarandahealth.org.

Please put "NURSE" in the subject line. No Calls Please.

Your application must be received on or before end of business April 10th, 2011.

We regret that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

If you do not hear from us by April 30th, 2011, consider your application unsuccessful.
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Vacancy Number: AA/BIOTECH/03/11

Department: Biotechnology Theme

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Duration: 2-year contract renewable

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI): The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works at the crossroads of livestock and poverty, bringing high-quality livestock science, communications and capacity building to bear on poverty reduction and sustainable development.

ILRI is one of 15 centres supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). ILRI has campuses in Kenya (headquarters) and Ethiopia, with other offices located in other regions of Africa (Mali, Mozambique, and Nigeria) as well as in South Asia (India, Sri Lanka), Southeast Asia (Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam) and East Asia (China).

ILRI seeks to recruit an Administrative Assistant to work within the Biotechnology Theme specifically with the teams “improving livestock disease control and product safety” (BT01), Animal Units (BT71) and the Biological service unit (BSU)

Responsibilities
  • Coordinating local and international travel for BT01, BSU and Animal Unit staff, students, consultants, visitors by preparing the TAs and ensuring that the correct per diem rates have been included, requesting finance office for any travel advance required
  • organising for airport transfers with ILRI travel agency
  • organising for accommodation
  • organising for ticket reimbursement when required
  • preparation of travel expense reports
  • Organise BT01, BSU and Animal Unit staff meetings, seminars and journal clubs.
  • Organise BT01, BSU and Animal Unit workshops (travel and accommodation of workshop participants, organise for meeting rooms, travel itineraries, visas, workshop materials, transport, hotel rooms etc)
  • Raise BT01, BSU and Animal Unit Purchase Orders for office supplies and equipment and oversee distribution.
  • Compiling recharges for Biological Services Unit and the Animal Unit
  • Writing and distributing minutes for BT01, BSU and Animal Unit project meetings
  • Taking on project specific roles such as verification of field expenses on projects, preparing payment requests on behalf of BT01, BSU and Animal Unit
  • Maintain accurate records and computer database files of the Animal units for all animals, feed, sales, drugs, small animal records and all other records as may be necessary.
  • Assist in the IACUC Commitee with administrative duties.
  • Maintaining efficient filing systems (electronic and hard copy)
Skills and Qualifications
  • Diploma in Business Administration or related discipline is required. A Bachelors degree in similar disciplines is an added advantage.
  • Minimum 3 years administrative support and office management experience in a busy international or private sector organization or multi-cultural environment
  • Demonstrable experience in organizing meetings, conferences and workshops
  • Good teamwork, interpersonal, communication and multi-cultural skills
  • Well developed computer skills in Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Good personal organization skills, accuracy and attention to detail required
  • Highly effective multi-tasking skills, with ability to coordinate, prioritize, and organize workload, meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • Capacity to take initiative, demonstrate good judgment, and work under minimal supervision
  • Good written and communication skills
Terms of appointment: This is Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus and is on initial 2 year contract renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding. Salary and benefits will be in line with those provided within ILRI’s NRS scheme.

Job level and salary: This position is job level 1C and starting salary is KES 55,833 per month. This is exclusive of other benefits provided within ILRI’s National Recruited Staff Scheme.

Applications: Applications addressed to the Human Resources Director, a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience should be emailed to: recruit-ilri-Ken@cgiar.org by 12 April 2011.

The position title and reference number “ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: AA/BIOTECH/03/11” should be clearly marked on the subject line of the email applications. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

To find more about ILRI, visit our Website at www.ilri.org

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.
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Job Title: Director of HR And Administration

Location: Nairobi

Reports To: Nairobi With Extensive Travel To Thefield

Coordination with: Director of Programmes, Director of Operations, Director of Finance

Reporting Positions: HR Manager, SLT Executive Administrator, Nairobi office Admin Manager

Budget Responsibility: Budget Holder

Child Safeguarding Level: 3

Context of work

Save the Children (SC) is an international organisation that has 27 member organisations across the globe. It is united by a common mission and brand but, to some extent, has until now been working independently from country to country.

Through Unified Presence, Save the Children aims to create a stronger voice for children by unifying the operations in all countries where more than one Save the Children Member have programmes. This will result in one organisation at the national level in each country and a unified programme delivery structure for all Save the Children International Members.

The programmes of Save the Children UK, Denmark and Finland unified in Somalia in January 2010 and as a result of this and of an active fundraising strategy at the beginning of 2011 the programme budget was over GBP 10m covering the thematic areas of protection, child survival (which includes health, nutrition and livelihoods), education and Child Rights and Governance.

Save the Children works in all three “zones” of Somalia: Somaliland, Puntland and Central South Somalia (CSS). Due to constraints on security, and the need to liaise with UN agencies, other NGOs and donors the country office is based in Nairobi and senior managers and directors are expected to travel extensively to monitor and support programme work in all parts of Somalia that are accessible and where security threats are being effectively mitigated.

The position of Director of Human Resources and Admin has been newly created in January 2011 and under the management of the Country Director, this position will share in the overall responsibility for the direction and coordination of the country programme together with Directors of Programmes, Operations and Finance.

The objective of the Director of Human Resources and Admin is to ensure that Save the Children in Somalia/Somaliland has the best people and systems required to deliver effective programmes that provide immediate and lasting change for children.

The post holder will identify priorities and develop solutions, with input from the other members of the Senior Leadership Team, related to administration, human resources management, staff development and information technology (IT).

Key Accountabilities

1. Strategic Development of Human Resources
  • Maintain a strategic overview of HR trends, policies and practices.
  • Contribute to the development of strategic, thematic and annual plans with input on human resource requirements and succession planning.
  • Initiate policy ideas to support effective leadership and management of human resources in Somalia for discussion with the SLT.
  • Work closely with the Programme and Operations departments to ensure that adequate HRD inputs and costs are provided and incorporated during proposal design, development and implementation of all projects/programmes.
  • Ensure that all proposals contain costs for staff development to the maximum amount possible allowed by the donor.
2. Managing Human Resources
  • Ensuring all SC Somalia/Somaliland programme HR policies and procedures comply with local laws and organizational global policies, are followed and implemented. This applies to Kenya as well as the different zones (area offices) in Somalia.
  • Oversee the recruitment and induction process of both international and national staff as well of consultants according to organizational best practice and compliant with both organizational policy and the appropriate local legislation.
  • Ensure that a database is developed and maintained of past consultants and other potential temporary staff. This should include recommended training institutions and opportunities as well as recommended media for advertising.
  • Oversee the development and administration of competitive salary and benefits packages.
  • With input from the Senior Leadership Team and other line-managers, assess training needs for all staff, develop capacity building plans, and monitor their effective implementation.
  • Oversee implementation of effective performance management systems, including job descriptions for all staff, annual work plans, annual performance evaluations, and continuous coaching from supervisors and provide appropriate training to line-managers
  • Ensure maintenance of updated information on staff salaries, allowances and income-tax calculations and ensuring compliance with current laws and regulations in close collaboration with the Director Finance and other SLT members
  • Ensure that up-to-date personnel records are maintained according to organizational best practice and compliant with both organizational policy and the appropriate local legislation.
  • Ensure technical support and advice is available for HR management in all area offices.
  • Provide assistance and guidance to senior management staff to identify trends in employee relations issues and work with them to rectify issues.
  • Work closely with the Country Director and other management staff to manage and coordinate grievance management and disciplinary proceedings involving any staff member and recommend appropriate action to resolve disputes.
  • Monitor the progress of the establishment of the Save the Children International Programmes (SCip) in other SC regions and, if planned to be introduced under this new structure, propose to the SLT a system for introducing a system of performance related pay.
  • Manage the department’s budget and report on progress on budget management.
3. Administration Systems
  • Develop common policies on office administration and with SLT’s support , ensure that minimum standards are met in all offices to enable staff to perform their duties efficiently, effectively and safely.
  • With support from the Nairobi office manager, oversee the functioning of the Nairobi office to ensure that office systems are run in an efficient and coordinated manner.
  • With technical assistance provided by the logistics section within the operations department, maintain an overview of IT and communications requirements, and oversee implementation of means to effectively meet the requirements in all offices.
  • Ensure that Save the Children Policies on IT are enforced.
  • Ensure technical support and advice is available through mentoring and providing distance support for the Office Administration and HR officers in all area offices.
  • Ensuring that procedures and reporting are implemented accurately and on time, particularly related to leases, inventories, insurance, and audit recommendations.
4. Safeguarding Children
  • Take the lead in promoting the Save the Children Safeguarding Children’s Policy ensuring that all staff are fully briefed on the policy and that and annual work plan is developed and implemented to meet the requirements of the policy within the programme.
  • Provide technical support and advice through mentoring and providing distance support to the focal person within area offices responsible for the Safeguarding Children’s Policy
  • Provide an update to each SLT meeting on progress of activities against the annual work plan.
5. Communications
  • Provide technical support to the Executive Administrator to the SLT in developing an internal communication plan to ensure that developing and new policies are adequately disseminated to all staff and that all staff have a means of communicating concerns to the SLT.
  • Through the above system and using simple survey techniques ensure that the SLT has a good understanding of the knowledge, attitude and practices of staff in relation to key Save the Children policies and their own health and safety.
6. Representation and Networking
  • Lead on representation and networking on all aspects related to human resources and administration.
  • Liaise closely with HR managers based in the regional office and with global HR officers in Save the Children members’ head quarters as is appropriate.
  • Ensure that the programme has up to date comparative date on HR benefits with other agencies, both in Kenya and Somalia/Somaliland as well as data on hanging costs of a standard food basket.
  • To ensure tht the programme has a good understanding of the registration proceedings in Kenya an din particular related to securing work permits. In this to develop where possible personal relationship with key players in the NGO Board and in the immigration department.
7. Line-management
  • Lead, manage and motivate the departmental team ensuring that they have clear objectives and receive meaningful feedback on their performance.
  • Ensure appropriate staffing at all levels of the HR/Admin department.
  • Seek to ensure appropriate gender, caste and ethnic diversity within the HR/Admin team.
  • Encourage a team culture of learning, creativity and innovation.
8. SLT Participation
  • Contribute to overall planning, management and strategic direction of SC in the Somalia/Somaliland programme.
  • Present a report to each SLT meeting highlighting issues arising in relation to administration and HR activities and procedures and when necessary ensure that action is agreed by the SLT for addressing concerns.
  • Work with SLT and in particular the security manager to ensure adequate security for staff and programmes
  • Ensure transparent use of financial resources in compliance with Save the Children UK and donor policies and procedures
Person specification
  • Post-Graduate qualifications in Personnel Management or Business Administration (MBA) with specialisation in Human Resources.
  • A minimum of 10 years management experience at senior management level in a corporate or an NGO environment with a total of work experience of 7 to 10 years.
  • Experience in the development of strategic and operational HR plans and their implementation in a professional work environment for a sustained period of time ie.at least three years.
  • Ability to plan and organize a substantial workload that includes complex, diverse tasks and responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated credibility with colleagues and stakeholders at all levels of an organization.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Ability to express oneself succinctly, creatively and independently.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to demonstrate skills in leading a multi- disciplined team through a period of change.
  • Leadership skills, including the ability to supervise and motivate qualified professional staff with strong personal value systems.
  • Analytical, decision making and strategic planning skills and the ability to handle multiple priorities
  • Ability to coach, mentor, delegate appropriately and provide developmental guidance to supervised staff.
  • Team building skills
  • Competent level skills in core IT applications, particularly MS Office.
  • A commitment to the values and principles of SC
  • High level of commitment to the principles of development and to the organizational and programmatic goals of Save the Children
Our selection processes reflect our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Our people are as diverse as the challenges we face.

Applications should be forwarded to: vacancies@scsom.org

Application Closing Date: Thursday 21st Apr 2011, 15:00 pm

Save the Children is an equal opportunities employer and highly encourages women to apply.

Save the Children is committed to supporting performance based career progression for female
employees.

The following are additional benefits which would apply to successful female candidates:
  • Childcare support for children under 3 years
  • Maternity leave
  • Flexible working options
  • 80% of tuition fees for children
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Location: Nairobi with frequent travel to the field

Reports to: Programmes Director

Coordination with: Areas Managers, Directors team, Thematic Coordinators and Emergencies Coordinator

Child Safeguarding Level: 3

Context of Work

Save the Children (SC) is an international organisation that has 27 member organisations across the globe. It is united by a common mission and brand but, to some extent, has until now been working independently from country to country.

Through Unified Presence, Save the Children aims to create a stronger voice for children by unifying the operations in all countries where more than one Save the Children Member have programmes. This will result in one organisation at the national level in each country and a unified programme delivery structure for all Save the Children International Members.

The programmes of Save the Children UK, Denmark and Finland unified in Somalia in January 2010 and as a result of this and of an active fundraising strategy, at the beginning of 2011 the programme budget was over GBP 10m covering the thematic areas of protection, child survival (which includes health, nutrition and livelihoods), education and Child Rights and Governance.

Save the Children works in all three “zones” of Somalia: Somaliland, Puntland and Central South Somalia (CSS). Due to constraints on security, and the need to liaise with UN agencies, other NGOs and donors the country office is based in Nairobi and senior managers and directors are expected to travel extensively to monitor and support programme work in all parts of Somalia that are accessible and where security threats are being effectively mitigated.

Save the Children has been engaged in the livelihoods and food security sector in Somalia and Somaliland off and on for many years. However in recent years funding available to this sector has been scarce and internal technical capacity has had to rely on short term consultancy support seeking discreet grants from donors for specific interventions.

The position of Livelihood and Food Security Technical Manager has been newly created in relation to restructuring of Save the Children Somalia’s programme.

Job Purpose

The Livelihood and Food Security Technical Manager will provide overall technical management and support to all livelihood and food security projects currently being implemented by Save the Children programme in Puntland and Central South Somalia (CSS). Save the Children is intending to expand its interventions within the sectors in the stated parts of Somalia and Somaliland.

Therefore, the manager will play a pivotal role in promoting and disseminating good practices across projects, documenting and disseminating achievements and lessons learned of projects internally and amongst donors and other key players in Nairobi and elsewhere as applicable, and will seek to expand donors support through development of projects.

This will include leading in the development of a comprehensive but realistic thematic plan for SC’s work in livelihood and food security (LHFS) sector to cover the period up to the target date for the programme to come under Save the Children International.

Key accountabilities

1. Providing Technical Management and Support

In close collaboration with area managers for Puntland and CSS and their logistics, HR and finance teams to produce a detailed work plan covering all technical activities and aspects of the LHFS projects, ensuring that these are in line with the log frame in the proposal and to oversee the review and adjustment of these as required.
  • To provide technical support to staff and managers engaged in planning and implementing LHFS projects at field level taking into account the remote nature of programming in CSS
  • To ensure that a baseline is undertaken and subsequent system of monitoring of the project implementation is put in place and adhered to.
  • To lead in developing technical research methods to support analysis of project achievements, constraints and findings and to validate these.
  • To lead in the coordination of donor reports with project and area managers and, in liaison with the operations and finance departments, to ensure that these are of high quality, reporting clearly on progress towards the outputs, and thus towards meeting the purpose, of the project as stated in the project proposals.
  • To document achievements and learning of the projects on a six monthly basis and disseminate to key players within the livelihood cluster in Somalia.
  • To lead and/or participate in any final evaluation of the LHFS projects that may be undertaken based on Save the Children’s and donors’ guidance.
  • To work together with monitoring and learning specialist to document programme learning, ensuring it is fed into organisational advocacy.
  • To lead on livelihood and food security related assessment and research
  • To explore potentials for LHFS project development and lead on the process of writing up project proposals in the sector
2. Thematic Development

Using the current FSL strategic plan, lead in the reviewing and updating of this document to produce a comprehensive but realistic thematic plan for SC’s work in Livelihood and Food Security sector to cover the period up to the target date for the programme to come under Save the Children International.
  • To ensure that the thematic plan reflects SCI’s dual mandate and addresses issues on capacity to implement this as well as seeking to expand SC’s portfolio of work in the sector.
  • Through development of the thematic plan to forge links between the LHFS sector and other thematic areas of work for Save the Children in Somalia. These include education, protection, child rights and governance and key aspects of child survival including nutrition and livelihoods.
3. Representation
  • To represent Save the Children in LHFS programme/project related meetings with donors, consortium members and other international NGOs/agencies.
  • To represent Save the Children in Agriculture and Livelihood cluster meetings held in Nairobi.
  • Identify potential key technical resource persons and organisations for aligning with them in advancing Save the Children’s advocacy in the sector and secure their expertise for learning and project development.
  • To be the primary link with technical advisers in the headquarters of the Save the
  • Children organisations who are members of the unified programme (Denmark, Finland
  • and UK)
Person specification
Qualifications:
  • Post graduate degree in development or related fields
  • Additional training in aspects of livelihood and food security
Experience:
  • At least 10 years of relevant senior level technical experience in the sector
  • Proven experience of developing and managing FSL programmes in an insecure environment
  • Proven experience in leading and developing livelihood and food security programme management in developing countries
  • Proven experience in undertaking and/or leading livelihood and food security related assessments and action oriented researches
  • Proven experience in advocacy and influencing institutional, private and/or corporate donors
  • Experience of working with local and national government departments and in capacity building of systems and staff
  • Proven experience in programme development, project cycle management and monitoring and evaluation related to the sector
  • Proven experience and report writing (in English)
Knowledge and working experience in fragile states
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and presentation skills with experience of senior level negotiation and representation.
  • Computer literate.
  • Prepared to travel to the field as security allows to support technical staff in the field.
Desirable
  • Experience of working in Somalia
  • Previous experience with SC in a similar context
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles.
Working contacts

Internal:
  • Other thematic technical managers, area managers, partnership and quality programmes manager and team, monitoring and evaluation specialist, emergencies manager ,security manager, project managers, HQ advisers, Regional Office programme manager and livelihood/food security advisor.
External:
  • Donors, Government departments, Consortium partners, Research institutes, Somalia support secretariat, UN Agencies,
Code of Conduct

Because Save the Children's work is based on deeply held values and principles, it is essential that our commitment to children's rights and humanitarian principles is supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children's Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to.

How to apply

Our selection processes reflect our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Our people are as diverse as the challenges we face.

Applications should be forwarded to: vacancies@scsom.org

Application Closing Date: Saturday 16th Apr 2011, 15:00 pm

Save the Children is an equal opportunities employer and highly encourages women to apply.

Save the Children is committed to supporting performance based career progression for female employees.

The following are additional benefits which would apply to successful female candidates:
  • Childcare support for children under 3 years
  • Maternity leave
  • Flexible working options
  • 80% of tuition fees for children
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