The University of Maryland Baltimore Global Health Initiatives through its operating arm Maryland Global Initiatives Corporation Kenya implements comprehensive HIV prevention, care and treatment programs to facilitate the Kenya Ministries of Medical Services and Public Health to control the spread of HIV and rapidly scale up HIV services, institute continuous quality improvement methods as well as the M&E infrastructure necessary to support these services, is seeking a suitably qualified person able to fill the following positions:
 
Chief of Party – Health Services Delivery Support and Capacity Enhancement Program
 
Job Purpose: To provide overall leadership, program supervision, and organizational management
 

Specific Responsibilities
  • Provide overall leadership, program supervision, and organizational management.
  • Make key decisions and solve problems in short time frames while ensuring operational and program integrity.
  • Serve as the chief liaison with USAID on project related matters.
  • Support the efficient and accountable management and reporting of program achievements and finance
  • Support monitoring, evaluation and learning on an ongoing basis
  • Ensure that procedures are established and complied with for development, design and implementation of grants
  • Supervise the DCOP and other key staff
  • Capacity to build and effectively supervise a diverse team; effective organizational skills, including strategy development and implementation skills; interpersonal and creative problem-solving skills along with demonstrated capacity to establish productive relationships with high-level host country officials and stakeholders
  • Work very closely with the U.S. Agency for International Development Kenya office on all program performance issues 
  • Work in partnership with the national Government of Kenya and County Governments to ensure the program is implemented to meet the country and counties’ health priority goals
Education and Experience Requirements:
  • Master’s degree in business administration, health care management/administration, health economics or health services management.
  • Minimum 10 years of management experience in a progressively senior role overseeing projects with complex and challenging field operations in the health sector.
  • Extensive experience managing USAID funded projects and can demonstrate knowledge of USAID processes and procedures, rules and regulations.
  • Good understanding of the geographic areas in question including working experience in Kenya or its neighboring countries (Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan) preferred
Head, Program Financial Management and Compliance
 
Job Purpose: To ensure the program’s finances are managed according to the funder’s rules and regulations, the institution’s policies and procedures, national laws and regulations and according to internationally accepted accounting and financial management standards

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Provide oversight for all financial processes and procedures;
  • Prepare monthly management accounts and ensure production of statutory accounts to support decision making;
  • Monitor burn rates of grants, carry out variance analysis and forecasts and advise Program Directors on implications;
  • Maintain updated information on donor-reporting requirements and update internal stakeholders on new requirements;
  • Offer treasury management and maintain stewardship and fiduciary responsibility of financial resources;
  • Actively participate as an expert resource in program budget preparation for the grants;
  • Serve as point of contact on grant management and compliance issues;
  • Provide oversight and monitor sub-grantees and contractors’ financial operation
Required Skills, Qualification and Experience:
  • Master’s degree in Finance or Accounting with at least 8 years of experience managing large budgets in a reputable organization
  • Professional Qualifications such as: ACCA, CPA, CIMA – a MUST
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong presentation and persuasion abilities
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Strategic thinking
  • Leadership skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Advanced computer skills (Ms Office, financial management packages and relational databases)
Deputy Chief of Party
 
Job Purpose: To support the Chief of Party with overall programming and technical field implementation of the program.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Play a lead role in program implementation and management, overseeing implementation of the program’s technical strategy
  • Supervise the activity development of the program
  • Supervise program teams in field locations as well as support teams and technical consultants as required
  • Support the efficient and accountable management and reporting of program achievements and finance
  • Support monitoring, evaluation and learning on an ongoing basis
  • Ensure that procedures are established and complied with for development, selection, design and implementation of grants and short term technical assistance;
  • Technical support and oversight in development of program annual work plans;
  • Participate and advise on development of program implementation strategies;
  • Supervision of implementation activities;
  • Represent organization at important Technical and Policy related meetings at county and National levels and participate in relevant development partners forums;
  • Develop proven programmatic interventions for addressing common public health challenges posed by Maternal Neonatal and Child Health, HIV/AIDS, Malaria, TB, Family Planning and Reproductive Health
Person Specifications:
 
Academic Qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree in Internal Medicine and MPH Board Certification in Infectious Diseases will be an added advantage
Experience:
  • A minimum of 8 years working in a leadership/senior management role, preferably on USAID-funded projects
  • A minimum of at least 8 years working in either infectious diseases management or MNCH
  • At least 5 years of proven experience in provision of technical assistance or capacity transfer to government institutions
Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor
 
Job Purpose: To provide overall monitoring and evaluation of the program

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Coordinate and oversee all monitoring and evaluation activities under the program;
  • Develop program performance metrics and design program data collection strategies and tools
  • Develop and maintain project log-frame matrix, particularly in the areas of objective hierarchy, indicators and monitoring mechanisms;
  • Develop and maintain the overall framework for project M&E, such as annual project reviews, participatory impact assessments, process monitoring, operations monitoring and lessons-learned workshops;
  • Guide the process for identifying key performance parameters for monitoring project performance and comparing it to targets;
  • Liaise and coordinate with Government and donor initiatives on M&E activities and engage other stakeholders accordingly;
  • Coordinate quarterly dashboard review and program reporting activities;
  • Prepare and lead the process of program reporting to the donor and the Government of Kenya – both at national and county levels;
  • Generate internal program reports and make key recommendations for improving programming based on evidence;
  • Develop a M&E and Performance Framework for the program covering all intervention areas
  • Ensure that program evaluation and performance plans align with the Government of Kenya’s policy and strategic plan, donor strategies and relevant Millennium Development Goals.
Person Specifications:
 
Academic Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in Biostatistics/Epidemiology/Health Informatics
  • Proficient use of common databases including SPSS, STATA, Epi Info
Experience: At least 8 years of experience leading M&E portfolio of a large public health program
 
All applicants must meet the minimum requirements described above, and only short listed candidates
will be contacted. 

No phone calls please. 

We are an equal opportunity employer. 

All applications should be submitted on or before 17th January, 2014 to: 

The HR Manager, 
P.O. Box 495-00606, 
Nairobi.
 
Documents to be included: a cover letter with the applicant’s current contact information, CV showing the names and contacts of three professional referees, testimonials and two recommendation
letters.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Maryland Global Initiatives Corporation does not demand for recruitment fees.
Request for a Proposal for the Production of Rangeland Resource Management Maps of the Lower Tana Basin using GIS Data with an Overlay of Community and Visioning Information
 
1. Background
 
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) was founded in 1948 to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. 

Within the framework of global conventions IUCN has helped over 75 countries to prepare and implement national conservation and biodiversity strategies. 

IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) have thematic programmes (including Drylands and Water and Wetlands) with projects spreading across twenty three countries in the Horn of Africa, Eastern Africa, Southern Africa and the Western Indian Ocean. 

One such project is a 3-years (2012-2014) Austrian Development Cooperation funded project on Building Drought Resilience through land and water management (BDR) in Kenya (Lower Tana Basin: Garissa and Tana River Counties), and Uganda (the Upper Aswa-Agago sub-catchment). These are arid and semi-arid (ASAL) areas respectively.
 
The overall objective of the project is to improve resilience of dryland communities within a river catchment to the impacts of increasingly severe and frequent drought, through strengthened ecosystem management and adaptive capacity. 

The project aims to ensure that ecosystems in the project areas are effectively and sustainably managed through coordination of local and formal institutions that are supported by an enabling positive policy environment. 

Communities living in arid and semi-arid areas of East Africa face multiple challenges including land degradation, weak local norms and institutions in the management of natural resources, inadequate research and extension services and recurrent droughts that hinder development and livelihood strategies. 

Interventions that enhance resilience and adaptive capacity or both the ecosystem and communities reliant upon them are of paramount importance.
 
In the Lower Tana River Basin the project is being implemented in partnership with Fafi Integrated Development Association (FaIDA) and Water Resource Management Authority (WRMA). Other partners include Government institutions (National Drought Management Authority - NDMA, Water and Irrigation, Forest and Wildlife, Livestock, Agriculture, National Environment Management Authority - NEMA, Provincial Administration and County/Local Government). 

The project is expected to build on existing initiatives being implemented by IUCN and partners within the project area or borrow from regions with similar environment with emphasis on building capacities of communities and institutions on sustainable ecosystem management, strengthening livelihoods and adaptation to climate change; supporting greater coordination between multi-sectoral institutions and improving awareness among policy makers on catchment management approaches. 

The areas of project focus are initially 4 broad areas classified by WRMA as being in the 4GC and the 4GB management units in the Lower Tana sub-catchment, as follows:

1. Khorweyne Sub-catchment in Balambala District (in 4GC), Garissa County – which stretches from Danyere to Saka. There is already a WRUA in this area and WRMA with IUCN support has facilitated the development of a sub-catchment management plan (SCMP) for this area.
 
2. Al-Amin Moju Sub-Catchment in Tana North District (in 4GB), Tana River County which is in the locations of Boka and Kamaguru and stretches from Oduwame, Roka, Balambala and Bangale. Similarly, the area has a WRUA and IUCN has supported the development of a SCMP.
 
3. Saka Sub-Catchment in Balambala District (in 4GC), Garissa County – includes current Saka Division. IUCN supported establishment of the WRUA. The WRUA in collaboration with IUCN and implementing partners have prepared an adapted SCMP.
 
4. Tula Sub-Catchment in Tana North District (in 4GB), Tana River County. The WRUA stretches from Odowani to Balambala to Roka to Karati to Tula (in 4GB) – IUCN supported the establishment of the WRUA for this area and adapted SCMP has been developed.
 
The project aims to achieve the following five key results:
 
Result 1: Integrity and functioning of catchments improved through ecosystem-based actions that are gender sensitive and diversify livelihood assets;
 
Result 2: Improved capacity of traditional and formal resource management institutions to sustainably manage natural resources within a catchment area;
 
Result 3: Knowledge and skills of local communities to implement adaptation, innovation and change within institutions are mobilized and improved;
 
Result 4: Greater coordination between multi-sectoral institutions improves harmonization of plans and interventions;
 
Result 5: Awareness among policy makers on catchment management approaches are increased through learning based on project experiences.
 
2. Purpose and scope of the consultancy
 
In order to sustainably manage resources effectively and derive maximum benefits from the existing natural resources it is essential to know location, distribution and amount of available resources in a given area per season. 

Result 1 of BDR project aims at improving integrity and functioning of catchments through ecosystem-based actions that are gender sensitive and diversify livelihood assets. 

To achieve the result array of activities are planned key among them being participatory mapping with stakeholders on the use and access of natural resources through visioning and dialogue approaches. 

Two stage approaches are planned to achieve participatory mapping the first one directed towards facilitation of community consultations to develop rangeland resource use maps using appropriate technologies which provide input into development of a vision for future resource management (already done for two sub-catchments during Sub-catchment Management Plan development) and the second stage focusing on production of rangeland resource management maps of the catchment area using GIS data with an overlay of community and visioning information.
 
IUCN is looking for suitable consultant to undertake participatory mapping that will produce geo-referenced rangeland resource maps with overlay of community vision of current and future natural resource management for four sub-catchments in BDR project area.

The consultant is expected to collaborate with IUCN ESARO to finalize the design of the study prior to field work and work closely with community members and IUCN project staff in the field.

Specific tasks of the consultant include:
  • Classification of land use in four sub-catchments specifically rangeland resources
  • Ground truthing of classified land uses/resource maps
  • Participate in the production of community current and vision maps
  • Overlay of community information on classified maps to produce geo-referenced maps that include community inputs.
3. Required documents
 
To be considered for this work the consultants must submit technical and financial proposals outlining the following:
 
Technical proposal
  • Understanding of the assignment (20 points)
  • Description of approach to be applied i.e. design and methodology (40 points)
  • Description of the deliverables based on the overall and specific objectives of the consultancy (10 points)
  • Work plan (10 points)
  • CV(s) of the person (s) who will undertake the work (20 points)
Total score for technical proposal 100 points
 
Financial proposal
  • Consultant’s daily rate in US Dollars
  • Other relevant costs for example production and printing of maps, travel, stationery, communications etc.
4. Duration of the consultancy
 
The consultant is expected to complete the work in 30 days within the months of January/February 2014.
 
5. Profile of the suitable candidate
  • A postgraduate degree (at least Master’s degree) in GIS and Remote Sensing or other relevant fields from recognized university,
  • Proven experience in application of GIS and Remote Sensing techniques in natural resource sector
  • Knowledge on development issues, gender, cultures and the drylands of Kenya
  • Demonstrated high level of professionalism and ability to work independently in high pressure situations under tight deadlines
  • Strong communication skills
  • High proficiency in English language both written and spoken.
Selection criteria
 
IUCN will use a version of the World Bank’s QCBS procurement approach {Ref:http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/PROJECTS/PROCUREMENT/0,,contentMDK:20060635~menuPK:92323~pagePK:84269~piPK:84286~theSitePK:84266,00.html} in selecting the prospective consultants. 

The technical proposals will be scored out of 100. 

For Financial proposals, that with the lowest cost will be given a financial score of 100 and all other proposals given financial scores that are inversely proportional to their prices.

The total score shall be obtained by weighting the quality and cost scores and adding them. 

The weight for the "cost" will be 20 points and the weight for the “technical” will be 80, out of a total score of 100. The firm obtaining the highest total score shall be invited for negotiations.

7. Submission of proposal
 
Application should be sent to: 

Yasin Mahadi Programme Officer, Drylands Programme and Ahmed Mohamed Programme Officer, Water & Wetlands Programme, IUCN ESARO, Email: Yasin.MAHADI@iucn.org and Ahmed.MOHAMED@iucn.org not later than 14th January 2014. 

Only successful candidate will be contacted.
Vacancy: Contact Center Agent (French, Lingala, Zambian Dialects, Somali, Arabic and Amharic Speakers)

Company Profile: KenCall is Kenya’s largest contact center operating globally and providing call center and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services to organizations worldwide. 

KenCall offers unrivalled experience in customer care, telesales, technical support, customer acquisition, web chat services and BPO.

Its business is built upon world-class technology infrastructure and operations.
 

Job Profile: The contact centre agent responds to customer needs in a professional, service-oriented manner and maintains the highest level of customer satisfaction by seeking first contact resolution. This role is responsible for providing excellent customer service by; resolving issues and answering enquiries regarding various products and services. 

Main Responsibilities of the Job:
  • Responding to customer enquiries.
  • Researching required information using available resources.
  • Handling and resolving customer complaints.
  • Providing customers with product and service information.
  • Processing orders, forms and applications.
  • Identifying and escalating priority issues.
  • Routing calls to appropriate departments.
  • Following up on customer calls where necessary.
  • Completing call logs.
Working Conditions
  • Hours of work will vary and shift work will be required
  • Agents may be required to sit for long periods of time
Main Skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A minimum typing speed of 30wpm (A MUST)
  • Ability to learn detailed instructions quickly
  • Superior problem solving skills
  • Ability to explain detailed instructions articulately and clearly
  • Ability to multi-task effectively
  • Technical aptitude
Personal Qualities
  • Strong work ethic
  • Exceptional customer service skills
  • Ability to recognize sales opportunities.
  • Excellent telephone manner
  • Positive attitude
  • Excellent personal grooming
  • Clear neutral accent
Qualifications
  • Post Secondary Education in any field
  • Multi-channel experience is preferred: email/chat/phone
  • Knowledge of computer and communication systems
  • Experience in customer service environments an asset
  • Previous contact centre experience an asset
  • International exposure is highly advantageous
How to Apply: If you think this is the perfect fit for you then visit our website: http://www.kencall.com/cats/careers/ or send your Resume to: recruitment@kencall.com by 15th January 2014.

Vacancy: Credit Control Assistant
 
Company Profile: A leading  pharmaceutical company in Westlands seeks to recruit a highly qualified and experienced individual for the above mentioned position.

Required Qualifications
  • Minimum 2 years experience in debt collection
  • Accounting background
  • Computer literacy
  • Reconciliation experience a MUST
Key competencies
  • Ability to handle pressure
  • Ability to keep time
  • Excellent interpersonal and  communication  skills
  • Good organizational and planning skills
  • Strong team player
  • Flexibility in working hours
  • Aggressive personality
Starting salary of Kshs 34,500 gross + commission.

Please do not apply if you do not meet the above requirements. 

Apply to hr@harleysltd.com by COB 17th January 2014. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
The International Institute of Rural-Africa Regional Center (IIRR-ARC) is seeking to recruit a suitably qualified candidate for the following position:

Programs Director (PD)

Job Summary: 
Under the direct supervision of the Regional Director (RD), the Programs Director serves as senior manager on all aspects of the African Regional Centre (ARC). 

H/she assists the RD with general program development and implementation activities, including the management, supervision and coordination the four strategic programs – Applied Learning; Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate change Adaptation; Education; and Food Security and Wealth Creation. 
 

The PD provides strategic direction & coordinates all relevant Kenya Country Office (KCO) activities in order to ensure that programmatic interventions are undertaken in a coordinated way that maximizes synergies and efficiency gains and, more broadly, IIRR’s development results in Kenya. 

To this end, the PD provides representation duties in IIRR Kenya Country’s engagement with donors, governments, civil society partners and the private sector.

Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Supporting the development and implementation of current programs and contribute to the development of new initiatives that contribute to national and regional priorities;
  • Supporting in the effective strategic monitoring and evaluation of four program interventions, measuring the impact of the programs and, when relevant, its timely readjustment;
  • Strengthen relationships with partner organizations, including donors, government, the private sector and government departments to achieve the strategic outcomes
  • Advising program counterparts and ARC’s senior management and guiding relevant KCO team on the design and formulation of program interventions, contributing to realization of IIRR country priorities.
  • Developing and maintaining strategic partnerships, supports resource mobilization efforts in cooperation with the ARC Senior Management team;
  • Provide direction and coordination of the four Program lead managers, ensuring operational excellence in execution of ARC programs in accordance with the Strategy 2015
  • Work with the RD to develop technical proposals and prepare budgets for assignment bids;
  • Providing strategic management and oversight of planning, budgeting and implementing of all KCO interventions including resource allocation, mobilization and control and cost efficiency;
  • Ensuring the effective monitoring of KCO program interventions in  the evaluation of development results, in terms of progress made towards achieving intended programmatic goals in Kenya;
  • Assuming acting functions in the absence of, or by delegation from the RD, of all programmatic matters of the ARC;
  • Other duties as assigned
Qualifications:
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in international development in a management role;
  • Strong leadership and people management skills at a senior level;
  • Experience in developing new programming, ideally across multiple sectors;
  • Experience in developing and implementing quality control and learning systems for complex development programmes;
  • Experience of working across geographical and organization boundaries, across cultures & diverse development stakeholders.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills in English and French;
  • Flexibility regarding assigned work hours and location
  • Experience of working in East Africa and knowledge of local cultures
  • Experience in writing proposals;
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure to beat deadlines while maintain quality.
Period of Contract: One (1) year renewable

If you are interested in this position, send us your application, a current CV including contact details of three (3) work-related referees, current & expected remuneration. Closing date for applications is 10th January, 2014 before 5pm to: 

Regional Human Resources & Admin officer,
International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, 
Africa Regional Center, 
P. O. Box 66873-00800, 
Nairobi,

Email: recruitment@iirr.org
Elite Writers Company is a freelance academic writing company looking to hire additional writers to join our team. 

Interested candidates MUST:
  • Possess excellent research and writing skills
  • Have access to the internet with a personal computer
  • Be available to work at least 6 days a week
  • Complete at least 6 pages daily
Payments will be made twice a month with writers receiving Ksh 200 a page for approved and plagiarism-free work.  

If interested please send an application to elitewriterscompany@gmail.com

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