Kenya: Project Officer – Treatment and Retention Samburu (Ref.2018/024) Kajiado (Ref.2018/025) Baringo (Ref.2018/026) Laikipia (Ref.2018/027)

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Organization: Catholic Relief Services
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 13 Apr 2018

Department: Programming (PQ)

Band: 6

Reports To: Treatment and Referral Manager

Country/Location: Kenya/1 -Samburu, 1- Baringo, 1- Kajiado and 1- Laikipia

Job Summary:

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners, people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

CRS has worked in Kenya since 1965. Over the years, CRS’ focus shifted from direct relief and food distributions to a comprehensive development program that works with partners and enhances local capacity. CRS Kenya programs now support children affected by HIV, and community-based efforts to increase household incomes, improve family health and sanitation, and enhance agriculture livelihoods

The HIV/AIDS Service Delivery Support Activity (HSDSA) is a five-year USAID- funded project located in the Rift Valley lead by FHI360. As a member of the HSDSA project team, you will monitor and report on all project activities in support of CRS’ work serving the poor and vulnerable. Your thorough and service-oriented approach will ensure that the project consistently applies best practices and constantly works towards improving the impact of its benefits to those we serve. Your role will be to build the capacity of local implementing partners to coordinate HIV testing of families of PLHIV support group members and facilitate linkage to care and treatment sites for those found to be positive as well as ensuring that adherence, differentiated care activities using the national PDHP curriculum and new National HIV Treatment guidelines (2016) in Nakuru county including treatment literacy, adherence counseling and support and defaulter tracing is monitored.

Job Responsibilities:

· Support the coordination and implementation of all assigned project activities as outlined in the detailed implementation plan in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, HIV/AIDS national as well as PEPFAR guidelines and good practices.

· Monitor and report any challenges and/or gaps identified to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules. Assist local implementing partners (LIPs) in their efforts to reflect on project experiences.

· Support accountability through coordinating project evaluation activities and assisting partners in their efforts to collect and analyze project data per specified mechanisms and tools. Collaborate with LIPs to prepare reports per established reporting schedule.

· Collect information on staff capacity needs and technical assistance needs of partner organizations and monitor capacity building and technical support activities to ensure effective impact.

· Complete project documentation for assigned activities. Assist with identifying information for case studies and reports on promising practices.

· Represent CRS in meetings at county level, technical working groups, and other events as requested, to support forging relations with the GOK (MOH), LIPs, other stakeholders, and the community.

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

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • Diploma in clinical medicine or nursing with over 8 years’ experience. Bachelor’s degree in Medicine, Clinical Medicine, Nursing is a plus.
  • At least 5 years of work experience in HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment, TB management and other health-related projects in Kenya and for an NGO. Experience working with MOH as well as PEPFAR funded project will be an added advantage
  • Good understanding of Kenya Government National HIV treatment, Care and Support Manuals/Guidelines/Policies especially the current National HIV Treatment guidelines (2016)

· In–depth understanding of donor (USAID) expectations for program results, outcomes, impact, and reporting.

· Additional education may substitute for some experience.

· Experience in participatory action planning and community engagement.

· Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data preferred.

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

Personal Skills

· Observation, active listening and analysis skills with ability to make sound judgment

· Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners and community members

  • Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities
  • Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented

Required/Desired Foreign Language

Able to clearly communicate in written and spoken English

Travel Required

The Project Officer – Treatment and Retention will be based in applicable County and will travel 50% of his/her time within the county

Key Working Relationships:

Supervisory: None

Internal: Treatment and Referral Manager, HSDSA Project team

External: Local implementing partners, field agents, community, MOH

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

· Trusting Relationships

· Professional Growth

· Partnership

· Accountability

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

How to apply:

Locals from the respective counties are encouraged to apply.

Applications indicating the reference number of position applied for and CV including day-time contact phone numbers, as well as names and contact information of three references should reach the below-mentioned by Close of Business Friday, April 13, 2018

Human Resources Manager

Catholic Relief Services – Kenya Program


Note: Catholic Relief Services (CRS) does not charge any fees from applicants for any recruitment. Further, CRS has not retained any agent in connection with this recruitment

CRS’ recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation

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