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Sep 11, 2017

PATH Senior Nurturing Care for ECD Technical and Program Coordinator NGO Job in Kisumu, Kenya

Job Vacancy: Senior Nurturing Care for ECD Technical and Program Coordinator, ECD

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Job Location: Kisumu, Nyanza, Kenya
Company Location: Kenya, Kisumu
Position Type: Full-Time / Regular

Job Description: PATH is an international organization that drives transformative innovation to save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. 

We accelerate innovation across five platforms - vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations - that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. 

By mobilizing partners around the world, we take innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. 

Together, we deliver measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health.

Kenya has made significant gains in reducing under-five mortality. However, even though more children are surviving, an unacceptably large number of children continue to fail to attain their full developmental potential in life. 

Since 2012, PATH has developed and implemented approaches to integrate content on ECD/responsive caregiving into health services targeting children 0–3 years and their caregivers e.g., counseling caregivers on how to play and communicate with children, screening for developmental milestones, and making referrals in case of developmental delays. 

Young children are often outside of the purview of “traditional” ECD services that focus on providing pre-primary education through ECD centers. 

In the early years of a child’s life, the health system is often the only way to consistently reach children and their caregivers.
The recent Lancet series on ECD strongly validates the PATH model and also defines the concept of “nurturing care” to encompass the five critical domains that are necessary for ensuring that children not only survive, but also thrive and reach their full potential in life. 

These domains include health, adequate nutrition, responsive caregiving, security and safety, and early learning. 

With funding from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, PATH will support the Ministry of Health at all levels of the health system to achieve its objectives to provide nurturing care at scale for the youngest children, in order for them to attain their full potential in life.

PATH is seeking to recruit a Senior Nurturing Care for ECD Technical and Program Coordinator who will play a key role in the implementation of this workthrough the county health system in health facilities and in communities of Siaya County in western Kenya.  

This work will be strongly linked to advocacy efforts taking place at national, regional and international levels.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Plan, manage, and execute a wide range of activities in support of PATH’s integrated ECD program implementation in Siaya County.
  • Provide team technical leadership on integration nutrition with other key domains of nurturing care.  This includes both innovative integration at point of service through various service delivery channels as well as integration into county and national level policy instruments and technical standards and guidelines.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for PATH’s ECD team in Kisumu and provide timely feedback and reports to the National ECD Manager in Nairobi and to PATH’s ECD Leadership in the USA.
  • Develop, cultivate, and maintain strong and productive relationships with the Siaya Ministry of Health (MOH) at county and subcounty levels.
  • Identify and cultivate partnerships with other ministries, programs, projects and entities who can contribute to the emerging nurturing care program.
  • Coordinate meetings for joint planning and design of project activities with MOH and other counterparts at county and subcounty levels. Actively participate in relevant meetings at county and subcounty levels convened by the MOH and nongovernmental partners.
  • Work with other team members to design multiple field activities—e.g., trainings of health service providers, routine mentoring of trained health service providers, supervision of quality of service delivery, joint mentoring with MOH staff, parenting programs through existing community groups, etc.
  • Supervise and support, as requested,field based team members to ensure that field activities are conducted on schedule and with desired quality, and that team members are performing well individually and as a team and growing professionally through their work with PATH.
  • Support other NGO partners to design and implement innovative approaches to create demand for ECD services being offered through the health system, ECD service delivery through private health facilities, and integration of ECD services into adolescent, sexual, and reproductive health platforms (to cite three examples)
  • Contribute to internal documentation and reporting processes in Kenya and supportthe development of reports and other deliverables required by the donor.
  • Provide inputs into various project documents, such as technical briefs and presentations.
  • Provide inputs and share successes, challenges, and lessons learned from the field with the National ECD Manager and other team members in order to support national and international-level policy and advocacy efforts.
  • Share successes, challenges, and lessons learned with PATH ECD team members globally.
  • Ensure compliance with donor and PATH policies and guidelines.
  • Identify issues or risks which will inhibit successful implementation of the initiative and suggest mitigation factors.
Required Experience
  • Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline, or a combination of Bachelor’s Degree and equivalent professional experience.
  • Minimum seven years of experience and demonstrated skills in designing and implementing child health, nutrition, or development projects with multiple objectives and associated activities.
  • Demonstrated experience of managing milestone-based projects within budget and time constraints.
  • At least three years in a role that involved regular communication with the Kenyan MOH at county and/or subcounty levels and joint planning, implementation, and evaluation of activities.
  • Robust technical knowledge of maternal and child nutrition is essential.
  • Strong understanding of holistic child development and the role played by responsive caregiving, health, nutrition, early learning, and protection/security in ensuring appropriate development.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with the Kenyan MOH at county and subcounty levels and extensive knowledge of the Kenyan health system is essential.
  • Ability to travel throughout Siaya County and occasionally to other parts of Kenya.
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills with a demonstrated capacity to solve problems with energy, flexibility, attention to detail, and a positive attitude.
  • Ability to work with various technologies (computers, mobile phones, etc.) and proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including presentation, training, and facilitation skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to manage several major activities simultaneously, and work in a complex environment with short deadlines.
Must have current legal authorization to work in Kenya.
PATH is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is valued. 

How to Apply

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