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Nov 3, 2017

Amref Health Africa Deputy Director for Outreach Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Amref Health Africa is the continent’s Leading health development organisation, founded and headquartered in Kenya. 

Our vision is lasting health change in Africa. As we celebrate 60 years of progress with the Launch of our new five-year growth strategy, we are seeking an experienced and ambitious Deputy Director for Outreach, Youth Advocacy Project.
Amref Health Africa began 60 years ago as the Flying Doctors of East Africa to provide critical medical assistance to remote communities in East Africa. 

Today, Amref Health Africa works with the most vulnerable African communities through its country programmes in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, and its Southern and West Africa regional hubs. 

With its Laboratory, clinical outreach and training programmes, Amref Health Africa reaches more than 35 countries across the continent. 

The organisation’s work is supported by 11 offices in North America and Europe.

Job Title: Deputy Director for Outreach, Youth Advocacy Project
Department: Amref Institute of Capacity Development
Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Main Purpose of Job: The Youth Advocacy Project is a two-year initiative of Amref Health Africa and the Advocacy Accelerator to support increased capacity and action by youth across Kenya to advocate for their gender and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) priorities to be reflected in government policies and actions.

The project is seeking a hands-on Deputy Director for Outreach to lead external engagement with partners and advocates engaged in the Youth Advocacy Project. 

The Deputy Director will report directly to the Project Director, partner with the Advocacy Communications Manager and other internal partners to carry out his or her responsibilities.

Principal Responsibilities

Community partnerships
  • Serve as the primary liaison with youth advocacy and policymaker partners at the county and national levels in Kenya
  • Identify key criteria and lead selection of organizations to serve as advocacy capacity leads and advocacy participants in four counties
  • Ensure communications with and among partners on project activities
  • Manage and ensure timely delivery of contracted activities by county partners
Policymaker engagement
  • Serve as a connector and facilitator of partner engagement with policymakers at the county and national levels
  • Seek ways to educate and engage policymakers in youth-led advocacy engagement efforts
Advocacy strategy development
  • Provide facilitation support and mentorship to community partners in identifying and pursuing advocacy goals and priorities
Mentorship and training
  • Partner with the Advocacy Accelerator team to carry out advocacy capacity trainings to youth advocates and youth networks
  • Partner with the finance and administration lead to ensure that subgrants are processed in a timely manner and that all deliverables are met
Required Qualifications
Education and Knowledge
  • Strong understanding of Kenyan context, with a focus on youth engagement.
  • Understanding of policy and budget processes at the county and national levels in Kenya.
  • Knowledge of the primary youth advocacy and gender groups engaged in Kenyan politics.
  • Experience working on advocacy capacity building.
  • Fluency in Kiswahili
Desirable Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree or post graduate degree in public policy, public health, business administration, or other field relevant to advocacy for gender, health, and/or development advocacy.
  • Priority will be given to youth applicants
  • At least 5 years of advocacy experience in Kenya.
  • At least 4 years of experience in youth engagement.
  • Experience working on gender equality and SRHR and the linkage to related issues is desired.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, negotiation and networking skills
  • Be hands-on on both managerial and operational tasks
  • Ability to prioritise and multi-task
  • Ability to exercise confidentiality, tact and discretion when dealing with diverse groups of people
  • Strategic planning
  • Project management
  • High degree of diplomacy
  • Public relations skills
  • Problem solving
  • Passionate about youth in all their diversity.
  • Strong and passionate commitment to advocacy capacity strengthening in the Africa region with a specific focus on youth.
  • Collaborative process management, coordination, planning and oversight
  • Ability to work and report to multiple partners.
  • Decision making skills
  • Cross sectoral knowledge and understanding of gender equality and SRHR with a specific focus on youth.
  • Adaptive leadership
  • Understanding of political contexts internally and externally.
  • Tactical and strategic abilities.
Environmental Conditions

Corporate Policies, Systems, Procedures and Methods
  • Knowledge of organisation policy
Work Environment
  • An office space in Nairobi within Amref Health Africa headquarters
  • Ability to travel at least 50% time.
How to Apply: 

Send a Curriculum Vitae and a Cover Letter to [email protected]
Please include the name of the vacancy in the subject line

Deadline: Friday, November 10, 2017 

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