Program Director, Health Policy Plus Kenya

Program Director, Health Policy Plus Kenya

Palladium Group

Program Director, Health Policy Plus Kenya

Details of the offer

The Program Director for HP+ Kenya, based in Nairobi, is responsible for the overall technical and administrative management and implementation of the project in Kenya and will be the senior in-country project representative with overall responsibility for supervising project staff, and managing relations with partners and sub-contractors, both international and local, and achieving the set results. The Program Director will take a leadership role to coordinate program activities among a diverse group of stakeholders and beneficiaries.
The HP+ Kenya Program Director will report to the Deputy Project Director, Field Programs based in Washington DC and will work closely with government counterparts, the HP+ Kenya team, and HP+ headquarters-based staff.


Project Management and Technical Leadership
Leads and oversees the HP+ Kenya program working closely with the DC-based management team to ensure project compliance with client requirements, donor rules and regulations, and Palladium policies and systems;

Serves as Palladium’s representative for the project in-country, providing both technical leadership and management strategy for project implementation, ensuring activities are performed to a high professional standard, and all technical objectives are met;

As the primary liaison to the client, builds productive working relationships through open communication with all project stakeholders including the client, field team, home office team, government counterparts, grantees, subcontractors, and other client implementing partners;

Confers with USAID management on strategic issues to maximize impact and scale, minimize costs, and ensures both efficiency and sustainability in achieving project requirements;

Works in partnership with the DC-based Country Activity Manager and Project Manager, engaging in frequent, routine communication so that the home office is aware of both progress and potential challenges, and solicits assistance and input as needed to ensure that performance meets or exceeds technical and financial contractual requirements;

Oversees creation and implementation of workplan, project monitoring and evaluation activities, including regular monitoring and reporting against selected indicators;

Oversees preparation of reports and other technical deliverables, including quarterly and annual reports, coordinating with the Washington DC team for properly reviewed financial data and technical inputs;

Risk Management
Identifies, monitors and actively manages, mitigates, and resolves risks to project implementation;

Works to anticipate changes in security or political environment that will affect project activities and propose adjustments that will still allow the project to achieve its objectives on time and on budget;

Provides oversight of recruitment, onboarding, and management of all in-country staff, and assures implementation of Palladium’s performance excellence model;

Directly supervises one or more component leaders and/or senior technical and operations staff;

Mentors and evaluates staff, communicating clear performance goals and standards, offering regular performance feedback and prompt resolution of problems, and time and opportunity to grow and develop in competency areas;

Ensures required personnel policies are in place and followed, including annual performance reviews and compliance with required corporate training for all local Kenya HP+ staff;

Ensures the appropriate implementation of accounting, personnel, IT, and operating procedures are consistent with Palladium and client policies as well as tailored to meet local needs; and

Responsible for overall financial and administrative management in the field including overall spending, budget management, and compliance with Palladium policies.

Job Requirements
Required education
: Post-graduate education

Required relevant work experience
: 10 years

Required languages:
English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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