Title: Project Coordinator
Reports To: Associate Program Director (APD), Kenya
Based In: ASAL Regions (Turkana, Samburu, Mandera, Wajir)
Classification: Full Time Employee

Organizational Overview

HealthRight International is a global health and human rights organization empowering marginalized communities to live healthy lives. Since its founding in 1990 by the late Dr. Jonathan Mann, HealthRight has worked in over 30 countries with current projects in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Our goal is to build lasting access to health, helping to realize the right to health for excluded communities. We focus on 4 priority populations: migrants, adolescents, sexual minorities, and women and children. In Kenya, HealthRight is working in several North Rift Valley, ASAL, Nairobi and Kilifi counties to address issues of maternal and child health, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, and other communicable diseases of high burden such as malaria and TB.

Project Description

JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) has recently been awarded a grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to provide Supply Chain Strengthening to Support Community Provision of Family Planning, including DMPA-SC for self-injection in 4 ASAL counties in Northern Kenya (Wajir, Turkana, Samburu and Mandera). In partnership with Ministry of Health (National & County), AMREF Health Africa, and Save the Children, JSI will work to address inequity in access to family planning through developing sustainable and scalable community based distribution models that reach underserved, remote communities and to build capacity and share lessons with stakeholders implementing community-based family planning and distribution among these populations regionally.

HealthRight International is partnering with JSI to conduct a developmental evaluation (DE) of the Supply Chain Alternatives for Last Mile Equity (SCALE) project. The 2 1⁄2 year project seeks to develop scalable and sustainable supply chain community-based model(s) for family planning provision, including subcutaneous depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA-SC) for self-injection, in underserved remote communities in Northern Kenya. The key project objectives are summarized as follows:

  1. To understand and compare the effectiveness of different model(s) for improving uptake and continued use of family planning;

  2. To test and inform implementation strategy throughout the course of the intervention, facilitating data-led adaptation to optimize intervention effectiveness;

  3. To generate evidence and learnings for sustainable and comprehensive community health model(s) for increasing contraceptive use in remote and hard to reach communities that are applicable to regional stakeholders dealing with similar populations in other countries in the subregion, the horn of Africa, and the Sahel.

Primary Role

The Project Coordinator will oversee and lead the community level activities of the SCALE project in collaboration with HealthRight’s key partners and all MOH community strategy units in the ASAL counties. Working with all project partners, the Project Coordinator will direct the project activities to achieve the evaluation objectives effectively. The Project Coordinator reports to HealthRight Kenya’s APD and will be based in 1 of the ASAL regions, with frequent travel to other project sites, including Nairobi.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Assist project team and consultants to conduct formative evaluation, cost analysis and implement the DE framework;

  • Oversee the routine collection of data, providing timely reviews and analysis, and using data to guide adaptations to program activities;

  • Work with ASAL CHMTs, SCHMTs and local partners to coordinate evaluation activities like data collection, training, community mapping, and stakeholder meetings;

  • Work with M&E Lead to provide real-time troubleshooting/support on any issues faced by the team;

  • Write accurate and complete monthly narrative progress reports to the APD outlining project activities, challenges and outcomes. Communicate regularly and effectively with the APD about challenges in project strategy;

  • Represent HealthRight during meetings at community and sub-county level and in county and national level partner meetings;

  • Perform regular visits to each field site to supervise M&E activities;

  • Work with the project’s support staff to ensure the effective and smooth implementation of the project at the community level.

Required Experience

  • Diploma in Community Health and Development, or other relevant area;

  • Minimum 3-5 years experience working with an international or Kenyan NGO;

  • Minimum 4 years experience working on implementation research, evaluation or rural health programs, preferably on reproductive health issues;

  • Experience working successfully in the ASAL regions preferred;

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with experience working in partnership with marginalized communities;

  • Demonstrated creativity and flexibility in problem-solving;

  • Ability to live and work in ASAL regions and travel;

  • Proficiency in Word, Excel and related MS Office applications

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should send a cover letter and CV to HRKenya@healthright.org by 15 February 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.