KANCO Program Officer (Harm Reduction) Job -September 2015


Vacancy: Program Officer (PO) – Harm Reduction

KANCO is a key partner to the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (TGF) and is assuming the role of Principal Recipient of TGF grant in the Regional East African HIV Harm Reduction Project.

The project will be rolled out in eight countries (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Burundi, Ethiopia, Seychelles and Mauritius).

In its role as Principal Recipient, KANCO will ensure quality and effective program implementation, program financial management, timely procurement of supplies and service delivery as well as efficient monitoring and evaluation of the grant implementation activities.

For the implementation of the project, KANCO has established a Programme Management Unit (‘PMU’) which will coordinate and oversee the implementation of the project and ensure compliance of the terms and conditions of the grant agreements with the TGF and as well as the KANCO rules, policies and procedures.

The PMU will ensure coordination with other initiatives funded by the Global Fund and other health programmes.

In addition, it is critical the PMU links with the implementing countries regional offices, other Country Offices acting as PR for Global Fund programmes in the region and globally.
KANCO is seeking to employ a suitable person for the following position to form part of the PMU

Program Officer (PO) – Harm Reduction

Summary of the Position: The PO will provide technical advice, support and Strategic Direction for HIV/AIDS programme interventions on harm reduction.

S/he will support the technical aspects of the sub-grant management, to ensure success in the program implementation and demonstration projects.


  • Offer technical advice on Harm Reduction to the regional counterparts and implementing partners involved in HIV grants implementation, in order to effectively utilize TGF resources.
  • Undertake Harm Reduction programming capacity analysis and capacity development process, and facilitate address development needs of the SRs;
  • Provide technical support to regional counterparts, SRs and implementing partners on activities related to HIV/AIDS and harm reduction within the overall framework of The Global Fund project.
  • Support the development and submission of work plans, budgets, performance frameworks, Monitoring & Evaluation and Procurement and Supply Management plans for the relevant grant, in close cooperation with the Procurement, Finance and M&E sections and the respective regional programmes.
  • In accordance with approved relevant work plans and budgets, support timely preparation of the procurement plans and technical specifications for the health products in close consultation with the relevant HIV and AIDS Control Programme in each of the eight (8) countries.
  • Work closely with M&E team for effective monitoring, timely reporting and analysis of results of the project to incorporate lessons learnt into recommendations for improvement to be implemented by partners.
  • Establish and maintain effective communication channels and ensure sustainable information sharing with Regional Programmes and sub recipients in the implementation of The Global Fund project activities.
  • Participate in the relevant technical working groups sub-committees.
  • Support a collaborative vertical coordination between the different grant team as well as M&E, including implementing harmonized approaches for any cross-cutting issues.
  • Support the Project Mamager and the communication and Documentation team in compiling best practices on implementing Global Fund programme activities at the Regional level including dissemination.
  • Support the development of knowledge products based on lessons learned, experiences and data generated through programme implementation.
  • Person Specification
  • The job holder MUST possess the following qualifications:
  • 1. A minimum of Master’s degree in Public Health, Project Management, or any relevant discipline (including social science).
  • 2. Minimum of 5 years’ experience in Project Management on Harm Reduction among people who inject and their partners on HIV or other health issues.

3. Knowledge:

  • Understanding of both public health and human rights dimensions of HIV prevention and care work;
  • Experience of harm reduction programming or other similar approaches;
  • Strong commitment to confronting HIV and AIDS at regional and international level;
  • Strong support of harm reduction approaches or work with injecting drug users;
  • Understanding and strong ability to supporting the role of communities and non-governmental sector in the responses to HIV and other challenges associated with injecting drug use.
  • Sufficient understanding and acceptance of essential harm reduction principles;
  • Excellent knowledge of the regional health policy environment

4. Critical factors:

  • Have skills to encourage field level partner organizations to collaboratively introduce improvements to their programmes and measures to increase efficiency of the country response to HIV/AIDS epidemic and drug use related challenges;
  • Have Excellent English language (written and spoken), French would be an added advantage.
  • Experience of work in areas related to injecting drug use and Must have thorough understanding of challenges faced by people who inject drugs;
  • Experience in developing budgets and work plans as well as monitoring and evaluation framework.
  • Solid management and communication/negotiation skills;
  • Posses diplomatic skills and ability to apply judgment and effectively represent the organization in challenging policy discussions;
  • Experience of working with implementing partners or sub recipients in providing leadership and technical support to the program
  • Proven ability to work with a variety of stakeholders including governmental officials and decision makers, international organizations and donors, and people vulnerable to and affected by the HIV epidemic
  • Ability to work under pressure

5. Eligibility to live and work in Kenya

How to Apply

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

Please submit a cover letter and a résumé indication your current and expected salary.

Indicate the title of position on the subject line.
KANCO is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against: color, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion or belief, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, HIV/AIDS Status, and disability.
Applications to be sent to the Human Resource Office ONLY via email: jobs@kanco.org.

Please do not attach certificates and testimonials at this point.

Application Deadline: 14th September, 2015

Kindly note that only shortlisted persons will be contacted