NGO Health Officer Jobs In Kenya


Team/Programme: Programmes ( LOCATION: Mandera County
Grade: 3
Post Type: National

Role Purpose

  • SCI Kenya is currently implementing Reproductive Maternal Newborn and Child health (RMNCH) programme in Mandera funded by European Union and EFKS to enhance reproductive, maternal neonatal and child health and nutrition outcomes for vulnerable communities of Mandera County. The holder of this position will be core to ensuring delivery of quality facility and community based RMNCH components of the projects.

Scope of Role

  • This job will play a critical role in ensuring effective mobilisation in the RMNCH programme.
  • The officer is accountable for providing technical support and assistance to the programme and County Health team in the planning, execution, and monitoring of facility-based (clinical aspects) and community based RMNCH for improved practices.
  • He/She works closely with SCHMT and facility in-charges and other programme officers under the general guidance of the Programme Coordinator.
  • The Health Officer is further expected to design, test and deploy OJT and mentorship capacity development strategies to support all pillars of the RMNCH programme including health advocacy at health facility, sub-County Primary Care facilities.

Health Officer Job Key Areas Of Accountability

Support to Programme Delivery

  • Effectively deliver community-based maternal and newborn health aspects of programme intervention in synergy with the facility-based aspects to address the demand side causes of poor maternal newborn and child health in Mandera
  • Effectively support the delivery of the facility aspects of reproductive , maternal newborn and child health of programme intervention in synergy with the community-based aspects to address the major underlying causes of poor maternal, newborn and child health in Mandera namely low demand by households and a weak health facility systems and processes for maternal and newborn care
  • Provide effective technical support to facility health workers from county government counterparts and other partners in reproductive maternal newborn and child health
  • Provide effective technical support to county government counterparts and other partners in community health strategy for maternal and new-born health and health communication for social and behaviour change
  • Planning and implementation of program activities including community engagement and mobilization and social dialogue
  • Organizing and rolling out training and capacity building initiatives for community resource persons including community health volunteers, community health committees, Muslim religious leaders, mother to mother support groups and facility health workers
  • Organizing and rolling out capacity building initiatives for health workers through CME and OJT on EMONC, IMCI and Infection Prevention and Control
  • Champion innovative initiatives for both facility-based maternal and newborn health services including assessment and procurement support of material and equipment for essential newborn health and emergency obstetric care
  • Champion innovative initiatives for community-based maternal and newborn health using the MoH’s revised community strategy and the community maternal and newborn health strategy.
  • Strengthening facility and community based maternal perinatal death surveillance review


Partnerships for RMNCH

  • Ensure close collaboration with various professional groups and non-governmental organisations active in RMNCH to facilitate learning and model best practice.
  • Ensure effective integration with other health grants run by Save the Children and other health partners in Mandera to avoid overlap
  • Provide on-going support to county government counterparts and other partners in OJT and capacity development of health workers on essential maternal and newborn health practices and infection prevention and control

Monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL)

  • Work with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) team to ensure effective monitoring and evaluation of programme activities including preparation of monitoring reports and mainstreaming accountability mechanisms.
  • Jointly conducting regular site monitoring visits to ensure quality programme implementation
  • Developing and sharing periodic project reports including trip reports, distribution reports, activity reports, weekly reports, monthly and quarterly donor reports
  • Ensure effective documentation of case studies, success stories or human interest stories

Key Competencies (our Values in Practice)

  • Delivering results: Takes personal responsibility and holds others to account to deliver our ambitious
  • Goals for children, continually improving own performance or that of the team/ organization.
  • Problem solving and decision making: Takes effective, considered and timely decisions by gatheringand evaluating relevant information from within or outside the organization and making appropriatejudgements.
  • Applying technical and professional expertise: Applies the required technical and professional
    expertise to the highest standards; promotes and shares best practice within and outside theorganization.
  • Communicating with impact: Communicates clearly and confidently with others to engage andinfluence; promotes dialogue and ensures timely and appropriate messages, building confidence andtrust with others.
  • Working effectively with others: Works collaboratively to achieve shared goals and thrives ondiversity of people and perspectives. Knows when to lead and when to follow and how to ensureeffective cross-boundary workingSCI Values: Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity, Accountability and Integrity

Qualifications & Experience for Health Officer Job

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing or Public Health or Diploma in a related field (Nursing, Midwifery)
  • Minimum three (3) years post-training relevant mix of professional work experience on reproductive, maternal new born and child health programming with proven experience implementing facility based maternal and child health interventions through a health system strengthening approach.
  • Experience in working within the Arid and Semi-Arid Regions of Kenya is an added advantage
  • Experience working with the MoH is an added advantage
  • Demonstrable ability in carrying out on-job training and capacity building support to facility staffs and community health workers.
  • Must be computer literate and show proficiency in report writing skills
  • Ability to speak the local dialect (Somali/Gare) fluently is an added advantage

Must be willing to abide fully by Save the Children Child Safeguarding Policy.

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