Save the Children RMNH Programme Manager

Vacancy: RMNH Programme Manager (Reproductive Maternal & Newborn Health Manager) – Kenya Country Office

Reference Code: RMNH /WAJ/MAN/SCI

Team / Programme: Programmes

Location: Full time in Wajir County with frequent travels to Mandera and Nairobi for meetings

Grade: 2

Post Type: National

Child Safeguarding: Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people

Role Purpose: The Public Health (RMNH) Technical Specialist will be expected to lead and manage three Save the Children’s (SC) projects:

1) the innovative ESHE/DFID FP Partnership project, a DFID-funded consortium of 6 organizations covering Mandera and Wajir Counties;
2) the UKAid Match funded maternal and new-born Signature Health Programme in Wajir; and

3) the GSK funded MNH programme.

SC will foster community engagement and mobilisation for social change in the highly-conservative Wajir and Mandera Counties of the former North Eastern province.

SC will support CHWs, peer groups and religious leaders to help address social barriers in schools, local madrasas, and with youth and women’s groups to encourage young people and their families to discuss RMNH issues including contraception and fertility.

SC will work to address demand side factors and hindrances to access for RMNH-FP while creating an enabling environment for RMNH-FP services through all three projects.

S/He will work in collaboration with existing County Department of Health (especially the Reproductive Health, Nursing Officer and community health strategy units) and the SCHMT as well as in close collaboration with other consortium members to leverage on their expertise and ensure that the counties of Wajir (and Mandera – for ESHE) benefits from the other result areas of the project.
Scope of Role:

Reports to: Area Programme Manager operationally with close technical relationship to Health Advisor, Head of Child Survival, ESHE Technical Director and the Signature Health Senior Programme Manager.

Liaises with APM – Mandera to ensure smooth delivery of ESHE work in Mandera and to oversee Mandera-based PC-RH.

Dimensions: Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners.

Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH.

In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programmes of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a single operation in Kenya.

In Feb 2014, we completed a second transition, which saw us join forces with the British INGO, Merlin, and merge their health and nutrition programmes with our own.
Save the Children now has an operational presence in Bungoma, Dadaab Refugee Camp, Garissa, Mandera, Turkana and Wajir and we work through partners in many other parts of the country.

We employ nearly 300 staff and will have an operating annual budget in 2015 of approximately US$20-25 million.

Staff directly reporting to this post: TBC

Key Areas of Accountability:

General management of the program activities and strategy:

Providing technical leadership and managerial oversight to ESHE (DIFPARK) Family Planning programme in both Wajir and Mandera Counties,
the GSK-funded Maternal and Newborn health (MNH) programme and the UK Aid match funded MNH programme in Wajir County
Ensuring effective intergration across all programmes for synergy and quality outcomes
Engaging donors, partners and SCUK member staff at various levels to ensure smooth operations of grants
Line management responsibility for programme staff in all three programmes spread across 6 sub-Counties of Wajir and 5 sub-Counties of Mandera County
Reviewing and submitting donor reports, ensuring timeliness, completeness and technical standards
Ensures technical support
for the County Department of Health teams (including CHWs) for the implementation of the action research component of the health programme.
Ensures technical support to the SCHMT in health systems strengthening especially for health service delivery at facility level, supply of commodities and HMIS.
Monitors and ensures that the technical protocols, manuals, guidelines and forms used in the field are in line with validated national RMNCH/FP technical tools and guidelines.
Provide technical support to the field teams and technical updates when available and is available for solving any problem arising in the field.
Analyzes the program activities and results using internationally validated indicators (as is in the log frame) and monitors the programme evolution and together with the Health Advisor and SP PM re-orients programs if needed.
Ensures a consistent response and approach to the programme needs, thus creating credibility of Save the Children actions.
Field –manages any sub-contractors conducting action research.
Ensures frequent visits to the field, with visits to the program activities at community level for each field visit, and provides formal visit feedback via Field Visit Reports.


Participates and represents SC in various health technical forums and at the ESHE and MNH consortium working meetings with partners at Nairobi and field level when necessary.
Ensures that the technical parts of project cooperation agreements and MoUs with authorities, partners and other organizations are consistent between all the area offices and shares with the Health Advisor/ Head of Child Survival for validation.
Ensure good working relationships maintained with the government authorities including the County Health management team and the various DHMTs.

Strategy Development & Reporting

Develops program donor reports (quarterly, final reports), with respect of the technical formats and deadlines.
Prepares monthly technical activity reports (compilation of the activities in the area offices) with a qualitative look.
Oversees documentation and sharing of lessons learnt and evidence to support development of other RMNCH/FP projects.
Works closely with the Health Advisor in program strategy and protocols development and development of proposals


Communicates regularly with the program and consortium teams for follow up, troubleshooting and technical and strategic advice.
Communicates with the logistics and administration departments in order to have a good follow up of respective departments (supply requests, stocks, pharmacy, etc. and budget and expense follow ups) and solve problems as they arise.
Communicates externally with the other organizations and authorities on a regular basis.


Work with MEAL team to document and disseminate best practices and lessons learnt from various innovative health programs.
Actively participate in advocacy initiatives and dissemination of action research findings at the County level to influence policy.

Competencies (our Values in Practice)

Leading and inspiring other s: Demonstrates leadership in all our work, role models our values, and articulates a compelling vision to inspire others to achieve our goals for children.
Innovating and adapting: Develops and implements innovative solutions to adapt and succeed in an ever-changing, uncertain work and global environment.
Applying technical and professional expertise: Applies the required technical and professional expertise to the highest standards; promotes and shares best practice within and outside the organization.
Communicating with impact: Communicates clearly and confidently with others to engage and influence; promotes dialogue and ensures timely and appropriate messages, building confidence and trust with others.
Networking: Builds and uses sustainable relationships and networks to support the work of Save the Children.

SCI Values: Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity, Integrity:

Qualifications and Experience

Public Health (Nurse, Public Health, Medical Doctor) professional with postgraduate qualification. Equivalent field experience may be considered in lieu of post graduate qualification
Minimum six (6) years’ experience in RMNH/FP programmes
Understanding of operations/ action research desirable
Proven experience in project cycle management and managing a team including performance management and coaching.
Experience working with the Ministry of Health. Experience working with partners in a consortium is desirable.
Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability for social change desirable
Practical experience and understanding of the community health strategy
Experience of training and capacity building staff
In-depth knowledge of social determinants of health and health inequality and health advocacy
Culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
Commitment to fully adhere to SCI Child Safeguarding Policy

How to Apply

Interested candidates are required to submit a CV and mandatory Cover letter to Kenya.jobapplications@savethechildren.org
indicating the Reference Code on the subject line by 4th May 2015.

Applications will be reviewed as and when they are received.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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