Deputy Project Director, Kenya Human Resources for Health (HRH)

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 28 April 2021

Job Description

Position Overview

The Deputy Project Director reports to the Project Director and will assist in providing strategic, technical leadership, and management oversight of the project. S/he must have an appropriate balance of technical, managerial, and interpersonal skills and experience. The Deputy Project Director must have the requisite operational expertise, interpersonal skills, and established professional relationships to successfully oversee the implementation of the project. This position must have the capacity to successfully interact host country agencies, including national and county government, development partners, civil society and community-based organizations.

The ideal candidate will have a mix of project management expertise and technical depth in human resources for health (HRH) program implementation that focuses on workforce management, improving quality of care, human resource information systems and digital tools that support the health workforce performance. In addition, the candidate will be a recognized leader in the HRH space and have experience networking with Government of Kenya and other key stakeholders.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Assist the Project Director in the implementation of project activities, including work planning, budgeting, and reporting requirements.
  • Provides direct supervision to project component leaders.
  • When required, serve as the interface between the project and USG and host government stakeholders and Palladium senior management.
  • Manages local partners that work in the health financing space. This includes but is not limited to ensuring that all partners are engaged and produce the required results.
  • If requested to do so by the Project Director, assumes responsibility for overseeing project budget and finances including financial performance reporting, budget projections and project spending.
  • When requested, represents the project at relevant professional meetings, working groups and seminars.
  • Prepare analyses, recommendations, briefing notes, white papers, and assessments for internal and client use.

Position Requirements

  • Significant progressively increasing project management responsibility with at least 3 years’ in a senior leadership position on an HRH project that is implemented in Kenya or similar setting.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication are essential as the Deputy Project Director will assist the Project Director for the development and submission of project reporting and communication efforts.
  • Demonstrated organizational and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated management and supervisory experience of a relevant scope and scale, and leading multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Experience working with local partners to ensure adherence to all sub-award requirements.
  • Experience in interacting with host country agencies, including central and local government, development partners, civil society and community-based organizations is essential.
  • Knowledge of USG regulations.
  • Prior experience developing strategic plans, workplans, and/or activity plans for large service delivery programs.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and high comfort level writing and presenting data and information in a compelling way to difference audiences.
  • Excellent written and spoken English and ability to communicate across technical disciplines and non-technical audience required.

About the Organization

Company Profile

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development, and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities, and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental, and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives. In Kenya, with a staff of 129 people, Palladium works in economic growth, private sector engagement, health, data and digital solutions. In health, with USAID funding under HPP and HP+, Palladium worked to advance sustainable financing of Kenya’s health policy priorities with a focus in HIV planning, reproductive health, malaria and maternal health. The Afya Pwani project builds county health systems and capacity, and strengthens governance for strategic planning, and health information systems development. The Kenya Health Management Information Systems II Project, funded by the CDC works to improve clinical service delivery by strengthening electronic medical records systems and creating a data warehouse.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

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