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Program Officer

Nairobi County, Nairobi, Kenya
January 26, 2024
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Job Description

Job Title: Program Officer

Exciting opportunities at Pathfinder International – Kenya

Pathfinder Overview:
Pathfinder International is a global leader in sexual and reproductive health. We place reproductive health care at the center of all that we do believing that it is not only a fundamental human right, but is critical for expanding life opportunities for women, families, communities, and nations, and paving the way for transformations in environmental stewardship, decreases in population pressures, and innovations in poverty reduction. Pathfinder provides women, men, and adolescents with a range of quality health services from contraception and maternal care to HIV prevention and AIDS care and treatment. Pathfinder strives to strengthen access to family planning, advocate for sound reproductive health policies, and, through all our work, improve the rights and lives of the people we serve.
To strengthen our continued presence and impact in the SRHR space, we are currently seeking qualified candidates for an anticipated MNCH project in Kenya.
Job Purpose:
The Program Officer will be responsible for providing technical support to the County Health Management Teams (CHMT) in the establishment, coordination, and scaling up of activities in the counties. S/He will be expected to actively participate in the execution of project strategies, activities, and the development of tools and materials for the project. The officer will support the counties to ensure that all activities are conducted in a timely manner / as planned. S/He will be expected to represent the Pathfinder project in partner meetings at local and regional levels and advocate for co-funding and eventual total ownership.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Strategic Plan and Budget Implementation: Works with local authorities and health facilities to advocate for the allocation of funds to support emergency transportation/emergency referrals using private taxis.
  • Program Assessment, Measurement, and Evaluation: Work with the Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) team to conduct research and data gathering on significant and new developments.
  • Innovation: Identifies best practices in activities, recommends improvements for program or project performance, and assists in sharing innovative methods with partners.
  • Technical Direction: Assists in the assessment, coordination, and facilitation of the provision of Basic Emergency Obstetrics and Newborn Care (BEmONC), Comprehensive Emergency Obstetrics and Newborn Care (CEmONC), and emergency transportation and referral systems in collaboration with County Health Management Teams (CHMTs).
  • Project and Management Reporting: Participate in writing and Reviews of quarterly and annual project progress reports and give constructive feedback on project and Implementation. Assists in the development and delivery of presentations related to the activities. Timely submits a completed consolidated report to the MEL team.
  • Meeting and Forum Attendance: Attends relevant meetings as well as forums to foster and enhance collaboration and sharing of new and improved approaches, methods, and ideas. Uses these platforms and forums to advocate for the allocation of resources to support Emergency transportation systems.
  • Publications: Assists with coordinating the publication of research findings, technical reviews, and the development of manuals and guidelines for project-related activities.
  • Project Management and Participation: Participates in cross-functional project teams and partner activities
Minimally Required Job-Specific Competencies:
  • Experience in implementing advocacy activities at community, sub-county, and county levels.
  • Sound Experience in working with counties and knowledge of their budgeting systems.
  • Knowledge of health system referrals and linkages systems at the county level.
  • Foundational knowledge of Maternal and Newborn services including project strategies on emergency transportation/referrals and indicators.
  • Ability to plan, coordinate/supervise, and deliver trainings and meetings to diverse groups.
  •  Experience in private-sector programming is an added advantage.
  • Strong M&E and good relations in management.
  • Solid IT skills: Foundational knowledge of data processing and HMIS tools, knowledge of database and internet applications.
Minimally Required Organizational Competencies:
• Software Applications: Foundational knowledge of MS Office products, including MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
 Languages: Advanced writing and speaking skills using local language and English language.
• Communication: Advanced oral and written communication skills. Advanced knowledge of report writing.
• Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Services: Foundational knowledge of family planning and reproductive health principles, practices and services, including strategies and indicators.
• Passion for Sexual and Reproductive Health Services: Commitment to family planning, reproductive health services, gender, maternal, child health services, and eradication of harmful traditional practices.
• Influencing and Customer Service Skills: Advanced influencing and diplomacy skills. Advanced customer service skills.
• Organization, Planning, and Multi-tasking: Advanced organizational and planning skills, project planning and management skills. Proven ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and multi-task with minimal supervision.
• Matrix Management: Ability to thrive in a matrixed organization.
• Self-Management and Teamwork: Ability to work independently or as a member of the team, ability to be detailed-oriented, and ability to manage stress effectively in a fast-paced environment
• Confidentiality: Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information in a discreet and professional manner.
Required Education, Training, and Experience:
  • Advanced Diploma or Degree in an SRHR-related field, Social Sciences, or Development with experience in health and project management.  A Masters degree is an added advantage.
  • 5 years related experience, including work in SRHR/MNCH services
  • 2-3 years of experience in the NGO sector

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer Statement:
Pathfinder International provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.
Safeguarding and Protection Statement:
Pathfinder is committed to the safeguarding and protection of the people we serve and our staff. We have zero tolerance for any type of behavior that inflicts harm on children, young people, adults, our staff, and partners including sexual abuse, harassment, bullying, and exploitation. We do everything possible to ensure that we recruit only those who are suitable to work with us. We expect that everyone we hire will abide by our safeguarding and related policies and will report any suspected or known violations. This job is subject to a range of vetting checks as legally permitted in the country where they are being hired. By submitting an application, the job applicant acknowledges they understand our intent to verify suitability to work with us.

Important Notice:

Deadline for Submitting Applications: December 18th, 2023
Please submit an updated resume (CV) with your application




Team Player

: Works well as a member of a group


: Inspires teammates to follow them

Detail Oriented

: Capable of carrying out a given task with all details necessary to get the task done well


: Devoted to a task or purpose with loyalty or integrity




: Inspired to perform well when granted the ability to set your own schedule and goals


: Inspired to perform without outside help

Ability to Make an Impact

: Inspired to perform well by the ability to contribute to the success of a project or the organization

Pathfinder International

Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya