3 Project Officers Jobs in Kenya

University Research Co LLC
Center for Human Services
Project Officer - Quality Improvement Malaria Program

(3 Positions)

 To be based in Migori, Siaya and Busia Counties 
Salary: Commensurate with required experience and qualifications
Reports to: Senior Quality Improvement Advisor
Position Level: 9 
University Research Co., LLC (URC): URC is a global company dedicated to improving the quality of health care, social services, and health education worldwide.

With a non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS), URC manages projects in over 45 countries, including the United States. 

Established in 1965, URC offers a range of technical assistance to strengthen health and social systems and service quality by empowering communities and health workers to identify and scale up locally appropriate solutions to critical problems.

Internationally, we expand access to and improve the quality of services addressing maternal, newborn, and child health; infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria; reproductive health and family planning; food and nutrition; and vulnerable children and families. 

In the US, we focus on improving communication related to issues like substance abuse, with a particular focus on reaching underserved populations. 

URC’s mission is to provide innovative, evidence-based solutions to health and social challenges worldwide. 

Please join us in carrying out our mission (http://www.urc-chs.com/).

Division & Project Overview: The URC Quality & Performance Institute (QPI) is a division of URC which serves as an organizing force to bring together best practices, staff experience, partnerships, and documentation on improving health care at URC. 

The USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project is URC’s flagship project in quality improvement. 

ASSIST is managed by URC’s Quality and Performance Institute, (QPI), which has implemented quality improvement and operations research programs in health care since 1981 and continues to be at the cutting edge of health care improvement work in countries around the world. 

URC is looking for individuals to fill three positions of Project Officer-Quality Improvement, Malaria Program for PMI funded project Applying Science to strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST). 

The project is a global leader in the implementation, advocacy, development and promotion of cost-effective methods to design and improve healthcare services and systems in developing and middle income countries.

Roles and Responsibilities:
Reporting to the Senior Quality Improvement Advisor, they will work closely with the Ministry of Health (MOH) officials at county government level and Implementing Partners to build their improvement competencies. 

They will ensure smooth running of multiple continuous quality improvement efforts through capacity building and coordinated implementation of modern quality improvement initiatives. 

The incumbent will;
  • Provide malaria project management support in selected counties.
  • Work closely with Malaria partners and sub county level health management teams within selected counties to support improvement work in line with the Kenya Quality Model for Health (KQMH).
  • Support Malaria Technical Working Groups, Quality Improvement Teams and the Work Improvement Teams in the target counties.
  • Provide support to develop malaria quality indicators, data collection, analysis and reporting.
  • Develop and update materials for training, coaching and learning sessions.
  • Ensure project compliance with USAID rules and regulations.
Minimum Qualifications:
Required Experience & Qualifications 
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, and Diploma in Clinical Medicine or other related discipline. Those with additional training in project management or Public Health will have an added advantage. 
  • Two (2) years’ experience working with National and County health systems.
  • Hands on skills of health care and health care coverage issues. Those with prior clinical practice and quality improvement process experience will be preferred.
  • Proficiency in data analysis and presentation.
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Experience in advising, training and mentoring on improvement efforts.
  • Prior experience of working with district/ sub-county health management teams
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in teams.
  • Ability and willingness to travel in the field as and when required.
  • Exceptional verbal, interpersonal and written communications skills.
  • Fluent in English and Kiswahili.
Desired Experience & Qualifications 
  • Knowledge  of USAID/Federal rules and regulations
  • Relevant training in Quality assurance/quality improvement of health services.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to build networks and partnership;
Please note: Only candidates who are eligible to work in the Country for an indefinite period without a need for sponsorship will be considered for this position. 

To Apply: For immediate consideration, please visit URC’s Career Opportunities page at www.urc-chs.com/career-opportunities

Qualified applicants can also send a cover letter and detailed curriculum vitae indicating present employer, and position, daytime telephone number, current salary, names and addresses of three work related referees to hrkenya@urc-chs.com.  

The closing date for submitting applications is 6th May, 2016. 
You must upload your CV/Résumé and your Cover Letter where indicated. 

Also, please complete your application form and attach a completedUSAID Form 1420 Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet as well.  

Due to the large number of inquiries we receive, only candidates who have met the required experience & qualifications for this position will be contacted. 

No phone calls please. 

However, since we are active around the world in the field of public health, we may wish to retain your CV in our database for other/future opportunities, unless you direct us otherwise. Thank you very much for your interest.

URC is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

We value and seek diversity in our workforce.