Regional Program Manager, Prevention of Malnutrition
Helen Keller International
Regional Program Manager, Prevention of Malnutrition
Established in 1915 with Helen Keller as a founding trustee, Helen Keller International (HKI) is dedicated to saving the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. Headquartered in New York City, HKI currently conducts programs in 21 countries in Africa and Asia, as well as in the United States. Renowned for its reliability, efficiency and high level of technical expertise, HKI promotes the development of sustainable, large-scale programs that deliver effective preventative and curative services for nutrition, eye health and neglected tropical diseases. The hallmark of the organization’s work is its proven success in developing, testing and scaling-up health interventions, and integrating them within government and community structures to support and build local capacity and sustainable solutions.
HKI implements the Essential Nutrition Actions (ENA) framework to deliver an integrated package of cost-effective nutrition actions that are proven to reduce maternal and child under-nutrition and associated mortality and morbidity. At the same time, HKI builds the capacity of government and community health providers to manage acute malnutrition through integrating community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) into existing child survival and malnutrition prevention programs, providing a holistic approach to preventing and treating malnutrition. HKI has received funding for a research program that will conduct a rigorous analysis of opportunities to optimize existing delivery platforms to enhance screening for and uptake of CMAM services, and provide enhanced prevention services as well as assess the cost and cost-effectiveness of integrated programs aimed at addressing the continuum of undernutrition, from treatment to prevention. The program, referred to as “PROMIS,” will be implemented in Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Kenya and we are currently recruiting for a Regional Program Manager to lead this project, based in Dakar, Senegal.
Scope of the Position
The Regional Program Manager is responsible for overall management of the PROMIS program, coordinating country program planning and implementation, and ensuring timely reporting in line with donor requirements. S/he will monitor program activities and research to assure technical and programmatic quality. The Regional Program Manager is responsible for representing HKI and the PROMIS program and managing relationships with program partners and donors.
The Regional Program Manager, PROMIS reports to the Regional Nutrition Advisor. S/he will work closely with the Country Directors and PROMIS Country Coordinators in the target countries to implement the project activities. S/he will be supported by Regional Office and Headquarters-based technical and management support staff.
Program Planning, Management, and Leadership
Provides overall program management and leadership of the multi-country program. Takes lead in development of regional and country work plans. With research partners, develops terms of reference of studies and follows their implementation. Follows up the preparation and signature of sub-grants. Coordinates partner’s activities according to designated tasks. Ensures compliance with donor requirements and HKI policies, procedures and processes.
Provides programmatic leadership, coordination, and consistency across HKI’s integrated prevention/treatment programs throughout Africa. Facilitates regular virtual/face-to-face meetings between country level project leaders to ensure regular information sharing and knowledge management.
Mobilizes timely and regular technical support to country level teams on project design, reporting and monitoring, ensuring feasibility and quality assurance thorough appropriate selection of national partners, adequate project management, and supervision. Facilitates country level and regional linkages with technical institutions and other organizations. Helps ensure the development of quality, evidence based technical tools and guides.
Takes overall responsibility for ensuring that HKI country offices provide accurate and timely reporting of project results, and the development and implementation of appropriate monitoring and evaluation tools for different partners’ activities at sub-regional and country level. Works to assure quality of program implementation with country offices. Consolidates country office and implementing partners’ reports for reporting to the donor and HKI regional office.
Research and Dissemination of Information
Collaborates with and assists research partner in developing research protocols and surveys, data collection, and analysis. Assists country offices and sub-regional implementing agencies to document and publish/present interesting programmatic findings and lessons learned related to management and prevention of acute malnutrition. Shares information across countries and expands lessons learned to other countries where HKI has programs. Maintains the technical information in related section of the HKI web site.
Grant Compliance and Budget Control
Ensures donor funds are allocated and managed in accordance with HKI and donor policies and good financial standards. With country teams, develops financial monitoring tools that are linked to activities and implementation plans. Together with the country team, tracks budget expenditures over time to ensure budget compliance. Reviews financial reports for the project and monitors the project budgeting and activities.
Represents HKI at appropriate global and regional meetings related to the program. In collaboration with country directors, will support representation of HKI’s nutrition expertise during field visits. Facilitates linkages between civil society, government, and international agencies that promote and build awareness of evidence-based approaches to prevention of acute malnutrition.
- At least a Master’s Degree in Nutrition, Public Health, or International Development plus a minimum 7 years’ experience implementing nutrition programming, including CMAM and maternal-child health and nutrition programs, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Strong track record in undertaking and supporting research, data collection, analysis and report and article writing.
- Strong technical skills in management of acute malnutrition, infant and young child feeding, use of lipid-based nutrient supplements, behavior change communication, and health systems strengthening, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Experience managing multi-country projects preferred.
- Ability to undertake extensive field travel (approximately 35%).
- Strong interpersonal skills in dealing with external contacts, as well as internal colleagues; demonstrated capacity to develop and maintain productive relationships.
- Demonstrated successful experience in managing teams for high productivity.
- Demonstrated effectiveness in project planning and organization, as well as personal time management.
- English and French fluency, both oral and written. Ability to read, analyze and interpret complex documents.
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to HKI.Recruitment@hki.org noting the job title in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
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