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Director of Health

Introduction

Do you want your work to matter? Do you want to use your skills to make a difference, not just a living? Do you want to improve millions of lives, including your own? 

Living Goods works to reinvent how we improve the lives of the under-served. We think big, but operate lean and nimble. We train community health workers to bring health services and life-saving products to families’ doorsteps.

We also empower community health workers through mobile phones.    We teach them how to detect and treat common illnesses like pneumonia, malaria, malnutrition, and diarrhea. We develop smart phone apps to guide home visits and create predictive algorithms to make the best use of community health workers' time.  We test new tools like paperless referrals to clinics and biosensors to monitor infant and child growth.

 

At Living Goods, you will have the chance to apply your ideas and creativity at work every day.  If you work well in a dynamic collaborative culture, set high standards, and meet challenges with determination and a sense of humor, you’ll thrive here at Living Goods.

Kenya

Living Goods Kenya has worked in Kenya for five years.  We have a team of 180 and will grow to 300 by over the next three years. This year we will serve one million people in Kenya.  In four years we’ll serve over seven million.  We’re growing because we have a winning model and mission: to ensure that every mother and child has basic healthcare in their community. 

The Opportunity

The role provides strategic and technical direction for the development and implementation of the Living Goods Kenya RMNCH (Reproductive New Born Maternal Child Health) program. She/he shapes the overall strategic direction and operational model for LG Kenya with keen focus on impact optimization. The role leads the following functions and their teams: Training, M&E, Quality assurance and research. The role serves as a key technical advisor on all health-related matters to the country director, senior leadership and serves as the health focal point to external partners including the Government.

Ensure program excellence. 

  • You are our top technical expert. Drive strategy for deepening the health impact of the Living Goods model, staying on top of best practices, new research and innovations to integrate into our model.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation: Oversee the development and implementation of the LG M&E strategic plan and drive a culture of data use for decision making at all levels of the organization.
  • Research: Oversee the development and implementation of the LG Research strategic plan. Identify research opportunities and provide technical oversight to the conduct of research activities by internal and external teams.
  • Health capability building: Provide strategic direction to ensure capability of the right people is built through training or other means; Oversee development of all key training, job aids, and other diagnostic tools, ensuring they comply with Ministry of Health, and relevant global health standards and best practice.
  • Contribute to the development of LG policies, guidelines and strategic plans.

Leadership & Team Management

  • Manage, supervise and build a high performing team to ensure effective delivery of the LG strategic plan.
  • Coach and mentor managers to build both technical and management capacity.
  • Build resources for the future, inspire and motivate others to be the best they can be.
  • As a member of the Country senior management team, communicate a vision, build common understanding, align resources to accomplish key objectives, drive the ‘living the values” and work across Living Goods to build collaborative relationships.

Project Management

  • Provide project management oversight to selected projects and initiatives.
  • Provide technical advice to LG team members in the design and implementation of projects.
  • Initiate and lead the design and implementation of new and/or innovative approaches and service delivery models.

Ensure Quality.  

  • You will ensure that data we glean is robust and reliable.  You will also help develop indicators to measure community health worker performance and client satisfaction.  Excellent communication and writing skills, with a keen ability to synthesize and present complex data in a simple, compelling, meaningful way (ability to produce beautiful and top-notch data visualization is a plus).

Influence externally.

  • Good network & understanding of stakeholders; including with other donors, policy-makers and other entities to advocate for and influence adoption of community health best practices and policies. Strong relationships with Ministry of Health.

Develop new programs.

  • Lead all aspects of program design in business development, assess partnership and funding opportunities and provide technical direction on bid/no-bid decisions.

Your background

Technical credentials.

  • Registered Medical Doctor 10+ years of relevant experience in Public health programs with sound understanding of the MOH Kenya (Policies, curricula etc.)
  • Strong experience in in Research Design/M&E and implementation of maternal and child health programs.
  • Prior experience working with large funding organizations such as GAVI, USAID, DFID and The Gates Foundation is desired.
  • Deep knowledge and experience in Design, impact measurement and evaluation, 
  • Possess strong analytical, evaluation design, and methodological skills, and utilizes “right-fit” methods for a broad range of quantitative and qualitative approaches to communicate a rigorous, yet compelling story about org’s impact

Team player.  You play well with others enjoy seeing the impact of our work as a team.

Multitasks.  You’re able to juggle multiple tasks at once while ‘keeping calm and carrying on.’  You think strategically, handle ambiguity and work well in a multicultural environment.

People management skills.  You are a seasoned, collaborative manager & team leader, who productively engages & motivate team to aspire for excellence, ambitious and challenges status quo.

Problem solving skills.  You can understand complex research problems and solutions.  You like to get things done in a structured, methodical way.

Lives our values. You can thrive in our culture – you can demonstrate inclusion, integrity, innovation, quick footedness, collaboration, and accountability.  

 

A competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience including health insurance and bonus opportunity. The opportunity to be your best while making lives better for those in need.

Living Goods is an equal opportunity employer and will consider every qualified applicant for employment. Living Goods does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

Our current job openings are displayed on our website, where you can search for open positions and apply directly. Living Goods does not offer any positions without an interview and never asks candidates for money. If you are asked for money, we strongly recommend that you do not respond and do not send money or personal information.

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