Job Description: Today Work Kenya



2ISSUANCE DATE: August 31, 2021

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: September 14, 2021 (4:30 PM East Africa Time)

4. POSITION TITLE: Project Management Specialist (Health) – Operations Research.

5. MARKET VALUE: Equivalent to FSN-PSC 11 (Step 1: 4,597,211.00 KSH to Step 13: 7,815,239.00 KSH per annum). In accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan of USAID/Kenya and East Africa. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.

6. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Initial six (6) months probationary period, with an additional six (6) months upon successful completion of probation period. Additional four (4) option years contingent on fully successful or better performance rating, funds availability and the continued need to retain the position.

7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Nairobi, Kenya; with possible travel as stated in the Statement of Work.

8. SECURITY CERTIFICATION REQUIRED: Prior to joining USAID, the selected candidate will be required to:

  • Undergo a comprehensive background investigation
  • Undergo a health check to obtain medical clearance and;
  • Obtain and Retain an embassy issued Security Certification.


10. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Open to qualified Kenyan citizens and current employees of the U.S. Mission. USAID provides equal opportunity and equitable treatment for employment of all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status or sexual orientation.

11. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The position requirements do not involve rigorous physical demands.


USAID/Kenya and East Africa invests in population and health programs at national and county levels that aim to improve the survival, well-being and productivity of the Kenyan population by reducing the burden of major infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, and addressing the main causes of maternal and child illness and deaths. This includes cross-cutting work to strengthen healthcare systems and build capacity, and to support the national government to formulate key policies and guidelines while assisting counties to better plan, manage and finance quality health services to meet local needs. The Health Population and Nutrition (HPN) office is USAID/Kenya and East Africa’s (KEA) largest office, managing a portfolio valued at over $400 million annually. The office receives funding from a number of U.S. Presidential Initiatives, including the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), Feed the Future (FtF) as well as other USAID health funds for family planning, maternal newborn and child health, nutrition, emerging pandemic threats, and water, sanitation and hygiene.

Reporting directly to the Health Analytics Team Leader, the Project Management Specialist (Operations Research) of the Health Population and Nutrition (HPN) is an experienced professional and technical expert in the design, formulation, validation, implementation and  application of operations research findings to improve program implementation The jobholder provides operation research (OR) expertise to the HPN Director, Deputy Office Directors, Center of Excellence Directors for Family Health, HIV/AIDS/TB, Malaria and Global Health Security,  and Health Products and Technologies as well as Team Leaders for the Maternal and Child Health/Reproductive Health (MCH/RH), Nutrition and Child Health, TB,HIV Care and Treatment, Prevention and Social Services, Malaria, Partnerships, Health Analytics, Health Policy and Financing, Supply Chain and Laboratory teams in the management of operation research activities  under the HPN portfolio. The jobholder is a technical expert in operations research design and implementation, strategic planning, program and activity design, budgeting and evaluation of programs. S/He will innovate and facilitate the design and implementation of both operation research and evaluations activities and use the OR and evaluation findings to improve programs and systems.

Working in close collaboration with the USAID/KEA HPN Teams, the Specialist shall assist in the development and implementation of operation research and implementation science activities, evaluations and quality improvement strategies within both the National Disease Control Program and the USAID/HPN program. Internally, the Operations Research Specialist shall liaise with PMI, Family Health, HIV, and TB backstops as well as Surveillance, Monitoring & Evaluation (SM&E) and Data Integration technical teams at USAID/Washington and CDC/Atlanta, and USAID personnel working within and overseeing the Mission’s activities related to disease control. Externally, responsibilities include regular contact and collaboration with counterparts in Kenya’s National Disease Control Program (NDCP) of the Ministry of Health (MOH), the MOH Division of Disease Surveillance, Epidemic and Response (DDSER) , the National AIDS and STI Control program (NASCOP), the National AIDS Control Council (NACC), Health analytics and surveys and surveillance mechanisms, non-governmental and private sector organizations, other donor and international organizations, and other United States Government (USG) entities working in infectious disease prevention and control. As appropriate, the Specialist will provide managerial and technical support to the DDSER lead and the staff to build capacity within the MOH in the areas of operations research implementation and application of findings to inform program improvement.