Job Description: Today Work Kenya



2. ISSUANCE DATE: September 8, 2021

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: September 22, 2021 (4:30 PM East Africa Time)

4. POSITION TITLE: Project Management Specialist (Social Protection and HES Dreams).

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. Government. 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.

In Kenya, a consortium of United States Government (USG) agencies is charged with coordinating and managing the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) under the leadership of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. These agencies include USAID/KEA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Peace Corps, the Department of State (DOS) and the Department of Defense (DOD). The goal is to develop and implement one coherent USG HIV/AIDS program in Kenya combining the strengths and capabilities of all agencies.

The DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe) partnership is an ambitious public-private partnership to reduce rates of HIV among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in the highest HIV burden countries. In 2015, 10 DREAMS countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Kenya, accounted for nearly half of all the new HIV infections that occurred among AGYW globally. Girls and young women account for 74 percent of new HIV infections among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa and nearly 1,000 AGYW are infected with HIV every day. Social isolation, poverty, discriminatory cultural norms, orphanhood, gender-based violence and inadequate schooling all contribute to girls’ vulnerability to HIV and a life not lived to its full potential. The DREAMS initiative goes beyond typical health initiatives to address these factors, working toward meeting the Sustainable Development Goal of ending AIDS by 2030 through a combination of interventions that address biological, behavioral and socioeconomic determinants of HIV risk.

The USAID Project Management Specialist (Social Protection and Household Economic Strengthening-HES DREAMS) – provides strategic guidance, program monitoring and support to selected USAID implementing partners (IPs), which deliver HIV and social protection services throughout Kenya. The position will directly manage USAID DREAMS funded activities and provide support to other HIV programs that address the unique needs and vulnerabilities of adolescents. At the same time, the Specialist works across U.S. Government Agencies (State Department, U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Defense, Peace Corps) and will be responsible for ensuring harmonized and strategic programming and oversight of initiative-funded activities.

The general responsibilities of the position are to ensure that all activities contribute to protecting children, adolescents, and empowering them to protect themselves from HIV, ultimately enabling Kenyans to live longer, healthier lives. The Specialist will support USAID/Kenya and East Africa’s activities to ensure that children and young people, adolescent girls and young women access combination of social protection services with a focus on strengthening the economic circumstances for vulnerable households, including those caring for affected orphans and vulnerable children.

Technical duties include leading efforts to ensure social protection and prevention of violence against children (VACS), including sexual, physical, emotional, safeguarding policies targeting, children, adolescents, and young adults. Household economic strengthening activities are based on the latest relevant science and that scientific knowledge is translated into program guidelines and practices for the national program, incorporating new interventions into the national strategy.

Strategic planning duties include representing USAID and the USG at the mid-career level, including interagency and technical strategy and policy working groups. The position functions under the supervision of the Social Services Deputy Team Leader. The jobholder has a mastery of global health, child protection issues, case management approaches that empower beneficiaries towards sustainability, children, adolescents and youth issues, and economic development issues, evidence-based household economic strengthening models that bolster vulnerable households and youth, integration, beneficiary graduation and transition strategies, social protection environment, policies, programs, implementation approaches, linkages and reporting,  as well as the entire USAID/USG health portfolio.