Kenya: Project Management Specialist (Social Protection and Legal Rights)

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 07 Aug 2018



2. ISSUANCE DATE: July 25, 2018

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: August 7, 2018 (4:30 PM East Africa Time)

4. POSITION TITLE: Project Management Specialist (Social Protection and Legal Rights)

5. MARKET VALUE: Equivalent to FSN-PSC 10 (Step 1 3,012,761 KSH to Step 13 5,121,689 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 1 year probationary period with renewable contract(s) contingent on performance, position need, and funds availability.

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 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. Employees currently on probation are ineligible to apply. USAID provides equal opportunity and equitable treatment for employment of all people without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, disability status, veteran status, marital status or any other characteristic for equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment.

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


The United States Agency for International Development Mission to Kenya and East Africa (USAID/KEA) seeks a qualified Kenyan for the position of Project Management Specialist (Social Protection and Legal Rights**)** in the Health, Population and Nutrition (HPN) Office, HIV and TB Team, Community Services Sub-team. S/he will be responsible for providing technical leadership for increasing protection of and resiliency among orphans and vulnerable children and strengthening advocacy and other efforts that address social, political or legal factors that constrain effective HIV prevention efforts among priority populations. S/he will also serve as the HIV team focal point for gender and equality.

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 Chief of Mission (COM) provides overall guidance to the interagency team and the PEPFAR Coordination Office facilitates complementarities among the various activities implemented by the USG agencies, the GOK and other HIV/AIDS donors in Kenya. Reaching the goal of an AIDS Free Generation requires addressing social, cultural and legal barriers to equal access to health services for all people living with and affected by HIV. This requires not only the training of those at a local level who interact with people living with HIV or other vulnerable populations but also building the capacity of civil society organizations, engaging host country governments, and working in concert with our multilateral and other bilateral partners. In these partnerships and throughout all of our programs, we are committed to ensuring that awardees receiving PEPFAR funds implement programs in a way that supports promotion, protection, and respect for human rights. The Specialist facilitates communication and ensures collaborative working relationships with high-level decision makers, as well as with technical staff in host country ministries (e.g. Health, Education, Justice, and Labour), regional health entities, USAID/Washington counterparts, and with other donors and non-governmental organizations working in the public health, legal, and social welfare sectors.

The Project Management Specialist – (Social Protection and Legal Rights**)** – provides strategic guidance, program monitoring, and support to selected USAID implementing partners (IPs), which deliver HIV services throughout Kenya. The general responsibilities of the position are to ensure that the rights and needs of children affected by HIV as well as priority populations in Kenya remain central to the national epidemic response, ultimately enabling Kenyans to lead longer, healthier lives. Specifically, the Specialist will support USAID/Kenya’s activities, providing leadership and guidance in the design, implementation and evaluation of technically sound, cost-effective and practical approaches and strategies for the implementation of social protection programming targeting OVC intended to: increase diagnosis of infection among children and caregivers at a high risk of HIV; increase treatment linkage and retention among children and caregivers living with HIV; reduce risk of HIV Mother to Children Transmission; reduce risk of HIV infection – particularly among adolescent girls; decrease food insecurity and increase a family’s ability to access money to meet important family needs; reduce risk of physical, emotional and psychological injury due to exposure to violence at home/school; increase school attendance and progression; and reduce unnecessary family separation. Technical duties include: leading behavioral and structural assessments, including gender assessments, to better identify and address local social and cultural norms, stigma attitudes, etc.; facilitating the design of interventions to reform laws, policies or practices that are discriminatory or in other ways negatively impact the reduction of new HIV infections; pioneer new metrics to measure the impact of structural interventions; and support civil society organization (CSO) engagement and empowerment strategies for sustainability. 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 HIV Community Services Sub-team Leader. The incumbent has a mastery of public health, gender, and social protection/human rights issues, as well as the entire USAID/USG health portfolio. The Specialist may be assigned to act for the Community Services Sub-team Leader in their absence or preoccupation.


Management of USAID/ Kenya and East Africa’s Human Rights, Equality and Legal Affairs Activities (50%)

  1. Oversees and coordinates USAID supported activities for all aspects of OVC programming implemented at multiple delivery sites and among multiple partners to conform to national legislation and USAID technical strategies. Leads the implementation of monitoring and evaluation activities for violence against children and gender-based violence prevention and response programs. Liaises closely with the Sub-team Leader for implementation and evaluation for OVC and legal affairs activities.
  2. Serves as an Agreement/Contracts Officer’s Representative (A/COR) for activities, as assigned. Analyze financial reports, including reporting on activity burn rates and pipelines and expenditure accruals, reviewing reports from partners with particular attention to activity and financial indicators.
  3. Manage interactions with partners including helping to develop sustainable strategies to facilitate medium to long-term impact of partner activities, providing direction and capacity strengthening, reaching agreement on follow-up activities and following through to ensure they are effectively carried out. Conduct regular site visits to review implementation of programs targeting priority populations. Based on information collected during field visits, communicate findings and recommendations for strengthening human rights, equality and legal affairs activities to the HIV Team and, as appropriate, implementing partners and Government of Kenya counterparts. Assists implementing partners to understand compliance with all relevant USAID and PEPFAR regulations and procedures. Based on observations, assessment reports, performance statistics and other available data, make programmatic recommendations to the PEPFAR Inter-Agency Team (PIAT).
  4. Assists in the preparation of USAID project documentation and reports and maintains records ensuring systematic monitoring of performance. Assists in assessing implementing partner performance; conducts regular Site Improvement Monitoring System (SIMS) visits to monitor availability and quality of services; reviews all written reports and furnishes feedback to partners; verifies asset use; assists with and conducts site visits for partner oversight; recommends and pursues measures to improve performance; provides regular status updates to the USG PEPFAR Team; and monitors the implementation programs to ensure that they remain in full compliance with Government of Kenya policy and PEPFAR guidance and serve the needs of Kenyans.
  5. Provide technical and program assistance, including drafting narrative content for information and action for human rights, equality and legal affairs activities. Prepares and writes documents related to the assigned area of responsibility, including drafting briefing papers, country operational plan entries, and annual, semi-annual, quarterly and interim reporting inputs. Contributes to project appraisal documents, results reviews and resource requests, portfolio reviews, congressional presentations, annual budget submissions and required congressional presentations, annual budget submissions and required congressional notifications and other Mission documentation. Prepares and clears HPN-related documentation such as action memorandum, implementation letters, scopes of work and accompanying budgets. Also prepares trip reports, activity status reports, project briefing materials and meeting summaries as needed.
  6. Liaises closely with all USAID/KEA HPN supported activities and team members to provide analysis and reports as required, including those for presentation at national, regional and international meetings and conferences.

Technical responsibilities (40%)

  1. As the subject matter expert on human rights, equality and legal affairs, the incumbent keeps abreast of current legislation, trends and program experiences and provides ongoing technical assistance, training, guidance and advice about structural interventions used to create an enabling environment that reduces fundamental structural barriers, such as stigma and negative socio-cultural and gender-related norms that otherwise impede HIV prevention, e.g. effecting policy or legal changes, protecting human rights, fostering an enabling environment, shifting harmful social and cultural norms, advancing gender equality, catalyzing social and political change, and empowering the community.
  2. Takes the lead in conducting gender analyses that are critical for appropriate program design and participates in the development of guidelines, operational procedures and manuals, educational materials, teaching modules, and other PEPFAR resources to implement sexual and gender diversity (GSD) programs and for incorporating USAID’s Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Policy into HPN programming.
  3. Leads formulation of USAID/KEA/HPN’s strategic approach to preventing sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) and child maltreatment as well as community interventions for children affected by HIV/AIDS and their families, aligned with the Agency’s Global Health Strategy and children in adversity policies and PEPFAR guidance.
  4. Represents USAID/KEA/HPN at technical, policy and strategic meetings, including with other national collaborators and donor agencies. Makes presentations at meetings and conferences on issues relating to OVC and gender, and shares USAID’s experiences in this area. Working with Sub-team Leader and other USG counterparts, organizes learning events to update USG partners on and build their capacity in state of the art approaches.
  5. Provides expert advice to the PEPFAR Intern-Agency Team (PIAT), GOK and stakeholders on evidence-based and best practice approaches to addressing the HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment needs of diverse segments of young people in different geographic contexts, with special attention to gender-differentiated approaches. Consults on the development and implementation of Human Rights, Equality and Legal Affairs activities focused on OVC, including assistance in the application of new data and research findings to program activities. Promotes program innovations, along with strong evaluation, e.g., improving legal and human rights knowledge among priority populations, strengthening linkages among prevention, care and treatment programs, and increasing the capacity of local implementing partners and support programs for OVC.
  6. Serves as a technical advisor for HPN-managed OVC-specific mechanisms; work with HPN activity managers to ensure that HIV/AIDS activities addressing gender are technically sound.
  7. Advises on appropriate linkages between HIV/AIDS services for OVC, and between HIV/AIDS services and other health and development interventions.

Preparation of Key Mission Information Products and Documents (10%)

The Social Protection and Legal Rights Specialist will be responsible for reporting on Kenya-specific information related to select aspects of the HPN portfolio as part of the Mission’s and PEPFAR’s annual planning and reporting process; participates in the preparation of Congressional presentations; drafts technical and congressional notifications; and prepares implementing documents such as program descriptions and scopes of objectives/work for new solicitations.

Other Duties specific to HPN office

Assist HPN with other tasks related to the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of USAID support to the health/population sector in Kenya. The Social Protection and Legal Rights Specialist may also represent USAID/KEA at international conferences and act as a regional resource in Human Rights, Equality and Legal Affairs and/or other areas.


Supervision Received: The USAID Project Management Specialist (Social Protection and Legal Rights Specialist) works under the supervision of the HPN Office Chief and the day-to-day supervision of the HIV/AIDS Sub-team Leader for Community Services or designate. Assignments are made orally and in writing. Most assignments are self-generated, and occur in the normal course of the work, but the incumbent determines those that must be coordinated with the supervisor. The supervisor provides a review of the assignment, the goals and objectives to be achieved, and the results expected. The incumbent will seek advice and assistance as required. Completed work is accepted as technically correct, and the overall assignment is reviewed in terms of results achieved.

Supervision Exercised: None

Available Guidelines: Available guidelines include USAID Mission Orders, Mission strategy, and other relevant reports; the Automated Directives System (ADS); and, USAID Mandatory and Standard Provisions, the FAR and AIDAR, and other published and unpublished guidelines. Guidelines are often general in nature and not specific to the situation at hand, requiring considerable interpretation.

Exercise of Judgment: Substantial judgment (discretion) is used daily in giving technical guidance to USG, USAID, and GOK colleagues, to IPs, and in representing USAID in multiple stakeholder fora, including the highest levels of the Embassy and GOK. Management decisions over certain implementing partners are at the discretion of the incumbent. Independent judgment is required for developing, implementing, and managing assigned program/project activities, for reporting, and for other assignments. Position serves as the senior HIV clinical lead and therefore substantial judgment is required in analyzing and determining whether or not to recommend approval of proposed programs/projects, activities, engagement and in choosing among alternative proposals, and evaluating data for reliability.

Authority to Make Commitments: The incumbent retains the authority given to activity managers and A/CORs within USAID, and may make administrative arrangements consistent with ADS guidance and Mission policy. The incumbent takes action and establishes priorities based on available guidelines and professional judgment. Guidance is sought when needed, and the supervisor informed of activity and project status. Within the scope of the authority delegated, the incumbent may indicate to ranking counterpart and IP officials that they will make a recommendation to USAID on a specific activity issue or problem. The incumbent may negotiate ad referendum for the Office Chief and/or the Team Leader.

Nature, Level, and Purpose of Contacts: The incumbent maintains a full range of contacts within the within USAID and the USG; with GOK, county, and local governmental organizations; and, maintains contact with implementing partners and grantees implementing USAID-funded programs/projects/activities. Within the Embassy, contacts include up to the Ambassador level. Within Mission they include up to the Mission Director level and within the Office, contacts are with counterpart staffs, as needed. Host-government, county, local, and other contacts vary widely with the type of activity being implemented, and may be at any level. Frequent and substantive personal contacts with senior level officials of the county and local governments, and with the private sector, are for the purpose of explaining and defending USAID policies, objectives, and procedures, and to transmit and interpret GOK counterpart, county and local level, and private-sector attitudes and concerns to senior USAID officials.

Time Expected to Reach Full Performance Level: One year.


Any application that does not meet the minimum requirements stated below will not be evaluated. Only short listed applicants will be contacted. If you have not been contacted within one month from the closing date of this advertisement, please consider your application unsuccessful.


  1. Education: Bachelor’s degree in law or social work is required.

  2. Prior Work Experience: Minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in a legal affairs or a social work role. Experience must include working for a government agency and/or a development organization, and/or implementing partner, with experience spent in a developing country context supporting development programs, preferably in Kenya or a similar developing country and additional strong technical experience managing OVC and/or SGBV activities.

  3. Post Entry Training: Familiarization training in USAID-specific procedures, regulations, and methods, and orientation to working from a donor-Agency perspective, etc., will be provided. Successful completion of formal A/COR certification courses is required. Other training to maintain professional capability in the field, and other courses offered for professional USAID staff, as appropriate; and, courses, seminars, conferences, and other activities in fields related to the sector and needed to maintain and update professional qualifications as they become available will be provided, subject to offerings and the availability of funds.

  4. Language Proficiency: Fluent (level IV) English written and oral capability is required; English-writing ability may be tested.

  5. Job Knowledge: Advanced public health knowledge and experience in OVC is required. Thorough specialist knowledge of SGBV programming is required. Comprehensive knowledge of the Kenyan government human rights and social protection policies, health care and social welfare systems and structures including familiarity with Ministry policies, program priorities and regulations is required.

The incumbent should have professional-level knowledge of development principles, concepts, and practices, especially as they relate to the devolution of the health sector and the increasing roles and responsibilities of the Counties within this new formulation. The incumbent must have a good knowledge, or the potential to quickly acquire such knowledge, of USG legislation, policy, and practice relating to development assistance, of USAID programming policies, regulations, procedures, and documentation, and of the objectives, methodology, and status of assigned activities is required. The incumbent must have knowledge and understanding of the organization and respective roles of the different levels of the GOK, and the role of units within each level, in order to enhance effective communication, and to develop consensus on program/project strategy and implementation plans.

  1. Skills and Abilities: Demonstrated diplomatic and leadership skills with strong oral and written communication abilities is required. Ability to analyze, understand and discuss new program design, management and implementation approaches is required. This includes the development of evaluation designs, protocol/guideline development, and methods for data collection, analysis and reports. Ability to lead project teams and workgroups and to develop effective working relationships with national and international working partners is required. The incumbent will be expected to exercise a high level of independence, ingenuity, and tact in applying guidelines to unique and different settings, as the work is highly complex. The ability to influence and persuade others will be required to work collaboratively with organizations engaged in Human Rights, Equality and Legal Affairs. Skills in project programming, policies, and plans, and in developing strategies for implementation is desired. The ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment, and to achieve consensus on policy, program/project, and administrative matters, is necessary. The work requires good computer skills in order to manage assigned activities and to achieve set goals and achievements, both technical and financial.


Applicants must submit a cover letter of no more than one letter-size page, which describes how their relevant professional experience and education has prepared them to meet the specific challenges of the duties and responsibilities described above. As part of the interview process, those applicants ranked highest may be required to submit a timed writing sample on a topic provided. The selection committee may conduct reference checks at any time during the selection process.

Applications that do not meet the required minimum qualifications will not be scored.

  • Prior work experience (35 points)

  • Job Knowledge (30 points)

  • Skills and abilities (35points)

Total possible points: 100

Candidates meeting the above required qualifications for the position will be evaluated based on information presented in the application and reference checks. References will be asked to assess the applicant’s technical knowledge, work performance, communication skills, and group dynamics, using the above criteria. USAID reserves the right to conduct interviews with the top ranked short-listed applicants. The interview will be one of the determining factors in the final selection.

How to apply:

Step 1: Register in MyJobsInKenya at

Step 2: Complete the job application questionnaire at The applicant must answer all the questions in the Questionnaire.

Step 3: Internal Applicants/Current USG Employees: Attach a cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position, updated curriculum vitae/resume (no more than five pages) including a minimum of 3 references with contact information, a copy of your most recent Performance Evaluation Report, and copies of all relevant certificates. Scan and attach all the documents as one attachment and upload to MyJobsInKenya.


External Applicants/Not Current USG Employees: Attach a cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position, updated curriculum vitae/resume (no more than five pages) including a minimum of 3 references with contact information, and copies of all relevant certificates. Scan and attach all the documents as one attachment and upload to MyJobsInKenya .

Note to Applicants:

  1. Applications must be received by the closing date and time specified in Section I and submitted through as stated in Section VII.

  2. To ensure consideration of applications for the intended position, applicants must prominently reference the Solicitation number in their cover letter submission.

  3. Submissions will only be accepted through Late and Incomplete applications (those that do not contain a cover letter, the applicant’s most current and up to date detailed CV, relevant education certificates and three (3) to five (5) references with contact information) will not be considered for the position. The closing date for receipt of applications is indicated above.