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Project Lead (PL), AppLab Money-Health, Kenya

This job is not FLA Exempt.

07/23/2014

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Status:Full time Project EmployeeLocation: Nairobi, KenyaProject Background: AppLab Money, Kenya (AMK) is a Grameen Foundation (GF) initiative launched in Kenya in September 2014. The key aim of the initiative is to develop and scale innovative financial products which are designed for low-income clients and have commercial returns for our strategic partners. GF has partnered with Jamii Bora Bank and is using a client centered design process to help the bank design, test and scale an agricultural financial product delivered over the mobile channel. GF is now expanding the AMK initiative through a partnership with MicroEnsure and Penda Health, employing the same user-centered design approach to develop and test a micro-health insurance product for the low-income market. This initiative represents a unique opportunity to develop ground-breaking products at the intersection of health, financial services and mobile technology in a sustainable way.Job Summary: The Project Manager will use broad and comprehensive experience, skills and knowledge to direct all activities related to managing the Kenya AppLab Money–Health engagement. He/she will work directly with the Grameen Foundation global and country-level teams to drive product development and scaling efforts.The project: Grameen Foundation has received funding to design and bring to market an innovative health insurance product that is meant to appeal to low income customers in Kenya. To ensure that the product developed meets the needs of poor clients and the partner organization, Grameen Foundation will use its solution innovation process to design and deliver a client-centered product that will also be commercially viable. This product will be developed over a six month time frame in Kenya, with pilot testing and implementation requiring an additional 6-12 months.Reporting and relationships: The position will report to the Regional COO, with dotted line reporting to the Director of Financial Services. The Project Manager will directly supervise staff and contractors related to the project.Availability: The Project Manager will be expected to work a typical work week of 40 hours plus additional hours to get the job done. The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya. This position will need to be flexible to work in local conditions, and be available to work across different time zones. This position will require infrequent travel (10%-20%) within Kenya, and periodic travel to other countries as needed.Essential Job FunctionsProject ManagementDevelop detailed project plan with associated milestones and work with internal and external personnel to ensure goals are metHire and manage any additional resources needed support the projectCreate project budget in partnership with area Director/Manager. Monitor and track spend on a regular basis to ensure alignment with contract. Ensure all spend is within +/-10% variance per quarter, and deliverables are completed within budget.Create  and  manage  an  M&E  framework  to  measure  outcomes  from  integrating  health information with health insuranceProduct Research and DevelopmentWith the AppLab Money research team, develop a plan and targeted outputs that will lead to the microinsurance product to be developed, tested and deployedManage the application of the AppLab Money innovation process to the project work streams, including identifying key research questions, deploying innovative research techniques, and leveraging resulting insights to drive new productsRelationship ManagementPrepare reporting documentation and lead regular stakeholder discussions with client, including but not limited to monthly updates and quarterly reports, and steering committee meetingsWork closely with partners to meet targetsEnsure client is involved throughout the process to create shared ownership of deliverables and to enable project team to be versed on the R&D approachManage donor relationship, draft and share updates via conference calls with donor as needed​Required Knowledge, Skills, and AbilitiesDeep understanding of health systems and financing/insurance, and ideally a combination of the twoDeep commitment to eradication of poverty and alignment with Grameen Foundation’s mission Ability to work new product innovations into existing organizational structuresSome understanding of the human centered design processAbility to work with interdisciplinary teamsExperience working in developing countries, preferably in Africa, including an understanding of the specific challenges that the poor face with regard to health and/or financial servicesOutstanding project management skills with proven track record of achievement under a range of challenging situationsAbility to act as a representative of project and Grameen Foundation more broadly in public forumsBelief in the potential to leverage information and communication technology (ICTs) for the benefit of poor people –with practical experience.Knowledge of the financial services space within country of projectHigh level of skill required in Project Management - helping build, pilot, and scale initiatives; and effective prioritization and execution of active projects.Strong execution skills, and ability to overcome and work around operational obstacles.Communication and Relationship Management skills; with an ability to influence others without authority, work in a networked organization, and deliver results with diverse partners.Ability to analyze data, identify issues and recommendations, and work with stakeholders to get decisions in a timely manner.Education and ExperienceBachelor’s degree in Business Management, International Development, Economics, Finance, Public Health/Policy, Engineering or related field, Masters Degree preferred.At least 5 years’ of relevant professional experience in either health, finance, insurance or mobile technologyAt least five years project management experienceExperience in information and communication technology (ICTs) required,  Prior work experience managing substantive projects and initiatives, managing teams, especially remote teams, preferred.   Requires excellent written and oral english language skills.Experience working in a global/multicultural organizations across multiple time zones a strong plus.PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONSThis position does not require unusual demands for physical effort.  This position may occasionally require physical effort to lift and transport boxes weighing no more than 50 pounds. Work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of places such as offices, meeting or training rooms, residences, or commercial vehicles; e.g., use of safe workplace practices with office equipment, and/or avoidance of trips and falls, and observance of fire regulations and traffic signals.ADDITIONAL COMMENTThe above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made in appropriate circumstances to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.Interested candidates please submit your cover letter and resume HERE. No calls please.

AHME Country Project Manager Kenya

This job is not FLA Exempt.

03/20/2014

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Status: Full time Location: Nairobi, Kenya FLSA: Exempt The African Health Markets for Equity or  AHME initiative is a five-year, multi-country program co-funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and DFID. Led by Marie Stopes International (MSI), the consortium includes Population Services International (PSI), PharmAccess, International/Medical Credit Fund, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Grameen Foundation. The AHME partnership will demonstrate the feasibility and value of integrating supply and demand-side interventions at scale in Kenya.  In Kenya , MSI and  PSI  will increase both the scale of their private provider health care networks and the scope of services provided. Access to accreditation, business development training and credit will be provided through PharmAccess and their Medical Credit Fund (MCF). Supply-side interventions will be complemented by demand-side financing mechanisms such as insurance, medical savings accounts, and vouchers in order to reduce financial barriers for clients to access priority services. Supply and demand-side interventions will be supported by policy and regulatory work led by the IFC and information and communication technologies led by Grameen Foundation. As a Technology Project  Manager to this project based in Kenya you will be expected to undertake the following: Role Responsibilities: Acts as the primary relationship manager to all partners and is the liaison for GF AHME ICT efforts in country with a focus on driving increased satisfaction and deepening the partner relationshipsTranslating client and business requirements into highly detailed functional specifications,including the ability to synthesize and collaborate various requirements across partners.Identifying options for potential solutions and assessing them for both technical and business suitability.Manage the development, system testing and pilot to provide feedback to the development team on the solutions that are under development.Build capacity in the country by identifying, empowering, training and coaching identified parties.Manages the in-country AHME project plans, budgets, scope, risk and communications to internal and external constituencies.Ensures that all country-level project objectives are achieved.Communicate with key partners in order to anticipate problems, opportunities, and needs of the program, and work to devise feasible working solutions.Documents all lessons learned during the course of the project and content for externally published communications pieces such as blogs, white papers and case studies.Networking/establishing new partnerships for the purpose of solution deployments where applicable.Qualifications:5-7 years project management experience in successfully delivering ICT4D projectsStrong systems analysis skills; must be able to synthesize business requirements for solution development from a myriad of sourcesRelevant degree in Information Systems, computer sciences, health informatics, social sciences, public health or related discipline. A master’s degree would be an advantage.Experience in developing mobile (cellular) applications for health and or finance industries.Exposure to mobile platforms such as ODK ,Comcare and Open MRS would be a great advantageExperience in providing technology-related support for public health and/or international development, managing applied technology projectsExperience in conducting landscape assessments and market analysisFlexible & adaptable, able to work successfully in a fast paced environment.Experience working in developing countries and/or supporting and managing projects in the developing world programs.Ability and willingness to travel as neededCompetencies:Achievement oriented: establish challenging short-and long-term goals, take initiative, grasp new concepts, persist at tasks and pursue completion of objectivesAnalytical abilities: examine and interpret a wide variety of data/information and make recommendations, anticipate problems, opportunities and needs of the programCommunication skills: write in a concise and organized manner, appear knowledgeable and confident in communicating information, be sensitive to the communication levels required by different audiences, conduct effective meetings with people of all levels of authority in various industries.Creativity: brainstorm to develop suggestions and new ideas, develop several approaches or solutions to a problemDecision-making skills: consider alternatives and assess their impact and potential problems, weigh alternatives and select practical solutions, implement decisions and evaluate resultsDiversity orientation: understand and respond to others’ needs and prioritiesFlexibility: cope successfully with unexpected events, handle several projects simultaneously, adapt own behavioral and communication style to gain cooperation of managers, co-workers, and peers, adapt well to and support changeInitiative: actively seek solutions to problems before being asked or directed, initiate self- development efforts, look for new ways to contribute to the programInterpersonal skills: resolve conflict in positive ways, give and seek feedback that will increase the productivity of relationshipsJob motivation: assume ownership for getting the job done, be enthusiastic about taking on challenging projects, make plans and follow throughJudgment: review decisions to see if they satisfy long-range plansLeadership: motivate others to work together toward common objectives, work effectively in cross- functional groupsPresentation skills: present in a confident and enthusiastic manner when addressing people in a large or small group, deliver information in a clear, concise, and logical manner, effectively use various audio-visual media to enhance presentationWorking virtually: so long as internet access allows, must be email responsive and proactive, comfortable working with Google Docs and Google Groups, and willing to skype with colleagues in other time zones (occasionally of normal working hours).Interested candidates, please click here.

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