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Program Director, HP+ Kenya

at Palladium Group

Company Overview:

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits. 

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives. 

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status. 

Project Overview and Role:

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: 

Health Policy Plus (HP+) is a USAID-funded awarded to Palladium on August 28, 2015 with a current end date of September 2022. HP+ has a mandate across global, country, and subnational levels to strengthen and advance health policy priorities in HIV, family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH), and maternal health. It aims to improve the enabling environment for equitable and sustainable health services, supplies, and delivery systems through policy development and implementation, with an emphasis on voluntary, rights-based health programs, and by strengthening in-country partners’ capacity to navigate complex environments for effective policy design, implementation, and financing aligned to their priorities. We carry forward proven approaches to preserve achievements. These approaches inform how we manage programs and engage with stakeholders, and tools and techniques improve decision making and the achievement of predetermined goals.

In Kenya, HP+ is using multiple strategies to boost sustainable health financing and strengthen health systems management in Kenya and throughout the East Africa region. These include generating new evidence to inform decision making, catalyzing national dialogue, building country-level capacity, developing new policies and guidelines, and mobilizing domestic resources for HIV and family planning. 

Position Summary
The Program Director for HP+ Kenya, based in Nairobi, is responsible for the overall technical and administrative management and implementation of the project in Kenya and will be the senior in-country project representative with overall responsibility for supervising project staff, and managing relations with partners and sub-contractors, both international and local, and achieving the set results. The Program Director will take a leadership role to coordinate program activities among a diverse group of stakeholders and beneficiaries.  

The HP+ Kenya Program Director will report to the Deputy Project Director, Field Programs based in Washington DC and will work closely with government counterparts, the HP+ Kenya team, and HP+ headquarters-based staff.




Project Management and Technical Leadership
Leads and oversees the HP+ Kenya program working closely with the DC-based management team to ensure project compliance with client requirements, donor rules and regulations, and Palladium policies and systems;

  • Serves as Palladium’s representative for the project in-country, providing both technical leadership and management strategy for project implementation, ensuring activities are performed to a high professional standard, and all technical objectives are met;

  • As the primary liaison to the client, builds productive working relationships through open communication with all project stakeholders including the client, field team, home office team, government counterparts, grantees, subcontractors, and other client implementing partners;

  • Confers with USAID management on strategic issues to maximize impact and scale, minimize costs, and ensures both efficiency and sustainability in achieving project requirements;

  • Works in partnership with the DC-based Country Activity Manager and Project Manager, engaging in frequent, routine communication so that the home office is aware of both progress and potential challenges, and solicits assistance and input as needed to ensure that performance meets or exceeds technical and financial contractual requirements;

  • Oversees creation and implementation of workplan, project monitoring and evaluation activities, including regular monitoring and reporting against selected indicators;

  • Oversees preparation of reports and other technical deliverables, including quarterly and annual reports, coordinating with the Washington DC team for properly reviewed financial data and technical inputs;

Risk Management

  • Identifies, monitors and actively manages, mitigates, and resolves risks to project implementation;

  • Works to anticipate changes in security or political environment that will affect project activities and propose adjustments that will still allow the project to achieve its objectives on time and on budget;



  • Provides oversight of recruitment, onboarding, and management of all in-country staff, and assures implementation of Palladium’s performance excellence model;

  • Directly supervises one or more component leaders and/or senior technical and operations staff;

  • Mentors and evaluates staff, communicating clear performance goals and standards, offering regular performance feedback and prompt resolution of problems, and time and opportunity to grow and develop in competency areas;

  • Ensures required personnel policies are in place and followed, including annual performance reviews and compliance with required corporate training for all local Kenya HP+ staff;

  • Ensures the appropriate implementation of accounting, personnel, IT, and operating procedures are consistent with Palladium and client policies as well as tailored to meet local needs; and

  • Responsible for overall financial and administrative management in the field including overall spending, budget management, and compliance with Palladium policies.  

Required Qualifications:

  • Master's degree or higher in economics, public health, public policy, health systems, business administration, social sciences, or similar degree program is preferred but not required.

  • 12+ years of experience in technical assistance at the national level on UHC, health financing, governance, health policy, using data for decision making, capacity development of public sector, sustainability, planning, and/or leadership.

  • Strong preference for experience with health finance. 

  • Experience establishing and strengthening productive and collaborative relationships with government counterparts, local organizations, the private sector, and other donor organizations.

  • Experience developing and applying systems management and monitoring tools and conducting assessments and analyses.

  • Experience implementing programs and providing technical assistance at the national and county levels in Kenya or other countries in east Africa.

  • Proven experience conducting training events, workshops, and building the capacity of counterparts to strengthen financing, planning, and/or governance at the national and subnational levels.

  • Experience working on USAID-funded projects and knowledge of USAID contract management, policies, procedures, regulations and reporting requirements.

  • Proven experience providing mentorship and leadership to teams.

  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Demonstrated experience in disseminating work through conference presentations, publications, and journal articles.

  • Ability to foster successful partnership approaches and relationships among a variety of organizations/institutions.

  • Successful track record in delivery of complex programs.

  • Ability to maintain positive relationships in complex and demanding situations.

  • Unwavering dedication to ethics and compliance with Palladium’s code of conduct and ethics.

  • Works with respect and dignity for all colleagues and promotes a cooperative team working environment


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until a candidate has been selected.  Individuals who have applied to Program Director for HP+ Kenya position as of October 30, 2019 or afterwards do not need to reapply.

TO APPLY: Submit your cover letter and resume to with the subject line “PG Program Director, HP+ Kenya"

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