Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), Job career in Kenya 2013

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), Job career in Kenya 2013

Deputy Policy Advisor, Deworm the World Initiative
Contract Length: 2 years
Start Date: As soon as possible
Location: IPA-Kenya Nairobi Office
Reporting To: Policy Advisor
Introduction Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), is an international non-profit research organization. Based in New Haven, CT, with offices in Washington, D.C. and worldwide, IPA works with development partners and academic researchers to create and evaluate approaches to solving development problems, to communicate “what works” in development and to scale up successful projects in a variety of fields, including health, education, microfinance, governance and agriculture.
IPA-Kenya (IPAK) is IPA’s oldest and largest country office and the site of many of its most influential research projects.

IPAK is also the site of IPA’s largest scale-up initiatives including Kenya’s National School-Based Deworming Programme and Safe Water Programme.

The IPA-Kenya office was established in 2006 in Western Kenya and now employs over 300 people.

About the Deworm the World Initiative The Deworm the World Initiative (DtWI), operated in parternship with IPA, actively supports the scale-up of the National School-Based Deworming Programme in Kenya to improve children’s health, education, and long-term development.

School-based deworming is proven to be an extremely effective intervention with tangible health, education, labor productivity and earnings benefits, and is one of the most cost-effective methods of increasing overall school attendance and participation in endemic countries.

In Kenya, DtWI provides technical assistance to the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation and aims to treat 5 million children each year for 5 years.

Position Summary The Deputy Policy Advisor will help build and maintain political will and support at the relevant national and county levels for school-based deworming as an effective strategy for improving health and educational outcomes for children.

The Deputy Policy Advisor will engage with policymakers and technical personnel to strengthen institutionalization of the programme within government structures, and increase capacity for long-term sustainability of the school-based deworming programme.

The job will also support detailed and insightful policy analysis aimed at informing and improving the programme’s ability to engage effectively and strategically with the Kenyan policy process.

He/she will also help maintain current funding and identify mechanisms for additional long-term programme financing by the Government of Kenya (GoK), development partners and other major institutions.
Specific Responsibilities

  • Facilitate relationships that support smooth programme implementation.
  • Support advocacy for long-term institutionalization of the programme. For long term sustainability the programme must be imbedded in government structures, engagement and planning for this long-term sustainability is a key responsibility of the Deputy Policy Advisor.
  • Engage with Technical Officers of the relevant Ministries to implement decisions made by programme management in the government.
  • Represent Deworm the World Initiative at Technical Working Group meetings.
  • Support engagement with high level policymakers including high level Ministry personnel, School Health Inter-agency Coordinating Committee and the School Health Technical Committee.
Programme Governance:
  • Organize and participate in meetings and conferences to ensure effective partnership with key Ministry officials.
  • Follow up decisions of the Management Team with relevant actors.
  • Support the Steering Committee and Management Team Secretariats.
Communication and Protocol:
  • Liaise with the DtWI Programme team to ensure implementation of all governance decisions made by the government.
  • Communicate with key government officials and partners to ensure strong understanding of programmatic plans, constraints and logistics.
  • Support regular communication and consultations with Technical Officers at both national and county levels.
  • Support the Programme team to convene meetings with government field officers and technical officers.
  • Gather and ensure quick responses to any new information critical to programme implementation.
  • Timely dispatch of communications to various stakeholders.
  • Facilitate participation of government officers in execution and observation of the Programme.
  • Draft and follow up on communication with technical government officers.
  • Follow up on signatures and approvals for day to day Programme needs.
  • Graduate degree or equivalent professional qualification in a relevant subject, preferably public health or education.
  • Substantial experience working in a management or representational role in Kenya.
  • Substantial experience in policy influencing and/or advocacy.
  • Experience in conducting policy analysis and review.
  • Representational experience at the domestic policy level.
  • Strategic and operational planning and partnership management.
  • Exposure to project and programme management with financial and budget management experience.
Knowledge and Skills:
  • Knowledge of GoK operations and decision-making processes at the national and county levels.
  • Knowledge of the Ministries of Education and Public Health and Sanitation will be an added advantage.
  • Strong communication, persuasion and diplomatic skills.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication/presentation skills in English and Kiswahili.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office software.
  • Intellectual flexibility and willingness to form and adjust opinions based on evidence.
  • Experience developing project/programme proposals for fundraising.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a multicultural team of IPA and non-IPA personnel.
  • Strong critical thinking and judgment.
To Apply
Applications can be submitted via email to Please ensure the subject line reads “Deputy Policy Advisor-DtWI”. Please attach the following documents:
  • Cover letter explaining interest in the position and fit for the role
  • CV/resume, including three references, daytime phone number(s), and email address. Your CV should include your scores or grades and other measures of academic achievement, and details about any relevant work experience.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted by email for an interview.
Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position may be filled prior to the application deadline.
The application deadline is April 5, 2013.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the Senior Programme Coordinator.
The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible duties, tasks, and responsibilities.

Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary.

Please note that IPA will never request any form of payment from an applicant. Applicants are encouraged to confirm the information listed above with IPA prior to releasing any extensive personal information to the organization.
IPA is an equal opportunity employer and female candidates are encouraged to apply. Please direct questions to
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