Friday, March 02, 2012

WelTel Kenya Job Vacancy

WelTel International mHealth Society Kenya Branch Job Posting: Project Manager

WelTel Kenya is a nascent, Non Profit Organization / NGO that originated in Kenya, but has headquarters in both Nairobi and British Columbia, Canada.

WelTel is committed to providing evidence-based, patient-centred health solutions, through the use of innovative, mobile technology, including low cost means such as SMS ‘texting’, in the management of HIV/AIDS and other health issues.

WeTel is currently initiating a scale up of its service in Kenya and will be testing the launch of its mHealth service delivery model and SMS software platform at several clinical sites in two distinct regions, and looking for new business opportunities to further advance this innovative method of delivery of health care through mobile phones.

WelTel’s service delivery model was developed and proven in a clinical (research) trial (Lancet, Nov 2010), which proved that mHealth can improve health outcomes. It was also able to empower individuals, strengthen communities, and save lives. 

Position Information:

WelTel is looking to hire a project manager to promote our vision of creating innovate, mobile solutions.

The project manager will be responsible for the successful implementation of WelTel’s service delivery model and SMS platform at various clinic sites in Kenya.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the “Project Manager” is a key member of WelTel’s team, and will be responsible for leading and managing the project, supporting the Lead Programmer and Business Development Manager, managing all operations aspects to build strong, successful solutions for our clients, optimizing budgets, driving new business opportunities, building strong stakeholder relationships, and managing grant and staffing requirements.

Due to the sensitive nature of this work, a Non-Disclosure Agreement statement will need to be signed before the project details can be discussed.

Main Duties/Responsibilities:
  • Co-ordinate the implementation of WelTel’s mHealth service delivery model and software platform at identified sites
  • Lead the planning and implementation of projects from needs assessment, budgeting, development, testing and delivery
  • Implement and manage project changes and interventions to achieve project goals, at all times keeping stakeholders informed of the project’s progress
  • Develop and continually manage project time-lines and budgets to ensure that projects are completed on time and to budget
  • Maintain and grow strong relationships with business partners and clients
  • Provide leadership to the technical (programming) and business development team, and manage human resources and performance issues, up to and including evaluations, discipline and termination
  • Preparation and analysis of grant financial reports as per the grant agreement, and monitor the funding receipts
  • Work with the financial officer to ensure that the accounting, financial reporting and other financial management arrangements meet the requirements of the relevant financing agreements
  • Any other assignments as given by the Executive Director.
Qualifications and Competencies:
  • Undergraduate Degree in a related field: Management, Public Health, Medical Sociology; a graduate degree would be an asset.
  • 3-5 years of recent, related experience in co-ordinating large research studies, or managing similar scale projects, including budgeting, implementation reporting, and monitoring for an international donor-funded project
  • Strong team work ability as well as time management skills are required
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships
  • Sensitive to local social, political or cultural realities, and both flexible and respectful in responding to the ideas, beliefs, or points of view of others
  • Ability to quickly assess technical capabilities of the job situation and to be innovative
  • Demonstrated capacity in mentorship and coaching
  • Ability to work well in, and adapt to a challenging context and uncertain operating conditions
  • Previous experience working on projects with university partners and/or medical institutions is an asset
An equivalent combination of experience and education will be considered.

Due to the highly confidential nature of this work, the right person will be diplomatic, compassionate, and have an awareness of behaving in a politically correct and situation sensitive manner.

The position will report to the Executive Director, as well as keep relevant Kenyan staff totally current and informed on what is happening at all times.

The individual will receive feedback from the Executive Director and Project Manager, and will manage issues that arise from the health care workers using the system, as well as patient complaints should they arise. Again, the successful candidate will not take issue with where feedback comes from, but will make a plan to get things working efficiently.

Terms and Conditions

WelTel is an equal opportunity employer offering a competitive salary and a collegial working environment.

The appointment will be for an initial period of twelve (12) months, with a three (3) month probation period, with potential for extension and a renewal of contract subject to assessment of performance and availability of funds.

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit their application, clearly indicating how they meet the requirements of the position, plus a detailed CV, stating their current position, remuneration, email and telephone contacts plus 3 references.

Your application should be sent via email to and by 12 March, 2012.

Interviews for the position will be held during the week of 20 March, 2012 in Nairobi.

Recruitment is done on merit and with no regard to one’s nationality, religion, race or creed.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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