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Job Vacancy 2018

Position: Project Officer (1)

Location: KMET Offices, Kisumu with 70% field travels
Duration: 1 (One) Year fixed contract,
Reporting to: Team Leader – Innovative Projects
Availability: April 2, 2018

 

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Background

KMET is a non-governmental organization founded in 1995 in Kisumu, Kenya. It was established to promote quality health and education services in Kenya. KMET is committed to serve underserved communities in three intervention areas of reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH); quality healthcare services and young people’s empowerment. KMET is implementing maternal health interventions in 17 of Kenya’s 47 Counties with some of the poorest maternal and newborn health indicators.

Collaborating with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), with support from UK Department for International Development (DFID) KMET is implementing the County Innovation Challenge Fund (CICF) in partnership with the Ministry of Health Kenya to roll out the Every Second Matters for Mothers and Babies–Uterine Balloon Tamponade (ESM–UBTTM) - a lifesaving innovation for managing uncontrolled Post-Partum Hemorrhage (PPH) in Garissa, Turkana, Bungoma and Kakamega counties. 

KMET is working closely with the Ministry of Health, UNICEF, PATH, JHPIEGO and other likeminded stakeholders in implementation of CICF activities. In order to coordinate these activities KMET is hiring a suitable candidate as a Project Officer. 

Job Purpose:

The CICF Project Officer will play a key role in providing technical support, coordination and supervision of project activities. This include conducting trainings/refresher trainings, mentorship  to health providers, supervision of trained providers, supporting data collection and reporting, facilitating joint program review meetings, validating quality of data collected and ensuring that data is being used by county health management teams/providers to support program decisions. The position holder may also be called upon to represent KMET in Maternal Neonatal Health partner meetings at the National and County levels.

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INVITATION FOR PRE-QUALIFICATION OF SUPPLIERS FOR GOODS AND SERVICES FOR THE PERIOD ENDING DECEMBER 31ST, 2018

KMET wishes to invite applications from competent firms for prequalification for supply of goods and the services listed here for the period ending 31st December 2018.

 

 

KMET TECHNICAL SUPPORT PARTNERS- MEDICAL CREDIT FUND WINS INTERNATIONAL AWARD

Beth Cobert Monique Dolfing-Vogelenzang Jennifer Pryce and Francis Kelly with the Medical Credit Fund OPIC Impact Award.Medical Credit Fund (MCF) was on March 12th 2014 awarded by OPIC (Overseas Private Investments Corporation) in the category of Access to Finance. This was in recognition of the role they play in providing affordable loans and technical assistance for small and medium-sized healthcare providers in Africa.

Beth Cobert Monique Dolfing-Vogelenzang Jennifer Pryce and Francis Kelly with the Medical Credit Fund OPIC Impact Award.

The Amsterdam based MCF (to which KMET together with PSK, APHTA, Hygea Foundation and Marie Stopes International are technical assistance partners) was awarded during the first ever impact awards held at the US Chamber Of Commerce In Washington DC and it’s the first ever socially marketed financial service, financing healthcare in African countries.

Speaking at the awards, MCF Managing Director, Monique Dolfing Vogelenzang said, “We are incredibly honored to have been recognized by this award”.

Medical Credit Fund seeks to improve provision of healthcare by targeting small privately owned clinics in business and quality training, clinics learn how to develop their business potential and how to improve the quality of their healthcare services. At the same time, access to capital allows them to purchase modern equipment, hire expert staff, make basic repairs or expand their facilities.

These clinics are targeted because they provide 50% of healthcare services in Africa and are staple for low and middle income populations. MCF is present in other African countries including Tanzania, Nigeria, Uganda and Ghana.

Mr. Odero, Otieno Martin, Head of Business Medical Credit Fund at KMET says KMET has so far recruited 172 private facilities in the quality improvement program and offered them entry loans amounting to 42,950,000 KES and medium loans amounting to 145,345,000 KES towards improvement of health care in those private facilities.

KMET ENTERS PARTNERSHIP WITH KISUMU AND SIAYA COUNTIES

Kmet delegation with Siaya Governor Hon. RasangaKMET, on 7th May 21, 2014, sat in a roundtable meeting with Siaya County Governor Hon. Cornel Rasanga. This introductory meeting was aimed at developing a rapport and forging a future working relationship between Kmet and the Siaya County Government.

 Of major emphasis was the issue of maternal and child health and how to improve healthcare standards within the county. Even though it has the highest doctor density in the county, Siaya still suffers from the highest infant mortality rate.

Speaking, The Governor lauded Kmet for its continued delivery of properly targeted interventions and asked for help in delivering interventions to the high number of women that deliver through unskilled delivery (49%) “What the population needs now are homegrown solutions that promote sustainability, he said, because with devolution in place, development should be nurtured to grow from down all the way up; not the other way round.”

In a subsequent meeting, at the same venue, attended by Sicco van Gelder, Mechtild VD Hombergh from ParmAccess (who is Kmet’s technical assistance partner on Bima Poa) the main objective was to introduce Pharmaccess Foundation and its work to the county government leadership and identify possible areas of collaboration.

A combination of the strengths of Pharmaccess, Kmet and the County Government would be key in planning on how to achieve universal healthcare and sharing this with interested donors for support. Governor Rasanga suggested that his government could contribute some funds to match the donor’s contributions. He also noted that in future, it would be interesting to see people exchange farm produce for health insurance as this would improve their living standards.

The County Director of Health, Dr. Omondi Owino also emphasized the importance of re-introducing amenity (private wings) at Siaya District Hospital, Yala Sub County Hospital and Bondo Sub County Hospital to attract patients who can afford to pay for health insurance. The governor explained that a free healthcare system is still in people’s minds thus the need for subsidies supported by the contribution of the county government and the donor.

A similar meeting also took place on 15th May, 2014 between Kmet, PharmAccess and The County Government of Kisumu, represented by Deputy Governor Hon. Ruth Odinga, who pointed out that there is need to customize some of the best practices and apply them to Kisumu County to make it a champion among other counties in Kenya.Meeting with Hon. Ruth Odinga

The county leadership agreed that they would, as a starting point, look at revamping some of the amenity wings of public hospitals starting with JOOTRH using the Safecare Standards with KMET informing on the costing process. Sounding impressed with Bima Poa, the county officials mentioned that it would be great if KMET included public hospitals especially Victoria Hospital amongst their list of healthcare providers.

KMET PARTICIPATES IN BBC ACTION MEDIA TRAINING

KMET was last week represented at a lifeline communication training organized by BBC Media Action. This was a three day training that targeted aid workers, relief aid organizations, media practitioners and government/community leaders. The forum, which ran from 28th to 30th April 2014, trained participants on lifeline communications during disasters, i.e. handling communication issues to do with food, water, disease/healthcare and security to improve disaster response. KMET was represented by Deputy CEO and Programs Manager, Sam Owoko.

Incorporating practical work aided by real-life scenarios and dramatization, participants were trained on:

  • How communication with disaster affected populations can help both communities and relief providers.
  • Information needs of populations at different stages of a crisis.
  • Designing communications activities.
  • Crafting and targeting messages.
  • The importance of consistent, accurate messaging.
  • The role of two-way communication: allowing people to voice their needs and share their experiences.
  • Channels and options for two-way communication.
  • Working with the media.
  • Coordinating with other relief organizations on communications with affected communities.
  • The importance of preparedness to communicate (e.g. writing it into the budgets, pre-allocating staff, building contacts and skills beforehand

The training was part of BBC Media Action’s ‘Preparation for Lifeline’ work, to improve the readiness of media and aid agencies to meet the communication needs of people affected by crises.

The participants

During the three day training, the need for critical information regarding missing family members, food aid, water and sanitation, security shelter and routine government update was emphasized as there usually is a communication breakdown during such times. Of importance, as noted, was the need to pass/Increase reach to practical and useful information that is also timely relevant and effective to affected communities and give them a platform to share feedback and concerns with duty bearers.

Other organisations represented at the training include: Red Cross Society of Kenya and World Vision International.