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Amref Health Africa in Kenya is the country programme office of Amref Health Africa, Africa’s largest International Health NGO. This is the largest and oldest country programme in Africa with an average annual budget of USD 40million.


SPARC Director at Amref Kenya

Amref Health Africa in Kenya is the country programme office of Amref Health Africa, Africa’s largest International Health NGO. This is the largest and oldest country programme in Africa with an average annual budget of USD 40million.

SPARC Director

REPORTING TO: Director Institute of Capacity Development
DIRECTORATE: Institute of Capacity Development (ICD)
DEPARTMENT: Strategic Purchasing Africa Resource Centre (SPARC) Affairs
PHYSICAL LOCATION: Nairobi (Relocation will be supported)


SPARC is not just a resource center — it is a movement. SPARC is engaging individuals from stakeholder groups across sub–Saharan Africa to understand, talk about and advocate for strategic purchasing as a way to make better use of limited resources for universal health coverage (UHC) and to hold decision –makers accountable for effective health spending. We are also working with partners to change how technical assistance is provided — tapping into and deepening regional expertise and building a coaching approach that emphasizes learning by doing. We are creating a network of regional experts who can support countries to develop practical, home–grown solutions that advance their strategic purchasing objectives.

Job Summary: SPARC Director


The Director is ultimately responsible for the overall leadership and management of SPARC and all aspects of its operations in sub–Saharan Africa. This involves the strategic oversight and execution of: 1) strategy development, 2) program planning, implementation and innovation, 3) partnerships development, 4) advocacy, 5) financial oversight, and 6) risk management.

Job Purpose

The Director is responsible for providing leadership, strategic direction, and quality implementation of activities align with SPARC’s mandate.

Job Responsibilities

The Director is expected to perform the following duties:

  1. Key Area Activities Strategic Direction and Leadership
    1. Identify, assess, and inform Results for Development and Amref Health Africa about trends and opportunities for strategic health purchasing in Africa.
    2. Work with Results for Development and Amref Health Africa to set the strategic direction for SPARC.
    3. Review the strategy constructively and openly to contribute to effective decision making.
    4. Provide progressive, visionary leadership for SPARC in line with identified needs.
    5. Undertake activities that enhance SPARC’s profile Program Implementation & Oversight
    6. Ensure that work–plans are developed and implemented that further the achievement of SPARC strategies.
    7. Work with the Amref and R4D teams to ensure the development of activities that contribute to the sustainability (financial, approach, impact etc.) of SPARC.
    8. Lead identification of country demand for strategic health purchasing support, engagement with country stakeholders, and the design and implementation of packages of support based on identified demand.
    9. Oversee the development of a pipeline of coaches and mentors to provide coaching and mentoring support in strategic health purchasing to countries across sub–Saharan Africa.
    10. Oversee the development of strategic purchasing knowledge products and their effective dissemination.
    11. Ensure that SPARC meets established program (fiduciary and operational) standards and funder compliance regulations
    12. Monitor delivery of the programs and services for quality improvement.
    13. Ensure timely submission of grant deliverables including workplans, progress and financial reports.
  2. Partnerships Development
    1. Establish and maintain relations with governments, ministries of health, health purchasing institutions, research and policy institutions across sub –Saharan Africa to facilitate collaboration on strategic health purchasing.
    2. Develop and sustain partnerships with international, regional and local technical partners to enhance programme development and service delivery.
    3. Cultivate partnerships with donors (foundations, institutional etc) for increased investments towards SPARC.
  3. Human Resources Planning and Management
    1. Determine staffing requirements for organizational management and service delivery.
    2. Ensure that skills and experience of SPARC staff are consistent with its business needs for providing quality in present and future services
    3. Implement a performance management process which includes monitoring the performance of staff on an on–going basis and conducting annual performance reviews.
    4. Coach and mentor staff as appropriate to improve performance.
    5. Support a thriving work environment that attracts, optimizes and retains high–performing talent.
    6. Drive the Amref staff culture initiatives to enhance collaboration across the organization.
  4. Key Area Activities Financial Planning and Management
    1. Oversee budgeting and financial management processes for SPARC activities.
    2. In partnership with the Amref team, oversee the development and implementation of fund–raising plans to increase funding for SPARC activities.
    3. Administer SPARC funds according to the approved budgets and provide requisite reports.
  5. Advocacy
    1. Communicate with stakeholders both locally and internationally to keep them informed of SPARC’s work and solicit support and commitment.
    2. Form alliances that promote strategic health purchasing in sub–Saharan Africa.
  6. Risk & Quality Management
    1. Identify and evaluate the risks to SPARC and implement measures to mitigate the risks.
    2. Oversee the development and effective implementation and maintenance of a quality management system
    3. Required Qualifications and experience
    4. Advanced degree in health economics, health financing, health policy, public health, or related field.
    5. Solid experience leading diverse teams and preferably managing a regional hub.
    6. 10 years of experience in a health financing, universal health coverage, health systems strengthening or health policy role at a senior level.
    7. Demonstrated experience of contributing to national/international health financing, health systems reform or UHC strategy and policy development.
    8. Experience and strong reputation working with or liaising with government institutions and multilateral organizations and institutions would be an advantage.
    9. Demonstrated leadership showing strategic thinking in designing and executing projects, including steering work planning, managing and mentoring colleagues, and overseeing compliant and cost –effective use of resources to deliver on objectives.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  1. Knowledge of current issues in UHC.
  2. Project management skills.
  3. Strong skills in process facilitation and stakeholder management across diverse groups, including government and development partners.
  4. Understanding of collaborative working methods.
  5. Ability to set priorities and handle multiple competing time and resource demands; highly organized .
  6. Decisiveness and ability to reach timely decisions and initiate action appropriately.
  7. Entrepreneurship, sound commercial judgment and instinct.
  8. Ability to follow–up on all problems and issues brought to attention.
  9. Willingness to travel throughout sub–Saharan Africa
  10. Strong interpersonal skills and experience working with cross cultural teams.
  11. Fluency in English (fluency in French a plus) including excellent written and verbal communication skills, report writing and presentation skills.

How to apply

Interested? Please visit our website and submit your application which should include a cover letter detailing why you are the best fit for this position and your CV with relevant skills and experience. Indicate Ref No and email to Closing date 10th September 2021 Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Duly note that Amref Health Africa does not require applicants to pay any money at whatever stage of the recruitment and selection process and have not retained any agent in connection with recruitment.

Amref Health Africa is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. Amref Health Africa is an equal opportunity employer and has a non-smoking environment policy.


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