Location: Kenya (Nairobi)
Closing date: 01 Dec 2007
Job Description

RTI International is currently seeking qualified applicants to fill the position of Regional Operations Manager, for the Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) Project, part of a large regional support program funded by the US Presidential Malaria Initiative (PMI) through USAID. IRS Project activities are aimed at providing technical and logistical assistance to the Ministry of Health (MOH), to conduct a malaria prevention program involving indoor residual spraying (IRS). This position will be based in the Nairobi Regional Office, but will require 75% travel. Operations Managers will engage in frequent travel, essentially acting as interim Chiefs of Party (COPs), leading IRS start-up activities in new host countries.


- Will lead logistical assessments in new IRS Project countries to determine amount of insecticide, sprayers, spare parts, and personal protective equipment needed; examine options for insecticide and equipment storage and transport for spray teams and supervisors; determine appropriate managerial structures necessary to begin IRS operations; and initiate hiring of staff, particularly the COP;

- After IRS start-up is complete, the Operations Managers will work closely with the IRS Director of Operations to provide operations guidance and management support to the COPs throughout the life of the project;

- Will serve as Acting Chief of Party as needed prior to hiring of Chief of Party or during periods of time when COPs are away from post;

- Serves as key liaison between the host country USAID Mission, the Ministry of Health, other government bodies, and other partners and stakeholders, as needed;

- Serves as key spokesperson for IRS program activities in countries as needed;

- Provides oversight, leadership and management of all IRS program activities in the countries as needed;

- Works with Director of Operations to oversee IRS country program deliverables including planning and coordination of all activities for the IRS program in collaboration with the RTI corporate and regional offices, designated representatives of USAID, MOH officials at the national and district levels, and other partners;

- Works with Director of Operations to ensure timely implementation and smooth operation of all IRS country program activities;

- Works with Director of Operations and COPs to ensure that project administrative procedures meet US government and USAID contractual and regulatory obligations.

- Prepares project reports and summary updates on progress of IRS activities to RTI corporate offices, USAID, and other relevant stakeholders as needed;


- Advanced professional degree preferably in health or business management related field;

- At least ten years of progressive relevant experience in running and or managing large scale field programs with complex logistical components. Experience with large scale, complex, time sensitive logistics operations preferred;

- Experience managing program operations with a regional focus;

- Strong organizational and interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team-oriented setting;

- Strong oral and written communication skills and ability to coordinate activities with officials from host country government, US Government, NGO’s, and other agencies;

- Strong computer skills: Microsoft Office Applications;

- Experience in general business administration, finance and accounting;

- Willingness to travel frequently;

- Experienced in personnel management with good working knowledge of local labor laws throughout the region a plus

Additional Information:

- Salary will be based on individual’s overall qualifications and experience.
- Interviews will be conducted in English and will have a written component
Vacancies Contact
Go to http://www.rti.org/intljobs and click on the International Opportunities link. Submit your application letter and detailed CV with contact information (including email) to the IRS Regional Operations Manager position listed under international jobs. Deadline for Submission of applications is November 30. Only short listed applicants will be contacted. RTI is proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V.
Reference Code: RW_78VRKC-47