Health Systems Officer

Wholeness of life in Lwala and Beyond

Health Systems Officer

Lwala Community Alliance
Health Systems Officer
Department – Health Systems Strengthening
Reports to – Policy and Partnerships Director
Location – Based in Migori, Kenya
Apply – Email CV & cover letter to Hillary Omala
Deadline – Applications are being accepted on an immediate, rolling basis. Position open until filled.


Organizational Background:

Lwala Community Alliance (Lwala) is a community-led innovator proving that when communities lead, change is drastic and lasting. Lwala village, a small community in rural western Kenya, founded the organization as a response to extreme health challenges. The region experiences some of the highest HIV, maternal mortality, and infant morality rates in East Africa. As such, community members built their area’s first health center.

From these humble beginnings, we are now the largest provider of health services for a population of over 30,000. The work extends far beyond the original hospital as we support communities in their homes, schools, and farms to advance their own comprehensive well-being. We address the complex causes of poor health through a multi-dimensional strategy, which engages community members in driving their own change.

Job Summary:
Lwala is seeking an entrepreneurial, out-of-the-box thinker to provide overall leadership in designing and executing a clinical quality improvement program focused on nurse coaching and mentoring at Lwala and government health facilities. The quality improvement program should be built around community engagement and strengthening health management committees.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1: Clinical Quality Improvement

  • Build on relationships and collaborative approaches with Ministry of Health to support government primary care facilities.
  • Support the development and implementation of a clinical quality assessment tool
  • Develop and implement a community-led process to engage community members in health facility oversight
  • Develop and implement a nurse and clinical officer coaching and mentorship program centered on improvement of maternal and child health outcomes
  • Identify and convey community views on health issues, needs and problems within health and social care, present findings in a timely way to Lwala for internal reviews and decision making.
  • Support Lwala Community Alliance’s work on Facility-based quality improvement and scaling up of successful models.

2: Growth Strategy Development

  • Research and advise the management on significant policy developments in the Health Sector.
  • Understand the current and future work of Lwala and partners in order to correctly identify gaps and recommend opportunities for Lwala to influence new models of Community based Health interventions.
  • Produce both written and oral briefs for internal and external consumption.

3: Monitoring Evaluation & Learning

  • Support documentation of successful program interventions and codifying practice for sharing with external audiences.
  • Support development of success indicators that provide the basis for evidence based lobbying and advocacy.
  • Encourage sharing of learning and experience within the program team, across the organization and with like-minded/peer organizations.

4: Undertake any other assignment as may be directed by the Policy and Partnerships Director and Managing Director

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

1: Level of Education/Academic Qualification

  • A Diploma in Clinical Medicine or Nursing required
  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Development Studies, Social Sciences or any other related field an added advantage.

2: Experience

  • Leading program strategy and design of health-related programming
  • Technical assistance, capacity building, quality improvement or health system strengthening experience, particularly with government entities
  • Domain experience in healthcare delivery and/or community-based health programming

3: Knowledge & skills

  • Understands government systems and how to influence policy processes
  • Strong knowledge of policy and regulatory environment in which civil society organizations operate
  • Strong communication and public relation skills
  • Strong English writing ability
  • Strong networking and relationship building skills

4: Characteristics

  • Entrepreneurial mindset with an ability to set an ambition vision and lead a team in achieving it
  • Must have initiative and be able to work with minimal supervision
  • Mission alignment – the candidate sees themselves as more than an employee
  • Must demonstrate strong leadership, strategic and business management abilities
  • Strong analytical, dynamic thinker
  • Result oriented and self-directing


Apply – Email CV & cover letter to Hillary Omala

Deadline – Applications are being accepted on an immediate, rolling basis. Position open until filled.