Chief Innovation Officer

Jacaranda Health
Nairobi, Kenya
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Jacaranda Health is changing the way maternal healthcare is provided in Africa by dramatically improving quality and dignity of care for mothers and babies. The Chief Innovation Officer will lead Jacaranda’s programs and partnerships to evaluate and replicate our approach in the region. We work with world-class academic and government partners to design, test, and evaluate tools for maternity and newborn health service delivery – in Jacaranda’s facilities as well as in our growing network of public sector partner hospitals.

We seek a leader who combines an eye for research excellence, experience building partnerships, and a commitment to improving maternal health. Your work will focus on building our teams and portfolio of projects around innovation, quality improvement, and research. Your mission is to help us position Jacaranda as a center of excellence of maternal health innovation that can contribute to the global maternal health agenda, improve quality of maternal healthcare in hospitals across Kenya, and influence healthcare policy.

Our ideal candidate will have strong leadership skills, a passion for human-centered design and implementation science, and a vision for shaping the maternal health landscape. You will lead a dynamic and growing team, and work with three groups of partners: the leadership of our Jacaranda hospitals, where we test many of our innovations; research partners at top academic institutions like Harvard, UCSF and Aga Khan University; and partners government and private facilities.

Play a key leadership role in setting vision for building influence in the maternal health landscape.
Manage and expand our portfolio of innovation and research projects, encompassing global best practices in continuous quality improvement, mobile health, and behavioral economics.
Manage, mentor, and build our team of project managers, research managers, quality improvement and data specialists.
Contribute Jacaranda’s insights into maternal health-seeking behavior, behavioral economics, human centered design, and demand generation.
Help coordinate our partnerships with government facilities and other implementing partners – and insights into build health systems, and use our evidence to influence local policy and practice.
Coordinate strategic planning around Jacaranda’s research activities, identifying and securing partnerships and funding for implementation science research.
Support our capacity for technology innovation (our creative customer-facing SMS and WhatsApp programs)
Expand Jacaranda’s influence in the maternal and child health landscape through publication of academic papers and presentation at conferences

Qualifications and Experience
Relevant advanced degree preferred, and 10+ years of experience
Proven experience building partnerships and securing resources:
Experience leading and building diverse, high-performing teams
Exceptional communication and project management skills
Success securing grants and contract partnerships
Strong grasp of maternal health challenges and opportunities
Strong data, analytical and decision-making skills
Experience working with academic partners and liaising with researchers: you don’t have to be a researcher but should be comfortable managing them.
Desired: experience with Kenyan government partners at the county or ministry level.
Two-year minimum commitment required

Additional Information

Interested candidates may apply via this link: