Inclusive Eye Health Technical Advisor Job Vacancy in Kenya

Christian Blind Mission

Position Title: Inclusive Eye Health Technical Advisor


CBM is an international Christian development organization, committed to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in the world. CBM addresses disability as a cause and consequence of poverty, and works in partnership to create an inclusive society for all. Although the eye health portfolio is still growing, we are currently supporting projects that aim to improve delivery of quality eye health services through strengthening eye health systems across primary, secondary, and tertiary levels in seven (7) Counties.

The present document is the terms of reference (‘ToR’) on which CBM Christoffel-Blindenmission Christian Blind Mission e.V. (Country Office Kenya, hereafter named Contracting Authority) agrees to engage ‘the Consultant to provide consultancy services to CBM-supported eye health work in Kenya.

2. Background and Objective

In Kenya, it is estimated that about 7.5 million Kenyans (15.5%) are in need of eye health services, ranging from Age related cataract, Diabetic Complications in the eyes, Refractive errors, Trachoma, Allergic eye diseases and Di­fficulties in reading among many others. Only 21.3% (1.6 million) are able to access eye health services from both public and private facilities. The unmet needs in eye health range from availability of quality eye health services, eye health workforce, equipment, infrastructure to eye health medical products among others.

The objective of this assignment is:

The Technical Advisor will serve on 50% Consultancy basis by ensuring technical quality in all areas of CBM-supported eye health work in Kenya. The successful candidate will provide expertise services to the National and County Governments, Country Office staff and implementing partners aimed at ensuring delivery of work in the most professional, results-based and effective manner.

  1. Standards and Ethics

The consultant shall undertake this engagement in accordance to professional and ethical standards of Ophthalmologists. The Contracting Authority requires that the consultant demonstrates objectivity in the role and complies with the independence requirements of professional Ethics for Ophthalmologists.

  1. Qualifications of the Consultant

Education, Knowledge, and Professional Experience

  • Ophthalmologist with more than 5 years of working knowledge in Kenya.
  • Strategic and analytical skills including but not limited to quality report writing
  • Have a good understanding of health systems and universal health coverage initiatives in Kenya.
  • Working knowledge or experience in disability & inclusive development is an added advantage
  • Experience with CBM supported projects or eye health work with development partners/NGOs at least for 3 years is an advantage.
  • Active membership in eye health professional body.
  • Have a good understanding of project cycle and advocacy priorities in Kenya.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills verbally and in writing.
  • Working knowledge Microsoft Office Package (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, SharePoint e.t.c)
  • Articulate in Kiswahili and English.

5. Task of the Consultant

  1. Strategy Development and Implementation
  • Provide technical advice and input into all existing and new inclusive eye health concept notes, proposals, tools, budgets, guidelines e.t.c; ensuring that project design and implementation is in line with good practices, set standards, aligned with relevant strategic plans, frameworks and technical guidelines.
  • Support the Country Director and staff in identifying suitable partners, actively participating in technical partner assessments and take lead in technical capacity strengthening.
  • Provide technical guidance in the development & implementation of the Inclusive Eye Health (IEH) Plan by:
    • Take lead the development and review of comprehensive IEH components in the Country Strategic Plan
    • Support development of IEH Concept Notes and full proposals
    • Contribute towards alignment of CBM eye health work to national and county priorities towards universal eye health coverage.
  1. Strategic Partnership Development and Networking
  • Monitor and advice on trends and new development in eye health aimed at adapting CBM supported interventions to achieve maximum impact.
  • Strengthen partnership opportunities with international, national and local stakeholders to ensure programme delivery is harmonized and effectively coordinated at all levels.
  • Represent CBM in Eye Health Professional bodies and Networks including presentation of CBM’s work in various fora, conferences, workshops and meetings.
  • Take lead in technical quality assurance activities in close collaboration with line Ministry focal staff, project teams and implementing partners.
  1. Staff Development
  • Train, mentor and coach programme staff as in the areas of Inclusive, Integrated, Comprehensive, People-Centered eye health services.
  • Promote cross learning and collaboration among implementing partners
  • Provide capacity building to the programme staff both at Country Office and implementing partner level on IEH Quality Management Framework and Washington Short Set of Questions while at the same time ensuring required reports are submitted and reviewed in good time.
  • Support in the design and conducting operations research, Rapid Assessment for Avoidable Blindness (RAABs), Impact Surveys, feasibility studies, project end term evaluations, and any other studies.
  1. Main work package with regard to implementing eye health partners
  • Develop minimum and contextualized standards for IEH programs for CBM in Kenya.
  • Provide technical input and support during design of new projects.
  • Ensure that partner’s staff have a good understanding of the IEH standards and reporting requirements.
  • Conduct technical quality assurance activities including assessments for specific IEH projects.
  • Track and document implementation of technical recommendations.
  • Conduct physical & virtual visits as may be needed with focus on specific priority issues.
  • Provide capacity development to partners to ensure quality of work.
  • Ensure sharing of lessons learned and promote best practices with CBM and partner’s organisations;
  • Check statistics submission from IEH partners in the Kenya.
  • Review six-monthly Cataract Surgical Outcome reports from IEH partners and give feedback where necessary.
  • Review IEH reports to ensure quality reports and timely submission to CBM.
  • Support partners to ensure eye health data is entered into the Kenya Health Information System.
  • Co-represent the Country Office at various levels as delegated by the Country Director.
  • Capacity building to partner staff on Quality Management Framework; ensure partners conduct bi-annual Quality Management Assessment including collecting data using Washignton Short Set Group of questions tool.

How to apply

Expressions of Interest shall be submitted by 14th March 2023 via e-mail to Applications shall be appraised as they are received Expression of interest must be clearly marked 2023-CBMKCO-IEHTAand shall include:

  • Motivation Statement
  • Detailed CV demonstrating relevant experience and achievements
  • One-year work plan demonstrating understanding of this TOR and how the assignment shall be undertaken
  • All-inclusive financial proposal indicating the rates for undertaking the assignment.

Only complete applications will be considered. CBM may ask for references and/or examples of previous work undertaken during the recruitment process. The successful candidate commits to fully comply with and sign CBM’s Code of Conduct and Child Safeguarding Policy as well as commitment to data security and privacy.