Catholic Relief Services Agriculture Program Manager and APHIAPIus NALs Program Manager Jobs in Kenya

Catholic Relief Services – USCCB is the official agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for relief and development overseas. 
CRS supports programs in over 100 countries and works through local partners. 
We are seeking suitable persons to fill the following position. 
The successful candidate require technical competencies, willingness to travel to field locations and a commitment to work with and support partners of CRS many of whom are Catholic institutions.
 
1. Program Manager – Agriculture 
Ref.2013/09
 
Location: Nairobi
 
Job Purpose:
 The primary role of the Program Manager is to provide technical assistance and manage all aspects of the CRS/Kenya Agriculture Program Portfolio. 
S/he will oversee program operations, provide technical assistance in capacity building of partners and implementation of activities, ensure financial administration of the projects, implement monitoring systems, plan workshops, supervise the Program team, provide timely reporting and communicate with donors.
S/he is responsible for 
(i) ensuring the quality of CRS’ programs in Agriculture; 
(ii) keeping abreast of state of the art approaches; 
(iii) representing the agency; and 
(iv) leveraging funding.
 
CRS Kenya is seeking to significantly develop its portfolio and expertise in Agriculture and in fundraising for the program.

The Program Manager will establish relationships with key donors and actively pursue opportunities to leverage funding for Agriculture Programs. 
S/he will also be involved ii emergency response as deemed appropriate.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  • Provide technical assistance In the areas of agricultural productivity, seed systems, agricultural value chains, land and water management and trade/marketing of agricultural products
  • Identify and develop sustainable agro-based projects and implement a demand-driven, commercialization approach to rural development
  • Strengthen program linkages with civil society organizations, government representatives and the private sector.
  • Maintain working relations with relevant government line ministries and private sector/research institutions to coordinate the adoption of new products and/or approaches in agriculture development and marketing
  • Assist partners with organizational development through capacity assessments and tailored skill building and training in agriculture aspects of project administration, financial management, and monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Strengthen the capacity of implementing partners’ system, structures and skills and enhance opportunities for shared-learning with partners
  • Ensure compliance with CRS and donor requirements/regulations in the entire Program
  • Ensures timely submission of project and program progress and final reports including financial reporting
Desired Qualifications Skills & Abilities
  • A minimum of Masters in Agricultural Science such as Agricultural Economics, Agronomy, Natural Resource Management or related subjects.
  • At least five years’ experience in managing agricultural development projects
  • Demonstrate knowledge of fund raising, including designing specific projects, developing proposals for funding, and participating in successful negotiations.
  • Broad grasp of socio-economic policy issues with respect to food security, CAADP and Medium Term Investment Plan for Kenya
  • Knowledge and experience of mainstreaming gender in programming
  • Demonstrated ability to transfer knowledge through formal and informal training
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, oral communication, writing and computer (Microsoft Office) skills
  • Proven ability in collaborative/team working relationships
  • Demonstrated qualities of cultural sensitivity, ability to work with people and good judgment
2) Program Manager – APHIAPIus NALs 
Ref.2013/10
 
Location: Wajir
 
Job Purpose:
The Program Manager will be the key link person responsible for coordinating CRS role in the APHIAplus, NALs consortium. 
He/she will serve as the overall technical link person in the consortium to whom the three Senior Project Officers report to. 
In addition to being the top and have the multiple roles of managing relations between the strategic partners, implementing partners (IPs), USAID and the GOK as they work hand in hand with the project officers to ensure APHIAplus NALs Service Delivery to marginalized, vulnerable and underserved populations
including youth, PLHIVs and those on ARVs, orphans and children affected by AIDS. 
In consultation with the COP and the other consortium members, the Program Manager will create linkages with all relevant GOK structures at national, county, district and community levels so as to deliver the project in line with USAID/Kenya Strategic Goal for health: ‘Sustained improvement of health and well-being for all Kenyans”.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:
  • Responsible for project policy and strategic direction support supervision, data quality assessment and research.
  • Promote an integrated approach to service delivery to improve the well-being of target groups..
  • Responsible for the overall financial management and budgeting for the grant in collaboration with finance department.
  • Responsible for oversight of monitoring and evaluation of the project as well as participating In health system strengthening and capacity building activities..
  • Recruit and orient new staff in the Program and participate in the recruitment of other CRS/Kenya staff
  • Supervise and coach APHIA Imarisha staff to increase their effectiveness, project development, and level of responsibility.
  • During program/project stage development, support identification of staff positions and drafting of accompanying job descriptions
  • Identify consultants, draw consultant’ terms of references and appraise consultant performance for specific project / program work undertaken in the Program.
Desired Qualifications Skills & Abilities
  • Master Degree in Sociology, Anthropology, Nursing, Public Health or other relevant area of study
  • At least 5 years experience working In the following areas: OVC, HCBC, VCT, Counseling, ART and dealing with social determinants of health.
  • At least 5 years progressive experience implementing an integrated HI V/AIDS project among pastoral and nomadic setting in NALs Kenya, preferably in an NGO setting.
  • Good understanding of GOK HIV/AIDS Policy and Guidelines and USAID operating procedures
  • Good grasp of challenges facing PLHIVs, OVC and marginalized poor in Kenya
  • Experience in implementing US Government-funded projects and working in Nothern and Arid Lands.
  • Ability to transfer skills and knowledge through, training, mentorship and accompaniment
  • Excellent written, oral communication in English and Kiswahili and computer skills (Microsoft Office Programs).
  • Demonstrated ability to foster integration in programming approach and work with varied teams.
  • A professional with high level of integrity and good stewardship of resources
  • Ability to cultivate constructive relationships and promote safety and security.
Written applications indicating the reference number of position applied for and CV including day-time contact phone numbers, as well as names and contact information of three references should reach the below-mentioned by Close of Business Monday April 15,2013.
 
Human Resources Manager
Catholic Relief Services – Kenya Program
E-mail: hr@ke.earo.crs.org
 
Note: Please indicate the Reference Number of the position you are applying for on the ‘email subject’. 
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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