ACDI / VOCA AA1 Project Chief of Party Job in Nairobi, Kenya


Job title: Chief of Party

Project: Kenya Feed the Future Livestock Market Systems Activity Associate Award One; Expanding and Diversifying Viable Economic Opportunities in Kenya

Department: Resilience and Growth

Report to: Kavita Chambery, Senior Director

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Grade: 10

Summary: The USAID Kenya Feed the Future Livestock Market Systems (LMS) Leader with Associates (LWA) program is focused on strengthening community resilience and overcome poverty, household hunger and chronic undernutrition through expanded and viable economic opportunities, improved systems, institutions, governance, and human capital.

The Program comprises of Leader and Associate Awards with the objective to maximize local capacity to plan and manage integrated resilience programming and foster collaboration with other implementers to achieve significant and lasting social change.

The Expanding and Diversifying Viable Economic Opportunities in Northern Kenya (AA1) project provides market-based pull by facilitating a more competitive, commercialized livestock value chain for pastoralists that are moving up in the livestock market system and, by creating viable, diversified livelihoods opportunities for those that are moving up or moving out of the sector.

The AA1 design builds vibrant market systems in livestock and other viable industries, enabling households to generate more income within the sector and to diversify into other income sources.

By increasing and diversifying income sources, households –with a focus on youth and women– build resilience and create sustained pathways out of poverty.

The three objectives that comprise the pull structure of AA1 are:

1) expanded and diversified viable economic opportunities;

2) strengthened institutions, systems and governance; and

3) collaborative action and learning for market systems change.

The COP will lead the oversight and management of activities implemented to create viable, diversified livelihood opportunities for pastoralists that are moving up or moving out of the livestock market system sector as well as ensuring sequencing, layering, and integration with the rest of the LMS consortium, in coordination with the AA1 DCOP and Leader Award senior management team.

This position will also provide leadership and oversight of all procurement, personnel, and financial activities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide overall leadership and technical direction for the AA1 program, including leading the strategic planning, implementation and reporting, as well as promoting a facilitation-based, market-led approach to intervention design and day-to-day practice.
  • Collaborates with Leader Award technical and operational staff to ensure integrated programming.
  • Ensures accountability to USAID, Partnership for Resilience and Economic Growth (PREG), and Government of Kenya (GoK).
  • Design, develop and implement strategies and project work plans to improve livestock productivity, strengthen market linkages, expand access to markets for pastoralists, increase pastoralists’ access to finance, and strengthen institutions, systems, and governance.
  • Oversee the grant making (solicitation, grant application, selection, and implementation) of AA1 grant activities.
  • Serve as the principal liaison for AA1 to the LWA Leader COP, Technical Coordination Director, USAID staff, government partners, and private sector value chain actors to secure commitment and ensure open dialogue that benefits the program goals.
  • Participate in regular LMS LWA Program Management Committee meetings.
  • Lead efforts to collect, synthesize and disseminate clear information through technical reports and periodic progress reports.
  • Develop professional relationships, and further program goals and objectives.
  • Ensure that expected results are achieved on time and on budget.
  • Communicate effectively with other USAID project managers, donors, and other indigenous and international NGOs to ensure positive visibility of project activities.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated expertise and a minimum of five years of chief-of-party experience in managing large (at least $5 million), complex livestock and/or agricultural development programs (the experience may include experience with donor projects, regional programs or country programs) with a private sector/market systems development and/or livelihoods focus, preferably within an African context. Additional experience that USAID will consider towards the five years’ experience include experience as a Team Leader, or Country Director.
  • Demonstrated ability to be collaborative across projects and strong communications and interpersonal skills, with evidence of ability to productively interact with a wide range and levels of organizations (government, private sector, NGOs, research institutions).

Additional Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in a relevant field or a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with an additional 2 years of relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in strategic thinking and policy analysis and able to dialogue with host country government.
  • Experience working in Kenya or East Africa strongly preferred.
  • Strong writing, analytical, presentation and reporting skills.

The position requires extensive field travel within and beyond Nairobi and Isiolo, Marsabit, Garissa, Wajir, and Turkana counties.

Supervision: This position reports to Kavita Chambery, Senior Director.

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume to no later than March 15, 2018. In the subject line, please include the position title.

Resume and all associated application documents shall be provided as a single attachment and list long-term employment history and any relevant short-term consulting work.

Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone.

Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.

ACDI/VOCA is an equal opportunity employer.

Women, minorities and people from diverse groups are encouraged to apply.


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Updated: March 14, 2018 — 6:20 am