ACDI / VOCA Collaboration Learning & Adaptation Manager Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Since 1963 and in 146 countries, ACDI / VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy.

Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI / VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development and food security to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society.

ACDI / VOCA currently has approximately 49 projects in 30 countries and total revenues of $151 million.

Overview: ACDI / VOCA is currently implementing a $45 million, five-year development program entitled Feed the Future Livestock Market Systems (LMS) in 5 Northern Kenya Counties (Turkana, Wajir, Marsabit, Isiolo & Garissa) funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

It is implemented by a consortium of partners led by ACDI VOCA. The objective of the program is to strengthen people’s Resilience to shocks and stresses and reduce the prevalence and depth of poverty, household hunger and chronic undernutrition.

The program aims to do so by taking collective action on Economic Opportunities and by Strengthening Institutions, Market Systems, Governance and Human capital.

Job Summary: The Partnership for Resilience and Economic Growth (PREG) brings together the Northern portfolio of USAID humanitarian and development projects to improve impact through improved sequencing, layering, and integration of projects activities/goals.

The role of the CLA Manager is to facilitate both PREG and LMS learning and collaboration, working with the donor and leveraging the communications, training, and MEL functions to advance CLA efforts throughout the technical implementation teams.

It will centralize many of the critical projects support components that, collectively, influence CLA within projects, and better enable sustainable and effective partnership and project outcomes.

It will work closely with MEL units to ensure performance data is relevant and useful and is analyzed regularly to enable reflection, adaptation, and continuous improvement. Develop adaptive management processes and tools that facilitate purposeful experimentation and pivots in strategy and tactics based on planned experiments.

Lead training on CLA for staff and partners and continually adapt and improve the project’s CLA Plan. reflection, adaptation, and continuous improvement. Develop adaptive management processes and tools that facilitate purposeful experimentation and pivots in strategy and tactics based on planned experiments. Lead training on CLA for staff and partners and continually adapt and improve the project’s CLA Plan.

Pursuant to that objective, ACDI / VOCA is seeking for experienced and talented professional for a Collaboration Learning & Adaptation Manager (CLA) position.

Based in Nairobi and working across the 5 Counties, the individual will report to the Chief of Party.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the CLA effort by providing a centralized point for analysis, strategic planning, and support to improve technical implementation, effective use of resources, and sustainability.
  • Develop and manage the PREG and LMS CLA plan
  • Develop and manage the Leader and Associate Awards learning agenda and questions through a participatory process with project staff, partners, and donor stakeholders
  • Conduct progress review of the learning agenda for LMS and PREG
  • Work closely with the M&E Manager, providing input into the development of the PMP, and alignment between performance monitoring efforts and the strategic information needs of the project and the donor
  • Demonstrated experience in designing, facilitating and evaluating tailored learning activities, across a variety of themes, forums, and stakeholders
  • Understanding and experience in developing and leading stakeholder engagement activities, knowledge management programs, and communities of practice
  • Interact with implementers and beneficiaries in the field to help move learning forward
  • Work directly with the Leader and Associate Awards COPs, DCOPs, technical project component leads to plan, design, and or/manage specific CLA strategies and activities, such as supporting incorporation of technical, contextual and experiential learning into technical strategies, interventions, and processes. Assist in developing, capturing, sharing, and testing methods, models, and tools to advance these objectives.
  • Leverage a mix of informational sources and research methods – project M&E data, observations from staff and partners, primary and secondary market research – to
  • (i) analyze project progress towards goals and learning objectives,
  • (ii) communicate those findings externally (e.g. to donor, external partners) and internally (e.g. to project staff), and
  • (iii) apply that learning into improved work planning and project activities.
  • Support the projects staff to analyze, pilot, adapt, and design facilitation approach that encourages purposeful experimentation and pivots in strategy and tactics based on planned experiments.
  • Supports cross-company learning initiatives (exposure visits, training activities, etc.) that would benefit firms and stakeholders with similar interests and needs.
  • Continually develop and review impact causal models/results chains to demonstrate how interventions will contribute to sustainable poverty reduction in targeted districts.
  • Participate in regular senior management planning meetings and provide analytical feedback and support to inform technical decisions by senior management and the technical component leads.
  • Serves as a role model for instilling a culture of adaptive management and establishing processes that contribute to effective collaboration, learning, and adaptation systems.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Familiarity with the concept of adaptive management/CLA, and demonstrated experience using a mix of informational sources and research methods to analyze project progress, communicate findings to a range of external and internal stakeholders, and apply learning to work planning.
  • Experience providing leadership, supervising staff, managing multiple complex project components, and convening people across technical teams to build consensus and achieve an outcome.
  • Experience contributing to the design and implementation of a development project’s strategic communications strategy required.
  • Superior, demonstrated writing, reporting, and oral presentation skills (ability to provide an original writing sample required).
  • Regional experience in East Africa preferred
  • Experience with M&E systems used by large multi sector development programs
  • Skills in graphic design (preferably Adobe InDesign), as well as video and web editing skills, desired but not required.
  • Travel 40% of the time
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written.


  • Bachelor’s degree (master’s preferable) in respective technical field and
  • Minimum 7 years of relevant experience in knowledge management, communications, M&E, organizational learning and/or strategic learning in an international development context.
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience.

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume to no later than June 08, 2018.

Please include the position title in the subject line.

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: May 28, 2018 — 9:23 pm