ACDI / VOCA Deputy Chief of Party Job in Nairobi, Kenya



ACDI / VOCA is currently implementing a $45 million, five-year program entitled “Feed the Future Livestock Market Systems (LMS)” development projects in Northern Kenya funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The aim of the USAID Kenya Feed the Future LMS 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 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 Deputy Chief of Party will contribute directly to the Feed the Future-funded Livestock Market Systems Expanding Economic Opportunities (LMS-AA1) Activity’s goal of building upon and deepening the inclusiveness, resilience and competitiveness of market systems (and integrated value chains) in the 5 Arid and Semi-Arid Counties of Turkana, Isiolo, Marsabit, Wajir and Garissa while furthering livestock-related and other economic opportunities.

The goal of the project is to assist individuals, households, and communities in these counties to sustainably and resiliently escape poverty through new economic opportunities in a more commercialized livestock market system.

The Deputy Chief of Party, LMS AA1 is responsible for the strategic leadership and successful implementation of Objectives 1.1 and 1.2 Expanded Economic Opportunities, as detailed fully in the Award and subsequent annual work plans:

    1. Facilitate more competitive, resilient and inclusive livestock and related market systems to leverage end-market opportunities while ensuring inclusion and poverty reduction
    2. 1.2 Strengthen and diversify productive livelihood opportunities, for men, women, and youth

Based in Nairobi, and reporting the LMS-AA1 Chief of Party, he/she manages and facilitates the diligent and meaningful delivery of activities in the Activity’s zone of influence, via an appreciative, strategic, analytical and adaptive management approach and style.


  1. Serve as primary person responsible for overseeing the technical quality of all LMS-AA1 implementation activities against Activity Objectives and Targets, including frequent visits to Turkana, Isiolo, Marsabit, Wajir and Garissa.
  2. Provide technical leadership, implementation oversight, and day-to-day quality control of Objectives 1.1 and 1.2 (as per above). In the (co)design and implementation of all activities within these components, maintain a daily, operational commitment to the program’s systemic, inclusive, and facilitative implementation market systems approach.
  3. Support the Chief of Party in providing leadership management and general technical direction to the 5 county office teams (Turkana, Isiolo, Marsabit, Wajir and Garissa) and of the entire Activity, ensuring an integrated and common vision among different components and actors, and a focus on achieving the results defined Agreement and yearly work plans.
  4. Plays a lead role in interacting with key implementing actors and other development partners, including representation at PREG meetings and field-based events, including training or outreach events, workshops, fora, etc. Coordinates and meets with the Chief of Party on a regular basis to discuss operations, participate in and coordinate regular planning processes, discuss field activities, successes, and potential issues and risks, and contribute to knowledge management.
  5. Ensures the incorporation and implementation of inclusive gender and youth positive approaches into all areas of LMS-AA1. Works closely with the Gender Advisor to communicate and coordinate with County and Nairobi-based staff, so that gender considerations can be meaningfully and efficiently integrated throughout all AA1 activities and operations.
  6. Identifies and develops interventions that address system constraints and identify leverage points for appropriate action/support/investment. Works with the Chief of Party, Senior Market Systems Specialist and the LMS Grants team in drafting Requests for Proposals and Annual Program Statements for the solicitation of Growth and Development grant applications to effect market system change(s).
  7. Acts a Technical Lead and central point coordination for AA1 staff in the technical review of grant applications received, coordinating, in close collaboration with LMS partners, co-creation/co-investment approaches in selecting, defining and managing approved grants.
  8. Support a comprehensive set of activities that seek to improve individuals, households, groups, pastoralists’ access to markets, strengthen livestock value chains throughout the defined/planned economic corridor and beyond, and diversify end markets for Kenyan livestock and other products.
  9. In collaboration with Gender Advisor, adopt and promote a gender inclusive approach towards activity delivery and ensure that activities help to close gender gaps by empowering women as entrepreneurs through AA1 training and activities geared to develop business skills, technical knowledge, etc.
  10. Identify issues and risks related to program implementation in a timely manner and suggest appropriate mitigation measures and program adjustments to the Chief of Party.
  11. Ensure quality control and timeliness of all deliverables.  Prepare and contribute to work plans, financial, logistical and other documents as requested to facilitate the successful, responsive implementation of the program.
  12. Support the overall knowledge management process, contributing to quarterly reports and the M&E process (where appropriate). Emphasize and facilitate the development of a robust learning culture within the technical team, adopting an adaptive management style and providing regular opportunities for the team to: capture and digest learning from implementation, for staff to provide upward feedback and make recommendations for improvement to leadership, to build on learnings from LMS, and to assess the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’ of successes or failures.
  13. As part of supervisory responsibilities detailed below, manage consistent with the ACDI/VOCA Kenya employee manual, Kenyan labor laws, and sound management practices.


The Deputy Chief of Party and will directly supervise County Program Managers in all five LMS-AA1 counties, and will be responsible for overseeing all technical and administrative staff during any absence of the COP.

Additional supervisory responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rolling out learning and capacity development plans for field staff; rewarding and disciplining employees; identifying capacity gaps and designing responses to address them; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in natural resource management, agriculture, and livestock sectors.
  • Solid understanding of market systems and value chains; experience in ASALs or northern Kenya preferred.
  • Excellent English writing skills (corporate reports/plans/briefs/official correspondence). [Candidates may be administered a written test]
  • Demonstrated understanding of budget planning, activity-based budgeting and tracking, forecasting; integrity and zero tolerance approach to corruption/malfeaseance.
  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation tools, systems and ITC applications.
  • Minimum 5 years of management experience for large (minimum $5M) programs.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and adaptive management abilities.
  • Demonstrated experience leading, mentoring and motivating diverse teams (including remote management)
  • Multi-tasking, organizational and time management skills.
  • Experienced with representing organizations/projects with high level donor and government officials.
  • Strong understanding and commitment to gender mainstreaming, responsiveness and inclusion principles, backed by experience.
  • Swahili proficiency (other local language fluency/ability an asset)

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

To Apply:

Please submit a resume to  no later than August 28, 2018. In the subject line, please include the position title.

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: August 14, 2018 — 3:35 pm