SUNY-AHADI Program Officers (6 Months) Jobs in Nairobi, Kenya


Exciting Career Opportunity: Program Officers – 6 Months

Background Information: The Agile and Harmonized Assistance for Devolved Institutions (AHADI) is a five year USAID program implemented by the State University of New York’s (SUNY) Center for International Development (CID).

AHADI is funded by both USAID and DFID. The program is designed to support Kenya’s vision and agenda for achieving the promise of devolution. The program’s interventions aim to promote governance systems that are transparent, accountable, effective in service delivery, and responsive to empowered citizens by working at both the National and County Government levels.

AHADI has three main objectives:

1. Targeted counties provide higher quality services through improved governance.

2. Improved representation of citizen interests and oversight of targeted County Government performance.

3. Functionality and effectiveness of the devolved system increased through intro-government engagement and cooperation.

AHADI is primarily a Democracy Rights and Governance (DRG) program focused on improving the governance of Kenya’s new decentralized system. It is an integrated governance program that uses sector entry points to achieve both governance and sector outcomes. These sectors include but are not limited to good governance, resilience and economic growth, education, climate change and disaster risk reduction.

The program is currently seeking a skilled, diplomatic, effective, and highly motivated:

Position Title: Program Officer

2 Positions

Duration of Assignment: 6 Months

Location: Nairobi

Position Summary: The Program Officer will be responsible for conceptualizing, designing, coordinating and supervising a range of interventions to build capacity of the Kenyan citizens and institutions at the county and national level.

The interventions shall include capacity building to: The Non-State Actors (NSAs) Grantees; County Executives; County Assemblies; Council of Governors; County Assemblies Forum, Inter-Governmental bodies and diverse governmental actors.

Since many of AHADI’s interventions will be implemented through its grants facility, the Program Officer will contribute to the drafting and design of grant proposals and contribute to in-kind grants, reviewing and supporting NSA Grantees to design grant proposals, and other technical support to the governmental and quasi-governmental organizations, management of the grantees and management of the consultants offering technical assistance to the counties and national government and Kenya’s devolved institutions.

She/he will report directly to AHADI Citizen Engagement Team Lead and work closely with other Programs staff, Grants and Monitoring and Evaluation and Learning teams. She/he will support the Chief of Party (CoP), Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP) and the respective members of the Senior Management Team and Program Team Leads in the timely, quality performance and delivery of the overall AHADI Program.

Reports to: Program Lead – Citizen Engagement

Key Responsibilities

The incumbent will report to the AHADI Citizen Engagement Team Lead. S/he will:

  • Manage programme and administrative tasks assigned by the Citizen Engagement Team Lead.
  • Assist the Citizen Engagement Team Lead and program team members to initiate and build relationships with the NSAs and government officials and agencies (National, Intergovernmental and County entities).
  • Ensure that the Citizen Engagement Team Lead is well apprised on changes in the operating context to guide the Citizen Engagement Team Lead consider adjustment to programming and appraise the SMT for the necessary appraisal of the project donor’s changes to respond.
  • Collaborate with senior staff of AHADI and implementing partners, to coordinate activities and to identify appropriate interventions. This includes ensuring that AHADI is aware of all devolution activities that the partners are implementing including any emerging changes.
  • Contributes to the development of grants management strategies and negotiates technical scopes of work for grants; and coordinates support to the NSA Grantees, governmental and other partners.
  • Prepare regular brief activity reports and updates, and contribute to activities under his/her purview to AHADI progress reporting and M&E activities.
  • Support the preparation, implementation and review of AHADI work plan, monitoring and evaluation and reporting against the USAID and DFID results framework and or consolidating the reports for submissions or briefing and reporting to USAID and DFID as well as to beneficiaries.
  • Maintain and ensure the ongoing development of an appropriate framework for partner activity coordination and data management including activity reports.
  • Maintaining regular communication with AHADI Partners, both NSAs and state.
  • Maintain regular communication with other development partners, Government entities (National, Non-State Actors, and County).
  • Coordinate with the M&E team to report on activities, track results and harvest outcomes; and prepare reports, document and ensure that lessons learned are used to adjust activity implementation.
  • Monitor and advise on the program learning tools and websites, internally for AHADI team, for collaboration with DFID, USAID and other development partners, for Inter-Governmental sharing, and for collaboration with other civil society.
  • Monitor the Program Management System and Database to ensure that all information is being captured and stored and that the M&E team and communications team are accessing the information.
  • Any other task as assigned by Citizen Engagement Team Lead, COP or DCOP


  • Advanced degree (Masters,) in a social science, development studies, political science or governance-related field.
  • At least 5 – 7 years of experience of progressive responsibility and experience in designing implementing and managing governance programs in Kenya particularly devolution.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing successful teams comprised of experienced professionals.
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully managing Grantee NSAs to implement governance interventions.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing capacity building to state and government officials either directly or indirectly through the consultants.
  • Demonstrated results based program management, strategic planning, and problem solving skills working on complex projects in a highly sensitive environment is an additional asset.
  • Demonstrated skills on social accountability and civic education particularly proven hands-on experience in developing and implementing such interventions.
  • Experience in managing DFID and USAID-funded programs preferably in the governance programs.
  • Ability to work effectively with a broad range of Kenyan elected officials (particularly the MCAs), technocrats and leaders from civil society.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment to achieve consensus on strategies, activities and administrative matters is a must.
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written), tact and diplomacy in establishing and sustaining working relationships with high-level GoK officials and building a high level of trust with public/private organizations.
  • Excellent skills in negotiating activity plans and resolving activity implementation issues with AHADI partners, government counterparts, and team members
  • Excellent skills on developing consultants’ Terms of Reference, experience in technical review of project reports, snapshots, lessons learned and briefing notes.
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook)

Languages: English language fluency required.

Skills and Abilities

  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Planning and organizing
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Ability to work in a team.

Location: The Program Officer will be based in the AHADI Nairobi office.

Travel: Travel in country is expected. Transportation, accommodations and per diem will be provided by the project in accordance with AHADI and USAID regulations. It is anticipated that in the travel will be between 40%-50%.

How to Apply

If you possess the skills and qualifications as contained in the position’s description, please send

to Hr@ahadi-devolution.

(1) a Cover letter

(2) CV and

(3) References from three Professional Referees, one referee should be a previous or current supervisor.

Closing date: September 05, 2018.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Kindly put the position you are applying for as the subject line.

Applications without the position as the subject line will not be evaluated.

SUNY-AHADI is an equal opportunities employer.

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Updated: August 31, 2018 — 11:57 am