ACDI / VOCA Program Specialist Job in Nairobi, Kenya


Vacancy Announcement: Program Specialist

Overview: Since 1963 and in 148 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 non-profit international development organization that designs and delivers technical and management solutions in agriculture, economic growth, and resilience to promote economic prosperity and social inclusion.

Job Title: Program Specialist

Project: Kenya LWA, AA4

Department: AA4

Location: Nairobi

Reports To: COP

Grade: 6

Job Summary: The Program Specialist will provide technical, operational, and administrative support to Scaling the Impacts of USAID Resilience Programming through Local Systems project.

As required, the specialist will work in close coordination with the Leader with Associates (LWA) staff.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide critical technical, operations, and backstopping support to the program.
  • Assist with the definition of key workflows, detailed procedures, and standard quality controls.
  • Assist in the preparation of reports, briefings, marketing materials, budgets, graphics, and presentations.
  • Review and process project-related documentation including invoices, ensuring program files and transactions are compliant, properly documented, and organized.
  • Liaise with LWA staff to organize meetings and conferences, including reservation of rooms, transportation, catering, and conference materials.
  • Collaborate with the LWA Communications Manager to develop and implement a coordinated communication strategy; assist in the preparation of reports, briefings, marketing materials, budgets, graphics, and presentations.
  • Provide desk research and communications support as needed.
  • Support additional technical, operational and administrative tasks, as necessary.
  • Provide desk research and communications support as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, economics, social sciences, development or similar relevant field
  • Experience in problem solving and identifying solutions that are compliant with USAID and ACDI/VOCA organization policies/procedures
  • Experience working in arid and semi-arid experience as well as working with pastoral communities
  • Expertise in developing operations procedures and processes to ensure efficient technical implementation
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work effectively in a team or independently
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is a must, fluency in spoken Swahili is preferred
  • Willingness to conduct field travel to Nairobi and Isiolo, Marsabit, Garissa, Wajir, Turkana, West Pokot, Tana River, Lamu, Samburu and Mandera counties.

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume to no later than June 11, 2020.

In the subject line, please include the position title.

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: June 3, 2020 — 7:31 am