ACDI / VOCA Deputy Chief of Party and Livestock Director Job in Kenya


Deputy Chief of Party and Livestock Director, Kenya LMS AA1

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 nonprofit international development organization that designs and delivers technical and management solutions in agriculture, economic growth, and resilience to promote economic prosperity and social inclusion.

ACDI / VOCA is currently seeking a Deputy Chief of Party and Livestock Director for the Feed the Future-funded Livestock Market Systems Expanding Economic Opportunities (LMS-AA1) Activity.

The goal of the project is to build upon and deepen 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 position is based in Nairobi, Kenya with frequent travel to field offices.


  • Support the Chief of Party in providing leadership management and general technical direction to the 5 county office teams and to the entire activity.
  • Act as 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.
  • Provide technical leadership, implementation oversight, day-to-day quality control, and operational commitment to AA1’s systemic, inclusive, and facilitative market systems approach.
  • Play a lead role in interacting with key implementing actors and other development partners.
  • Identify and develop interventions that address system constraints and identify leverage points for appropriate action/support/investment.
  • Ensure quality control and timeliness of all deliverables. Prepare and contribute to work plans, financial, logistical and other documents as requested.
  • Support the overall knowledge management process, contributing to quarterly reports and the M&E and learning processes.
  • Serve as a primary person responsible for overseeing the technical quality of all livestock development matters that among others; improved livestock productivity, animal nutrition, animal health, breeding and livestock marketing
  • Facilitate the private provision of key services that will enable pastoralist to benefit from their participation in the livestock value chain- namely, veterinary drugs and animal health services, animal feed and financial services
  • Support marketing activities that seek to improve pastoralists’ access to markets, strengthen livestock value chains and diversify end markets for Kenyan livestock meat.
  • 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. 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.

Supervisory Responsibilities

The Deputy Chief of Party and Livestock Director will directly supervise the Technical team/ County Program Managers in the 5 counties and will be responsible for overseeing the technical and administrative staff during any absence of the COP.

Additional supervisory responsibilities may include interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees; identifying capacity gaps and designing responses to address them; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, agriculture, animal sciences, business management, or relevant field required. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum 7 years of experience in natural resource management, agriculture, and livestock sectors.
  • Minimum 5 years of management experience for large (minimum $5M) programs.
  • Demonstrated understanding of budget planning, activity-based budgeting and tracking, forecasting; integrity and zero tolerance approach to corruption/malfeasance.
  • Solid understanding of market systems and value chains; experience in ASALs or northern Kenya preferred.
  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation tools, systems and ITC applications.
  • Demonstrated experience leading, mentoring and motivating diverse teams (including remote management) with strong commitment to gender mainstreaming, responsiveness, and inclusion principles.
  • English and Swahili proficiency required; other local language fluency/ability preferred.
  • Experienced with representing organization/project with high level donor and government officials
  • Excellent English writing skills (corporate reports/plans/briefs/official correspondence)
  • Ability to travel within and beyond Nairobi, Isiolo, Marsabit, Garissa, Wajir, and Turkana counties.
  • Kenyan nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Please apply at no later than August 21, 2020.

The applications will be reviewed promptly upon receipt, only finalists 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: July 24, 2020 — 12:47 pm