Mar 2018 ACDI / VOCA County Program Manager New Job in Wajir Kenya

ACDI / VOCA

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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 non-profit 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 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.

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Pursuant to its mission, ACDI/VOCA is seeking for an experienced and talented professional for County Program Managers position to be based in Wajir County.

The position will oversee the overall programme development and management efforts in the Counties.

The Program Manager will be responsible for using community-driven, participatory approaches to support and develop efforts that facilitate a more competitive livestock value chain for pastoralists moving up in the livestock market system.

He will also support in establishing viable, diversified livelihood opportunities for those moving up or out of the sector within the Counties. With direct reporting line to the Deputy Chief of Party, the County Program Manager will supervise all the Project team in the county office.

He/She will work closely with the other technical teams to ensure quality and timely delivery of the Project.

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the technical quality of Program activities in respective counties that, among others, include: creating incentives for commercial investment in the livestock and supporting services sectors, facilitating market linkages.
  • Support Deputy Chief of Party in providing leadership management and general technical direction of the project.
  • Maintain a daily, operational commitment to the program’s systemic and inclusive implementation approach.
  • Coordinate with other LMS technical staff in conducting continuous community-level market research and value chain analyses of the project which will serve as the basis for project external and internal communications, annual work planning and strategy formulation.
  • Based on community consultations and constraints analyses, identify and implement activities into rural areas collaboratively with other partners.
  • Coordinate with the technical team on a regular basis to participate in regular planning processes; discuss field activities, successes, and potential issues and risks; and contribute to knowledge management.
  • Ensure implementation of the Gender Integration Strategy including Coordinating with the Gender Advisor to ensure that gender considerations can be meaningfully and efficiently integrated throughout all of LMS activities and operations in the County.
  • Identify issues and risks related to program implementation in a timely manner and suggest appropriate program adjustments.
  • 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.
  • Maintain appropriate files and documentation of all project and program development activities including correspondence and minutes of meetings where decisions are made
  • Support the overall knowledge management process, contributing to quarterly reports and the M&E process.
  • Collaborate closely with the Government, PREG Members and other donor-funded projects operating in the counties to build synergies, Layering and Integration of activities.
  • Provide leadership in the LMS Agenda interventions to strengthen livestock value chains and improving the benefits of market participation for pastoralists.
  • Maintain strong relationships with groups, associations and government partners supporting various actors in the livestock sector.
  • Work with target actors to provide opportunities to participate in entrepreneurial/ innovations/ capacity building or training, as well as other market-based opportunities by building linkages.
  • Maintain regular constructive communication with all project sub-contractors.
  • Develop project collaboration with the public authorities in the Counties and particularly with the line Government departments.
  • Promote the project in Counties and seek leverage with other projects, donors, and investors.
  • Regularly visit project sites to monitor project implementation progress.
  • Provide day to day office operations and administrative leadership for various program partners operating in the county and ensure cost allocations to relevant program partners for various office activities.
  • Oversee technical and operational staff in the County office and manage relevant finances/budgets.
  • Develop briefs to the DCOP about all issues which could cause serious harm to the project as well as to ACDI/VOCA’s reputation and business.
  • Ensure that appropriate security procedures and roles are followed by the project staff and any other assignments or tasks at the request of his/her supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship, Business Management, Livestock Marketing, Agribusiness Management, International Relations, Development Studies, Pastoral Livestock Systems Development or a related field. A Master’s Degree in a related field is highly preferred.
  • Minimum of 7 years of practical experience in the Livestock Sector and value chain and/or MSME development or closely related field.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills is required.
  • Good problem solver, self-starter, creative and innovative, good communication, leadership and reporting skills required.
  • Ability to travel within the designated county. The position requires extensive field travel.

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume to HRKenya@acdivoca.org no later than March 23, 2018.

In the subject line, please include the position title and a county(s) that you would like to be considered for.

Resume and all associated application documents shall be provided as a single attachment and list long-term employment history and any relevant short-term consulting work.

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.

Interviews will be conducted in the base location of the position.

ACDI/VOCA is an equal opportunity employer.

Women, minorities and people from diverse groups are encouraged to apply.