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USAID Program Operations Specialist Job in Kenya

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Food for Peace (FFP) Office, USAID/East Africa seeks to hire a Program Operations Specialist. The position is open to qualified Kenyan citizens.

Basic Function of the Position:

As Program Operations Specialist (POS), the incumbent is the focal point for all management information systems handling commodity management, logistics, communications, documentation and records within the Program Operations Division (POD).

He/she serves as a member of the FFP team directly supporting all FFP program actions with respect to operational management.

He/she also consults and interacts frequently with senior staff of private sector service providers and of host government ministries and their agencies such as tax, transport, communications and port authorities.

The position will be based in Nairobi but will entail travel within the region.

Duties of the Program Operations Specialist include:
  • designing and implementing management information systems;
  • conducting assessments of partner commodity management and logistical capacities;
  • establishing and ensuring commodity management reporting by partners;
  • conducting assessments of regional or country-specific logistics and transportation networks;
  • developing a logistics plan for a food aid programming;
  • providing financial analyses of commodity and transport budgets;
  • supporting a regional commodity pre-positioning facility;
  • providing additional support and expert advice and can be assigned specific tasks in commodity management, communications, reporting, logistics, management information systems and other areas as deemed necessary by USAID/EA/FFP.
Required Qualifications:

Any application that does not meet the minimum requirements stated below will not be evaluated. Only short listed applicants will be contacted. If you have not been contacted one month from the closing date of this advertisement, please consider your application unsuccessful.

 A Master’s degree, from an accredited institution, in management information systems, business administration, accounting, statistics, logistics or a related field is required.

Prior Work Experience (40%):
 5-7 years minimum field working experience in food aid commodity management or international logistics or a related field is required.

Knowledge (30%):
 The incumbent must have strong working knowledge of MS Office Suite, Power-Point and at least one statistical or data base management program.

Skills and Abilities (30%):
 He/she must possess a high degree of proficiency in written and spoken English and will be expected to travel in the region for the purposes of completing tasks described above and for any specific additional assignments as directed by FFP/USAID/EA.

Those fulfilling the requirements of the position should submit their application together with a detailed curriculum vitae/resume and copies of relevant certificates to the following address:

The Human Resources Office,
P.O. Box 629, Village Market 00621,
Nairobi, Kenya

Re: Program Operations Specialist, FFP/USAID/EA

Application must reach the USAID HR office by COB December 10, 2010.

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