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USAID Assistant Project Development Specialist Job in Kenya


Participant Training/Assistant Project Development Specialist

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Kenya Mission seeks to hire a Participant Training/Assistant Project Development Specialist in its Program Development & Analysis (PDA) Office. The position is open to qualified Kenyan citizens and is based in Nairobi.

Basic Function of the Position:

The Participant Training/Assistant Project Development Specialist will support the entire USAID/Kenya Team in all aspects of participant training and project development functions.

He/she will be responsible for administering USAID-funded training of Kenyan participants in the U.S. or third country and also USAID-funded participants from other countries studying in Kenya.

He/she will also deputize the Mission’s Project Development Specialist in all aspects of project development functions in Activity Design and Approval, Annual Portfolio Reviews, including all other functions of the Project Development Specialist’s functions.

The Participant Training /Assistant Project Development Specialist will also play an advisory role to all USAID/Kenya partners who will carry out USAID-funded training activities.

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 within one month from the closing date of this advertisement, please consider your application unsuccessful.

Education: A Master’s degree in education, business administration, or international development is required.

Experience (40%): 
  • Five to seven years of progressively responsible, professional-level experience in program and project management and participant training is required.
  • At least five years of this experience should have been in development assistance, or related work for the U.S. Government, other donor agencies, host-government organizations, or private sector institutions.
  • Experience should include analysis and interpretation of data and presentation of findings in written and oral form.
  • Prior work experience with USAID or other bilateral or multilateral development agencies is highly desirable.
Knowledge (30%):
  • A thorough knowledge of the concepts, principles, techniques, and practices in training and project development is required.
  • A thorough knowledge of Kenya’s education requirements and providers of quality graduate education in the U.S. is required.
  • A good working knowledge of Kenya’s economic, political, social and cultural characteristics is highly desirable.
  • A thorough and detailed understanding of the substantive and administrative elements of USG program development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation processes is essential.
  • The incumbent must be able to obtain, analyze and evaluate complex data and to prepare precise and accurate analyses, written reports and oral briefings of information received.
  • Broad knowledge of accounting and internal control processes is necessary.
  • He/she should, as soon as possible, develop a broad and thorough knowledge of USG programming policies, regulations, procedures, and documentation.
Skills & Abilities (30%):
  • Must be able to develop and maintain extensive range of contacts with highest and working level officials throughout the Mission, as well as key officers within USAID/East Africa, including the Regional Legal Office, Regional Acquisition & Assistance Office, Government of Kenya officials, donors, private sector and non-governmental participating organizations.
  • The incumbent must be able to effectively identify, mobilize, and draw upon the expertise of technical and managerial personnel in the Mission.
  • Demonstrated capability for perceptive analysis and the ability to obtain, analyze evaluate a variety of data and to organize and present it in a meaningful terms, write and speak effectively are required skills.
Those fulfilling the requirements of the position should submit their application, together with a detailed curriculum vitae/resume and all relevant attachments to:

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

Re: Participant Training/Assistant Project Development Specialist, PDA/USAID/Kenya

Please note that incomplete application packages will not be considered.

Applications must reach the USAID HR office by COB March 17, 2011

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