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Chief of Party Job in Nairobi, Kenya


Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Kenya is seeking candidates for an USDA program, designed to expand trade of agriculture products by improve value chain efficiency in a selected commodity value chain. 

The program will focus on increased value added to post production agricultural products, access to markets to sell agricultural products and access to finance.

Position: Chief of Party

Requisition Number: I1360

Reference #: 2013/14

Location: Nairobi


This position is not guaranteed, as it is dependent on a successful application to the donor.

Should the award be granted and the position funded, the project would begin October 2013.

Job Summary: 

The Chief of Party (COP) will provide overall direction and leadership to the program technical implementation and administration. 

S/he will be responsible for the achievement of strategic objectives, intermediate results, and performance expectations through adherence to high standards of programmatic and management quality.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities
  • Provide leadership and oversight to the consortium and strengthen linkages with existing and potential partners
  • In collaboration with the CRS Kenya Country Representative, acts as primary program contact to the donor, Government of Kenya and partners
  • With key consortium members, ensure program’s strategic objectives are fully accomplished and meet expected technical quality standards.
  • Lead, manage, and supervise a team of CRS and consortium staff to meet program objectives
Required Qualifications, Skills and Abilities
  • MSc/MA/MBA with a focus on agribusiness and value chains or other related fields
  • Minimum 10 years of management responsibility
  • Prior management of significant USAID funding.
  • Proven leadership and inter-personal skills
  • Understanding of and/or experience with faith-based organizations, local church structures, and capacity-building principles in local partnerships.
  • Excellent English oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to develop and maintain constructive relationships
Qualified Candidates should submit their application (cover letter and resume) by July 1, 2013 to the Catholic Relief Services Corporate Website at or email to (include position Ref. on the email subject). 

National and regional interested candidates are encouraged to apply. 

The application letter and CV should be combined as one document and should be a maximum of 4 pages.

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