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Program Management Specialist Job in Kenya - USAID

USAID Building Capacity for African Agricultural Transformation (Africa Lead II) Project
Scope of Work
Title: Technical / Program Management Specialist
Location: Nairobi, Kenya (with in-country and periodic international travel)
Period of Performance: September 1, 2014 – August 30, 2015 (with potential for extension-funding dependent)
Background: The USAID Building Capacity for African Agricultural Transformation (Africa Lead II) Project is a five-year effort to support and advance the agricultural transformation in Africa as proposed by the African Union Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Program (CAADP),
while simultaneously contributing to the Feed the Future goals of reduced hunger and poverty, by building the capacity of men and women African leaders, institutions and stakeholders to develop, lead, and manage the structures needed for the transformation process. 

This project has three components:
  1. The establishment of institutional/organizational architecture to lead African agriculture transformation at the national and regional levels, operating at the highest level of effectiveness;
  2. The operationalization of capacity to manage policy change and alignment process; and
  3. The effective participation and leading when necessary, of Non-State Actors (NSAs) in the CAADP process.
Responsibilities: The Technical / Program Management Specialist will have primary responsibility of supporting both the Institutional Development and the Country Programs. 

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Organizational Change / Institutional Development Specialist, and guidance from the Country Program Lead, the Technical / Program Management Specialist will perform the following key functions

Technical Delivery:
  • Provide technical support and quality control for all aspects of program development for Africa Lead II mission buy-in(s).
  • Support in grant development and short-term technical assistance (STTA) activities in full compliance with USAID and DAI regulations and policies.
  • Support the development and support of grant making activities/Scopes of Work.
  • Provide technical assistance to grantees and potential grantees as required during the grants preparation stage and in the implementation phase, working closely with key operations staff.
  • Support AL II capacity strengthening initiatives to manage the policy process and thus enhance the impact of agriculture and food security investments.
  • Support AL II activities around policy reforms and alignment through Institutional Architecture Assessments (IAA); and mutual accountability through Joint Sector Reviews (JSR).
  • Support the facilitation of Agriculture Policy Exchange and Learning Exchanges (APLEs) as a forum for knowledge sharing and policy planning.
Program Development and Management:
  • Support the implementation of mission buy-in activities.
  • Support the Africa Lead II technical team in developing proposals, scopes of work, grant concepts and activities.
  • Maintain all USAID mission buy-in activity schedules and status of the strategic Gantt chart.
  • Review and track SOWs developed by Africa Lead II staff.
  • Work with KLC team to identify and draft KM/Learning products.
  • Provide to Senior Organizational Change/Institutional Development Specialist and Country Program Lead weekly short bulleted list of priorities for upcoming week and accomplishments from previous week.
  • Participate in weekly country program meetings led by the Senior Organizational Change / Institutional Development Specialist and the Country Program Lead.
Performance Criteria: Africa Lead II is a performance-based project, highly dependent on individuals and team core competencies. Each staff member will participate in a semi-annual evaluation and receive feedback. Based on this evaluation, decisions related to promotion or salary increase will be made.

 The Technical/Program Management Specialist will report to the Senior Organizational Change/Institutional Development Specialist. S/he will work closely with other members of the Senior Management Team- Country Program Lead, Finance/Administration, and Logistics—to ensure smooth coordination of activities.

Qualifications, Background and Experience:

Successful candidates will have strong interpersonal, leadership and management skills as well as relevant experience implementing programs to increase local capacity to improve food security. 

Specific experience and specialization in the following areas is required: agricultural policy reform and implementation, government capacity building, food security, public education/awareness, and/or monitoring and evaluation of food security programs.

  • An advanced degree in Project Management or a related degree is preferable.
Work Experience:
  • Minimum 3 years relevant work experience in project design, development and management of donor-funded community development projects.
  • Strong organizational, management and administrative skills, preferably with respect to report writing and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated analytical ability and understanding of local and regional political context, with the ability to think creatively.
  • Experience in working with local organizations on project design and assessing technical and programmatic capacities.
  • Experience and/or good understanding of donor organizations, preferably USAID.
  • Computer literate in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software (Microsoft).
  • Fluent English language skills required.
If you believe you qualify for this job, kindly submit your CV and current/expected salary to

Only qualified candidates will be contacted. 

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