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Background: The Kenya Cereal Enhancement Programme (KCEP) will be implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MoALF) with funding by the European Union (EU) and supervision by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). 

The Programme which shall cover 8 counties has the objectives of contributing to national food security by increasing the production of the targeted cereal staples (Maize, Sorghum and Millet and pulses), increasing incomes of the smallholders in the production areas, and supporting smallholder farmers in graduating from subsistence to commercial agriculture. 

The programme will run for a period of seven (7) years. The Programme Coordination Unit (PCU) for KCEP located in Nairobi shall be responsible for the overall coordination and management of the programme. 

In addition, the programme will have two sub-units of the PCU, one in Nakuru and the other in Siakago Town (Embu County).

Re-Advertisement: 
M&E/KM Officers (MKM) - Nakuru or Siakago Town 

Ref. MKM12N or MKM12S

Reporting to the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, there will be one MKM each in Nakuru and Siakago Town, focussing on the Maize and Sorghum/Millet value chain respectively.

Responsibilities
  • Developing and running an M&E system and associated Management Information System for managing data and information for overall monitoring, and for the collection and analysis of data on programme achievements and impact, based on a set of gender disaggregated indicators in line with the programme logical framework and stakeholders’ information needs;
  • Organization and supervision of focused baseline surveys at the beginning of the programme;
  • Coordinating the preparation and monitoring the implementation of the AWPB;
  • Ensuring that all participating institutions keep records on their activities and feed this information into the Programme Learning System;
  • Developing a simple reporting system for the monitoring of programme activities and preparing regular reports on implementation progress, performance and impact of operations;
  • Set up term of reference and conduct studies to assess the impact of the programme
  • Organization of training on M&E for members of the PCU, implementing partners and counties, and providing technical backstopping to implementing agencies for preparing the AWPBs and for compliance with reporting requirements;
  • Undertake any other duty assigned by the KMO.
Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics, or a related field from a recognized university. A post graduate diploma/certificate in MIS or M&E will be an added advantage;
  • At least 6 years’ working experience at management in M&E of donor-funded programmes
  • At least two recent professional experience proving that the candidate has been directly responsible for:
  1. Identifying programme output and outcome indicators that are coherent with the sector medium term plans and the local development plan (CIDPs)
  2. Conducting a base line survey for selected indicators
  3. Developing an M&E system for the programme
  4. Organizing the communication on the result of the M&E
  5. Preparing terms of reference for the above.
  6. Fluency in English and Kiswahili.
  • Ability to use advanced computer packages for quantitative and qualitative analysis and data base storage;
  • Good knowledge and experience on the project cycle related activities and developments in the sector;
  • Strong computer and communications skills (oral, written, presentation);

Re-Advertisement: Planning and Monitoring and Evaluation Officer (PME) - Nairobi 

Ref. PME09

Responsibilities
 
Reporting to the KMO, the PME is responsible for:
  • Developing and running an M&E system and associated Management Information System for managing data and information for overall monitoring, and for the collection and analysis of data on programme achievements and impact, based on a set of gender disaggregated indicators in line with the programme logical framework and stakeholders’ information needs;
  • Organization and supervision of focused baseline surveys at the beginning of the programme;
  • Coordinating the preparation and monitoring the implementation of the AWPB;
  • Ensuring that all participating institutions keep records on their activities and feed this information into the Programme Learning System;
  • Developing a simple reporting system for the monitoring of programme activities and preparing regular reports on implementation progress, performance and impact of operations;
  • Set up term of reference and conduct studies to assess the impact of the programme
  • Organization of training on M&E for members of the PCU, implementing partners and counties, and providing technical backstopping to implementing agencies for preparing the AWPBs and for compliance with reporting requirements;
  • Undertake any other duty assigned by the KMO.
Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics, or a related field from a recognized university. A post graduate diploma/certificate in MIS or M&E will be an added advantage;
  • At least 8 years’ working experience at management in M&E of donor-funded programmes
  • At least two recent professional experience proving that the candidate has been directly responsible for:
  1. Identifying programme output and outcome indicators that are coherent with the sector medium term plans and the local development plan (CIDPs)
  2. Conducting a base line survey for selected indicators
  3. Developing an M&E system for the programme
  4. Organizing the communication on the result of the M&E
  5. Preparing terms of reference for the above.
  • Ability to use advanced computer packages for quantitative and qualitative analysis and data base storage;
  • Good knowledge and experience on the project cycle related activities and developments in the sector;
  • Strong computer and communications skills (oral, written, presentation);

Re-Advertisement: Procurement Officer (PRO) - Nairobi 

Ref. PRO08
 
Responsibilities
 
Reporting to the FAM, the PRO will be responsible for:
  • Coordination of procurement of programme works, goods and services at the central level and assist/supervise decentralised procurement as appropriate;
  • Ensuring proper use and conservation of programme assets;
  • Preparation of annual programme procurement plans in collaboration with other members of the PCU and implementing partners, and submitting same for approval by the PSC and IFAD along with the AWPB;
  • Ensuring the preparation and advertisement of TORs and tender and contract documents for specific procurements according to GOK and Donor-funded procedures;
  • Participation in relevant tender committee meetings at the Lead Agency and assisting with the preparation of committee reports;
  • Review and advise on tender evaluation reports prepared by the Counties and other implementing agencies and making necessary follow-up;
  • Maintaining high quality procurement files and contract registers for review by supervision missions and auditors;
  • Preparation of regular financial and procurement progress reports;
  • Undertake any other duty assigned by the FAM.
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management, Purchasing and Supplies Management. A post graduate qualification will be an added advantage; or
  • Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, Public Administration, Law, Accounting or any other related field plus a post graduate diploma in Supply Chain Management, Purchasing and Supplies Management.
  • At least 8 years’ experience at senior management level with procurement of civil works, goods and services for GOK/donor funded projects;
  • At least two recent professional experience proving that the candidate has been directly responsible for:
  1. Preparing procurement guidelines for donor funded project.
  2. Chairing a tender committee for national and international competitive bidding
  3. Preparing tender dossier for national and international competitive bidding
  4. Preparing contracts
  5. Drafting and ensuring timely delivery of all administrative correspondence and communication associated to the tender and contract process.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Public Procurement Regulations is a must
  • Strong computer and communications skills (oral, written, presentational);
  • Fluency in English.

Re-Advertisement: Civil Engineer (CVE) - Nairobi 

Ref. CVE05

Reporting to the PC, the CVE will oversee the implementation of the civil works related the construction and refurbishment of warehouses and road spot improvements.
 
Responsibilities
  • Oversee the preparation of tender documents for the studies, supervision and construction/refurbishment of warehouses and road spot improvements;
  • Review and develop specific project guidelines for county staff on warehousing and spot road repair (in association with KERRA)
  • Supervise civil works activities under the programme and report on progress to the PC;
  • Contribute to the preparation of the AWPB and progress reports;
  • Undertake any other duty assigned by the PC.
Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from a recognized institution plus professional registration; a relevant post graduate qualification will be an added advantage;
  • At least 8 years relevant work experience in related field, presentation).
  • At least two recent professional experience proving that the candidate has been directly responsible for:
  1. Developing specific construction and management guidelines for rural road repairs according to KERRA recommendations and along the Kenya Roads 2000 guiding policies.
  2. Developing standard designs and bill of quantities for agro-product warehousing in respect of phytosanitary standards
  3. Supervising (former district) county staff
  4. Providing standard technical advice to private sector operators at local level.

Re-Advertisement: Knowledge Management and Communication Officer (KMO) - Nairobi
 
Ref KMO04
 
Reporting to the PC and working very closely with the VCS and the M&E Officer, the KMO will coordinate the establishment and operation of an integrated Programme Learning and Communication and Strategy System. 

The system will link five functions: learning and adaptation for continuous improvement of performance; learning-oriented M&E; internal (PCU) and external (stakeholders) communication; innovation and experimentation; and information management.

Responsibilities
  • Oversee the development and implementation of the KCEP Programme Learning and Communication System and Strategy;
  • Develop and implement processes and guidelines for systematic capture of knowledge, good practices and innovation, and the sharing and use of same to improve programme implementation, including in the development of the AWPB;
  • Support advocacy efforts through providing evidence of programme impact gathered through the M&E system;
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of capacity building programmes for PCU staff, the counties and implementing partners, including coaching and mentoring;
  • Provide assistance/guidance in implementing the Programme Learning System;
  • Coordinate surveys and case studies to assess achievements and outcomes of KCEP activities;
  • Develop a multi-stakeholder communication strategy along the seasonal performance of the programme including a portal for web-based feedback of beneficiaries, private sector partners and county administrations
  • Coordinate the dissemination of the findings from the impact assessment studies.
  • Foster partnerships for broader knowledge-sharing and learning;
  • Oversee communication support to awareness raising and sensitisation of programme participants;
  • Contribute to the preparation of the AWPB and progress reports;
  • Undertake any other duty assigned by the PC.
Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics, Rural Development, Communications or other relevant field.
  • At least 8 years relevant work experience, in knowledge management and communication;
  • At least two recent professional experience proving that the candidate has been directly responsible for:
  1. Developing and implementing comprehensive communication and visibility plans
  2. Developing website whose purpose is to document the project profile and the periodic reporting to results and to provide a forum for stakeholders feedback during the implementation period
  3. Writing reports, articles and or pamphlets depicting programme interventions and results;
  • Proficiency in the use of databases, modern information and communication technology (ICT) in development, and other computer applications;
  • Demonstrated skills in quantitative and qualitative analysis and data management;
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing successful communication and knowledge management strategies for sustainable development, or in planning and implementing strategies at management level;
  • Experience in analysing complex programmes or policies;
  • Strong computer and communications skills (oral, written, presentation);
  • Ability to communicate in Kiswahili and English.

Re-Advertisement: Value Chain Development Specialist (VCS) - Nairobi 

Ref. VCS03

Reporting to the PC, the VCS shall coordinate the KCEP activities for value chain support.

Responsibilities
  • Guide service providers on the identification, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of value chain support activities, including the promotion of entrepreneurial skills in farmers’ organisations;
  • Facilitate linkages and contracts between business model stakeholders including distributors, local promoters and farmers;
  • Ensure adequate synergies between Components 2 and 3 of the programme, in collaboration with the Financial Services Expert;
  • Monitor the development of innovative business models and, in collaboration with the Knowledge Management and Communication Officer and the Planning and Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, ensure related knowledge management, including the identification of policy lessons, and participate in developing the Programme Learning System;
  • Guide the preparation and implementation of the various value chain related studies;
  • Contribute to the preparation of the AWPB and progress reports;
  • Undertake any other duty assigned by the PC.
Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in Agriculture, Agribusiness, Rural Development or a related discipline from a recognized university.
  • At least 8 years working experience in a similar field, 3 of which in senior management position;
  • At least two recent professional experience proving that the candidate has been directly responsible for:
  1. Identification and development of guidelines for specific value chains
  2. Managing the consultative process during the identification of specific value chains
  3. Developing specific analysis on bottlenecks affecting development of value chains
  4. Conducting Training need assessment for the promotion of specific value chains.
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating value chain development, value chain analysis and in building capacity of value chain actors;
  • Knowledge of technologies and issues for value chain development, business development, and rural livelihoods;
  • Strong computer and communications skills (oral, written, presentation);
  • Strong proposal and report writing skills.

Re-Advertisement: Programme Coordinator (PC) - Nairobi

Ref. PC01
 
Reporting to the Principal Secretary (PS), State Department of Agriculture, MoALF, the PC will be responsible for the overall management and coordination of KCEP activities.

These include the provision of strategic guidance on day-to-day implementation of KCEP activities, Secretary to the Programme Steering Committee (PSC), which is chaired by the PS, State Department of Agriculture.
 
Responsibilities
  • Provide effective leadership to the PCU
  • Be responsible for the overall management of the programme and of the PCU staff
  • Lead in the preparation of the annual work plan and budget (AWPB) and associated Procurement Plan;
  • Ensure the effective utilization of programme funds and other resources according to the AWPB and Procurement Plan through supervision and monitoring;
  • Ensure that progress, audit and other reports are produced and submitted to the appropriate parties on a timely basis;
  • Ensure the implementation of the programme Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Strategy and Action Plan;
  • Ensure the timely dissemination of programme experience and results to relevant stakeholders within the learning community;
  • Ensure adequate liaison and networking with other agencies either working in the programme area or potentially concerned with programme activities and with other relevant interventions;
  • Represent the programme at relevant functions and meetings;
  • Implement the decisions of the PSC;
  • Undertake programme completion and financing closing activities when due; and
  • Perform any other duty relevant to the programme as may be assigned by the PS.
Qualifications
  • Master’s degree or higher qualification in Agriculture, Economics, Business Studies, or other relevant field;
  • At least 10 years’ experience at senior level in management of national-wide programmes with focus in agricultural production, marketing or business development;
  • Demonstrated recent experience in implementing a programme aiming at increasing the competitiveness and inclusiveness of value chains, including agricultural value chains;
  • At least two recent professional experiences showing direct supervision of professional and support staff, quality evaluation of staff performance and deliverables, and contract management;
  • At least two recent professional experiences indicating the candidate ability to liaise with a wide range and levels of organizations (Government, Donors, private sector, NGOs, and research institutions).
  • Demonstrated creativity, willingness to innovate, think systemically and design catalytic approaches to programme activities;
  • Strong communications skills (oral, written, presentation);
Application Process
 
1. Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the above positions. Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.
 
2. Each application should be accompanied by a CV and cover letter indicating the Reference Number for the position. 

The prescribed format of the CV should be downloaded from the ministry’s website: www.kilimo.go.ke/downloads

Applicants for positions in the Nakuru or Siakago Town sub-units should clearly indicate the preference (Nakuru or Siakago) as in the reference numbers. 

Photocopies of Identity Card and relevant certificates and credentials should be enclosed.
 
3. Those who had previously applied should re-apply if they meet the qualifications
 
4. Each application in a sealed envelope should be addressed to:
 
The Principal Secretary
Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries
State Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 30028-00100,
Nairobi.
 
The applications should be received by Friday, 10th October 2014 at 10.00am. 


Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

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