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Hivos East Africa is seeking qualified candidates for the position of:
 
Vacancy Name: Programme Development Manager - Green Foods and Productive Landscapes
Number of hours: 40
 
Region: East Africa
 
Office: Nairobi, Kenya

Hivos is an international development organization that seeks new solutions to persistent and emerging global issues. 

With smart projects in the right places, we oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. 

Our primary focus is achieving structural change and impacting lives. We do this through cooperating with innovative businesses, citizens, governments, and development organizations across four continents. 

With long standing experience in development programmes, the East Africa Regional Office is looking to fill the position of a Programme Development Manager within the Green Foods and Productive Landscapes portfolio. 

The Programme Development Manager will lead the design of new programmes that will increase the impact of Hivos’ work in East Africa.
 
Overview of the position: The Programme Development Manager reports to the Regional Director and works with the Programme Manager, Green Foods and Productive Landscapes. 

He/She is responsible for the growth and development of new and/or existing programmes in the region, consistent with Hivos’ vision and standards for sustainable green foods and landscapes. 

He/She will be the main contact between Hivos, donors, and partners in the development of new and /or existing initiatives that provide for strategic and innovative programme expansion for organizational growth. 

The successful candidate will work closely with other Programme Development Managers and Programme staff in the Hivos regional office.

This position is based in Nairobi with regular (70%) travel and visits to donors, partners, and relevant actors in the region. 

This role may involve some international travel.

Specific roles and responsibilities
  • Identifying and prioritizing new areas of innovative programme development and donor needs in relation to Hivos’ priorities and strategies in the green foods and productive landscapes domain.
  • Designing and implementing a strategy to identify, track, and secure suitable and sufficient funding and resources to support Hivos’ evolving work in green foods and productive landscapes. This includes:
1.    Identifying and proactively pursuing grants and fundraising opportunities;
2.    Preparing grant applications, concept notes and proposals to donors;
3.    Coordinating fundraising activities and events;
4.    Seeking in-kind, financial, and/or pro-bono support from relevant partners, companies, governments, and service providers;
5.    Building a solid donor intelligence network/base representing the local, regional, and international donor communities, with a view to expanding Hivos’ green foods and productive landscapes portfolio;
6.    Establishing and participating in formal and informal networks with relevant partners, donors, and actors;
7.    Building strategic and lasting partnerships with investors, donors, governments, development partners and the private sector.
  • Actively participating and contributing to financial forecasting at the project and organizational level to determine necessary funding and resource requirements.
  • Securing suitable and sufficient funding and resources to support Hivos’ operational requirements.
  • Supporting the establishment and implementation of transparent budget monitoring systems and upholding the highest level of organizational governance, including:
1.    Advising management and staff on user-friendly financial management systems, tools and procedures for the successful delivery of projects within budget;
2.    Guiding management on contract negotiations, grant cash-flow requirements, cost recovery requirements and potential funding gaps;
3.    Supporting and participating in internal and external audit requirements;
4.    Supporting the effective tracking of grant income, ensuring that all allocated finances are collected and acquitted in a timely manner;
5.    Preparing and reviewing high quality financial and narrative reports relating to grants and donations.
  • Actively representing the organization’s programme development interests at relevant meetings, events, and within resource mobilization or donor-specific peer networks, as they relate to Hivos’ work.
  • Building internal capacity in program development and within country teams to strengthen their capacity to fundraise; and to independently design innovative, viable and high impact interventions and proposals for target donors.
  • Monitoring, evaluate and disseminate proposal development best practices and quality assurance at country and regional levels.
  • Contribute to programme monitoring and evaluation to ensure concepts and proposals adhere to donor requirements and Hivos’ policies and procedures.
  • Ensure compliance with donor contract requirements and reporting deadlines, as well as effective communication with partners and stakeholders to ensure efficient and effective programme implementation.
  • Provide other programmatic, research, administrative, and logistical support as needed
Minimum Requirements
  • Masters degree in agriculture economics, development or related discipline.
  • Minimum 8 years of post-graduate work experience in nonprofit program development and/or fundraising within the private sector and/or international development organizations.
  • Demonstrated donor network in Kenya (required) and in the region (preferred)
  • Ability to work on short-term assignments with tight deadlines while managing multiple tasks and pipelines.
  • Ability to work independently, and function effectively as a member of a global team, and adhere to strict deadlines.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Willingness to travel regionally and internationally up to 70% of the time.
  • Work experience and knowledge of the economic, social, environmental, and development context in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Good networking, marketing, proposal development, and IT skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Excellent negotiating and networking skills.
  • High levels of personal integrity and accountability.

Vacancy Name: Regional Project Manager - Open Contracting
 
Number of hours: 40
 
Region: East Africa
 
Office: Nairobi, Kenya

Hivos is an international organization that seeks new solutions to persistent global problems. With smart projects in the right places, we promote the empowerment and independence of citizens so that they can oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power, climate change and depletion of the earth.

The momentum for more transparency around public contracts has been growing rapidly. 

Increasing availability of contracting information, however, will only lead to meaningful change if citizens know about and can make effective use of that information.

Hivos, together with ARTICE 19, will launch an international programme to build capacities of civil society organisations in low and lower middle income countries to advocate for more transparency in public contracting and to increase accountability based on that information. 

The programme will consist of global advocacy as well as national capacity building and advocacy in 5-6 countries in Latin America, South East Asia and Africa.

As Regional Project Manager you will play a leading role in shaping the open contracting agenda within the region. 

You will be responsible for all regional aspects of a global programme aimed at increasing transparency of public contracts in low and lower middle income countries and manage the strategic relations with external parties on this issue.

You will work as a member of an international team working in The Netherlands, South-East Asia, Africa and Latin America.

The manager will be responsible for grant management, reporting and financial oversight of the country programmes under her/his supervision. 

She/he will also be overseeing the setting up of national capacity building strategies in target countries in the region, aimed at building the capacity of civil society to push for transparency and accountability around public contracts.  

Lastly, she/he will elaborate and execute a regional advocacy agenda and feed into the larger global advocacy agenda.

Your Profile

We are looking for an experienced and diligent programme manager who combines team spirit with advocacy skills and a strategic mindset.
  • You have a proven track record of successful programme management in the region;
  • You have expertise and regional network in the areas of transparency and accountability, civic technology, open data and citizen engagement;
  • You bring a keen understanding of the major actors, their policies and recent developments in the particular field of Open Contracting and Open Data;
  • You bring a strong interest and personal commitment to the mission of Hivos and Open Contracting in particular.
  • You have excellent communication skills in English. Additionally, locally relevant languages or Dutch proficiency will be an asset.
What we offer

Hivos has been an important actor within the emerging Transparency & Accountability field. 

In this position, you will be part of an international and diverse team within a vibrant international organization and have the opportunity to play a part in devising the strategy of a programme, while contributing to Hivos’ overall future development within the area of Transparency & Accountability.

Vacancy Name: Programme Officer - Open Source Seed Systems (OSSS) Programme
 
Number of hours: 40
 
Region: East Africa
 
Office: Nairobi, Kenya

Hivos is an international development organization that seeks new solutions to persistent and emerging global issues. With smart projects in the right places, we oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. 

Our primary focus is achieving structural change and impacting lives. 


We do this through cooperating with innovative businesses, citizens, governments, and development organizations across four continents.

With long standing experience in development programs, the East Africa Regional Office is looking to fill the position of a Programme Officer for the Open Source Seed Systems programme, situated within the Green Foods and Productive Landscapes domain. 

The programme’s key focus is on: building a viable business case for OSSS; creating alliances through joint research, learning and disseminating evidence-based and innovative policies and practices; accelerating and scaling through advocacy and lobbying. 
 
Overview of the position: The Programme Officer OSSS works under the supervision of the Programme Manager, Green Foods and Productive Landscapes and hierarchically reports to the Regional Director. 

She/He will provide strategic guidance and technical support for the OSSS program and work closely with partners and key actors in the programme. 

The successful applicant will also provide additional support to programmes within the green food and productive landscapes domain. 

The candidate will work closely with program staff in the Hivos regional office and in the Head Office. 

The position is based in Nairobi with regular travel in the region and may involve some international travel.

Specific roles and responsibilities
  • Provide technical direction and strategic advice to ensure that the OSSS programme activities are designed and implemented in line with the agreed work plan and programme documents.
  • Identify and track emerging funding opportunities under open seed systems through the institutional funding strategy and in alignment with the strategic plan of Hivos.
  • Manage contracts, service providers, partners, and donor expectations through prudent planning and providing technical, logistical, and administrative guidance as and when needed.
  • Develop and establish OSSS knowledge sharing platforms at national and regional levels, provide technical guidance on content and the organization of the platforms, and sell Hivos’ open seed agenda in the platforms.
  • Be the lead person in engaging actors constructively around policy and advocacy, developing policy briefs, and addressing policy issues around OSSS through constant engagement with relevant actors, clear plans, and concrete actions.
  • Contribute to relevant policy debates and discussions to ensure the open source seed programme has increasing policy influence and organize policy groups to support the programme’s policy agenda.
  • Lead in the development of training curriculum train partners and relevant stakeholders on policy, advocacy, and governance issues around open seed systems.
  • Training of OSSS Trainers on entrepreneurship, market linkages, gender mainstreaming and climate change as and when required.
  • Collect and analyse data to inform programme progress and decision making as well as to report successes and lessons to a wider audience through various print and electronic media.
  • Support and provide technical guidance in the generation of reports, briefs, factsheets, articles, and position papers on open seeds and crosscutting themes such as climate change and gender in the context of the program.
  • Create and support active linkages with Hivos’ programmes related to food and policy advocacy in East Africa and globally to learn and exchange best practices.
  • Develop and manage the programme’s monitoring and evaluation system through active consultation with Hivos’ M&E Specialist.
  • Work with the finance and green food staff to ensure financial information, monitoring and evaluation systems for the program are up to date, variances are identified and recommendations for action made.
  • Contribute to other programme support roles within Hivos’ green foods and productive landscapes team as and when required to by the Program Manager or the Regional Director.
Minimum Requirements
  • MSc. in Agriculture, Environment, Community Development or Development Economics, or a related discipline
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in open seed systems or seed programmes in East Africa.
  • Good research and analytical skills.
  • Experience in producing high quality project reports, training manuals and publications.
  • Ability to work effectively in multi-regional teams and partners with members drawn from a diverse range of nationalities, cultures and scientific disciplines.
  • Ability to work under pressure, often to tight deadlines without compromising the quality of deliverables.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and able to work with little or no supervision.
  • Strong English language skills, both written and spoken.
  • Job requires frequent  travel , often to rural areas in East Africa.
  • High level of personal integrity and accountability.
  • Demonstrated Kenyan and East African donor networks
How to Apply

If you meet the requirements of the position, please send a cover letter (your cover letter should state your current and expected salary) and CV to eastafricajobs@hivos.org on or before 4th March 2016. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be shortlisted. 

This position will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and will be closed when a suitable candidate has been identified.

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