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Exciting Career Opportunities: Regional Program Officers
Background Information: The Agile and Harmonized Assistance for Devolved Institutions (AHADI) is a five year USAID program implemented by the State University of New York’s (SUNY) Center for International Development (CID). AHADI is funded by both USAID and DFID. 

The program is designed to support Kenya’s vision and agenda for achieving the promise of devolution.

The program’s interventions aim to promote governance systems that are transparent, accountable, effective in service delivery, and responsive to empowered citizens by working at both the National and County Government levels.
AHADI has three main objectives;
1.           Targeted counties provide higher quality services through improved governance
2.           Improved representation of citizen interests and oversight of targeted county government performance
3.           Functionality and effectiveness of the devolved system increased through intra-government engagement and cooperation.
AHADI is primarily a Democracy Rights and Governance (DRG) program focused on improving the governance of Kenya’s new decentralized system.

 It is an integrated governance program that uses sector entry points to achieve both governance and sector outcomes. 

These sectors include but are not limited to good governance, resilience and economic growth, education, climate change and disaster risk reduction.
The program is currently seeking skilled, diplomatic, effective, and highly motivated Regional Program Officers
4 Positions
·                     1 position - Regional Program Officer for Nandi/Transnzoia – To be based in Transnzoia.
·                     1 position – Regional Program Officer for Kisii, Nyamira and Bomet – To be based in Kisii.
·                     1 position – Regional Program Officer for Machakos, Muranga and Kiambu – To be based in Kiambu.
·                     1 position – Regional Program Officer for Marsabit and Tharaka Nithi) – To be based in Tharaka Nithi.
Position Summary: The Regional Program Officer will work closely with the SUNY-AHADI program team lead to support implementation of the program initiatives in a region comprising a cluster of counties.
The work of the Regional PO requires detailed knowledge of county government (county executive and county assembly) operations, and highly developed collaboration and networking skills and the exercise of discretion, judgment, integrity and personal responsibility.
Job Purpose: The post holder works closely with County Government officials and non-state actors, as well as strategic partners, to strengthen capacity for the implementation of devolution. 

The post holder supports the team lead at all stages of the project management cycle.
Reports to: Program Team Lead.
Role and Responsibilities:
Program Management
·                     Contributes to conceptualization for the one approach mentor PEM program and other AHADI activities, design and review and continuous improvement.
·                     In consultation with the team lead, develop and ensure that program implementation mechanisms are carried out in response to the priorities set for the assigned cluster of counties, are delivered in a timely manner and provide value for money.
·                     Oversee and coordinate with County Liaison Officers.
·                     Support all aspects of the mentor and other AHADI program implementation as designed, including activity management. This includes:
·                     Development of cluster activity plans for the approval of the team lead.
·                     Identification of opportunities for entry into various stages of county level governance and recommendation of appropriate action.
·                     Development of procurement requests in line with system requirements in the AHADI program management mechanisms.
·                     Development of consultant Terms of Reference to respond to approved activities.
·                     Management of consultants, and their deliverables, including first level review of outputs to ensure quality control.
Representation and Public Relations
·                     Serve as the “face of AHADI” within the cluster of counties assigned.
·                     Maintain positive and robust relationships with government and NSAs to enhance AHADI’s devolution support work.
·                     Keep the team lead appraised in writing of changes in the context and recommended changes in programming.
·                     Attend activities, including meetings organized by AHADI and by other strategic partners that advance AHADI’s work.
Monitoring and Reporting
·                     Collate and compile weekly and monthly reports from the cluster of counties.
·                     Develop monthly context analysis reports for use by the team lead in program planning and briefing of Government and donors.
·                     Develop technical monthly reports using a template to be shared by the team lead.
·                     Develop quarterly consolidated progress reports in accordance with arrangements specified by the team lead.
·                     Regularly track information about a series of issues for monitoring and reporting purposes, including tracking the movement of specific policies or governance procedures.
·                     Follow-up with mentoring and training participants to assess training impact.
·                     Develop any additional program documentation that may be requested for by the team lead.
Personal Specifications
·                     A master’s degree in political science, public policy, development studies (preferable), or any other related field;
·                     5-7 years’ practical experience of working on a governance program funded by USAID or DFID;
·                     Good organizational, diplomatic, analytical and planning skills;
·                     A deep understanding of devolution and working with County and National Governments;
·                     Good written and oral communication skills, as well as interpersonal skills;
·                     Ability to work independently with minimum supervision;
·                     Good oral and written reporting skills are essential;
·                     Ability to work in remote rural locations and to travel extensively within project areas.
Skills and Abilities
·                     Diplomacy and negotiation when working with community and Government representatives.
·                     Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
·                     Ability to identify institutional needs e.g. capacity gaps and design appropriate interventions.
·                     Project cycle management.
·                     Strong interpersonal communication skills i.e. ability to build strong relationships with partner counties.
·                     Good management skills.
Location: Respective field location as listed above.
Travel: Regular
How to Apply

If you possess the skills and qualifications as contained in the position’s description, please send to 

(1) a Cover letter 

(2) CV and 

(3) References from three Professional Referees, one referee should be a previous or current supervisor.
Closing date: October 6th, 2017.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

Kindly put the position you are applying for as the subject line. 

Applications without the position as the subject line will not be evaluated. 

SUNY-AHADI is an equal opportunities employer.

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