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Research and Design Lead

Position Description:
ACDI/VOCA is promptly seeking a Research and Design Lead for the upcoming USAID Title II Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Kenya. The DFSA in Kenya is anticipated to be a multi-year project to address the underlying causes of chronic food insecurity. The activity will aim to sustainably reduce levels of acute malnutrition and increase food security in the most vulnerable households in northern Kenya. To achieve this, the ACDI/VOCA team will ensure the implementation of interventions designed to increase incomes, ensure access to nutritious food year-round, improve household nutrition and hygiene practices, and strengthen governance in communities affected by shocks and stresses.
The Research and Design Lead, a member of senior management team, will provide technical leadership to formative research activities, refinement of the Theory of Change, and development of a locally adapted programmatic approach to reducing acute malnutrition. S/he will be responsible for ensuring the appropriateness and rigor of research methods, overseeing data collection and analysis, and ensuring research results are useful and applicable for making program design decisions.
Responsibilities:
Develop methodology and lead rigorous research, analysis, and studies
Ensure research and pilot findings are incorporated into the sound programmatic design
Ensure the program quality standards and rigor are adhered to
Coordinate and collaborate with research staff, the Technical Steering Committee, and other GoK and USAID stakeholders and partners
Work closely with the CLA and M&E Leads to ensure intentional learning and knowledge application throughout all phases of this activity
Qualifications:
Advanced degree in nutrition, public health, economics, business, international development or other relevant sectors required; Ph.D. is preferred
Minimum 10 years of field experience in research, design, and evaluation
Proven leadership skills and demonstrated experience collaborating with diverse stakeholders including research institutions think tanks and government agencies
Demonstrated experience in research and design of humanitarian support and/or food security programs required
Thorough understanding of Theory of Change desired
A record of successful performance in Sub-Saharan Africa context desired
Superb written and verbal communication skills.
Fluency in English required

Strategic Learning Lead
Position Description:
ACDI/VOCA is promptly seeking a Strategic Learning Lead for the upcoming USAID Title II Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Kenya. The DFSA in Kenya is anticipated to be a multi-year project to address the underlying causes of chronic food insecurity. The activity will aim to sustainably reduce levels of acute malnutrition and increase food security in the most vulnerable households in northern Kenya. To achieve this, the ACDI/VOCA team will ensure the implementation of interventions designed to increase incomes, ensure access to nutritious food year-round, improve household nutrition and hygiene practices, and strengthen governance in communities affected by shocks and stresses.
The Strategic Learning Lead, a member of the senior management team, will play a critical role in translating formative and implementation research findings into an evidence-based activity design. S/he will be responsible for improving peer-to-peer learning, knowledge sharing, and application, activity-based capacity strengthening, data utilization, and collaboration, learning, and adaptation (CLA).
Responsibilities:
Provide technical leadership in the development and application of methods and tools for successful peer-to-peer learning, knowledge sharing and application, evidence and data utilization
Manage the process of project learning to ensure knowledge from a range of sources – pilot and intervention experiences, performance monitoring data, staff and partner observations, research studies, contextual trends, etc. – is effectively analyzed, shared and applied
Organize and facilitate regular staff and partner meetings to share experiences and lessons, and brainstorm ways to apply new learning in day-to-day as well as strategic plans
Ensure collaboration and learning across all projects in the applicant’s selected implementation area
Ensure the interventions includes active, intentional, and adaptive learning within and across multi-sectoral activities
Work closely with the Research and Design and M&E Leads to ensure intentional learning and knowledge application throughout all phases of the project
Coordinate and collaborate with research staff, the Technical Steering Committee, and other GoK and USAID stakeholders and partners
Qualifications:
Advanced degree in nutrition, public health, economics, organizational learning, international development or other relevant sectors required
Minimum 5 years of field experience in developing and implementing learning strategies
Knowledge of USAID’s CLA approach and/or trends in food security M&E required
Proven experience leading project teams in the process of regularly capturing and analyzing information, reflecting on its implications for current practice, and adapting accordingly to support and improve development outcomes
Proven leadership skills and demonstrated experience collaborating with diverse stakeholders including research institutions think tanks, government agencies, donor, and local communities
Understanding of Theory of Change desired
A record of successful performance in Sub-Saharan Africa context required
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Fluency in English required

Deputy Chief of Party Operations
Position Description:
ACDI/VOCA is currently seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for the upcoming USAID Title II Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Kenya. The DFSA in Kenya is anticipated to be a multi-year project to address the underlying causes of chronic food insecurity. The activity will aim to increase food security in the most vulnerable households in northern Kenya. To achieve this, the ACDI/VOCA team will ensure the implementation of interventions designed to increase incomes, ensure access to nutritious food year-round, improve household nutrition and hygiene practices, and strengthen governance in communities affected by shocks and stresses.
The Deputy Chief of Party will be the senior program representative in the office with overall responsibility for operations. By overseeing activities across strategic objectives, s/he will ensure integration across interventions and will provide the smooth, efficient and compliant operational environment. The DCOP will prepare and/or assist in the preparation of reports and documents to USAID.
Responsibilities: 
Provide support to programmatic teams, including identifying and promoting clear communications on issues of budget management and programmatic activities, compliance, project operations, and documentation
Promote management skills and capacity of the respective departments, senior supervisory staff regarding USG regulations and policies; support effective and efficient oversight of department activities
Ensure contractual compliance with ACDI/VOCA and donor regulations and coordinate with ACDI/VOCA’s awards and compliance team in Washington, DC
Ensure that internal and external programmatic reports are of high quality; work with other departments in the finalization of reports prior to final review by COP
Support the COP in responding to stakeholder requests for information; liaise with other partners and stakeholders as requested
Oversee the development of program budgets in coordination with the Finance Manager; work with technical staff to develop detailed implementation plans
Lead development of internal control systems and monitor and closely coordinate with internal and external auditors
Ensure compliance with procurement policies and oversee the procurement functions for international and local procurements
Support technical personnel with reporting and project management
Assume responsibility for the development of effective communications materials and reports for donor
Qualifications:
Advanced degree in Agriculture, Business, International Development, Public Health, or other relevant sectors
Minimum 5 overseas experience managing large, multi-year USAID funded projects with multiple implementing partners and relevant food security/livelihoods experience;
Proven leadership skills and demonstrated experience recruiting, developing and mentoring, and managing staff
A record of successful performance on USAID-funded activities required; regional experience in Sub-Saharan Africa desired
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with activity stakeholders: donors, partners, local government institutions, local communities, and vulnerable groups, etc.
Excellent writing and communication skills.
Fluency in English required

Institutional Development Lead
Position Description:
ACDI/VOCA is seeking an experienced institutional development and capacity building expert for the upcoming USAID Title II Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Kenya. The DFSA in Kenya is anticipated to be a multi-year project to address the underlying causes of chronic food insecurity. The activity will aim to sustainably reduce levels of acute malnutrition and increase food security in the most vulnerable households in northern Kenya. To achieve this, the ACDI/VOCA team will ensure the implementation of interventions designed to increase incomes, ensure access to nutritious food year-round, improve household nutrition and hygiene practices, and strengthen governance in communities affected by shocks and stresses.

The Institutional Capacity Building Lead, a member of senior management team, will play a critical role in accomplishing effective and productive working relationship with government ministries, county-level organizations and officials, and local institutions in Kenya.
Responsibilities:
Provide technical leadership and management in the analyses, development, and execution of systems strengthening and capacity building efforts
Liaise with a wide range of government ministries, organizations, and local institutions
Ensure close consultation and incorporation of ongoing feedback from relevant officials over the life of the program
Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 7 years relevant work experience or a master’s degree and a minimum of 5 years relevant experience required
Demonstrated successful record of providing technical assistance to government ministries in Kenya relevant to the objectives of food security, food assistance, health or nutrition activities required
Proven record of identifying and delivering capacity building initiatives required
Strong leadership skills and demonstrated experience collaborating with diverse stakeholders including country-level institutions
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Fluency in English required

Gender, Youth, and Social Dynamics Lead
Position Description:
ACDI/VOCA is promptly seeking a Gender, Youth and Social Dynamics Lead for the upcoming USAID Title II Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Kenya. The DFSA in Kenya is anticipated to be a multi-year project to address the underlying causes of chronic food insecurity. The activity will aim to sustainably reduce levels of acute malnutrition and increase food security in the most vulnerable households in northern Kenya. To achieve this, the ACDI/VOCA team will ensure the implementation of interventions designed to increase incomes, ensure access to nutritious food year-round, improve household nutrition and hygiene practices, and strengthen governance in communities affected by shocks and stresses.
The Gender, Youth, and Social Dynamics Lead, a member of senior management team, will play a critical role in ensuring that the social dimensions of malnutrition, food security, and community resilience are effectively addressed at all levels and across all active components.
Responsibilities:
Provide technical leadership and management in the programming and implementation of gender and youth integration across food security interventions
Develop and deliver gender, youth, and social inclusion-focused training sessions to ensure they are appropriately addressed in all project activities.
In close collaboration with Strategic Learning Lead and M&E Lead ensure that gender, youth, and social dynamics components are reflected in the analysis, assessments, and adaptive management and learning strategies and processes.
Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in a social science discipline, gender studies or relevant field required; master’s degree preferred
Minimum 7 years of field experience at the community level required
In-depth understanding of gender, age, and other locally significant socio-cultural factors in the context of food security programming required
Demonstrated capacity to lead the collection, analysis, and utilization of information from a broad range of source required
Proven skills in participatory learning and action and facilitating collaborative problem solving
Ability to foster commitment and build capacity among activity staff and in-country actors to ensure gender and youth integration and empowerment
Proven record of identifying and delivering capacity building initiatives required
Successful experience in East Africa region required
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Fluency in English required

Monitoring and Evaluation Lead

Position Description:
ACDI/VOCA is promptly seeking a Monitoring and Evaluation Lead for the upcoming USAID Title II Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Kenya. The DFSA in Kenya is anticipated to be a multi-year project to address the underlying causes of chronic food insecurity. The activity will aim to sustainably reduce levels of acute malnutrition and increase food security in the most vulnerable households in northern Kenya. To achieve this, the ACDI/VOCA team will ensure the implementation of interventions designed to increase incomes, ensure access to nutritious food year-round, improve household nutrition and hygiene practices, and strengthen governance in communities affected by shocks and stresses.
The Monitoring and Evaluation Lead, a member of senior management team, will play a critical role in generation and analysis of quality evidence and data through monitoring, assessments, and evaluations.S/he will lead design and development of monitoring systems, conduct data assurance and effectively promote evidence-based program management.
Responsibilities:
Provide technical leadership for M&E to the project team to ensure USAID and Food for Progress M&E requirements are met
Guide data collection, management of the data, and display of the results including reporting and dissemination building the capacity of M&E and technical staff and ensuring compliance
Design and lead implementation of the efficient and accurate data collection system that includes efficient processes for collecting data and ensuring data quality
Provide oversight of the M&E database, using it to track progress and trends, generate reports, and conduct data quality checks.
Coordinate and facilitate the refinement of the Theory of Change, logical framework, and food security and nutrition indicators
Supervise M&E staff and oversee implementation of all M&E activities, including annual surveys, case studies, and stakeholder workshops to refine approaches
Oversee strengthening of M&E capacity of local organizations
Qualifications:
Master’s degree in a quantitative field such as economics, agricultural/development economics, statistics, biostatistics; nutrition, applied sociology, anthropology, or other relevant subjects with 8 years relevant experience, or a Ph.D. in any of the stated field of study above, with at least 6 years relevant work experience required
Significant training in quantitative methods required
Demonstrated experience in leading the M&E of a large and complex program required
Expertise in developing and operationalizing comprehensive monitoring and evaluation plans
Thorough understanding of food security programming required
Knowledge of Theory of Change, logic model, food and nutrition security indicators
Demonstrated experience in data quality assurance, data utilization, and gender integration into M&E and experience
Successful experience in East Africa region preferred
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Fluency in English required
How to apply:
Please apply directly online at www.acdivoca.org/international-jobs. The applications will be reviewed promptly upon receipt, only finalists will be contacted.

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