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NGO Job in Kenya - ACTED - Program/ Base Manager

Department: Programming

Program/Base Manager

Contract duration:
 8 months

Location: Kapenguria, Greater WestPokotDistrict (Kenya)

Starting Date: March 2011

I. Background on ACTED

ACTED (Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development) is a non-governmental organization created in 1993. Independent, private and not-for-profit, ACTED respects a strict political and religious impartiality and operates according to non-discrimination and transparency principles.

ACTED’s vocation is to support vulnerable populations worldwide and to accompany them in the construction of a better future.The programmes implemented by ACTED in Africa, Asia, Middle East and Latin America/Caribbean, aim at addressing the needs of the populations affected by wars, natural catastrophes and/or economical and social crises.

Our interventions seek to cover the multiple aspects of humanitarian and development crises through a multidisciplinary approach which is both global and local, and adapted to each context.

II. Background to the Position

ACTED is about to launch an emergency response to the minimize the potential effects of La Niña in West, Central and North Pokot. This project includes extensive destocking and deworming of animals, cash transfers and rehabilitation of communal water facilities.

ACTED believes that these activities will allowvulnerable communities’ to respond efficiently to the currently forecasted drought spell.

III. Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the overall supervision of the Area Coordinator, the Program/Base Manager will:
  • To provide overall coordination and management of the project implementation process.
  • Together with ACTED’s Appraisal Monitoring and Evaluation Unit (AMEU) develop project implementation plans and reports according to approved ACTED and donor standards.
  • To coordinate with thefield team and AMEU to prepare project monitoring and evaluation plans.
  • To set up, plan, supervise and monitor the project to ensure the successful implementation of all project activities, the generation of planned outputs and attainment of key project objectives.
  • To manage and coordinate a team of Community Mobilizers, Technical staff and CFW supervisors.
  • To carry out regular field visits to all project sites to verify project progress, technically assess activities, the efficiency of resources used and, importantly, to ensure compliance to all ACTED policies and procedures.
  • To budget and monitor project expenditures to ensure they are in line with ACTED and donor requirements;
  • To coordinate, with ACTED’s logistics and finance departments, the procurement and delivery of supplies, equipment, tools, materials, etc.
  • To initiate, develop and maintain relationships with other actors and stakeholders of the Project, inclusive of local authorities.
  • To organize and attend internal and external coordination meetings
  • To coordinate regularly with ACTED’s Appraisal Monitoring and Evaluation Unit (AMEU) to assess project activities, documentand implement lessons learned during the implementation of the project.
  • To ensure that all project reporting (internal and external) is completed on time and is of a high standard.
  • Bi-weekly reporting;
  • Liaise with Reporting Department so as to deliver timely reports to the lead agency/donor.
  • To establish and maintain a good relationship with the community, relevant Ministries and local authorities.
  • To establish strong links with other livestock agencies working in the projects field locations and with FAO.
  • Any other duty that may be assigned by the Area Coordinator.
IV. Qualifications Required
  • Minimum Bachelor degree in community development, agriculture, production, livestock or preferably veterinarian science;
  • At least 5 years practical work experience with (agro-) pastoralists on animal health, production and/or agriculture;
  • Strong organizational, supervisory and writing skills;
  • Proven ability to work creatively and independently both in the field and in the office;
  • Highly motivated and with a desire to work with local communities;
  • Ability to travel and work in difficult conditions and under pressure;
  • Pokot language skills an added advantage;
  • Previous experience in Program Management position a must;
  • Applicants who have themselves a pastoralist background will be preferred.
V. Application Procedure

Qualified candidates are invited to send their CV, cover letter (ONLY) and telephone numbers of professional referees to or the address below or you can deliver it Box 585, Kapenguria, West Pokot. The size of the e-mail must not exceed 1MB.

Application deadline is 23/02/2011.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ACTED reserves the right to hire prior to the closing date, would any suitable candidate be found.

ACTED Uganda/Kenya,
Area Finance Administration officer,
P.O Box 585, Kapenguria

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