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Deputy Chief of Party Job in Kenya - International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The International Rescue Committee, IRC, is bidding on a USAID RFA for the FANIKISHA Institution Strengthening Project in Kenya.

The FANIKISHA project aims to improve the health status and well-being of Kenyan citizens through improving the capacity of national Kenyan CSOs to strengthen the institutional and technical capacity of smaller affiliate CSOs. The RFA response is due 26 April 2011 and the project is anticipated to start 1 August 2011 and run for 5 years. The anticipated budget range is $38m to $44m.

*Position is contingent upon award of contract.

Scope of work

The DCOP is responsible for ensuring that the project is implemented in accordance with the cooperative agreement, and all applicable USAID and USG regulations.

The DCOP will focus on the sub-granting, monitoring & evaluation and compliance aspects of this program, while deputizing for the COP whenever necessary on core management and representation functions. The DCOP will work closely with the USAID in-country Mission to provide project updates, discuss strategies, obstacles, performance plans, and indicator success.

Essential Job Functions:
  • Develop, implement and monitor appropriate sub-granting mechanisms for the project in full compliance with IRC and USAID regulations;
  • Develop and implement a detailed and cost-efficient monitoring framework for the project;
  • Ensure timely reporting of all sub-grantees and monitoring structures to ensure timely, informative and relevant data is provided to USAID and other stakeholders as appropriate;
  • Lead the provision of technical expertise in the domains of monitoring and evaluation, financial compliance and sub-granting processes;
  • Manage project staff working on sub-granting, compliance and monitoring & evaluation functions;
  • Liaise with external evaluators and auditors to ensure full transparency regarding the project;
  • Support and deputize for the COP as needed in terms of representation, coordination, management and other functions.
  • Provide financial and technical management to ensure the best use of resources by preparing sound budgets, monitoring project expenses, and ensuring timely submission of financial reports to the donor;
  • Ensure that the project is implemented in accordance with the cooperative agreement, donor regulations, and internationally recognized quality standards;
  • Ensure that Project initiatives adequately address the needs of the most vulnerable beneficiary population in the most cost-effective manner;
  • Forge and maintain solid cooperation with partner organizations and government officials;
  • Manage project properties according to IRC and USAID regulations.
  • Masters degree required;
  • Minimum of five years of overseas management experience;
  • Strong background in sub-granting, compliance and monitoring systems;
  • Knowledge of institution strengthening and/or public health background an advantage;
  • Proven leadership and strategic planning capabilities;
  • Experience managing large teams and working in tandem with local and international partners;
  • Demonstrated budget management ability;
  • Previous experience with USAID-funded projects strongly desirable;
  • Effective and persuasive writing and public speaking;
  • Proven sound judgment and decision-making skills;
  • Computer Literate in MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook);
Position reports to the Chief of Party.

Specific Security Situation/Housing: Family post.

How to apply

Please apply online:


Closing date: 28 May 2011

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