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Consulting Manager Job in Kenya

Practical Action Consulting (PAC) is the consulting arm of Practical Action an International NGO working with the poor communities to help them choose and use technology to improve their lives today and in generations to come. 

We build on the communities’ knowledge and skills to come up with innovative, sustainable and practical solutions. 

As the consulting arm of the International NGO, PAC extends Practical Action’s work by undertaking consulting opportunities with donors, governments, NGOs, private sector and other implementing agencies. 

PAC also provides the group’s main reactive capability to respond to direct requests for assistance in the field of technology for poverty alleviation.

We are seeking to recruit a 
Consultancy Manager who will take lead in strategic development and delivery of consultancy work that will contribute to the achievement of the Practical Action’s regional strategy.

This is a challenging opportunity for a highly capable and motivated person who is able to build the consulting services through his/her own initiative and drive.
Our 5 year strategy focuses on three goal areas, Universal access to energy; Urban water, sanitation and waste services; Food security, agriculture and disaster risk reduction. 

The cross-cutting themes are Markets development, Gender and Climate Change. 

The ideal candidate should therefore have strong expertise in either of these sectors.

Key Responsibilities
  • Manage the development and delivery of high quality technical consultancy in the EA region to meet PAC’s strategic and financial targets
  • Develop and deliver a robust body of work that maximises associated linkages with all organizational Goal areas
  • Developing presence and raise profile of Practical Action amongst a strong network of donors and diverse clientele working within the Region
  • Work closely with Fundraising Manager, Goal Leaders and the International teams to ensure cross-team learning, development of high quality proposals, timely and efficient delivery of contracts
  • Provide effective leadership to PAC staff and associate consultants and create an enabling environment for optimum utilization of resources and staff capacities
  • Lead the PAC’s regional team to develop and deliver work that focuses on influencing the policies and practice of others
  • Ensure knowledge generation and capture of project experience is effectively delivered through initiatives such as authoring and commissioning of articles.
  • A masters degree in a relevant discipline e.g Renewable Energy, Marketing, Agriculture, Climate Change, Urban Services or development studies
  • At least 10 years’ experience working in international organizations in a variety of contexts at senior management and leadership level
  • Strategic management and strategy implementation experience
  • Project management experience: project development, coordinating, managing project associates and financial planning and control
  • Background and technical expertise in either renewable energy, climate change, agriculture, markets or urban services with demonstrated knowledge of relevant policies, strategies and key actors in the EA region
  • Proven expertise and knowledge in development of winning proposals and work from donors and a network of contacts
  • Proven research, M & E skills and strong analytical skills
  • Proven ability to lead, manage and inspire a team of capable individuals to deliver a team agenda while meeting individual targets
  • Excellent written and oral communication and negotiation skills.
Application letter stating why you are the best person for this position together with a CV and names of three professional referees (one of whom must be the most current supervisor) plus their day-time contacts should be submitted to Practical Action by email on: to be received no later than 19th April 2013.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
Practical Action is an “equal opportunity” employer and highly encourages women to apply.

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