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Background: Plan International is a global organization that works side by side with communities in 50 developing countries to end the cycle of poverty for children and their families. Plan works at the community level to develop customized solutions and ensure long-term sustainability.

Our solutions are designed up-front to be owned by communities and range from clean water and healthcare programs to education projects, economic empowerment, child protection initiatives and youth civic engagement.

Across program areas, Plan’s activities are guided by a Child-Centered Community Development (CCCD) approach, which is rights-based, holistic, gender-sensitive, and inclusive. 


Vacancy: Deputy Chief of Party
Project and Position Description: Plan International is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party for an anticipated multi-sectorial, USAID funded orphans and vulnerable children project in Kenya.
 
The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) will support the Chief of Party in the management of the project. 

S/he will be in charge of providing technical and managerial leadership including technical oversight, financial management and administration and grants management. 

S/he oversees coordination of field operations, provide support in the management of sub-grantees, and ensure that activities meeting USAID and Plan standards. 

The position is contingent upon award of the project by the donor.

Responsibilities:
  • Provides day-to-day leadership and high quality delivery of the project: field operations, administration, logistics and procurement.
  • Manages, in coordination with the COP, relationships and work with implementing partner organizations
  • Manages donor relationships and serves, along with the COP, as the primary project representative.
  • Oversees the development of project reports, annual work plans, and other documents as required by USAID and the Government of Kenya.
  • Facilitates knowledge management, communications, and information flow for the project.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of project budgets and expenditure, and assists the Finance and Operations Director to set up and implement appropriate systems for project financials.
  • Supervises Technical and Operations Specialists
  • Serves as Acting Chief of Party when the Chief of Party is unavailable.
  • Ensures compliance in reporting to USAID, Plan International, Plan US National Office (USNO) and Government of Bangladesh counterparts.
Requirements:
  • Minimum Master’s degree in International Development, Public Health, Social Sciences, or related field;
  • Strong knowledge of OVC related programming in Kenya or the region.
  • Experience managing a large child focused program for an international NGO.
  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in managing large programs focused on OVC, community-based development, with significant experience in managing USAID-funded programs (minimum 5 years).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID project management including USAID rules and regulation and reporting requirements.
  • Demonstrated knowledge about gender and development, and demonstrated experience and proficiency in managing programs that mainstream gender.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement projects with rigorous timelines and deliverables and to track program quality through donor approved monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Experience working and collaborating with diverse sets of stakeholders, such as local NGOs, government officials, donor representatives, local and international staff.
  • Ability to respond on short notice and plan and execute several activities at once.
  • Ability to work under pressure, as part of a team or independently, and meet deadlines consistently.
  • Proven experience hiring, training, and supervising teams of international and local staff.
  • Proven leadership, inter-personal and cross-cultural skills, and ability to build and motivate diverse teams.
  • Work experience in Kenya .
  • Excellent English oral and written communication skills; knowledge of Swahili preferred.

Vacancy: Economic Strengthening Technical Director
Position Description: Plan is seeking applicants for a proposed Technical Team Lead for an anticipated multi-sectorial, USAID funded orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) project in Kenya.

The Economic Strengthening Technical Director will have responsibility for implementation of all activities associated with improving the economic stability of households caring for OVC and successful integration with other project interventions. 

This position is contingent upon award of the project by the donor.

Responsibilities
  • Lead technical design, oversight, and monitoring of activities associated with improving the economic stability of households caring for OVC.
  • Contribute detailed and accurate technical deliverables and reports to fulfill USAID and PEPFAR reporting requirements.
  • Coordinate technical activities with the USAID Kenya mission, partners, sub-recipients, government agencies, international and local NGOs, and community organizations.
  • Ensure the timely and quality completion of program technical deliverables and reports in accordance with USAID guidelines.
  • Supervise a team and oversee implementation of annual program work and plans. Lead the development of annual work plans and contribute to development of performance monitoring plans.
  • As a member of the senior management team contribute to strategic and operational roll out of all project activities. Work closely with other project technical experts on all project activities.
  • Liaise and coordinate with other related projects and activities in Kenya, including Plan’s ongoing programs.
  • Ensure Plan’s Child Protection Policy and Guidelines are adhered to during project implementation.
Key Qualifications and Skills
  • Master’s degree in social sciences or social work or a related field; PhD, MD or DrPH a plus.
  • At least 8 years of experience designing, implementing and managing household economic strengthening initiatives in/for developing countries.
  • Experience in leveraging public private partnerships preferred.
  • Experience with USAID-funded projects (ideally, in a senior technical position) highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge about gender and development, and demonstrated experience and proficiency in managing programs that mainstream gender.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement strategies that employ evidence-based approaches to meet project targets, especially under rigorous timelines.
  • Experience working and collaborating with diverse sets of stakeholders, such as local NGOs, government officials, donor representatives, and international staff.
  • Proven leadership, inter-personal and cross-cultural skills, and ability to build and motivate diverse teams.
  • Work experience in Kenya highly preferred.
  • Excellent English oral and written communication skills; knowledge of Swahili preferred.

Vacancy: Finance and Operations Director

Description: Plan is seeking applicants for a proposed Finance and Operations Director for an anticipated multi-sectorial, USAID funded orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) project in Kenya. 

The Finance and Operations Director is responsible for overseeing project finances and administrative operations in accordance with relevant USAID regulations and in line with Plan’s financial and administrative management policy provisions. 

The Finance and Operations Director will supervise grant management and financial reporting on grant performance and will ensure best use of resources by managing the preparation of sound budgets, monitoring project expenses, and assuring timely preparation of donor financial reports.. 

This position is contingent upon award of the project by the donor.

Responsibilities
  • Provide oversight of financial and administrative management of the project in compliance with donor’s rules and regulations
  • Supervise all financial management to ensure best use of resources through sound budgeting, monitoring of project expenses, and timely preparation of donor financial reports.
  • Develop and implement monthly project-wide financial review (project tracker) and analysis, as well as provide timely and reliable financial information for decision-making.
  • Maintain strong internal policies, processes, and controls systems in order to provide timely, consistent and accurate financial and budget management.
  • Develop strategic planning, work planning, and budgeting processes.
  • Work closely with Plan International USA home office and Plan Kenya country office staff on internal and external financial reviews and audits; work closely with project finance/grants/administrative staff and sub-grantees to ensure appropriate implementation of same.
  • Prepare financial reports for donors.
Key Qualifications and Skills
  • Master’s degree in finance or financial management, and/or a professional qualification in accountancy. Bachelor’s degree with significant experience in project finance management may be accepted.
  • Significant experience managing programs funded by the U.S. Government, including experience managing finances for USAID-funded projects.
  • Extensive experience in financial management and/or project administration.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) applicable to USA accounting procedures and processes.
  • In-depth knowledge of USAID financial management rules and regulations and other key USG regulations, including USAID 22 CFR Part 226 Administration of Assistance Awards to U.S. Non-Governmental Organizations, 22 CFR Part 145 Grants and Agreements with Non-Profits, OMB Circulars A-122, Cost principles for non-profit organizations, and A-133 Audit of states, local governments, and non-profits.
  • Ability to adopt new software and financial management systems.
  • Excellent communication, management, and leadership skills.
  • Proven analytical skills in isolating priorities and tackling them.
  • Demonstrated knowledge about gender and development, and demonstrated experience and proficiency in managing programs that mainstream gender.
  • Work experience in Kenya highly preferred.
  • Excellent English oral and written communication skills; knowledge of Swahili preferred.
How to Apply

Plan is an Equal Opportunity Employer and as such qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

Further, Qualified Kenyan nationals, including those living in the diaspora, are additionally highly encouraged to apply.

To apply please send a cover letter, USAID 1420 biodata form, and resume in English through our recruitment portal (CLICK HERE to access our recruitment portal)

The biodata form can be downloaded separately from the recruitment portal alongside the job descriptions under the title USAID1420 Biodata Form (or CLICK HERE to download). 

Applicants who fail to meet the application criteria may be disqualified. 

The deadline for applications is 5th December 2014. 


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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