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Position: Senior Program Officer - AHADI PREG Counties
 
Background Information: The Agile Harmonized Assistance for Devolved Institutions (AHADI) is a five year USAID program implemented by the State University of New York (SUNY’s) Center for International Development (CID). 

AHADI seeks to strengthen the governance systems of counties, making them more competent, transparent, accountable and inclusive in their governance and service delivery by pursuing the following objectives: 
  • Targeted counties to provide higher quality services through improved governance, 
  • improved representation of citizen interests and oversight of targeted county government performance and functionality and 
  • effectiveness of the devolved system increased through improved intra-government engagement and cooperation.
The program is currently seeking a skilled, diplomatic, effective, and highly motivated Senior Program Officer to support AHADI activities in counties under the Program for Resilience and Economic Growth (PREG).

Position Summary:
 AHADI is designed to focus on strengthening the capacity of county governments to effectively deliver services, strengthen intergovernmental collaboration and to enhance public engagement and accountability.

In partnership with the USAID office of Economic Growth, part of the support is specifically targeted at strengthening the Resilience and Economic Growth in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands in Kenya. 

In that regard, the supports five (5) Counties (Turkana, Marsabit, Wajir, Isiolo and Garissa) in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) areas to reduce vulnerability and improve resilience livelihoods for pastoral communities.
 
The Resilience Agenda is anchored in the Ending Drought Emergencies Framework (EDE). The framework is a common programme for drought risk management. 

The interventions proposed for the five counties are designed to complement ongoing efforts under the EDE Framework. AHADI’s work is mainly anchored on supporting an enabling policy environment, enhancing planning, improving the institutional capability and management in the specified counties. 

Specifically, AHADI seeks to respond to the general principles that guide the EDE framework, which include: focusing on the structural causes of vulnerability to drought, including inequalities in power and resources, strengthening devolved county governance, collaborating among partners through established coordination mechanisms and increasing the learning agenda on improving resilience among the dry land communities for better and sustained adaptation.

The Senior Program Officer (SPO) will conceptualize, design, and coordinate a range of interventions to build the institutional capacity of county governments, key national government institutions and other governmental entities to strengthen the resilience agenda. 

The SPO will contribute to developing and designing activity streams that primarily support county governments in the following areas: developing policy frameworks, structures and streamlining of the public administration for effective implementation of the resilience agenda. 

This is aimed at strengthening livelihoods through the emphasis of improving and accelerating economic growth in the specified counties. 

The SPO is expected to design the above activities using a sectorial approach with activities that focus on transforming resilience.

The identified activities should offer practical solutions to problems that threaten the lives and livelihoods of the vulnerable populations in the ASALs areas within the five specified counties.

The conceptual development work is to be complemented by a well thought out coordination and implementation framework which addresses all the challenges: water conservation; food security; value chain inclusiveness in the livestock sub-sector and mitigation against the impacts of climate change and disaster risk reduction. 

AHADI’s support to the county governments will involve equipping them with institutionalized mechanisms and structures that include resources, tools and knowledge to mitigate the risks of droughts. 

Ultimately the support by AHADI is expected to strengthen the county governments to increase their capability and capacity as well as strengthen systems to mitigate, adapt to, and recover from shocks and stresses in a manner that reduces chronic vulnerability and facilitates inclusive growth.
 
The SPO is expected to build synergies and work within the resilience partnership focusing on establishing a constructive engagement amongst AHADI beneficiaries and other partners. 

Notably, the SPO is expected to be AHADI’s main interlocutor with the Partnership for Resilience and Economic Growth in Kenya (PREG). 

PREG brings together humanitarian and development partners to build resilience among vulnerable pastoralist communities in northern Kenya. It includes both USAID programs and implementing partners. 

USAID PREG works with the Kenya National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) and county governments to coordinate resilience and economic growth activities.

The SPO will support the Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, Technical Program Director, and Senior Grants Manager in the technical support of grantees, partners and other beneficiaries to ensure quality performance and timely delivery.
 
Reports to: Technical Program Director
 
Interrelationships: Chief of Party, ; Deputy Chief of party, Technical Programme Team, Logistics and Procurement Manager; Senior Grants Manager, Communications Specialist ,M&E specialist; and administrative staff as necessary.
 
Employment Terms: Open contract subject to availability of funding
 
Qualifications:
  • Five or more years’ experience interacting with government officials and politicians; ability to deal fairly and evenly with all political parties and factions in Kenyan politics, and a reputation for doing so.
  • Advanced degree and professional training in desired substantive areas primarily economic development, politics, economics, law.
  • Demonstrable experience of strengthening government’s public administration and bureaucracy and outstandingly competence in coordinating sectors (ministries) program.
  • Knowledge and proven practical experience in policy/strategy design with a great emphasis on policy and programs implementation with government system
  • Experience in policy understanding of the broader agricultural sector and a majority of the following sub-sectors, agriculture, water, sanitation and hygiene, livestock, climate change and political economy of development in the context of resilience.
  • Capability to understand and conceive policy or reform strategies and clarity in defining sector policy priorities in the context of strengthening resilience.
  • Proven ability to identify sector priorities for resilience building and conceptualizing interventions that relate to institutions and building and governance.
  • Ability to conceptualize interventions and clarity in articulating the assignments & task and development of lucid technical terms of reference.
  • Superior understanding of and ability to communicate clearly the activities of the county governments and issues of Kenyan politics to local and international consultants and others.
  • Track record of successful implementation of program activities relevant to the AHADI area of focus – strengthening institutions and governance framework for enhanced resilience.
  • Proven experience in developing capacity building initiatives including organizing and leading training and sharing knowledge and experience. Other activities can include leading and putting up training seminars and workshops.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills (English and Kiswahili) with experience and demonstrated competence in public speaking.
  • Ability to perform under pressure, e.g. to prepare written reports and public presentations on short notice and to write clear and concise reports.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as in a team; excellent planning, exceptional coordination of county government sectors/departments and other partners supporting government, good organizational capabilities, problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to work in a fast-changing political environment and manage multiple stakeholders.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Support the implementation of AHADI’s work with Kenyan institutions and organizations, including their committees and technical departments, to support devolution processes and outcomes main focus being capacity building of governance institutions for resilience.
  • Support county governments to coordinate resilience and economic growth activities
  • Manage relations as the key AHADI interlocutor in the Partnership for Resilience and Economic Growth in Kenya (PREG)
  • Contribute to the development of grants strategies and negotiates technical scopes of work for grants; and coordinate support to governmental and other partners.
  • Work with the Grants Management team to ensure partners implement activities on scope, on time and at cost.
  • Prepare regular brief activity reports and updates, and contribute to activities under his/her purview to AHADI progress reporting and activity/M&E.
  • Develop implement and monitor technical program activities, including training seminars, workshops and the production of technical reports to support AHADI tasks and interventions.
  • Provide direct training to beneficiaries with these consultants or individually.
  • Established and maintain good working relationships with State, non-state partners, and counterparts including but not limited to the Ministry of Devolution and Planning, the Council of Governors, National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) the County Executives; the County Assemblies and the County Assemblies Forum, as well as with the institutions that serve as resources for them, such as training and civil society organizations and the private sector.
  • Respond to requests for TPD and AHADI COP to support AHADI’s program implementation.
Location and Duration: The SPO will be based in the AHADI Nairobi office. 

This job description will be valid for one year and upon the end of the contract period (of one year) may be revised and/or renewed by SUNY/CID.

Travel:
 Travel in country is required. Transportation, accommodation and per diem will be provided in accordance with AHADI and USAID regulations. It is anticipated that travel will be roughly 50 percent.

Do you have the above qualifications and skills? 

Please send 

(1) a Cover letter 

(2) CV and 

(3) References from three past supervisors to Hr@ahadi-devolution.org

Closing date:
 23rd October 2015. 

Please note only short listed candidates will be contacted. 

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Kindly put the subject line as “Senior Program Officer- AHADI PREG Counties”. 

Position: Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist
 
Background Information: The Agile Harmonized Assistance for Devolved Institutions (AHADI) is a five year USAID program implemented by the State University of New York (SUNY’s) Center for International Development (CID). 

AHADI seeks to strengthen the governance systems of counties, making them more competent, transparent, accountable and inclusive in their governance and service delivery by pursuing the following objectives: 
  • Targeted counties to provide higher quality services through improved governance,
  • improved representation of citizen interests and oversight of targeted county government performance and functionality and
  • effectiveness of the devolved system increased through improved intra-government engagement and cooperation..
The AHADI program is currently seeking a skilled, diplomatic, effective, and highly motivated Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist.

Position Summary:
 The Specialist will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting, Learning and Adapting (MERLA) for the project, including designing and putting in place robust MERLA systems, tracking indicator data for the prime contractor and partners, data quality control, drafting required reports, and facilitating mechanisms for programmatic learning and adapting.
 
Reports to: Chief of Party
 
Supervises: Data analyst, M&E officers
 
Interrelationships: The M&E Specialist liaises and coordinates with the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP), the AHADI Technical Advisors, the Communications Specialist, AHADI partners and other program staff as appropriate in the course of his duties. 

He is a member of the management team assisting the Chief of Party (COP) in the overall results monitoring, learning and communications efforts of the AHAID program.
 
Employment Terms: Open contract, subject to availability of funding.
 
Qualifications:
  •  Five years’ experience in written communications and M&E, 
  • Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, Data Management, Journalism, Public Management or related field relevant to the position requirements, 
  • minimum three years working in international development, 
  • excellent oral and written communications skills (English and Kiswahili). 
Required competencies include the ability to write clear and concise reports, the ability to work under minimum supervision, to work in a fast-changing political environment and manage multiple stakeholder relationships.
 
Responsibilities of the M&E Specialist: 

The M&E Specialist (hereafter “Specialist”) will report to the AHADI Chief of Party and work in close collaboration with the Home Office (SUNY/CID) M&E Reporting Officer. 

The Specialist will manage M&E Officers in the field, as well as the data analyst. The Specialist will work in close collaboration with the Communication Specialist in terms of information dissemination to USAID, USAID Implementing Partners, AHADI partners and stakeholders.

The specialist will be responsible for AHADI’s Project Management Plan (PMP) and M&E activities and will support project learning and adapting. 

He/She will chair meetings to discuss what is working and what is challenging and to identify lessons learned. In addition, the specialist will liaise with the AHADI partners to advice on M&E capacity development small grants partners and government partners respectively. 

Throughout the year, the specialist will visit each field office and meet with M&E officers to review their portfolios; discuss their M&E support to project partners and small grantees and to review the M&E framework, indicator monitoring and report writing.

In addition during these field visits, the specialist will conduct any necessary training and perform ad hoc data quality assessments to ensure data validity for AHADI project staff and partners.

Specifically, the Specialist will be responsible for the following:
  • Support the drafting of the final PMP framework and M&E Plan
  • Collaborating with the USAID Impact Evaluation Partner on final Project Evaluation Plan
  • Designing Indicator Protocols and data collection tools and databases
  • Managing baseline data collection and analysis (in collaboration with the USAID IE team and the AHADI Research & Learning Team) and indicator target setting
  • Collaborating with AHADI staff and partners to draft and support the AHADI learning agenda
  • Training field M&E officers on project PMP, data collection and protocols
  • Serving as a key member of the AHADI research and learning team.
  • Overseeing the data collection and analysis for quarterly and annual reports;
  • Ensuring that the M& Systems are working and that staff is able to get and generate the correct information
  • Any other task as assigned by COP or DCOP and AHADI Reporting Officer (SUNY/CID staff)
Do you have the above qualifications and skills? 

Please send 

(1) a Cover letter 

(2) CV and (3) References from three past supervisors 

to hr@ahadi-devolution.org

Closing date:
 23rd October 2015. 

Please note only short listed candidates will be contacted. 

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Kindly put the subject line as “Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist”. 


Applications without the subject line will not be evaluated.

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