Assistant Country Director Program

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Assistant Country Director Program

CARE is seeking a talented Assistant Country Director Program (ACD/P).

Job Summary:

This person will have wide responsibilities for developing, overseeing and upgrading the CO's programming across its broad spectrum of humanitarian and development initiatives.

The position requires a dynamic, self-driven, results-oriented leader/manager looking for a unique opportunity to develop and be responsible for delivering innovative strategies that will reduce poverty in Kenya.

This position calls for independent decision-making, a high degree of competence, the exercise of leadership and a willingness to be actively involved in the execution as well as the management of the program with the sector managers.

The Assistant Country Director-Program is a key member of CARE Kenya's Senior Management Team and reports to the Country Director.

This person is required to work closely with senior managers in key decision-making.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Program Development

  • Maintain good networking and working relationships with donors and programme staff of CARE International members.
  • Lead Fund Raising efforts and Country Office strategic planning processes.
  • Lead Country Office Program development and diversification efforts.
  • Lead the adoption of Livelihoods framework in Program development.
  • Develop an effective program team

    Programme/Contract Management

  • Direct management of the CO's senior programme management team.
  • Direct oversight of all projects being carried out in the field to ensure high quality implementation, compliance with donor and contract requirements and best practice.
  • Direct management of overall program budget.
  • Ensure accurate and timely documentation and donor reporting
  • Ensure effective design and monitoring and evaluation is carried out.
  • Promote and ensure the implementation of cross cutting themes, such as cross sector synergy between projects, civil society strengthening and the blending of rights based and needs based programming
  • Support sector managers in their relationship and negotiations with donors, counterparts and partners as appropriate. External Relations

  • Maintain active networking and cooperative relationships with key stakeholders: donors, Government of Kenya, counterparts, the UN, other NGOs and representatives of CARE International member organizations.


    Minimum of university degree in a development related field.

  • 7 years experience in an international development setting.
  • Conceptual understanding of humanitarian needs and rights-based programming.
  • Excellent English writing skills.
  • Strong budgeting skills.
  • Familiar with CARE and international donors policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Able to operate in an autonomous, self-structured work environment and meet deadlines.
  • Commitment to working with and mentoring Kenyan staff.
  • Ability to build and work through teamwork.
  • Proven track record in fund raising.
  • Proven capabilities in staff supervision, project management and program development.
  • Ability to operate computer program applications (e.g. MS Excel and MS Word).

    This is a Nairobi based position but with frequent travel to the sub-offices.

    For more information and application, visit: Assistant Country Director Program Website

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