ACDI / VOCA Deputy Chief of Party and Livestock Director Jobs in Kenya

ACDI / VOCA Deputy Chief of Party and Livestock Director Jobs in Kenya


Overview

  • Since 1963 and in 148 countries, ACDI / VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy.

  • Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that designs and delivers technical and management solutions in agriculture, economic growth, and resilience to promote economic prosperity and social inclusion.

  • ACDI / VOCA is currently seeking a Deputy Chief of Party and Livestock Director for the Feed the Future-funded Livestock Market Systems Expanding Economic Opportunities (LMS-AA1) Activity.

  • The goal of the project is to build upon and deepen the inclusiveness, resilience and competitiveness of market systems (and integrated value chains) in the 5 Arid and Semi-Arid Counties of Turkana, Isiolo, Marsabit, Wajir and Garissa while furthering livestock-related and other economic opportunities.

  • The position is based in Nairobi, Kenya with frequent travel to field offices.

    Responsibilities

  • Support the Chief of Party in providing leadership management and general technical direction to the 5 county office teams and to the entire activity.

  • Act as Technical Lead and central point coordination for AA1 staff in the technical review of grant applications received, coordinating, in close collaboration with LMS partners, co-creation/co-investment approaches in selecting, defining and managing approved grants.

  • Provide technical leadership, implementation oversight, day-to-day quality control, and operational commitment to AA1’s systemic, inclusive, and facilitative market systems approach.

  • Play a lead role in interacting with key implementing actors and other development partners.

  • Identify and develop interventions that address system constraints and identify leverage points for appropriate action/support/investment.

  • Ensure quality control and timeliness of all deliverables. Prepare and contribute to work plans, financial, logistical and other documents as requested.

  • Support the overall knowledge management process, contributing to quarterly reports and the M&E and learning processes.

  • Serve as a primary person responsible for overseeing the technical quality of all livestock development matters that among others; improved livestock productivity, animal nutrition, animal health, breeding and livestock marketing

  • Facilitate the private provision of key services that will enable pastoralist to benefit from their participation in the livestock value chain- namely, veterinary drugs and animal health services, animal feed and financial services

  • Support marketing activities that seek to improve pastoralists’ access to markets, strengthen livestock value chains and diversify end markets for Kenyan livestock meat.

  • Ensures the incorporation and implementation of inclusive gender and youth positive approaches into all areas of LMS-AA1.
  • Works closely with the Gender
    Advisor to communicate and coordinate with County and Nairobi-based staff, so that gender considerations can be meaningfully and efficiently integrated throughout all AA1 activities and operations.

  • Acts a Technical Lead and central point coordination for AA1 staff in the technical review of grant applications received, coordinating, in close collaboration with LMS partners, co-creation/co-investment approaches in selecting, defining and managing approved grants.

    Supervisory Responsibilities

  • The Deputy Chief of Party and Livestock Director will directly supervise the Technical team/ County Program Managers in the 5 counties and will be responsible for overseeing the technical and administrative staff during any absence of the COP.

  • Additional supervisory responsibilities may include interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees; identifying capacity gaps and designing responses to address them; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

    Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, agriculture, animal sciences, business management, or relevant field required. Advanced degree preferred.

  • Minimum 7 years of experience in natural resource management, agriculture, and livestock sectors.

  • Minimum 5 years of management experience for large (minimum $5M) programs.

  • Demonstrated understanding of budget planning, activity-based budgeting and tracking, forecasting; integrity and zero tolerance approach to corruption/malfeasance.

  • Solid understanding of market systems and value chains; experience in ASALs or northern Kenya preferred.

  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation tools, systems and ITC applications.

  • Demonstrated experience leading, mentoring and motivating diverse teams (including remote management) with strong commitment to gender mainstreaming, responsiveness, and inclusion principles.

  • English and Swahili proficiency required; other local language fluency/ability preferred.

  • Experienced with representing organization/project with high level donor and government officials

  • Excellent English writing skills (corporate reports/plans/briefs/official correspondence)

  • Ability to travel within and beyond Nairobi, Isiolo, Marsabit, Garissa, Wajir, and Turkana counties.

  • Kenyan nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

    How to Apply

  • Please apply at HRkenya@acdivoca.org no later than August 21, 2020.

  • The applications will be reviewed promptly upon receipt, only finalists will be contacted.

  • ACDI/VOCA is an equal opportunity employer.

  • Women, minorities and people from diverse groups are encouraged to apply.

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