CORUS Technical Program Manager Jobs in Kenya

CORUS Technical Program Manager Jobs in Kenya

Position Summary:

  • This is a global position is located in Kenya – Nairobi. Legal ability to work in Kenya preferred.

  • The Technical Program Manager is responsible for organizing and coordinating the technical,
    administrative, logistical, and managerial support for Corus project implementation and program
    development in the ECS Africa region with special emphasis in East and Southern Africa. This position will serve as a primary liaison between country offices and headquarters and is expected to communicate with key internal and external stakeholders including international finance, compliance, country program staff, sub-recipients/contractors, consultants, and donor representatives regularly. The Technical Program
    Manager works as a member of the HQ program team and ensures that field needs for program
    management, development and technical support are met.

    Key Result Areas:

    The success of this role is measured by the following KRAs:

    • Contribution to the design and implementation of technically robust projects in alignment with Corus’ strategy and donor requirements.

    • Management of a portfolio of projects valued up to $10 million (total of each project’s life of project value) funded by donors and foundations.

    • Facilitation of cross-departmental coordination required for the completion of project deliverables.

    • Maintenance and validation of accurate and up-to-date project documentation in Corus databases and systems and with donors.

    Roles and Responsibilities:

    Project Design/Business Development:

  • Advises on key partnerships and supports key project implementation strategies, with special emphasis on nutrition and livelihoods.

  • Works with the regional team and the Business Development team to prepare concept notes and proposals.

    Project Management:

  • Models colleagues in best practices in project management, especially adherence to the Project Management Manual as well as complementary policies and procedures related to subawards, procurement, and finance and administration.

  • Applies knowledge of donor rules and regulations to monitor for compliance for various actions during project start up, implementation, and close out (e.g. procurement, budget adjustments, modifications).

  • Serves as the headquarters regional team counterpart to the country-level project leads (Country Directors, Chiefs of Party, etc.) in the implementation of projects.

  • Takes active roles in startup processes including participating in the handover from the Business Development and Compliance teams, convening project startup processes with relevant stakeholders and participating in the recruitment of project staff (writing job descriptions, participating in interviews, etc.) as required.

  • Monitors implementation of the country level programs, backstopping and participating in regular work planning, review of progress toward project targets and deliverables, monitoring of expenses vs. budgets, identifying issues that need to be addressed, and implementing needed adjustments.

  • Liaises with the Grants and Contracts team to provide information or carry out follow up actions related to sub-recipient management (contracting, reporting, and monitoring).

  • Provides inputs into annual Corus budgeting and forecasting exercises related to project spending within the fiscal year; coordinates with International Finance to support the project team in timely review, analysis, and decision making related to spending versus budgets.

  • Contributes to Corus and/or programmatic reporting processes in coordination with the project teams, International Finance, and Grants and Contracts, adhering to internal and external deadlines.

  • Convenes project closeout processes with relevant stakeholders in accordance with the Project Management Manual and relevant donor requirements. Plays designated role on closeout team as assigned.

    Database Management and Data Integrity

  • Ensures data integrity and completeness by maintaining project documentation in electronic databases, including Salesforce and SharePoint.

  • Onboards/trains new staff in region in database entry and reporting functions.

  • Represents users of Salesforce database in region/countries of assignment to the Salesforce Application Developer.

  • Produces reports from Salesforce or other databases as required for reporting to Leadership, Board, or other audiences.

  • Severs as a key Salesforce champion by coordinating a community of practice among other Salesforce users to increase use and compliance of Salesforce. Troubleshoots issues with database with other users in similar positions and takes a lead role with the Salesforce Application Developer to identify and implement new or modified data fields and reporting functions.

    Coordination and Collaboration:

  • Based on knowledge of ECS Africa region and project portfolio, provides inputs into interdepartmental efforts such as program reviews, audits, and strategic initiatives.

  • Contributes to documentation of Corus’ technical capacities based on project achievements in partnership with Technical Advisors in the Quality Impact and Learning team.

  • Participates in relevant InterAction Working Groups and other forums with US peer agencies.

  • Compiles project information required for regulatory and donor compliance reporting or internal and external audits, in coordination with relevant teams in the Finance and Administration Department.

  • Contributes to the wider work of the ECS Africa team and International Programs and Operations Department through active participation in the achievement of the department’s goals, team and departmental meetings and working groups, and the development and sharing of technical knowledge and resources.

  • Assists with team’s administrative duties such as international wire transfers, documentation, and other operational support.


  • This role will have reporting line to Senior Regional Director ECS Africa


    • Master’s Degree in agriculture, nutrition, international development or other related field.

    • PMP or similar certification a plus/preferred.


    • At least 5 years’ experience managing and implementing international development programs.

    • At least 5 years’ experience HQ backstop experience.

    • Cross-cultural sensitivity required with at least 1 year of experience living and working in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    • Working knowledge of USG and other international donor funding mechanisms (including grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements) required.

    • Demonstrated experience and detailed knowledge of working with USAID and other international donors such as FCDO, UN, and foundations, etc.

    • Excellent communication and influencing skills to communicate effectively and credibly, both verbally and in writing.

    • Some experience in business and proposal development/positioning preferred.

    • French language fluency preferred.

    • Experience working with colleagues in a multicultural, multi-linguistic environment.

    • Experience working with US-based and international partners (NGO/FBO/CBOs, universities and other technical institutions).

    • Proficiency in Office 365 applications, including Word, Excel, SharePoint, and PowerPoint required, and experience with Salesforce strongly preferred.

    • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.

    • Demonstrated ability to collaborate on program implementation across multiple teams (between departments, between HQ and country offices, etc.).

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; CORUS Technical Program Manager Jobs in Kenya

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