DFID County Lead Jobs in Kisumu & Turkana

Within Her Majesty’s Government (HMG), the Department for International Development

(DFID) leads the UK’s global efforts to end extreme poverty, deliver the Global Goals for
Sustainable Development (SDGs) and tackle a wide range of global development challenges.

In Kenya, despite progress, nearly 20 million Kenyans still live on less than $1.25 a day. Whilst Kenya’s growth is positive, political, climatic and security shocks affect its ability to grow, and keep the poorest and most marginalised in extreme poverty.

The UK is investing £117 million in 2017/2018 in development activities in Kenya on: economic development; basic services, resilience and crises; and building stability and institutions.

It is a fascinating time for Kenya and DFID’s role here, with the implementation of the 2010 Constitution, which devolved authority to 47 county governments. To support devolution, DFID has developed a sub-national strategy, which will, over a five-year period, see DFID strengthening delivery of its bilateral aid portfolio in Kenya and greater cross-programme harmonization and aid effectiveness.

More specifically we would like to:

  • Concentrate more of our efforts in key locations, and foster complementarities
    between programmes in our portfolio;
  • Enhance our influence by establishing strategic relationships with government at the
    county level (both national and county government), the private sector, and civil
  • Secure economies of scale in terms of programme delivery.
  • Improve our ability to supervise, monitor and audit our programmes;

    We are looking to recruit 2 County Leads, who will be based in an initial set of priority
    counties to support implementation of DFID’s Sub-National Strategy.

    The locations are
    Kisumu and Turkana counties with others to be determined but could include:

  • North Rift:
    (including Turkana, West Pokot, Samburu, Baringo);
  • North/ Upper Eastern: (including
    Marsabit, Isiolo, southern borders);
  • North East: (Mandera, Wajir, Garissa); (iv) Coast: (6 counties);

    The post holders will report to the Senior Adviser in DFID Kenya. The County Lead would support the implementation of DFID’s Sub-National Strategy.

    The key tasks are:

  • Developing/updating county profiles for the counties in which they work, which
    outline the full scope of UK Aid interventions (Sustainable Economic Development;
    Governance and Security; Human and Social Development) within the county,
    ensuring these are aligned with the County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP);
  • Developing strong relationships with County Stakeholders (executive; county
    commissioners; county assembly; civil society; private sector) to ensure that UK
    support is responsive to need; coherent; and UK funds are used in line with
    guidelines & value for money principles;
  • Influence county CIDPs, PFM, and institutional capacity, to implement pro-poor
    policies and practices and monitor impact
  • Organise HMG X-team county visits and high profile visits - ensuring that HMG is
    able to access key stakeholders to further joint interests. Prepare briefings as
  • Monitor implementation of UK supported interventions on the ground, flagging any
    challenges or opportunities to those responsible in DFID-K; support annual reviews
    and spotchecks;
  • Support the collation of results from UK investment in the county, including: good
    news stories; lessons learned and identification of opportunities for future
  • Contribute to developing new programming which aligns with the CIDP and
    complements donor activity; and contributes to
    furthering development in the
  • Maintain close contact with Line Manager in DFID Kenya, reporting in on a weekly
    basis, and producing a monthly report.

    NB: the successful candidate would be required to spend a month working within
    the British High Commission in Nairobi to understand how we work, and travel
    periodically to Nairobi.


  • Ideally we are looking for County Leads who have a deep understanding of the priorities,
    opportunities and challenges within the county or set of counties they are leading on.
    County Leads should:
  • Be educated to degree level (post graduate degree would be an advantage);
  • Have an excellent understanding of governance structures at national and subnational levels and county priorities (including in key sectors) and how these
    structures actually work;
  • Have a good understanding of the scope of donor funded programmes in their preferred county- either Kisumu or Turkana and have strong existing networks in that county.
  • Have proven ability to develop relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders: county leadership; staff at technical levels; county commissioners; county assembly; civil society; private sector; donor community;
  • Be results focused: keen to support better co-ordination of donor support at the
    sub-national level to address county priorities and solve service delivery challenges;
  • Be able to work well independently as well as part of a team, and multi-task. Have
    the energy to drive forward priorities at pace;
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills in English and the main
    languages spoken by the citizens of the relevant county.

    Behaviours we are looking for:

  • Commitment to performance excellence, including through own learning and
    development, and confident assumption of responsibility for assigned tasks and
  • Commitment to work collaboratively, transparently and accountably, but flexibly and
    adaptively as needed.
  • Commitment to coaching and helping to build the capability of all.
  • Commitment to lesson learning within and across teams and with DFID central
  • Commitment to building and maintaining an inclusive work environment that
    supports all staff to ‘be their best’

    Application Process

    The candidate must complete and send the application form to
    [email protected] with a copy of their most recent CV. The subject
    line MUST read “KEN/007”.

    Failure to follow the outlined procedure might result in the application not being
    considered. The closing date for the vacancy has been extended to midnight 15 June

    If no response has been received after 2 weeks from closing date, consider the
    application as unsuccessful.

    If you experience any problems with your application, request the application pack
    from the same email address listed above.

    For more information and job application details, see; DFID County Lead Jobs in Kisumu & Turkana

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