Food for the Hungry NGO Chief of Party Jobs in Kenya

Food for the Hungry NGO Chief of Party Jobs in Kenya

Job Title:

  • Chief of Party

    Field / Region:

  • Kenya


  • Nairobi, Kenya

    Expat Post Status:

  • Accompanied

    Reports To:

  • Country Director

    Values, Vision, and Purpose

    At Food for the Hungry, we operate under a set of guiding principles we call “The Heartbeat.” This includes our Values, Vision, and Purpose, which serve as the explanation of who we are and how we work as an organization.

    Together we follow God’s call responding to human suffering and graduating communities from extreme poverty.

    Position Purpose

    The core purpose of the Chief of Party is to provide leadership in the management and implementation of a USAID Title II Food for Peace funded Development Food Security Activity (DFSA).

    This position will be responsible for management and oversight of the project; this includes leading the preparation of sector work plans, monitoring project progress, quality and timely submission of all reporting deliverables, ensure performance quality, and compliance with USAID requirements, rules and regulations and Food for the Hungry internal requirements.

    Furthermore, this position will lead planning, coordination, and implementation efforts, with representatives from the Kenyan Government, USAID, NGO sectoral working groups, DFSA implementing partners, and all other relevant stakeholders. The COP will play a key role in effectively achieving the results defined in the agreement.


  • Please note: this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

    Key Result #1 – Program Leadership.

  • Maintaining the vision and direction, strategic planning, staff motivation and overall leadership to the program;
  • Coordinate activities for monitoring, evaluation, and reporting including drafting and reviewing quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports and managing donor- and organization-mandated evaluation processes;
  • Development of the program’s annual activity plan and budget and ensure their timely performance;
  • Ensure regular monitoring of activities and submit timely feedback to country director, FH GSC, FH Region, USAID and other relevant partners as required by the agreement;
  • Coordinate and guide programmatic, financial and administrative performance of all program sub-grantees and contracting agencies;
  • Establish and maintain consistent communication with local partners and government officials in the implementation of the project;
  • Ensure that cross-cutting themes such as gender and sustainability are fully integrated into programming.

    Key Result #2 – Management and Administration.

  • Ensure appropriate coordination of all sub-awards or sub-contracts, including supporting management of these partners and ensuring reporting and compliance with USAID and FH policies and requirements;
  • Coordinate and collaborate among consortium members through regular coordination meetings/program reviews, joint field visits and action planning;
  • Routinely travel to the field programs to provide capacity support for extended periods of time as needed;
  • Monitor the management of all financial and programmatic issues, (including commodities) and ensure timely, accountable, and appropriate reporting and transactions to ensure successful performance, taking corrective action as necessary;
  • Coordinate regular programmatic and financial progress reviews and lead budget harmonization processes;
  • Ensure quality donor reporting and provide final reports to CD, FH GSC for submission to donor. In the performance of this duty, the COP will interact periodically with FH GSC and FH Region to ensure timely and accurate reporting;
  • Oversee operations and the team managing purchase and shipment of food commodities and timely pre-positioning to all destinations as per the approved plan where necessary;
  • Ensure proper warehouse management and food commodity handling based on USAID commodity management standards;
  • Ensure the program and all staff adhere to the FH Kenya security plan. This position must ensure that FH fulfill Minimum Operational Safety and Security (MOSS) Standards and FH’s legal Duty of Care of all program staff.


  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be
    able to perform each essential duty/function satisfactorily.
  • The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Vibrant personal relationship with Jesus Christ and Christian commitment to serving the poor and in full agreement with FH’s Christian foundation and beliefs as expressed in The Heartbeat: our Values, Vision, and Purpose;
  • Excellent people skills including warmth and sensitivity, conversational, able to relate to and effectively communicate with people from different cultures (at various levels within the organization);
  • High integrity and a strong sense of professional ethics;
  • Able to self-manage a diverse and dynamic set of responsibilities, proactively solve problems and / or suggest viable solutions while advancing goals and objectives;
  • Demonstrated computer operating skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office products, Google platform, and virtual technologies such as Skype and / or GoToMeeting;
  • Advanced level MS Excel user and knowledge of the Sun Systems financial application;
  • Excellent organizational skills; ability to plan and coordinate work, ensure the efficient flow of projects and processes;
  • Strong people management skills / interpersonal skills with the ability to motivate, teach and mentor staff;
  • Comfortable and persuasive when speaking before both large and small groups;
  • Ability to interact positively with all levels of the organization and across organizational and cultural boundaries.
  • Strong project management experience for complex integrated programming;
  • Experience managing USAID Title II food assistance programs, preferably in Africa;
  • Experience leading consortia consisting of local and international non-governmental agencies;
  • Strong knowledge of and experience working in arid lands preferred;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and familiarity with latest USAID rules and regulations;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative management style;
  • Strong networking and representation skills;
  • Strong written English skills as reporting will be compiled in English;
  • Related experience in managing grants from major donors such as USAID, DFID, UN, EU;
  • Commitment to work with the poor as demonstrated by past positions;
  • Medical fitness to live and travel in rural and urban areas with extreme conditions and limited medical support;
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of time per year in the US and internationally, to insecure countries or locations.

    Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in a related humanitarian development or management field; 10 years of relevant work experience with at least 5 years in a managerial and senior leadership position; at least five years’ experience working in a senior position on a USAID funded program; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Supervisor Responsibilities: Directly supervises program staff. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints, resolving problems, etc.
  • Language: Proficiency in spoken and written English required; Intermediate knowledge of a local language such as Swahili is preferable. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or government regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

    How to Apply

  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 9th February, 2019

  • For more information and job application details, see; Food for the Hungry NGO Chief of Party Jobs in Kenya

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