Plan International Chief of Party, USAID/Kenya Youth Activity Jobs in Kenya

Plan International Chief of Party, USAID/Kenya Youth Activity Jobs in Kenya

  • Plan International is an independent child rights and humanitarian organisation committed to children living a life free of poverty, violence and injustice.

  • We actively unite children, communities and other people who share our mission to make positive lasting changes in children’s and young people’s lives.

  • We support children to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to claim their rights to a fulfilling life, today and in the future. We place a specific focus on girls and women, who are most often left behind.

  • We have been building powerful partnerships for children for more than 75 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

  • The purpose of the position is to lead Plan International’s efforts to manage risk by ensuring that effective risk and compliance strategies, policies and frameworks are in place through securing sound legal advice, ensuring effective governance arrangements, enforcing compliance with approved policies and procedures, and promoting ethical behavior.

  • The position provides guidance in the identification, analysis, mitigation and documentation regarding key risks and their resolution

    Dimensions of the Role

  • Plan International seeks qualified Chief of Party candidates for an anticipated five-year USAID-funded program in Kenya that will seek to support evidence-based and evidence-producing county-level models that empower youth and connect them directly to social and economic opportunities to improve their livelihoods and well-being.

  • The Chief of Party will be based in Kenya (specific county to be determined) and will oversee all aspects of program implementation, providing vision to the program and ensuring that objectives are met on time and within budget.


  • This position is contingent to funding.

  • Citizens of Kenya who are Youth are highly encouraged to apply.

  • Due to the urgency to fill this position applications will be screened on a rolling basis.


  • Provide strategic and technical leadership to the program and the team; bring dynamic and creative leadership to bring innovation to rigorous program implementation and meeting donor deliverables

  • Serve as the principal liaison with USAID, as well as with key government officials at the county and national level, other donors and implementers, private sector and civil society partners

  • Engage with program beneficiaries, youth leaders, youth cooperatives, youth networks, and other stakeholders; ensure that all stakeholder relationships are managed effectively

  • Develop annual work plans in collaboration with staff and stakeholders, and oversee work plan implementation

  • Develop and maintain effective partnerships with local, regional, and international organisations.

  • Ensure project activities are implemented on schedule and within budget

  • Supervise, manage, and mentor project staff

  • Oversee project
    budgeting, financial management, and ensure contractual compliance

  • Oversee monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of program activities; promote a culture of learning and adaptation across the project

  • Oversee project communications

  • Other duties, as assigned.

    Technical Expertise, Skills and Knowledge


  • Master Degree in a relevant field such as Education, International Development , non-profit management with 4-6yrs of relevant experience/or Bachelors Degree with 10yrs experience in leading programs focused on Research, youth services, Workforce development, livelihoods and /or Private sector development.

  • Successful track record of supervising, designing, managing, and implementing complex donor-funded technical assistance projects (with strong preference for past USAID-funded project management experience

  • Proven experience in contract management (donor narrative & financial reporting, sub-grant management and knowledge management)

  • A successful track record of working substantially with local organizations, positioning them as authentic development partners and to lead major interventions

  • A minimum of four (4) years of experience in Africa, preferably Kenya or East Africa

  • Demonstrated success working at the community level assessing challenges, creating and implementing solutions, and achieving measurable results on donor-funded development projects

  • Ability to establish strong working relationships with senior government officials; youth-led groups, community officials, media, civil society, and private sector leaders; international donors; and other stakeholders

  • Demonstrated ability to track and manage budgets and plan both strategically and creatively to meet project objectives

  • Strong understanding of the Kenyan context preferred

  • Proven leadership qualities and excellent management skills

  • Strong representational and organizational skills

  • Fluency in written and spoken English.


  • Supports learning in diverse teams

  • Acts with high degree of integrity and professionalism

  • Relates to people in a friendly, open manner and engenders trust from other staff

  • Holds self and others to account to deliver on agreed goals and standards of behaviour

  • Remains calm and positive under pressure and in difficult situations

  • Promotes innovation and learning

  • Ability to act as part of multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team.

  • Ability to work with others

  • Ability to travel within Kenya and on occasion out of the country as may be required.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Plan International Chief of Party, USAID/Kenya Youth Activity Jobs in Kenya

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