Plan International NGO Chief of Party - Nilinde Project Jobs in Kenya

Plan International NGO Chief of Party - Nilinde Project Jobs in Kenya

The Organisation

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

We believe in the power and potential of every child.

But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination.

And it’s girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood.

And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity.

We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Typical Responsibilities - Key End Results of Position:

The COP is expected to:

  • Provide overall technical and managerial oversight and leadership for the project, including provision of guidance that responds to promising practices and new approaches;
  • Serve as the primary liaison for USAID and key government counterparts;
  • Ensure efficient management of financial resources, including the review and approval of program budgets and monitoring expenditures;
  • Identify risks and issues related to program implementation in a timely manner and suggest appropriate program adjustments,
    Provide oversight for field operations, administration, logistics and procurement;
  • Oversee management, delivery, and monitoring of sub-grants;
  • Supervise program monitoring, evaluation, and reporting and ensure quality control and timeliness of all deliverables as required by the grant and donors;
  • Assure full compliance with all USAID, Plan, and other fiduciary regulations;
  • Serve as a principal liaison with Government of Kenya, USAID, project partners and stakeholders, and other donors to ensure effective program implementation and to build lasting relationships.

    Dealing with Problems:

  • The position will require regular and structured analysis to identify any emerging issues as well as identify any potential strategic risks.
  • The position holder should hence be able to manage any emerging issues, anticipate risks within the area of business.

    Communications and Working Relationships:

  • The position requires day-to-day communication and good working relationships with USAID Kenya, Government of Kenya agencies at multiple levels, civil society partners and Plan International Kenya and USA.
  • Knowledge, Skills, Competences, and Experience Required to Achieve Role’s


  • Minimum of a Master’s Degree in social sciences, public health, management, business administration, or a related field;
  • At least seven years’ experience in managing complex orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) programs, social services programs, and/or public health programs of similar scope and size;
  • At least seven years demonstrated state-of-the-art experience as senior staff in at least three of the following areas: child protection, economic strengthening, social protection, education, health and nutrition including HIV/AIDS care and support; social service systems strengthening; quality improvement/quality assurance; M&E; and operations research;
  • Demonstrated knowledge about gender and development, and demonstrated experience and proficiency in managing programs that mainstream gender;
  • At least five years international experience in development, managing, overseeing, or evaluating comprehensive social services programs of similar size and complexity;
  • At least five years demonstrated skills and experience in partnership building, especially with the GOK, donors, private sector, NGO and local community organizations;
  • At least seven years of experience in program management and administration, financial management, award cooperative agreement compliance, sub award management, and tracking project performance and costs;
  • Professional level of oral and written fluency in English language; working knowledge of Swahili would be an added
  • Strong management and communication skills, strategic vision, leadership qualities, professional reputation, ability to create synergies where applicable, interpersonal skills, and written and oral presentation skills to fulfil the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the project description;
  • Significant experience managing large-scale, multi-year US government-funded child centred and community based program for an international NGO would be an added advantage;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID project management including USAID rules and regulation and reporting requirements.


  • Demonstrated ability to implement projects with rigorous timelines and deliverables and to track program quality through donor approved monitoring and evaluation systems;
  • Experience working and collaborating with diverse sets of stakeholders, such as local NGOs, government officials, donor representatives, local and international staff;
  • Ability to respond on short notice and plan and execute several activities at once;
  • Ability to work under pressure, as part of a team or independently, and meet deadlines consistently;
  • Proven experience hiring, training, and supervising teams of international and local staff.
  • Proven leadership, inter-personal and cross-cultural skills, and ability to build and motivate diverse teams;
  • Excellent English oral and written communication skills; knowledge of Swahili preferred;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel and Outlook.


  • Striving for high performance: Strongly drives performance forward in area of the business for which they are responsible; involves others in setting and achieving goals; creates a strong sense of purpose within own part of the business and with stakeholders.
  • Strategic thinking and innovation: Sets strong strategy in own part of organisation; makes an effective contribution to wider strategy; sees contribution of own part of the organisation in wider Plan and external context; balances future vision with practical delivery; critically evaluates work effectiveness and searches for better ways of working.
  • Decision making and risk management: Sound judgement and decision-making in complex situations; alerts others to risks inside and outside the organisation; willing to make judgements about managing risks and ready to take responsibility for such judgements

    How to apply

  • Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.
  • Please note that only applications and CVs written in English will be accepted.Apply by 9th November, 2018
  • A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Safeguarding Children and Young People policy.
  • As an international child centred community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realisation of children's rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse.
  • That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.
  • Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.
  • Plan International operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all areas of the international community.

  • For more information and job application details, see; Plan International NGO Chief of Party - Nilinde Project Jobs in Kenya

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