Program Officer Jobs in Kenya

Program Officer Jobs in Kenya


  • The Resilience Learning Activity (RLA) is a five-year, USAID-funded initiative (2019-2024) that supports regional, national, and local organizations and institutions in Northern Kenya, Somalia, and the Horn of Africa to undertake analysis while strengthening their capacities for analytics;

  • Facilitating learning for adaptive management; and improving knowledge management and communication to align with USAID’s Journey to Self-Reliance and the Horn of Africa

    Job Summary:

  • The program officer for the Resilience Learning Activity (RLA) will organize the coordination platform(s), develop communication materials, share meeting minutes, execute agendas and identify grant opportunities for RLA’s activates for both the USAID HoRN of Africa resiliency network (HoRN, RLA-KEA) and the RLA Somalia (RLA-S) program initiatives.

  • The position holder will be based in Nairobi, reporting to the Knowledge Management Manager.

  • These activities are informed through RLA-KEA support through the Partnership for Resiliency and Economic Growth (PREG) and the Southeastern Kenya (SEK) coordination mechanisms.

  • In overseeing the RLA-S/RLA-KEA activities, the program officer is required to identify and provide both communication, coordination, and technical support under the following four RLA intermediate results:

  • Data Analytics

  • Learning for Adaptive Management

  • Knowledge Management and Communications

  • Establishing and strengthening systems and networks following the USAID collaboration, learning, and adapting (CLA) principles.

  • East Africa / HoRN: The RLA-KEA/S program officer is expected to follow up and provide updates and design initiatives by developing relationships with both the USAID HoRN resiliency coordinators, regional partners (e.g., IGAD) along with other USAID programs dedicated to resiliency initiatives.

  • These activities will include disaster preparedness (e.g., drought), best practices and understanding coordination mechanisms. Additionally, these activities, where appropriate, will leverage RLA’s sub-award activities that further supports HoRN initiatives.

  • These activities and initiatives should also further inform RLA-K and RLA-S programs while also being developed for communication materials that can be shared across a larger audience.

  • Somalia: The program officer will work with the RLA-S team and partners assist in developing and sharing communication materials across the HoRN. Where appropriate, the program officer will also identify activities that can also be coordinated with other HoRN and/or RLA-K partners.

  • RLA-KEA/S: RLA-KEA/S program officer will work with all RLA staff to identify research (i.e. evidence based learning) and/or other knowledge management initiatives that align with RLA’s four intermediate results populate program indicators and/or other program initiatives.

  • Each initiatives should also align with the USAID collaboration, learning, and adapting (CLA) principles to ensure that the research completed can reveal what is working, guide management decisions, and identify local solutions to local problems to strengthen resilience capacities.

  • The Program Officer is expected to support CLA, capacity strengthening, and learning activities defined by the project as well push forward learning and CLA approaches in all stages of programming, promote and capture learnings to inform program decisions, drive results and produce scheduled outputs at deadline and to expected quality.


  • Support RLA in planning, implementation, and monitoring of activities and relationships in the HoRN and RLA-S , while also providing communication materials, where needed, to ensure each RLA component has visibility.

  • Ensure that the project is constantly pursuing effective and innovative activities and learning initiatives that are responsive to the needs of the HoRN and RLA-S partners.

    Planning, Learning and Communication

  • Support, where appropriate, in the design and development of annual workplan, facilitate and lead HoRN and RLA-S initiatives for reporting to RLA-KEA/S team

  • Following key events in RLA-S and/or HoRN – conduct follow up research and prepare 2-page “learning briefs” or design new initiatives that can be shared across a wider USAID and donor audience. Estimated two completed, per/quarter.

  • Provide 1-3 weekly bullets to knowledge management director covering HoRN and/or RLA-S ongoing initiatives

  • Design and develop new activities requested by USAID to support the strategic direction of the mission developed from ongoing discussions in
    meetings, workshops and other resiliency learning events.

  • This can be done by drafting scope of works for potential grantees and/or other program beneficiaries

  • Lead in planning and developing learning discussion topics for HoRN Bi-Monthly Partners Meetings and update calendars appropriately.

  • Take part in strategic meetings, where appropriate, to support planning meetings between USAID and RLA

    Partnership Coordination, Communication and Management

  • Coordinate and mobilize HoRN partners to participate in key stakeholder forums (i.e. HoRN learning month) to enhance learning and collaboration on joint activities.

  • Adhere and manage HoRN learning event calendar and other coordination forums as prescribed by RLA and/or USAID regional mission staff

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with HoRN/RLA-S partners including the regional government, USAID IPs, USAID regional coordinators and other project partners that can further share lessons learned on best practices.

    Leadership Management

  • Represent, where possible, RLA in the HoRN and RLA-S forums with regional governments, national and regional authorities, IPs, local organizations, and any other parties.

  • Participate and support RLA-S and HoRN initiatives with planning, implementation, and management in accordance with RLA-KEA/S workplan.

  • Manage consultants, grantees and/or sub-awardees being used under RLA-S/HoRN to ensure quality assurance of work delivered within the agreed timelines and according to the program objectives

  • Support USAID staff, where directed, in facilitation of HoRN and RLA-S events.

    Monitoring and Reporting

  • Develop HoRN quarterly implementation reports, highlighting achievements, lessons learnt and challenges.

  • RLA-S reports are submitted by Mercy Corps

  • Capture data from HoRN and RLA-S activities and confirm data capture with RLA-KEA monitoring and evaluation team

  • Provide technical contributions to RLA KM in development of workplan, quarterly and annual reports.


  • Technical, coordination and, where needed, logistical support to HoRN and RLA-S events. This will include RLA-K activities if/when initiatives overlap across the region and prescribed by D/COP and/or KM manager

  • Technical and logistical support in planning for events and meetings.

  • Bi-weekly reports on HoRN and RLA-S achievements, lessons learnt and challenges in implementation

  • Annual RLA workplan of SEK activities for implementation across the fiscal year

  • Joint workplan from co-creation sessions with USAID Implementing Partners and the County governments

  • Support Quarterly progress review reports of annual joint workplans as implemented by RLA-S and HoRN activities.

  • Minutes and records from HoRN and/or RLA-S meetings


  • Bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent in development, research methods, economics, social sciences, project management or relevant field experience.

  • Minimum four years of experience in organizing meetings, supporting learning, grant management and adaptive learning activities.

  • Knowledge of USAID program resilience framework and approaches in the fragile context is an asset.

  • Good interpersonal and networking skills

  • Excellent report writing and strong computer skills especially with MS Word and Excel and other related packages.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Kiswahili.

  • Ability to speak or write in Arabic will be an added advantage

  • Ability to travel and work within the ASAL counties.

  • Previous work experience with PREG partners desired.

  • Advanced degree in related field is preferred

  • Experience in emergency and resiliency programming is preferred.

  • Prior USAID experience is preferred.

    How to Apply:

  • Please submit a resume to

  • no later than May 08, 2022.

  • In the subject line, please include the position title.

  • Applications will be reviewed promptly upon receipt, only finalist will be contacted.

  • ACDI/VOCA is an equal opportunity employer.

  • Women, minorities and people from diverse groups are encouraged to apply.

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