SoCha LLC Project Manager Job in Kenya

SoCha LLC Project Manager Job in Kenya

Scope of Work

Position: Project Manager

Activity: USAID Kenya / East Africa Journey to Self-Reliance (J2SR) Mission Support Program

Implementer: SoCha LLC

Company background: SoCha (a portmanteau of Social and Change) is an independent Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (ME&L) firm that provides bespoke solutions to social challenges.

Since our inception in 2010, we have grown into a fully-fledged ME&L services firm that specializes in advancing innovative methodologies and changing the way donors find solutions to social problems.

Activity background: USAID/Kenya East Africa seeks to advance what self-reliance means for Kenya and the broader region.
To support USAID/KEA to align programming toward promoting self-reliance outcomes, SoCha LLC has recently been awarded and will implement a two-year (optional three-year) mission support program to enable USAID to pivot into this journey to self-reliance (J2SR).

To support this journey, the J2SR program will support USAID/KEA to understand context, align programs, collect data, understand complexity, and apply learning to program adaptation.

Thus, the Journey to Self-Reliance program aims to:

  • Strengthen monitoring, verification, and reporting systems;
  • Improve the utilization of evaluations, assessments, and analyses to fulfill learning objectives and inform decisions;
  • Improve internal and external coordination, collaboration, and learning;
  • Enhance practices of learning and adapting; and
  • Support strategy development and process management.
  • J2SR is both a support contract and a core learning mechanism for the USAID/KEA mission.

    J2SR will support USAID/Kenya and East Africa across all technical areas, operating in Nairobi, Kenya with travel in both Kenya and the East Africa region.

    J2SR will partner with local organizations and local firms and will work to build local capacity to drive ambitious development agenda throughout Kenya and East Africa.

    Position background: The J2SR program, implemented by SoCha LLC, seeks a highly motivated Project Manager to support project startup, management, operations, and programs. The Project Manager will coordinate and manage a variety of project technical and operational tasks.

    The Project Manager will work with the SoCha Director of Programs, the activity’s Chief of Party, and the SoCha Director of Finance and Operations. The Project Manager will also support SoCha Home Office knowledge management and program management systems.

    As needed, the project manager will contribute and/or lead on other SoCha business development activities, as the company grows its operations across the Africa region. The Project Manager must be flexible, able to take direction, but also willing and able to initiate on tasks with little to no direction.

    The Project Manager must be able to overcome challenges, address client needs, and manage client and partner, sub-contractor relationships.


  • Kenya MSP Project Start-up and Management

  • Support the Director of Programs in start-up and execution of technical work
    Support development of workplan, AMELP and QASP
    Organize and support internal and/or external project launch activities and workshops
    creation and implementation of activity monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) and knowledge management systems to track work order activity, quality and timeliness.
  • Support project level reporting and weekly meetings
  • Oversee the planning and execution of other CLIN 1 deliverables such as M&V visits and MEL trainings
  • Monitor and report on overall progress against agreed targets, milestones, outputs and activities
  • Establish working relationships with the USAID/Kenya East Africa Mission SPA and technical offices.
  • Liaise with and respond to requests from home office, client, subcontractors and consultants.
  • Support the Director of Finance and Operations in matters pertaining to office and staff start-up
  • Support in the identification of temporary offices and build of permanent office
  • Support onboarding and mobilizing of LTTA and consultants – including SoWs, contract review, travel logistics, etc.
  • Support the mobilizing of local subcontractors
  • Monitor and maintain compliance with the contract

    Business Development

  • Provide support for SoCha business development in Africa.
  • Proposal writing and development of technical and cost
  • Identify, develop and maintain relationships with sub-contracting partners
  • Manage proposal efforts and provide guidance to internal and external team members
  • Support proposal recruitment efforts as needed
  • Support the development of proposal budgets and level of effort build-up
  • Participate in proposal reviews and recommend and execute changes as needed
  • Lead capture trips as necessary

    Home Office Support

  • May include supporting the development of home office knowledge management and program management systems.
  • As this position supports a contract with evolving needs and a growing home office, there may be other duties as assigned, outside of those listed above.

    Reports to: Director of Programs


  • A Master’s Degree in development studies, program management, public policy, or a related field
  • At least five years of progressively increasing responsibility working in international development in developing countries
  • Be a skilled team leader or coordinator who is actively engaged in all aspects of program management with strong interpersonal, analytical, and problem-solving skills and exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Preferably three years of experience in the technical fields of the activity: collaborating, learning and adapting, M&E, organizational learning and development, or strategy development
  • Ability to write compelling, client-facing, error-free text, on-demand in English
  • Experience proofreading and ensuring high quality for client deliverables within short timeframes
  • Excellent oral presentation skills, ability to communicate with client and manage client and partner relationships; sales or relationship management experience preferred
  • Experience living and working in East Africa, Kenya preferable
  • Experience working on USAID contracts and understanding of USG policies, regulations, and procedures, extensive knowledge of ADS 201
  • Experience contributing to, tracking, and ensuring high quality for contract deliverables such as work plans, AMELPs, monthly reporting, or contract compliance requirements

    How to Apply:

    Interested candidates must submit their CV by end of the day, Friday November 8, 2019.

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