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Chief of Party

Posted at
12. Jul, 14:27
Company Industry
Work Type
Full time
Job Level
Management level
Minimum Qualification
Years Experience
15 years
Application Deadline
Unknown Unknown

Project: Safeguarding Democratic Space in Kenya (SADES-K)

Location: Nairobi, Kenya.

FHI 360 is a global development organization with a rigorous, evidence-based approach. Our professional staff includes experts in health, nutrition, education, economic development, civil society, environment and research. FHI 360 operates from 60 offices with 4,400 staff in the U.S. and around the world. Our commitment to partnerships at every level and our multidisciplinary approach enable us to have a lasting impact on the individuals, communities and countries we serve–improving lives for millions. We seek qualified candidates for the position of Chief of Party based in the Nairobi, Kenya office to lead the SCS Global activity. Safeguarding Democratic Space in Kenya (SADES-K).

Project Description

The new activity, Safeguarding Democratic Space in Kenya (SADES-K) will be implemented from 2018 to 2021. The overall goal of SADES-K is to enhance Kenya’s ability to hold a national conversation on reforms and national cohesion, and to safeguard democratic gains, including protecting civic space, respect for human rights and observance of rule of law.

Position Description

The Chief of Party (COP) will be responsible for providing overall vision, leadership and guidance of the project. The COP will be the project’s senior supervisor in Kenya and will oversee all aspects of program performance, both technical and managerial. Under the supervision of the Home Office, the COP will serve as the project’s principal contact point for USAID, and will also be the project’s main contact for political stakeholders and civil society. The COP will supervise the recruitment, hiring, and supervision of all local staff and consultants. S/he will have overall responsibility in the areas of operations, administration, logistics, procurement, budgeting, and financial accounting.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Oversee and generally manage the entire Agreement from Nairobi, Kenya;
  • Ensure the activity is coordinated and implemented in an effective and cohesive manner;
  • Manage the preparation and presentation of work plans, M&E plans, and all reports.
  • Serve as the primary interlocutor with USAID/KEA;
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for information on the progress and current status of all activities under the project.
  • Liaise with other donor-funded programs supporting Kenya’s Building Bridges Initiative to ensure complementarity and to avoid duplication; and
  • Liaise with other relevant U.S. Government programs to ensure coordination and effective and efficient use of U.S. Government resources.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in international development, international relations, political science, law, public administration, conflict management or other related field.
  • 15 years of relevant professional and progressive experience in managing development assistance, including field experience in governance reforms, political advocacy, peacebuilding/conflict and civil society programs.
  • Proven record of excellent management, leadership, and decision-making skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and navigate politically sensitive terrain;
  • Familiarity with USAID programming, rules and regulations; experience in managing USAID funded programs in Kenya and/or Africa is desired.
  • Extensive networks within Kenyan civic and political sectors.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

Applications are invited from qualified persons for the above vacant position.

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