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Deputy Chief of Party/Power Africa Coordinator East Africa Energy Program (EAEP)

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Friday, 08:23
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Work Type
Full time
Job Level
Senior level
Minimum Qualification
Years Experience
10 years
Application Deadline
Nairobi CBD Nairobi

RTI is recruiting for the recently-awarded East Africa Energy Program (EAEP) whose objective is to improve performance of the power sector in Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, and up to six more countries. It will be managed out of Nairobi; the work will focus on electrical utility performance, increasing on-grid connections, increasing regional integration through the East Africa Power Pool, and improving national project planning and delivery. RTI’s work will begin in January 2019 and conclude December 2022.

DeputyChief of Party/Power Africa Coordinator’s Office Coordinator (DCOP/PACO Coordinator) is a mixed role responsible for all administrative, logistic, and financial aspects of the program while also serving as the point of contact for very significant and continuous engagement with USAID’s Power Africa Coordination Office (PACO) in Nairobi. As such, it requires not only admin, logistics, finance, and operational skills but extremely strong representational, diplomatic, and client skills as one of the project’s primary points of contact for USAID Power Africa. The position reports directly to the Chief of Party in Nairobi (COP).


Management and Administration

  • Serve as deputy to the COP, assisting him in management and decision-making and ensuring that project activities are meeting client and stakeholder expectations;
  • Oversee admin, finance, and support team consisting of at least 14 individuals covering finance, contracting, HR, procurement, office management, administration, accounting, communications, monitoring & evaluation, event planning, and training/capacity building functions
  • Oversight project operation reporting functions to ensure compliance with the terms of the agreement, including oversight to grants program;
  • Ensure adherence to RTI and USAID administration policies and procedures;
  • Oversee subcontract and/or grant to local partners; train and provide guidance to subcontract/grantee finance managers on managing project expense to annual work plan and contract budgets, as needed; ensure that all contractual documentation is complete and compliant with the terms of the reference in the contract.
  • Provide leadership and support during project start-up and close-out with regard to setting up the project office, operations and logistics, recruitment, on-boarding and staff administration, etc.;
  • Serve as the project liaison with human resources on employee relations matters and documentation for adverse events.

PACO Coordination

  • Serve as primary liaison to USAID and PACO, ensuring professional, respectful, responsive, and efficient communication while simultaneously assisting the COP to respond to requests.
  • Provide contractor’s support to PACO and USAID missions: ensure coordination, field requests for support and coordination.
  • Oversee services such as: aggregation and analysis of technical reports, procure and produce printed materials, books, sponsorship packages;
  • Oversee delivery of turnkey event hosting and management services.
  • Support delivery of talking points for USAID mission counterparts related to technical work implemented at the country level
  • Support PACO requests for communication in different channels and differing media; map stakeholders.
  • Support PACO coordination with other branches of the US government engaged through Power Africa; with private sector companies; and with other development partners such as the World Bank, African Development Bank, and IFC, etc.


  • Minimum of Master’s degree in public administration, financing, economics, accounting or a related field preferred. Bachelor's required;
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in operations management, with 5 years direct international work experience in developing countries with a Masters' degree; (Bachelor's degree with 14 years' experience in operations management , with 5 years' direct international work experience in developing countries will be considered);
  • Strong representational skills;
  • Prior experience managing administration / operations for large-scale USAID programs;
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skills, and/or experiences in financial planning and management, and procurement, among other management support areas/functions, as required;
  • Possess excellent organizational and analytical skills;
  • Demonstrated skills, abilities, and experiences to manage sub-contracts and sub-grants;
  • Excellent verbal and written English communications skills;
  • Willingness and ability to live and work in Nairobi, Kenya with travel within the African continent.

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

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