Location: Nairobi, Kenya


The Yes Youth Can initiative is an upcoming USAID program that focuses on building youth-owned, youth-led and youth-managed institutional arrangements and capabilities at both national and county levels.

The Yes Youth Can Program has five objectives:
  1. increase economic prospects for youth through skills development and access to finance to create: economically viable microenterprises; self-reliant community level economic development projects, and; employment opportunities
  2. improve youth voice in local, regional, and national policy dialogue through enhanced advocacy capabilities and inter-ethnic dialogue
  3. expand youth access to essential services that are more youth-friendly
  4. establish new institutional arrangements that can leverage public and private resources through youth-managed organizations; and
  5. create a new approach to empower youth through youth-owned, youth-led and youth-managed actions.
Mercy Corps Kenya has been responding to the violence in Kenya following disputed presidential elections in December 2007 through the Local Empowerment for Peace (LEAP) program in Rift Valley province.

LEAP is working with communities especially affected by the violence to build the capacity local level Peace Committees and stimulate dialogue on the underlying causes of conflict. The project has a strong Youth focus through cash-fork programming for at-risk beneficiaries and longer-term income generation activities for youth-led microenterprises.

The sister program, LEAP Sport is supporting more than 3,000 inter-ethnic sports teams with training in teamwork, cooperation, reconciliation, and non-violent conflict resolution.

General Position Summary:

The Chief of Party (COP) – “Yes Youth Can” is a senior level position with Mercy Corps Kenya. S/he will be responsible for providing program guidance, oversight, and management of an upcoming USAID-funded project whose overall objective is to support recovery and development in areas that experienced post-election violence or are at risk to experience election-related violence in the future.

This will be accomplished through building the capacity of youth, youth groups and youth-serving organizations to engage with each other, with markets, government and communities, and pursue their legitimate needs and interests more effectively while promoting inter-ethnic understanding and tolerance.

Given the multifaceted character of the circumstances Kenyan youth face, the activities contemplated to support youth development must be integrated, multi-sectoral and mutually reinforcing.

The COP of Yes Youth Can will directly manage project staff and will work closely with them to ensure high quality and the timely implementation of activities.

The level of oversight will require traveling to field sites, representation, and coordination with project partners and external stakeholders, such as local and international NGOs, CBOs, business groups, and local and central government authorities.

The successful candidate will be expected to lead the development of creative new programming for youth and reconciliation drawing on best practices from other countries and programs with a focus on building local capacities. Additionally, strong emphasis will be placed on the provision of mentoring leadership and advice to project staff.

Essential Job Functions:
  • Lead the overall design, management, and reporting to the donor on all components related to the project;
  • Provide technical oversight in establishing a youth-owned, youth-led and youth-managed fund that can support local solutions for community economic development while it grows in value.
  • Promote economically viable youth enterprises with new finance products and methodologies, as well as development of new skills to facilitate livelihood development and employment.
  • Network youth, youth groups, and youth-serving organizations and strengthen their linkages with all relevant development actors so that their undertakings are both economically and politically self-sustainable, and promote ethnic tolerance.
  • Support broader based youth policy development to create a more enabling environment for youth enterprises, youth employment and youth civic engagement.
  • Management and mentorship of local program staff and other partners, gradually transferring skills and capacities;
  • Representation and coordination with donor, local governance institutions, local partners, private sector, and other project stakeholders;
  • Regular reporting to the Mercy Corps Country Director and donor on program progress, ensuring that required deliverables are met in a timely fashion;
  • Engage and develop joint initiatives with government, community leaders, NGOs, private sector and other stakeholders, providing heightened exposure and maximizing impact of the project;
  • Work with project staff on an ongoing basis to ensure smooth planning, preparation, implementation and joint monitoring and evaluation of program activities and achievements towards project goals.
Organizational Learning

As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve - we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Accountability to Beneficiaries

Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Supervisory Responsibility: Overall supervision of the Yes Youth Can program team including expatriate and national staff; and local and international sub-grantees.

Accountability:

Reports Directly To: Mercy Corps Kenya Country Director

Works Directly With: Deputy Chief of Party, Yes Youth Can Rift Valley and Central province CoP (program I), Operations/Finance Staff

Knowledge and Experience:
  • MA/S or equivalent in management, international development, business, finance or related field required.
  • Successful record of accomplishments in establishing and/or managing a large investment fund that provides direct grants, loans through financial intermediaries, and technical assistance ranging from $5,000 to $100,000, preferably to youth groups and youth organizations. Managing Director level experience preferred.
  • Experience with applying a robust business model to expand a fund’s resource base and attract financial support and strategic partnerships from a variety of development partners and the government.
  • Minimum ten years experience in finance, , as well as a strong background in institution-building and management required. .
  • Minimum of 10 years experience in international development; Kenya experience highly preferred.;
  • 5 years of field management experience.
  • COP or senior-level leadership required of a $20 million or more sized donor-funded project.;
  • Technical expertise in youth self-employment and youth enterprises development Technical expertise in decentralized public administration and planning.
  • Experience managing youth, conflict/reconciliation, job skills/employment and/or civic education programs.;
  • Experience with USAID rules, regulations and requirements.
  • History of working effectively and respectfully with host government, NGOs, contractors and other partners.;
  • Ability to effectively convey programmatic goals, enlist partnerships, and work with a range of program and external stakeholders.;
Success Factors:
  • Innovative, decisive and inclusive leadership approach
  • Demonstrated experience with involving youth in transparent decision making, leadership, and management processes.
  • Creative and insightful as regards programming for youth and reconciliation
  • Excellent communication and team-building techniques
  • Proven experience managing and building capacity of diverse teams (expatriate and national)
  • Cultural knowledge, sensitivity and respect
  • Commitment to oversee project for its duration
Living /Environmental Conditions:

The position is based in Nairobi, Kenya. Nairobi is an accompanied post for spouse and children. Nairobi is a major metropolitan center with world class healthcare and excellent education options.

Mercy Corps provides expatriate staff with a housing allowance that covers rent, utilities, and security for comfortable accommodations in safe areas of the city. Telephone and internet access is available and there are dozens of excellent restaurants along with easy transport links to the rest of Africa and Europe.

Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Staff are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

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The Mama and Mwangi Trust (“theTrust”) is a charitable institution whose objects are aimed at the acquisition, preservation and sharing of the Agikuyu: heritage, culture, history, language, commerce, industry and wealth generation or creation; and socio-political, spiritual, ideological and philosophical heritage.

The Trust seeks to recruit a Chief Executive Officer to provide the Trust’s Board of Directors (the Board) with technical and strategic management support.

Key Responsibilities:
  • To support, coordinate and manage on a day to day basis the Board’s capacity and strategic efforts in actualizing the vision of the Founders of the Trust, and its objects.
  • To provide technical assistance to the Board in formulating, implementing, and reviewing the Trust’s strategic plan, and management policies, strategies and systems.
  • To provide technical assistance to the Board in formulating, implementing, and reviewing the Trust’s budget and financial management policies, strategies and systems, and in resource mobilization in support of the Trust’s objects and activities.
  • To assist the Board in recruiting and orienting, and provide strategic and effective leadership to the Trust’s Management Committee, which is mandated with the day-to-day management of the Trust, and any centres or institutions established in accordance with the Deed establishing the Trust.
  • To lead, mentor, develop and manage the persons to be recruited by the Management Committee to assist in the running of the Trust, and any centres or institutions established in accordance with the Deed establishing the Trust.
Qualifications and experiences:
  • A Masters degree or the equivalent in Anthropology or Business, Commerce and / or Administration or related field. A PhD degree qualification may be an added advantage.
  • Strong management and leadership skills with a high degree of accountability.
  • Demonstrate good working knowledge and experience in developing and implementing strategic plans, and management policies, strategies and systems.
  • Demonstrate broad knowledge of the UNESCO Convention for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage, and UNESCO’s historical and current efforts, activities and work in the protection of intangible cultural heritage, cultural diversity and human creativity.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and consultative skills, with the ability to interact with and Influence senior people in private and public sectors.
  • Highly analytic and strategic with the ability to appreciate the big picture and context, and effectively implement the same in practical terms.
  • Knowledge of or a demonstrable keen interest in acquiring, preserving and sharing knowledge of Agikuyu: traditions, culture, history, language, commerce, industry and wealth generation or creation; and socio-political, spiritual, ideological and philosophical heritage shall be an added advantage.
Personal attributes:
  • A highly self-driven, motivated and disciplined person preferably in the thirties, who has a desire to achieve set goals.
  • A person of integrity and good moral rectitude, strong character and responsible principled qualities.
  • Innovative, assertive and able to work with or under minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work under pressure with persons of multi-racial backgrounds, and deliver quality results within strict timelines.
  • Well conversant with current ICT systems and processes.
Applicants must state their current remuneration, and state their expected compensation package, in the application. A competitive contract commensurate with the qualifications and experiences of the successful candidate will be offered.

Please send your application by e-mail to jobs@mainanamwangitrust.or.ke clearly marked “Chief Executive Officer” on the subject line, so as to reach the Trust on or before April 30,2011

The application should attach your detailed CV and copies of your certificates and testimonials, indicating daytime telephone number, address and details of three (3) referees (a senior relative, a past or current professional colleague, and a contemporary).

Short-listed candidates will be required to provide original copies of their certificates and testimonials for verification.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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Location: Nairobi, Kenya

The Yes Youth Can initiative is an upcoming USAID program that focuses on building youth-owned, youth-led and youth-managed institutional arrangements and capabilities at both national and county levels.

The Yes Youth Can Program has five objectives:
  1. increase economic prospects for youth through skills development and access to finance to create: economically viable microenterprises; self-reliant community level economic development projects, and; employment opportunities
  2. improve youth voice in local, regional, and national policy dialogue through enhanced advocacy capabilities and inter-ethnic dialogue
  3. expand youth access to essential services that are more youth-friendly
  4. establish new institutional arrangements that can leverage public and private resources through youth-managed organizations; and
  5. create a new approach to empower youth through youth-owned, youth-led and youth-managed actions.
Mercy Corps Kenya has been responding to the violence in Kenya following disputed presidential elections in December 2007 through the Local Empowerment for Peace (LEAP) program in Rift Valley province.

LEAP is working with communities especially affected by the violence to build the capacity local level Peace Committees and stimulate dialogue on the underlying causes of conflict.

The project has a strong Youth focus through cash-fork programming for at-risk beneficiaries and longer-term income generation activities for youth-led microenterprises. The sister program, LEAP Sport is supporting more than 3,000 inter-ethnic sports teams with training in teamwork, cooperation, reconciliation, and non-violent conflict resolution.

General Position Summary:

The Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP) – “Yes Youth Can” will work under the direction of the Chief of Party (CoP) and provide oversight of all Yes Youth Can activities. The DCoP is responsible for ensuring compliance with all donor regulations as well as Mercy Corps policies and procedures.

The DCOP of Yes Youth Can will directly manage project staff and will work closely with them to ensure high quality and the timely implementation of activities. The level of oversight will require traveling to field sites, representation, and coordination with project partners and external stakeholders, such as local and international NGOs, CBOs, business groups, and local and central government authorities.

Essential Job Functions:
  • Lead program operations, compliance and reporting to the donor on all components related to the project;
  • Work with the CoP and Program Managers to develop future strategy for the program and ensure that it continues to meet USAID requirements and standards.
  • Engage in donor and government communication as necessary
  • Oversee and monitor program spending in appropriate program areas on a monthly basis; ensure that the program spends within budget at all times, and report any anomalies in a timely manner;
  • Ensure that project performance is evaluated effectively, including coordinating internal and external performance review;
  • Communicate any security concerns and relay security regulations to staff;
  • Management and mentorship of local program staff and other partners, gradually transferring skills and capacities;
  • Representation and coordination with donor, local governance institutions, local partners, private sector, and other project stakeholders;
  • Regular reporting to the Chief of Party and donor on program progress, ensuring that required deliverables are met in a timely fashion;
  • Provide cover for the CoP, in his/her absence
  • Engage and develop joint initiatives with government, community leaders, NGOs, private sector and other stakeholders, providing heightened exposure and maximizing impact of the project;
  • Oversee project logistics management, ensuring required program/project supplies reach the field and are purchased in accordance with donor and Mercy Corps policy
  • Work with project staff on an ongoing basis to ensure smooth planning, preparation, implementation and joint monitoring and evaluation of program activities and achievements towards project goals.
Organizational Learning

As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve - we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Accountability to Beneficiaries

Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Supervisory Responsibility: Overall supervision of the finance and operations staff on the program team including expatriate and national staff; and local and international sub-grantees.

Accountability:

Reports Directly To: Yes Youth Can Chief of Party

Works Directly With: Chief of Party, Yes Youth Can CoP Rift Valley and Central Province (program I), Operations/Finance Staff

Knowledge and Experience:
  • MA/S or equivalent in social science, management, international development or other relevant field.
  • 5 to 7 years experience in international development;
  • Strong understanding of USAID compliance issues.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English, including report development, writing and editing.
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation
  • Proven program leadership, management, project planning, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • History of working effectively and respectfully with host government, NGOs, contractors and other partners;
  • Ability to effectively convey programmatic goals, enlist partnerships, and work with a range of program and external stakeholders;
  • Experience managing youth, conflict/reconciliation, job skills/employment and/or civic education programs preferred
Success Factors:
  • Innovative, decisive and inclusive leadership approach
  • Creative and insightful as regards programming for youth and reconciliation
  • Excellent communication and team-building techniques
  • Proven experience managing and building capacity of diverse teams (expatriate and national)
  • Cultural knowledge, sensitivity and respect
  • Commitment to oversee project for its duration
Living /Environmental Conditions:

The position is based in Nairobi, Kenya. Nairobi is an accompanied post for spouse and children. Nairobi is a major metropolitan center with world class healthcare and excellent education options.

Mercy Corps provides expatriate staff with a housing allowance that covers rent, utilities, and security for comfortable accommodations in safe areas of the city. Telephone and internet access is available and there are dozens of excellent restaurants along with easy transport links to the rest of Africa and Europe.

Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Staff are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
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Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a nonprofit international health organization with over four decades of experience strengthening health systems, local capacity and institutions.

MSH takes a comprehensive approach to improving health to achieve scalability, lasting impact, and sustainability.

Our mission is to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health.

MSH would like to invite suitably qualified and experienced candidates to join its team on a new 5 year CSO Institutional Strengthening project.

This project will strengthen the technical and institutional capacity of CSOs to enable them to deliver quality health and related social services through strengthened health systems.

This project will also strengthen the national level Kenyan NGOs, CSOs and / or CSO networks to provide national level advocacy for inclusion of CSOs in policy making and strategy development for increased health service delivery to the communities.

The project is expected to operate primarily at the national level with appropriate linkages to the district and community levels as part of the overall Implementation Framework for the Health Sector.

These positions are subject to project award.

Chief of Party (COP)

The COP is responsible for the leadership and management of this project in Kenya. He / She will serve as the primary project liaison of MSH to the donor and Government.

He / She will also ensure the achievement of results and accountability whilst leading the delivery of technical assistance to meet all projects objectives.

He / She will possess a minimum of 10 years senior-level experience designing, implementing, and managing large, complex, CSO Institutional Strengthening programs in Kenya or in the region. Previous Chief of Party/ Project Director level experience especially for USAID funded programs is required.

Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) / Senior Technical Advisor (STA)

The DCOP/ STA work in close collaboration with the COP and serves as a member of the Project Management Team. He / She designs and oversees all technical capacity building aspects of the project and works with the COP, M&E staff and Organizational Development Technical Advisors to track the progress of performance-based arrangements for sub grantees.

Advanced degree in public health or another relevant technical area. At least ten (10) years of experience designing, implementing and managing health programs in Kenya with substantial knowledge and experience in Kenya building capacity for NGOs and CSOs. Experience with USAID and PEPFAR donor projects desired.

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Director

The M&E Director is responsible for leading the development and implementation of a plan to monitor progress, evaluate effectiveness, and disseminate results of both CSO and Project activities and innovations.

Masters degree in public health, demography, epidemiology, health administration, program evaluation or equivalent. Minimum 5 years experience in monitoring and evaluation of USG – funded health and/or HIV/AIDS programs, including the use of data to inform decision making, planning, resource allocation and other strategic initiatives.

Director; Finance, Grants and Administration

The Director of Finance, Grants & Administration is responsible for overseeing the administrative and financial management and accountability requirements of the project including providing grants to national-level CSOs.

Masters Degree in Business Administration / Management or equivalent relevant experience. Extensive experience with USAID contracting, including performance-based contracts essential. 10 or more years experience in finance, grants and administrative management of country specific programs focused on Institutional Strengthening.

Strong understanding of USAID Grant and Contracts policies and regulations required.

To apply for any of these positions, please visit the Employment Opportunities section of our website at www.jobs-msh.icims.com

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

If you cannot apply online, or have difficulty doing so, please email an explanation of your problem to iRecruiterproblem@msh.org

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