Closing Date: Thursday, 03 November 2011

Since 1963 and in 145 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services , enterprise development, community development and food security in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society. ACDI/VOCA currently has approximately 93 projects in 40 countries and revenues of $124 million.

Program Manager, Kenya

ACDI/VOCA is recruiting for a Program Manager for an anticipated USAID-funded 3-year post-harvest storage and drying program based in Nairobi, Kenya. The project will complete the design and prototyping of a low-cost maize storage container in conjunction with manufacturing partners in SSA. The program aims to field-test the container in multiple locations in the region; assess its efficacy against pests ranging from insects to microbes; perform market validation; test-market the container in these countries; and develop a commercialization strategy based on results of test marketing. Extension, education, outreach strategies, and collateral materials will be developed in parallel with commercialization efforts, so that farmers and other users are programmatically educated in proper drying and storage practices at the time of deployment. The project will begin with a regional focus in East Africa. Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda, and Ethiopia have all been mentioned as potential focal countries.

Responsibilities:

    The Program Manager is responsible for overseeing the management of assigned projects and activities based out of Nairobi, Kenya.
    Ensure program funding mechanism rules and regulations are followed according to donor and partner expectations.
    Provide ongoing oversight, assistance, support and leadership to ensure project deliverables are achieved.
    Monitor quality of project documents, including technical papers, and review and write as necessary.
    Technical oversight of post-harvest handling storage pilots, commercialization strategies, methodologies and associated business models.
    Prepare, edit, and disseminate project related reports and documents as necessary.
    Participate in weekly calls with headquarters and technical director and communicate regularly about field operations.
    Provide guidance and management for grants under contract
    Direct the development and implementation of ACDI/VOCA agricultural production and livelihood activities.
    In collaboration with partner staff, design and implement behavior change activities and programs that lead to measurable impact.
    Provide technical assistance to ACDI/VOCA staff members and partner organization staff.
    Contribute to the development of reports for the donor, the host country and/or ACDI/VOCA
    Represent ACDI/VOCA during meetings with USAID Mission personnel, U.S. Embassy staff, host-country government officials, international organizations, indigenous and international NGOs, international donors, and others interested in the project's activities.
    Ensure that all project activities are in compliance with USAID environmental rules and regulations.
    Conduct periodic supervisory visits to project sites.

    Qualifications:
    Master's degree required
    10+ years of related experience with USAID or donor-funded programs in agribusiness required.
    Field experience in project management required.
    5 years of experience in donor program management required.
    Technical knowledge of post-harvest handling and storage in commodity value chains required.
    Experience in developing and monitoring budgets over $4 million.
    Knowledge of Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
    Conversational ability in Swahili preferred.
    African nationals encouraged to apply.

    Please apply online at www.acdivoca.org No phone calls please. Only finalists contacted. Women and minorities encouraged to apply. EOE.

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