Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa

The Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa is a not-for-profit sub-regional organization of the National Agricultural Research Institutes of eleven countries: Burundi, D.R. Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

Their mission is promoting economic growth, fighting poverty, reducing hunger and enhancing resources through regional collective action in agricultural research for development.

For additional details on ASARECA please visit http://www.asareca.org/.

Deputy Executive Director, Programmes

Reporting to the Executive Director, the DED will be responsible for leading and coordinating the technical programme arm of the ASARECA Secretariat which entails planning, coordinating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating regional agricultural research programmes for the development portfolio.

The DED will also deputize the office of the Executive Director and represent him/her in regional and international forums.

A highly-strategic thinker, you have demonstrated success as a leader of operations, programs and teams. Your excellent organizational skills ensure a flexible yet results driven approach.

Your superior interpersonal and communication skills have qualified you as a highly diplomatic negotiator and consensus builder amongst diverse groups of stakeholders. You are respected as an inclusive and empathetic leader and bring strong business and financial acumen to the role.

Candidates will be expected to hold a PhD qualification in Agricultural Sciences or any other agricultural related field and at least fifteen years technical agricultural research experience, 5 of which should be in a senior management and coordination role.

The initial term is a two-yearcontract, renewable on performance, with a basic salary package of $66,420-80,544 per annum plus allowances including housing, transport, security and education assistance for school-going children up to first degree as well as a medical cover for staff and dependents.

ASARECA is committed to gender mainstreaming and female candidates are encouraged to apply. To apply in confidence, please forward your CV and a letter of introduction to tfoster@renaudfoster.comor npoirier@renaudfoster.com by 27 January 2012.

All submissions will be acknowledged.

Full job particulars can be found at www.renauldfoster.ca or www.asareca.org

This position is open to citizens of the 11 ASARECA member countries, only.

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Meru North Farmers Sacco Ltd is a fast growing SACCO in terms of member base and business in general.

To match this growth the SACCO is seeking to recruit six Management Trainees with the following qualities;

1) A Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or Commerce or Co-operative Management, majoring in accounts or marketing or audit

2) Computer literate

3) Good leadership, communication and interpersonal skills

4) Innovative and highly motivated

5) A Diploma in Co-operative Management will be an added advantage

Applicants who meet the above requirements are requested to send their applications, CV, and relevant copies of certificates and testimonials not later than 27th January, 2012 to:

The C.E.O,
Meru North Farmers Sacco Ltd
P.O Box 353-60600
Maua.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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Post Title: Thematic Resource Persons

Consultant: Short-Term Consultant (Individual Contractors)

Agency / Project Name: UNDP Kenya / Amkeni WaKenya Facility

1. General Background

Amkeni WaKenya is a UNDP led facility set up to promote democratic governance in Kenya. The name “Amkeni WaKenya” is inspired by the second stanza of the National Anthem that calls upon all Kenyans to arise and actively participate in nation building.

Amkeni WaKenya was established in July 2008, then known as the “Civil Society Democratic Governance Facility (CSDGF)” and works through Civil Society Organizations in the areas of democracy, human rights, governance reforms, and the integration of a rights based approach in social and economic reforms in Kenya.

Participating development partners include the Royal Netherlands Embassy (RNE), the Embassy of Sweden Embassy of Norway, the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

At the time of inception Amkeni WaKenya operated on the basis of three pillars, namely grant making, capacity building and learning & knowledge management; however these pillars have now been modified and are known as programme delivery methodologies.

AMKENI WAKENYA is thus seeking Thematic Resource Persons to facilitate trainings and drafting of research papers and training materials for Amkeni WaKenya partner CSOs with a view to addressing their gaps relating to thematic knowledge and competencies.

2. Objectives of the Assignment

To enhance thematic and technical knowledge and competencies of Amkeni WaKenya partner organizations in the areas of devolution, human rights, access to justice and electoral processes

3. The Task

AMKENI WAKENYA is seeking consultants to facilitate trainings and drafting of research papers and training materials for Amkeni WaKenya partner CSOs on devolution, human rights access to justice and electoral processes.

The consultants will work under the guidance of the Capacity Building Specialist and will be required to work with designated officers within Amkeni WaKenya Programme Management Unit (PMU).

4. Scope of Work and Responsibilities

The scope of work for this ToR shall include but not be limited to:

I. Participate in periodic or on-demand review of Amkeni WaKenya capacity assessment tools on thematic knowledge and competencies.

II. Undertake capacity assessments for CSO partners on varied aspects of thematic knowledge and competencies

III. As Resource Persons, facilitate capacity building interventions (training workshops, seminars and roundtable discussions) under guidance of the Capacity Building Specialist

IV. Write researched papers and training materials on thematic issues (some of which may be the subject of capacity building interventions).

V. Participate in reviews of capacity building interventions

VI. Draft training materials on thematic areas

VII. The Assignment will at times entail travel outside Nairobi at short notice

5. Deliverables
  • The Consultants shall deliver capacity intervention reports (for capacity building activities assigned to them).
  • Submission of concept papers, research papers and training materials as may be required
  • Successful delivery of capacity interventions using participatory methods; e.g. conducting a participatory training workshop, seminar or roundtable and providing training materials as well.
  • Submission of quality reports documenting the interventions.
  • Submission of quality draft training materials
6. Provision of Monitoring and Progress Controls

The Consultants shall be reporting to the Capacity Building Specialist in Amkeni WaKenya Facility.

7. Duration of Assignment, Duty Station and Expected Places of Travel

The Consultants will be contracted up to December 5th 2012. Some travel outside Nairobi might be required during the duration of the assignment.

8. Consultant Presence Required on Duty Station/UNDP Premises


Consultants will work from Amkeni WaKenya or any other location as may be called upon

9. Qualifications, Skills & Experience

The Consultants selected will have the following expertise:
  • Minimum - Masters University Degree in Arts, Law, Human Rights or equivalent
  • S/he should have 4 years’ experience of institutional capacity development interventions targeting civil society organizations in Kenya or in East African Region, in either or combination of the following thematic areas; devolution, human rights, access to justice and/or electoral processes
  • Good knowledge of civil society organizations in the democratic governance sector in Kenya or East Africa
  • Excellent facilitation and training skills
  • Excellent track record in academic writing and publications
  • Experience in undertaking similar assignments in Kenya
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
10. Application Procedure

Interested and qualified candidates should submit their applications with the subject clearly marked as follows: Amkeni WaKenya- Thematic Resource Persons

Please complete a current P11 form, CVs (3 pages Maximum per CV) containing a comprehensive profile of similar or comparable consultancies and referees to: consultants.ken@undp.org to reach us on or before 20thJanuary 2012.

The full Terms of Reference (TOR) and requirements can be viewed by visiting the UNDP website:

www.ke.undp.org/index.php/procurements and the Amkeni WaKenya website:

www.amkeniwakenya.org/index.php/procurements

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Jhpiego - Kenya - an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University - is seeking consultants to complete the final external evaluation of the 3-year USAID funded ACCESS Uzima project which began in March 2009 and will end in March 2012.

The evaluation will include three separate components, namely:

a)Sharing of Best practices and lessons learned / Capacity strengthening of the DRH in RH/FP and DOMC in MIP- ;

b) Improved quality of Maternal and Neonatal Health services in Bondo District- Nyanza and

c) Capacity of NASCOP and DRH strengthened in PMTCT, PWP, IS/MWM and HTC.

The purpose of the three separate evaluations will be to document the effectiveness and efficiency of the project in achieving the project goals and objectives for each result area.

Analysis about what has worked and what has not worked will inform the organization, its partners and stakeholders in refining and revising future strategies and projects.

Each consultancy will be for a maximum of 20 working days and must be completed between 23rd January and18th February 2012.

Deliverables will include:
  • An inception report
  • Soft copy of all data collection tools.
  • Soft and hard copies of draft and final written report(s) (max 50 pages)
  • A shareable PowerPoint presentation summarizing key findings
The consultant(s) will be selected based upon the following Criteria:
  • Previous experience in project evaluation with other reputable organizations
  • Extensive experience in public health project management, especially USAID funded projects
  • At least a Masters degree in Public Health or equivalent professional experience
  • Excellent interpersonal, and communication skills, both oral and written
  • Impeccable references
Terms of reference for the program evaluation can be accessed from the following website link: www.accessuzima.or.ke/content/terms_reference_access_uzima_
end_program_evaluation

Interested individuals may submit a proposal document which should include:
  • A cover letter outlining experience and qualifications
  • Statement of consultancy - include how the evaluator(s) meet the required competences, confirmation of his/her date of availability,
  • The daily rate in Kenya Shillings, and references of previous evaluations. Note: Travel and accommodation costs will be provided by the ACCESS Uzima project.
  • An updated CV, and list of contactable references
Proposals should be submitted electronically to hr-kenya@jhpiego.net with a copy to Dr. Nancy Kidula - nkidula@jhpiego.net no later than (Nairobi, Kenya) close of business on 13th of January 2012 and include “ACCESS Uzima End of Program Evaluation” on the subject line of the e-mail.

Access Uzima is not bound to accept any proposal or give reasons for its decision.

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