Chief of Party-DFSA Kenya

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 1 February 2019
  • Kenya
  • Closing on 2 March 2019

Job Description

Job Title: Chief of Party II – USAID Food for Peace Kenya Development Food Security Activity (DFSA)
Department: Kenya
Reports To: Country Representative
Note: This position is contingent upon grant and candidate approvals by the donor.

Background
CRS will be submitting a proposal in response to the 2019 USAID Food for Peace (FFP) Development Food Security Activities (DFSA) Request for Applications (RFA). CRS Kenya will serve as the prime on the application and will develop the proposal in consortium with other international non-governmental organizations, local implementing partners, and international/national research institutions. The overarching goal of this multi-sectoral activity is to sustainably reduce levels of acute malnutrition in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), focusing on Isiolo, Marsabit, Samburu and Turkana counties. The estimated timeframe for this program is October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2024.

The activity will be implemented in two phases:
* Phase I (1.5-2 years) Research, test approaches and collaboratively design a context-sensitive, multi-sectoral activity that sustainably reduces acute malnutrition
* Phase II (3- 3.5 years): Activity Implementation and System and Institutional Strengthening

CRS Kenya seeks a Chief of Party (COP) to be responsible for the overall management and representation of the DFSA and oversee achievement of project deliverables. The COP will be the primary liaison with USAID and will manage project staff and implementing partners to ensure proper reporting, financial management, and compliance The COP is expected to coordinate with county and national government and other stakeholders to ensure activities complement ongoing initiatives and adhere to both national priorities and global best practices.

Qualifications and Skills:
* Master’s degree in development studies, international relations, agriculture, nutrition, public health, business administration or related field. PhD preferred.
* A minimum of 10 years of progressively increasing management responsibility in international projects required, including experience in operational research, institutional capacity building nutrition or food security.
* Demonstrated experience in leading adaptive management and learning techniques.
* 7 years experience managing donor funds, including multi country grants. Excellent knowledge and experience in budget management.
* 5 years of staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment. Experience coaching and mentoring senior program staff.
* Must have demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded programs, stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.
* Previous experience managing multi-sector programs focused on reducing acute malnutrition strongly preferred.
* Must demonstrate understanding and commitment to importance of gender and youth issues in food security and nutrition programming, as well as within staff and management.
* Must have demonstrated experience building institutional capacity of government partners.
* Prior Chief of Party experience effectively managing a large complex USAID-funded development program required; USAID Food for Peace COP experience strongly preferred.
* Proven leadership and interpersonal skills; ability to build and motivate diverse and talented teams.
* Proven experience in managing complex consortium or partnership relationships required.
* Demonstrated cultural sensitivity, patience and flexibility.
* Understanding of and experience with faith-based organizations, local church structures, and accompaniment and capacity-building principles in local partnerships desired.
* Ability to travel nationally and internationally as required.
* Excellent English oral and written communication skills required.
* Experience working in a variety of developing environments required; Kenya experience highly preferred.
* Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget management systems.

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Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS's Agriculture and Livelihoods team supports farming communities using our Pathway to Prosperity approach, which enables rural families to increase their productivity within sustainable landscapes, achieve a living income and build more resilient communities.

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