Africa Lead II Capacity Building Adviser Job in Nairobi, Kenya – USAID Building Capacity June 2014


USAID Building Capacity for African Agricultural Transformation (Africa Lead II) Project
Scope of Work
Title: Africa Lead II Capacity Building Adviser
Location: Nairobi, Kenya (with in-country and periodic international travel)
Period of Performance: July 15, 2014 – September 30, 2018 (funding dependent)
Background: The USAID Building Capacity for African Agricultural Transformation (Africa Lead II) Project is a five-year effort to support and advance the agricultural transformation in Africa as proposed by the African Union Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Program (CAADP), while simultaneously contributing to the Feed the Future goals of reduced hunger and poverty, by building the capacity of men and women African leaders, institutions and stakeholders to develop, lead, and manage the structures needed for the transformation process. 

This project has three components:

1. The establishment of institutional/organizational architecture to lead African agriculture transformation at the national and regional levels, operating at the highest level of effectiveness;
2. The operationalization of capacity to manage policy change and alignment process; and
3. The effective participation and leading when necessary, of Non-State Actors (NSAs) in the CAADP process.
Responsibilities: The Capacity Building Adviser will have primary responsibility for leading capacity building and training programs to establish and improve effectiveness of institutional and organizational capacity in support of African-led agricultural transformation.
Specifically, the Capacity Building Adviser will:
Technical Delivery:
  • Establish a strategy to identify skills gaps in key institutions and organizations
  • Work with stakeholders and partners to increase the availability and use of evidence-based data
  • Provide training and mentoring to foster national and regional leaders
  • In collaboration with HQ, establish an approach for conducting Institutional Development Framework (IDF) and Organization Performance Improvement (OPI) analyses of organizations to which Africa Lead provides support
  • Facilitate IDF and OPI self assessment with organizations to which Africa Lead provides technical or financial support
  • Develop, vet and maintain a roster of Organizational Change and Institutional Development experts— international, regional and national (for target countries)— that can be used to guide institutional self assessments
Program Development and Management:
  • Work with the Senior Organizational Change/Institutional Development Specialist to develop a realistic but aggressive timeline for program delivery and to ensure timely implementation of the program
  • Identify likely barriers to program delivery and work with the Regional Director and Senior Organizational Change/Institutional Development Specialist on solutions
  • Contribute inputs for annual continent-wide Africa Lead workplans
  • Engage directly in training, mentoring and provision of technical assistance as appropriate
  • Review training curricula as developed by specialized training TA
  • Travel to counties as needed to engage in training, mentoring and provision of technical assistance
  • Attend national, regional and international workshops as appropriate and as approved by Regional Director to ensure access to relevant innovations and ideas that can extend and deepen program impact
  • Provide to Regional Director and Senior Organizational Change/Institutional Development Specialist weekly short bulleted list of priorities for upcoming week and accomplishments from previous week
  • Provide to Bethesda-based Knowledge, Learning and Communication Manager Kenya program input for quarterly and annual reports, and other required reports to USAID
  • Work with KLC team to identify KM/Learning products
  • Participate in weekly senior management meetings led by the Regional Director
  • Participate in weekly country program meetings led by the Senior Organizational Change / Institutional Development Specialist
Performance Criteria: Africa Lead II is a performance-based project, highly dependent on individuals and team core competencies.
Each staff member will participate in a semi-annual evaluation and receive feedback. 
Based on this evaluation, decisions related to promotion or salary increase will be made.
Supervision: The Capacity Building Adviser will report to the Senior Organizational Change / Institutional Development Specialist, and will collaborate closely with other members of the Senior Management Team—Technical, Country Programs, Finance/Administration, and Logistics—to ensure smooth coordination of activities.

Qualifications, Background and Experience:
Successful candidates will have strong interpersonal, leadership and management skills as well as relevant experience implementing programs to increase local capacity to improve food security. 
Specific experience and specialization in the following areas is required: government capacity building, agricultural policy reform and implementation, food security, public education/awareness, and/or monitoring and evaluation of food security programs.

  • An advanced degree in organizational change and institutional development, business management, public administration, or other relevant field
Work Experience:
  • Minimum of 5 years of technical experience in strategic planning, performance management, institutional capacity assessments and reviews, institutional change, capacity development, leadership, results management, and monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience in human and institutional capacity development, agricultural development, food security, policy reform and advocacy, and civil society/non-state actor development
  • Knowledge of recent Organizational Change and Institutional Development tools such as IDF, OCAT, OPI, especially as used by USAID
  • Previous experience on USAID or donor projects and experience in and knowledge of African development issues
  • Knowledge or understanding of social, economic, and political context governing food security issues in developing countries
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, creative problem solving, conflict and ethical management skills
  • Strong training, facilitation and communication skills
  • Computer literate in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software (Microsoft)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Fluent English language skills required
  • Proficiency in other languages preferable
If you believe you qualify for this job, kindly submit your CV and current/expected salary to

Only qualified candidates will be contacted. 
Deadline to submit your CV is July 1, 2014.


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