Africa Lead II East Africa Program Lead 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 East Africa Program Lead
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.
Given the vast scope, size and complexity of the proposed East Africa program, USAID/East Africa has asked Africa Lead to provide the services of a senior Nairobi-based Agricultural/Development Economist or Institutional Development expert on a full time basis to take responsibility for ensuring that the program is designed and delivered to foster a sustainable and objectively verifiably improved institutional architecture across the region for making, coordinating, reviewing and revising agriculture and food security policy.
While still being developed, the focus of Africa Lead’s East Africa program will be to build individual, institutional and cross-organizational capacity systems to effectively deliver food security and agriculture policies that will accelerate East Africa’s progress towards its CAADP and MDG goals.
Responsibilities: The East Africa Program Lead will have primary responsibility for delivering on the East Africa program, which will entail: establishing clear communication with USAID and the government; identifying and working with Africa Lead to use the services of individual specialists and organizations to provide services; coordinating with Africa Lead offices in Washington and West Africa, as needed, to secure access to top expertise; and coordinating with Africa Lead Knowledge, Learning and Communication staff to effectively measure output and impact of the program. 
Specifically, the East Africa Program Lead will:
Program Development and Management:
  • Work with USAID and government counterparts to provide initial structure and to continue to shape and reshape the program towards its primary objectives
  • Provide the technical content to scopes of work (SOWs) for sub-programs or for individuals or organizations needed periodically to help implement the program
  • Review individual candidates and proposals of organizational bidders for activities identified
  • In collaboration with Regional Director, have periodic meetings with USAID/East Africa to report on and review program progress
  • Work with the Regional Director 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 on solutions
  • Contribute East Africa program inputs for annual workplans
Capacity Building:
  • Engage directly in training, mentoring and provision of technical assistance as appropriate
  • Guide search, recruitment and on-boarding of TA for East Africa program
  • Review training curricula as developed by specialized training TA
  • Travel 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 Country Program Leader weekly short bulleted list of priorities for upcoming week and accomplishments from previous week
  • Provide to Bethesda-based Knowledge, Learning and Communication Manager East Africa program input for quarterly and other required reports to USAID
  • Work with KLC team to identify KM/Learning products based on the East Africa portfolio
  • Participate in weekly senior management meetings led by the Regional Director
  • Participate in weekly country program meetings led by the Country Program Leader
  • Attend meetings with counterpart projects to ensure coordination across projects
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 East Africa Program Lead will report to the Country Program Leader, and will collaborate closely with other members of the Senior Management Team — Technical, 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. 
Significant project management experience and leadership is highly desired.

  • Minimum Master’s degree required in agricultural or development economics, management, economics, social sciences, or other related field of study
Work Experience:
  • Applicants must have a minimum of 10 years of demonstrated leadership experience in the field of international development
  • Experience in institutional development and capacity building required
  • Proven experience in undertaking agricultural capacity building activities by developing national public and private sectors
  • Experience working with the private sector, civil society, media, and government sectors on communication strategies and monitoring and evaluation programs
  • Experience in technical writing is preferable
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to manage teams of professionals to produce key results
  • 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
  • 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 is an asset
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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