Chief of Party, Kenya Youth Workforce

Position Summary: RTI’s Governance and Economic Development (GED) Division pursues innovative approaches and builds on best practices to create the foundation for and to promote democratic governance and economic development. 
Working alongside global partners, public institutions, the private sector, and civil society, we help build more effective, accountable, and responsive institutions and policies at the national, regional, and local levels of government. 


We provide cutting-edge research and technical assistance in a wide range of areas including agriculture, SME finance and development, work force development and global value chains, business environment, impact evaluation, innovation, survey research and statistics. 
Our clients include U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID), World Bank, and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

The GED Division is currently accepting applications for Chief of Party (COP) for five year USAID-funded project in Kenya focused on youth and workforce development.

The project will enhance employability of Kenyan youth through:
  • improved technical, vocational, and business skills;
  • improved effectiveness of employment information, counseling, and job placement;
  • increased awareness and utilization of financial services.
This is a full-time position based in Nairobi, Kenya.

The COP is responsible for leading all aspects of project performance, providing technical guidance to all tasks under the project, and representing the project’s activities as a whole to external audiences. 

He/She will ensure close collaboration and teamwork across the project components to make sure they complement each other; and be responsible for the day-to-day operational oversight and administration of the program.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for overall management of the project including technical, administrative, operational and logistical management.
  • Responsible for leading the strategic planning for the program, including annual work plans; ensure close coordination with USAID COR and program partners and stakeholders.
  • Foster and maintain effective, professional relations with a broad range of government counterparts, private sector, education and training institutions, local organizations, and other donors.
  • Confer with USAID management on strategic issues to maximize impact and scale, minimize costs, and maximize efficiency and sustainability in achieving project requirements. Serve as primary liaison with USAID, the Government of Kenya and RTI home office.
  • Oversee project management, technical work, scheduling, and deadlines associated with the project.  
  • Ability to prioritize and assign specific tasks and duties as necessary to fulfill deliverables.
  • Ensure all activities conform to the terms and conditions of project requirements, including cost, schedule and quality parameters.
  • Collaborate with other programs and stakeholders beyond the project to ensure coordination and leveraged impact.
  • Ensure the timely and quality completion of all program deliverables and reports in accordance with USAID guidelines.
  • Responsible for the day-to-day operational oversight and administration of the project.
  • Work closely with HQ project management team to ensure effective coordination and communication.
  • Directly supervise and mentor project staff.
Required Skills and Qualifications:

Education and Experience
  • A Master’s degree or PhD preferred in business, education, youth, workforce development or related field with at least fifteen years of relevant experience;
  • Strong technical expertise in vocational training, workforce development, and proven ability to facilitate and establish private sector partnerships.
  • Five plus years relevant experience must be in planning and managing workforce development-related projects in Sub-Saharan African countries.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Extensive technical expertise in the workforce development, as well as private sector development sectors.
  • Ability to resolve sensitive and complicated work issues with senior high-level country counterparts, donor representative and senior-level staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a culturally diverse team.
  • Demonstrated, excellent written and oral presentation skills in English are required; similar level of language skills in Kiswahili are highly desirable.
How to Apply
Qualified international and national candidates are invited to apply at  
Only short listed applicants will be contacted.


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