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Sep 27, 2017

SUNY AHADI County Liaison Officers Jobs in Kenya

Exciting Career Opportunities: County Liaison Officers
Background Information: The Agile and Harmonized Assistance for Devolved Institutions (AHADI) is a five year USAID program implemented by the State University of New York’s (SUNY) Center for International Development (CID). 

AHADI is funded by both USAID and DFID. The program is designed to support Kenya’s vision and agenda for achieving the promise of devolution. 

The program’s interventions aim to promote governance systems that are transparent, accountable, effective in service delivery, and responsive to empowered citizens by working at both the National and County Government levels.
AHADI has three main objectives:
  1. Targeted counties provide higher quality services through improved governance.
  2. Improved representation of citizen interests and oversight of targeted county government performance.
  3. Functionality and effectiveness of the devolved system increased through intra-government engagement and cooperation.
AHADI is primarily a Democracy Rights and Governance (DRG) program focused on improving the governance of Kenya’s new decentralized system. 

It is an integrated governance program that uses sector entry points to achieve both governance and sector outcomes. 

These sectors include but are not limited to good governance, resilience and economic growth, education, climate change and disaster risk reduction.
The program is currently seeking skilled, diplomatic, effective, and highly motivated County Liaison Officers
Position Title: County Liaison Officer
5 Positions

Location: Mandera (1), Wajir (1), Garissa (1), Marsabit (1) and Isiolo (1)

Position Summary: The County Liaison Officer is AHADI’s key program officer in the county. 

He / She keeps in touch with the officials of the County Government, citizens and stakeholders supporting the implementation of devolution.

He/ She is the operational contact person on the implementation of all AHADI support to the County Government. 

The CLO has detailed knowledge of the county, and has significant contacts with Government and non-governmental actors. 

He/ She has excellent representation, collaboration and networking skills and the exercise of discretion, judgment, integrity and personal responsibility.

Reports to: Program Team Lead.
Person Specification
  • At least Bachelor’s Degree in the social sciences. A degree in communication is an added advantage.
  • At least five years’ development experience, preferably in the governance sphere. Working experience with County Government an added advantage.
  • Excellent networking skills.
  • Good organizational and planning skills.
  • A thorough understanding of how County Government works.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision.
  • Ability to build strong relationships with partners
  • Excellent contacts with County Government officials.
  • Experience working with USAID/DFID funded projects.
Key Responsibilities
Program Management
  • Using firsthand knowledge of the context in the county, profiles key positions and is able to articulate the main development challenges in counties.
  • Contributes to mentoring and other program conceptualization, design, review and continuous improvement of activities.
  • Advises the program team on the operational dynamics and changing circumstances in the county, in order to advance program implementation.
  • Contributes actively to the design of mentoring and other activities and scheduling, including initial drafts of proposals and Terms of Reference as an integral member of the program team.
  • Consults widely with the relevant County Government officials for purposes of planning, implementation and reporting.
  • Is the first port of call for county level activities, and thus provides:
  • Detailed weekly and monthly requests from the County Government.
  • Feedback to AHADI on proposed initiatives and activities.
  • Management of AHADI team members, development partner and guest itineraries and logistics in the county.
Representation and Public Relations
  • Serves as the “face of AHADI” within the county and promotes the mentor program.
  • Maintains positive and robust relationships with Government and non-governmental actors to enhance AHADI’s devolution support work.
  • Keeps the team lead appraised in writing of changes in the context and recommended changes in programming.
  • In consultation with the team lead, represents AHADI in activities and meetings organized by the County Government and other devolution actors.
Monitoring and Reporting
  • Submits weekly updates on the operating context, highlighting any real or potential changes that may affect implementation.
  • Develops monthly context analysis.
  • Develops technical monthly reports using a template to be shared by the team lead,
  • Develops quarterly consolidated progress reports in accordance with arrangements specified by the team lead.
  • Regularly tracks information about a series of issues for monitoring and reporting purposes, including tracking the movement of specific policies or governance procedures.
  • Follows-up with mentoring and training participants to assess training impact.
  • Develops any additional program documentation that may be requested for by the team lead.
Location: Respective field location
Travel: Regular
How to Apply

If you possess the skills and qualifications as contained in the position’s description, please send to [email protected] 

(1) a Cover letter 

(2) CV and 

(3) References from three Professional Referees, one referee should be a previous or current supervisor.
Closing date: October 6th, 2017. 

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

Kindly put the position you are applying for as the subject line. 

Applications without the position as the subject line will not be evaluated. 

SUNY-AHADI is an equal opportunities employer.

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