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Oct 23, 2017

ACDI / VOCA Livelihood Specialist Job in Kenya

Since 1963 and in 146 countries, ACDI / VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. 

Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI / VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development and food security to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society. 

ACDI / VOCA currently has approximately 49 projects in 30 countries and total revenues of $151 million.

Overview: ACDI/VOCA is currently implementing a $45 million, five-year development program entitled Feed the Future Livestock Market Systems (LMS) in 5 Northern Kenya Counties (Turkana, Wajir, Marsabit, Isiolo & Garissa) funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). 

The objective of the program is to strengthen people’s Resilience to shocks and stresses and reduce the prevalence and depth of poverty, household hunger and chronic undernutrition. 

The program aims to do so by taking collective action on Economic Opportunities and by Strengthening Institutions, Market Systems, Governance and Human capital.

Pursuant to that objective, ACDI/VOCA is seeking for experienced and talented professional for a Livelihood Specialist position to support in delivering Diversified Livelihoods opportunities to pastoralists that are moving up or moving out of the Livestock sector. 

Based in Nairobi and working across the 5 Counties, the individual will report to the Chief of Party and will be responsible for providing technical support in the implementation of Livelihoods Systems component. 

He/She will Lead market-oriented livelihood development activities including small livelihood grants, provide Enterprise Development training and technical assistance for GIRL groups as well as support activities leading to market-based technical skill development for youth.

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Develop a livelihood strategy and oversee its technical implementation to enhance the livelihood security of the poor and marginalized households;
  • Develop guidelines to facilitate assessments of livelihood issues in partner communities and develop appropriate responses to the identified issues;
  • Develop training modules for capacity building of benefiting Individuals and Groups in livelihoods to increase their livelihoods security;
  • Lead the integration of livelihood interventions in all programs;
  • Provide technical expertise and leadership in value chain analysis and assessments of economic viability and technical feasibility of micro-businesses;
  • Lead the design of monitoring systems to capture critical aspects of livelihood programming;
  • Guide the documentation of livelihood promising practices and share them with partners;
  • Support the beneficiaries in developing of proposals for livelihood interventions;
  • Plan and lead the implementation of value chain improvements that result in resilience impacts for project communities (increased and diversified income that is less dependent on favorable weather conditions);
  • Contribute to building and upgrading a strong network of LMS implementing partners, including technical appraisals, support to the development and implementation of capacity building plans;
  • Support beneficiaries & implementing partners in their development and adjustments of up-to-date work plans and budgets;
  • Provide comprehensive trainings curriculum and technical capacity building; as well as providing regular technical backstopping and supervision to improve their livelihood strategies;
  • Foster thematic integration, ensure harmonized approaches, promote synergies and complementarity in programming and implementation;
  • Work with Livestock and Agribusiness Directors and Business Development Specialists in the development and implementation of project strategies, including sustainability and gender aspects.
  • Conduct regular reviews of partner implementation progress and reports;
  • Coordinate with private sector actors, other projects and government partners;
  • Document better practices, prepare reports and publications as may be required.
  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics, Rural Development, Management, Business Administration or related field. Master’s degree is highly preferred;
  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in managing Economic Strengthening/Livelihoods   development portfolio preferably in ASAL areas in Kenya;
  • Experience working with private sector, local communities, governmental and traditional authorities in ASAL regions;
  • Experience implementing results-oriented projects, preferably with USAID programs;
  • Strong capacity building, planning and monitoring & evaluation skills; 
  • Ability and experience developing partnership with grassroots organizations, entrepreneurs, agricultural research institutions, GOK technical ministries;
  • Experience with conceptualizing agricultural field demonstration and monitoring and sharing results;
  • Possess strategic thinking ability; excellent oral and written communication, analytical, ability to work efficiently and quickly under pressure;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, networking and representation skills;
  • Proven leadership qualities, problem-solving and negotiation skills, and evidence of successful team player;
  • Must have skills and ability to provide training and mentorships;
  • Must be able to manage own workload and juggle competing priorities in order to meet deadlines;
  • Must be able to analyze information, evaluate options, think and plan strategically.
  • Preparedness to travel frequently in project counties including to remote locations is essential;
To Apply:
Please submit a resume to [email protected]  no later than November 1, 2017. 

Please include the position title in the subject line. 

Resume and related application documents shall be provided as a single attachment and list long-term employment history and any relevant short-term consulting work.

Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone.

Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. 

ACDI/VOCA is an equal opportunity employer. 

Women, minorities and people from diverse groups are encouraged to apply. 


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