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Oct 23, 2017

ACDI / VOCA Program Officers Jobs 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 in order 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 program entitled “Feed the Future Livestock Market Systems (LMS)” development projects in Northern Kenya funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). 

The aim of the USAID Kenya Feed the Future LMS 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 its mission, ACDI/VOCA is seeking for experienced and talented professionals for the Program Officer positions based in Garissa, Wajir, Turkana, Isiolo and Marsabit counties in Kenya. 

The Program Officers will be reporting to the Regional Program Managers and provide support to livelihoods and grants programming, support establishment and operation of business centers, organize grantees training and oversee internship/apprenticeship activities. 

They will also monitor partner organizations’ activities at the field level.

Responsibilities:
  • Identify and screen livelihood groups and individuals for engagement in income diversification initiatives.
  • Participate in dissemination of key program information, identification of program beneficiaries and in assessments and screening of applicants for grants
  • Assist and build the capacity of selected livelihood groups and businesses through training, mentoring and couching. Some sessions will specifically target the need of women and youth.
  • Offer technical advice and customer tailored training to the program beneficiaries across the livestock value chain as well as seek expertise assistance from SRC, line county departments of other stakeholders
  • Support the establishment and operation of business centers /desks in each LMS county office to provide entrepreneurs with access to desk space and computers, printers, internet and meeting space
  • Facilitate the formation of business networking among the entrepreneurs and livelihood groups.
  • Mobilize entrepreneurs and livelihood groups/individuals to attend learning visits, trade fairs and important annual events like "pasture week"
  • Supervise and oversee the internships/ apprenticeship activities
  • Carry out monitoring of livelihood and grants activities and collate information that will contribute to human interesting stories, case studies as well to the program monthly and quarterly reports
  • Identify risks and challenges in a timely manner and suggest appropriate remedial measures
  • Document and share lessons learnt for cross county learning and fertilization
  • Participate in program surveys, field data collection, analyses and reporting
  • Ensure implementation of the gender strategy and deliberately target women, youth and local community with program activities
  • Represent ACDI/VOCA at the field and sub county level by collaborating with PREG, county government official and other stakeholders on sequencing layering and integration of activities
  • Perform any other duty as may be directed by the Regional Program Manager
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship, Business Management, Livestock Marketing, Agribusiness Management, International Relations, Development Studies, Pastoral Livestock Systems Development or a related field.
  • At least 3 years’ working experience in Livestock value chain or closely related field preferably with NGOs.
  • Experience in MSME development, and similar fields will be an added advantage.
  • Strong writing, analytical, presentation and reporting skills.
  • Ability to travel within the North-Eastern Kenya regions. Extensive field travel is expected.
To Apply:
 
Please submit a resume to [email protected] no later than November 1, 2017. 

In the subject line, please include the position title and a county(s) that you would like to be considered for. 

Resume and all associated 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. 

Interviews will be conducted in the base location of the position. 

ACDI/VOCA is an equal opportunity employer. 

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

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