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Nov 17, 2017

TechnoServe Regional Program Director (STRYDE) Job in Kenya


Recruitment Notice

Regional Program Director - STRYDE

TechnoServe Background:
TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. 

We are a nonprofit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets. 

Our work is rooted in the idea that given the opportunity, hardworking men and women in even the poorest places can generate income, jobs and wealth for their families and communities. 

With more than four decades of proven results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.
Program Description
Strengthening Rural Youth Development through Enterprise (STRYDE): TechnoServe, in partnership with MasterCard Foundation, has been undertaking the Strengthening Rural Youth Development through Enterprise (STRYDE) program targeting the large youth population in rural Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania. 

The second phase of the program started in 2014 and is expected to support 48,000 youth by July 2019. 

The overall program goal is to sustainably improve livelihoods for rural youth and their households.

It aims to achieve this goal by helping youth aged 18 to 30 years develop livelihood strategies and harness existing opportunities in employment, agriculture, and the informal sector.

Position Description: Working closely with the regional program team, country-level program managers, Country Directors and TechnoServe’s East Africa divisional team, you will be responsible for achievement of the program’s goal to train 48,000 rural youth to increase their productive economic engagement. 

Responsibilities encompass overall implementation of the project, including stakeholder relationships, team leadership and management, project planning, budget management and work plan monitoring, M&E and timely and cost-effective delivery of results as per the project logical framework and agreed-upon milestones.

You will oversee a large team across Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Key roles and responsibilities will include:
Project Management
  • Ensure the project is implemented with sound managerial, technical, financial, human resources and overall programmatic practices and that the processes and activities adhere to corporate policy, legal and contractual obligations and corporate and donor standards 
Team Leadership
  • Provide coaching, direction and leadership to team members in order to achieve results, including overall management, coordination and quality monitoring of STRYDE team’s input and work content.
Representation and Communication
  • Provide thought leadership and strategic direction in the field of youth economic empowerment, ensuring information is shared and flows transparently within the program team and to other organizational levels, as appropriate
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with donor representatives as well as relevant stakeholders in each of the program countries and across the region, including government ministries, private sector companies, business associations, and civil society organizations
  • Interface with other country, regional, and HQ staff;
New Business Development
  • Support new business efforts within the region, as requested. New business opportunities in this space, both with MCF and Vital Foundation, need to be developed
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Minimum Required Skills & Experience:
  • Master’s degree in relevant field
  • Over 10 years’ experience in management, program design and planning; multi-cultural and remote personnel management experience, of which 5 years are at a senior leadership role.
  • International development experience, entrepreneurship skills, and experience working with youth training and/or mentorship programs preferred
  • Ability to learn and become a thought leader in the field
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to develop well-written, cohesive analyses and reports
  • Track record of building strong client and stakeholder relationships
  • Fluency in English required.
To Apply: 

Please submit your application [by email only) to [email protected] with the position title placed in the subject line. 

Please include 

(1) cover letter describing your interest,
(2) curriculum vitae 

(3) Current salary. 

Please include all requirements in a single document (pdf). 

Applications will be treated confidentially. 

Deadline for applications is 23 November 2017. 

Note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

TechnoServe is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females and Individuals with Disabilities.

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