Background: To support USAID/Kenya and East Africa (KEA) to advance what self-reliance means for Kenya and the broader region and to align programming toward promoting self-reliance outcomes, SoCha LLC implements a two-year mission support program (optional third year) to enable USAID to pivot into this journey to self-reliance (J2SR).
The Mission Support for the Journey to Self-Reliance Pivot (MSP) supports USAID/KEA to understand context, align programs, collect data, understand complexity, and apply learning to program adaptation.
Scope of Work:
As a member of the MSP Organizational Development team, the MSP Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) Specialist will:
- Coordinate and facilitate CLA discussions with DO/project teams and other stakeholders for the development of the Mission’s CLA Plan (as part of the Mission’s broader performance
management plan), pulling together inputs in order to prepare a draft for the Mission’s review
- Track progress on the CLA Plan and support its implementation
- Review Implementing Partner (IP) Activity CLA Plans at the request of USAID
- Lead CLA capacity building and training activities for Mission staff, IPs and other Mission stakeholders (e.g., local development organizations)
- Facilitate Pause & Reflect activities and After-Action Reviews (AARs)
- Work with USAID to coordinate the Mission’s CLA Champions group meetings and share new and timely CLA resources with them
- Lead on CLA Case Study development
- Work with MSP’s Performance Quality Improvement team to advise on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning for Adaptive Management (MEL4AM) approaches
- Support exit interviews of departing Mission staff
- Support development of learning agendas, implementation of the learning activities included in the learning agendas (including learning events) and track progress
- Support data analysis on the CLA index and other OD-related activity MEL plan indicators
- Coordinate status updates on Mission Office goal progress
Deliverables for each multi-day
- Design and facilitation of CLA training
- Development of CLA agendas/strategies for USAID and implementing partners
- Facilitation support for the CLA Champions Group
- CLA Plan for the Mission PMP
- CLA Case Studies
- Support for high performing teams
Qualifications and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in organizational development, communications, social sciences, or a related field. Master’s is preferred.
- At least five years of experience with CLA, organizational learning, change management, monitoring and evaluation, communications and/or knowledge management in the international
- Familiarity with USAID’s objectives, approaches and operations, particularly as they relate to the Program Cycle and CLA’s role in it.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively interact with local professionals, international donor organizations, civil society and private sector, host country government counterparts, and other
implementing partners in developing countries.
- Experience designing and delivering learning events.
- Experience with designing and facilitating meetings and trainings.
- Must be a legal resident of Kenya.
- Excellent communication skills and strong proficiency in written and spoken English.
LOE or Contract Length: The CLA Specialist is a full-time position and is expected to start working in January 2021 for a period of approximately 10 months through Mid October 2021. There is also potential for a 1-year extension if USAID exercises the third option year on the MSP contract.
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Background: To support USAID/Kenya East Africa seeks to advance what self-reliance means for Kenya and the broader region.
To support USAID/KEA to align programming toward promoting self-reliance outcomes, SoCha LLC implements a two-year (optional third year) mission support program to enable USAID to pivot into this journey to self-reliance (J2SR).
The Mission Support for the Journey toSelf-Reliance Pivot (MSP) supports USAID/KEA to understand context, align programs, collect data, understand complexity, and apply learning to program adaptation.
To better understand and develop innovative solutions with public, private, for-profit, and nonprofit partners USAID/KEA released a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) in November 2020.
This BAA is a competitive and collaborative process that guides how USAID will co-create activities in western Kenya to address water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) challenges. Local and international partners will be invited to participate in a series of workshops to be held in February 2021.
USAID requests the assistance of the Mission Support for the Journey to Self-Reliance Pivot (MSP) to work with USAID/KEA to design and execute two multi-day virtual co-creation workshops with stakeholders.
Scope of Work: The MSP program, implemented by SoCha LLC, seeks a consultant to serve as a short-term co-creation facilitator to support USAID WASH activity co-creation workshops. MSP seeks to engage a WASH Expert Facilitator to collaborate with MSP staff and USAID/KEA to design, plan, and execute two separate multi-day virtual co-creation workshops to address WASH challenges in western Kenya.
Roles and Responsibilities
To plan and execute two separate multi-day virtual co-creation workshops the WASH Expert Facilitator will collaborate with MSP staff to
- Support the USAID/KEA WASH team to develop and finalize two multi-day workshop agenda;
- Prepare detailed facilitation plans for the workshops, and continuously update facilitation plans as the workshops progress;
- Prepare workshop materials, including workshop session slides, instructions, participant worksheets;
- Consolidate workshop presentations from participants and produce overall workshop slide decks, including integration of Mentimeter or similar participation tools where appropriate;
- Prepare and host virtual workshop meeting spaces (share links with USAID);
- Facilitate the overall workshops, including question and answer sessions and group discussions, control break out rooms;
- Assist MSP and the workshop rapporteur to gather appropriate workshop outputs as required to assemble the workshop proceedings report, and
- Conduct two after-action reviews to reflect on lessons learned and advise USAID on future co-creation workshops.
Deliverables for each multi-day
- Workshop materials: slides, worksheets
- Workshop session facilitation
- Workshop after-action review
Qualifications and experience
- Experience in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).
- Experience designing and facilitating activity or project design workshops preferred; experience designing and facilitating donor and stakeholder workshops required.
- Experience working with USAID.
- Experience in East Africa, Kenya preferred.
- Understanding of USAID program cycle and USAID activity design processes.
- Experience working with and securing sensitive information.
- Bachelor’s degree in related field, Master’s preferred.
- Five years or more of professional experience working in the development sector preferred.
- Experience designing and facilitating virtual workshops and meetings is highly preferred.