RTI International is a nonprofit organization headquartered in the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina that provides research and technical services.
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RTI's International Education Division is currently accepting applications for Chief of Party, for the USAID-funded Tusome Early Grade Literacy Activity (Tusome) in Kenya. Working at a national scale, the Tusome Activity improves early grade literacy outcomes in both English and Kiswahili, through national level teacher trainings, ongoing support to teachers as well as the production and distribution of materials for pupils and teachers. The current implementation focus provides works closely with Kenya’s Ministry of Education (MOE) in supporting teachers and learners in grades 1-3 during the COVID pandemic and the planned reopening of schools. It is anticipated that even if schools remain closed, some support would remain remote, including teacher training. A key area of focus for the remainder of the project is to fully transition ownership of activities to the MOE in order to ensure sustainability.
The COP is responsible for leading the management, implementation and overall quality assurance of the project. In this role, s/he will be RTI’s primary point of contact with RTI, USAID and Kenyan government counterpart agencies. This position is based in Nairobi.
Essential Job Functions:
The COP’s roles and responsibilities will include:
- Oversee technical, administrative and financial operations (e.g., operations, compliance, reporting, and implementation) in coordination with the RTI Home Office;
- Provide technical leadership and quality assurance in the design, delivery and evaluation of technical assistance, implementation and research; all with a focus on early grade reading instruction and teacher training;
- Collaborate with MOE counterparts and other education stakeholders to guide implementation and ensure the timely and quality completion of technical, financial and contractual deliverables;
- Develop and implement annual program work and performance milestone plans and negotiates an agreement of those plans with the client; and
- Maintain and effectively manage relationships with Kenyan and international RTI partners implementing the project.
Qualifications and Competencies:
- A Master’s degree or higher in education or a related field.
- Minimum of 12 years of relevant experience in development, including education reform, teacher training, literacy, gender issues, grants management, research and community mobilization;
- A proven track record in managing education projects in developing countries, with large staff and implementing a national level program;
- Prior experience working in Eastern Africa or Southern Africa preferred;
- Extensive experience with British established education systems;
- Experience and proven ability to build and maintain relationships with government counterparts and other stakeholders, and ability to support journey to self reliance efforts with ministry counterparts;
- Demonstrated ability to manage and motivate staff into a cohesive team;
- Experience with USAID project management policies, procedures and reporting requirements;
- Absolute fluency in English and superlative communication and writing skills.
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RTI International USAID-funded Tusome Early Grade Reading Activity is designed to dramatically improve primary literacy outcomes for approximately 7 million Kenyan children in grades 1–3, by enhancing teachers’ capacity to effectively deliver classroom instruction, improving schools’ access to appropriate books and other learning materials, and providing instructional support and supervision through a network of curriculum support officers.
The Education Program Assistant will provide technical support for the development and revision of instructional materials, work plans and specified frameworks. This will include working with regional technical team in the implementation of Tusome in the region. The Education Program Assistant reporting to the Regional Programs Education Officer will support the implementation of Tusome within the region. The Assistant will collaborate with the MOE and TSC county officers for successful implementation of the program. The Assistant will also provide support to
for Curriculum support officers. The assignment is designed to provide technical support for effective Tusome implementation. The job function includes, but is not limited to the following responsibilities:
- Support the Regional Education Programs Officer in the effective implementation of Tusome at the regional level
- Contribute to development and revision of instructional materials
- Participate in development and revision of training materials;
- Collaborate with relevant MOE and TSC experts for effective implementation.
- Support effective relationships with County and sub-county officials
- Support the training of the technical team, CSO , head teachers and teachers;
- Support monthly CSOs zonal/cluster teacher meetings
- Undertake classroom observations
- Provide support for Tusome monitoring activities in the region
- Write Quality Reports for each activity
- Undertake any other Tusome duties as requested by the Regional Education Programs Officer, Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party and Senior Education Program Specialist
Minimum Required Education & Experience
- BED/ BA and five(5) years of experience working in education sector; major in either Kiswahili and English languages is an added advantage
- Experience with data collection and research studies, especially literacy and early mathematics is an added advantage
- Experience supervising and training data collectors;
- Knowledge of Kiswahili and English instruction in Kenya;
- Experience working in urban slum areas;
- Demonstrated flexibility, adaptability and the ability to perform and collaborate under challenging conditions.
- Strong planning, community mobilization and inter-cultural communication skills required.
- Experienced in working with youth Groups implementing Education Programs
- Experience working on a donor-funded project pertaining to technical and organization capacity development.
Skills & Abilities
- Fluency in English and Kiswahili required.
- Good communication and listening skills
- High attention to detail
- Ability to handle conflicting priorities
- Report writing skills is an added advantage
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RTI is currently seeking to fill a vacancy for the Kenya Crops & Dairy Market Systems (KCDMS) Activity which is part of the Feed the Future program, America’s initiative to combat global hunger and poverty. In this regard, USAID is partnering with RTI International on a 5-year (Oct 2017 to Sept 2022) cooperative agreement - KCDMS Activity - to help increase agricultural production and reduce poverty and malnutrition in Kenya. The project will also spur competitive, resilient market systems in Kenya’s horticulture and dairy sectors. We seek to recruit a Finance Assistant to be based in the Nairobi office.
Job Summary: The primary role for this position is to process day to day accounting transactions for the project. The position is specifically responsible for processing KCDMS staff advances, review of expense reports, preparation of advance status report and processing reimbursements to various beneficiaries. The position will also work with the administration team to receive and review invoices for payment processing. Keying in of financial transactions in Quick Books is a key role for this position.
- Process KCDMS staff advance requests based on approvals.
- Review and reconcile KCDMS staff expense reports. Follow up with staff to clear/clarify any outstanding items and ensure all advances are liquidated within the policy deadlines.
- Prepare reimbursements and other allowances for KCDMS activities.
- Prepare payment vouchers ensuring that all the required support documents are attached.
- Load payments onto Stanchart platform and follow up for prompt release of funds to vendors
- Key financial transactions (advances, expense reports, beneficiaries’ reimbursements) and other financial transactions in QB accounting system. Ensure relevant documents have been scanned and linked to the transactions.
- Identify any errors with advances or expense reports and work with the supervisor to pass correcting journals.
- Perform field audit visits when required
- Ensure all financial transactions are filed sequentially in well labelled box files after booking into QB.
Minimum Required Education & Experience
- Bachelor’s Degree in Finance or Accounting and 3 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- CPA Part II is an added advantage.
Skills & Abilities
- Excellent knowledge of MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel
- Ability to multi-task
- Ability to work well with others
- Ability to listen and communicate well both verbally and in writing
- Ability to work independently
- Attention to detail and accuracy
Method of Application
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