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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 50 projects in 30 countries and total revenues of $174 million.
Provide overall vision, leadership and guidance of the project’s Monitoring, Evaluation, & Learning (MEL) plan approach for project staff in Kenya, partnering organizations, host governments, investors, other donors, and stakeholders.
Assist the Chief of Party in implementing an adaptive management style which will allow the project to review activities and abandon, modify, or redefine them in order to achieve the desired outcomes.
Manage the process of project learning to ensure knowledge and learning is effectively shared and applied throughout the activity’s offices and activities.
Organize and facilitate regular staff meetings (regional, cross regional, and national) to share experiences and lessons, and brainstorm ways to apply new learning.
Spearhead evaluations, selected research activities and baseline surveys by providing the necessary program and organizational support.
Work directly with the Priority Area leads to plan, design, and or/manage specific CLA strategies and activities, such as supporting incorporation of technical, contextual and experiential learning into technical strategies, interventions, and processes.
Leverage a mix of informational sources and research methods – project M&E and other partner data, observations from staff and partners, primary and secondary market research - to (i) analyze project progress towards goals and learning objectives, (ii) communicate those findings externally (e.g. to donor, external partners) and internally (e.g. to project staff), and (iii) apply that learning into improved work-planning and project activities.
Track and analyze project indicators and other useful statistics and prepare high-quality and timely reports using the recommended formats and communication channels.
Participate in regular senior management planning meetings, and provide analytical feedback and support to inform technical decisions by senior management and the technical component leads.
Coordinate regularly with ACDI/VOCA’s headquarters office in Washington, DC, especially the program management M&E teams.
At least 5 years of practical and management experience in the performance monitoring plans, evaluation, collaboration and learning, preferably with knowledge of USAID’s CLA approach and measuring systemic change.
Bachelor's degree ￼in a field related to monitoring, evaluation, knowledge management, and learning.
Experience with USAID programs and knowledge of USAID rules and regulations desired.
Previous experience working in Kenya or East Africa strongly preferred.
Demonstrated ability to apply analytical methods practically in the complex setting of the day-to-day lives of project beneficiaries highly preferred.
Proven experience leading project teams in the process of incorporating flexible and adaptive management for the purposes of collaboration, learning, and adaptation that generates, captures, shares, and applies information and knowledge to support and improve development outcomes strongly preferred.
Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills.
Develops and manages the PIF portfolio, manages PIF funding and usage of funds.
Ensures successful and effective design and implementation of funded activities to achieve planned program objectives and outcomes.
In coordination with ACDI/VOCA home office team, determines appropriate mix of award mechanisms, drawing from traditional and innovative funding approaches to reach a variety of potential recipients.
Prepares grant solicitations, proposal and budget guidelines, and grant funding instructions and procedures. Coordinates the grantee selection process (establishing selection committees, defining selection criteria, developing process documentation templates.)
Establishes detailed systems and procedures for management of grants activities, and implements a tracking / monitoring system.
Develops contract/sub-award budgets, prepares cash forecasts, and monitors award expenditures, alerting management to irregularities, recommending alternatives/best practice as needed.
Ensures appropriate documentation, financial reporting, and budgetary compliance. Provides compliance review of procurement, financial transactions, contracts and grants. Participates in the preparation of responses to audit requests and donor specific reporting requirements for sub-awards and subcontracts.
Provides reports to management on the status of the grants in terms of beneficiaries, equipment, amounts, disbursements, procurements, implementation, etc.
Prepares and compiles close out documents for all completed grants.
Manages the grants support staff, ensuring staff have sufficient training to perform required compliance and reporting duties.
Ensures larger technical team understands sub-award mechanisms used and are able to alert the grants team of any potential issues encountered while on site visits.
A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and a minimum of 10 years’ international experience of successful contracting, administration, or grants management. International experience in a related field is highly desirable.
Minimum of 10 years’ experience on projects with similar magnitude and complexity in Kenya and/or other developing countries in the region.
Technical expertise in a field related to international development, contracting, public administration, and business development.
Experience working on a USAID-funded project is strongly preferred.
High level of computer skills, including spreadsheets and database management.
Work with the ACDI/VOCA Headquarters Social and Behavior Change Specialist to develop a project-wide social and behavior change strategy and coordinate with the project M&E team to put in place effective monitoring and evaluation indicators to evaluate the effectiveness of these strategies.
Support project objectives through SBCC strategy, especially related to agriculture, gender and youth inclusion messaging, value chains/market systems, and nutrition.
Conduct formative research to inform the social and behavior change communication strategy, including but not limited to barrier analysis, market segmentation, identification of existing messaging materials, identifying priority and influencing groups, etc.
Implement the Social and Behavior Change Communication strategy with project partners and stakeholders.
Provide guidance and support for project staff on how to implement social behavior change communication strategies. Train Community-based Champions to be role models for changing behaviors and social norms that restrict participation of identified groups (i.e. women).
Lead and train project team on how to conduct barrier analyses as a method for identifying behavior change-related messaging for the project.
Develop and supervise gender-sensitive messaging and training materials for project activities.
Contribute to the preparation of a yearly implementation plan - outlining the concrete actions to be taken by each strategic objective, with outputs and outcomes, related to SBCC.
Write success stories and reports on SBCC approaches or interventions and provide examples of successes, challenges, lessons learned and recommendations.
Collaborate with other projects, organizations, and institutions that are implementing similar SBCC-related activities in country.
Bachelor’s degree in international development, behavioral economics, agronomy, sociology or other related field; Master’s degree preferred.
At least 8 years of practical and management experience in social and behavior change communication theory and techniques, preferably with knowledge of USAID’s SBC approach.
Demonstrated experience designing and implementing social and behavior change communications strategies.
Experience conducting barrier analyses preferred.
Technical knowledge in gender and development, particularly related to food security, agricultural value chains/market systems, and nutrition-integrated agriculture.
Experience with research methods and conducting field based assessments.
Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills.
Fluency in English required.
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