SUBJECT TO GRANT AWARD
Job Title: Chief of Party – Youth Engagement Activity
Grade Level: 17
Work Location: To be Advised
Purpose of Position
The Chief of Party (CoP) will lead a major Wholistic Youth Empowerment Project that will be implemented in selected counties in Kenya with a focus on the utilization of evidence to develop and support county-level models that empower youth and connect them directly to social and economic opportunities to improve their livelihoods and well-being.
The CoP shall have a keen understanding of the unique Youth landscape in Kenya and the political, social and economic dynamics that contribute to the status of youth employment in Kenya.
S/he will be involved in high level public decision making processes on youth technical, vocational education and training; youth participation in governance and development affairs; with a specific focus on influencing public decision that would result into more decent and equitable employment and wealth creation opportunities for the youth in Kenya.
End Results Expected
Strategic Program Leadership, Implementation and Reporting
Direct and oversee grant implementation, ensuring that all strategic objectives are met through proper design, staffing, implementation and quality assurance
Grant program results achieved on time, on target and on budget, as agreed to in grant agreement.
Technical leadership, staff management and administrative oversight of the program.
Manage grant/project budget within approved spending levels and ensure accurate and timely financial reports to donors and SO staff.
Manage, sub-recipients, and engagement with youth leaders and other stakeholders and ensure quality, timeliness, and efficiency of all products and activities generated under the grant.
Provides strategic leadership and supervision of sub-grantees and sub-contractors while ensuring the security, feasibility, and sustainability of the program and contribution to Child wellbeing outcomes.
Grant is delivered on time, on target and within allocated budget
Financial reporting is accurate and delivered on time
Ensure grant/project expenses are reasonable, allocated as per assigned budget, prudent and spent in accordance with donor rules and regulations to ensure low risk audits
Audit reports indicate low risk findings
All program expenses are compliant with WV and donor requirements
Establish and maintain effective project reporting, evaluation, and communication systems. Submit timely accurate and professional reports that meet donor requirements
High standards of quality assurance and reporting
Supervise a team of senior level national staff with skills across a diverse set of technical areas
Ensure proper technical capacity of staff to manage complex donor-funded projects
Lead grant staff and short-term consultants
Coordinated technical response in program implementation
Strong performance and teamwork of grants staff
High quality of programme deliverables
Consistently look for more effective and efficient implementation methods and opportunities to increase impact
Participate and conduct on-going lessons learned with key staff and partners/sub-grantees
Positive impact on beneficiaries
Strong stewardship of resources
Strategic Engagement and Donor Relations Manage proactive and responsive relationship with grant donor in close collaboration with World Vision Support Office, Field Regional Office and National Office.
Donor satisfaction with grant implementation and views World Vision as a partner of choice.
Partnerships, Networking and Collaboration
Principal institutional liaison to the donor, National and County Government Departments and agencies, Civil Society Organizations, the Private Sector partners and Youth led networks.
The priority needs of the youth in Kenya taken into consideration during government decision making processes
Research new funding opportunities and develop and write funding proposals, if second phase of the grant or cost extension is planned
All planned activities are sufficiently funded
Organization’s coordination and management effectively supported through assigned and delegated roles
Minimum education, training and experience requirements to qualify for the position:
Master's degree in either Development Studies, Sociology, Political Science, Education or related field or equivalent qualifications in grant management and a technical field in developing countries
Minimum 10 years of extensive development experience managing large USAID grant-funded projects, especially those that focus on youth empowerment
Experience as a CoP/PD or senior expert advisor
Strong leadership qualities and depth and breadth of technical and management expertise; Proven ability to manage technical assistance teams
Knowledge of and familiarity with international assistance program requirements, preferably USAID and/or other funding agencies their policies and regulations
Keen understanding of the unique political, social and economic dynamics of the country and ability to work carefully and collaboratively to maintain productive relationships with the various government entities and influence high level public decisions by the executive and legislative arms of government
Experience managing sub grants and contracts under grants for complex
Proven ability in the management of large integrated grant-funded projects in developing countries
Familiarity with USAID programs, their history and their development; mastery of USAID regulations governing such programs
At least 5 years’ experience managing a large USAID program preferred
Experience in managing inter-agency consortiums is preferred
Ability to integrate teams of professionals around common goals
Demonstrated accomplishment in working with host-country professionals, ministries and with donor colleagues in country
Strong presentation and report writing skills