• Deputy Chief of Party, Operations, Kenya DFSA

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    ACDI/VOCA is currently seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for the upcoming USAID Title II Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Kenya. The DFSA in Kenya is anticipated to be a multi-year project to address the underlying causes of chronic food insecurity. The activity will aim to increase food security in the most vulnerable households in northern Kenya. To achieve this, the ACDI/VOCA team will ensure the implementation of interventions designed to increase incomes, ensure access to nutritious food year-round, improve household nutrition and hygiene practices, and strengthen governance in communities affected by shocks and stresses. 


    The Deputy Chief of Party will be the senior program representative in the office with overall responsibility for operations. By overseeing activities across strategic objectives, s/he will ensure integration across interventions and will provide smooth, efficient and compliant operational environment. The DCOP will prepare and/or assist in the preparation of reports and documents to USAID.


    • Provide support to programmatic teams, including identifying and promoting clear communications on issues of budget management and programmatic activities, compliance, project operations and documentation
    • Promote management skills and capacity of the respective departments, senior supervisory staff regarding USG regulations and policies; support effective and efficient oversight of department activities
    • Ensure contractual compliance with ACDI/VOCA and donor regulations and coordinate with ACDI/VOCA’s awards and compliance team in Washington, DC
    • Ensure that internal and external programmatic reports are of high quality; work with other departments in the finalization of reports prior to final review by COP
    • Support the COP in responding to stakeholder requests for information; liaise with other partners and stakeholders as requested
    • Oversee the development of program budgets in coordination with the Finance Manager; work with technical staff to develop detailed implementation plans
    • Lead development of internal control systems and monitor and close coordinate with internal and external auditors
    • Ensure compliance with procurement policies and oversee the procurement functions for international and local procurements
    • Support technical personnel with reporting and project management
    • Assume responsibility for development of effective communications materials and reports for donor


    • Advanced degree in Agriculture, Business, International Development, Public Health, or other relevant sectors
    • Minimum 5 overseas experience managing large, multi-year USAID funded projects with multiple implementing partners and relevant food security/livelihoods experience;
    • Proven leadership skills and demonstrated experience recruiting, developing and mentoring, and managing staff
    • A record of successful performance on USAID-funded activities required; regional experience in Sub-Saharan Africa desired
    • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with activity stakeholders: donors, partners, local government institutions, local communities and vulnerable groups, etc.
    • Excellent writing and communication skills.
    • Fluency in English required


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