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The East African : October 26th 2013
The EastAfrican APPOINTMENT OCTOBER 26 - NOVEMBER 1, 2013 55 Country Program Manager East Africa Dairy Development II Kenya Function: The East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) Country Program Manager, under the overall guidance of the EADD Regional Director and dotted line to Heifer Kenya Country Director, will provide the overall leadership to staff and other EADD partners in the implementation of all components of the EADD-2 project in Kenya. The position will assume the overall responsibility of assuring quality in service delivery of field operations including compliance with the institutional mission and objectives. This position will also be responsible for preparing and maintaining long-range annual plans and budgets, as well as developing the appropriate monitoring and evaluation framework to ensure that all outcomes are achieved. Responsibilities: 1. Lead and execute all EADD country plans and budgets (e.g.: work plans and strategic plans), and ensure proper maintenance and use of assets. 2. Facilitate the transformation of producer organizations (POs) into formal collective enterprises that stimulate rural dairy business hubs, and identify critical investment needs among key producer organizations. 3. Identify and develop investment and financing options in dairy value chains with the view to increase net returns to actors Design and roll out appropriate support intervention to improve milk quality and value addition capacity, and provide ongoing support to POs with the goal of increasing production and business capacity. 4. Develop the capacity of input service providers and their linkages with POs. 5. Participate in designing of EADD staff training programs, as well as any inter-organizational training and learning events, in collaboration with Kenya country office. 6. Identify banks and/or microfinance institutions ready to engage with POs and agro entrepreneurs and assist in developing proposals for funding; 7. Facilitate development of business planning guidelines and conduct strategic business planning sessions for member organizations; 8. In cooperation with the Country Director, manage all stakeholder relationships. 9. Ensure quality service delivery in operations, including compliance with project goals and objectives. 10. Network and forge new working relationship with interested external stakeholders. 11. Design catalytic activities within the value chain (e.g. the concept of quality based pricing). 12. Ensure timely generation and dissemination of relevant reports. 13. Provide overall technical guidance and forward progress on emerging programmatic issues. 14. Represent EADD in various stakeholder meetings, workshops, conferences and shared learning events, ensuring that EADD interests are taken care of at all levels. 15. Oversee both department and individual staff performance, providing ongoing feedback and development, as well as identify opportunities for coaching, staff development and training. Ensure timely completion of annual performance staff appraisal. 16. Work with partners and stakeholders in improving sharing of experiences across Kenya. 17. Participate in the design of a monitoring and evaluation framework. 18. May perform other job-related responsibilities as assigned. Minimum Requirements: • • • Master’s Degree or equivalent in the fields of Agriculture Economics, Business Administration, Rural Development, Enterprise Development or other related field. At least 10 years’ experience in a mix of economic growth/trade, value chain competitiveness, investment promotion, or agriculture development. At least five (5) years’ management-level work experience. Most Critical Proficiencies: • Knowledge of income and expense budget preparation and monitoring. • A good understanding and sensitivity to issues associated with poverty, hunger and environment, and knowledge of the context to which non-profit organizations operate. • Demonstrated knowledge of the latest developments in advancing good/best practices in value chain development that reaches women, youth, and underprivileged. • Knowledge of enterprise development and linkages to poverty alleviation. • Proven team leadership and supervisory skills. • • Demonstrated ability to design and implement strategies aimed at providing institutional capacity building to key partner institutions with a view to build a more efficient, competitive, and sustainable dairy industry. Excellent organizational skills. • Proven experience in building the capacity of partner institutions to document and disseminate industry information, manage knowledge, measure progress and plan and advocate within the industry. • Proficient knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, presentation tools, electronic mail (Microsoft Office preferred) and Internet. • Knowledge of and experience with setting up cottage industries for processing locally branded dairy products (e.g. cheese, butter, fortified milk and yoghurt among others) for onward supply to niche and markets. • Knowledge of and experience with equity financing and developing private/public partnerships. • Demonstrated proficiency in English and Swahili, both oral and written. Essential Job Functions and Physical Demands: • Preparing and presenting documents in a well-designed and attractive format with superior attention to detail. • • • • • • Demonstrated creativity, ability to think systematically, willingness and ability to incorporate innovative solutions. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work cooperatively, tactfully and diplomatically with culturally diverse groups of people. Willingness and ability to assign and review the work of direct reports and to use participatory management skills with junior and senior staff. Proven team leadership and supervisory skills with the ability to train and work cooperatively with a diverse staff. Constant face-to-face, telephone and electronic communication with colleagues and the general public. Willingness and ability to travel extensively throughout Kenya and other EADD project sites. • May require constant sitting; working at a computer and focusing for extended periods of time and performing office environment activities while on the road and/or in remote conditions. • Working with sensitive information and maintaining confidentiality. • Ability to manage and execute multiple tasks with little supervision while meeting sometimes inflexible deadlines. To apply please visit www.heifer.org/careers. Heifer International is an AA/EOE. The overworked employee Managers should learn to notice overworked employees and take action. Employees who have a good work-life balance tend to exercise more commitment. You don’t want your staff to be overworked and demoralised. Tell-tale signs of an overworked employee include, consistently working through lunch hour, working late, carrying work home, coming to work even when ill, expressing frustration and being edgy. If you are a manager and you notice these signs in any one of the staff under you, take action — both for their sake and for the company’s good performance. You could be working for a multi-national company and looking for a job which is just as challenging but infinitely more rewarding. Or you could be feeling your ambition and entrepreneurial flair are being stifled by a traditional NGO environment. Whatever you are doing, wherever you are, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a natural leader and skilled professional to use your talent to mobilise people and resources, and make a very real difference to those living in poverty. As Country Manager you will bring entrepreneurial skills to develop new opportunities, alliances and partnerships to help bring about the end of poverty. You will have excellent people and performance management skills. Your experience in programme management needs to be matched by your ability to act as an ambassador for Christian Aid and your commitment to communications and advocacy within the organisation as a whole. You will have a proactive approach to leading and delivering the changes needed to ensure we maximise the quality and impact of our Kenya country programme. You will be committed to your own learning and development, and that of your team and the wider organization. You will have strong abilities in strategic planning and implementation. And you will have a clear vision and passion to make a lasting contribution to the eradication of poverty in Kenya. Benefits: We value the contribution each person makes to the success of our organisation. That’s why you can expect a wide range of rewards and benefits and flexibility that will ensure you enjoy a good work/life balance. If you think you are the person we are looking for, please go to www.christianaid.org.uk/jobs and download the full advert and the application pack for international jobs and email your completed form to: nairobirecrui email@example.com (quoting the reference number). Please note CVs will not be accepted and that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted Job reference: KCP/064/JG Closing date for applications:12 noon (UK time) Wednesday 6 November 2013 We value diversity and aspire to reflect this in our workforce. We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community. CHANGE LIVES. START WITH YOUR OWN. VACANCY Job title: Country Manager Location: Nairobi, Kenya Closing date: 12 noon (UK time) Wednesday 6 November 2013 Do you have the passion, knowledge, and experience to support Christian Aid in eradicating poverty in Kenya? Do you have the leadership and programme development skills to take a successful country programme to new heights of performance and impact? Can you build effective partnerships across all sectors – aid community, private sector, local and national government, faith institutions? TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, REPRODUCTIVE AND CHILD HEALTH (REF:- CHR/13/10-14) AMREF is the largest indigenous health development nongovernmental organization based in Africa. Working with and through African communities, health systems and governments, AMREF aims to close the gap that prevents people from accessing their basic right to health. With headquarters in Kenya, AMREF has programmes in Ethiopia, Uganda, Somalia, South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and West Africa. Employing over 800 staff and with an annual operating budget of approximately $80 million, AMREF is a knowledge resource for donors and partners. For more information visit our website www.amref.org. AMREF is recruiting a leader for the development and implementation of AMREF’s reproductive & child health programme which includes family planning, adolescent and youth reproductive health at HQ and country level. The Technical Director, Reproductive & Child Health is a key position and part of AMREF’s senior management team, reporting to the Director of Health Programme Development, with a critical role to play in the accomplishment of AMREF’s mission and strategy. We are looking for individuals with strong organizational, management and reporting skills, who can demonstrate leadership, initiative and results. Please visit the AMREF website at www.amref.org to view the job profile and application process. This is an internationally recruited position attracting a competitive salary and attractive package of benefits. If you feel that you meet the criteria, complete the online application form attaching your CV. We encourage interested candidates to submit their applications by 08 November 2013 although the search will remain open until the position is filled. AMREF is an equal opportunity employer and has a non-smoking environment policy.
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