NGO Jobs in Kenya - ACDI / VOCA

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Job Vacancies: Subject Matter Experts, Kenya Dairy Value Chain Project
Overview: 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 49 projects in 30 countries and total revenues of $151 million.
ACDI/VOCA is currently preparing for a Dairy Value Chain Project in Kenya funded by GIZ. The anticipated project will catalyze innovations in agriculture and food sector with aim to improve small holder’s incomes, increase employment and enhance the regional food supply in the rural target regions of Bungoma, Kakamega and Saya counties.
The project will continue strengthening knowledge of dairy farmers in Good Agricultural Practices through ATVET based training; enhancing service orientation of dairy cooperatives, and promotion of commercial production as employment opportunities for youth and women.
For project positions and short-term consulting opportunities, ACDI/VOCA is promptly seeking experts with the experience in the following technical areas:
·         Cooperative development and organizational capacity of service providers
·         Agricultural extension and training;
·         Agricultural Technical Vocational Education and Training (ATVET)
·         Food safety
·         Dairy production and value chain development;
·         Good Husbandry practices in dairy farming;
·         Fodder value chain development;
·         ICT in agriculture
·         Gender and Youth empowerment
Qualifications
While each position will have its own operational and technical scope under the project, overall qualifications will meet the below:
General qualifications
·         University degree in agricultural science, agricultural economics, animal sciences or related discipline; Master’s degree or other advanced degree strongly preferred
·         Minimum 20 years of working experience in rural development projects either in the area of agricultural extension or/and cooperative development or/and dairy farming (for long term positions)
Specific qualifications
·         Practical knowledge of ATVET approach and excellent training skills
·         Excellent knowledge of dairy value chain support activities of government and non- government organisations and donors in Kenya and good networking abilities
·         Client and partner orientation, efficient work practices, interdisciplinary thinking and training experience are required
·         Experience of collaboration with GIZ or other donors is an asset
·         Extraordinary coordination and communication skills
·         Fluent (written and spoken) in English
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Kenya Nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Vacancy: Nutrition Expert, Kenya
Overview: 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.
Tanager, an ACDI/VOCA affiliate, is promptly seeking an experienced Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Expert for Impacting Gender & Nutrition through Innovative Technical Exchange in Agriculture (IGNITE) project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This 5-year project will improve household nutrition and women’s empowerment by strengthening African institutions’ ability to integrate nutrition and gender in agriculture interventions and business practices.
The Nutrition Expert will provide thought leadership on the development of tools, resources, and models that will facilitate the integration of nutrition into agriculture interventions.
S/he will lead provision of technical services to IGNITE clients, supporting them to design, implement, and monitor nutrition-sensitive business strategies and agriculture activities in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Tanzania.
Responsibilities:
·         Lead the analysis of research and field assessments to identify nutrition-sensitive approaches that increase consumption of safe, nutritious food.
·         Co-create the design and implementation of interventions that increase household production, access to, purchase, and consumption of nutrient-rich foods.
·         Apply gender best practices to introduce innovative approaches to address barriers to intrahousehold allocation of food and joint decision making over household nutrition, income expenditure, and production decisions.
·         Develop and test tools that integrate both gender and nutrition into the design and implementation of agriculture activities.
·         Design and conduct participatory training and workshops on nutrition-sensitive agriculture for clients.
·         Support clients on development, refinement, and/or roll-out of nutrition-sensitive business policies and procedures.
·         Contribute to development of case studies that make the business case for integrating nutrition into agriculture activities and business plans.
·         Collaborate with evaluation partners in designing tools and evaluations that identify most effective and efficient models for increasing equitable consumption of safe, affordable, nutritious food year-round.
·         Support identification of local service providers; conduct trainings and other capacity building activities for identified local service providers; accompany local service providers in providing technical support to IGNITE clients.
Qualifications:
·         Master’s degree in nutrition, public health, or a relevant discipline.
·         Minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible experience in sub-Saharan Africa, in at least 3 different countries; including a minimum of five years’ experience facilitating training on nutrition-sensitive agriculture, leading nutrition analysis, and identifying nutrition-sensitive interventions for agriculture programs or organizations; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
·         Demonstrated experience integrating nutrition into agriculture projects and knowledge of nutrition-sensitive agriculture concepts in sub-Saharan Africa; experience in West and East Africa preferred.
·         Demonstrated knowledge of and proven successful ability to design and conduct trainings and workshops and lead interviews, focus groups, and other formative research methodologies
·         Demonstrated knowledge of social and behavior change communication theory and techniques.
·         Understanding of gender-integrated agriculture concepts in Africa and ability to integrate a gender lens into nutrition-sensitive approaches.
·         Experience working with agricultural market systems, rural producers, farmers’ associations, agribusinesses, private sector agricultural production, marketing, or sales, and/or governments.
·         Strong analytical skills, including ability to gather and analyze a variety of information pertaining to issues and to develop appropriate recommendations for action.
·         Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to write required documents in a clear, concise, well-organized manner.
·         Fluency in English, written and oral, required; French language skills strongly desired.
·         Ability to travel in Sub-Saharan Africa for up to 40%.
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Applicants from African countries strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Vacancy: Team Leader, Kenya
Overview: 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.
Tanager, an ACDI/VOCA affiliate, is promptly seeking a creative and dynamic Team Leader for Impacting Gender & Nutrition through Innovative Technical Exchange in Agriculture (IGNITE) project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
This 5-year project will improve household nutrition and women’s empowerment by strengthening African institutions’ ability to integrate nutrition and gender in agriculture interventions and business practices.
The Team Leader will implement a strategy to accomplish sustainable gender and nutrition outcomes in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Tanzania and will strengthen networks and collaboration with government agencies, private sector companies, and NGOs working in agriculture.
Responsibilities:
·         Provide technical and managerial oversight and leadership in the design and implementation of annual work plans and strategies and ensure that interventions create sustainable development outcomes.
·         Serve as Program Manager for the IGNITE program responsible for operational and financial compliance with the donor and Tanager’s policies and processes.
·         Consider and address access to finance obstacles faced by women and youth-led businesses, and ensure activities are designed and implemented to be inclusive of these groups. Guide the entire project with a clear, consistent, and committed vision.
·         Lead the assessment, design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of nutrition-sensitive and gender-integrated agriculture interventions with identified institutions.
·         Oversee relationship and contracts with subaward partners responsible for model development and evaluation of select interventions; provide guidance on relevant data collection practices (WEAI and nutrition) and impact evaluations.
·         Review and ensure quality content and quality writing of annual program reports outlining progress towards meeting activity deliverables and targets as well as any lessons learned, success stories and upcoming activities.
·         Identify and cultivate strategic partnerships with peer implementing organizations, private sector companies, and government stakeholders that will strengthen and expand the reach of IGNITE’s technical assistance.
·         Provide technical leadership on the nexus of agriculture, nutrition, and gender.
·         Maintain positive and dynamic relationships with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, IGNITE clients, and local partners.
Qualifications:
·         Advanced degree in agricultural economics, business administration, or other relevant technical fields.
·         Minimum of 10 years of relevant and progressive work experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, in at least 3 different countries; at least 5 years of program management in a supervisory role.
·         Experience working with agricultural market systems, rural producers, farmers’ associations, agribusinesses, private sector agricultural production, marketing, or sales, and/or governments.
·         Demonstrated track record in providing technical and managerial leadership on sizable gender-integrated agriculture programs, preferably with a nutrition lens.
·         Demonstrated knowledge of and effectiveness with strategies for designing, implementing, and evaluating nutrition and gender-inclusive agriculture interventions.
·         Proven experience building organizational capacity of national or regional-level institutions.
·         Demonstrated ability to interact effectively and collaboratively with a broad range of public and private sector counterparts and other key stakeholders.
·         Excellent oral and written communication, technical, and reporting skills for a high visibility, flagship program.
·         Fluency in English, written and oral, required; French language skills strongly desired.
·         Ability to travel in Sub-Saharan Africa for up to 40%
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Applicants from African countries strongly encouraged to apply.
The applications will be reviewed promptly upon receipt, only finalists will be contacted.
ACDI/VOCA is an equal opportunity employer.
Women, minorities and people from diverse groups are encouraged to apply.
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