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Scope of Work


Position: Chief of Party
Activity: USAID Kenya / East Africa Journey to Self-Reliance (J2SR) Mission Support Program
Implementer: SoCha LLC
Company background: SoCha (a portmanteau of Social and Change) is an independent Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (ME&L) firm that provides bespoke solutions to social challenges. Since our inception in 2010, we have grown into a fully-fledged ME&L services firm that specializes in advancing innovative methodologies and changing the way donors find solutions to social problems.
Activity background: USAID / Kenya East Africa seeks to advance what self-reliance means for Kenya and the broader region. To support USAID/KEA to align programming toward promoting self-reliance outcomes, SoCha LLC has recently been awarded and will implement a two-year (optional three-year) mission support program to enable USAID to pivot into this journey to self-reliance (J2SR).
To support this journey, the J2SR program will support USAID / KEA to understand context, align programs, collect data, understand complexity, and apply learning to program adaptation.
Thus, the Journey to Self-Reliance program aims to:
·         Strengthen monitoring, verification, and reporting systems;
·         Improve the utilization of evaluations, assessments, and analyses to fulfill learning objectives and inform decisions;
·         Improve internal and external coordination, collaboration, and learning;
·         Enhance practices of learning and adapting; and
·         Support strategy development and process management.
J2SR is both a support contract and a core learning mechanism for the USAID/KEA mission.
J2SR will support USAID/Kenya and East Africa across all technical areas, operating in Nairobi, Kenya with travel in both Kenya and the East Africa region.
J2SR will partner with local organizations and local firms and will work to build local capacity to drive ambitious development agenda throughout Kenya and East Africa.
The Mission is keen to ensure that activities mitigate inequality and power imbalances, rather than reinforce the status quo.
SoCha seeks a qualified and experienced Chief of Party to lead this activity.
Responsibilities
Contract Management
·         Make key decisions and solve problems in short time frames while ensuring operational and program integrity.
·         Ensure contract is executed in compliance with contract requirements
·         Manage contract and project finances (budget and funds)
·         Manage commodity procurement, inventory and general logistics
·         Ensure high quality of deliverables in fulfilling contract
Management of Planning, Implementation, and Monitoring Activities
·         Program management, oversight, and reporting of Contractor progress and quality of performance in meeting the activity undertakings
·         Define and guide team in executing the vision for implementation
·         Meet contractual targets and set targets when necessary
·         Develop and oversee the implementation of activity work plan
·         Work with client on a daily basis to understand needs and respond with draft work orders
·         Oversee work-product across project teams
Communications and Information Management
·         Maintain clear lines of communication with Client, MSP team, SoCha home office, subcontractors and other stakeholders
·         Lead and deliver presentations and weekly updates on request by Client or as needed for other parties
·         Prepare contract reports and client updates
·         Establish and socialize best practices for project plans and reports
Personnel Management
·         Define personnel needs and associated scopes of work
·         Make final selections of personnel (LTTA and STTA)to be proposed to client
·         Oversee MSP team
·         Motivate staff to perform effectively toward project objectives.
Qualifications
·         A Master’s Degree in development studies, statistics, program management or a related field
·         At least ten years of progressively increasing responsibility in managing large comprehensive contracts of similar nature, size and complexity
·         Be a skilled manager who is actively engaged in all aspects of program management with strong interpersonal, analytical, and problem-solving skills and exceptional oral and written communication skills
·         Preferably, five years of experience in collaborating, learning and adapting, change management, or communication
·         Experience living and working in East Africa, Kenya preferable
·         Experience overseeing USAID contracts and understanding of USG policies, regulations, and procedures
·         Experience overseeing contract deliverables such as work plans, AMELPs, monthly reporting and contract compliance requirements.
How to Apply
Interested candidates must submit their CV by end of the day, Friday November 8, 2019.
To apply, kindly click on this link: https://socha.today/chief-of-party-position-socha-llc

Position: Strategy and Programs Advisor
Activity: USAID Kenya / East Africa Journey to Self-Reliance (J2SR) Mission Support Program
Implementer: SoCha LLC
Company background: SoCha (a portmanteau of Social and Change) is an independent Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (ME&L) firm that provides bespoke solutions to social challenges. Since our inception in 2010, we have grown into a fully-fledged ME&L services firm that specializes in advancing innovative methodologies and changing the way donors find solutions to social problems.
Activity background: USAID / Kenya East Africa seeks to advance what self-reliance means for Kenya and the broader region. To support USAID/KEA to align programming toward promoting self-reliance outcomes, SoCha LLC has recently been awarded and will implement a two-year (optional three-year) mission support program to enable USAID to pivot into this journey to self-reliance (J2SR).
To support this journey, the J2SR program will support USAID/KEA to understand context, align programs, collect data, understand complexity, and apply learning to program adaptation.
Thus, the Journey to Self-Reliance program aims to:
·         Strengthen monitoring, verification, and reporting systems;
·         Improve the utilization of evaluations, assessments, and analyses to fulfill learning objectives and inform decisions;
·         Improve internal and external coordination, collaboration, and learning;
·         Enhance practices of learning and adapting; and
·         Support strategy development and process management.
J2SR is both a support contract and a core learning mechanism for the USAID/KEA mission.
J2SR will support USAID/Kenya and East Africa across all technical areas, operating in Nairobi, Kenya with travel in both Kenya and the East Africa region.
J2SR will partner with local organizations and local firms and will work to build local capacity to drive ambitious development agenda throughout Kenya and East Africa.
Position background: The J2SR program, implemented by SoCha LLC, seeks a highly motivated Strategy and Programs Advisor to lead support to USAID Kenya/East Africa in their development of strategy, policy, and programs.
The Strategy and Programs Advisor will work with other J2SR staff and teams to ensure USAID/KEA strategic decisions, policy, processes, knowledge, and communications are integrated into all J2SR learning products and services.
The Strategy and Programs Advisor will lead the J2SR program efforts in objective five, and lead a team including a Communications Specialist and other possible short-term or long-term technical assistance consultants. The Strategy and Programs Advisor will design, lead, and execute both strategy-related trainings, workshops, and events, and other such events for USAID/KEA and J2SR.
Responsibilities:
Lead Strategy, Programs, and Communications team to deliver J2SR technical deliverables and all technical tasks under Objective 5: Support strategy development and process management as part of the program cycle to enable continuous planning, delivering, assessing, and adapting of development programs
General areas of support:
·         Technical and organizational development support in developing, monitoring, adapting, and communicating USAID/KEA strategies and associated enabling environment
·         Technical and organizational development support to streamline management processes to enable strategic and efficient implementation
·         Designing and delivering on-demand training for implementing partners and local organizations
·         Manage team including Communications Specialist, and short or long-term technical assistance consultants to deliver high quality products and services for USAID/KEA
·         Collaborate with other J2SR technical and operational teams to deliver integrated support to the mission and implementing partners
Specific tasks:
·         Lead J2SR support in the design, organization, and execution of internal and external learning and collaboration events, workshops, and trainings with USAID personnel, implementing partners, and other stakeholders
·         Generate ideas and act as a knowledge partner to support USAID/KEA SPA office in systems strengthening
·         Support USAID/KEA Strategic Planning and Analysis (SPA) office to conceptualize, create, reengineer, or develop mission orders, templates, tools, knowledge management, and communications systems
·         Develop information and knowledge products: case studies and evaluation summaries
·         Lead J2SR support to other USAID implementing partners and communicate USAID/KEA strategies, policies, procedures; support the design, organization, and execution of trainings on USAID policy
·         Recruit and manage STTA to support development, monitor, and validate strategy documents
·         Recruit and manage local experts, expat experts, and local firms to supplement J2SR program: organizational development and learning, strategic thinking, digital storytelling, event management, and logistics
·         Manage logistics or logistics support staff and partners to secure venues for partner meetings, learning events, office retreats; with accompanying photos, videos, infographics, stories, printouts
·         Provide and manage internal writing and editorial support, document review, error checking for various monitoring, evaluation, and learning products
·         Other tasks as needed to achieve J2SR objectives and support USAID/KEA strategy, programs, communication, and knowledge management portfolio
Qualifications:
·         Master’s degree in international development, organizational behavior, public policy, or related field
·         5 years of experience leading teams in using data and stakeholder feedback to make team-wide, office-wide, company-wide and/or mission-wide strategy decisions
·         3 years of experience working with USG and/or international development clients or activities facilitating stakeholder engagement, learning and/or strategy
·         Excellent English writing skills
·         Excellent English oral communication skills, strong presentation skills
·         Workshop design, adult learning, facilitation skills and experience highly preferred
·         Experience working on USAID contracts and understanding of USG policies, regulations, and procedures, extensive knowledge of ADS 201
·         Experience living and working in East Africa, Kenya preferable
·         Experience writing strategy documents and/or revising/managing production for major public-facing development publications highly preferred
Place of performance: Nairobi, Kenya with occasional travel within Kenya or East Africa region
Reporting: The Strategy and Programs Advisor reports to the Chief of Party.
How to Apply
Interested candidates must submit their CV by end of the day, Friday November 8, 2019.

Position: Project Manager
Activity: USAID Kenya / East Africa Journey to Self-Reliance (J2SR) Mission Support Program
Implementer: SoCha LLC
Company background: SoCha (a portmanteau of Social and Change) is an independent Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (ME&L) firm that provides bespoke solutions to social challenges. Since our inception in 2010, we have grown into a fully-fledged ME&L services firm that specializes in advancing innovative methodologies and changing the way donors find solutions to social problems.
Activity background: USAID/Kenya East Africa seeks to advance what self-reliance means for Kenya and the broader region. To support USAID/KEA to align programming toward promoting self-reliance outcomes, SoCha LLC has recently been awarded and will implement a two-year (optional three-year) mission support program to enable USAID to pivot into this journey to self-reliance (J2SR).
To support this journey, the J2SR program will support USAID/KEA to understand context, align programs, collect data, understand complexity, and apply learning to program adaptation.
Thus, the Journey to Self-Reliance program aims to:
·         Strengthen monitoring, verification, and reporting systems;
·         Improve the utilization of evaluations, assessments, and analyses to fulfill learning objectives and inform decisions;
·         Improve internal and external coordination, collaboration, and learning;
·         Enhance practices of learning and adapting; and
·         Support strategy development and process management.
J2SR is both a support contract and a core learning mechanism for the USAID/KEA mission.
J2SR will support USAID/Kenya and East Africa across all technical areas, operating in Nairobi, Kenya with travel in both Kenya and the East Africa region.
J2SR will partner with local organizations and local firms and will work to build local capacity to drive ambitious development agenda throughout Kenya and East Africa.
Position background: The J2SR program, implemented by SoCha LLC, seeks a highly motivated Project Manager to support project startup, management, operations, and programs. The Project Manager will coordinate and manage a variety of project technical and operational tasks.
The Project Manager will work with the SoCha Director of Programs, the activity’s Chief of Party, and the SoCha Director of Finance and Operations. The Project Manager will also support SoCha Home Office knowledge management and program management systems.
As needed, the project manager will contribute and/or lead on other SoCha business development activities, as the company grows its operations across the Africa region. The Project Manager must be flexible, able to take direction, but also willing and able to initiate on tasks with little to no direction. The Project Manager must be able to overcome challenges, address client needs, and manage client and partner, sub-contractor relationships.
Responsibilities
Kenya MSP Project Start-up and Management
·         Support the Director of Programs in start-up and execution of technical work
1.   Support development of workplan, AMELP and QASP
2.   Organize and support internal and/or external project launch activities and workshops
3.   Support creation and implementation of activity monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) and knowledge management systems to track work order activity, quality and timeliness.
4.   Support project level reporting and weekly meetings
5.   Oversee the planning and execution of other CLIN 1 deliverables such as M&V visits and MEL trainings
6.   Monitor and report on overall progress against agreed targets, milestones, outputs and activities
7.   Establish working relationships with the USAID/Kenya East Africa Mission SPA and technical offices.
8.   Liaise with and respond to requests from home office, client, subcontractors and consultants.
·         Support the Director of Finance and Operations in matters pertaining to office and staff start-up
1.   Support in the identification of temporary offices and build of permanent office
2.   Support onboarding and mobilizing of LTTA and consultants – including SoWs, contract review, travel logistics, etc.
3.   Support the mobilizing of local subcontractors
4.   Monitor and maintain compliance with the contract
Business Development
·         Provide support for SoCha business development in Africa.
1.   Proposal writing and development of technical and cost
2.   Identify, develop and maintain relationships with sub-contracting partners
3.   Manage proposal efforts and provide guidance to internal and external team members
4.   Support proposal recruitment efforts as needed
5.   Support the development of proposal budgets and level of effort build-up
6.   Participate in proposal reviews and recommend and execute changes as needed
7.   Lead capture trips as necessary
Home Office Support
·         May include supporting the development of home office knowledge management and program management systems.
·         As this position supports a contract with evolving needs and a growing home office, there may be other duties as assigned, outside of those listed above.
Reports to: Director of Programs
Qualifications:
·         A Master’s Degree in development studies, program management, public policy, or a related field
·         At least five years of progressively increasing responsibility working in international development in developing countries
·         Be a skilled team leader or coordinator who is actively engaged in all aspects of program management with strong interpersonal, analytical, and problem-solving skills and exceptional oral and written communication skills
·         Preferably three years of experience in the technical fields of the activity: collaborating, learning and adapting, M&E, organizational learning and development, or strategy development
·         Ability to write compelling, client-facing, error-free text, on-demand in English
·         Experience proofreading and ensuring high quality for client deliverables within short timeframes
·         Excellent oral presentation skills, ability to communicate with client and manage client and partner relationships; sales or relationship management experience preferred
·         Experience living and working in East Africa, Kenya preferable
·         Experience working on USAID contracts and understanding of USG policies, regulations, and procedures, extensive knowledge of ADS 201
·         Experience contributing to, tracking, and ensuring high quality for contract deliverables such as work plans, AMELPs, monthly reporting, or contract compliance requirements
How to Apply:
Interested candidates must submit their CV by end of the day, Friday November 8, 2019.
To apply, kindly click on this link: https://socha.today/project-manager-position-socha-llc
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