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Kenya Feed the Future Innovation Engine (KFIE) Chief of Party/Project Director, Nairobi, Kenya

Effective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International will be recruiting applicants for the position of Chief of Party with the Empowerment and Civic Engagement Group. The responsibilities, duties, and qualifications are described in the attached position description. Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.

GENERAL:

Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.

SALARY & BENEFITS:

The salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

APPLICATIONS:

Applicants should go to www.winrock.org to the Jobs link and submit a current resume and cover letter referencing KFIE COP by February 24.

Winrock would like to graciously thank all applicants for their interest but only candidates who meet all requisite criteria and are short listed will be contacted.

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POSITION DESCRIPTION

POSITION TITLE: Chief of Party

LOCATION: Nairobi or Kisumu, Kenya

UNIT: Empowerment and Civic Engagement Group

REPORTS TO: Vice President or Designated Home Office Program Manager

PROGRAM SUMMARY:

USAID/Kenya is planning a new program called “Kenya Feed the Future Innovation Engine” (KFIE). KFIE is designed to foster and bring to scale innovative private sector solutions to persistent poverty and food insecurity.

KFIE is intended to harness the power of innovative private sector approaches to leverage resources and integrate new approaches to agricultural solutions thereby accelerating efforts to address poverty and food security needs in Kenya.

Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Chief-of-Party will have overall responsibility for the vision and implementation of the KFIE project. This will involve management support to the overall project, strategic thinking and outreach to foster Kenyan innovation in food security, including private sector engagement. The scope of work for this position is expected to include: • Maintaining liaison with USAID, GOK, and other institutions and stakeholders on matters relating to the KFIE Project and food security in Kenya; • Providing programmatic, financial and administrative oversight for the KFIE Innovation Fund; • Coordinating development of an innovation index to aid identification and measurement of innovations’ success, technical assistance, and networking and engagement of and between innovators, private sector, and other relevant actors; • Collaborating with innovators to develop strategic plans for scale-up; • As requested, advising innovators on matters of business development and operations; • Monitoring food security policies and developments in Kenya that may affect innovators’ success; and • Collaborating with other relevant programs and actors to maximize use of program resources and overall program success; • Providing progress reporting and advising on innovations’ advancement to USAID on the program.

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES:

Successful candidate will oversee programming related to creating linkages between innovators and private sector to ensure sustainability, adoption, and scalability of program-funded innovations. Additional responsibilities will relate to coordinating capacity-building for innovators, program outreach, and identifying and assessing promising innovations that will contribute to increased agricultural productivity and improved nutritional status in food insecure areas of Kenya.

QUALIFICATIONS AND BACKGROUND:

Education: Advanced degree in business, agriculture, or related field.

Work Experience: At least 15 years’ experience in agricultural development required, with experience running a Kenyan private sector enterprises/agribusinesses strongly preferred. Experience coordinating with a broad range of stakeholders required, with specialized experience in public relations and communications preferred. Experience managing a donor-funded agriculture project required, experience with USAID programs and grants management strongly preferred.

Skills: Proven ability to leverage private sector investment to advance Kenya’s development agenda will be a distinct asset. Experience with technical and financial reporting and communicating program success is essential.

Other: Fluency in English and Kiswahili required

How to apply:

Applicants should go to www.winrock.org to the Jobs link and submit a current resume and cover letter referencing KFIE COP by February 24.

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