Team Leader-Kenya Devolution Programme at Concern Worldwide

We are an international humanitarian organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and suffering in the world’s poorest countries. Concern Worldwide began working in Kenya in May 2002 with the development of an urban programme in Nairobi. Our work expanded into a multi-sectoral programme focusing on urban and rural livelihoods, primary education, HIV and AIDS, water and sanitation, and health and nutrition in both Nairobi and Marsabit. In partnership with local organisations, Concern also responds to a number of emergencies in Kenya resulting from floods, drought and violence.

Reports to: Country Director

Direct Reports: All project technical and operations managers/leads

Job Location: Nairobi, with at least 40% field visits for support and supervision of in-county teams

Job Summary

The Team Leader will provide technical leadership and management to the KDP. S/he will be the project focal person for all communication and engagement with FCDO. Specifically, the jobholder will provide sound project planning and management, manage and track all terms of the sub agreements with Consortium partners. S/he will lead stakeholder engagement with FCDO, National and respective County Governments. The Team Leader will foster a positive and collaborative relationship with the Council of Governors (COG), Regional Economic Blocks, Ministry of Devolution and ASAL (MODA), Sector Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), target county governments, multilateral organizations collaborating in KDP and host communities. S/he will lead and provide oversight for sound financial management, timely and quality reporting to FCDO and relevant line ministries/department/counties. S/He will be responsible for oversight and sound grant management of downstream Civil Society Organizations (CSO) at the county level. The incumbent will lead and manage diverse consortium workforce that includes; local and international senior management; technical advisors, staff and consultants. The Team Leader will be expected to ensure compliance with all internal and donor programme management requirements and in particular VFM and anti-fraud policies of FCDO.

Job Specifications

A post graduate qualification in governance, leadership, public administration, public policy, development studies or any relevant qualification

  • Thorough understanding and experience with decentralization and devolved governance gained in Kenya or similar context.
  • Excellent understanding of the organisation and functioning of government, civil societies etc.
  • Over 10 years’ experience leading and managing large and complex governance/leadership grants. Experience managing FCDO (DFID) funded programmes an added advantage.
  • Over 10 cumulative experience working with or for INGOs, other development implementing agencies, the UN and managing local and international consortium partners. Experience managing technical, consultants and expert staffs
  • Good representation and presentation experience with results with senior government officials at county and national level, donors, development partners and host communities
  • Good understanding of key GOK sector policies and plans, economic and fiscal frameworks and cross cutting issues i.e. youth, gender, climate change. Illustrative sector policies and plans include but not limited to health, livelihood, WASH etc.
  • Politically aware and savvy.
  • Innovative and adaptive.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, networking, coordination and leadership skills
  • Proficiency in the use of computer applications

Concern has an organisational Code of Conduct (CCoC) with three Associated Policies; the Programme Participant Protection Policy (P4), the Child Safeguarding Policy and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Policy. These have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation, and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organisation, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context, staff have a responsibility to the organisation to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern’s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a job with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Concern Staff Code of Conduct and Associated Policies as an appendix to their contract of employment. By signing the Concern Code of Conduct, candidates acknowledge that they have understood the content of both the Concern Code of Conduct and the Associated Policies and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these policies.

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