USAID Project Management Specialist Jobs In Kenya East Africa

USAID Project Management Specialist Jobs In Kenya East Africa

ADVERTISEMENT FOR USAID PROJECT MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST (FINANCE & INVESTMENT), OFFICE OF REGIONAL ECONOMIC INTEGRATION, USAID/KENYA AND EAST AFRICA

This position is based in Nairobi and is open to Qualified Kenyan Citizens.

People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Opening: March 30, 2016; Deadline date for applications: April 18, 2016

BACKGROUND:

This position operates under the direction of the REI Deputy Office Chief for Trade, but with flexibility for planning, organizing, and executing assigned responsibilities. S/he must understand and apply a highly technical body of knowledge and analysis in finance and investment, applicable regional and national laws and regulations, and programmatic strategies for assisting in advancing the regional agenda for deepening integration. S/he must understand and apply Agency regulations and instructions. The incumbent plans and undertakes important projects and carries them to completion with minimal supervision. Demands are heavy on the demonstration of initiative, resourcefulness, and sound judgment. S/he will work independently, while informing and consulting within REI as necessary.

The Specialist will support USAID’s engagement primarily with the private sector to develop partnerships and interventions in finance and investment to support regional economic growth. Guidance received from REI management will be focused on strategy, program objectives, and priorities. Within such guidelines, the incumbent supports the strategic implementation of the Agency’s regional finance and investment agenda and activities, working closely with national and regional government counterparts, private sector leaders, and other key stakeholders to enable more efficient and effective mobilization of capital for regional development impact. The Specialist will work to advance regional finance and investment in East Africa which are critical to its economic growth and food security. The incumbent is responsible for providing technical leadership to ensure that the programs supported by REI and its bilateral client Missions are evidence-based and data-driven, informed by current analysis and research, and take into account best practices and lessons learned. The incumbent will manage assistance that responds to key opportunities and challenges in expanding regional finance and investment in East Africa. Lastly, the incumbent will engage in informed policy debate to improve the enabling environment for increasing finance and investment.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Any application that does not meet the minimum requirements stated below will not be evaluated. Only short listed applicants will be contacted. If you have not been contacted within one month from the closing date of this advertisement, please consider your application unsuccessful.

  1. Education: Master’s degree in Applied Economics, Business, Finance, Public Policy, Public Administration or other directly related field is required.
  2. Experience – 40%: Seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in finance, investment or related advisory and consulting work. Experience working with East African private sector, in particular the financial sector, is required. Experience working with East African governments and donors required.
  3. Post Entry Training: The following training may be provided, based on the availability of courses and funds: Programming Foreign Assistance, Project Design and Management; Contracting/Agreement Officer’s Representative (COR/AOR), Evaluation Methods, Cost- Benefit/Value Analysis; and other USAID or outside training opportunities directly relevant to the performance of core responsibilities. The incumbent will be required to complete Contracting/Agreement Officer’s Representative (COR/AOR) certification.
  4. Language Proficiency: Level IV (Fluent) English in speaking and writing is required. The applicant must demonstrate ability to communicate expertly and prepare well-written reports in English.
  5. Knowledge – 30%: A comprehensive knowledge of the East African finance and investment environment as they relate to advancing regional trade and integration. Knowledge of best practices in improving the policy environment for finance and investment and maximizing their development impact in the sub-Saharan African context is required.
  6. Skills and Abilities– 30%: Ability to work effectively with high-level personnel from the private sector, government, implementing partners and other development organizations. Ability to develop, synthesizes, and advises on institutional positions and strategies within the context of expanding regional finance and investment. Ability to prepare reports and technical and policy briefs with short deadlines. Ability to process information from a wide variety of sources into cohesive, polished documents. Ability to adapt in the face of change, synthesize new information, and then provide sound advice to Mission management and others. Ability to assess problems and develop sound solutions, such as planning for and administering funds, personnel and equipment to best serve program oversight objectives. Ability to work with minimal supervision in a fast paced environment. Strong communications and interpersonal skills. Advanced competency in MS Office applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

For a detailed Position Description visit www.myjobsinkenya.com/usaid

Only those fulfilling the education and experience requirements listed above should submit their application through www.myjobsinkenya.com/usaid , following the HOW TO APPLY instructions stated in the advert in myjobsinkenya.

The strict closing date/deadline for receipt of applications is April 18, 2016 at 4:30pm East Africa Time.

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