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Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Lead
The Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Lead will:
- Manage M&E and data visualization staff, and a four-person monitoring and verification (M&V) team that will conduct 60 M&V visits annually across Kenya;
- Develop, review, and align project and activity MEL plans to Mission’s performance management plans (PMP) for the Country and Regional Development Cooperation Strategies (CDCS and RDCS);
- Advise USAID/KEA on the development of evaluation, assessments, and analyses statements of work, cost estimates, and the utilization of findings;
- Oversee GIS and DataViz deliverables, including the creation of customized data visualization dashboards;
- Oversee Third-Party Monitoring, including data verification, context monitoring, implementation monitoring, data quality assessments, compliance monitoring, data analysis and visualization;
- Enhance implementing partner (IP) knowledge of how to conduct their own effective monitoring site visits;
- Collaborate with other LISA technical staff to design and conduct trainings for Mission personnel and other stakeholders;
- Report writing for technical deliverables;
- Quality assurance of all products, documents, and deliverables prepared by the MEL team;
- Present findings to USAID representatives and implementing partners;
- Line management and capacity building of team members and relevant STTA;
- Other duties as requested by SoCha Management and/or Chief of Party.
- Master’s or PhD degree in economics, international development, or a relevant field (or substitute an additional 5 years of experience with a Bachelor’s);
- Fluent spoken and written English;
- 10+ years of experience in performance management, data management, analysis, or MEL, including 5 years managing teams
- Demonstrated ability to manage complex operations and staff;
- Ability to document and presenting actionable findings;
- Ability to understand and mentor staff on multiple analytical methods.
Capacity Building Advisor
- Identify and assess organizational and capacity development needs of current and prospective IPs, analyze findings to understand root causes, and collaborate with partners to formulate action plans;
- Develop organizational capacity assessment tools;
- Develop curriculum, provide individual start-up foundational technical assistance services and coaching to USAID identified local partners, and manage technical assistance services via consultants and Kenyan firms with appropriate expertise on finances and managing funds, governance structures, organizational policy formulation, managing sub-awards, tracking and reporting on third party costs contributions, human resource systems and practices, information technology systems, enterprise resource planning and systems, procurement, systematic performance monitoring and reporting results, and public and private partnership networks;
- Support planning and execution of Non-U.S. Organization Pre-Award Surveys and implementing partner procedures/expenditure reviews;
- Provide capacity building support services to empower and enfranchise local actors and local organizations;
- Liaise with USAID support and technical offices in relation to work requests;
- Identify and scope opportunities to deliver capacity building services to local organizations;
- Monitor the progress of capacity building activities.
- At least 10-15 years of experience with capacity building, organization development and change management in fields such as risk management, finance, compliance, procurement, governance, HR, or other related fields;
- Preferred experience working for or collaborating with audit, accounting, consulting, or business services firms;
- Master’s degree in a strategy or related field;
- Excellent communication skills in both English and Kiswahili;
- Experience living and working in the East Africa region.
- Provide IT support for onsite and virtual events, including setup, configuration, and audiovisual equipment and software troubleshooting.
- Assist with coordinating and supporting onsite and virtual meetings, including troubleshooting technical issues and providing technical support to remote participants.
- Troubleshoot and resolve technical problems with various devices, including desktops, laptops, mobile devices, printers, and peripherals.
- Manage and maintain the IT inventory for the project and collaborate with the IT Support Manager to ensure IT infrastructure is secure and compliant with organizational policies and procedures.
- Monitor and maintain the organization’s backup and disaster recovery systems.
- Deliver high-level support services, resolving IT-related issues promptly and effectively.
- Maintain a high level of support service, ensuring IT-requests are resolved promptly and effectively, and escalate issues to the IT Support Manager when necessary.
- Bachelor’s degree or higher in relevant field
- Minimum of 3 years of ICT work experience
- Minimum of 1 year of work experience with USAID or on USAID-funded activities in an ICT position
- Strong communication skills
- Professional proficiency in English
- Experience with PA systems and integration for hybrid events
- Possess experience in ICT support for events, hybrid event technology integrations, and effective presentation skills.
Scope of Work
The Procurement Specialist will report to the Director of Finance and Administration and will be responsible for supporting all procurement activities of the project.
- Oversee all procurement activities on the project, support, and follow-up on procurements, and ensure compliance with relevant procedures related to travel, as well as aligning with SoCha and USAID policies and regulations.
- Coordinate and ensure the provision of procurement support for all project activities.
- Draft Requests for Quotations/Proposals, coordinate proposal reviews and write selection memos in accordance with USAID and SoCha LLC policies.
- Foster and manage all relationships with vendors and service providers and ensure compliance with the terms of their contracts or service agreements.
- Act as a non-voting member of the procurement selection committee and ensures that the committee works collaboratively to evaluate proposals and documenting the vendor selection process.
- Prepare and issue solicitations and amendments, service level agreements, blanket purchase agreements, purchase orders, modifications e.tc
- Train local staff in aspects of the procurement process, including evaluation committees.
- Maintain and track all local procurements, BPAs and sub-contract data on share point, keeping a complete record of the procurement process and file.
- Determine the most reasonable, fair, and expeditious procurement alternatives for each activity and participate in procurement work planning, and proactively lead in conducting market research in support of anticipated operations and technical need.
- Other tasks as appropriate
- Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in procurement, purchasing and supplies or business-related course.
- A professional qualification in procurement is an added advantage.
- 5+ years of experience serving in a related position, preferably in a USAID funded project overseeing procurement.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, particularly Word and Excel.
- Experience in conducting comparative cost analyses.
- Demonstrated knowledge of USAID procurement rules and regulations.
- Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Ability to organize, manage, prioritize, and follow through on multiple tasks in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.
- Proven capacity to take initiative and willingness to learn new skills as needed.
- Strong work ethic and the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
- Experience in negotiating vendor contracts (including price levels, terms of delivery, etc.)
Scope of Work
The Finance Specialist position will report to the Director of Finance and Administration and will be responsible for supporting all accounting functions of the project.
- Account for all project expenditures in QuickBooks
- Ensure that financial policies are followed.
- Use QuickBooks accounting software to monitor actual expenditure against budget.
- Ensure the timely submission of high-quality financial reports, for internal and external audiences.
- Oversee payroll and preparation of social charges for staff each month.
- Maintain current and accurate bank balances.
- Reconcile all project bank and cash accounts at the end of every month.
- Prepare monthly financial field reports.
- Maintain a system for documents and records management, including electronic and physical filing of all financial documentation.
- Preparation of VAT refund forms (DA1), maintaining a tracker for the DA1 applied for, approved and collection of refunds from vendors.
- Maintain a budget tracker of donor funds by accounting line, office and CLIN.
- Prepare Work Order budgets.
- Degree in Accounting, Commerce or Finance, CPA or ACCA at least level 2.
- Minimum of 5 years accounting work experience.
- Minimum of 3 years work experience with USAID Implementing Partners in an accounting position.
- Advance QuickBooks and excel skills.
- Good communications skills.