EnCompass LLC is currently seeking a (Senior) Capacity Strengthening Specialist candidate for an anticipated USAID-funded Mission Program Cycle Support (MPCS) opportunity for USAID/Kenya and East Africa (KEA). The USAID/KEA MPCS activity will provide USAID staff, implementing partners and local stakeholders with support in designing and implementing quantitative and qualitative evaluation studies and assessments across multiple sectors. This may also include knowledge management support, developing/delivering evaluation and assessment trainings, and capacity building of local monitoring and evaluation (M&E) specialists.
It is anticipated that Somalia will also be a key recipient of support for this activity. The broader East African region – including but not limited to Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda – may also be recipients of technical assistance under this award.
The position is expected to be based in East Africa, preferably Nairobi, Kenya.
Position Duties and Responsibilities
The (Senior) Capacity Strengthening and Learning Specialist will manage and lead the design and implementation of a portfolio of activities intended to advance the capacity USAID Mission staff, local M&E specialists, civil society, and governmental staff as appropriate/requested. S/he will work closely with MPCS team members and relevant governmental stakeholders in partner countries to assess capacity, using participatory frameworks and approaches, and develop plans to sustainably enhance monitoring and evaluation capacities.
S/he will work to establish, build and maintain collaborative relationships with leading government and regional institutions, engaging them as partners and co-creators of capacity strengthening initiatives toward national and subnational entities. S/he will also look to identify and build relationships with local organizations in partner countries, and short-term technical assistance that can be engaged to deliver training and learning activities for MPCS.
The (Senior) Capacity Strengthening and Learning Specialist may be called upon to design training materials, deliver training, facilitate learning and communities of practice, develop learning agendas, design and maintain evaluation activities to determine effectiveness of capacity strengthening activities, and coordinate with MPCS and partner support staff for training deliveries. S/he will be committed to use participatory and strengths-based learning design and delivery approaches, as well as blended learning and evidence-based learning theory in all activities.
Masters’ degree in international development, organizational development, social science, or a related field preferred
No less than five years of demonstrated experience in capacity strengthening and training for strengthen skill sets, preferably in the field of monitoring and evaluation. Experience should include experience designing curricula and materials for face-to-face and virtual training delivery, as well as facilitation of institutional strengthening processes.
Experience and Skills
Experience building monitoring, evaluation and learning capacities of relevant stakeholders including implementers, funders, and government staff preferred
Demonstrated experience applying a variety of participatory and strengths-based learning design and delivery approaches, blended learning and evidence-based learning theory
Familiarity with e-learning tools, virtual Instructor-Led Trainings (vILT) on AdobeConnect, and other online instructional products highly desirable
Though not required, preference may be given to native Kenyans or those native to a country within the region
Strong written and spoken English skills required; familiarity with Swahili and/or other regional languages greatly valued
The employer will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required of personnel so classified.
The incumbent must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to juggle and prioritize multiple, competing tasks and demands and to seek supervisory assistance as appropriate. More Information
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