Program Manager-IMARA

Date Posted: Oct. 11, 2023, 9:39 a.m.

World Vision Kenya

Job Description

Purpose of Position

To provide programmatic, technical and managerial support in the implementation of IMARA program in Elgeyo Marakwet, West Pokot and Turkana Counties which aims at strengthening the target groups towards sustainable natural resource management for improved livelihoods. The job holder will be required to give feedback and reports to IMARA Consortium, partners, donor, National, Regional and subsequent Area Program Office where IMARA program is covering. S/he will be an active participant in the consortium reporting and participating in meetings and forums under the IMARA Secretariat.

Major Responsibilities

Program Coordination and Management (40%)

The jobholder will be the accountable person for the Program under World Vision Component and will work in close collaboration with the AP Managers, program staffs, Government line ministries in the Counties and Cooperating partners of this grant – Northern Rangelands Trust, Masai Mara Wild Life Conservancy Association, Saferworld and Stockholm Environment Institute.

Provide technical support and guidance in implementation of the program objectives

Monitor and ensure that grant is managed and executed as per plans within time and budgets, meeting donor, World Vision and community accountability;

Monitor Budget Utilization in line with planned Detailed Implementation Plan (DIP) as per WVK Financial Standards and donor requirements

Provide effective, innovative and strategic coordinating role in the IMARA program implementation;

Ensure that all IMARA initiatives within the program’s area of influence meet or exceed planned outcomes and are implemented timely;

Ensure program implementation is in compliance with Donor standards, WVK Policies & Procedures and aligned to acceptable financial & operational audit results.

Ensure inclusion of cross cutting themes including gender, youth, conflict sensitivity, disability and social inclusion

Ensure integration between the IMARA Program activities and other WVK livelihoods and resilience development programs in Kenya, and other relevant Global WV entities

Actively participate in IMARA Program meetings, Technical Working Groups, and Program Team meetings as appropriate

Manage and coordinate the IMARA team ensuring competent and motivated staff as well as manage performance of staff and encourage on-the-job coaching, identify and address learning and training needs and opportunities

Design, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (30%)

Ensure accurate and quality Program Design Documents (PDD) are on file

Contextualize and utilize planning guidelines for the IMARA Program

Ensure accurate and quality Annual Operation Plan (AOP) and Detailed Implementation Plan (DIP) for the program in place and utilized

Work closely with IMARA Secretariat MEAL to effectively support the program to carry out all measurements and assessments – baselines, assessments, designs, monitoring and evaluations -  in accordance with donor requirements and WV established standards, policies and procedures;

Coordinate with the IMARA Secretariat MEAL to ensure that appropriate controls, monitoring and evaluation tools are in place and being utilized in a timely manner;

Ensure the program achieves Child Well-Being Outcomes in line with the organization’s Ministry Framework and Development Approach, and WVK’s strategic priorities and the program designs.

Develop monthly schedule for monitoring together with communities and partners;

Ensure community capacity building plan on monitoring is in place and utilized;

Participate in monthly data collection - (involving communities and partners) using the standardized tools

Monitor monthly program expenditure

Ensure effective communication between IMARA Secretariat, communities/partners and the baseline/evaluation team;

Ensure all targeted respondents / stakeholders are mobilized in a timely manner during data collection exercise.

Apply Contextualized and utilized reporting guidelines

Generate quality Monthly Management Reports (MMR) informed by accurate analysed data written using language that is appropriate to the reader and in line with World Vision reporting guidelines;

Generate Quality & Accurate quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports informed by MMR and in line with donor regulations;

In liaison with Communications Officer, Develop context specific electronic and live media communications on program activities

Work with MEAL Coordinator ensure effective reflection and learning forums in the counties

Work with MEAL Coordinator to build the capacity for designing, monitoring, evaluating and learning from market-based approaches -            to collate, synthesize and communicate the evidence base for the economic development component.

Participate in quarterly monitoring visits to the field to review progress, gather stories of change associated with Market systems development, sustainable natural resources-based VCs, and financial inclusion to identify and address strategic gaps;

Engagement, Networking and Fundraising (20%)

Represent WVK in county, national and other Regional forums as approved by the Program Director.

Coordinate and Manage Relationships with credible research institutions and private sector to support research component and market systems strengthening component in the program under the agreed framework. 

Participate in Turkana, West Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet County Environmental Stakeholders forums/technical working groups as well as supporting WVK the program staff and cluster managers on engagement in relation to Natural Resource Management as well as articulating Environment and Climate change objectives in the forum. 

Participate in development of innovative NRM, Climate Change Adaptation and other Resilience Building concepts and proposals for building community resilience for fundraising as well as marketing Integrated NRM to various Learning forums.

Build and Maintain effective communications and pro-active relationships with partners including the county government and the donor

Collaborate with line ministries and departments in providing technical support and assistance to the program

Support implementing staff to successfully engage with key internal and external stakeholders, including other IMARA entities, private sector, community, religious leaders and other civil society representatives in order to maximize the impact of interventions;

Support timely development of funding proposals in line with donor requirements and WVK standards in collaboration with Resource acquisition department;

Actively engage with peers across the IMARA Consortium and WV Partnership

Participate in public forums and events as appropriate.

Advocacy: Policy and Budget Influence (5%)

Coordinate advocacy and policy influence initiatives of the program at county and national level

Increase the visibility of WVK and the donor by maintaining active engagement and advocacy on NRM related matters

Ensure that staff capacity around policy and advocacy is built.

Take lead on integrating World Vision Global Campaign on Ending Violence against children

Others (5%)

Participate in Trans teams and support other initiatives by partners in the spirit of integration

Perform any other duties as assigned by supervisor or designee.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Degree in Natural Resource Management, Agriculture, Agro-forestry, Range land Management, Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness Management and Marketing, or any other related discipline.

Post graduate degree in any of the above or Business/MBA/Leadership/organizational development is desirable

Minimum 7 years of relevant work experience five of which must be in Managing multi agency livelihood and Resilience grants in ASAL Counties;

Knowledge in renewable energies and alternative technologies are of advantage;

At least 5 years’ experience in designing, planning, implementing, supervising and reporting on integrated sustainable Natural Resource-based Value chains marketing, Business Development, Enterprise development and/or Livelihoods programming

Experience in working with consortium partners, county governments, private sector, civil society, donors and local communities;

Good understanding of NRM in ASAL context and Dryland Agricultural systems Market systems strenthenings, Peace Programming and Governance.

A broad grasp of socio - economic policy issues with respect to NRM, Agriculture, Food security, livestock and other Livelihoods, range management and marketing in both rural and often fragile context

Familiarity with participatory market approaches and making Markets Work for the Poor approaches

Deep understanding and ability to work in a fragile often interfaith context

Understanding of gender and diversity issues and commitment to addressing inequalities in all the key areas of responsibility

Ability to work under pressure and strict deadlines

Understanding of development/relief issues with commitment to humanitarian principles and action

Good financial/budget management

Good people management, training and coaching skills with strong conceptual and analytical skills

The ability to work independently, think innovatively and strategically and work effectively within a team

How To Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should make their applications via World Vision's career portal using the link https://careers.wvi.org/job-opportunities-in-kenya

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