Job Title: Senior Program Advisor STTA – SOW
Company Profile: SoCha (a word created by combining the terms Social and Change) is an independent Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (ME&L) firm that provides bespoke solutions to social challenges.
We are a veteran-owned small business, registered in the United States and headquartered in Mauritius.
SoCha is structured to be nimble and flexible, where we can rapidly respond to evaluative and analytical requests globally and have a well-established network across Africa and Asia.
Since our inception in 2010, we have grown from a consortium of globally recognized experts who specialize in evaluating the effectiveness of development assistance, to a full-fledged ME&L services firm that specializes in advancing innovative methodologies and changing the way donors find solutions to social problems.
Background: USAID Kenya and East Africa (KEA) seeks to advance the journey to self-reliance (J2SR) for Kenya and the broader region.
SoCha LLC implements the Mission Support for the Journey to Self-Reliance Pivot (MSP) activity, supporting USAID/KEA to understand context, align programs, collect data,un derstand complexity, and apply learning to program adaptation.
USAID/KEA has recently completed drafting six project design documents (PDDs) which outline plans for how the Mission will implement its portfolio of activities, aligned to its 2020-2025 Kenya Country Development Cooperation Strategy. Although these PDDs describe overall project management plans, project teams will require additional guidance to begin to manage their respective projects effectively.
Scope of Work: The MSP activity, implemented by SoCha LLC, seeks a short-term Senior Program Advisor (consultant) to support the Mission to develop a guide for the structures and operational expectations needed for successful project management and implementation.
The consultant will be contracted by SoCha and will report directly to the MSP Strategy and Programs Advisor.
The consultant will review background documents, consult with Mission stakeholders, draft a project management guide, and advise six project management teams to initiate effective project management practices.
Roles and Responsibilities
The consultant will support MSP and USAID/KEA in the following tasks:
- Review and identify strengths and weaknesses of each of the six projects design document project management sections, also giving attention to their monitoring evaluation, and learning, communications, and knowledge management requirements;
- Review Agency project management guidance from ADS 201, Learning Lab, or other Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning resources;
- Review USAID/KEA CDCS and supporting documentation, including past CDCS Management Guidance on integration;
- Consult with technical and support offices, as needed, to investigate current Mission systems and processes related to project and activity management, including structures and communication required;
- Draft a standard USAID/KEA project management guide with optional recommendations, building on proposals in current PDDs, and incorporate considerations for PMP alignment;
- Finalize proposed project management guide based on Mission feedback and suggest integration into key mission documentation, example mission order(s) and PDDs, and
- Meet with six project management teams to initiate project management according to the guide, providing advice on forming a team charter, roles and responsibilities, and how to transition from design to management.
- Master’s degree or doctoral degree in a relevant discipline from a recognized university or at least 15 years of experience in the field.
- 10 years or more experience working directly with USAID, preferably in a program office, in project design, or in an overarching program coordination or management role.
- Comprehensive understanding of USAID Automated Directives System Chapter 201 Operational Policy for the Program Cycle.
- Strong analytical and writing skills with experience in authoring program and operations guidance, mission orders, or project designs for USAID.
- Possess excellent communication and presentation skills with experience in presenting to USAID missions.
- Ability to communicate diplomatically and work effectively with a wide range of USAID staff.
Location: Remote / online.
LOE or Contract Length: The consultant is expected to work for a period of approximately 20 days, from March to April 30, 2021.
How to Apply:
Suitably skilled and qualified candidates are encouraged to CLICK HERE to lodge an application online by submitting their CV.
Applications close on 2nd April 2021.
For any inquiries, please contact [email protected]