Thursday, April 24, 2014

USAID – KAVES Job Vacancies

USAID – KAVES is a five year Agriculture program implemented by Fintrac Inc. The overall goal of the project is to increase the productivity and incomes of smallholders and other actors along the dairy, horticulture and staple crops value chains.

Our objectives include increasing competitiveness, introducing innovative technologies and building the capacity of local organizations and companies through strategic partnerships. Applications are invited for the following positions:

1. Market Analyst

One of USAID-KAVES objective is to create valuable market linkages, develop alternative business models that enable commodity buyers to buy locally, and expand private sector provision of services. 

To accomplish these objectives, the project requires comprehensive and up-to-date market information, including prices, volumes, and trends. 

The production of market analyses and pricing reports will assist USAID-KAVES and its partners to make informed decisions, and to provide accurate information to partners. 

For this to be achieved, we seek a Market Analyst to collect, analyze and collate past and present data on demographics, imports and exports, commodity prices, traded volumes and the competitive environment from existing private and public sources.

Qualification, experience and key skill
  • Holder of a bachelor’s of science degree in statistics, agriculture economics or agribusiness management, with a strong interest in analytical research
  • Strong statistical data analysis skills and proficiency in use of statistical software
  • High level of proficiency in MS Word, MS Excel and MS PowerPoint
  • Experience in agricultural market research and technical report writing
2. Communications Assistant

Based in Nairobi with regular travel to the field offices and will report directly to the Communications Manager.

Main roles will be to ensure timely processing of reports and assistance to the Communications Manager in the daily management of the department as well as the overall delivery of publications and other media products.

Their duties will include gathering information and editing content for bi-weekly highlights, monthly bulletins, success stories, site briefs, and other publications including video and photography

Qualification, experience and key skills
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or related field.
  • Superior English writing and communication skills and a proven ability to produce high quality publications (both print and media), including reports, presentations, and other materials.
  • 3+ years of work experience in the field of communications.
  • Capable of working on multiple projects simultaneously, independently, and to meet deadlines without compromising quality.
  • Proficiency in the MS Office Suite software applications, including Excel.
  • Experience working with agriculture or USAID a plus.
  • Experience with photography and graphic design a plus.
3. Subcontracts Assistant

The Subcontracts Assistant will be based in Nairobi and will report directly to the Subcontracts Manager.

They will ensure timely processing of subcontractor deliverables and payments, high quality financial reports from the subcontractors, provide them with donor regulations and compliance advice, and play a strong role in providing feedback through consultation and coordination with the Subcontracts Manager. 

Their duties will be to conduct subcontractor pre-award assessments; assist in the preparation and review of subcontractor agreements and budgets; compile required subcontractor documentation for executive approval; process and review subcontractor deliverables, invoices, and financial reports for accuracy and completeness; follow up on subcontractor compliance issues and audits and documents resolution and various other duties associated with contract implementation and compliance.

Qualification, experience and key skills
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in business Administration, Accounting or related field.
  • Professional qualifications in CPA 1 or ACCA level 1
  • A minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in grants/subcontracts management in a donor funded organization.
  • Working knowledge of MS office suite skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and team working skills
  • Professional approach and willingness to learn
  • Self-starter able to work autonomously and efficiently with minimal supervision.
4. WASH Specialist

Based in Nairobi with regular travel to the field and reporting directly to the Chief of Party. 

He/She will provide advice and oversight on all WASH issues to the KAVES team and partners. 

They will ensure timely processing of subcontractor deliverables and payments relating to WASH activities , ensure delivery of high quality reports from subcontractors and play a key role in KAVES meeting its WASH objectives and targets.

Qualification, experience and key skills
  • Advanced university degree in water and sanitation related fields such as public health, with specialization in environmental sanitation, hygiene education, water supply or hydrogeology or other fields related is desirable.
  • Five to three years of professional work experience in international development organization, national government or the private sector.
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas: rural water supply, rural sanitation, CLTS, sanitation marketing, hygiene promotion, information systems, monitoring & evaluation, WASH Sector policy and governance, knowledge management and communications.
  • Experience with institutional arrangements, institutional strengthening and capacity building in the water sector
To apply for the above positions applicants should send a motivational cover letter and resume indicating current job, qualifications, current remuneration and 3 professional referees to on or before 8th May, 2014.