Background: The BOMA Project is committed to high quality program design and delivery as it scales its operations and programs in Kenya and the East Africa region as part of its ambitious plan to impact 1 million women and children by 2022. Scaling involves new and geographic areas, new target populations and program modifications. As it grows, BOMA is committed to ensuring its programs continue to be high quality and result in high rates of poverty graduation and sustainable impacts in livelihoods. With this growth BOMA needs to focus on high quality project design, program quality and implementation. In this context, BOMA has added a Regional Technical Advisor (RTA) position. This position may be based in either the East Coast US or in in its Kenya office. The position will support BOMA’s effort to continuously drive impact through high quality design and program management as new partnerships and projects require BOMA’s people and systems to work in new ways.
Kenya-based position preferred, but also open to US East Coast applicants. 35% travel required, including Vermont HQ, Kenya and other countries in East Africa. Kenyan applicants strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants to be based in the US must be US citizens or already have secured a work permit for the United States.
Job Summary: Reporting to the Regional Director, the RTA will be a vital member of the Regional team. S/he will support high quality program design and delivery and continuous improvement. Primary responsibilities include:
Program Delivery (50% of total LOE)
- Research, design and document innovations and learning from each of the cohorts launched during the current strategic plan period
- Provide technical expertise to specific projects (as defined in those project proposals and respective budget) with excellence.
- Support the Kenya Program Director (KPD), program managers and project field teams to execute with excellence on in areas including project design, planning and monitoring processes, communication and reporting, learning agenda, knowledge base and standards.
- Support senior Kenya and Regional program staff to assist in field team use of project scorecards, Performance Insights dashboards, exit reports and KPI’s to capture program successes and challenges that will inform internal learning, major institutional donor reports and analysis.
- Support the KPD as needed in program management including:
- Systematic review of timeline, key deliverables, project budget, KPIs
- Discussion of changes in any key assumptions (operating environment, theory of change, does logic still hold, etc.)
- Identification of flags
- Discussion of past or recommended course corrections
- Discussion of emerging lessons, learning
- Documentation of discussion.
- Immediate communication of red flags/indicators and remedial next steps
- Lead or support developing and writing of high quality donor reports based on field team inputs
- Inform periodic quality program assessments for quarterly meetings, mentor workshops and program and leadership meetings.
- Build team capacity in project design, project management and reporting
New Program Development: (45% of total LOE)
- With direction and in collaboration with the CEO, Regional Director, Director of Research, Evaluation and Learning (DREL) and Director of Strategic Partnerships (DSP), lead research and program design to contribute to the development and stewardship of high value partnerships with specific NGOs, governments and funders to meet BOMA’s annual revenue goals and increase impact and visibility
- Research and identify potential innovations to test and expand BOMA’s approach and keep it ahead of the curve
- In collaboration with the DSP, lead and support project technical design and proposal development, including development of theories of change, logframes, technical approaches, etc.
- Continuously assess the graduation criteria and other measurements of impact as it relates to existing and new program design.
Research and Evaluation (5% total LOE)
- Collaborate with DREL and MEL Manager-led efforts to finalize, launch and maintain a learning agenda and knowledge development pipeline, in the development of theory of change, log frames and similar documents to support that support influence and scaling strategies.
The Regional Technical Program Advisor reports to the Regional Director for East Africa and collaborates with the Kenya Program Director, the MEL Manager, and the Director of Research, Evaluation and Learning and program managers in Uganda and other countries in East Africa.
- 5+ years proven experience in leading project design and proposal development, including assessments, developing theories of change, logframes, and proposal writing.
- Proven experience in project/program management, including budgeting, financial management, donor relationships, staff capacity building and management, monitoring, evaluation and reporting.
- Solid project management skills, with a successful record capacity building of staff in good project management tools to support excellent program execution
- 5+ years’ experience managing large programs, including project reporting experience
- Proven ability to take the initiative in finding solutions to complex challenges
- Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work independently and in a team
- Detail-oriented with good organization and prioritization skills
- Willingness and previous experience in mentoring junior level staff
- Willingness to travel and work overseas up to 35%, sometimes on short notice
Essential Soft Skills:
- Excellent relationship building skills
- Flexible and adaptable with proven capacity to respond rapidly and effectively to a changing environment
- Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and being held accountable for meeting ambitious targets
- Leadership skills to work with autonomy while still being collaborative, prioritize tasks, and positively influence others to follow directives and meet deliverables
- Problem-solver mentality, with the ability to adapt seamlessly to changing priorities and enforce regulations
- Cross-cultural sensitivity and ability to work effectively in different socio-cultural contexts
- Organized, high level of accuracy, and meticulous attention to detail
- Ability to synthesize information from multiple sources
- Adaptable to changing priorities and deadlines seamlessly
- Experience within the region and understanding of local dynamics highly preferred.
- Experience in change management in growing organizations
Education and Experience:
- Relevant university degree in Social Sciences, International Development, Economics, Commerce or any other relevant field.
- Minimum of 6 years of professional/technical experience in implementation of poverty reduction, poverty graduation, gender, food security or livelihoods programming
- Experience managing complex activities involving coordination with multiple project partners
To Apply: Please send CV and cover letter by June 30 to email@example.com
Only qualified applicants will be contacted. No phone calls please.