Chief of Party Job Vaancy in Kenya


Africa Trade and Investment Program

Position Title: Chief of Party (Key Personnel)

Contract Name: Africa Trade and Investment Activity

Contract No: 7200AA21C00056

Period of Performance: Life of Project

Place of Performance: Nairobi, Kenya

Maximum Level of Effort (LOE): 1300 Days

Project Description: In partnership with Prosper Africa, Feed the Future, and other initiatives, the USAID Africa Bureau, Africa Regional Missions, and the Middle East Bureau are jointly establishing the Africa Trade and Investment (ATI) Activity.

The purpose of this Activity is to mobilize enterprise-driven solutions that increase trade and investment in Africa, including North and Sub- Saharan Africa.

It will strengthen Africa’s markets by developing new trade and investment relationships, particularly between the U.S. and Africa, and achieve development outcomes across all sectors in line with USAID’s Private Sector Engagement Policy and the USG Prosper Africa initiative.

Driven by market demand, the Activity will embrace innovative approaches to achieve its goals.

The Activity is envisioned as a small, core set of centrally coordinated technical and institutional support activities, and a large, flexible performance-based subcontracting and grants under contract facility designed to support the needs and opportunities that missions and the private sector identify.

The Activity will mobilize private sector resources and expertise, in conjunction with other USG interagency partners, resulting in the increased capacity, competitiveness and availability of businesses, investors and intermediaries that will drive future trade and investment efforts on Africa’s Journey to Self-Reliance.

Overview of Job Description: The Chief of Party will provide the overall vision, management, and strategic leadership to all ATI activities, ensuring an integrated vision across all geographic teams and partners and a focus on achieving the results defined in the contract.

The position will oversee the development of workplans, operational budgets, and performance management plans and ensure the timeliness of activities.

Collaboratively with the USAID COR and Contracting Officer, he/she will work to adapt and adjust activities based on emerging priorities to ensure a responsive implementation.

The Chief of Party will be expected to identify issues and risks related to activity implementation in a timely manner and suggest appropriate activity adjustments.

This is a key personnel position based in Nairobi, Kenya.

The position reports to the DAI Home Office Project Team Director.


  • Directly supervise the Senior Technical Directors in the United States and Africa, Chief Financial Officer, Embassy Deal Team Support Lead, Grants and Catalytic Funding Director, and ACT Advisor and build a climate within the ATI team that empowers all staff
  • Establish effective partnerships with other U.S. Government agencies, African partners, nongovernmental organizations, and a wide variety of other stakeholders
  • Work with the USAID COR and Senior Technical Directors on buy-in capture, scaling ATI activities and tools and problem solving with project leadership to address resource and other implementation issues
  • Effectively communicate in large public settings, as well as with senior government officials
  • Ensure that managerial, administrative, and financial procedures comply with USAID policies and
  • Liaise with DAI home office on program technical progress and overall management as needed.


  • Master’s degree and 15 years of experience, or a bachelor’s degree and 20 years of experience
  • Minimum of 10 years of management experience leading large programs that have focused on trade, investment, private sector engagement, partnerships, private sector development, or enterprise-driven growth. Africa work experience preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal, diplomacy, and leadership skills, including the ability to manage high-level
  • Proven ability to form collaborative relationships with intergovernmental, government representatives, and other stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and lead a dynamic team of professionals across large geographies
  • Prior experience effectively managing large, complex activities and achieving performance objectives.


The Chief of Party reports to the Project Team Director (PTD) for ATI.



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Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as interviews will be conducted soon. Please note, due to the volume of applications that we receive and the urgency to fill-up positions, only shortlisted applicants will receive notification on next steps.

Please note, due to the volume of applications that we receive and the urgency to fill-up positions, only shortlisted applicants will receive notification on next steps.

Interested candidates should submit their application no later than 7th February 2023.