Capacity Building Advisor Job Vacancy in Kenya - SoCha LLC

Position Title: Capacity Building Advisor  

Activity: USAID Localization, Inclusion, and Sustainability Activity (LISA)

Implementer: SoCha LLC

Company background:

SoCha (a portmanteau of Social and Change) is an independent Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (ME&L) firm that provides bespoke solutions to social challenges. We are a US-registered, veteran-owned small business, headquartered in Mauritius. SoCha supports foreign assistance interventions across Africa and Asia and specializes in advancing innovative methodologies and changing the way donors find solutions to social problems.

Activity background:

USAID Kenya and East Africa (USAID/KEA) contracted SoCha LLC to implement the five-year USAID Localization, Inclusion, and Sustainability Activity (LISA). The activity aims to support USAID/KEA staff and stakeholders to be more efficient, effective, transparent, inclusive, and skilled in achieving development outcomes. To achieve this, the activity will enhance USAID/KEA’s organizational project design; programming; Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) practices; diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) objectives, and mission-wide localization efforts. LISA will support USAID/KEA to elevate local voices and co-develop and co-create USAID/KEA programs with local partners, including marginalized populations, girls and women, and youth.

The activity has the following core objectives:

1. MEL: Strengthen monitoring, evaluation, verification, and data utilization to improve

development results.

2. Organizational Development: Improve systems, coordination, collaboration, and organizational

development to enhance institutional learning and program effectiveness.

3. Capacity Building: Provide capacity building services to empower and enfranchise local actors.

4. Strategy: Support strategy development, implementation, and process management to enable

continuous planning, delivering, assessing, and adapting of development programs.

5. Logistics: Provide logistical support to ensure productive and efficient operations.

Position background:

The Localization, Inclusion and Sustainability Activity (LISA), implemented by SoCha LLC, seeks a highly motivated Capacity Building Advisor (CBA) that will liaise with USAID/KEA to identify and empower local actors to pursue USAID funding, strengthen their ability to implement awards, promote learning and adaptive management, and bolster their fiduciary capacity as stewards of public funds. The CBA will support the CB process using organizational capacity assessment tools and will identify and scope local organizations’ needs for additional CB services. The CBA will engage local CB expertise to optimize the ability of Kenyan organizations to receive, track, and judiciously utilize USAID funds. The CBA will also monitor the progress of CB activities within USAID/KEA’s local partners.


  • Identify and assess organizational and capacity development needs of current and prospective IPs, analyze findings to understand root causes, and collaborate with partners to formulate action plans; develop organizational capacity assessment tools
  • Develop curriculum, provide individual start-up foundational technical assistance services and coaching to USAID identified local partners, and manage technical assistance services via consultants and Kenyan firms with appropriate expertise on
    • Finances and managing funds, governance structures, organizational policy formulation, managing sub-awards, tracking and reporting on third party costs contributions, human resource systems and practices, information technology systems, enterprise resource planning and systems, procurement, systematic performance monitoring and reporting results, and public and private partnership networks.
  • Support planning and execution of Non-U.S. Organization Pre-Award Surveys and implementing partner procedures/expenditure reviews
  • Provide capacity building support services to empower and enfranchise local actors and local organizations
  • Liaise with USAID support and technical offices in relation to work requests
  • Identify and scope opportunities to deliver capacity building services to local organizations
  • Monitor the progress of capacity building activities


  • At least 10-15 years of experience with capacity building, organization development and change management in fields such as risk management, finance, compliance, procurement, governance, HR, or other related fields
  • Preferred experience working for or collaborating with audit, accounting, consulting, or business services firms
  • Master’s degree in a strategy or related field
  • Excellent communication skills in both English and Kiswahili
  • Experience living and working in the East Africa region

Place of Performance:

  • Nairobi, Kenya

Period of Performance:

  • For two years, unless extended by a modification to the employment agreement, or terminated in accordance with SoCha LLC policy and Kenyan law. LISA staff positions will be extended through the life of the five-year activity based on employee performance and subject to USAID funding.


  • The Capacity Building Advisor will report to the Capacity Building Team Lead.

How to apply

Interested candidates must submit their CV by end of day, March 28, 2023. To apply, kindly click on this link: