Project Lead - NAWIRI Job Vacancy in Kenya

Concern Worldwide

Position Title: Project Lead - NAWIRI

Reports to: Programmes Director

Direct Reports: Technical Specialist – NAWIRI, Senior Manager, Health and Nutrition, Isiolo (NAWIRI) Senior Manager, Health and Nutrition, Marsabit (NAWIRI)

Closely Work with : Sector/departments leads and field teams

Job Location: 1 position – Nairobi (40% at Concern Offices and 60% at CRS offices)

Contract Details: Fixed term – 12 months with the possibility of extension subject to performance

Job Summary

The primary purpose of this role is to lead the management and implementation of the USAID/BHA funded and CRS led NAWIRI project through overseeing the implementation of the component held by Concern Worldwide. The Project lead is a member of the NAWIRI Senior Management Team (SMT) that is convened by the lead partner, CRS. The SMT brings together all Nawiri project consortium leads. S/he will provide leadership and overall management of the Concern’s sub agreement portfolio with CRS.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Program Management

  • Providing overall leadership on planning, designing and the implementation of programme activities in the light of Consortium and donor strategic priorities and programme design/objectives
  • Ensure timely development and execution of Concerns yearly work plans including Detailed implementation plans(DIPs), USAID/Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance (BHA)-Pipeline and resource estimate proposal(PREP) and Scopes of Works (SOWs)
  • Ensure timely and appropriate technical support is availed to Concern Nawiri staff in the field and other members of the consortium as relates to nutrition. Concern roles to other Consortium partners scopes of work is technical advisory as relates to Nutrition specific activities/interventions
  • Participate in Nawiri Consortium periodic and adhoc project meetings
  • Ensuring compliance with organizational and donor rules and regulations, particularly with respect to financial and contract management, budget and expenditure monitoring.
  • Ensure development and execution of annual budgets including periodic reviews, quarterly costed work plans and procurements plans
  • Providing managerial and technical support throughout the implementation of the programme, including management of any sub-contracts.
  • Lead the development and execution of Concern Nawiri assessments, surveys and evaluation
  • Externally work closely with Nawiri MEAL partner to ensure Concern H&N portfolio follows the Nawiri Programme monitoring. Internally work with Concern MEAL unit to ensure Concern Sub agreement adheres to the M&E framework.
  • Reporting—ensure quality and timely submission of Concern reports as outlined in the sub agreement- monthly, quarterly and annual
  • Maintaining regular and transparent communication and high quality reporting on the programme.
  • Lead advocacy engagement with the National and County governments on the deliverables and agenda relating to Concern’s SOW in the NAWIRI Consortium including guiding H&N policy direction for H&N at the County.
  • Ensuring timely development and operationalization of advocacy, communication and visibility strategies of the programme.
  • In line with Concern scope of work (SOWs) and Nawiri Knowledgement Management ensure the development and dissemination of technical products in learning events fora that includes;- County, national/regional and international forums- case studies, technical briefs, abstracts and publications
  • Oversee and monitor the programme risks (including financial, logistical and other support systems, security and safeguarding) as relates to Concern’s components under the Nawiri programme and flag issues in a timely manner to the Concern Country Director, Programmes Director and/or the Nawiri Chief of Party.
  • Represent Concern in the Nawiri Consortium Weekly/monthly, donor (USAID/BHA) meetings and other adhoc meeting.
  • Developing and maintaining strong working relationships with other consortium members. Maintaining regular communication with the members, including negotiating scope of works, addressing requisite revisions in programme work, and addressing issues that may arise.
  • Representing Concern in the consortium and serve as the key liaison to relevant government authorities (especially with National and County Governments)

People Management

  • Engage with direct reports for performance management and development through regular performance development reviews; monthly individual work plan development, implementation and review
  • Participate in recruitment, induction and on boarding of new staff and provide ongoing mentorship, coaching and support for professional development.
  • Manage leave planning and utilization for direct reports


  • Adhere to and promote the standards outlined in the Concern Code of Conduct and associated policies to their team, beneficiaries, and be committed to providing a safe working environment
  • Participating and contributing towards Concern’s emergency response, as and when necessary
  • Take all possible measure to meet Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS)
  • Any other duties as assigned by the line manager

Person Specification

Minimum Education, Qualifications & Experience Required:

  • Master’s degree in Nutrition, health systems strengthening, Public Health, Nursing, Social Sciences or any other relevant field
  • Proven experience (at least 6 years) of working at senior programme management and leadership role with INGOs.
  • Over 5 years’ experience managing and coordinating diverse workforce-technical, national/HQ advisors etc.
  • Thorough understanding of devolved health function and working with County governments.
  • Proven experience on managing a large USAID grant
  • Excellent written and spoken English languages skills.
  • Strong analytical, interpersonal, communication and organization skills.
  • Strong coordination skills specifically with the ability to effectively coordinate influence and negotiate with government.
  • Ability to build and maintain effective relationships with senior representatives of donor(USAID/BHA), INGO and national and county government structures and to represent at national or international level fora
  • Thorough understanding of gender/equality, protection and conflict mitigation issues.
  • Strong financial management and donor compliance skills.
  • Experience in the design and use of monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Experience of working in a consortium highly desirable

Preference will be given to candidates who have:

  • Proven experience in health systems strengthening highly desirable.
  • Strong facilitation and time management skills with an ability to plan ahead, anticipate requirements, problems and obstacles and manage competing priorities
  • High integrity and demonstrated ability to follow standards and policies
  • Ability to work in a systematic and organized manner and attend to details

Competencies required:

This position will demand a highly motivated, committed and energetic individual who will be able to manage, engage others, influence and communicate effectively.

  • Effective management
  • Individual leadership
  • Communicating and working with others
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Influence, advocacy and networking

Safeguarding at Concern: Code of Conduct and its Associated Policies

Concern has an organisational Code of Conduct (CCoC) with three Associated Policies; the Programme Participant Protection Policy (P4), the Child Safeguarding Policy and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Policy. These have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation, and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organisation, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context, staff have a responsibility to the organisation to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern’s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a consultancy opportunity with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Concern Code of Conduct and Associated Policies as an appendix to their consultancy contract. By signing the Concern Code of Conduct, candidates acknowledge that they have understood the content of both the Concern Code of Conduct and the Associated Policies and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these policies. Additionally, Concern is committed to the safeguarding and protection of vulnerable adults and children in our work. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who are suitable to do consultancy work or volunteer with vulnerable adults and children are recruited by us for such roles. Subsequently, being hired as a consultant with Concern is subject to a range of vetting checks, including criminal background checking.

Concern’ is the trading name of ‘Concern Worldwide’, a company limited by guarantee, registered number 39647; registered charity number CHY 5745, registered in Ireland, registered address is 52-55 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Ireland. Follow Concern online:

How to apply

Interested candidates, who meet the above requirements, should send a detailed CV with three referees and Cover Letter Only to with the subject of the email as 'Project Lead- NAWIRI' specifying the location you are applying for on or before Monday 15th January 2024. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.

Concern Worldwide is an equal opportunity employer and does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (for application, written test, interview, training, medical examination etc.) nor act through recruitment agents. This is applicable for all opportunities including staff and interns.

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