Deputy Chief of Party and Livestock Director, Kenya LMS AA1
Job Type Full Time
Qualification BA/BSc/HND
Experience 5 – 7 years
Location Nairobi
Job Field Administration / Secretarial
ACDI/VOCA is currently seeking a Deputy Chief of Party and Livestock Director for the Feed the Future-funded Livestock Market Systems Expanding Economic Opportunities (LMS-AA1) Activity. The goal of the project is to build upon and deepen the inclusiveness, resilience and competitiveness of market systems (and integrated value chains) in the 5 Arid and Semi-Arid Counties of Turkana, Isiolo, Marsabit, Wajir and Garissa while furthering livestock-related and other economic opportunities. The position is based in Nairobi, Kenya with frequent travel to field offices.


  • Support the Chief of Party in providing leadership management and general technical direction to the 5 county office teams and to the entire activity.
  • Act as Technical Lead and central point coordination for AA1 staff in the technical review of grant applications received, coordinating, in close collaboration with LMS partners, co-creation/co-investment approaches in selecting, defining and managing approved grants.
  • Provide technical leadership, implementation oversight, day-to-day quality control, and operational commitment to AA1’s systemic, inclusive, and facilitative market systems approach.
  • Play a lead role in interacting with key implementing actors and other development partners.
  • Ensure the incorporation and implementation of inclusive gender and youth positive approaches.
  • Identify and develop interventions that address system constraints and identify leverage points for appropriate action/support/investment.
  • Ensure quality control and timeliness of all deliverables. Prepare and contribute to work plans, financial, logistical and other documents as requested.
  • Support the overall knowledge management process, contributing to quarterly reports and the M&E and learning processes.
  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, agriculture, animal sciences, business management, or relevant field required. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum 7 years of experience in natural resource management, agriculture, and livestock sectors.
  • Minimum 5 years of management experience for large (minimum $5M) programs.
  • Demonstrated understanding of budget planning, activity-based budgeting and tracking, forecasting; integrity and zero tolerance approach to corruption/malfeasance.
  • Solid understanding of market systems and value chains; experience in ASALs or northern Kenya preferred.
  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation tools, systems and ITC applications.
  • Demonstrated experience leading, mentoring and motivating diverse teams (including remote management) with strong commitment to gender mainstreaming, responsiveness, and inclusion principles.
  • English and Swahili proficiency required; other local language fluency/ability preferred.
  • Ability to travel within and beyond Nairobi, Isiolo, Marsabit, Garissa, Wajir, and Turkana counties.
  • Kenyan nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.


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Since 1963 and in 146 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development, and food security in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society. ACDI/VOCA currently has approximately 50 projects in 30 countries and total revenues of $174 million.