Global Communities, formerly CHF International, is an international non-profit organization that works closely with communities worldwide to bring about sustainable changes that improve the lives and livelihoods of the vulnerable.
Global Communities is seeking a qualified and experienced Cooperative Specialist and Team Lead for the USAID/Cooperatives Leadership Engagement Advocacy & Research (CLEAR) Program. The program will be designed to support three pillars 1) promote the adoption and implementation of cooperative legislation and policies that support and strengthen cooperative businesses in 25 counties; 2) strengthen the business acumen and performance of cooperative businesses while integrating and empowering youth and women within cooperative business structures in targeted urban and peri-urban markets to increase economic participation and county revenue growth; and 3) improve understanding of the psychosocial behavioral impacts associated with membership in cooperative businesses and determine whether those behaviors contribute positively to household and community resilience strategies.
The Cooperative Specialist will report to the USAID/CLEAR Kenya Chief of Party at Global Communities Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. S/he will be responsible for the management and leadership of program operations in Kenya, and will serve as the Country Program Representative.
The Cooperative Specialist and Team Lead will be responsible for providing strategic leadership to the CLEAR program in Kenya in collaboration with the Chief of Party (COP). The Cooperative Specialist and Team Lead shall be responsible for the management and implementation of in-country operations. The Cooperative Specialist and Team Lead will work with key stakeholders and cooperative partners to develop the capacity of cooperatives in the service sectors in collaboration with the CLEAR Kenya team. S/he will also be responsible for management and oversight of the program’s three core objectives, monitoring the progress, milestones and achievements of the cooperatives over the life of the program, and be responsible for oversight and delivery of program administration including annual and monthly budgets in coordination with the team Finance team. The CLEAR Kenya Cooperative Specialist and Team Lead will be expected to work locally with the Kenya Country Director, and will supervise a team of at least three (3) in-country staff and local consultants to accomplish the work plan. This position will have at least two direct reports and oversee a team of up to five individuals.
Critical to this position is a strong functional understanding of the cooperative business model and have a background in working with cooperatives to strengthen their operations, management, financial and governance systems. The successful candidate should be open to working in a nontraditional working environment with remote management and have good communication and cooperation skills. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Kenyan Nationals encouraged to apply.
Please note this is a local position with no expat/TCN allowances attached.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.