PROGRAMME MANAGER IN RESILIENT APPROACHES IN NATURAL RANGELAND ECOSYSTEMS (RANGE) PROGRAM

About Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC)

The Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC) is a regional economic bloc composed of the County Governments of Lamu, Tana River, Garissa, Wajir, Mandera, Marsabit, Isiolo, Turkana, Samburu, and West Pokot in the aftermath of devolution. The Council promotes cooperation, coordination, and information sharing between Counties to strengthen devolution, enhance socioeconomic development, and promote peaceful coexistence among its members.

About RANGE Program

A consortium led by Mercy Corps, including the FCDC and the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente, is implementing the Resilient Approaches In Natural Rangeland Ecosystems (RANGE) Program. The program will run from January 1, 2024, to December 31, 2028 (5 years). The program will be implemented in the counties of Samburu, Marsabit, and Isiolo.

The outcomes of the Project are:

Outcome 1:  Improved rangeland management repairs ecosystem health and increases food, nutrition and water security.

Outcome 2:  Sustainable livestock and alternative livelihood production and competitiveness of markets strengthened within an improved policy environment.

Outcome 3: Improved linkages among and between communities and government structures to support collaboration on economic, environmental, and social issues promote stability and sustained development.

Outcome 4:  Strengthened Research and evidence-based programming contribute to impactful project implementation, effective coordination, early warning and early action, innovation and learning for resilient ASAL communities.

FCDC Role of the Consortium

FCDC is responsible for implementing Outcome 3: “Improved linkages among and between communities and government structures to support collaboration on economic, environmental, and social issues promoting stability and sustained development.”. The outputs are as follows:

Output 3.1: Improved government accountability and service provision through inclusive participatory planning.

Output 3.2: Facilitated conflict resolution and peacebuilding frameworks that promote communal and/or regional collaboration on conflict prevention and response.

Output 3.3: Supported and/or developed platforms for government-to-government engagement enabling collaboration on critical economic, environmental, and social issues.

Output 3.4: Influenced policies, legislation, and budget allocations at the national and county levels through evidence generated by the project and community priorities

Output 3.5: Supported private sector engagement and Public-Private Partnerships encouraging private sector investments in ASAL counties.

Scope of Work

The Program Manager will be responsible for the overall coordination, management, and implementation of outcome 3  of the RANGE program. Key responsibilities include:

  • Program Planning and Execution:
    • Develop detailed work plans and timelines.
    • Coordinate with stakeholders to ensure alignment with program goals.
    • Oversee the day-to-day implementation of program activities.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation:
    • Track program progress against objectives and deliverables.
    • Conduct regular reviews and prepare comprehensive reports.
  • Stakeholder Engagement:
    • Foster strong relationships with community members, government officials, and other stakeholders.
    • Facilitate meetings and workshops to ensure stakeholder participation.
  • Risk Management:
    • Identify and mitigate risks associated with program activities.
    • Develop contingency plans as necessary.

Key Deliverables

  • Detailed program work plans and timelines
  • Regular progress reports and updates
  • Comprehensive risk management plans
  • Stakeholder engagement reports
  • Final program evaluation and impact assessment

Qualifications and Experience

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree: A bachelor’s degree in range management, Environment, Agriculture, livestock production, development studies, or a related field.
  • Master’s Degree: Master’s in Project Management, Environmental Planning and Management (MA), Range Management (MSc.), Animal Production (MSc) or a related field.

Skills

  • Leadership: The ability to lead and motivate a team.
  • Communication: Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Time Management: Efficient in managing time and prioritizing tasks.
  • Risk Management: Identifying and mitigating potential project risks.
  • Problem-Solving: Aptitude for solving issues that arise during the project lifecycle.
  • Budget Management: Managing the project’s financial resources effectively.
  • Technical Skills: Understanding the technical aspects of the project 

Experience

  • Relevant Work Experience: 15 years of experience in managing large, multi-stakeholder programs, preferably in the ASAL regions and in EKN-funded, SDC, USAID, EU, and Mercy Corps-funded projects
  • Industry-Specific Experience: Experience in the food security sector is
  • Project Lifecycle Knowledge: Experience managing projects through all phases—from initiation to closure.

Personal Attributes

  • Attention to Detail: Ensuring all aspects of the project are managed meticulously.
  • Adaptability: Being flexible and adaptable to changing project requirements and environments.
  • Conflict Resolution: Ability to manage and resolve conflicts within the team or with stakeholders and between communities.

Tools and Software

  • Project Management Software: Proficiency in tools such as Microsoft Project, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel
  • Collaboration Tools: Familiarity with tools like Microsoft Teams or Zoom.

Duration and Timeline

The Program Manager position is a full-time role from July 1, 2024, to December 31, 2028.

Reporting

The Program Manager will report to the CEO of FCDC and provide regular updates to the consortium partners.

Application Process

Apply by sending your cover letter and CV addressed to the Finance and Administration Manager, FCDC, on email address info@fcdc.or.ke. Your cover letter must indicate your current Gross Salary and expected salary range. The closing date is 14th  June 2024. Clearly indicate the position title Programme Manager in the subject line of your email message.

Selection Process:

Applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews, and the final selection will be based on merit.

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