Title: Senior Technical Advisor / CICan Representative – Kenya
Reports to: Manager of Operations
Division: International Partnerships
Posting Date: January 31, 2020
Closing Date: February 14, 2020
Competition Number: 2020-04
Reporting to the Manager of Operations, Caribbean and Anglophone Africa, the Senior Technical Advisor (STA)/CICan Representative will be located in Nairobi, Kenya and will provide technical assistance to Canadian and Kenyan partners on aspects of both KEFEP and YAW-K-TVET. She/he will work closely with the Ottawa-based STA to ensure the overall cohesion, coordination and quality of contributions of Canadian partners and effective collaboration and coordination between the projects. The Kenya-based STA/CICan Representative will also be the designated CICan representative in Kenya and will represent both projects and CICan to key stakeholders in Kenya (government, employers, institutions, other projects and donors). She/he will also play a lead role in supporting Kenyan partners in both projects, including the provision of technical and policy advice to MOE, TVET agencies and other partners.
The STA/CICan Representative will ensure coordination between KEFEP and YAW-K-TVET and with other projects working in the TVET ecosystem in Kenya to ensure maximum impact. She/he will also provide subject matter expertise on one or more of the following: Competency-based education and training (CBET), Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR), and support curriculum development;
This position requires the ability to perform a variety of highly complex tasks, including extensive collaboration with key stakeholders, government ministries, departments and agencies, TVET institutions, donors, funders and industry partners across a diverse range of work settings. The STA/CICan representative will be expected to perform effectively at both policy and operational levels. Travel in Kenya and to Canada will be required.
The STA/CICan Representative will have the following specific responsibilities:
• Assist in the preparation of annual work plans, semi-annual, financial and technical reports and annual budgets in accordance with the overall budget allocated by Global Affairs Canada;
• support the implementation of institutional/thematic partnerships between Canadian and Kenyan TVET institutions;
• support Canadian and Kenyan partners in finalizing and launching newly developed curricula;
• support the KEFEP procurement process and installation of equipment at Kenyan partner institutions;
• contribute to the evaluation of the adequacy and effectiveness of institutional college/institute partnerships;
• participate on KEFEP committees and sub-committees and meetings, as required, and manage relationships between Canadian and Kenyan partners;
• ensure attention is paid to the cross-cutting themes of gender, the environment and governance;
• represent the project on relevant working groups;
• act as main point of contact with Canada’s High Commission to Kenya;
• act as the public representative of the project in Kenya;
• participate in KEFEP monitoring and evaluation and risk management assessments and propose measures for improvement in order to achieve and sustain results;
• provide data as required by CICan and Global Affairs Canada.
• Provide technical support to Program Manager, other staff, and Canadian and Kenyan partners on all aspects of the project;
• work with Canadian and Kenyan implementing partners to support project activities;
• cordinate project implementation with Mastercard Foundation and other YAW-Kenya partners including the development of key integrated initiatives between partners;
• represent project to key stakeholders including government, employer and institutions and other development partners;
• ensure project implementation is aligned with MOE policy priorities;
• provide technical and policy advice to MOE, TVET agencies and other partners;
• lead development of institutional partnerships and clusters;
• engage with industry partners and linkages between industry and TVET institutions;
• intervene strategically to improve project implementation;
• represent the project on steering/technical committees;
• participate on YAW-K-TVET committees and sub-committees and meetings, as required, and manage relationships between Canadian and Kenyan partners;
• assist Program Manager in the preparation of annual work plans, semi-annual, financial and technical reports and annual budgets in accordance with the overall budget;
• act as main point of contact with Mastercard Foundation team in Kenya;
• participate in YAW-K-TVET monitoring and evaluation and risk management assessments and propose measures for improvement in order to achieve and sustain results.
• Graduate of a post-secondary institution or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
• experience working in and/or with the Canadian college/institute system and network;
• knowledge of and experience with the Kenyan TVET system and stakeholders;
• extensive experience in skills training or TVET in the public and/or private sector with expertise in such areas as teacher training, planning, competency-based curriculum development and leadership and management training;
• practical experience working in partnership with industry and TVET at a systems level to build effective training solutions to meet industry needs;
• practical experience with monitoring, evaluation and learning in an international development context, including developing theories of change, developing and revising results-based management (RBM) tools, mobile data collection, working with M&E systems, and developing and using various reporting frameworks;
• demonstrated experience applying gender equality concepts in an international development context;
• strong experience working with budgets and with financial management in an international setting;
• demonstrated leadership and problem-solving capacity in cross-cultural settings and participatory management context;
• practical experience in the implementation of educational development programs overseas, preferably in Kenya;
• strong writing, reporting and presentation skills;
• fluency in written and verbal English;
• demonstrated ability using Microsoft Office Suite, Web and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) tools.
Agility: We thrive in a complex environment that requires nimbleness and adaptability, and we anticipate and respond to changes with quick and resourceful actions.
Inspiring Others: We motivate individuals to strive for excellence and commit to common goals and purposes, as we create a sense of self-efficacy, resilience, and persistence in others.
Integrity: We treat others fairly and respectfully, and we further the standing of the organization and its relationships of trust with our members and other stakeholders.
• Ability to speak and understand French and/or Swahili.
• A complete benefit package
• Generous group RRSP contributions
• Great work environment with flexible hours
• 4 weeks vacation;
• Time off with pay between Christmas and New Years
• Summer hours
• Generous paid time off package including paid sick time, medical/dental appointment leave and family sick leave)
• Corporate discounted gym membership
• Professional development opportunities
How to Apply
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and résumé to Kim Royer, Manager, Human Resources before 4pm on February 14, 2020 via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CICan is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in its workforce. Do not hesitate to contact me if you require alternative arrangements to submit your application.
CICan provides accommodation during all parts of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. If contacted to proceed to the selection process, please advise me if you require any accommodation.
We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected to continue in the selection process will be contacted.