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WERK seeks a Chief of Party for an anticipated Reading Champions project in Kenya. The purpose of

the activity is to improve and sustain student learning through a resilient and accountable education

system together with families, communities and other Kenyan partners. We are looking for individuals

who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world and demonstrate

leadership, versatility, and integrity in their work. All candidates must possess a degree in a relevant

field and English fluency is required. Experience in Kenya or East Africa is preferred.

The Chief of Party’s (COP) primary responsibilities will include providing overall leadership,

management, and general technical direction of the entire project and sub-grantees, ensuring an

integrated vision among different components and actors, and a focus on achieving the results defined

in the award. The COP will be the principal point of contact for the project and is ultimately responsible

for all contract management and implementation. S/he will be the primary liaison with the Donor on

technical matters and expected to steer operations. The COP will be expected to identify issues and

risks related to project implementation and suggest appropriate timely adjustments. The COP must

be able to communicate WERKs ethos and comply with all organizational policies.

Responsibilities include:

1. Provide overall strategic vision and leadership for project implementation including drafting

project work plans and leading the successful implementation of annual work plans and


2. Provide technical oversight and guidance to sub-grantees partners on effective strategies to

realize literacy levels.

3. Put in place coordination mechanisms for effective project delivery among the sub-grantees.

4. Foster integrated vision, coordination and synergy building with the government and other

partners initiatives in target areas.

5. Effectively manage senior programming and operations talent for optimal performance.

6. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being; provide coaching and mentoring. Strategically

tailor individual development plans and complete performance assessments for direct

reports. Oversee the development of staffing plans and the recruitment process of senior


7. Identify performance gaps and training opportunities for project and partner staff and ensure

the design and delivery of high-quality training and technical assistance.

8. Approve program expenditures, budget adjustments, and cost modification requests to


9. Establish a safe environment for sharing of ideas, solutions, and difficulties and the capacity

to detect, analyze and respond quickly to deficiencies.

10. Ensure all staff understand and adhere to WERKs policies and plans, and ensure the updating

of such plans.

11. Ensure program implementation in compliance with Donor standards, WERKs Policies &

Procedures and aligned to acceptable financial & operational audit results.

12. Ensure inclusion of cross cutting themes including gender, youth, conflict sensitivity, disability

and social inclusion.

13. Serve as the primary point of contact to Donor as well as public, private and non-government


14. Ensure the project is designed and implemented to meet donor expectations in terms of

timely and quality results and budget, including strategies for phase out and sustainability.

15. Ensure accurate and quality Annual Operation Plan (AOP) and Detailed Implementation Plan

(DIP) for the program in place and utilized.

16. Ensure accurate and quality Program Design Documents (PDD) are on file.

17. Put in place effective monitoring and reporting systems to guide sub-grantees.

18. Ensure the program quality standards are adhered to per MEAL policy and procedures.

19. Provide oversight related to project results, reporting, analysis, and the use of strategic

information to drive performance across the project.

20. Actively identify, manage and mitigate issues and risks related to project implementation at

the national and regional levels and propose risk mitigation strategies and solutions for project


21. Ensure the relevant project measurements (baseline, mid-term, end-line and any other study)

are accurately and promptly conducted and results utilized to inform program management.

22. Ensure effective use of resources, on-time delivery of project activity reports and partner

deliverables, and overall compliance with Donor regulations and WERK policies and


23. Work with MEAL Manager to ensure effective reflection and learning forums and

documentation of project success for internal and external communication.

24. Oversee the development of communication strategies and materials, complying with donor

and WERK branding and marketing requirements and procedures.

25. Coordinate relationships with sub-grantees, including organization of review/planning

workshops and coordination forums.

26. Maintain effective and open communication throughout the project with the Donor, WERK

Directors, project teams, and other relevant stakeholders.

27. Represent the project at meetings and events with the Donor, Government of Kenya, the

business community, non-profits, and other stakeholders.

28. Build and Maintain effective communications and pro-active relationships with partners

including the county government and the donor.

29. Collaborate with line ministries and departments in providing technical support and assistance

to the program.

30. Ensure that all sub-grantees are equipped with pre-requisite capacity to effectively deliver on

their mandate.

31. Coordinate advocacy and policy influence initiatives of the program at county and national



1. A Masters level-degree in education, social sciences or related field from an accredited


2. At least 10 years of experience in managing teams and implementing education programs in

developing countries, preferably in the implementation of a reading program of similar

technical complexity.

3. Demonstrated exemplary management, supervision, communication and international skills

to ensure internal coherence among diverse team members and productive relations with the

GOK, donors and the international community.

4. Excellent knowledge of education sector in Kenya.

5. Team leadership abilities with diverse/multi-disciplinary teams.

6. Strong communications and presentation skills; able to develop tailored and persuasive

messaging for varied audiences.

7. Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.

8. Good understanding of gender and diversity issues and commitment to addressing

inequalities in all the key areas of responsibility

9. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with Youth Groups, other partners, private sector,

government officials, donors, and other stakeholders.

10. Strong systems thinking and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture with

ability to make sound judgment and decisions.

11. Strong relations management abilities with ability to relate to people at all levels

12. Ability to write, communicate and prepare reports clearly in English.

13. A proven ability to identify and negotiate partnerships opportunities is desired.

14. Previous experience in Kenya or East Africa is highly desired.

Applications should include:

 An application letter explaining why you are a good fit for this job, what makes you a strong

candidate, and why you want to work for WERK.

 A resume summarizing qualifications and experience.

 Copies of academic certificates

 3 work referees with contact information. One referee must be the current supervisor.

 Please indicate your expected remuneration/salary in your application.

The above documents should be sent as one PDF document

Application Instructions:

Note: This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding

Please send your CV and cover letter to the email address or hand delivered to our

office located on 1171 Argwings Kodhek Road, House no 4. In the subject line please indicate the

position title to which you are applying. Finalists will be contacted. The deadline for submission of

applications is Tuesday 2nd January 2024. For more information on WERK, please


WERK is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment

practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual

orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an

employee organization, or other non-merit factors