Program Manager Vacancy

  • Full Time
  • Nairobi

SNV Kenya

Job Description

Overview of project

The Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Programme is a 5-year, € 39 million project being implemented in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The project uses an Inclusive Business Development approach to support the international and Dutch efforts on climate change and sustainable production in arable farming. The programme will work with and through the private sector and supports public sector partners in creating an institutional environment for wide-scale adoption of CSA-practices. It is driven by 3 pillars: i) adoption of CSA practices & technologies in arable crop production farming systems; ii) acceleration of investments and business growth in selected value chains; iii) improved enabling environment for scaling out of CSA. Interventions are centred on business cases which are derived from a thorough climate risk assessment and financial analysis of value chains in pulses, oilseeds, potatoes and grains. A climate-smart business case matching grant facility aims to further improve access to finance and facilitate scaling. The programme is implemented by a consortium consisting of SNV, Wageningen University & Research (WUR), the CGIAR research programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), Agriterra and Rabobank, and is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS).

Overview of the Position

The Programme Manager has responsibility for overall management of the upcoming programme which includes: efficient management of financial resources; review and approval of project plans, budgets and monitoring expenditures; supervision of field operations & implementation; supervision of procurement; supervision of monitoring and evaluation; coordination with project implementing partners and ensuring quality control and timeliness of all deliverables as required. S/he will ensure full compliance with the donor contract and regulations and will oversee the programme reporting process to the donor. S/he will oversee performance management of all SNV project staff working exclusively in his/her project for the 3 countries.The position is based either in Nairobi, Kampala or Dar es Salaam.

Key Responsibilities

Execute overall programme management;
Guide the programme set-up, including developing work plans, budgets and competence table with financial responsibilities and mandates;
Lead and steer the programme implementation team in the 3 countries;
Build, strengthen and manage partnerships with governments, key partners, institutions and stakeholders;
Manage sub-contractors and coordinate project consortium partners;
Manage donor relation and reporting to the donor;
Overall management of all human, physical resources related to the project;
Ensure proper control and management of financial resources of the project, including the matching grant facility;
Monitor performance of the project management team to ensure all milestones set in the work plan are met, develop mitigation plans to reduce risks and take corrective actions to remedy any deviation from the work plans;
Account and report to SNV and the donor on project performance;
Guide knowledge development, documentation and communication and branding in close collaboration with the donor;
Present results and represent the programme in relevant national, regional and international fora.


A relevant advanced academic qualification;
Minimum of ten years of progressively responsible work experience in managing and implementing multi-faceted, multi-country donor-funded development projects;
Solid experience in project management, especially of Netherlands Government funded projects;
Able to strategically lead, inspire and energise project teams;
Preferable background in/understanding of agribusiness, value chain development and climate change;
Experience in Monitoring and Evaluation;
Demonstrated experience in managing various project partners;
Excellent social and networking skills, ability to engage with the private sector, civil society and governments;
Highly-motivated self-starter with strong organizational skills who takes individual accountability seriously;
Strong strategic decision-making and excellent communication skills (written and oral) including reporting and presentation skills;
Fluency in both written and spoken English;
Willingness to travel to all project locations.