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Chief of Party


  • Organization: CBM - Christian Blind Mission
  • Location: Nairobi
  • Grade: Senior level - Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Democratic Governance
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

Chief of Party

  • published till: 2024-06-15
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About CBM

CBM (registered as CBM Christoffel-Blindenmission Christian Blind Mission e.V.) is an international development organization committed to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the persons communities of the world. Based on our Christian values and more than 100 years of professional expertise, we address poverty as a cause and a consequence of disability. We work in partnership to create an inclusive society for all.

CBM seeks to recruit a Chief of Party based at the CBM Kenya Country Office. The job holder will oversee USAID Jumuisha project ensuring programme quality and donor requirements are met. Develops relationships and consults with, and represents the organization to donors, official authorities and other NGOs; to ensure compliance and to develop opportunities for collaboration and general development.

This position is only filled locally. With contractual conditions of the respective country. An expatriation is not intended.

These are your responsibilities

  • Provide strategic direction of all project activities. Develops and updates the project strategic plan, ensuring that programmatic directions are technically sound, evidence-based, and consistent with USAID priorities.
  • Ensures the project achieves the greatest possible impact including providing the necessary leadership to inspire and motivate the project team to implement performance objectives and mandates in a timely and cost-efficient fashion and meet the highest quality standards and value for money.
  • Develop a framework for learning and create an organizational culture of learning and knowledge sharing.
  • In collaboration with the Activity Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (AMEL)/Research Specialist provide leadership and direction to ensure robust monitoring and evaluation strategies, frameworks, plans, systems and indicators to capture and monitor/evaluate project resources, performance and results.
  • Collaborates closely with the Country Director, Project implementing agencies and their respective focal leads, design and operationalize an annual project planning cycle, which formulates comprehensive, integrated annual project workplans and budgets.
  • Provide overall leadership to all aspects of the project including final review of detail budgets, work plans, performance frameworks, Moniroting Learning and Adaptation plan, grants management plan etc.
  • Provide leadership to ensure highest quality implementation, in line with the government counterpart and sub-awardee high impact practices across project objectives / result areas.
  • Maintain strong relationships with both public institutions, private sector and civil society organizations e.g. Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, Council of Governors, National Council for Persons with Disabilities, County Governments, Kenya Private Sector Alliance, Kenya Business Disability Network, organizations of persons with disabilities and other relevant local development organizations implementing USAID funded projects.
  • Lead team to provide proper coordination and guidance among local government, country-wide initiatives, community partners, NGOs and other key stakeholders
  • Emphasize data capture, analysis and use and learning for ongoing program improvement and adaptation.
  • Establish compliance with USG regulations, procedures and CBM guidelines and procedures.
  • Represent CBM with partners and key stakeholders, maintain positive relationships with USAID, line ministries and state agencies, and other key stakeholders.
  • Establish effective communication and coordination with personnel from subawardees and the government in order to implement interventions and incorporate country-wide priorities.
  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where the project team strives to achieve excellence. Ensure a cohesive workplace for optimum staff retention.             
  • To comply with all safety and health procedures and requirements at CBM and, at all times ensure own safety and health and that of other persons who may be affected by acts or omissions.
  • Carry out your role-specific responsibility to safeguard children and adults at risk (as guided by CBM’s respective policies)
  • Ensure that all activities conducted within scope of work or as an employee with CBM comply with the IT and data protection principles.


These are your qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in relevant areas of expertise or international development preferred.
  • Prior experience in Senior Management position in USAID/US Government funded project(s) e.g Chief of Party or Deputy Chief of Party.
  • Minimum (10) ten years of professional experience designing, managing and implementing international institutional donor funded projects of similar nature and value.
  • At least ten years of senior program experience working and living in a developing country, preferably with experience living in Kenya.
  • Knowledge of Government of Kenya rules and regulations.
  • In-depth knowledge of USAID approaches and regulations.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team situations.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Willingness to commit and adhere to CBM mandate, mission, vision and values


What we offer

  • A meaningful position with a lot of creative freedom in the world's leading organisation in the field of Disability Inclusive Development
  • A fair salary and other social benefits based on the local conditions in the country you apply for
  • An approachable, agile organisation with self-reliant people in a diverse and collegial team and great team spirit

How to apply

Please apply exclusively online via our applicant portal (see APPLY NOW).
A letter of motivation, CV and relevant (work) references complete your application.
Shortlisting will be done on a rolling basis.

We look forward to receiving your application! 

Your contact person: Ms. Regina Kagwiria and Ms. Anne Odhiambo

We would like to further promote diversity in our teams and therefore welcome applications from people of different ethnic and social backgrounds, religions and world views, different ages and genders, and especially from people with disabilities.

*Suitability is decisive, gender is irrelevant!
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This vacancy is now closed.