Senior Program Officer

at Colleges and Institutes Canada
Published April 13, 2022
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Category Management  
Job Type Full Time  




The Kenya Blue Economy Skills Training Program (KBEST) is a 7-year (2022-2029) program implemented by Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) and funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC). KBEST has a strong focus on increasing the equitable participation of girls and women, youth and vulnerable populations in the Blue Economy. KBEST will include collaboration with the Kenyan Ministry of Education, county governments, civil society, and industry, working with 22 Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions in the Coast and Lake Victoria regions of Kenya. It will share the expertise of Canada’s colleges and institutes in linking young women and young men, educational institutions, and employers to develop training for employment programs in Kenya around the Blue Economy.


General Expectations


Reporting to the Kenya-based Senior Technical Advisor (STA), the Senior Program Officer (SPO) will be located in Nairobi, Kenya and will ensure the effective implementation of KBEST activities in Kenya. The SPO will work with KBEST staff in both Kenya and Canada to ensure the overall quality delivery of KBEST activities in Kenya.


This position requires the ability to perform a variety of complex tasks, including the planning and implementation of a range of project activities across multiple educational and government partners. It also requires excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills as well as the ability to work both independently and collaboratively on a team


The position will involve some travel within Kenya.




  • Monitor and ensure implementation of project activities and recommend required actions


  • Participate in the development and drafting of annual work plans, analytical/narrative reports, RFPs, TORs, handbooks, training manuals, workshop materials and other core program documents (e.g., Logic Model, Performance Measurement Framework and Risk Register) with the STA, Canada-based SPO, and other CICan staff and implementing partners


  • Provide support to the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist with MEL activities, i.e. data collection and capacity building, as needed


  • Provide support to the Gender Equality (GE) Specialist with GE activities, I.e. gender analysis, gender strategy, training and partner support, as needed


  • Work with Finance Officer to ensure financial and budgetary compliance in the implementation of Kenya-based activities


  • Coordinate various program committee meetings


  • Liaise with Kenyan implementing partners as required


  • Present KBEST and facilitate discussions at meetings and workshops with institutional partners and other stakeholders as required


  • Perform other duties as may be assigned




The employee will work under the direction of the Kenya-based STA and is expected to work with a high degree of independence and autonomy.




  • Full fluency in English and Swahili


  • Kenyan citizen or legally permitted to work in Kenya. Note: CICan will not provide a work permit or sponsor individuals


  • At least Bachelor’s Degree in a related subject area (business administration, project management, international cooperation, or similar)


  • Project management training is preferred


  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in the planning, implementation, administration, and reporting of government, international and/or private donor-funded projects in Kenya


  • Demonstrated experience applying gender equality concepts in an international development and/or education context.


  • Demonstrated research, analytical and writing abilities in the preparation of reports, concept papers and/or proposals for government, international and/or private donors


  • Demonstrated ability using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams) and experience with SharePoint desirable


  • Specific experience and/or education in the area of the Blue Economy or marine sciences an asset


  • Knowledge of the Kenyan education system, particularly in TVET, is an asset


How to apply


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and CV with three references as one PDF file not exceeding 6 pages to email address with the title on the subject line, Senior Program Officer, KBEST.

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