Project/Activity Implementation Manager


Kenya 🇰🇪


Project Background:

The Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (KIWASH) Project is a five-year, USAID-funded project to improve lives and health through the development and management of sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene services in Kenya. Its purpose is to institutionalize catalytic models of sustainable service delivery for accelerated water and sanitation access in specific target counties and to improve complementary hygiene behaviors.

Role’s Purpose:

Achievement of several of KIWASH’s ambitious targets is linked to development of WASH infrastructure projects.  To meet the aggressive schedule in completing these project and to ensure that this is done compliantly, KIWASH seeks a long-term Project/Activity Implementation Manager, who will oversee the design, development, implementation, program monitoring and evaluation of KIWASH’s direct investments, grant-making and grants management policies, procedures, and practices.

Objectives and Duties

The Project/Activity Implementation Manager will oversee the Grants and Procurement departments and undertake the following tasks:

  • Oversee the development, implementation and monitoring of the KIWASH recoverable grants funds. S/He will assist in designing activities that align with KIWASH grants funding mechanism with the profit making companies, Water Service Providers, Small and Medium size business, and smallholder farmers.
  • Lead the recoverable grants cycle management and ensure its compliance with the KIWASH grants manual and grants-related sections of the project’s Field Operations Manual. Provide day to day management of the KIWASH recoverable grants program, including awards management, reporting, outreach to potential grantees, and compliance.
  • Work with KIWASH embedded teams and technical specialists to devise and lead strategies to ensure broad participation in the KIWASH grants program. He/she will analyze and evaluate recoverable grant applications, proposals, and procurement awards.
  • He/she will provide training to the grants team on grants management cycle.
  • Oversee the development, implementation and monitoring of KIWASH’s direct investment activities, including in-kind and infrastructure support, to Water Service Providers, Small and Medium size business, community-based organizations, and smallholder farmers.
  • Manages procurement processes for all grant and technical activities, including determining procurement requirements, ensuring the most appropriate procurement methods are used, and ensuring transparent processes are utilized.
  • Train the project staff to become more familiar, and understand, DAI policies and procedures as related to procurement by conducting trainings or other methods as necessary. He/she will play a pivotal role in ensuring efficiency, integrity, fairness, and openness in procurement processes as well as adherence to policies, procedures, and controls.
  • Work with the infrastructure team to ensure construction standards are upheld as outlined in the Grants and Procurement Manuals.
  • He/she will look for organizational and budget efficiencies by closely monitoring expenditure to ensure that targeted deliverables, project timelines and indicators are achieved.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors’ degree in Economics, International Studies, or Business;
  • 5 – 7 years’ progressive experience in program management, backstopping, administration of USAID projects;
  • Demonstrated skills in managing multiple complex task, attention to detail, and financial and work planning;
  • Deep knowledge of and experience applying USAID procurement regulations and grant mechanisms; and,
  • Successful experience living and working in developing countries, ability to relocate to Nairobi, Kenya.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge and experience with DAI project management systems and tools
  • East Africa and WASH Project Management experience