Kenya Disaster Management Capacity Building Program Coordinator

Management Engineering Technologies International Inc.
  • Location
    Nairobi, Kenya
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jun 04

Position description

Job Description

Management and Engineering Technologies International, Inc. (METI), in support of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Office of International Programs (IP), is recruiting a Kenya Disaster Management Program Coordinator to oversee and support implementing efforts in close partnership with Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) East and Central Africa (ECA) Team in Nairobi.
Kenya has a long history of emergencies. Various shocks such as natural and man-made disasters (drought, flood, wildfire), civil unrest and conflict, depletion of natural resources, livestock and human disease, and invasive species affects millions of Kenyans every year. Kenya’s vulnerability to, and frequency of, disasters puts a strain on the country to respond. A large international humanitarian community requires significant coordination, and without a comprehensive disaster management system, response is disconnected, and resource use is not maximized. With financial support from the USAID and collaborating organizations, Kenya is focusing more on capacity building in government to more efficiently manage disasters.
In January 2020, a USFS team undertook an in-country Disaster Management Capacity Assessment (DMCA) upon the request of USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance. The aim of the DMCA was to create a baseline understanding of the current state of coordination and management in disaster preparedness and timely activation of effective response in Kenya. The team reviewed response and coordination systems at the national and county level, the legal framework for disaster response as well as held in-country meetings with the US government, Government of Kenya (GoK) and non-government organizations to better understand response mechanisms and determined overall country disaster preparedness and capacity. After careful evaluation, it was found that components of the disaster management operating systems would benefit from enhanced capacity building and improved coordination.
This program strengthens and sustains the capacity of the GoK for disaster risk management, empowers local authorities to better anticipate and respond to disasters, and incorporates relevant components utilized by the USFS and other disaster response entities in the United States. The initial 12-month program will bring together USFS technical advisors and Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) in-country expertise; with two core objectives: (1) Explore opportunities to improve capacity at the County government level for disaster management and; (2) Explore opportunities to enhance capacity for disaster management within the KRCS.
This Program in Kenya will run through approximately June 2022. The program is seeking an in-country based Coordinator to oversee and support implementing efforts; in close partnership with the KRCS and USAID/BHA East and Central Africa Team in Nairobi. The Coordinator will be supervised by the USFS program manager and will collaborate with a range of partners, including the GoK, KRCS and others, as appropriate.

Duties and Responsibilities for the Coordinator

  • Provide oversight to and hands-on management for project implementation including engaging diverse stakeholders, coordination, empowering partners and tracking and managing day to day activities;
  • Coordinate activities with local collaborators and maintain effective relationships with leadership of relevant disaster management organizations;
  • Provide reporting and program implementation information on a regular basis to USFS/IP;
  • Support with work plans, budgets, and monitoring and evaluation frameworks;
  • Work with USFS to identify and manage short-term consultants and USFS technical specialists as needed to implement technical program activities within Kenya;
  • Collaborate closely with development partners in Kenya working on disaster risk management to ensure this program leverages resources and coordinates with other partners;
  • Lead program implementation and overall in-country management, ensuring the program considers political and cultural aspects of the Kenya context;
  • Other duties as assigned

Level of Effort:  Part-Time

Location:  Nairobi, Kenya with local travel in support of project activities, once it is safe to do so. The Coordinator will work from his/her home office for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. When deemed appropriate by public health officials and USFS, the Coordinator may be able to travel as needed.
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METI is an Equal Employment Opportunity/M/F/disability/protected veteran status employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.



  • o Relevant field experience in development program management, disaster management, or similar;
  • o Prior experience with US or Kenyan disaster management, as well as humanitarian assistance programs desired; experience working with GoK preferred;
  • o Prior experience managing, implementing, reporting on, and closing-out USAID or US Government-funded projects;
  • o Excellent diplomacy and interpersonal skills, and proven ability to work well with a variety of stakeholders;
  • An effective communicator and facilitator, and well-versed in virtual communications;
  • Professional written and spoken proficiency in English and Swahili;
  • Strong ability to work independently and as part of a high performing team;  
  • Excellent organizational skills, including logistics support for visiting team members;
  • Ability to work non-traditional hours to accommodate international time zones;
  • Comfort with ambiguity and adaptable to sometimes unpredictable circumstances.