Capacity Building Lead, USAID/Kenya and East Africa Mission’s Localization, Inclusion and Sustainability Activity At Social Impact

Social Impact is a global development management consulting firm. We provide monitoring, evaluation, strategic planning, and capacity building services to advance development effectiveness. We work across all development sectors including democracy and governance, health and education, the environment, and economic growth. Since 1997 we have worked in over 100 countries for clients such as US government agencies, bilateral donors, multilateral development banks, foundations, and nonprofits.

Proposal Objective:

The USAID/Kenya and East Africa (USAID/KEA) Mission’s Localization, Inclusion and Sustainability (LIS) Activity aims to support USAID/KEA’s staff and stakeholders to be more efficient, effective, transparent, inclusive and skilled in achieving development outcomes. This activity will ensure that the Mission’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) is implemented with a heightened focus on working with local partners, elevating local voices, and co-creating programs with local partners, including marginalized populations, girls and women, and youth.

The Activity has the following objectives:

  1. Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL): Strengthen monitoring, evaluation, verification, and data utilization to improve development results.
  2. Organizational Development (OD): Improve systems, coordination, collaboration and OD to enhance institutional learning and program effectiveness.
  3. Capacity Building: Provide capacity building services to empower and enfranchise local actors.
  4. Strategy: Support strategy development, implementation, and process management to enable continuous planning, delivering, assessing, and adapting of development programs.
  5. Logistics: Provide logistical support to ensure productive and efficient operations.

Position Description:

SI is seeking a Capacity Building Lead for the upcoming USAID/KEA LIS Activity. This will be a senior technical position on the project, reporting to the Chief of Party (COP), and will be responsible for overseeing and managing technical work under Objective 3 of the Activity. This position will be full-time for the duration of the five-year project and will be based in Nairobi.

Please note: This is a local position. Only candidates with Kenyan citizenship will be considered.


  • Lead the design and development of services and activities under the Capacity Building component of the project, including developing scope/budget/timelines for assigned activities.
  • Identify and assess organizational and capacity development needs of current and prospective Implementing Partners (IP).
  • Develop curriculum and provide technical assistance services and coaching to identified local partners on human resources systems, governance structures, finances and managing funds, public and private partnership networks, managing sub-awards, tracking and reporting, organizational policy formulation, etc.
  • Provide support to the Mission on Non-U.S. Organization Pre-Award Surveys and related procedures.
  • Adapt organizational assessment tools and formulate plans of action for each priority partner.
  • Provide technical assistance to local partners in specialized areas as identified through the capacity assessments.
  • Provide technical assistance and support in addressing USAID’s gender and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) objectives.
  • Manage teams including full-time staff and consultants.


  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences or related field.
  • At least eight years of experience building capacity of local actors on international development projects.
  • Experience designing and carrying out capacity assessments and developing tailored action plans for local partners.
  • Experience designing training curriculum and facilitating capacity building workshops.
  • Previous experience working on USAID projects strongly preferred.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required; fluency in Kiswahili strongly preferred.

How to apply

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Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please, no phone calls.