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Reports To: Deputy Chief of Party  STAWI Project

Length of Contract: 5 years

Please note that this position is contingent upon award of the funding opportunity and the USAID’s approval of candidacy*.*

About CRS

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

CRS has worked in Kenya since 1965. Over the years, CRS’ focus shifted from direct relief and food distributions to a comprehensive development program that works with partners and enhances local capacity. CRS Kenya development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance, and peacebuilding.

Sustainable, Transformative, Accessible, WASH Innovations (STAWI) Project:

Sustainable, Transformational and Accessible Water Interventions (STAWI) project aims to strengthen resilience and expand economic opportunities in targeted northern and southeastern counties through management of water resources, expansion of sustainable water services, and improved use of water within agriculture and livestock market systems. The goal of the project is to 1) Improve governance of water resources and services, 2) increase sustainability of water service delivery, 3) Improve management, efficiency and equitable access to water used for productive purposes and 4) Improve collaboration and learning across stakeholders and strengthen the capacity of county governments for learning and adaptation

Job Summary:

The Private Sector Engagement Advisor (PSEA) will be the lead contact and relationship manager within the STAWI project for all engagement with private sector actors, designing and leading a strategic approach to private sector engagement that ensures the development initiatives are locally led, owned and managed thus accelerating self-reliance, and contributing to transformational change in water resources management and improved water service delivery. S/he will enhance collaboration with government counterparts, emphasizing direct relationships whenever possible (through grants to county governments), work with local actors (including women, girls and youth) and organizations (including DiP WASH APS addendum awardees) and seek private sector solutions. S/he will ensure STAWI builds on the capacity of and leverage existing knowledge and skills of county governments, local and underutilized partners including conservation groups, and communities through co-creation processes, citizens advocacy and engagement, social and behavior change strategies and a strong CLA component

Roles and Key Responsibilities

  • Lead in the design, development and implementation of STAWI private sector engagement strategy
  • Oversee the effective co-creation, startup and implementation of PSE related activities across the project
  • Manage private sector relationships across project sectors and lead the co-creation and implementation of market-based project components, including negotiations with private sector partners.
  • Investigate, as program needs require, additional private sector partners, including enterprises, investors, Business Development Service providers, financial institutions, sector organizations and other stakeholders.
  • Coordinate with private sector partners to inform the design of public-private partnership including subsidies as well as appropriate financial instruments accessible to water service providers, including blended finance that contribute to sustainable market development instead of furthering market distortions.
  • Build the ‘investment case’ for targeted counties by highlighting opportunities for Private Sector to leverage STAWI interventions
  • Collaborate with Social Behavior Change teams to ensure relevant messages are informed by private sector expertise and consistent across communications channels and activities.
  • Train and mentor STAWI and GUC awardee staff, as needed, to improve their knowledge and skills related to engagement with the private sector.
  • Working with MEL, help define targets with private sector partners, implement data collection systems with private sector partners and monitor progress towards development and business objectives to inform collaboration, learning, and adapting (CLA)
  • Capture and share Private Sector Engagement related reports, lessons learned and best practices.

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Economics or any other relevant field.
  • Minimum of 5 years work experience in international development, with a focus on market-based solutions and/or private sector engagement.
  • Experience in WASH related PSE or finance is a plus
  • Strong understanding of barriers and opportunities for Private Sector investment in Kenya ASALs.
  • Familiarity with blended finance approaches for development.
  • Demonstrated experience working in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrated experience in driving proactive and innovative strategies to achieve results.
  • Demonstrated commitment to respect, equity, diversity, and inclusion including gender equality.

Personal Skills

  • Strong relationship management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
  • Excellent negotiation skills.
  • Strong communications and presentation skills.
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.
  • Capable of working in a dynamic, results oriented environment; ability to multi-task across various work streams/priorities.
  • Team player with a positive attitude who can work independently while also being highly collaborative and open. Capable of building relationships and influencing the opinions of others.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

• Integrity

• Continuous Improvement & Innovation

• Builds Relationships

• Develops Talent

• Strategic Mindset

• Accountability & Stewardship

Leadership and Management Competencies

  • Communicates strategically under pressure
  • Manages stress and complexity
  • Actively promotes safety and security
  • Manages and implements high-quality program activities

Required/Desired Foreign Language: English

Travel Required: 30% of the time to targeted Northern and Southeastern Counties

Key Working Relationships:

Supervisory: None

Internal: Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, Water Technical Advisor, CLA Advisor, Country Representative, Head of Programming, Finance Manager, Regional Technical Advisors, STAWI Program team, Programming staff.

External: Donor,Private sector actors including financial institutions, government agencies/officials, Local/international NGOs, and UN agencies operating in the project area.

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

What we offer:

CRS offers a comprehensive benefits package and the opportunity to work in a collaborative, mission-driven culture that is committed to improving the lives of the poor throughout the world.

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

CRS Kenya strives to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come and work, stay, and do their best.

CRS provides equal employment opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, ancestry or national origin, sex, age, marital status, physical or mental disability or handicap, medical condition and any other status protected by law. As an equal opportunity employer, CRS will recruit, hire, train and promote persons solely on their qualifications and abilities.

CRS’ emphasis on family values supports benefits, including maternity and paternity leave, policies that promote exclusive breastfeeding, the availability of a baby room at the office, and flexible working hours where possible. Women are highly encouraged to apply.

By applying to this job, I understand and acknowledge that CRS requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking. Further, I understand that if I am a successful candidate, I will be subject to a comprehensive background check, and my personal/professional references will be asked to evaluate my behaviors related to the above safeguarding-related topics.

Please note that the positions are contingent upon award of the funding opportunities.

Kindly apply via the link – Job ID: 220000E3

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Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, we have expanded in size to reach more than 100 million people in 101 countries on five continents.

Our mission is to assist impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas, working in the spirit of Catholic social teaching to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person. Although our mission is rooted in the Catholic faith, our operations serve people based solely on need, regardless of their race, religion or ethnicity. Within the United States, CRS engages Catholics to live their faith in solidarity with the poor and suffering people of the world.

CRS is motivated by the example of Jesus Christ to ease suffering, provide development assistance, and foster charity and justice. We are committed to a set of Guiding Principles and hold ourselves accountable to each other for them.

Watch what happens when little miracles touch the lives of the most vulnerable people around the world. Witness the lifesaving help and hope provided by Catholic Relief Services. Take a look at just how far your heart can reach.

As the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States, CRS is governed by a board of directors comprising clergy, most of them bishops elected by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, as well as religious and Catholic lay men and women.

CRS maintains strict standards of efficiency, accountability and transparency: 93% of our expenditures go directly to programs.

CRS' commitment to Catholic teaching

Catholic Relief Services is a manifestation of love for our brothers and sisters around the globe by the Catholic community of the United States. We protect, defend and advance human life around the world by directly meeting basic needs and advocating solutions to injustice. CRS is a pro-life organization dedicated to preserving the sacredness and dignity of human life from conception to natural death. Every aspect of our work is to help life flourish. We are resolute in our commitment to the Church and its teaching.

As a part of the Universal Church, we work with local Catholic institutions around the world. As a Catholic agency that provides assistance to people in need in 101 countries without regard to race, religion or nationality, we also participate in humanitarian initiatives undertaken by a range of groups, including governments, other faith communities and secular institutions. Although some positions and practices of these institutions are not always consistent with the full range of Catholic teaching, CRS' work with these institutions always focuses only on activities that are fully consistent with Catholic teachings.

CRS employs Catholics as well as non-Catholics. Membership in professional associations enables our staff to obtain information and technological advances that best prepare us to serve those in our care—and we do so in full accordance with Catholic teachings. Our staff members also belong to coalitions that extend the reach of services to poor people who often live in remote areas where CRS does not operate. These coalitions give CRS a platform to present effective methods and procedures that demonstrate the efficacy of Catholic approaches to health and family planning. These are our opportunities to make space in the public sphere for the Catholic viewpoint and to witness to our faith.

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Reports To: Deputy Chief of Party  STAWI Project

Length of Contract: 5 years

Please note that this position is contingent upon award of the funding opportunity and the USAID’s approval of candidacy*.*

About CRS

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

CRS has worked in Kenya since 1965. Over the years, CRS’ focus shifted from direct relief and food distributions to a comprehensive development program that works with partners and enhances local capacity. CRS Kenya development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance, and peacebuilding.

Sustainable, Transformative, Accessible, WASH Innovations (STAWI) Project:

Sustainable, Transformational and Accessible Water Interventions (STAWI) project aims to strengthen resilience and expand economic opportunities in targeted northern and southeastern counties through management of water resources, expansion of sustainable water services, and improved use of water within agriculture and livestock market systems. The goal of the project is to 1) Improve governance of water resources and services, 2) increase sustainability of water service delivery, 3) Improve management, efficiency and equitable access to water used for productive purposes and 4) Improve collaboration and learning across stakeholders and strengthen the capacity of county governments for learning and adaptation

Job Summary:

The Private Sector Engagement Advisor (PSEA) will be the lead contact and relationship manager within the STAWI project for all engagement with private sector actors, designing and leading a strategic approach to private sector engagement that ensures the development initiatives are locally led, owned and managed thus accelerating self-reliance, and contributing to transformational change in water resources management and improved water service delivery. S/he will enhance collaboration with government counterparts, emphasizing direct relationships whenever possible (through grants to county governments), work with local actors (including women, girls and youth) and organizations (including DiP WASH APS addendum awardees) and seek private sector solutions. S/he will ensure STAWI builds on the capacity of and leverage existing knowledge and skills of county governments, local and underutilized partners including conservation groups, and communities through co-creation processes, citizens advocacy and engagement, social and behavior change strategies and a strong CLA component

Roles and Key Responsibilities

  • Lead in the design, development and implementation of STAWI private sector engagement strategy
  • Oversee the effective co-creation, startup and implementation of PSE related activities across the project
  • Manage private sector relationships across project sectors and lead the co-creation and implementation of market-based project components, including negotiations with private sector partners.
  • Investigate, as program needs require, additional private sector partners, including enterprises, investors, Business Development Service providers, financial institutions, sector organizations and other stakeholders.
  • Coordinate with private sector partners to inform the design of public-private partnership including subsidies as well as appropriate financial instruments accessible to water service providers, including blended finance that contribute to sustainable market development instead of furthering market distortions.
  • Build the ‘investment case’ for targeted counties by highlighting opportunities for Private Sector to leverage STAWI interventions
  • Collaborate with Social Behavior Change teams to ensure relevant messages are informed by private sector expertise and consistent across communications channels and activities.
  • Train and mentor STAWI and GUC awardee staff, as needed, to improve their knowledge and skills related to engagement with the private sector.
  • Working with MEL, help define targets with private sector partners, implement data collection systems with private sector partners and monitor progress towards development and business objectives to inform collaboration, learning, and adapting (CLA)
  • Capture and share Private Sector Engagement related reports, lessons learned and best practices.

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • Master's Degree in Business Administration, Economics or any other relevant field.
  • Minimum of 5 years work experience in international development, with a focus on market-based solutions and/or private sector engagement.
  • Experience in WASH related PSE or finance is a plus
  • Strong understanding of barriers and opportunities for Private Sector investment in Kenya ASALs.
  • Familiarity with blended finance approaches for development.
  • Demonstrated experience working in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrated experience in driving proactive and innovative strategies to achieve results.
  • Demonstrated commitment to respect, equity, diversity, and inclusion including gender equality.

Personal Skills

  • Strong relationship management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
  • Excellent negotiation skills.
  • Strong communications and presentation skills.
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.
  • Capable of working in a dynamic, results oriented environment; ability to multi-task across various work streams/priorities.
  • Team player with a positive attitude who can work independently while also being highly collaborative and open. Capable of building relationships and influencing the opinions of others.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

• Integrity

• Continuous Improvement & Innovation

• Builds Relationships

• Develops Talent

• Strategic Mindset

• Accountability & Stewardship

Leadership and Management Competencies

  • Communicates strategically under pressure
  • Manages stress and complexity
  • Actively promotes safety and security
  • Manages and implements high-quality program activities

Required/Desired Foreign Language: English

Travel Required: 30% of the time to targeted Northern and Southeastern Counties

Key Working Relationships:

Supervisory: None

Internal: Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, Water Technical Advisor, CLA Advisor, Country Representative, Head of Programming, Finance Manager, Regional Technical Advisors, STAWI Program team, Programming staff.

External: Donor,Private sector actors including financial institutions, government agencies/officials, Local/international NGOs, and UN agencies operating in the project area.

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

What we offer:

CRS offers a comprehensive benefits package and the opportunity to work in a collaborative, mission-driven culture that is committed to improving the lives of the poor throughout the world.

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

CRS Kenya strives to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come and work, stay, and do their best.

CRS provides equal employment opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, ancestry or national origin, sex, age, marital status, physical or mental disability or handicap, medical condition and any other status protected by law. As an equal opportunity employer, CRS will recruit, hire, train and promote persons solely on their qualifications and abilities.

CRS’ emphasis on family values supports benefits, including maternity and paternity leave, policies that promote exclusive breastfeeding, the availability of a baby room at the office, and flexible working hours where possible. Women are highly encouraged to apply.

By applying to this job, I understand and acknowledge that CRS requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking. Further, I understand that if I am a successful candidate, I will be subject to a comprehensive background check, and my personal/professional references will be asked to evaluate my behaviors related to the above safeguarding-related topics.

Please note that the positions are contingent upon award of the funding opportunities.

Kindly apply via the link – Job ID: 220000E3

2022-05-26

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