District Implementation Team Lead (DITL)

at Mercy Corps
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Date Posted March 27, 2024
Category Management
Job Type Full-time


The DITL will be responsible and accountable to oversee that all programmatic activities are performed in target communities, using an “adaptive” management approach within the district they are responsible for. The DITL will manage their team, mentoring the Program Officers / Assistants, to adopt an approach that mobilizes and adapts to the needs of different community platforms. The focus of the Implementation Team will be to develop core capacities of community group leaders, and systemic support structures of government extension agents and bodies, as well as the surrounding private sector. Through this approach, the Apolou/RCF Activities intends to sustainably strengthen the capacity of communities, supported by a functioning and responsive government and private sector support system. The DITL will work closely with the Technical Team to implement high quality activities in governance, health/nutrition, WASH and Livelihoods, as well as work closely with the Gender & Youth, MEL, and Program Quality and Partnerships teams. The DITL will be responsible to ensure that high quality activities are implemented on scope and budget within their district.

The DITL will provide oversight function to the Field Coordinator responsible for activity implementation in Karenga District.

The DITL will be the focal point representing the program in their individual Districts with government and other civil society platforms, and will be supervised by the Implementation Director who will be the Senior Focal Point for relationships with Government and other civil society representation.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Strategy & Vision

Support the Implementation Director in executing the vision and strategy for the program.
Play an active role in identifying and developing initiatives that foster or improve strategic objectives of the program and the country office.
Program Management

Together with the Implementation Director, the Technical Director, and Managers, and with the Gender, MEL, and Program Quality and Partnerships team, oversee program implementation, management, administration, and close-out of activities within their District. Together with the Implementation Director and Technical Team, lead the development of detailed implementation plans within their district, and ensure that program implementation is on time, on target and on budget, using effective M&E systems to reach desired impacts.
Ensure that program implementation is responsive to communities and partners and consistent with Mercy Corps' relevant program guidelines, principles, values, quality standards and strategic plan.
Work closely with local government to bring them on as active partners to the program.
Confirm participants are effectively targeted according to transparent criteria.
Integrate facilitative approaches, gender and youth sensitivity, a resilience lens and capacity building into all activities as appropriate. Certify all interventions adhere to Mercy Corps' Gender Policy, Do No Harm principles, and beneficiary accountability standards.
Work with the Technical Team to ensure program strategies and activities represent global good practice in market facilitation, health & nutrition, WASH and governance.
With the MEL Director and Manager, ensure program staff as well as sub-grantees adhere to USAID monitoring and evaluation requirements and that data analyzed is used to inform programming through adaptive management approaches. Support the CoP where necessary in donor reporting.
Support the CLA Manager and the MEL team to identify key areas of learning taking place in communities, together with assisting the MEL team document these areas of learning
Together with the Implementation Director, fulfill Mercy Corps' Program Management Minimum Standards based on the organization-wide guide.
Represent the program within their district to government, donors and other high-level stakeholders.
Ensure that program monitoring tools such as the Activity Tracker and Dashboards are populated on time, and that informed actions are taken as required as they emerge from these program tools.
Team Management

Fully accountable for the oversight of their District Implementation team, including their capacity development and their facilitative and adaptive approach to communities.
Assist team members with information, tools and resources to improve performance & reach objectives. eIFLwXB veHQL
Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback informally and formally via regular one on ones and performance reviews.
Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
Hire, train, coach and motivate their team.
Organizational Learning

As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
Accountability to Beneficiaries

Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Finance, & Operations Management

Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to programming and operations
With the support of the Operations Director ensure adequate operational systems are in place, with particular emphasis on logistics to ensure these are optimally used and develops greater team synergy
Manage program budget(s) as secondary budget holder
Strictly follow Mercy Corps Fraud and Corruption Prevention guidelines.
Chairing Field Office Management (FOM) meetings and liaising with the Apolou SMT and the Country Office SLT
Influence & Representation

Represent Mercy Corps at government, donor, NGO and other relevant events, in close coordination with the Implementation Director within their district.
Coordinate activities with consortium partners, subgrantees, local government and other implementers, as well as with other Mercy Corps programs.

With the Operations Team, develop and maintain systems that promote the safety and security of all team members.
Ensure that programs are designed and implemented with a clear analysis and understanding of security.
Supervisory Responsibility

The DITL will be responsible for managing the District Implementation team and working closely with the Technical team to ensure that all program activities are implemented on time, with high quality, and ensuring that an adaptive management system is instituted. This will entail direct supervision of the Community Development Agents/Program Officers/Assistants within their district, and a dotted supervisory line to the Operations Manager. The IM will remain in close coordination with the partners including the CSOs, Whave and Save the Children.

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