Project Coordinator at Lutheran World Relief

On Friday, October 17th, 2014

The Project Coordinator (PC) is responsible for coordinating implementation and management of WFP funded Agricultural Market Access and Linkages for Smallholders project activities. 

The project coordinator will provide technical advice and supervision to three project officers and collaborate with the relevant county government departments to realize the project objectives. 
The PC will support seven beneficiary farmer organizations spread within five sub counties of Makueni County namely; Kibwezi, Makindu, Kathonzweni, Nzaui and Mukaain developing appropriate institutional and organizational frameworks to ensure active participation by targeted beneficiary smallholder farmers including women and the youths and promote transparency and accountability in the use of project resources. 

The Project Coordinator will ensure that project is implemented in accordance with contractual obligations and meet reporting deadlines.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

Project Management

  • Provide leadership to three project officers and build a strong project working team with project staff, government staff and manage & nature mutually beneficial partnerships with all relevant project stakeholders.
  • Manage the project in accordance with project document, work plans and budget and ensure project activities are implemented and outputs achieved as planned. S/he will ensure that key delays are identified and addressed in a timely manner.
  • To develop detailed activity implementation plans for each of the seven (7) farmer organizations that aligns with the overall project framework and coordinate timely implementation for each planned activity.
  • Prepare monthly and quarterly project narrative and financial reports and submit to LWR’s Kenya Country Program Manager for review in a timely manner as required by the donor.
  • Ensure that the project’s technical assistants/consultants are identified, contracted on time and meet the terms of contract within the stipulated time.
  • Manage project monitoring and evaluation activities in close coordination with the farmer organizations leadership, project participants, and other relevant stakeholders
  • Represent the project internally within Makueni County.
Financial Management
  • Ensure implementation of appropriate financial management and accounting systems and procedures in close coordination with LWR’s Finance and Administration Manager, Project Finance & Administration Officer.
  • Ensure prudent use of project funds and monitor budget spending to enhance transparency and accountability standards for maximum outputs.
  • Ensure that project inputs, goods and services procurement processes are as per LWR’s guidelines, and in line with the donor agreement with LWR.
  • Hold regular accounts review meetings with the LWR’s Kenya Finance and Administration Manager and Project Accountant.
Human Resources
  • Manage, and retain project staff (Project Finance & Administrative officer and two Community Mobilization and Capacity Building Officer)
Required Skills and Qualifications:
  • Deep commitment to LWR’s core values and ability to model those values in relationships with colleagues and partners.
  • Bachelor’s degree in agribusiness, agricultural economics/marketing, business administration, rural development /sociology or other relevant discipline, or equivalent experience. Advanced degree a plus.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in the project management, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of rural agribusiness projects. Previous experience in market linkages for agricultural produce is an added advantage.
  • Excellent analytical and community problem-solving skills.
  • Highly pro-active and ability to perform with minimum supervision.
  • Strong organizational, facilitation and planning skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in English and Kiswahili.
  • Proficient computer and internet skills (MS Word, Excel, Explorer).
  • Willingness to travel 50% of the time within the project area.
  • Holder of a valid motorcycle riding license
How to Apply:
If interested, please email your CV to [email protected]

Closing date: 24 Oct 2014 

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