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Program Officer, Kenya

Job Description


The Program Officer (PO)-Kenya provides in-country technical support and oversight of programmatic coordination efforts for all Border Security Training Program (BSTP) projects. In coordination with the Senior Program Officer-Kenya and the Program Team at HQ, the PO will also provide research and writing, deliver trainings, coordinate activities, and represent USIP at partner trainings for quality control and to provide oversight.The Program Officer reports to the BSTP Senior Program Officer-Kenya on the Curriculum and Training Design (CTD) team. The CTD team creates and implements rigorous and sustainable transformative learning processes that strengthen the capacity of individual and institutional partners to build peaceful, just, and inclusive societies. CTD is part of the Gandhi-King Academy.This is a Full-Time, one-year term contract position through June 30, 2024, based in Nairobi, Kenya. The contract can be renewed for a second year pending good performance, funding, and business needs.This is a Personal Services Contractor position for a host-country (Kenya Foreign National) contractor.


Program Management

  • Oversee in-country training coordination and implementation, working closely with USG and Kenyan partners.
  • Attend all in-country trainings to provide oversight and logistical support.
  • Oversee the management of all BSTP trainers when implementing trainings at the Border Security Training Campus and General Service Unit B Campus.
  • Coordinate training execution with Kenyan institutional partners and support their preparation for USIP trainings (e.g., following up to make sure officers have been mobilized for training, making sure that training rooms are allocated, etc.).
  • Work closely with partners to ensure vetting lists and other training-related documents required for training are submitted on time and in the correct format.
  • Support in-country M&E efforts, including data collection (administering surveys and conducting interviews).
  • Develop training reports to guide the Program Team in improving upon the training.
  • Support the development of concept notes and/or proposals for potential inter-agency agreements to support the project.
  • Contribute to the development and updating of both internal and external BSTP program documents (e.g., web content, project pages, special reports, fact sheets, after action reports, quarterly reports, etc.).
  • Contribute to the annual planning and strategic planning for the Border Security Training Program.
  • Track security-related issues for travel and mobility between Nairobi and training sites, updating the HQ Program Team in advance of all in-country activities.
  • Lead the design and manage the implementation of private and public events in Kenya, liaising and coordinating with internal HQ staff, and external partners and guests.
  • Draft promotional and informative descriptions of events and event literature for USIP staff, funding partners, and external guests.

Training Delivery

  • Provide technical support for all training-of-trainer program design and implementation.
  • Mentor and coach partner ToT instructors to develop their facilitation skills and their understanding of training content to support the sustainability of the project.
  • Deliver various components of the Gender-Informed Community Engagement training for to Kenya Border Police officers and the General Service Unit instructors.


  • Bachelor’s degree in peacebuilding, international affairs/relations, political science, international development, or related field.
  • Six (6) or more years relevant professional work experience.
  • Four (4) or more years of conflict-related programmatic experience required.
  • Experience facilitating training content on conflict resolution, identity, gender, community engagement, and related topics.
  • Experience organizing and implementing trainings, conferences, and meetings and coordinating domestic and international travel arrangements.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively with a variety of teams and partners.
  • Experience working with security sector actors and community-based organizations preferred.
  • Competence and experience in program administration.
  • Proficiency in English.
  • Excellent research and writing ability; strong organizational skills; and ability to work independently and collegially.
  • Excellent computer skills, especially in word processing and internet navigation.
  • Strong networking skills and capabilities.
  • Strong time management skills with the ability to prioritize work, multitask, and meet deadlines.
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Word, Outlook, and Excel, are required

All USIP contract and employee positions are contingent upon the favorable completion of a suitability background investigation.

How To Apply

To be considered for this position, please submit a complete application package consisting of:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Brief writing sample demonstrating your research and writing ability (no more than five pages double spaced)

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USIP is an equal-opportunity employer. It is the policy and practice of USIP to offer equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, political affiliations or belief, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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