The Kaizen Company (Kaizen) is a dynamic, fast-moving company that implements prime projects for USAID and the State Department. We specialize in strengthening local actors to achieve development and stability outcomes. Kaizen works in conflict/ post-conflict environments and has strong CVE and stability elements. We are committed to top quality implementation, and, as a result, we were selected as USAID's Small Business of the Year in June of 2017.
The Kaizen Company is responding to the release of a Request for Proposals from USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) with the means to support U.S. foreign policy objectives by catalyzing local initiatives to advance stability, peace and democracy in response to complex political crises. The objective of this Support Which Implements Fast Transition (SWIFT) 5 Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) is to a) establish, staff, manage, operate, and support a flexible, quick response mechanism capable of administering and implementing targeted activities under OTI Country or Regional Programs; and, b) provide support to program-funded USAID personnel.
Kaizen is seeking illustrative Regional Program Manager(s) (RPMs), in conjunction with the Chief of Party and with oversight from OTI, will manage a field office and/or geographic or issue-based portfolio in terms of financial and administrative management, program development and implementation, as well as activity development and implementation. In close coordination with the COP, the RPM may be responsible for: supervising activity implementation and support staff in his/her respective office(s); managing the development of overall regional program strategy and the development and implementation of Transition Activities Pool (TAP) activities (which may include identifying potential grantees, reviewing grantee proposals, and overseeing the implementation and monitoring of each activity). The RPM will also supervise enforcement of proper financial, procurement, and general operational protocols and reporting in the field office, in compliance with USAID rules and regulations.
The candidates selected for this illustrative position will be included on an elite roster of individuals. Please note that this is not a guarantee of hire, however those included will be among the first of whom we would reach out to for assignments under this contract.
- At least three (3) years of experience working on donor-funded projects in a related role, preferably including at least one (1) year of supervisory experience of complex, high speed and challenging field operations in developing countries.
- Experience working in developing countries is required, preferably in a fragile or transitional state environment.
- Experience demonstrating the skills required to fulfill the full range of responsibilities outlined below for the Regional Program Manager.
- Experience working with Kaizen in the past and/or demonstrated fluency with the Kaizen’s management and operational systems, is highly desired but not required.
- Experience working in programs requiring community-level engagement.
- Experience working in countries undergoing transition and/or security challenged environments highly desired, but not required.
- Fluency or demonstrated working proficiency in at least one other foreign language highly desired, but not required.
- (If CCN) Complete fluency in written and oral English is required.
- Manage a field office in terms of financial and administrative management, program development and implementation, as well as grant development and implementation.
- Coordinate with the COP, who is responsible for implementing OTI’s directions on coherence of program strategy and project development program-wide; he/she will supervise the program development officers and the activity implementation and support staff in his/her respective offices.
- Manage program staff in the development of overall regional program strategy and review of grantee proposals, including proposal submission and data entry. S/he will also oversee the identification of potential grantees and the development and implementation of small grant activities for OTI’s approval.
- Other responsibilities will include advising the COP and OTI on the evolution of the local political, legal, and economic situation and on how to continuously adapt the regional OTI program to ensure that it remains relevant and effective.
- Oversee the programmatic and implementation monitoring of each activity and contribute to program-level M&E efforts; the RPM will ensure that activities and reports are accurately captured and shared with the main office and OTI.
- S/he will also supervise enforcement of proper financial, procurement, and general operational protocols and reporting in the field office.
- Ensure that the field office maintains compliance with USAID regulations in regards to auditing requirements, implementation, procurement, financial management and overall office management.
- Supervise and provide guidance to all staff located at the field office.