Consulting – Strategy & Operations – Project Management: YALI - Chief of Party

  • Kenyatta University Foot Bridge, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Contract

Company Description

About Deloitte

Deloitte is a leading provider of world-class professional services dedicated to providing value added solutions to our clients.  We take pride in our reputation for providing a globally consistent quality service, an integrated approach and world-class expertise.  Deloitte is renowned for its innovative and collaborative culture, where talented people work closely with like-minded individuals to achieve collective success.

Deloitte East Africa provides seamless cross-border services to multinationals, large national enterprises, small and medium sized enterprises and the public sector, across four (4) countries in the region: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda.

YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa

On July 28, 2014, the United States Government announced the creation of four Regional Leadership Centers (RLCs) in Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, and South Africa as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Since 2015, these Centers have improved the availability and quality of leadership training programs and professional development opportunities for young African leaders. The Centers focus on engaging young leaders from a wide range of organizations and backgrounds and with a diversity of experiences.

The Regional Leadership Centers:

  • Provide Quality Leadership Training: Centers provide courses on leadership and issues across multiple sectors.

  • Support Entrepreneurship: Centers provide entrepreneurship support services, including mentoring, technology, and access to capital.

  • Enhance Professional Networking: Centers offer young leaders the opportunity to connect with each other, experienced professionals, and experts from across the region.

Deloitte East Africa, in partnership with a diverse group of private sector, public sector and NGO partners, is working with USAID to implement the Young Africa Leaders Regional Leadership Center in East Africa (YALI EA RLC).

Deloitte seeks a dynamic and motivated individual to join the team as the Chief of Party (COP), to be based in Nairobi, Kenya.

What impact will you make?

At Deloitte we have a clear purpose, to make an impact that matters to our clients, our colleagues and our communities.  From professional development to leadership opportunities and career advancement, we empower our people to be their very best - because that’s how you make an impact.

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

Reporting to the Program Director, the Chief of Party will be responsible for the overall programmatic and financial oversight of the YALI East Africa Regional Leadership Center program and will ensure timely delivery of quality deliverables committed in the program.

Specifically, the COP will be tasked with ensuring high quality leadership development, instruction, and guidance in a safe and engaging learning environment through a broad network of public and private partners. S/he will also provide academic and educational leadership to the “faculty” members (both those engaged long-term and short-term, on campus and virtual), students and RLC colleagues, and is responsible for developing an active, experiential and value adding teaching/learning community among students, faculty, Alumni/Ambassadors, and partners.

The COP will work collaboratively with partners including Non-Governmental Organizations, the private sector, the public sector and academia to develop and implement YALI East Africa’s RLC’s sustainability agenda. S/he will also be responsible for development and administration of budgets in all areas of RLC operations. The COP position will evolve into a Managing Director position and will report to the Board of Directors.

Key Performance areas

  • Providing the vision, strategic leadership and management oversight for the entire program as well as overall supervision, administration and implementation of the currently running cooperative agreement;

  • Development and implementation of YALI EA RLCs long-term sustainability agenda;

  • Leading and managing the program and team, so as to effectively and efficiently implement the program strategy/work plan;

  • Leading and facilitating the development, review, approval and implementation of the annual work plan and enforce compliance to the agreed plans;

  • Reviewing and approving project documentation for dissemination and ensuring program quality according to international, USAID and Deloitte standards;

  • Maintaining excellent client relationships and partnerships with USAID, public sector partners, private sector partners, NGOs other entities involved in the fulfilment of the program objectives;

  • Ensuring that the monitoring and evaluation framework and support units enhance the achievement of the program goals and results; and

  • Completing all performance management activities including performance planning, monitoring, coaching and mentoring, and performance appraisals.

Technical competencies

  • Excellent leadership and management skills;

  • Excellent strategic planning skills;

  • Strong judgement and decision making skills;

  • Excellent verbal communication skills;

  • Excellent report writing skills;

  • Good research capacity, data analysis and information management skills; and

  • Good proposal, manuscript and abstract writing skills.



  • A degree in a relevant field e.g., education, management, entrepreneurship and NGO operations. A post graduate degree in a relevant field is an added advantage;

  • At least 10 years of relevant experience with demonstrated accomplishments;

  • At least 5 years of senior level experience in managing or supervising others preferably in East Africa or sub-Saharan Africa;

  • Must have excellent leadership, organizational and managerial skills, with close attention to detail and prioritization to meet deadlines;

  • Must have experience leading an effort of similar complexity and scale. Ideally, though not required, in an education environment;

  • Proven fund raising capabilities; and

  • Experience as Chief of Party on an USAID project is an added advantage.

Additional Information

Your role as a leader

At Deloitte we believe in the importance of leadership at all levels.  We expect our people to embrace and live our purpose by challenging themselves to identify issues that are most important for our clients, our people, and for society and make an impact that matters.

Leadership / Behavioural Capabilities

Living our Purpose - Acts as a role model and inspires others to embrace and live our purpose and values.

Influence - Builds deep relationships across a diverse network and uses a flexible influencing style to gain buy-in and drive impact.

Performance drive - Creates opportunities to drive impact; anticipates member firm/stakeholder needs and delivers superior results by leveraging each person’s strengths to build high-performing teams across businesses and borders.

Strategic direction - Translates broader strategy into a compelling team vision and goals; aligns the team and sets priorities to achieve objectives.

Talent development - Actively contributes to building the talent pipeline; creates a talent experience that attracts, develops and retains top talent and high-performing teams.

Inspirational Leadership - Establishes a strong leadership brand and inspires followership through passion, integrity, and appreciation of others.

How you’ll grow

At Deloitte, our professional development plan focuses on helping people at every level of their career to identify and use their strengths to do their best work every day. From entry-level employees to senior leaders, we believe there’s always room to learn. We offer opportunities to help build world-class skills in addition to hands-on experience in the global, fast-changing business world.

From on-the-job learning experiences to formal development programs, our professionals have a variety of opportunities to continue to grow throughout their career.

Our purpose

Deloitte is led by a purpose: to make an impact that matters. Every day, Deloitte people are making a real impact in the places they live and work. We pride ourselves on doing not only what is good for clients, but also what is good for our people and the communities in which we live and work—always striving to be an organization that is held up as a role model of quality, integrity, and positive change. Learn more about Deloitte’s impact on the world.

To the successful candidates, the Firm will offer a competitive and performance driven remuneration package, a highly energised team environment comprising individuals who are committed to working as one, producing results and enjoying it.

If you meet the above requirements, please visit our website and apply online:

Closing date: 29 April 2019                                                


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