Senior Technical Advisor, Resilience

Nairobi, Kenya
Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
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Senior Technical Advisor, Resilience

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Application closing date: 31 May 2018

Palladium seeks a Senior Technical Advisor of resilience for the anticipated USAID “Strengthening Agriculture and Regional Resilience (STARR)” activity that spans across all East African Community (EAC) countries (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda), and additional countries in East Africa (Zambia, Somalia, Sudan, Djibouti and Ethiopia). The STARR activity will promote increased agricultural production, investment, trade and resilience to shocks and stresses in the East Africa region by addressing agricultural issues that can mainly be solved on a regional basis. STARR’s interventions will be directed through four interrelated project component areas: 1) strengthening cross-border agriculture trade and value chains, 2) improved regional agricultural inputs, 3) strengthening resilience, and 4) strengthening the regional policy environment.

Purpose of Position

The Component 3 Lead will lead implementation of all activities aimed at achieving all the cross-cutting Component 3 goals including improved ability of people, households, communities, countries, and systems to mitigate, adapt to and recover from shocks and stresses in a manner than reduces vulnerability and facilitates inclusive growth.

Duration: 4-5 years


  • Provide technical and managerial support to develop and implement innovative strategies to improve regional resilience, including crop and livestock storage systems, drought resistant cropping and livestock systems, and use of weather response and adapting technologies.
  • As this component is cross-cutting, ensure resilience efforts are closely linked and integrated across all other components.
  • Liaise with regional private and public stakeholders to ensure cohesive approach and implementation of resilience activities. These activities include trade enhancing systems such as efficient storage, transportation, and flows of crops and livestock across borders during emergencies.
  • Build capacity of regional institutions, private sector associations, regulatory officials, and cross border coordination bodies to prepare for and respond to key constraints during shocks.
  • Strengthen existing informal and/or formal regional level safety net programs.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Advanced degree in agriculture, animal husbandry, environmental science, economics, international development or other closely related field.
  • At least 5 years of relevant or associated experience in resilience-related areas of food security, trade policy, disaster risk management and mitigation, or climate-smart agriculture.
  • Prior experience working directly with agricultural/pastoral communities to improve their ability to adapt to shocks required.
  • Fluency in English and a local East African language required.
  • Experience across East Africa strongly preferred. Preference will be given to local East Africa country candidates.
  • Previous experience working on donor-funded international development projects a plus.
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