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1. CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (RE-ADVERTISEMENT)  (CLOSED)

The African Peace Support Trainers Association (APSTA) is registered as an international not-for-profit Organisation, with a Secretariat based in Nairobi, Kenya. 

The APSTA seeks to appoint as a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) a competent, dependable, self-driven person with impeccable integrity and with skills in institutional management, extensive networking, policy implementation support, extensive Peace Support Operations knowledge, programme development and implementation.  

The appointed Officer will be based at the Secretariat located in Nairobi, Kenya, directly reporting to the Board of Directors and will spearhead, promote and facilitate the realisation of the Association’s strategic goals. S/He will be responsible for overall organisational performance across the continent, as well as for all policy matters in relation to peace support relations, finance and resource allocation, planning, physical resources, human resource, regional security matters, research and general advancement of APSTA. The role holder will ensure that the structure of governance, management and administration of APSTA are efficient, effective and competitive by providing guidance to the members of the Board of Directors and the General Meeting about their responsibilities under peace statutes, policies and regulations. S/He will be charged with the overall strategic development and oversight, project monitoring and evaluation and general programme management in training, research and policy implementation support programmes and activities to meet the ever-changing needs of PSOs of the African Union (AU), Regional Economic Communities and Regional Mechanisms (RECs/RMs) and other key stakeholders.   

As leader of a team, the role holder is expected to have excellent technical skills and shall have overall responsibility for the direction, organisation, administration and programmes of APSTA. S/He will serve as a coach to the team and must ensure overall employee satisfaction and productivity, in order to deliver strategic and operational business excellence. In addition, s/he will ensure periodic activity plans and budgets are developed and set targets are achieved in pursuance of the Association’s Strategic Plan 2014-2019.  
Requirements: The successful candidate should possess: ▪ PhD degree from a recognised University preferably in Political Science, International Relations and Conflict Management ▪ Minimum of 10 years experience in the sector and a minimum 5 years of experience in a managerial/leadership role with a good record of achieving targets • Hands on experience in managing multiple partners across geographies ▪ Good networking across the sector • Ability to manage multiple workflows and simultaneous projects • Possess good work ethic, agility, resilience, and strong interpersonal skills ▪ Fluency in English and excellent writing and communication skills are a must in both technical and non-technical areas ▪ Ability to work with a diverse group of individuals in a professional and service-oriented manner ▪ Possess a passion for developing people. 

Terms of Appointment

The length of the contract will be for an initial period of three years, subject to a 3-month performance-based probation and consecutive annual performance reviews and funding availability. This position is open to non-Kenyan African nationals only.

Salary

This position is APSTA Job Level P5 with a consolidated remuneration ranging from U$ 91,956 to U$ 114,672 per annum.

How to apply: 

Interested candidates are to submit letters of application, by quoting the subject of the email REF: ‘Chief Executive Officer’, accompanied by a CV to: The Selection Committee at: apsta@apsta-africa.org. The position will remain open until filled. Persons who applied previously and whose applications were not acknowledged need not apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

APSTA is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background. 

Interview date: To be notified later to short-listed candidates. 

Reporting date: Immediate.

 

2. DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER/PROGRAMME COORDINATOR (RE-ADVERTISEMENT)   (CLOSED)

The African Peace Support Trainers Association (APSTA) is registered as an international not-for-profit Organisation, with a Secretariat based in Nairobi, Kenya. 

The APSTA seeks to appoint as Deputy Chief Executive Officer/Programme Coordinator a competent, dependable, well-organised and self-driven person, with skills in institutional management, extensive networking, policy implementation support, extensive Peace Support Operations knowledge, programme development and implementation.  

The appointed Officer will be based at the Secretariat located in Nairobi, Kenya, directly reporting to and under the overall supervision of the CEO and will be responsible for programme development, membership liaison and quality control within the assigned areas of responsibility as per the APSTA Strategic Plan and Annual Work Plan 2014/2019 as well as support programmes and activities to meet the ever-changing needs of African Union (AU) Peace Support Operations (PSO).  

The Deputy Chief Executive Officer/Programme Coordinator is expected to identify new programme opportunities, and propose and initiate training, research and policy implementation support programmes and activities with member institutions to meet the needs of Peace Support Operations (PSO) within the continent.

Alongside the CEO, S/he will act as key representatives of the APSTA at various meetings with the African Union (AU), stakeholders and partners and shall utilize excellent judgment to develop credible and meaningful relationships with the AU and or the stakeholders ensuring strictest confidentiality. S/he shall handle multiple responsibilities, while ensuring consistency with the mission and vision of the Association and coordination of programmatic activities as well as facilitate the development of training, research, policy implementation support and communication materials, materials in conjunction with APSTA Member Institutions, pursuant to identified needs of the AU and key stakeholders. In addition, s/he will coordinate with the CEO in ensuring periodic activity plans and budgets are developed and set targets are achieved in compliance with donor requirements on programme implementation and providing timely reporting, as well as addressing constraints and challenges related to APSTA programmes, particularly in the areas of harmonisation, standardisation, coordination, policy implementation support and advocacy. 

Requirements

The successful candidate should possess: ▪ A minimum of a Master’s degree in Political Science, International Relations, Developmental Studies, Public Policy or any other related field ▪ A post graduate degree in a similar discipline will be an added advantage • A minimum of 10 years professional experience in training, research and policy support, with at least 6 years experience in applied policy research, publications, dissemination and training, and with a proven record of engagement in Peace Support Operations training, research and policy implementation support ▪  Strong management and interpersonal skills, as well as possess expertise in programme management, negotiation for fund raising and curriculum design and development ▪ Fluency in English and excellent writing and communication skills are a must ▪ Strong computer literacy skills, including high level of proficiency in all Microsoft Office applications ▪ Ability to work under stress ▪ Honesty and integrity ▪ Ability to drive change and innovation.

Terms of Appointment

The length of the contract will be for an initial period of two years, subject to a 3-month performance-based probation and consecutive performance reviews and funding availability. This position is open to Kenyan nationals only. 

Salary

This position is APSTA Job Level P3 with a consolidated remuneration ranging from U$ 52,356-U$ 65,124 to US$ per annum.

How to apply: 

Interested candidates are to submit letters of application, by quoting the subject of the email REF: ‘Deputy Chief Executive Officer/Programme Coordinator’, accompanied by a CV to: the Chief Executive Officer at: apsta@apsta-africa.org. The position will remain open until filled. Persons who applied previously and whose applications were not acknowledged need not apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

APSTA is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.

Interview date: To be notified later to short-listed candidates.

Reporting date:  Immediate.