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Assistant Programme Manager Job Readvertisement: Concern

Concern Worldwide is a non-governmental, international, humanitarian organization dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced Kenyan nationals for the following positions:

Job Title:

Assistant Programme Manager

Reports to: Programme Manager, Education – Nairobi

Liaises With:

· Concern –Nairobi staff
· Programme Manager - Advocacy
· Assistant Programme Manager Education – Nyanza Region
· Partner staff

Job Location:

Based at the Nairobi office with frequent travel to the field.

Job Summary

The position holder will assist in the management of the education programme by developing programme implementation plan and budgets; assist partners in developing area specific programme plan and budgets aligned to the programme objectives; support development and implementation of the advocacy and lobbying strategy in line with the programme strategy; monitor, document and communicate appropriate and relevant feedback and results with partners and line managers for appropriate action; monitor programme budget and administer partner grants

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Programme support / Management

· Support programme expansion through preparation of donor specific programme proposals.
· Develop programme implementation plan and budgets. Assist partners in developing area specific programme plan and budgets aligned to the programme objectives.
· Participate in the assessment and selection of appropriate resource partners for programme implementation.
· Define and agree through consultation processes with partners and other actors on a suitable strategy and approach for sustainable interventions.
· Develop partnership agreements and ensure on time implementation of programme in line with planned activities and budgets.
· Undertake regular monitoring visits, document and communicate appropriate and relevant feedback and results with partners and line managers for appropriate action.
· Support the development and implementation of the advocacy and lobbying strategy inline with programme strategy.
· Support and advise programme staff and partners on the implementation of the programmes inline with the agreed proposals and budgets.
· oriented tasks and conduct performance review of the supervisees.
· Advise senior management on timely implementation of planned programme evaluations and research studies.
· Participate in recruitment and management of the identified evaluators. Support the evaluation process and ensure timely implementation of the recommendations.
· Prepare programme reports based on the Kenya programme proposals as well as donor requirements.

Partners Capacity Building

· Conduct and coordinate organizational capacity building process including Strategic Plan Development by partners as and when required.
· Identify staff and partners training needs and plan, design and undertake training for program participants and/ or partner staff. Based on identified needs.
· Build the capacity of partners in rolling out cross cutting issues like gender equality, HIV mainstreaming and Child protection and DRR in the programme.

Financial Management

· Monitor programme budget, administration of partner grants, preparing budgets for programme activities, monthly cash flow projections, monitor and account for expenditure, and develop financial report in line with Concern agreed format.

Education

· A first degree in Education
· A master’s degree in Education or equivalent is desirable.

Essential Experience and Skills

· At least 5 years experience working in education programmes preferably with strong advocacy orientation.
· Significant experience/knowledge Primary Education policies,
· Significant experience/knowledge of advocacy in Primary Education
· Experience in programme planning, monitoring, and evaluation
· Knowledge/experience of challenges of working with and through local partners
· Experience in implementation programmes in urban slums
· Demonstrated good interpersonal skills
· Good writing skills in English.
· Computer and report writing skills
· Good organization, planning and management skills
· Ability to work under pressure.

Interested candidates, who meet the above requirements, should apply by sending a CV and a covering address to: -

The Human Resource Manager,
Concern Worldwide,
P.O. Box 13850-00800,
Nairobi,

to the following email address: nairobi.hr @ concern.net

Each application should include three referees, at least two of which can validate field and technical expertise. Telephone contacts must be submitted with the application.The closing date for application is 5th March 2010.

Those who responded to the earlier vacancy announcement need not apply.Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview

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