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Our Client is a local faith based Non Governmental Organization with operations around Kajiado North area in the suburbs of Nairobi. The thematic area of focus is HIV/AIDS with a bias towards supporting women and children.

Programme Officer

The position is responsible for the prudent management of the programme’s work which is consistent with the strategic direction of the organization, delivering specific objectives and making a significant contribution to the development and articulation of the programmes, championing learning and sharing with colleagues internally and externally and ensuring that the programme has adequate resources to deliver to an appropriate quality and achieve defined influencing targets.
The right candidate must be a born-again Christian.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Strategic Direction and Policy Influencing

  • To address all programme strategy objectives that address clearly articulated problems and issues which have significant impact on poverty reduction.
  • To develop programme and project hypotheses that contributes to the understanding and resolution of identified problems/issues in sync with the organization’s strategic direction.
  • To develop, and influencing strategy, sets out how knowledge and information accrued will be utilized to achieve desired impacts
  • To take lead in synthesizing the contribution that the programme is making to the organization growth and development.


Programme Planning and Management

  • To develop new work towards the programme strategic goals and direction consistent with the established and recognized procedures regarding approaches and methodologies.
  • To oversee project work-plans, including activity descriptions and timeliness as well as quality.
  • To track projects’ progress and make alterations (in consultation with social workers) and the management team where necessary to enhance delivery.
  • To mentor the development and maintenance of good relations with beneficiaries, partners and donors.
  • To identify and develop new project ideas and strategic opportunities leading to the development of funding proposals
  • To keep abreast of new or shifting specialist knowledge and paradigms (technological, methodological or developmental) that relate to programme work; and share the same with programme team and the organization as a whole.


Fundraising, Financial and Asset Management

  • To ensure that programmes have adequate funding to implement a portfolio of strategically coherent projects within the region
  • To proactively scout for new funding avenues; help in preparing and submitting proposals in liaison with appropriate units within the organization.
  • To keep track on project spend and advise project managers accordingly.
  • To be ultimately responsible for the financial performance of all work within the programme.

Quality Assurance and Knowledge Management

  • To ensure all projects within the programme are designed and implemented to the highest standards possible and in line with the organization’s strategy, guidelines and protocols.
  • To ensure quality assurance in all aspects of programme work.
  • To ensure all projects are providing learning outputs to the organization.
  • To encourage lesson-learning and experience sharing within the programme unit and across the organization


Representation and Networking

  • To develop and maintain a network of peers and professional contacts within and outside the organization for exchange of ideas and information in general.
  • To represent the organization in professional forums and actively seek avenues for sharing the organization’s experiences and lessons learnt in programmes.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Develop framework/methodologies for impact monitoring and assessment.
  • Manage the monitoring, evaluation and reporting functions of the organizations’ activities and assess M&E reports, managing the standards and quality criteria for reporting system both internally and externally.
  • Set up an implementation system for guiding project planning, monitoring and evaluation within a development context.
  • Develop, maintain and manage appropriate database systems for monitoring and evaluation.
  • Ensure compliance and meeting deadlines for reporting.
  • Disseminate and use evaluation findings and follow-up implementation of evaluation recommendations.


Other Duties

  • Participate in the morning devotions with the staff members and beneficiaries.
  • Coordinate the programme staff meetings.
  • Oversee the day to day programme related activities at the centre.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned from time to time.

Qualifications

(The knowledge, skills and abilities may be acquired through a combination of formal schooling, self-education, prior experience, or on-the-job training)

  • Bachelor’s degree in social or Community development studies.

Specialized Training/Professional Qualifications

  • Post graduate diploma in community work
  • Advanced training in governance, leadership and management
  • Training in planning, monitoring and evaluation
  • Training in financial management

Requisite Competencies

  • Thorough knowledge of community development and social work
  • Knowledge of policy influencing and advocacy
  • Excellent writing and reporting skills
  • Good Knowledge and understanding of development issues affecting local communities.
  • Ability to think strategically and operate under pressure
  • Good communication skills and fluent in both written and spoken English and Kiswahili
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and portray good management/coordination acumen.
  • Current knowledge on HIV/AIDS and best practices
  • Basic counseling skills
  • Desirable
  • Experience in various management roles: including budgetary control and planning.
  • Computer literate, in particular knowledgeable in Word processing and spread sheets
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to pay attention to detail and report accurately.
  • Self driven individual who is diligent, honest, disciplined and responsible
  • Demonstrate good leadership skills with the ability to work under no supervision.
  • A love for community and a heart to serve are critical for this position

Relevant Job Experience

Over three (3) years relevant experience working in a community development programme two (2) of which should have been in a management position.
Contacts Arising From the Job(List contacts which exert significant influence on the work of the jobholder)

Within the Organization
All staff
Outside the Organization
Clients/clients.
Visitors.
Collaborating agencies.
Donors/partners.
Government agencies.
Community leaders
General public.
Authority/Decision Making

The position makes recommendations to the Senior Programs officer on issues that relate to the programme management and operations.

Special Working Conditions
Occasionally works long hours and attends meetings in the evenings and outside the normal working area.
Remuneration
Kshs 30,000-34,000/month
Outpatient Cover

If you meet the above criteria, and would like to be a part of the team, please send an application with a detailed C.V stating the position you are applying for, your experience, present employer, present position, current remuneration, testimony in Jesus, list of at least 3 referees, day-time telephone numbers and email address to :- jobs @ truenorthcareermap.com on or before Friday, February 19th, 2010.

Only short listed candidates will be acknowledged

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