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Community Action on Harm Reduction (CAHR) Project Officer Job Vacancy

Job description: CAHR Project Officer
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Availability: Immediately
Management reporting line: Program Director
Technical reporting line: Community Systems Strengthening
Background
KANCO is a national membership network of organization with over 1000 Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs), Community Based Organization (CBOs), Faith Based Organization (FBOs), Private Sector, Research and Learning Institutions responding to HIV & AIDS and TB in Kenya.
Community Action on Harm Reduction (CAHR) is a Dutch Government funded programme, to be implemented in China, India, Indonesia, Kenya, and Malaysia, that aims to make substantial contributions towards ensuring that injecting drug users, their partners and children are healthier, less marginalized and more engaged in social and community life.
Overall Role
The Project Officer is expected to manage overall project activities, ensure project relevance to the country IDU community needs to most effectively address HIV, provide and coordinate provision of technical assistance, advocate for the rights of drug user populations, alcohol and non-injecting drug users and represent the project nationally.
Responsibilities
1.    Ensures country participation in the global development and coordination of the project implementation, develops and leads the country team of various specialists (staff and/or consultants) required to achieve the programme goals.
2.    Monitoring of the HIV epidemic in the country; the responses and opportunities for strengthened responses to the epidemic and challenges associated with illicit drug use; and the role played by local governments, donors and other stakeholders, as well as ensures necessary adjustments in country programme design and implementation.
3.    Ensures that the scale, spectrum, accessibility, intensity and quality of services and information available to IDUs and their families corresponds as much as possible to harm reduction and HIV prevention objectives as well as to health, social and other essential needs of drug users, their partners and children.
4.    Ensure that the CAHR programme design and activities at country and local levels builds upon the strengths of the KANCO members and partners while being effective, strategic and relevant in local context.
5.    Partnership development across sectors Local, nationally and internationally as well as strategic management of donor and stakeholder relations including the delivery of financial and technical support to field level service delivery organizations.
6.    Ensures that region-specific as well as site-specific interventions are developed and implemented as appropriate.
7.    Guides contributions to national and global learning and sharing focused on deepening and dissemination of the harm reduction evidence base.
8.    Promotes and advocates for harm reduction and ensures a favorable project environment
Person Specification: -
Essential
The applicants for the above assignment MUST possess the following qualifications:
Education: A minimum of Master’s degree in Public Health, Project Management, or any relevant discipline
Experience: Minimum of 5 years’ experience in Project Management or advocacy Harm Reduction among injecting drug users and their partners.
Knowledge: Experience of harm reduction programming or other similar approaches; Strong commitment to confronting HIV/AIDS; Strong support of harm reduction approaches to work with injecting drug users; Experience of harm reduction programming or other similar approaches; Understanding of both public health and human rights dimensions of HIV prevention and care work; Understanding and supporting the role of communities and non-governmental sector in the responses to HIV and other challenges associated with injecting drug use;
Critical factors: Strong representation skills and capabilities for high level policy work; Solid negotiations skills, Articulation and assertiveness in communication, Skills to present and defend their views, Creative and independent thinking, Integrity and diplomacy; Ability to work under pressure; Skills to encourage field level partner organisations to collaboratively introduce improvements to their programmes and measures to increase efficiency of the country response to HIV/AIDS epidemic and drug use related challenges; Excellent English language (written and spoken).
To apply, submit your CV and list of 3 references, a detailed cover letter illustrating your suitability (marked ‘CAHR Project Officer ’) to Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium, P. O. Box 69866 – 00400, Nairobi – Kenya.
Email: jobs@kanco.org.
Applications will be considered until 6th May, 2011: Please note only short-listed candidates meeting the above requirements will be contacted. This vacancy is open only to Kenyan Nationals.
KANCO is an equal opportunity employer

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