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Programme Officer Job Vacancy in Nairobi Kenya

Our client, Uraia Trust, was first established as a programme (the Kenya’s National Civic Education Programme, popularly known as Uraia) through a partnership of a group of development partners and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Kenya.

The programme aimed at consolidating a mature political culture in which citizens are more aware of, and fully exercise their rights and responsibilities, as well as participate effectively in broadening democracy.

Initially, the key focus of Uraia was more on facilitating the engagement of a number of civil society actors to push for reform across a range of key issues such as the constitutional review, boundaries review and electoral reform among others.

This has since changed to focus on civic engagement to accompany civic education to enable a more holistic and integrated approach in achieving Uraia’s goals and objectives.

In this regard, Uraia transitioned from its current state to a new entity, Uraia Trust in line with its Strategic Plan (2011-2015). It is in light of this that Uraia seeks to recruit high calibre, results oriented and self driven professionals with integrity to take up the following position:

Ref. No. PROG/11

Job title:
 Programme Officer 

Supervisor/Manager title:
 Civic Education Manager /Civic Engagement Manager



Job summary

The jobholder is responsible for the execution of programme activities to enhance efficient and
effective delivery of Uraia’s civic education and civic engagement activities.

A key part of this role involves facilitating curriculum development, materials development, research, advocacy and ensuring the effective delivery of civic education and engagement training to Civic Educators (CEs), and capacity building of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Community Based Organisations (CBOs).

Key responsibilities

  • Provide programmatic and administrative support in the delivery of Uraia’s civic education and civic engagement activities.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of programme related strategies and work plans and ensure their alignment to Uraia’s overall strategy.
  • Participate in the development of civic education and civic engagement policies.
  • Identify training needs and recommend appropriate training for CSOs and CBOs to ensure efficient and effective delivery of civic education and civic engagement activities.
  • Liaise with Implementing Partners to ensure implementation of civic education and civic engagement programmes in line with the agreed work plans and strategic objectives.
  • Prepare the monthly programme activity reports for Civic Education/Civic Engagement Manager’s review before submission to the Head of Programmes.
  • Participate in the development and continuous improvement of the civic education curriculum, communication content and materials in line with programme objectives and best practices.
  • Participate in the effective and efficient implementation of capacity building initiatives to support civic education and civic engagement programmes.
  • Use technology innovatively and effectively to support civic education and civic engagement activities.
  • Assist in soliciting and engaging Implementing Partners (IPs) for civic education and civic engagement activities.
  • Receive and review quarterly reports from IPs, make recommendations to the Manager(s) based on observations made and collate and relay any proposed remedial actions to the IPs in order to enable achievement of programmes objectives.
  • Incorporate gender issues, environmental issues, HIV/AIDS and other mainstream tenets in civic education and civic engagement programmes.
  • Facilitate the implementation of sub-contracted services for civic education and civic engagement related activities.
  • Participate in the development of the civic education and civic engagement budget and monitor costs in liaison with the Finance Unit.
Focus areas of responsibility - % of time spent
  • Curriculum development, materials development, training, research, advocacy and capacity building - 70%
  • Administration - 20%
  • Reporting - 10%
Organisational positioning

Reports to:
 Civic Education / Engagement Manager

Academic and professional qualifications
  • Minimum of a Bachelors degree preferably in Social or Development Studies.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in implementing programme activities in an international non governmental organisation.
  • Experience in curriculum development and/or implementing education programmes with a national outlook is essential.
Additional skills
  • Planning and coordination skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Problem solving and analytical skills
  • Excellent presentation, oral and written communication skills
  • Quality orientation abilities
Core technical skills required for the role
  • Curriculum development.
  • Programme and project implementation.
  • Management of project budgets.
The offer

These are challenging and exciting roles that provide the qualifying candidates the opportunity to make a marked difference in the realisation of Uraia Trust’s goals and objectives.

If your career aspirations match these exciting opportunities, please write in confidence quoting the position title and reference number on the subject of the e-mail or cover letter on or before 1 July 2011.

Enclose your curriculum vitae containing a working e-mail address, daytime telephone contacts, qualifications, experience, present position, current remuneration, names and addresses of three referees should be sent to the address below or e-mailed to

Executive Selection Division,
KPMG Kenya,
Lonrho House, 16th Floor, Standard Street,
P O Box 40612-00100,

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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