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Economic Empowerment Project Officer Job in Meru Kenya

Save the Children Canada works in 37 countries around the world to deliver child rights programs. Established in Kenya in 1984, we are a member of Save the Children International, the world’s leading independent organization for children.

Job Purpose

The HIV pandemic is a powerful contributing factor to the economic impoverishment of families and subsequently to poor life outcomes for children and young people in Kenya.

The Economic Empowerment Project Officer will give oversight to a new project aiming to enhance the livelihoods of youth and caregivers from HIV affected households. In addition, young people will gain increased self reliance through formal education support, vocational training and reduced HIV infections.

Based in Meru the Project Officer is responsible to collaborate with local implementing partners and beneficiaries to successfully manage this 3 year Economic Empowerment project.

Key Accountabilities

The Project Officer holds responsibility to effectively manage resources and project implementation to achieve the expected outcomes and deliverables. A crucial aspect is technical assistance and support to community based organizations and beneficiaries and creating linkages with other resources in the region.

Principle components are agricultural inputs, market linkages, entrepreneurial skills development and microfinance services leading to income generation.

Individual capacity building will be effected through education support. An underpinning theme is the fundamental work to prevent HIV infections. The Project Officer will be principal liaison with local authorities, prepare high quality reports on time and supply best practises for iterative learning.

Essential Qualifications
  • At least 5 years implementing economic development projects, 3 of which are in a field management capacity
  • Excellent proven project management skills
  • Deep knowledge of rural economic development issues in Kenya, particularly gender equity and the impact of HIV and AIDS
  • Masters degree in relevant field preferred; else Bachelors plus equivalent work experience
Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills with proven ability to work independently and achieve results at scale. Excellent spoken and written English and Swahili.
  • Self-starter; takes ownership of deliverables and drives project results while building strong collaboration with and regularly seeking input from partners and other project staff
  • Manages through influence; deploys strong persuasive skills and motivates sustained partner enthusiasm to maintain collaboration towards common project goals while identifying with mission of SC
  • Public speaking /representation abilities and knowledge of youth friendly approaches
Interested applicants meeting qualifications should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three referees and day time telephone contact to

or Box 27679-00506, Nyayo Stadium,

no later than 15 July, 2011

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