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Helen Keller International Advocacy Coordinator Job Vacancy in Kenya

Advocacy Coordinator 

Project to support increased investment and awareness in Orange - Fleshed Sweetpotato

 Nairobi, Kenya

Date of Posting: September 28, 2011


Helen Keller International (HKI) works to save the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. Currently HKI is launching a new regional project in Sub-Saharan Africa, titled Reaching Agents of Change (RAC).

The project focuses on enhancing the capacity of African institutions and implementing organizations to generate awareness, obtain funding and effectively implement programs that promote Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato as a means of combating vitamin A deficiency (VAD) and food insecurity.

HKI is seeking a motivated and energetic young professional to coordinate and support advocacy and communication efforts under RAC.

Scope of the Position:

The Advocacy Coordinator will report to and work under the supervision of the Gender and Advocacy Advisor.

The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya and open citizens of a Sub-Saharan African country.

HKI will not be able to process work visas for this position so only candidates with current authorization to work in Kenya will be considered

Specific responsibilities of the Advocacy Coordinator include:
  • Assist in the overall set-up, coordination and monitoring of the project’s Advocacy component
  • Assist in the preparation and management of budgets and workplans
  • Support editing and finalization of documents including funding proposals and communication materials
  • Support country teams in designing and developing materials to disseminate information on OFSP projects as well as related policy issues
  • Act as focal point for communication between country teams including in-country advocates, staff and other key stakeholders.
  • Set up and manage a Customer Relation Management system (CRM) for management and monitoring of OFSP advocacy contact relations
  • Assist in preparation of reports, presentations, communication and advocacy materials
  • Handle other administrative tasks as needed including correspondences and procurement of goods and services
The following qualifications are required:
  • Proven experience managing projects including development of work plans and budgets, organizing events and work shops
  • Master’s degree with + 4 years professional experience in Business Administration, Management, Communications, Marketing, Public Relations or related field
  • Prior experience working in the agriculture or nutrition sector and knowledge of agriculture, food security and/or public health and nutrition issues in the region
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Good IT Skills – including Microsoft Word (Advanced); Microsoft Excel (Intermediate); Microsoft PowerPoint (Advanced), and good internet skills. Editing and graphics skills and a good grasp of a database software like Microsoft Access and other software are additional advantages.
  • Practical experience with experience with data management including CRMs
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese an additional advantage.
  • Documented authorization to live and work in Kenya.
To Apply:

The initial contract is for 18 months with possibility of renewal.

Interested persons should submit:

(1) cover letter,

(2) curriculum vitae in English, including min. three professional references,

(3) a short writing sample (2-3 pages) in English


with a copy to Human Resources at

Please note RAC-.Advocacy Coordinator in the subject line.

Applications should be submitted by October 5, 2011.

Kindly note that only short-listed candidates will be notified.

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