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Socio-Economic Expert Job in Kenya

Hivos (International Development Organization) Regional Office in Kenya seeks an:

International Socio-Economic Expert 

working 40 hours a week, initially for a period of 2 years, starting as soon as possible For the African Biogas Partnership Programme (ABBP) ABPP is a partnership between Hivos (overall management), SNV (Technical Assistance) funded by the Dutch Governmental Development Cooperation Agency DGIS.

The Programme aims to establish a domestic biogas sector in six African countries (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda) over the period 2009-2013. In each country a local agency is in charge of programme implementation and setting up of a Programme Unit. The Unit builds partnerships with governments, NGOs, micro-finance institutions, vocational training institutions and CSO’s.

ABBP is managed from the Hivos office in Nairobi. The officer will be directly answerable to the Fund Manager - Biogas Programme.


The key responsibilities of the socio-economic expert entails

(1) providing guidance to the development of a socially responsible biogas private sector in each country, and

(2) ensuring that the programme reaches its development objectives, by establishing a strong Monitoring & Evaluation system at the programme as well as the country level.

More specifically, this assignment involves:

  • Analyzing the feasibility of country annual plans and budgets as well as the evaluations of the accurateness of annual reports and review of the plans.
  • Providing guidance and orientation to country programmes for concrete contributions to the enhancement of the socio-economic situation of the beneficiaries.
  • Guide and orient the design and implementation of an integrated (web based) M&E framework to capture and clearly show these contributions.
  • Appraise the social, economic and gender consequences of the programme and planned actions and maintain a critical dialogue with national implementing agencies on how to improve the programme in these respects.
  • Assess and provide input to country strategies and programme elements directed at domestic biogas sector development, together with the national partners and in close cooperation with SNV.
  • Facilitate strategic partnerships and initiatives, with support of the national partners; Develop and sustain a diverse and creative network of contacts in your area of expertise.
  • Masters Degree in relevant field or equivalent combination of relevant experience and education;
  • Minimum of 10 years working experience in rural development programmes;
  • Expertise and experience in assessment of rural, social and gender relations;
  • Expertise with private sector development;
  • Analytical and conceptual skills;
  • Well organized and able to keep deadlines;
  • Leadership qualities and able to work in the multistakeholder environment;
  • Excellent communication and networking skills;
  • Keen understanding of country political and social dynamics;
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills in English and French;
  • Willingness to travel frequently within the region and in-country.

For more information: Fund Manager ABPP

Application process

Please send a cover letter (motivation note) plus CV on or before February 29th 2012 to: with reference code: ‘vac ABPP SE expert’. 

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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