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Project Officer Job Vacancy

ActionAid Kenya has been working in Kenya since 1972 to facilitate processes that eradicate poverty and ensure social justice through anti-poverty projects, local institutional capability building and public policy influencing.

ActionAid Kenya works in 20 districts of Kenya and links key international, national and local institutions in favour of poor people.

ActionAid seeks to recruit a dynamic and innovative professional; to implement the final period of the Big Lottery funded project on addressing violence against girls in schools in Kenya (SVAGS), ensuring effective delivery of the project at community level in line with the original proposal and with donor requirements.

Project Officer

Stop Violence Against Girls in School (SVAGS) Project

This position is based in Wenje Division of Tana River County, reporting to the Local Rights Program Manager and also accountable to the National Project Manager, Stop Violence Against Girls in School.

The Project Officer will be responsible for the community intervention component of this multi-country project, while working with the Local Rights Program in Wenje Division to ensure high priority is given to delivering on the project.

Key responsibilities will include the following:

  • Coordinating implementation of the SVAGS project at community level including allocation of resources and ensuring that appropriate controls are maintained.
  • Developing and implementing short and medium community intervention strategies for the project
  • Evaluating and monitoring the project to determine the extent to which the set outcomes and milestones are being met; determining the action needed to improve achievements and deliverables
  • Ensuring that the stipulated financial management guidelines for the project and the organization are adhered to
  • Lobbying, mobilizing and networking with relevant stakeholders to maximise project achievement at community level
  • Support community in the uptake and ownership of the key project activities, as part of the exit strategy of the project.
  • Working closely with the Local Rights Program Manager in the identification, planning and delivery of activities at the community level
  • Timely preparation of monthly, quarterly and annual project reports in liaison with the project accountant and ensure compliance with donor requirements
  • Ensuring timely, consistent and adequate communication on the progress of the project in order to collate and share learning; and
  • Effectively working with the project stakeholders at community level as well as the implementing partners in adhering to and interpreting all required standards set by the donor.
  • Facilitating monitoring and evaluating progress

Our preferred candidate will have:
  • A first Degree in Education, Social Sciences or a related field and a minimum of 3 years relevant work experience particularly in education, children and women’s rights, or gender-based violence
  • Strong facilitation, training in participatory methods and coordination skills
  • Effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation and communication skills
  • Possession of strong narrative and financial report-writing skills
  • Excellent communication skills and capacity to tailor key messages to a range of different audiences, including children
  • High energy, ‘can-do’ approach combined with the ability to drive stakeholders to function at community level
  • High integrity, excellent negotiation and team relations skills
  • Experience of working directly with children and understanding of child-rights based approaches, with proven experience of promoting children’s participation and a sound understanding of issues related to child protection
  • Excellent planning, organizational and time-management skills
  • Willingness to spend a minimum of 50 % of the time in the field
  • Fluency in English and Kiswahili required and ability to communicate effectively in Pokomo and Wardei languages an advantage
  • Basic computer skills
The successful candidate will enjoy flexibility and organizational space while joining an experienced and dynamic staff working alongside poor people.

For additional information interested candidates should access the application form from
 (vacancies section).

Only electronically completed application forms will be accepted and should be mailed to

The closing date for receipt of application forms is April 27, 2012.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

ActionAid is an equal opportunities employer.

Qualified women candidates are encouraged to apply.

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