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Programme Coordinator Job in Illeret, Northern Kenya

Malteser International is the worldwide relief agency of the Sovereign Order of Malta for humanitarian aid. 

Its mission is to provide emergency relief as well as to implement rehabilitation measures and to facilitate the link between emergency relief and sustainable development. 

Malteser was founded in 1956 and is currently implementing more than 100 projects in about 20 countries worldwide. In Kenya, Malteser International is present since 2001. 

So far, programs were concentrated on TB and HIV in the slums of Nairobi, while also providing humanitarian assistance in emergencies such as droughts and floods in Northern Kenya.
During the drought in 2011, Malteser International provided more than 70,000 people in Northern Kenya for several months with food and drugs. 

After the emergency phase, in order to support sustainable solutions, drought resilience and disaster preparedness, Malteser International has shifted its focus in Northern Kenya to recovery and development projects.

Its strategy is to address the needs of the population in Illeret, one of the most remote and under-developed areas in the northern district of Marsabit County/ Northern Kenya. 

The first activities to be implemented aim at increasing the access to safe drinking water through rainwater harvesting techniques at household and community level accompanied by health/hygiene education activities.

The rainwater harvesting programme should be followed by multi-sectoral activities in the areas of livelihood/ income generation, small infrastructure facilities, education and possible other sectors according to needs. 

All planned community based activities will ensure participatory approaches involving communities and relevant stakeholders in the design, planning and implementation of the projects.
To establish our new programme in Illeret/Northern Kenya, Malteser International is looking for a Programme Coordinator
As a Programme Coordinator you will be responsible for setting up, implementing and developing Malteser International interventions in Illeret with administrative and logistic support by the Country Office in Nairobi. 

In this position you will be supported by short term (technical) experts according to requirements and supervised by the Regional Coordinator for Africa.

  • Support set up of local infrastructure (office/ accommodation)
  • Develop timeline and budget to start the rainwater harvesting programme according to draft proposal and implement the activities accordingly
  • Develop and initiate multi sector activities (livelihood/ income generation, small infrastructure facilities, education) and conduct regular needs assessments
  • Support mobilization of communities for involvement in programme activities
  • Overall coordination and supervision of all programme activities in the project area
  • Overall responsibility for resource management (personnel, budget, material)
  • Ensure the implementation of Malteser standards in administration, finances and logistics
  • Ensure regular and timely project documentation and reporting according to Malteser and donor standards
  • Represent the Malteser programme and coordinate with all relevant stakeholders on local, district and county level
  • Establish safety standards for all staff according to local context 
  • Strong programme development, management, organizational skills
  • Advanced project design and project cycle management skills
  • Basic technical skills
  • Proven skills in community development
  • At least five years working experience in development countries out of which at least two years in Africa
  • Working experience with pastoralist communities is an asset
  • Ability to work under pressure, independently and with limited supervision
  • Improvisation and multi-tasking skills
  • Physical and mental strength and experience in and willingness to live and work in a remote project location and under basic conditions
  • Fluency in English, knowledge of German is an asset
Starting date: 15 July 2012
Duty station: Illeret/ Northern Kenya
Duration of contract: minimum 12 months (extendable)
Salary according to qualification and experience, insurance package, accommodation in team house, return flight
Only short-listed candidates will be notified. 

Applicants who are not selected will not receive a rejection letter.
Please send your application (CV, letter of motivation including examples of how you meet the knowledge, skills and competencies required by the role, references) preferably by email until 20.06.2012 to:
Malteser International
Esther Berrens
Kalker Hauptstr. 22-24
D - 51103 Köln
Tel.: +49 (0)221 – 98 22 265

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