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Livelihoods Program Officer Job in Garissa, Kenya

Livelihoods Program Officer

Sector:     Livelihoods          
Location:     Kenya          
Employee Type:     Regular          
Employee Category:     Full Time


The IRC Kenya has launched an emergency/early recovery livelihoods program in drought-affected areas of Jarajilla Division of Fafi district and is looking to recruit a Livelihood Program Officer (LPO). 

The LPO will assist the Field Coordinator in the implementation of all aspects of the Livelihoods program in Fafi district by providing guidance and support to the project activities. 

She/he will work directly with Fafi Integrated Development Association (FaIDA), a national partner organization, as well as community leaders and beneficiary groups. 

He/she will also work in collaboration Government of Kenya (GoK) mainly through Fafi district administration in Alinjugur and Fafi district offices for water, veterinary services and livestock development in Garissa as well with other NGOs and UN agencies to ensure synergistic programming and high quality standards in program implementation.

Key Responsibilities
  • The LPO will work with local primary stakeholders and partners. Specifically undertake the following responsibilities;
  • Under the supervision of the Field Coordinator, provide capacity-building and technical support to partner NGOs and  community leaders
  • Carry out regular field visits to all program areas to implement, supervise and monitor implementation of activities.
  • Work closely with the all the program partners to ensure quality program planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting.
  • Ensure that good quality progress reports are prepared and submitted on time and progress reports included all components of IRC livelihoods interventions.
  • Develop program performance indicators, create program monitoring plans and implement such plans.
  • Assist in proper documentation of all activities to ensure accountability at all stages of programming.
  • Ensure that the implementation process considers cross-cutting issues such as gender equity, community participation and cultural acceptance.
  • Ensure that community mobilization, targeting, identification and registration of beneficiaries is conducted according to criteria and objectives agreed upon with Field Coordinator and in line with program objectives
  • Participate in needs assessments, market analysis, and regular monitoring of livelihoods operations.
  • Ensure regular coordination and planning meetings with local actors/ partners
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with the relevant government line ministries and departments at district and division levels, community based leaders and community structures.
  • Ensure smooth and transparent flow of information from partners to the local communities.
  • Follow all IRC security protocols.
  • Assist in other relevant duties as identified and assigned by the Field Coordinator
Key Result Areas

  • Quality program planning and implementation with partner organizations.
  • Program objectives are achieved.
  • Quality reports are produced and submitted on time.
  • Cross-cutting issues are mainstreamed into livelihoods program.
  • Coordination with other partners including government agencies is strengthened.
  • Good coordination with partners in the livelihood program area in particular in North Eastern Province in general.
  • Capacity of implementing partners in planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting is strengthen.
  • Oversee the management of sub-grants to partner organisations to ensure implementation is done according to agreed objectives and budget and reports are submitted on time.
  • Participate in development and application of partnership mapping for IRC Kenya program
  • A university degree preferably in social sciences, Rural development, Agriculture, Livestock development or related field in development studies
  • At least 5 years of experience in implementing programs related to rural vulnerability preferably in North Eastern Province of Kenya
  • Experience with capacity building of local partners and communities coordination with governmental and non governmental agencies and is preferred.
  • Strong project cycle management experience
  • Experience in coordinating multi-faceted projects components preferably in the region
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, with strong interpersonal and communication skills is required.
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills as well as knowledge in safety and security management.
  • Previous experience working in arid or semi arid regions and/or knowledge of the region is preferred along with experience working in an insecure environment.
  • A demonstrated ability to multi-task, prioritize and process information into action.
  • Excellent negotiation and communications skills will be an asset.
  • Somali language is an added value
Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply.  International allowances are not available for this position. Salary and employee benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector.

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Please apply on or before July 6, 2012

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IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.

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