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Project Officer Job in Nairobi Kenya

Panos Eastern Africa has secured funding from OAK Foundation to support children, CSOs and the media to illuminate and address child protection concerns affecting children in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia. 
The project will address issues of institutionalization of child care, reduction of violence against children, development of child protection policies and systems and addressing challenges faced by children on the move.

Panos Eastern Africa shall build partnership with child protection agencies, the media, the government institutions, the children and other interested actors to illuminate these issues, create platforms for public discourse, influence policy decisions and actions, increase child participation, media action and public child protection in National Agenda of the four countries with a view of addressing challenges and abuses faced by children. 

Panos Eastern Africa is therefore seeking to recruit a Project Officer based in Nairobi, to provide leadership in effective and efficient implementation, monitoring, evaluation and documentation of project outcomes and ensure lessons are shared with wider audiences.
The Project Officer shall report to the Regional Programmes Director based in Kampala, Uganda.
Key deliverables
  • Commission of a baseline survey to examine existing skills of the journalists on general child protection issues and the selected child protection stakeholders to establish the nature and level of their engagement with the media.
  • Establish/strengthen the relationship with the lead project partner organisations in the country, facilitate the development of joint action/work plans, explore and build synergies between their work and the project objectives and goal.
  • Work towards strengthening the relationship between the media and stakeholders working on issues of child protection and with particular focus on promoting the lead role of the media
  • Create/strengthen media platforms to illuminate child protection issues in the country
  • Develop skills of journalists/Media to report and cover child protection issues through trainings, fellowship awards, participating in stakeholder forums and regular review meetings of their activities
  • Establish/Strengthen child journalism in the country to provide children with a platform to play a lead role in amplifying the issues affecting them.
  • In collaboration with the PEA communications office create an interactive online platform for child protection issues.
  • Organise annual reflection forum on the project’s progress, child protection issues for the media, partners and relevant stakeholders.
  • Lead the process of developing a child protection policy for partner media houses, partner organisations and PEA country office.
  • Develop/adapt tools to monitor, evaluate and document all activities implemented during the project
  • Compile and submit timely monthly, quarterly, bi – annual and annual reports in accordance with donor guidelines
  • Participate in Resource Mobilisation and Fundraising initiatives of Panos Eastern Africa.
Qualifications, knowledge, skills and abilities
  • A first degree in development studies, social sciences, human rights, journalism or related area. A post graduate qualification shall be an added advantage.
  • Must have a minimum of three years experience in development work with demonstrated experience in policy, research and programme management.
  • Strong writing skills, including experience producing proposals, reports, and other information materials
  • Experience in Child Protection and a general understanding of the child protection issues is essential.
  • Good public relations demonstrated by experience in networking, working with partners and providing supervisory support.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and to achieve all set targets in line with short, medium and long term targets and objectives as specified in the project and other documents
  • Knowledge of the information sector, media and development
Core Capabilities
  • Practicing accountability & integrity.
  • Communicating information effectively.
  • Innovative.
  • Understanding of the Non for Profit / NGO sector
  • Ability to work in a diverse, multi-cultural team.
  • Strong ability to multi-task and work independently.
Interested applicants should submit a CV, 3 referees two of which must be most recent employers and cover letter setting out your reasons for applying for the post and salary expectations to the email address:
The closing date for applications is Wednesday 12th September 2012. 

Only shortlisted applicants shall be contacted.

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