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National Coordinator Job in Nairobi Kenya

Act Change Transform (Act!) is a Kenyan Non-Governmental Organization that was registered in September 2001 as Pact Kenya. 

It rebranded in September 2011 to become a fully autonomous Kenyan NGO. 

Act!’s mission is to facilitate the empowerment of marginalized people and communities, in Kenya and neighboring countries, to become active participants in their development by enabling them to: stand up for their rights; demand good governance in the management of resources; and participate in decision making processes. 

Act! focuses on four thematic platforms: Democracy and Human Rights, Environment and Natural Resource Management, Peace Building and Conflict Transformation and Livelihood Enhancement. 

Since 2006, Act! has been hosting the National Coordination office for the Self-Help Group Program in Kenya. 

This program seeks to empower very poor women and children economically, socially and politically through self-help groups. 

The program is currently working in partnership with 14 local organizations in various rural and slum communities in Kenya with funding from Kindernothilfe, Germany.
We are seeking a highly motivated and competent individual to take up the following position:
Self Help Group (SHG) National Coordinator
Reporting to the Livelihoods Platform Manager at Act!, the SHG National Coordinator will be based in Nairobi and will provide strategic leadership and overall Coordination of the Self Help Group Program in Kenya.
Specific responsibilities:
  • Coordinating the work of the NGOs who implement the Self Help Approach in Kenya
  • Conduct regular monitoring visits to the implementing organizations and provide feedback
  • Organize regular partner forums to give inputs and share experiences on SHG implementation in the country
  • Develop and support a team of TOTs to assist in capacity building and monitoring of the program
  • Appraise project-proposals and discuss the implementation strategy with potential partners
  • Prepare program proposals, budgets, work-plans and reports as required
  • Support partner organizations to initiate additional fund raising for SHG promotion and application of SHG approach as entry and exit of children and youth development projects.
  • Promoting and creating awareness on the concept to other interested organizations.
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with the program partners, donors and with other external stakeholders
  • Supervise the work of the SHG Program staff, interns and Consultants
  • Raise, create awareness and lobby government offices and formal banking system / micro-finance institutions to support the Approach or support SHG partners to do so
  • Maintaining a Resource Bank for use by implementing organizations , especially in the fields of relevant skills, appropriate technology, micro-credit, entrepreneurship and other service providers relevant to this approach
  • Attend African SHG Coordinators meetings
Qualifications, experience and skills:
The minimum required academic and professional skills for the jobholder to perform successfully in their job include:
  • An advanced degree in social sciences
  • At least 5 years’ professional experience in managing development programmes
  • Knowledge and interest in gender and children issues
  • Experience in facilitating participatory processes in communities
  • Strong co-ordination and organizational skills
  • Good documentation and report writing skills
  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills
  • Strong networking and partnership building skills
  • Open to learning new approaches
  • Highly proficient in Ms Word, Excel, Access, Power-point, Outlook
  • Self-driven and able to work under minimum supervision
  • Willingness to travel extensively within the areas of operation, work extended periods in the field and interact effectively with local communities
Applicants will be required to submit 

(1) detailed and current CV 

(2) cover letter demonstrating why they qualify for this position 

(3) contact information for 3 referees; and 

(4) indicate your salary expectation. 

If you are confident that you meet the requirements for this position, please submit your application and CV electronically to
Only candidates short-listed for interview will be contacted.

Act! is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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