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Project Assistant Job in Kenya


Department: Program

Position: Project Assistant

Direct Hierarchy: Deputy Area Coordinator

Contract Duration: 8 months

Location: Mandera, Kenya

Starting Date: 12th May 2014

ACTED is a non-governmental organization whose vocation is to support vulnerable population world wide and to accompany them in building a better future. ACTED was created in 1993, is governed by the French law and has its headquarters in Paris, France.

ACTED Kenya is looking for an experienced self-driven and a self-oriented professional to fill the following post: Project Assistant to be based in Mandera County.
Reporting to the Program Manager/DCA Mandera, the Project Assistant will assist the program manager in the planning, management and implementation of the overall project activities and will bear the following;

Key Responsibilities and Duties

Project Implementation:.
  • Liaise with communities, beneficiaries for better project impact.
  • Carry out beneficiary identification and selection.
  • Assist with weekly and monthly planning & reporting
  • Oversee daily implementations of field activities.
  • Organize and conduct  target beneficiary trainings in Early warning, Advocacy & Governance and Conflict mitigation  
  • Assist the Programme manager in capacity building of the CDMC’s-Community Disaster Management Committees.
  • Assist the Programme Manager in reviewing of the community disaster management plans at community level in liaison with NDMA
  • Assist the Programme Manager in supporting Mandera NDMA in strengthening the county early warning system

  • Work with ACTED management and support staff to comply with rules and procedures.

  • Assist with weekly and monthly reporting to the Deputy Area Coordinator.
  • Keep the Deputy Area Coordinator regularly updated on all issues related to the project activities.

Requested Profile
  • Bachelors of science, Project Management, Community Development or a related field with at least 2 years’ experience implementing community projects for an INGO.
  • Relevant education and experience in Disaster Risk Reduction, Conflict mitigation and management, food security and overall development studies
  • Excellent skills in project cycle & drought management;
  • Experience in early warning and/or situation analysis;
  • Experience in facilitation and training with a variety of stakeholders including local authorities, NGOs and communities
  • The ability to write clear, meticulous and analytically-sound reports and memos in English;
  • Good communication skills and diplomacy, including respectfulness towards international and national staff, conflict-affected and rural communities.
  • Respect for authority and the chain of command
  • Flexibility and adaptability are essential, as well as the ability to plan, take initiative and organize work independently.
  • Thoroughness in all aspects of work, especially to ensure complete and useful data collection and reports;
  • Competency in all computer-related tasks including Word, Excel (in particular filters, links and other logical functions) and E-mail is required. Skills and experience using word and Excel is essential.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to the field for data collection, cross-checking the data and provide training ;
  • Fluency in both English and Somali is required. Skills in Kiswahili and Borana language  is desirable;

Application Procedures

Qualified persons with the required skills are invited to submit their applications accompanied by detailed curriculum vitae, three work related referees, contacts to and received on or before 5.00PM on 6th May 2014 or drop you applications at ACTED offices Mandera, located near Cocop & Practical Action offices – township”

Kindly note that due to the urgency of the position, CVs will be shortlisted on an ongoing basis.

ACTED reserves the right to hire prior to the application deadline.

Please note that only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ACTED is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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