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Project Officer Job in Kenya (KShs 134K - 150K)

Organization: Adeso - Africa Development Solutions

Position Title: Project Officer

Reporting to: Senior Project Officer

Working with: REGAL IR Team

Programme / Duty Station: Garissa

Duration: 1 year, Renewable

Starting Date: Immediate

Salary: Grade & Starting salary range

Grade C, Kshs.134, 235 - 150,825 Gross Monthly plus other benefits

Organizational Context: Adeso is an expanding and vibrant African-based international organization, working with communities to create environments in which Africans can thrive.

We work to prevent and overcome situations that adversely affect community well-being by: reinvigorating the economy, developing skills for life and work, providing humanitarian aid, and influencing policy.

Our belief that economic, social and environmental security is the bedrock of a healthy community drives the nature and intent of our programming.

Adeso has been strengthening rural livelihood and delivering innovative humanitarian aid and development programs for the past 20 years. Currently, we have programs in Somalia, Kenya and South Sudan.

Adeso is an exciting, dynamic organization experiencing managed rapid growth.

Employment with Adeso offers opportunities for personal growth and development.

Project Summary: The REGAL IR program is a 5 year initiative aiming to reduce hunger and poverty, increase social stability and build strong foundations for economic growth by strengthening social, economic, and environmental resilience in pastoral and transitioning communities in Kenya’s arid lands.

It has six strategic objectives including diversifying livelihoods, improving value chain inclusiveness, natural Resource management, conflict management, disaster risk reduction, and improving nutrition.

The program is based in Isiolo county respectively and implementing activities in Isiolo, Garissa, Wajir, Marsabit, and Turkana.

Position Purpose
  • Ensure regular planning and high quality project implementation in line with the overall REAGL-IR strategies, approach and methodology.
  • Implement project work with communities.
  • Ensure regular monitoring, documentation, and reporting.
  • Liaise and coordinate with government, development and humanitarian agencies, private sector, and other stakeholders at county level.

Specific Roles and Responsibilities

1. Ensure regular planning and high quality project implementation in line with the overall REGAL-IR strategies, approach and methodology.
  • Conduct regular monthly planning as well as development and use of weekly work plans.
  • Support CFs to develop their work plans.
  • In cooperation with TAs ensure that all field work is implemented in line with REGAL-IR’s approach and implementation methodologies. Ensure high quality standards of field implementation that achieves measurable impacts at target group level.
  • Establish transparent and accountable mechanisms for targeting and ensure appropriate targeting as per REGAL-IR strategy. Report errors of inclusion and exclusion.
  • Ensure that project implementation is community-led and driven and follows evidence-based better practices and approaches.
  • Ensure mainstreaming of gender equality, focusing on the enhancement of women’s economic and social empowerment.
  • Contribute to sector/theme integration at field level.
  • On the basis of the REGAL-IR sustainability strategy, ensure project implementation adequately incorporates impact sustainability.
  • Contribute to internal learning, quality enhancement (technical, operational) and cross county learning through feedback, sharing of better practices and lessons learned as well as suggestions for improvements.

2. Implement project activities with communities.
  • Liaise with elders and other community representatives.
  • Facilitate PLPA processes with communities.
  • Lead transparent and accountable participatory targeting of project target groups and beneficiaries.
  • Assess capacity building needs.
  • Organize capacity building events and processes.
  • Conduct trainings.
  • Provide technical advisory assistance.
  • Organize exchange visits.
  • Conduct regular supervision of field implementation.
  • Document field work progress, lessons learned, etc. as per reporting format.
  • Identify and select Community Facilitators (CF).
  • Build CF’s capacities in order to enable them to catalyze community learning and action plan implementation, including planning, facilitation, monitoring, and documentation.
  • Support regular and timely early warning information sharing.
  • Liaise with other POs for cross-learning.

3. Ensure regular monitoring, documentation, and reporting.
  • Conduct assessments and surveys.
  • Conduct regular monitoring of field work.
  • Ensure comprehensive documentation and record keeping.
  • Document better practise and success stories.
  • Write monthly reports.

4. Liaise and coordinate with government, development and humanitarian agencies, private sector, and other stakeholders at county level.
  • Liaise regularly with communities, elders, local authorities, private sector enterprises and other agencies operational in project counties in North Eastern Kenya to ensure coordination and effective implementation of intervention activities.
  • Participate in stakeholder coordination meetings and pro-actively contribute to county coordination.
  • Contribute to practical cooperation between REGAL-IR and government programs, REGAL-IR and other USG-funded projects as well as REAGL-IR with other projects in the county.
  • Support organization of visitors’ and other trips at county level.
  • Support organization of workshops and meetings.
  • Represent the project at local level.

Skills and Qualifications
  • University degree and or Diploma in Agriculture, Livestock, Micro-entrepreneurship, NRM, DRR or related livelihoods field and at least 3 years’ experience working in similar projects.
  • Minimum 3 years with NGO/ Government or UN experience at national level is required.
  • Ability to multi-task and effectively handle stressful situations.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Fluency in English is essential. Fluency in the specific County dominant language.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with a team.
  • Proficiency in computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, power point, etc.
  • Ability to live and work in an isolated area in conditions of limited comfort.
  • Willingness to travel frequently.

Application Process

This is a challenging opportunity for a dedicated and highly motivated professional.

If you would like to join this dynamic team, please submit your application to quoting the position in the email subject matter by 25th June, 2014.

Each application should be addressed to the Regional Human Resources Manager and include the following:
  • An updated CV; and
  • An application letter which should include cover letter, remuneration requirements and contact information for three work-related referees.

Applications not including all of the above information will not be reviewed.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Adeso is an equal opportunity employer and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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