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Project Officer Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Vacancy: Project Officer - Social Audits
Location: Nairobi, Kenya with extensive travel in Africa

Department: Programmes

Reporting To: Programmes Manager

Key Relations: Executive Director, Programme staff, Communication and Advocacy and Administration departments and National Platforms in 23 African countries

Background: The Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP) is a network of organizations operating at grassroots, national and regional levels, with a commitment to promoting and strengthening the social contract between states and citizens.

To achieve this, the APSP promotes active engagement of National Platforms in the shaping of Social Protection policies, programmes and practices in Africa.

To date the APSP has supported the establishment of National Platforms of civil society organization in 23 out of 30 countries that participate in the APSP activities in Africa.

National Platforms are groups of civil society organizations working to support the development and implementation of policies and programmes on Social Protection at the national level. National Platforms are composed of organizations working on a variety of issues including; children, older persons, people with disability, minority groups and trade unions and are affiliated to the APSP.

The APSP Mission: The APSP exists to create partnerships with Civil Society and other organizations to engage with Governments, Regional and Continental Bodies and international Development Agencies (IDAs) to develop and implement innovative Social Protection Policies, Strategies and Programmes in order to make a difference in people's lives in Africa.

Overall Purpose of the Job: The successful candidate will be involved in building the capacity of National Platforms, beneficiaries of Social Protection programmes to undertake social audits and engage in advocacy activities aimed at increasing investment in social protection by governments and ensuring accountability and efficiency in public Social Protection Programmes.

The project officer will also engage in developing simplified training materials and tools for conducting social audits to be used by National Platforms and the beneficiaries of Social Protection Programmes.

Key Responsibilities
  • Build and maintain key relationships with programme stakeholders as well as government, UN and other development agencies focused on Social Protection
  • Support the design and implementation of training and capacity building plans on Social Audits in Social Protection for the APSP, National Platforms and relevant governments.
  • Be responsible for the preparation of timely and quality Social Audit reports and other aspects of programmatic, financial and contractual compliance
  • Support in identifying potential sources of funding and raising resources to support activities aimed at expanding and strengthening Social Protection systems and enhancing accountability and transparency in Social Protection in Africa
  • Advocate and influence governments to use the findings of the Social Audits in strengthening Social Protection systems programmes in Africa.
  • Undertake all such other functions as may, from time to time, be directed by the Executive Director

Minimum Requirements
  • Degree in Human Rights, Law, Economics, Public Policy, Social development or any other related field, Master degree will be an added advantage
  • Knowledge and understanding of methodology of social audit procedures
  • Demonstrated ability to transfer knowledge through formal and informal training
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to human rights, social justice and social change
  • Excellent evidence gathering, analysis and communication and advocacy skills in English, both written and verbal
  • At least 3 years of working experience in Social Protection and or Social Auditing
  • Fluency in spoken and written English, mastery of French will be an added advantage
  • Computer proficiency in word processing, spread sheet, excel and power point.

How to Apply

If you meet the qualifications, send you CV and covering letter stating your current salary and explaining how you meet the criteria for the role to: by 15th July 2014.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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The APSP is an equal opportunity employer.

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