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Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a private, non-denominational, development agency promoting creative solutions to problems that impede social development. AKF (East Africa) seeks sustainable solutions to long-term problems of poverty, hunger, literacy and health, with a special emphasis on the needs of rural communities in coastal and other resource-poor areas. 

AKF (EA) works in five sectors including Health, Education, Early Childhood Development, Rural Development and Civil Society enhancement. Over the last several years, AKF (EA)’s programmes have evolved and expanded in response to government policies, beneficiary demand and assessment of needs. 

In order to optimise AKF (EA)’s efficiency and effectiveness as a development actor in the region, it seeks to support and improve innovations that create viable solutions to community problems that impede development.
AKF(EA) is starting a 4-year project with USAID entitled the Yetu Initiative. 

Yetu means “Our” in Kiswahili and the Initiative will help Kenyans assert “These are our concerns and these are our solutions”. Yetu will strengthen CSOs in community philanthropy, which occurs when citizens mobilise their own resources to address their community’s needs (whether these are very local communities or even the global community of Kenyans).
 
Yetu will “build the capacity of Kenyan CSOs to engage and catalyze citizen support for their missions” through 3 objectives:
  1. Build alliances between Kenyan businesses and CSOs;
  2. Improve the capacity of Kenyan CSOs;
  3. Improve the cultural and technological environment for community philanthropy.

Vacancy: Finance Officer, Yetu Initiative 

Location:
 Nairobi, Kenya

Category:
 Banking & Financial Services

AKF (EA) is seeking experienced personnel for the following three positions which will be based in Nairobi. 

These positions will report to Senior Management and form part of the core team.
 
Description

The Finance Manager will be responsible for ensuring the project meets AKF and donor requirements and will also lead the preparation of accurate, high quality and timely reporting.  

The incumbent will work closely with various agencies. 

Specifically, the Finance Manager will:
  • Review and ensure that all the Yetu grant financial reports are prepared and submitted on timely basis, accurate and in line with the USAID requirements.
  • Generate financial analyses on a periodic basis on the grant financial information that will provide management with information for decision making and the public information on how monies have been spent.
  • Develop and maintain a USAID-compliant system for tracking cash and in-kind cost-share contributions to the project
  • Review funding requests/projections from Yetu sub-grantees and manage the disbursement of the funds to the various sub-grantees in consultation with the AKF(EA) Regional office.
  • Conduct continuous trainings and offer ongoing support and mentorship to the sub-grantee finance staff in order to build capacity and systems for partner CSOs.
  • Conduct audits and ongoing oversight of partner spending to ensure donor compliance and effective use of funds
Qualifications
  • Degree in Business and CPA(K)/ACCA and preferably MBA
  • Minimum 5 years of financial accounting and administration experience in a busy organisation, preferably an international development organisation
  • Experience in grants management - working with donor agencies and sub-grantees
  • Proven detailed knowledge of USAID rules and regulations is a requirement
  • Excellent computer literacy especially in MS Office suite. Knowledge of iScala will be a distinct advantage
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor and train others in management of financial and administration systems
  • Must be innovative, organised, methodical with good attention to detail, ability to work under pressure on multiple tasks and deliver on deadline
  • Must be diligent, committed individual with high level of integrity and ability to work as a team
  • Excellent organisational, interpersonal and communications skills
  • Audit experience a valuable asset
How to Apply

CLICK HERE to apply online

Applications close on Wed, 17th Dec 2014

Vacancy:Communications Officer, Yetu Initiative 
 
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
 
Category: Marketing & Communications
 
Description

The Communications Officer will be responsible for all communications relating to Yetu. 

Specifically, the Communications Officer will:
  • Develop a comprehensive communications strategy for Yetu and for all implementing partners and activities.
  • Ensure compliance with donor communications requirements for all project publicity and communication activities
  • Coordinate the effective communication of Yetu’s key messages and strategic direction to various Kenyan and global stakeholders, in partnership with AKF’s DC and Geneva offices
  • Develop communications and marketing materials, including: advertisements, publications, presentations, videos, etc.
  • Document results and best practices including compiling success stories, developing presentations and other communication materials for policy engagement and other purposes
  • Publish articles to increase the visibility of Yetu projects and their results
  • Update and maintain a photo bank and communications library
  • Train and mentor communications officers within CSOs that Yetu works with to enable CSOs to improve their own communications and better tell their own story
  • Work with the MERL officer to conduct focus groups, surveys, market research, etc.
Qualifications
  • Minimum Bachelors’ degree or equivalent in communications, journalism, international development or relevant field
  • Minimum 5 years experience in producing a wide range of strategic communications materials (ideally in both the NGO fundraising and corporate contexts)
  • Exceptional English communications skills with the ability to produce high quality reports, publications, advertisements, presentations, documentaries and other communications materials
  • Experience in managing, leading, mentoring and training staff to enable CSOs to handle their own communications
  • Proven ability to design high-quality marketing and communications strategies for organizations and specific campaigns.
  • Experience overseeing communication activities on donor-funded international development projects
  • Must be highly creative, artistic, and able to design communications and marketing materials that resonate with a broad audience
  • Experience carrying out surveys, focus groups, market research and graphic design a plus
How to Apply

CLICK HERE to apply online

Applications close on
 Wed, 17th Dec 2014

Vacancy:Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning (MERL) Coordinator, Yetu Initiative 
 
Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Category: Strategy and Planning
 
Description: The MERL Coordinator will oversee the design and implementation of the project’s Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning systems in partnership with the Yetu implementing partners. 

Specifically, the MERL Coordinator will:
  • In collaboration with AKF, and project implementing partners develop the Project Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning Framework and set up project and activity-specific monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Coordinate the implementation of project evaluations with reputable consultants, as needed. 
  • Assist the Programme Manager in the implementation of the project research and learning agenda.
  • Carry out quality assurance of the project activities including regular field monitoring and supervision.
  • Provide remote and on-site technical support to project implementing partners to build their capacity in M&E
  • Prepare M&E progress reports for the project.
  • Coordinate project M&E and reporting activities among all relevant agencies to meet AKF and donor requirements.
  • Assist in the identification and recruitment of relevant MER technical experts
  • Liaise with other relevant AKF/AKDN personnel on MER related issues as necessary
  • Work with the communications officer to conduct focus groups, surveys, market research, etc.
Qualifications
  • Minimum graduate degree in a relevant discipline, such as education, international development, or the social sciences
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant practical experience designing and implementing M&E systems in a development context in depth experience in planning and implementation of M&E systems
  • Experience with database management, information analysis and reporting
  • Proven experience with results-based management and associated tools, USAID donor requirements and reporting processes
  • Proven experience working with NGOs and government agencies, and with donor-funded projects
  • Proven experience with building capacity and/or mentoring others to strengthen their M&E skills.
  • Ability to meet strict reporting deadlines
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English and excellent analytical, organizational, interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • Experience implementing surveys, focus groups, market research and technology-enabled MERL a plus
Additional
  • All applicants must upload a video profile.
How to Apply

CLICK HERE to apply online


Applications close on
 Wed, 17th Dec 2014

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