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Project Officer Job in Kenya

ACTED (Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development) is a non-political and non-confessional International NGO founded in 1993 with its headquarters in Paris, France. 

The organization’s vocation is to save lives, assist vulnerable populations and bring hope to those in need for better future. 

ACTED is looking for professionally confident, self motivated, experienced and committed team player to fill the below position:

Department: Program

Position: Project Officer
Direct hierarchy: Head of Office    
Contract duration: 3 Months         
Location: Rhamu, Mandera        
Starting date: December 5, 2014        
Main objective: Responsible for coordinating with management and support staff to ensure that the project is fully implemented in accordance with the proposal, ACTED rules and regulations, and donor requirements. 

The Project Officer’s main role is to oversee all aspects of beneficiary registration the food voucher distribution activities at field level during the current phase of projects. 

It is expected that the Project Officer will participate as an active member of the team on numerous other duties as per the requirements of the Head of Office reflecting broader programme priorities.

  • Liaise with communities, beneficiaries, community committees for better project impact.
  • Carry out beneficiary identification and selection.
  • Assist with weekly and monthly planning & reporting.
  • Oversee daily implementations of field activities.
  • Assist AME in PDM assessments.
  • Monitor monthly food voucher distribution.
  • Develop case studies/stories for the project.
  • Supervise the work of field assistants and food voucher beneficiaries, particularly in the field.
  • Arrange target beneficiary mobilization on monthly basis together with the CM and project assistants.
  • Liaise with food voucher redemption retailers for timely redemptions of FV’s on monthly basis.
  • Conduct verification of beneficiaries’ redemption sheets / registration sheets and food voucher numbers prior / during food distribution day.
  • Work with ACTED management and support staff to comply with rules and procedures.
  • Assist with weekly and monthly reporting to the Head of Office / project manager.
  • Keep the Head of Office/ PM regularly updated on all issues related to the project activities.
Qualifications / Skills Required
  • Bachelors of science, Project Management, Community Development or a related field with at least 3 years experience implementing community projects for an NGO.
  • Good communication skills and diplomacy, including respectfulness and tact towards international and national staff, conflict-affected and rural communities.
  • The ability to write clear, meticulous and analytically-sound reports and memos in English;
  • Respect for authority and the chain of command and never circumventing the programme and the Project Manager’s authority in terms of advising and reporting;
  • 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 project data collection and reports;
  • Relevant education and work experience regarding development work and project subjects is desirable (e.g. pastoralist livelihoods, water and sanitation, disaster risk reduction, peace building, and food security);
  • 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.
  • Understanding the nature of the work carried out by programs is necessary for ensuring the relevancy and usability of the reports produced. Therefore a proactive and self-motivated attitude towards gaining a good understanding of ACTED programmes is essential;
  • Ability to travel to the field for data collection, cross-checking the data.
  • Skills in team management and community mobilization skills are required;
  • Proficiency in spoken Somali and written and spoken English is required (skills in Kiswahili and Borana language also desirable);
  • Willingness to learn and interest improve his / her skills and interest to support others in the team to improve their skills.
Application Procedure: 
Qualified Kenya/Somalia persons with the required skills and qualifications are invited to submit their detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter to and received on or before 5.00pm on 2nd December 2014. 

Applications sent after the deadline will not be considered.

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.

ACTED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Please note that only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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