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Programme Officer, Governance & Human Rights Programme Job in Nairobi Kenya

Trócaire works in partnership with local organizations to overcome poverty and promote justice in developing countries. 

The Kenya Country Programme comprises three thematic areas: Sustainable Livelihoods - Arid and Semi Arid Lands Resilience Programme (ARP); Governance and Human Rights; Gender Based Violence and HIV/AIDS. 

A senior position has arisen in the Governance and Human Rights Programme.

Job Title: Programme Officer, Governance & Human Rights Programme

Job Grade & Salary Scale: Grade 5
Reporting to: Country Programme Manager
Department: Kenya Country Programme Team
Location: Nairobi with frequent travel to partner focus areas and occasional travel to Global meetings
Description of Position: To manage the Kenya Governance and Human Rights (GHR) Programme, ensuring the delivery of results and actively participate in the Kenya country team.
Background to the Role: The GHR programme works with 10 partners to improve access to justice and increase the accountability and responsiveness of the state and its institutions. It does this by strengthening civil society’s and local communities’ capacity to demand equal rights and engage in productive dialogue with state actors on key reform areas and strengthening capacities for peace.
Contract Duration: 2 years – Renewable
Managing: Managing 1 Programme Assistant
Duties & Responsibilities
Programme Development:
  • Undertake the necessary analysis (e.g. contextual, power, poverty), to inform appropriate programme strategies, geographic location and target population.
  • Ensure that a coherent results framework with appropriate indicators and a programme baseline are developed and are aligned to the organisational programme indicators and that both quantitative and qualitative data have been captured in the process.
  • Ensure ongoing discussions regarding programme development and management with the relevant organisational programme team.
  • Maintain a comprehensive analysis of the governance, justice and peace sectors in Kenya and keep abreast of global developments.
  • Ensure that the programme has disaggregated data for programme participants and that indicators (where possible) are gender sensitive.
  • Work with the finance team to develop and monitor a programme budget that reflects programme objectives and activities accurately.
  • Implement all administrative (DL and Agresso) procedures in relation to project and programme management to a high standard.
Programme Implementation and Monitoring
  • Develop and implement an M&E Framework for the programme and ensure that partners are clear on how they contribute to the framework
  • Review and assess programme progress, including through regular partner meetings
  • Establish a regular reporting schedule (financial and narrative) with partners ensuring that all reports respond to the relevant programme indicators and are in line with organisational policy and institutional funding requirements
  • Ensure that partners’ establish and implement appropriate monitoring and documentation practices
  • Ensure that all financial reports are reviewed and signed off by the finance team
  • Carry out regular field trips to partners and communities to ensure ongoing oversight of the programme
  • Complete the Annual Programme Review process ensuring that the review provides clear evidence of progress and challenges and that it meets internal and external reporting requirements
  • Facilitate learning amongst partners and ensure that this is captured and shared, including with colleagues in the country team and at head office.
Programme Evaluation
  • Undertake mid-term and end of programme evaluations in line with the organisational policy
  • Ensure that strategies are adapted and that the learning from review and evaluation processes are explicitly incorporated into future programme design
  • Aim to adopt evaluation methodologies that maximise opportunities for learning for Trócaire and the Partners
Partner Relations and Support
  • Ensure that all relationships with partners are in keeping with the principles and values set out in the organisational Partnership Policy
  • Using the Partner Capacity Building Framework, develop partner capacity building plans to strengthen and support partners in areas where they are weak, and together establish clear targets and indicators and review on a regular basis.
  • Work with the Finance team to ensure that all existing partners have completed the Partner Governance and Finance Capacity Assessment and that it is undertaken with new partners prior to making any commitments.
  • Promote accountability of partners to target communities
  • Promote and strengthen partnership with government particularly in building capacity of duty bearers in target communities
Institutional Funding
  • Work together with the Programme Manager, Regional Institutional Funding Officer, Country Director and Programme Teams in head office to identify institutional funding sources for the programme and contribute to the development of applications as agreed
  • Ensure that all institutional funding for the programme is managed in line with donor requirements and that reports are compliant with donor needs, including IA and Trócaire’s internal needs
  • Ensure that partners are aware of the grant management and reporting requirements of back donors and where necessary provide training and support to partners in order to meet these demands
  • Participate in relevant thematic working groups, networks and learning forums, nationally and possibly internationally in order to improve programme and advocacy learning, sharing and impact
  • Develop relationships with peers in other INGOs working in the same sector and maintain an overview of their work, identifying possible opportunities for collaboration
Teamwork & Collaboration
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues at country, cross country and global levels, to contribute to the achievement of broader organisational goals
  • Participate in and contribute to the global GHR thematic meetings
  • Provide material for Trócaire’s Communications, Campaigns, Fundraising and Education units as required
  • Deliver on other tasks as agreed with the Programme Manager
Human resources
  • Manage and motivate the Programme Administrator and ensure they make an effective contribution to the delivery of programme results
Disclaimer Clause: This job description is not exhaustive and may be revised by the line manager from time to time.

Qualifications, Attributes and Other requirements specific to the role
  • Third level qualification (preferably Masters) in Political Science, Governance, Development Studies or other relevant field
  • At least 3 years of experience in governance programming with a bias towards a Human Rights Based Approach to Development.
  • Minimum 3 years additional development experience working in a partnership context
  • Strong knowledge of decentralized governance in general and Kenya’s devolved structure specifically.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills. Experience in drafting legal opinions and policy briefs is an added advantage.
  • Excellent advocacy skills, including the ability to make public representations.
  • Good understanding of programme cycle management, and application of advocacy strategies to promote positive development outcomes.
  • Experience of working through partnerships
  • Experience of staff management and mentoring
  • Proven experience in managing institutional funding (such as EU, DFID, Irish Aid)
  • Good understanding of NGO financial management systems, budget monitoring and reporting
  • Excellent facilitation skills and experience of applying them when working with individual partners or groups of partners
  • Excellent written, oral and presentational communications skills (for purposes of reporting, advocacy and sharing learning)
  • Fluent in English and Kiswahili
  • Team worker with strong commitment to working with others to achieve mutual objectives.
  • Understanding of, an empathy with, the role of the Catholic Church in development
  • A strong commitment to the work of justice and to the mission, vision and values of Trócaire.
  • Availability to travel extensively within the country and to work outside normal hours when necessary
  • Strong commitment to gender and social justice
How to Apply:

Trócaire recruitment and selection process reflect its commitment to People in Aid Code of Good Practice. Prospective applicants must be committed to safeguarding children and adults against all forms of exploitation and abuse by signing Trócaire’s Safeguarding Programme Participants Policy.

Interested applicants, who meet the above requirements, should send their CV and cover letter to the Human Resources Officer through the following email address: with the subject of the email as Programme Officer GHR by 24th January 2015. 

Applications will be reviewed as they come and only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Safeguarding Programme Participants: Trocaire has a Programme Safeguarding Programme Participant Policy(SPPP) and Code of Conduct which has been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants, especially beneficiaries, from abuse and exploitation, and to clarify the responsibilities of Trocaire staff, partner organisations, and anyone engaged by Trocaire, and the standards of behaviour expected of them.

In this context all Trocaire staff have a responsibility to maintain the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct of their work in accordance with Trocaire’s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a job with Trocaire will be expected to sign the SPPP Policy and Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment. By signing the SPPP Policy and the Code of Conduct candidates demonstrate they have understood its content and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of this document.

Any breach of these policies by employees of Trocaire during the course of their employment will result in disciplinary action up to, and including, dismissal.

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