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NGO Intern Job in Kenya - Communications and Advocacy

Omega Foundation (OF) is a non-profit organization working in Nyanza, Western and Rift Valley regions primarily to promote health and build livelihoods support systems, with a major focus on health.

OF is seeking a motivated candidate to fill in the following vacancy:
 

Job Title: Communications and Advocacy Intern 
 
Location: Kisumu – Kenya
 
Job Summary: Facilitate advocacy, lobbying and grassroots communication by Omega Foundation focusing on identified strategic areas of focus; identify, prioritize and analyse the issues that affect the day to day life of people in the target areas; and track implementation of policies relating to these areas at various levels (community, and county).  
 
Key Responsibilities:-
 
R1. Programme Management
 
T.1 Facilitate implementation of advocacy strategy, advocacy and lobbying agenda and campaigns for Omega Foundation.
 
T.2 Support initiatives that enable Omega Foundation engage effectively in lobbying and advocacy in its areas of interventions and in accordance with its agreed strategies.
 
T.3 Keep track on county budgets related to health, HIV, education and poverty reduction and use outcome to guide Omega Foundation’s advocacy agenda.
 
T.4 Continuously monitor policy development in Kenya to ensure that Omega Foundation’s strategic and operational choices remain relevant and appropriate.
 
T.5 Identify avenues for lobbying and engaging with government at county and national levels on advocacy and policy issues on areas of interest/focus.
 
T.6 Track, monitor, and document the status and progress of advocacy and lobbying interventions.
 
T.7 Produce quality, accurate and timely advocacy program documents.
 
T.8 Work closely with line ministries, key partners and stakeholders where Omega Foundation and partners’ work come into confluence.
 
R2. Advocacy Support for Target Communities

T.1 Facilitate development of advocacy messages and/or materials that are relevant and effective to target communities.
 
T.2 Facilitate periodic review of cases and issues emerging with target communities to ensure that rights of individuals are being upheld.
 
T.3 Plan and organize advocacy training to affiliates, community based organizations and support groups.
 
T.4 Lead affiliates in developing workable innovative advocacy strategies that are responsive to the rights issues in target communities.

R3. Dissemination and Policy Influence 
 
T.1 Contribute to efforts to improve service delivery in health, HIV/AIDS, education and related areas both at community, county and national levels through engagement with key officials and representatives, and participation in key conferences and workshops. 
 
T.2 Work closely with OF team to prepare and disseminate information on outcomes of programs and other relevant results to government partners so as to promote evidence-based policymaking and programming.
 
T.3 Draft talking points, speeches and statements on the organization’s position on issues that relate to its areas of focus and interventions.
 
R4. Communications Duties
 
T.1 Liaise with staff to ensure finalization of the writing, proofreading, editing, and compilation of all  advocacy communications, correspondence and publications
 
T.2 Identify key materials and manage their translation to languages relevant to the main counties of Omega Foundation’s operation
 
T.3 Collect and compile updates from Omega Foundation’s activities and disseminate to relevant audiences through appropriate channels.
 
T.4 Facilitate dissemination of information in areas of interest as may be required by Omega Foundation from time to time.
 
T.5 Actively contribute towards M&E processes for continuous learning, reporting and profiling of Omega Foundation.

R5. Other Duties and Responsibilities
 
T.1 Carry out any other duties and responsibilities which may be assigned by the supervisor from time to time.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: (The knowledge, skills and abilities may be required through a combination of formal schooling, self-education and prior experience or on-the-job-training).
 
Level of education:
  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, public relations or any related fields.    
Specialized Training/Professional Qualifications
  • Community and Policy level advocacy
Competencies/Abilities/Skills Required 
  • Ability to work in a multicultural and multitasking environment (both as team member and as individual).
  • Strong networking and collaboration.
  • Ability to work both at the local/grassroots level and at national levels.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Strong research skills.
  • Good knowledge of public policy particularly in areas of health and education.
Job experience:
  • At least one (1) year’ experience in advocacy and communications, lobbying or policy analysis.  
To Apply:
 
Interested and qualified candidates are invited to submit their application, including a cover letter, current Curriculum Vitae with telephone contacts of 3 referees and testimonials to:

Human Resources Manager,
Omega Foundation,
P. O. Box 3246 – 40100,
Kisumu, Kenya.

Email applications should be addressed to careers@omega-foundation.org    and must be copied to omegafoundation384@gmail.com

Application deadline is 13th February, 2015.

Please note that due to high volume of applications, ONLY candidates short-listed for interview will be contacted.

Omega Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. This recruitment will remain open until the post is filled.

For more information about Omega Foundation, its values and working principles, please visit the Omega Foundation website (www.omega-foundation.org )

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