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Project Assistant Job in Kenya

Organization: Adeso - African Development Solutions
Position Title: Project Assistant - Mobile Non-Formal Education Project
Reporting to: Senior Project Officer
Working with: Project Team
Programme / Duty Station: Mobile Non-Formal Education Project / Marsabit County

Duration: 1 year (Renewable)
Organizational Context: Adeso is an expanding and vibrant African based international development and humanitarian organization. At Adeso, we work with African communities who are yet to realize their full potential; working inside these communities to create environments in which Africans can thrive. 

Our belief that economic, social and environmental security is the bedrock of a healthy community drives the nature and intent of our programming. 

We work to prevent and overcome situations that adversely affect community well-being by: reinvigorating the economy, developing skills for life and work, providing humanitarian aid, and influencing policy.

For the past 20 years we have strengthened rural livelihoods through environmental awareness, training, technology transfer and innovative humanitarian projects in pursuit of a peaceful, self-reliant, and greener future. Currently, Adeso has programs in Somalia, Kenya and South Sudan. 

Adeso is an exciting and dynamic organization experiencing managed rapid growth. It offers sound employment conditions with opportunities for personal growth and development.
Position Summary: This position is part of the Mobile Non-Formal Education (MNFE) Project, which seeks to enhance access to education for nomadic children aged 13-18 years in Marsabit County who are not currently enrolled in any formal schooling. 

The Project Assistant – Education will be responsible for the daily management of the education component of the project, including working with the Community Mobilizers to support 6 Mobile Schools in the field and the associated Community Education Committees (CECs).
Specific Roles and Responsibilities
  • Participate in community sensitization meetings in targeted communities.
  • Assist in recruitment of teachers for the Non-Formal Education Centers (NFECs).
  • Organize pedagogical training for the teachers in the multi-grade system and the Non-Formal Education curriculum.
  • Supervise the teaching activities at the NFECs.
  • Manage the process for selection and training of CEC members.
  • Manage the process of identification of pupils to participate in the project.
  • In collaboration with St. Joseph’s Polytechnic and the Kenya Institute of Education develop a vocational training curriculum for skills training.
  • Supervise the vocational trainees including making regular visits.
  • Oversee the administration of business start-up grants to graduates from the vocational training.
  • Assist the Senior Project Officer with other aspects of project implementation as required.
Skills and Qualifications

  • Relevant Higher Diploma qualification.
  • At least 2 years of relevant project experience.
  • Good understanding of the issues relating to education in pastoralist communities in Kenya.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to establish strong working relationships with community members and colleagues.
  • Ability to analyze information, evaluate options, and think and plan strategically.
  • Excellent networking and representation skills
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English.
  • Computer literacy in MS Office.
  • Willing to travel regularly within remote areas.
  • Bachelors of Education.
  • Resident of Marsabit County.
  • Skills transfer through training and mentoring.
  • Experience working with mobile pastoralist communities.
  • Donor reporting.
Application Process
This is a challenging opportunity for a dedicated and highly motivated professional. 

If you would like to join this dynamic team, please submit your application to, quoting the position in the email subject matter, by 15th April, 2015.

Each application should be addressed to the HR Director and include the following:
  • An updated CV; and
  • An application letter which should include cover letter, remuneration requirements and contact information for three work-related referees.
Applications not including all of the above information will not be reviewed.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Adeso is an equal opportunity employer and female candidates are encouraged to apply.

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