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Background Information: The International Institute for Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) is an international development, research and training organization with over 80 years of grassroots experience working in peoplecentered and sustainable development programs in Africa and Asia

IIRR is well reputed for its knowledge management capacity through documentation of best development-oriented practices, and is seeking to strengthen Education project activities by appointing a Schools community mobilizer to be based in Laisamis Sub County. 

This position is to support implementation of IIRR’s Schools Development Fund Project (SDF) being implemented with 40 primary schools in Marsabit County. 

 Schools Community Mobilizer 

Work Station:
 Laisamis Subcounty

Job Summary: Reporting to Field Education Officer. Main focus will be mobilization of schools, BoM’s, pupils and participants in preparation for respective activities including construction, trainings, among others as per the planned activities.

Primary Key Deliverables
  • Mobilize each of the identified 40 head teachers/schools to support SDF project implementation.
  • In collaboration with NRM Mobilizer-participate to identify and supervise the artisans to be trained.
  • Mobilize and ensure the BoMs participate in all SDF related activities like construction, school garden development, and materials supply to their schools.
  • Mobilize communities to attract new enrolment.
  • Ensure schools keep correct records –school registers and items delivered to them.
  • Keep updated enrolment, attendance and completion of schools data for pupils.
  • Undertake any other activities in the education project as advised by project manager.
Experience / Qualifications
  • Diploma in education and or community /social work with bias in education.
  • 4 years experience working with communities and schools in pastoralist communities
  • Computer literate
  • Be a good mobilizer and diplomat
  • Be good at networking.
  • Understanding of local language will be an added advantage.

Position: Natural Resources Management Mobilizer

Work Station:
 Marsabit County
Job Summary: Reporting to Field Education Officer, this position will be in-charge of implementing activities related to building climate resilient schools to increase demand for primary education in Marsabit County. 

This will include facilitating establishment of “green schools”, installation of institutional energy saving stoves and solar lighting among other activities. 

This position will also support the community mobilizer and the Field Education officer to achieve the other deliverables for the project. 

Primary Key Deliverables
  • Ensure timely installation of energy saving jikos in 16 schools as follows
  1. Be in charge of identifying the TOT Masons to be trained for the Energy saving Jikos
  2. Be in charge of rolling out of trainings and construction of energy saving Jikos with the selected schools
  3. Ensure and track the functionality of these Jikos
  • Establish and support environmental clubs in 40 schools
  • Facilitate climate change and environmental competitions between project schools environmental clubs
  • Work with project engineer to support installation of solar panels with 14 schools
  • Establish low cost  irrigation technology in 7 schools for tree and food production
  • Engage county on mainstreaming Climate Change and education in development policies.
  • Support other education activities within IIRR as required
  • Establishing school vegetable gardens, tree nurseries in 4 schools (9 model schools per county)
  • Submit reports to the field officer on these activities monthly
Experience / Qualifications
  • University degree in NRM/DRR/Environmental education
  • 4 year experience working with grassroots communities
  • Report writing and computer skills
  • Experience working in Pastoralist communities in Kenya on education and NRM sectors
  • Understanding of local language will be an added advantage.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

Position: Office Assistant

 Marsabit County

Job Summary: Reporting to Field Education Officer. H/She will perform a wide variety of responsible office support and administrative functions in support of the assigned Education project activities. 

They require proficiency in the full range of general office services and functions as well as specific technical knowledge and expertise in the services of their department and work assignment.

Primary Key Deliverables
  • Provide general administrative and clerical.
  • Maintain electronic and hard copy filing system
  • Open, sort and distribute incoming correspondence
  • Contribute to the work of IIRR as appropriate.
  • Attend IIRR team meetings and organizational initiatives as required.
  • To undertake duties as directed / requested by the Project Manager / Officer to support the delivery and Implementation of distinct projects; which focus on Education.
  • Prepare written responses to routine enquiries Schedule and coordinate meetings, appointments
  • Prepare agendas for meetings and prepare schedules and Minute taking.
  • Participate in establishing and maintaining project data bases at the field level
Experience / Qualifications / Skills
  • Diploma in Business Administration or IT.
  • 2 years experience working in similar capacity.
  • Be computer literate
  • Be good at networking.
  • Ability to prioritise workload and adjust to the needs of the service.
  • Good organizational and communication skills
  • Accuracy / attention to detail
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
Application Process:
Suitably qualified candidates are requested to submit a cover letter explaining their suitability and a current CV with details of 3 references one of them being your current supervisor and quote your current and expected salary to:

Regional Human Resource and Administration Officer,
International Institute for Rural Reconstruction,
P. O. Box 66873-00800, 


Closing date for applications is 16th May 2015.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

IIRR is an equal employer.

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