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Job Title: Programme Coordinator – Nutrition and Gender
 
Company: Self Help Africa – Kenya
 
Department: Programmes
 
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
 
Reports to: Head of Programmes (HOP)
 
Salary: As per SHA Kenya scale
 
Introduction: Self Help Africa (SHA) is an International Non-Governmental Organisation implementing rural development, sustainable food and livelihoods security programmes in 10 countries in Africa.

SHA’s vision is an Africa free from poverty and hunger with a mission to develop enterprising solutions that enable smallholder farmers to achieve a better life. SHA has been working in Kenya since 2005 implementing rural development, sustainable food and livelihood security programmes. 


Currently SHA is implementing its programmes in line with Kenya Programme Strategy: 2011 2015. The Kenya programme operates in 13 Counties namely: Kilifi, Kitui, Laikipia, Narok, Kajiado, Nakuru, Homabay, Migori, Siaya, Kisumu, Busia, Baringo and Bomet. 

Under the overall managerial and administrative leadership of Self Help Africa Kenya Country Director, the Head of Programmes will be directly responsible for the implementation and overall management as well as reporting on all programmes executed by SHA in Kenya. 

The Head of Programmes will also contribute to the development of monitoring and evaluation systems across SHA – Kenya and contribute to the development of the programme. 

This is a challenging function to ensure that the SHA Kenya Programme achieves a sustainable impact on rural livelihoods and food security and that SHA captures evidence of change. 

The Head of Programmes is a key member of the Country Management Team (CMT) and together with the Country Director (CD) and Head of Finance & Administration (HOFA) is responsible for leading and supporting country office initiatives.

Job Purpose:
 The purpose of this job is to provide technical support on Nutrition and Gender
as well as ensuring effective mainstreaming of all related cross-cutting themes across the Kenya Country Programme. 

The Programme Coordinator will further be responsible for leading in advocacy initiatives around Nutrition, HIV/AIDS and Gender issues, advising and building capacity of staff, monitoring and reporting.

Key Responsibilities: 

Programme Management
  • Ensure that SHA’s strategic focus on social inclusion and nutrition is strongly woven into all programmes/projects
  • Ensure gender and nutrition is mainstreamed throughout SHA programmes/projects
  • Ensure effective communication and oversee processes leading to documentation & publication of lessons, processes and results of gender and nutrition interventions
  • Support the Head of Programmes in designing and planning programmes; ensuring that nutrition, Gender and HIV and AIDS are adequately addressed with effective strategies for implementating operations in line with Self Help Africa’s Kenya Country Programme strategy,
  • Support the Head of Programmes in resource mobilisation and acquisition through new programme development and proposal writing to ensure effective mainstreaming of nutrition, Gender and HIV and AIDS issues across the programme
  • Develop and carry out ongoing review of nutrition, Gender and HIV and AIDS policies/guidelines and strategies that provide strategic direction during planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation across the Kenya Country Programme,
  • Establish knowledge gaps and specific learning needs of staff around Nutrition, Gender and HIV and AIDS across the programme and coordinate staff and partner capacity building for effective programme implementation,
  • · Facilitate active networking and partnerships of the Kenya Country Programme with Government Departments, donor agencies, NGOs and private organizations implementing similar programmes activities for continued learning and sharing of experiences and best practices,
  • · Guide processes of identifying Nutrition, Gender and HIV and AIDS -based advocacy issues and facilitate policy advocacy engagements at local and international levels for the implementation of nutrition, HIV and AIDS and gender sensitive policies and laws .
  • · Nurture and strengthen strategic partnerships, networks and coalitions with civil society organizations and private sector to influence Nutrition, Gender and HIV and AIDS responsive policies and laws, · Keep updated on technical aspects of Nutrition, Gender and HIV and AIDS related issues through regular reading, dialogue, participation in meetings and trainings,
  • · Facilitate and assist the timely submission of regular reports (monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual) or special reports as deemed necessary
  • · Manage implementation of special projects from time to time as assigned by the Head of Programmes,
Safety and Security
  • Ensure all safety or security incidents (fires, vehicle accidents, theft, etc) are appropriately recorded and reported,
  • Actively monitor field site safety and security and advise the HoP about new developments.
  • To ensure regular communications are maintained among the field sites, and between the field and the country office
Logistics / Procurement / Assets Management
  • Ensure efficient use and management of transport and other programme resources,
  • Work with Head of Programmes and Human Resources and Administration Manager in procurement processes of projects inputs through outlined procurement procedures,
  • Ensure that project implementation meets donor compliance requirements,
Human Resource Management
  • Ensure good individual and team performance in support of project implementation through coaching, mentoring and regular meetings, 
  • Facilitate effective teamwork, coordination and work planning among development facilitators, technical specialists, and administrative staff in support of programme objectives,
  • Be responsible for building the capacity of all project staff, enhancing their commitment, character, competence, and critical thinking. 
  • Work with them to develop and implement personal capacity building plans. 
Representation
  • Promotion of the organisation’s positive image through collaboration and networking,
  • Ensure that the programme collaborates and networks with other stakeholders such as Government ministries and departments, donor agencies, NGOs and private sector organisations,
  • In coordination with the Head of Programmes and Projects, represent SHA at national (Kenya) levels; to donors, local and national government authorities, other NGOs, and any other parties as required;
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Head of Programmes from time to time
Key Relationships:

Internal
  • Head of Programmes (Line Manager)
  • Country Director
  • Other SHA Kenya staff
  • Programme Quality Advisors (HQ based)
External
  • Partner organisations,
  • Government Ministries/ departments,
  • Other like-minded organizations and institutions
Knowledge and Experience:
  • At least 3 years working experience in Nutrition, Gender and HIV/AIDS related programmes
Duration of Contract 
  •  Two years with a possibility of extension based on successful performance
Qualifications / Other Requirements:
  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics, Nutrition and Dietetics, Social / Health Sciences; Public Health; Nutrition/HIV and AIDS, Gender or related disciplines,
  • Experience and knowledge in the design and implementation of nutrition, Gender, HIV an d AIDS programmes within food and livelihoods setting for individuals or groups, especially smallholder farmers,
  • Competence in operating nutrition, HIV and AIDS or related computer software programmes and data analysis, research skills, writing and communication skills, excellent verbal, analytical, and organisational skills,
  • A good understanding of project cycle management approaches and tools – including Participatory Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment and Planning, project appraisal, Nutrition Assessments, Gender, HIV and AIDS assessment, monitoring and evaluation and partners’ capacity building,
  • Good knowledge and understanding of key aspects of development work; including food, nutrition and livelihood security, cross-cutting themes (e.g. gender, environment, HIV/AIDS, social inclusion),
  • Skills in training/facilitation of development processes, including organisation and mobilization of communities and networking among different development partners such as community-based organisations (CBOs), governments and partner staff
  • High level skills and experience in planning, budgeting and writing programmatic reports to donors,
Role Competencies: 
  • A strong commitment to the aims, objectives and values of SHA Kenya Country Programme,
  • Commitment to international and humanitarian NGO codes, standards and practices
  • High level of integrity and high standards of personal conduct,
  • Solid computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, power point and email,
Application Procedure
 
Interested applicants who qualify for the post should write an application letter stating clearly the job you are applying for and fill in the online application form (CLICK HERE to download) before 29 May, 2015 and e-mail to Pauline.mungo@selfhelpafrica.net or Kenya@selfhelpafrica.net

Please type “PC Nutrition & Gender - [your name]” in the subject line of the
e-mail.

The closing date for receiving applications is not later than Close of Business on Friday the 29th of May 2015.

Job Title: Head of Programmes
 
Organization: Self Help Africa Kenya
 
Department: Country Management Team
 
Location: Nairobi
 
Reports to: Country Director - Kenya
 
Introduction: Self Help Africa (SHA) is an International Non-Governmental Organisation implementing rural development, sustainable food and livelihoods security programmes in 10 countries in Africa. 

SHA’s vision is an Africa free from poverty and hunger with a mission to develop enterprising solutions that enable smallholder farmers to achieve a better life. 

SHA has been working in Kenya since 2005 implementing rural development, sustainable food and livelihood security programmes.

Currently SHA is implementing its programmes in line with Kenya Programme Strategy: 2011 2015. 


The Kenya programme operates in 13 Counties namely: Kilifi, Kitui, Laikipia, Narok, Kajiado, Nakuru, Homabay, Migori, Siaya, Kisumu, Busia, Baringo and Bomet.

Under the overall managerial and administrative leadership of Self Help Africa Kenya Country Director, the Head of Programmes will be directly responsible for the implementation and overall management as well as reporting on all programmes executed by SHA in Kenya. 

The Head of Programmes will also contribute to the development of monitoring and evaluation systems across SHA – Kenya and contribute to the development of the programme. 

This is a challenging function to ensure that the SHA Kenya Programme achieves a sustainable impact on rural livelihoods and food security and that SHA captures evidence of change. 

The Head of Programmes is a key member of the Country Management Team (CMT) and together with the Country Director (CD) and Head of Finance & Administration (HOFA) is responsible for leading and supporting country office initiatives.

Key Responsibilities 

Leadership and Strategic Direction
  • To lead and engage a programme team who promote SHA’s values in their day to day work
  • Participate in the strategic development of the Kenya programme, as a key member of the CMT
  • In liaison with the CD and programme team, lead the design of programmes and strategies in line with SHA’s mission, priorities and guidelines
  • Assist the CD in programme fundraising, identifying new areas of need and potential areas for project development and donor funding in Kenya;
Programme Management
  • Overall responsibility for the management of all SHA projects in Kenya consistent with good practice in project cycle management
  • Ensure adherence to timelines for all proposals and review proposals as necessary;
  • Monitor and maintain programme compliance with administrative and logistics procedures
  • Support the on-going development of monitoring systems, including accountability mechanisms
  • Ensure SHA complies with all legal and donor requirements in programme areas
  • Ensure good working relationship with all programme stakeholders including government, civil society, private sector and beneficiaries, ensuring they are fully involved in planning and design, implementation, monitoring and reporting of programmes as appropriate
Operations Management
  • Ensure compliance with donor contract requirements and reporting deadlines;
  • Ensure regular communications are maintained among the field sites including between the field, the Kenya Head office and the programme support staff in HQ and the UK
  • Travel to the project sites as and when needed
Safety and Security
  • Ensure field site safety and security guidelines are prepared and reviewed at least biannually
  • Ensure all safety or security incidents (fires, vehicle accidents, theft, etc.) are appropriately recorded and reported by project coordinators to relevant parties
  • Actively monitor field site safety and security and advise the CD of new developments
Logistics / Finance / Administration
  • Liaise with Programme Support Coordinator and Logistics and Compliance Officer at HQ and CD in identifying areas for improvement across all support areas;
  • Work closely with the Head of Finance and Administration to prepare and review budgets and anticipated results ensuring expenditure and budget tracking are compliant with programme scope and donor guidelines
People Management
  • Provide direct line management to Programme Coordinators and Project Managers and through them support the management and development of all project staff
  • Maintain good team communication, engender good team dynamics and actively manage all direct reports to ensure optimum performance across all programme staff
  • To mentor and coach and direct reports to ensure SHA develops and retains the best talent within the Kenya programme
  • To ensure a Performance Development Review (PDR) is completed for each direct report (to include a training needs analysis) and the progress review meetings are held as agreed
  • Ensure compliance with all organisational HR policies and procedures and local labor laws in relation to the selection, recruitment and retention of all programme staff
  • Assist in the recruitment of all new programme staff
Representation
  • In coordination with the CD and Programme Support Coordinator, represent SHA at national, regional and international levels; to donors, local and national government authorities, other NGOs, and any other parties as required
  • Support the CD’s strategic co-operation initiatives with government, private sector and national/international NGOs and CBOs active in the programme areas
  • In coordination with the CD, lead on national and regional policy engagements;
  • Ensure that relationships and formal agreements with government and partners are maintained and updated as appropriate
  • Ensure proper programme documentation and sharing with partners within and external to SHA programme;
Key Relationships 

Internal
  • SHA Country Director Kenya
  • SHA Head of Region
  • Programme Support Coordinator with responsibility for Kenya
  • SHA HQ Head of Programme Quality
  • SHA HQ Programme Funding Coordinator
  • Other SHA Head of Programmes – peer support
External
  • Government of Kenya Ministry of Agriculture, central and devolved offices
  • Kenyan Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO)
  • International research institutes
  • International NGOs, social enterprises and private sector and consultants
  • Academic Institutions (Universities)
Aptitude Requirements
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Excellent writing and Presentation skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and on own initiative
  • Ability to contribute to a small team environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
Qualifications / Skills and Experience
  • Advanced degree in the areas of: Agriculture/Agribusiness/Livelihoods/Rural Development, Project Management, Development Studies or any related economy, sociology, international development or Environment
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in programme and people management at senior level in similar/related role;
  • Experience and evidence of programme development, proposal writing and a proven ability to secure donor funding
  • Strong understanding of and practical experience in agriculture, food and nutrition security and related activities;
  • Strong understanding and practical experience on project cycle management, monitoring, evaluation and reporting at high level
  • Good team-worker; able to work closely with a small team with minimum direct supervision;
  • Commitment to international and humanitarian NGO codes, standards and practices;
  • Ability and willingness to travel to remote areas across the 13 Counties where SHA Kenya works
  • Expertise in rural enterprise development – value chains, credit, cooperatives, farmers associations etc
  • Clean driving license;
How to Apply

Qualified candidates should send a completed application form (CLICK HERE
 to download) by E-mail as follows:-

Head of Programmes send Email to: recruitement@selfhelpafrica.org

Please type “HOP Kenya - [your name]” in the subject line of the e-mail.

The closing date for receiving applications is not later than Close of Business on Friday the 29th of May 2015.

Please do not send certificates at this stage. 

Only short listed candidates will be contacted. 

Self Help Africa is an equal opportunities employer


Closing Date:
 May 29th, 5.30pm

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