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Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. 

Driven by local needs, our programs provide communities in the world’s toughest places with the tools and support they need to turn the crises they confront into the opportunities they deserve. 

Mercy Corps has had a presence in Kenya since its humanitarian response to the post-election violence in 2008. 

We are presently looking for a committed and dynamic individual to take up the following position.
 
Program Officer - Girls Improving Resilience with Livestock (GIRL) Program

Lodwar, Turkana County
 
Program / Department Summary: Mercy Corps implements high-quality, analytical development work in very difficult places. We have been operating in Kenya since 2008 and are presently implementing development programs across the Central, Rift Valley and Northern regions of Kenya. 


We are currently launching a 3-year Nike Foundation funded program, focused on improving livelihoods in Turkana and West Pokot (Kenya) and Karamoja (Uganda) regions.

The project, called Girls Improving Resilience with Livestock (GIRL), aims to empower pastoralist girls in the Turkana region to improve their livelihoods and personal agency, as well as increase the food security and adaptive capacity of their households and the resilience of their communities. 

Mercy Corps is looking for a qualified Kenyan to fill the position of Program Officer for the GIRL program.
 
General Position Summary: Reporting to the Program Manager in the Lodwar Field Office, this position is focused on community and adolescent girl engagement, including the identification, recruitment and retention of training girl participants; the establishment of partnerships with key community members (elders, religious leaders, government officials) and the execution of livelihood development activities. 

He/she will be based in the Lodwar and will be responsible for day-to-day field work in implementation of activities, mobilization, formation and monitoring of girls livelihoods/education cohorts.

Essential Job Functions:
  • To work closely with all the program staff in implementation of the program.
  • To engage community members (community representatives, teachers, religious leaders, government officials and gatekeepers) to form an Advisory Committee to support and inform program activities
  • To organize community events to sensitize communities on the GIRL program
  • To assist in the creation of technical curricula, basic education (numeracy & literacy) and financial literacy
  • To recruit and train mentors to deliver technical curricula to girls
  • To identify and recruit girls in the community to participate in livestock/producer groups
  • To identify and engage local animal health workers to provide training and technical assistance to livestock/producer groups
  • To monitor and track the success and failures of livestock/producer groups
  • To collect program data accurately and forward the same to the office timely.
  • To support community mapping activities, market assessments and base-line/end-line evaluation activities
  • To prepare accurate and timely monitoring and field reports and other project documentation as required.
  • Maintain proper project/program files.
  • To represent the organization in meetings at the grass root level.
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by his/her supervisor or representatives
Accountability to Beneficiaries: Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
 
Organizational Learning: As part of Mercy Corps' agency-wide Organizational Learning Initiative, all team members are responsible for spending 5% of their work time in formal and/or non-formal professional learning activities.
 
Supervisory Responsibility: None
 
Accountability
  • Reports Directly To: Program Manager, Turkana
  • Works Directly With: All GIRL program staff in Lodwar.
Knowledge and Experience:
  • Minimum 1 year experience working with NGOs/CBO’s in civic engagement, livelihoods and education
  • Degree in Community Development, Economic Development or related field or diploma with over 3 years’ experience;
  • Commitment to working with youth and vulnerable groups in need, regardless of race, tribe, religion or gender;
  • Understanding of working with local partners;
  • Good problem solving, written and oral communication skills;
  • Strong written and spoken English
  • Local language skills required
  • Ability to work without constant supervision and as part of a mixed team;
  • Good knowledge of MS Office software such as Excel, Word, and Access;
Success Factors: The ideal candidate will have the ability and curiosity to work comfortably and effectively in the cultural, relatively poor infrastructure of Turkana County. 

S/he will be an excellent communicator, have a strong sense of humor, multi-tasker, and able to work difficult and often stressful environments. 

Willingness to travel to and work with adolescent girl in a sometimes insecure environments is needed.

Program Officer - Girls Improving Resilience with Livestock (GIRL) Program

Kapenguria, West Pokot County
 
Program / Department Summary: Mercy Corps implements high-quality, analytical development work in very difficult places. 


We have been operating in Kenya since 2008 and currently implement development programs across the Central, Rift Valley and Northern regions of Kenya. 

We were recently awarded a livelihoods focused 3-year Nike Foundation program working in the West Pokot and Turkana (Kenya) and Karamoja (Uganda) regions. 

The project, called Girls Improving Resilience with Livestock (GIRL) aims to empower pastoralist girls in the West Pokot region to improve their livelihoods and personal agency, as well as increase the food security and adaptive capacity of their households and the resilience of their communities. Mercy Corps is looking for a qualified Kenyan to fill the position of Program Officer for the GIRL program.
 
General Position Summary: Reporting to the Program Manager in the Kapenguria Field Office, this position is focused on community and adolescent girl engagement, including the identification, recruitment and retention of girl training participants; the establishment of partnerships with key community members (elders, religious leaders, government officials) and the execution of livelihood development activities.
 
He/she will be locally hired and based in the Kapenguria area. 

He/she will be responsible for day-to-day field work in implementation of activities, mobilization, formation and monitoring of girls livelihoods/education cohorts.

Essential Job Functions:
  • To work closely with all the program staff in implementation of the program.
  • To engage community members (community representatives, teachers, religious leaders, government officials and gatekeepers) to form an Advisory Committee to support and inform program activities
  • To organize community events to sensitize communities on the GIRL program
  • To assist in the creation of technical curricula, basic education (numeracy & literacy) and financial literacy
  • To recruit and train mentors to deliver technical curricula to girls
  • To identify and recruit girls in the community to participate in livestock/producer groups
  • To identify and engage local animal health workers to provide training and technical assistance to livestock/producer groups
  • To monitor and track the success and failures of livestock/producer groups
  • To collect program data accurately and forward to the office in a timely manner.
  • To support community mapping activities, market assessments and base-line/end-line evaluation activities
  • To prepare accurate and timely monitoring and field reports and other project documentation as required.
  • Maintain proper project/program files.
  • To represent the organization in meetings at the grass root level.
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by his/her supervisor or representatives
Accountability to Beneficiaries: Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
 
Organizational Learning: As part of Mercy Corps' agency-wide Organizational Learning Initiative, all team members are responsible for spending 5% of their work time in formal and/or non-formal professional learning activities.
 
Supervisory Responsibility: None
 
Accountability
  • Reports Directly To: Program Manager, West Pokot
  • Works Directly With: All Program staff in Kapenguria – West Pokot County
Knowledge and Experience:
  • Minimum 1 year’s experience working with NGOs/CBO’s in civic engagement, livelihoods and education
  • Degree in Community Development, Economic Development or related field or diploma with over 3 years’ experience;
  • Commitment to working with adolescent girls vulnerable groups in need, regardless of race, tribe, religion or gender;
  • Understanding of working with local partners;
  • Good problem solving, written and oral communication skills;
  • Strong written and spoken English
  • Pokot language skills strongly recommended.
  • Ability to work without constant supervision and as part of a mixed team;
  • Good knowledge of MS Office software such as Excel, Word, and Access;
Success Factors: The ideal candidate will have the ability and curiosity to work comfortably and effectively in the cultural, relatively poor infrastructure of West Pokot County. S/he will be an excellent communicator, have a strong sense of humor, multi-tasker, and able to work difficult and often stressful environments

Program Manager - Peaceful Empowerment in Arid Lands (PEARL)
 

Program / Department Summary: USAID has recently awarded Mercy Corps a Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM) grant to implement a proposed PEACEFUL EMPOWERMENT IN ARID LANDS (PEARL) program in Turkana and West Pokot Counties with offices in Eldoret and Lodwar. Mercy Corps is looking for committed and dynamic individual to take up the following position.
 
General Position Summary: The PEARL Program Manager will have responsibility for the overall achievement of objectives, and the day-to-day administration and implementation of the program. 

This will include strengthening the capacity of local partners in the areas of peace building and conflict management, training and curriculum development, reviewing the design and implementation of peace building projects, facilitating clear communication between diverse groups, and ensuring rigorous measurement of program impact and timely reporting.

Essential Job Functions:
 
Program Management
  • Manage and oversee PEARL program activities (in West Pokot and Turkana) in cooperation with key project stakeholders, including local non-governmental organizations, local government officials, community-based organizations, other international agencies on the ground, and key donors;
  • Collaborate with program, finance and administrative staff to ensure systems are in compliance with donor and Mercy Corps policies and procedures.
  • Ensure program implementation is on time, target and budget, using effective M&E systems to reach desired impacts.
  • Create and maintain systems ensuring effective and transparent use of financial resources for timely and informative reporting in line with donor and Mercy Corps policies and procedures.
  • Implement and model Mercy Corps’ philosophy of social entrepreneurship and leverage Mercy Corps’ best practices.
  • Increase staff and local partner capacity by designing and leading technical training sessions on conflict management for Mercy Corps staff and local partners and providing ongoing coaching and mentoring.
  • Promote learning and knowledge management through documentation and knowledge sharing around best practices and lessons learned;
Strategy and Vision
  • Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed.
  • Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve objectives and contribute to country-wide strategy development.
  • Develop and organize activities to secure resources for programs and convince stakeholders to provide support.
Representation
  • Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with consortium partners, sub-grantees, donors, local governments and other stakeholders.
  • Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.
  • Maintain good working relationships with the donor, the host country government and local leaders, partner agencies, and other key stakeholders;
Team Management
  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via performance reviews.
  • Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.
  • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance & reach objectives.
  • Supervise and regularly coordinate with project staff and partners, and support departments to ensure smooth planning, preparation, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of program activities;
Accountability to Beneficiaries: Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
 
Organizational Learning: As part of Mercy Corps' agency-wide Organizational Learning Initiative, all team members are responsible for spending 5% of their work time in formal and/or non-formal professional learning activities.

Supervisory Responsibility:
 Project team and local partner activities
 
Reports Directly To: The Deputy Country Director
 
Works Directly With: Mercy Corps administration, finance and logistics departments in Eldoret, Lodwar and Nairobi. Also works directly with local national staff and local partners and affiliated relevant Mercy Corps headquarters units as necessary, including Mercy Corps’ Conflict Management Group and various administrative/financial units.

Knowledge and Experience:
  • Master’s degree in conflict mitigation, social sciences, international relations or other relevant field preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years’ relevant professional experience implementing conflict management and reconciliation, youth, or livelihoods programs, preferably in insecure or transitional environments.
  • Strong facilitation and consensus-building skills.
  • Experience managing staff.
  • Proven ability to work through, develop the capacity of and mentor local partners.
  • Familiarity and experience with USAID regulations preferred.
  • Must be able to work independently while being a strong team player
  • Proven oral and written English language skills; demonstrated ability to develop and write quarterly reports independently.
  • Willingness and ability to travel regularly to remote and insecure areas such as the border of West Pokot and Turkana.
Success Factors: The successful Program Manager will have the ability to multi-task, set priorities, and work under tight deadlines within a complex team. S/he will demonstrate strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills and be committed to the values and mission of Mercy Corps. 

S/he will take initiative and contribute to team efforts, as well as demonstrate an ability to communicate, assume leadership, and make solid decisions while working remotely from country leadership. 

The successful Program Manager must be motivated and energized about traveling in remote and insecure areas and tackling large-scale, protracted conflict situations.

Program Manager - Girls Improving Resilience with Livestock (GIRL) Program, Lodwar
 
Program / Department Summary: Mercy Corps implements high-quality, analytical development work in very difficult places. 


We have been operating in Kenya since 2008 and are presently implementing development programs across the Central, Rift Valley and Northern regions of Kenya.

We are currently launching a 3-year Nike Foundation funded program, focused on improving livelihoods in Turkana and West Pokot (Kenya) and Karamoja (Uganda) regions. 

The project, called Girls Improving Resilience with Livestock (GIRL), aims to empower pastoralist girls in the Turkana region to improve their livelihoods and personal agency, as well as increase the food security and adaptive capacity of their households and the resilience of their communities.

Mercy Corps opened its Lodwar office in January, 2015, in support of its cross-border conflict management programming.
 
We are seeking a highly skilled, creative problem solver with strong experience working in livelihoods with a focus on engaging marginalized populations to lead the Turkana office as Program Manager. 

The Program Manager – Lodwar will participate in strategy development and supervise the daily implementation of long-term development programming under GIRL’s three objectives, focused on livelihood development, girls empowerment and food security.

General Position Summary:
 The Program Manager is the senior management position for GIRL in Turkana, with supervisory and managerial responsibility over all aspects of program implementation and staff development in that locale. 

The Program Manager works closely with GIRL Program Coordinator to provide vision and leadership in project administration and monitors overall project performance. 

The Program Manager leads the coordination, financial and administrative compliance and monitoring and evaluation of the consortium in Turkana, engendering a collaborative team spirit focused on achievement of program goals and objective. 

The Program Manager is responsible for the oversight of GIRL activities and travels frequently to the field. He/She maximizes budget resources and personnel development and remains flexible in a continually changing environment. 

The Program Manager ensures that GIRL is planned and executed with quality, accountability and measurable impact. 

The Program Manager, along with the GIRL Program Coordinator and Mercy Corps Country Director, will liaise with the Nike Foundation and represent the program to other cooperating sponsors and other stakeholders.
 
The Program Manager will work closely with teams of officers in support of GIRL’s activities across objectives. 

The ability of the Program Manager to push forward systemically focused, dynamic approaches in all stages of programming will be one of the position’s three success factors.

The second will be the degree to which that person promotes and captures learning by her/his team, institutionalizing activity reviews, identifying and evaluating preconceptions and promoting a culture of inquisition. 

The third success factor will be the degree to which that person drives results, making critical decisions and producing scheduled outputs at deadline and to expected quality.

Essential Job Functions:
 
Program Management:
  • Lead the conceptualization, implementation and continual improvement of dynamic, analysis-rooted development interventions in Turkana County in collaboration with Lodwar based GIRL team.
  • Set an example as a thought leader in the Lodwar office, continually encouraging staff to reevaluate their strategies, gather and incorporate tacit information, and adapt programming to new learning and environmental conditions.
  • Recommend program priorities and explore, evaluate and present new country opportunities that leverage impact and/ or complement core activities.
  • Coordinate, manage and motivate the GIRL Turkana program team, ensuring that they have clear objectives/individual work plans as part of performance management) and receive meaningful feedback on their performance.
  • Ensure an integrated approach to program implementation in order to maximize resource utilization and synergy between the staff and different MC programs.
Office Management:
  • Ensure proper logistics, administration, human resources and transport needs of the program are conducted within Mercy Corps policy and with the maximum benefit to the program.
  • Manage the recruitment and training of program staff to ensure staff are of the quality and capacity to successfully implement activities. 
  • Monitor and advise on staffing needs throughout the program. 
  • Ensure evaluations and disciplinary measures are made, as necessary according to Mercy Corps policy.
  • Exercise sound judgment to ensure project expenses are reasonable, allocable and prudent.
  • Ensure all project funds are spent in accordance with donor rules and regulations. 
  • Work with the GIRL Program Coordinator to forecast expenditure surpluses and deficits to enable adjustments to be made to the program in a timely fashion.
  • Oversee the program filing system and ensure that information is organized according to the reporting and auditing needs of the program. Ensure required levels of confidentiality.
  • Provide direct and ongoing supervision and managerial support to all staff on the program.
  • Work closely with the country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems that ensure the safety and security of the team in all aspects of its work.
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring positive recognition to Mercy Corps and to not endanger mercy Corps’ humanitarian mission.
Monitoring and Evaluation:
  • Support the development and continual revision of a dynamic, programme-wide monitoring and evaluation system linked to program strategies, indicators, and information management tools, which supports programme management, accountability and learning. 
  • Coordinate data gathering and management with all Lodwar-based program staff and take overall responsibility for GIRL monitoring and evaluation in the Turkana office.
  • Ensure that team leaders are paying sufficient attention to the continual gathering and digestion of operating environment data and activity reports, and that teams are holding frequent activity review sessions to continually re-examine the relevance and impact of their programming.
  • Coordinate and share information with the GIRL Program Coordinator to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are being achieved. Advise both on suggested improvements and necessities, as required.
  • Produce written reports on the program activities capturing impacts related to all activities.
  • Conceptualize and implement new mini-research efforts as opportunities arise.
  • Ensure close coordination and sharing of information with other stakeholders such as other donors, other NGOs, and local authorities.
External Representation and Coordination:
  • Ensure establishment and maintenance of relationships with communities, village councils and local government in Turkana target areas.
  • Coordinate and share information and findings with the GIRL Program Manager in Kapenguria and in Karamoja.
  • Support and coordinate visits from regional and HQ based staff and external visitors, such as donors and media, in collaboration with Program Coordinator.
  • Establish and maintain contact with all key actors as relevant for program implementation – government ministries, UN, NGOs, partners – and establish mechanisms for contacting local community organizations and partners and other local NGOs/CBOs in line with key GIRL areas of work
  • Other duties as assigned by your supervisor.
Accountability to Beneficiaries: Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
 
Organizational Learning: As part of Mercy Corps' agency-wide Organizational Learning Initiative, all team members are responsible for spending 5% of their work time in formal and/or non-formal professional learning activities.
 
Supervisory Responsibility: The Program Manager is responsible for directly/indirectly supervising approximately 2 national staff.
 
Accountability:
  • Reports Directly To: GIRL Program Coordinator
  • Works Directly With: Finance and Administration departments in Lodwar and Nairobi
Knowledge and Experience:
  • Master’s Degree in business, economic development or other relevant field is preferred.
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience with positions of progressively greater responsibilities.
  • Management and demonstrated success building, managing and leading a team of professionals.
  • Strong writing, communication, organization, prioritization and negotiating skills.
  • Excellent (English) verbal and written communication skills with proven financial management skills.
  • Local language skills a plus
  • Excellent quantitative skills required. Financial accounting experience preferred.
  • Experience in building and maintaining strong/productive relations with implementing and strategic partner agencies is preferred. This includes coordinating with government authorities and counterparts.
  • Experience working in conflict environments is preferred.
  • Security management experience in remote and insecure environments.
  • Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of office applications.
Success Factors: The successful candidate will possess strong leadership skills, with the ability to maintain a broad perspective. 

He/she will undertake innovative approaches, be agile in the conceptualization of new program ideas, and will be well versed in strategic thinking and planning. 

The ability and desire to grow individually and professionally in a difficult environment is important. 

The successful candidate will have the ability to live and work successfully in remote, insecure, and challenging setting with limited resources. An even temperament and good sense of humor is a must.
 
Furthermore, appreciations of a consultative, team approach to decision making and the ability to lead a team; including an ability to work with limited supervision. 

This position requires significant travel in remote and possibly insecure environment. The successful candidate will be energized by solving problems and working with adolescent girls.

Program Manager - Girls Improving Resilience with Livestock (GIRL) Program 
Eldoret / Kapenguria
 
Program / Department Summary: Mercy Corps implements high-quality, analytical development work in very difficult places. 


We have been operating in Kenya since 2008 and currently implement development programs across the Central, Rift Valley and Northern regions of Kenya. 

We were recently awarded a livelihoods focused 3-year Nike Foundation program working in the West Pokot and Turkana (Kenya) and Karamoja (Uganda) regions and require a highly skilled, creative problem solver with strong experience working in livelihoods with a focus on engaging marginalized populations to lead program direction and activities in West Pokot County. 

The project, called Girls Improving Resilience with Livestock (GIRL), aims to empower pastoralist girls (ages 12-18) in the West Pokot region to improve their livelihoods and personal agency, as well as increase the food security and adaptive capacity of their households and the resilience of their communities.
 
The Program Manager in either Eldoret or Kapenguria will participate in strategy development and supervise the daily implementation of long-term development programming under GIRL’s three objectives, focused on livelihood development, girls empowerment and food security in West Pokot County.
 
General Position Summary: The Program Manager is the senior management position for GIRL in the Kapenguria office, with supervisory and managerial responsibility over all aspects of program implementation and staff development in that locale. 

The Program Manager works closely with GIRL Program Coordinator to provide vision and leadership in project administration and monitors overall project performance.
 
The Program Manager leads the coordination, financial and administrative compliance and monitoring and evaluation of the consortium in Kapenguria, engendering a collaborative team spirit focused on achievement of program goals and objective. 

The Program Manager is responsible for the oversight of GIRL activities and travels frequently to the field. He/She maximizes budget resources and personnel development and remains flexible in a continually changing environment.

The Program Manager ensures that GIRL is planned and executed with quality, accountability and measurable impact. 

The Program Manager, along with the GIRL Program Coordinator and Mercy Corps Country Director, will liaise with the Nike Foundation and represent the program to other cooperating sponsors and other stakeholders.
 
The Program Manager will work closely with teams of officers in support of GIRL’s activities across objectives. 

The ability of the Program Manager to push forward systemically focused, dynamic approaches in all stages of programming will be one of the position’s three success factors. 

The second will be the degree to which that person promotes and captures learning by her/his team, institutionalizing activity reviews, identifying and evaluating preconceptions and promoting a culture of inquisition. 

The third success factor will be the degree to which that person drives results, making critical decisions and producing scheduled outputs at deadline and to expected quality.

Essential Job Functions:
 
Program Management:
  • Lead the conceptualization, implementation and continual improvement of dynamic, analysis-rooted development interventions in West Pokot County in collaboration with Kapenguria-based team.
  • Set an example as a thought leader in the Kapenguria office, continually encouraging staff to re-evaluate their strategies, gather and incorporate tacit information, and adapt programming to new learning and environmental conditions.
  • Recommend program priorities and explore, evaluate and present new country opportunities that leverage impact and/ or complement core activities.
  • Coordinate, manage and motivate program teams in Kapenguria, ensuring that they have clear objectives/individual work plans as part of performance management) and receive meaningful feedback on their performance.
  • Ensure an integrated approach to program implementation in order to maximize resource utilization and synergy between the staff and different MC programs.
Office Management:
  • Ensure proper logistics, administration, human resources and transport needs of the program are conducted within Mercy Corps policy and with the maximum benefit to the program.
  • Manage the recruitment and training of program staff to ensure staff are of the quality and capacity to successfully implement activities. 
  • Monitor and advise on staffing needs throughout the program. 
  • Ensure evaluations and disciplinary measures are made, as necessary according to Mercy Corps policy.
  • Exercise sound judgment to ensure project expenses are reasonable, allocable and prudent.
  • Ensure all project funds are spent in accordance with donor rules and regulations. 
  • Work with the GIRL Program Coordinator to forecast expenditure surpluses and deficits to enable adjustments to be made to the program in a timely fashion.
  • Oversee the program filing system and ensure that information is organized according to the reporting and auditing needs of the program. Ensure required levels of confidentiality.
  • Provide direct and ongoing supervision and managerial support to all staff on the program.
  • Work closely with the country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems that ensure the safety and security of the team in all aspects of its work.
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring positive recognition to Mercy Corps and to not endanger mercy Corps’ humanitarian mission.
Monitoring and Evaluation:
  • Support the development and continual revision of a dynamic, programme-wide monitoring and evaluation system linked to program strategies, indicators, and information management tools, which supports programme management, accountability and learning. 
  • Coordinate data gathering and management with all Kapenguria-based program staff and take overall responsibility for monitoring and evaluation in the Kapenguria office.
  • Ensure that project staff are paying sufficient attention to the continual gathering and digestion of operating environment data and activity reports, and that teams are holding frequent activity review sessions to continually re-examine the relevance and impact of their programming.
  • Coordinate and share information with the GIRL Coordinator to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are being achieved. 
  • Advise both on suggested improvements and necessities, as required.
  • Produce written reports on the program activities capturing impacts related to all activities.
  • Conceptualize and implement new mini-research efforts as opportunities arise.
  • Ensure close coordination and sharing of information with other stakeholders such as other donors, other NGOs, and local authorities.
External Representation and Coordination:
  • Ensure establishment and maintenance of relationships with communities, village councils and local government in West Pokot County.
  • Coordinate and share information and findings with the GIRL Program Manager in Lodwar and in Karamoja.
  • Support and coordinate visits from regional and HQ based staff and external visitors, such as donors and media, in collaboration with Program Coordinator.
  • Establish and maintain contact with all key actors as relevant for program implementation – government ministries, UN, NGOs, partners – and establish mechanisms for contacting local community organizations and partners and other local NGOs/CBOs in line with key GIRL areas of work
  • Other duties as assigned by your supervisor.
Accountability to Beneficiaries: Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
 
Organizational Learning: As part of Mercy Corps' agency-wide Organizational Learning Initiative, all team members are responsible for spending 5% of their work time in formal and/or non-formal professional learning activities.
 
Supervisory Responsibility: The Program Manager is responsible for directly/indirectly supervising approximately 2 national staff.

Accountability:
  • Reports Directly To: Girl Program Coordinator
  • Works Directly With: Finance and Administration in Eldoret and Nairobi
Knowledge and Experience:
  • Master’s Degree in business, economic development or other relevant field is preferred.
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience with positions of progressively greater responsibilities.
  • Management and demonstrated success building, managing and leading a team of professionals.
  • Strong writing, communication, organization, prioritization and negotiating skills.
  • Excellent (English) verbal and written communication skills with proven financial management skills.
  • Pokot language skilled are preferred
  • Excellent quantitative skills required. Financial accounting experience preferred.
  • Experience in building and maintaining strong/productive relations with implementing and strategic partner agencies is preferred. This includes coordinating with government authorities and counterparts.
  • Experience working in conflict environments is preferred.
  • Security management experience in remote and insecure environments.
  • Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of office applications.
Success Factors: The successful candidate will possess strong leadership skills, with the ability to maintain a broad perspective. 

He/she will undertake innovative approaches, be agile in the conceptualization of new program ideas, and will be well versed in strategic thinking and planning. 

The ability and desire to grow individually and professionally in a difficult environment is important. 

The successful candidate will have the ability to live and work successfully in remote, insecure, and challenging setting with limited resources. 

An even temperament and good sense of humor is a must.

Furthermore, appreciations of a consultative, team approach to decision making and the ability to lead a team; including an ability to work with limited supervision. 

This position requires spending the majority of the time in West Pokot County so regular travel to and within West Pokot is required.

Monitoring & Evaluation Officer - Girls Improving Resilience With Livestock (GIRL) Program

Lodwar – Turkana County
 
Program / Department Summary: Mercy Corps implements high-quality, analytical development work in very difficult places. 


We have been operating in Kenya since 2008 and are presently implementing development programs across the Central, Rift Valley and Northern regions of Kenya. 

We are currently launching a 3-year Nike Foundation funded program, focused on improving livelihoods in Turkana and West Pokot (Kenya) and Karamoja (Uganda) regions. 

The project, called Girls Improving Resilience with Livestock (GIRL), aims to empower pastoralist girls in the Turkana region to improve their livelihoods and personal agency, as well as increase the food security and adaptive capacity of their households and the resilience of their communities. 

Mercy Corps is looking for a qualified professional to fill the position of Monitoring & Evaluation Officer for the GIRL program.
 
General Position Summary: Reporting to the Program Manager in Kapenguria Field Office, this position is a key part of Mercy Corps’ Program quality assurance, accountability, documentation and learning team. 

The position holder will support program in planning and execution of monitoring and evaluation activities, ensuring quality in accordance with accepted standards, providing essential feedback for learning, accountability and decision making. 

S/he will be responsible for providing internal capacity building for program staff on monitoring and evaluation activities as well as review and development of necessary tools that feed into needs of Mercy Corps and donor reporting requirements.

Essential Job Functions:
  • Generate and implement monitoring and evaluation tools.
  • Play key role in the development of intervention designs, sector strategies and M&E frameworks.
  • Coordinate assessments, evaluations and monitoring surveys in area of operation. This will entail development of Scopes of Work, development of survey tools, trainings and management of data collectors, report write and facilitating results discussion.
  • Regularly document and share all learnings from program implementation.
  • Maintain an up to date database that reflects progress and donor indicators.
  • Build the capacity of all relevant team members to develop and maintain an excellent M&E system, and facilitate periodic reflection and analysis of program monitoring information that feeds into programming and learning.
  • Participate in on-going M&E training and support for all Mercy Corps programs.
  • Visit sites and partners to collect supplementary data, stories and conduct qualitative research both independently and in teams.
  • Maintain professional relationships with local government officials, private sector partners, NGOs, other development organizations, and civil society organizations.
  • Maintain an active advisory role with the program team to help guide them towards robust and relevant data collection.
  • Actively participate in all implementation, providing advice and feedback for quality results at any point.
  • Work with Program Coordinator, Program Manager, Program Officer and other staffs to ensure that activities are implemented on plan and progress towards targets is not compromised.
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with partners and government departments
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to credit Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its mission.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by his/her supervisor or representatives
Accountability to Beneficiaries: Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts
towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding
international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal
partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
 
Organizational Learning: As part of Mercy Corps' agency-wide Organizational Learning Initiative,
all team members are responsible for spending 5% of their work time in formal and/or non-formal
professional learning activities.
 
Accountability
  • Reports Directly To: Program Manager
  • Works Directly With: All Program staff in Lodwar – Turkana County
Knowledge and Experience:
  • Must hold at least a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Agriculture, Demography, Statistics, Business administration or relevant field
  • At least 3 years of program monitoring and evaluation experience
  • Should understand concepts and demonstrate skills in monitoring and evaluation, project cycle, results chain and frameworks, participatory monitoring
  • Should be able to design and implement surveys, have knowledge of commonly used probability and purposive sampling techniques
  • Must have good writing and analytical skills
  • Should have knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data collection, reporting techniques.
  • S/he should understand and be able to apply basic measures of central tendency and spread
  • In addition to Microsoft Excel, the incumbent should demonstrate fluency in use of at least one data management software including Ms Access, SPSS, STATA.
  • Must be fluent both spoken and written English.
  • Pokot language skills a plus.
Success Factors: The ideal candidate will have the ability and curiosity to work comfortably and effectively in the cultural, relatively poor infrastructure of Turkana County. 

S/he will be an excellent communicator, have a strong sense of humor, multi-tasker, and able to work difficult and often stressful environments.

Monitoring & Evaluation Officer - Girls Improving Resilience With Livestock (GIRL) Program

Kapenguria – West Pokot County
 
Program / Department Summary: Mercy Corps implements high-quality, analytical development work in very difficult places. 


We have been operating in Kenya since 2008 and currently implement development programs across the Central, Rift Valley and Northern regions of Kenya. 

We are currently launching a 3-year Nike Foundation funded program, focused on improving livelihoods in the West Pokot and Turkana (Kenya) and Karamoja (Uganda) regions. 

The project, called Girls Improving Resilience with Livestock (GIRL) aims to empower pastoralist girls in the West Pokot region to improve their livelihoods and personal agency, as well as increase the food security and adaptive capacity of their households and the resilience of their communities. 

Mercy Corps is looking for a qualified Kenyan to fill the position of Monitoring & Evaluation Officer for the GIRL program.
 
General Position Summary: Reporting to the Program Manager in Kapenguria Field Office, this position is a key part of Mercy Corps’ Program quality assurance, accountability, documentation and learning team. 

The position holder will support program in planning and execution of monitoring and evaluation activities, ensuring quality in accordance with accepted standards, providing essential feedback for learning, accountability and decision making. 

S/he will be responsible for providing internal capacity building for program staff on monitoring and evaluation activities as well as review and development of necessary tools that feed into needs of Mercy Corps and donor reporting requirements.

Essential Job Functions:
  • Generate and implement monitoring and evaluation tools.
  • Play a key role in the development of intervention designs, sector strategies and M&E frameworks.
  • Coordinate assessments, evaluations and monitoring surveys in area of operation. This will entail development of Scopes of Work, development of survey tools, trainings and management of data collectors, report write and facilitating results discussion.
  • Regularly document and share all learnings from program implements.
  • Maintain an up to date database that reflects progress (including disaggregated beneficiary counts) and donor indicators.
  • Build the capacity of all relevant team members to develop and maintain an excellent M&E system, and facilitate periodic reflection and analysis of program monitoring information that feeds into programming and learning.
  • Participate in on-going M&E training and support for all Mercy Corps programs.
  • Visit sites and partners to collect supplementary data, stories and conduct qualitative research both independently and in teams.
  • Maintain professional relationships with local government officials, private sector partners, NGOs, other development organizations, and civil society organizations.
  • Maintain an active advisory role with each program team to help guide them towards robust and relevant data collection.
  • Actively participate in all implementation, providing advice and feedback for quality results at any point
  • Work with Program Coordinator, Program Manager, Program Officer and other staffs to ensure that activities are implemented on plan and progress towards targets is not compromised.
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with partners and government departments
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to credit Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its mission.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by his/her supervisor or representatives
Accountability to Beneficiaries: Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
 
Organizational Learning: As part of Mercy Corps' agency-wide Organizational Learning Initiative, all team members are responsible for spending 5% of their work time in formal and/or non-formal professional learning activities.
 
Supervisory Responsibility: The Program Manager is responsible for directly/indirectly supervising approximately 2 national staff.
 
Supervisory Responsibility: None
 
Accountability:
  • Reports Directly To: Program Manager
  • Works Directly With: All Program staff in Kapenguria – West Pokot County
Knowledge and Experience:
  • Must hold at least a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Agriculture, Demography, Statistics, Business administration or relevant field
  • At least 3 years of program monitoring and evaluation experience
  • Should understand concepts and demonstrate skills in monitoring and evaluation, project cycle, results chain and frameworks, participatory monitoring
  • Should be able to design and implement surveys, have knowledge of commonly used probability and purposive sampling techniques
  • Must have good writing and analytical skills
  • Should have knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data collection, reporting techniques.
  • S/he should understand and be able to apply basic measures of central tendency and spread
  • In addition to Microsoft Excel, the incumbent should demonstrate fluency in use of at least one data management software including Ms Access, SPSS, STATA.
  • Must be fluent both spoken and written English.
  • Pokot language skills a plus
Success Factors: The ideal candidate will have the ability and curiosity to work comfortably and effectively in the cultural, relatively poor infrastructure of West Pokot County. 

S/he will be an excellent communicator, have a strong sense of humor, multi-tasker, and able to work difficult and often stressful environments.
 
Interested candidates who meet the above required qualifications and experience should submit a cover letter, detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing three professional references (including a recent supervisor) to hrkenya@ke.mercysorps.org on or before Thursday 25th June by 4.00pm. 

The email subject line must clearly show the job title and location they are applying for. 

Applications without the right subject heading will be automatically disqualified. 

Please do not attach any certificates.

(Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We will only get in touch with shortlisted candidates.)
 
NB: Mercy Corps does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

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