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Project Officer Job in Nairobi, Kenya

About CRS: CRS is an international non-governmental organization supporting relief and development work in over 99 countries around the world. 

CRS carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. 

Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality and works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs. 

We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

Job Title:
 Project Officer - WASH

Ref: 2015/20

Grade: 5

Department: Health
Reports To: Program Manager - Health
Supervises (Direct Reports Only): None
Location: Nairobi
Duration: October 2015-September 2016
2. Job Purpose: The primary role of the position is to provide technical support to CRS and stakeholders to implement the School WASH Project in Nairobi.
3. Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:
Reporting to the Program Manager – Health, the position holder is expected to take lead in the implementation of the Kenya Urban School Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) project as well as assist in the preparation of technical and financial reports. 

The position holder will also play key role in building the capacity of schools’ representatives on WASH related matters and build close working relationships with county and national government structures. In addition, s/he will also take lead in the project’s monitoring, evaluation and learning aspects as well as prepare progress reports.
4. Main Responsibilities and Activities:
The main responsibilities for the Project Officer WASH under the Kenya School WASH Project in Nairobi include;
  • Coordinate planning and implementation of the project with stakeholders.
  • Based on the needs assessment, organize trainings and coaching activities for school representatives i.e. pupils, teachers, parents and board members.
  • Assist in the assessment and monitoring of school WASH infrastructure construction.
  • Plan, organize and coordinate quarterly implementation review meetings with stakeholders.
  • Prepare annual/quarterly/monthly progress reports and work plans.
  • Work closely with CRS Kenya M&E unit in monitoring progress and evaluating impacts. This will entail consistent tracking and identification of program performance gaps/challenges and recommending timely remedial actions.
  • Take lead in the documentation and dissemination of lesson leant, best practices and success stories from the project.
  • Work with Program Manager Health, to track budget spending including preparation of financial forecasts for the project.
  • Participate in CRS WASH learning alliances and any other workshops/seminars/studies/meetings as may be directed by the supervisor.
  • Accompany project visitors to project sites as appropriate.
5. Key Working Relationships
  • Health Unit team, CRS Program Quality and Support Department.
  • Pupils, teachers, parents and board members in the targeted schools, county and national government line ministries/departments (water and irrigation, public Health and sanitation and education) and project consultants.
6. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Requirement
a. Qualifications
  • University degree in Public Health. Post graduate qualification in Public Health will be an added advantage.
  • A minimum of 3 years progressive experience in implementation of water, sanitation and hygiene projects with a focus on sanitation and hygiene promotion, preferably in urban informal settlements and in depth knowledge on sanitation and hygiene promotion in schools.
  • Experience working with the MoH and MOE will be an added advantage
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills (English).
b. Knowledge
  • Knowledge of participatory development methodologies including Participatory Learning and Action (PLA), participatory assessment including assessing community environmental vulnerabilities and hazards, Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation (PHAST), Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and Children Hygiene and Sanitation Training (CHAST).
  • Knowledgeable in the government of Kenya policies and legislations in the sectors of water, environmental health, public health and sanitation.
c. Skills and Abilities
  • Additional training and skills in sanitation and hygiene promotion through children focused hygiene and sanitation approaches.
  • Demonstrated skills in project monitoring and evaluation as well as project progress documentation.
  • Demonstrated skills and ability to facilitate training sessions and in particular, sanitation and hygiene training sessions.
d. Behavioral Competencies
  • Ability to set and meet work deadlines
  • Ability to work under minimum supervision, and as a team member.
  • Serving with Integrity; Manifests CRS mission, values, and guiding principles to help improve the lives of the poor, vulnerable, and voiceless
  • Modeling stewardship; Making responsible and efficient use of time, talent, money, assets, and natural resources to achieve plans and goals.
  • Developing constructive relationships; Building and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships through solidarity.
  • Promoting learning; Building the capacity of self, staff and partners to continue learning and innovating to better fulfill our mission
7. Disclaimer Clause: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skills, effort, duties and responsibilities associated with the position.
Written applications indicating the reference number of position applied for and CVs including day-time contact phone numbers, as well as names and contact information of three referees should reach the below mentioned by close of business Friday, August 14, 2015

Human Resources Manager
Catholic Relief Services – Kenya Program

Please indicate the Reference Number (Ref:2015/20) on the email subject.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 Catholic Relief Services (CRS) does not charge any fees from applicants for any recruitments. Further, CRS has not retained any agent in connection with this recruitment

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