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NGO Jobs in Kenya – DSW

Background: DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung) is an international development and advocacy organisation, which focuses on achieving universal access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). 

DSW’s mission is to empower young people and communities in low and middle-income countries by addressing the issues of population dynamics and health as a way to achieve sustainable development.
Position: Advocacy Officer 

Department:
 Advocacy & Communications (A&C)

Duty Station:  DSW Field Office - Kapenguria

Overall Goal:
 The Advocacy Officer will support advocacy for improved policy and resource allocation for Family Planning (FP), Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in target counties in Kenya. 

S/He will provide support for effective planning, implementation and monitoring of programme activities and achievement of outcomes in the target counties. 

S/He will work closely with the National Team Coordinator – Advocacy, the A&C Manager, other national and regional staff to ensure activities are implemented based on annual plans, advocacy strategies and budgets. 

The incumbent will be responsible for developing and contributing to reports detailing activities, collaborations and best practice.

Specific Responsibilities:
 Under the direct supervision of the A&C Manager, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of advocacy strategies and activity plans to promote policy and budget changes in support of FP/RH at county and sub-county level
  • Support collection of data for sub-national annual budget and policy reviews through literature review, interviews, community discussions (FGDs), and health facility assessments among others
  • Cultivate and strengthen relationships with target County level decision makers, relevant committees and executives to improve the prioritization of FP in county policies, budgets and programmes
  • Build relationships with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs/NGOs) including youth and women groups and other stakeholders to convene a collective and coherent voice in favour of FP/RH advocacy within the counties
  • Populate and manage the county Advocacy tracker
  • Assess and analyze the county socio-political context on a monthly basis
  • Contribute to the development and dissemination of advocacy materials, outcome reports, success stories and presentations based on identified best practices, lessons and research undertaken during and after project implementation
  • Support the identification of capacity building needs for partners, informal worker groups, youth champions & communities and develop strategies for addressing them
  • Support program monitoring by developing and completing M&E tools in a timely, inclusive and concise manner to ensure that impact of project interventions is measured and documented
  • Conduct Civic education sessions and provide leadership during public county and budget hearings to improve public and youth participation
  • Maintain DSW visibility through representation at county level meetings and events as appropriate
Minimum Requirements:
  • Degree in social sciences or related fields from a recognised University
  • At least 3 years of professional experience planning and conducting a wide variety of advocacy and policy initiatives around the priority areas (FP/RH) 
  • In depth knowledge of policies and programmes on Family Planning, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Adolescents and Youth is highly desirable
  • Demonstrated understanding of the devolved county structure, budget cycle and decision making processes is highly preferred
  • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills with ability to develop and communicate advocacy related messages and campaigns to different audiences including community, youth, government and private sector
  • Proven ability to undertake basic research, monitoring and evaluation responsibilities
  • Fluency in English and Swahili (Oral and Written). Knowledge of local languages of target counties will be an added advantage
  • Ability to work under minimum supervision
  • Team player with experience working within geographically spread teams and in a multi-cultural setting
  • Willingness to travel or be based in one of the project counties and to undertake additional travel as may be necessary
DSW is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified personnel regardless of race, colour, religion, gender, marital status, age, national origin, physical or mental disability or sexual orientation.

Position: Media & Communications Officer 

Department:
 Advocacy & Communications (A&C)

Duty Station:
 DSW Kenya Country Office - Nairobi

Overall Goal:
 The Media and Communications Officer supports the Advocacy & Communications department in successfully implementing its goals, particularly for improved policy and resource allocation for Family Planning (FP) as well as Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). 

S/He will work under the functional direction and cooperation of the A&C Manager to ensure improved visibility of FP policies and investments through media engagement and relations.

S/He will take lead in efforts to cultivate and nurture key linkages with media outlets and journalists in ensuring DSW’s strong communications presence in country. 

This will be complemented with the implementation of a news coverage tracking service to monitor and track social media, print, and online FP media on a continuous basis.

Specific Responsibilities:
 Under the direct supervision of the A&C Manager, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Development of a bi-annual country strategic media opportunity charts identifying priority advocacy moments (such as policy or budget debates, changes etc)
  • Identification of targeted media outlets and impactful dissemination strategies
  • Contribute to development of a joint advocacy and communications strategy aimed at improving the communication and visibility of FP policies and budget allocation results and key success achieved at national, sub-national and international levels.
  • Develop compelling data-driven messages, supplements and success stories using DSW programme and advocacy outcomes while exploring innovative story angles to elevate visibility of key advocacy moments
  • Generate more media coverage for FP and SRHR through regular contact/informative meetings, journalists and media outlets and targeted communications activities
  • Increase social, electronic and print media coverage of the need for more domestic (national and sub-national) funding and better policies for FP
  • Identify and sustain FP champions in the media
  • Keep contact with DSW country teams, particularly at head office level, to share information, stories, photos and other communication outcomes for advocacy
  • Monitor and implement communication activities including coordination of press and online activities such as press conferences, media briefings and providing balanced information to the media
  • Support DSW Kenya projects on media, visibility and outreaches
  • Support the A&C manager in the overall coordination of DSW Kenya communication and media work
Minimum Requirements:
  • Degree in Journalism, Media Studies or Communications from a recognised university (Master’s Degree preferred)
  • Excellent command of English and Swahili languages (written and oral) is required. 
  • Knowledge of other international languages (French, German) desirable
  • At least 3 years working with an international NGO in a similar role
  • Knowledge of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Family Planning and global health highly desirable
  • Strong analytical, strategic thinking, research and writing skills
  • Experience of working in an international team with diplomatic and intercultural skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Ability to be flexible in responding to changing work priorities and work under different reporting lines
  • Strong IT and social media skills
  • Innovative and creative thinker
DSW is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified personnel regardless of race, colour, religion, gender, marital status, age, national origin, physical or mental disability or sexual orientation.

Position: Impact Tracking & Liaison Coordinator

Department:
 Advocacy & Communications (A&C)

Duty Station:
 Nairobi (with substantial travel)

DSW seeks to recruit an Impact Tracking & Liaison Coordinator. This is a full time position to be based in Nairobi, Kenya for an initial contract of 1 year with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance. The position is open to Kenyan nationals only and will involve substantial travel.
 

This is an exciting opportunity for a proactive individual with excellent English language skills (native equivalent), interested in working in a dynamic team on advocacy and Monitoring & Evaluation in the field of policy and international development, specifically around reproductive health and family planning.
 

Under the supervision of the International Programme Coordinator, the Impact Tracking & Liaison Coordinator will support DSW’s advocacy towards increased resource allocation and better policies for family planning (FP) and related issues, such as health, gender equality and youth empowerment.

In particular, the incumbent will support country office teams in the implementation of the SHAPE programme in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania tracking impact through research (including but not limited to budget and policy reviews, outcome reports, case studies etc). 

In addition, s/he will be the liaison between DSW office in Brussels and DSW Country offices in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, contributing to building the capacity of staff and partner CSOs on engaging with and advocating towards EU delegations.
 

Areas of responsibility for the position include:
  • Support country M&E Officers in the development of advocacy monitoring and impact tracking tools
  • Lead the collection of information and development of annual family planning budget and policy reviews, programme outcome and impact reports
  • Organise monitoring, evaluation and learning workshops involving programme implementation countries
  • Monitor developments in EU policy in the target countries and inform national advocacy officers of key advocacy moments, such as consultations about EU programs in a timely manner
  • With evidence and learning from implementation, support the development of advocacy strategies for each of the target countries seeking increased national, sub-national and EU funding and better policies for FP and related issues
  • Support the country offices in engagement with the European Union Delegations
  • Lead regular and effective communication between DSW Europe offices and country offices
  • Support the evaluation and review of ongoing actions
  • Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor
Minimum requirements:
  • Degree in social sciences or related fields from a recognised University. Post graduate training in monitoring and evaluation will be an added advantage
  • Proven experience of advocacy work towards national and international institutions (required)
  • Demonstrable experience in monitoring, evaluation, research and learning methodologies in advocacy programming (required)
  • Basic knowledge of the European Union development policy-making processes required, experience in liaising with the EU delegation (desirable)
  • Knowledge of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights and Global Health, Family Planning and global health (required)
  • Experience in coordination of multi-country roles (desirable)
  • Strong analytical, strategic thinking, research and writing skills
  • Excellent oral and written English (native equivalent) French (desirable), additional languages (desirable)
  • Experience of working in an international team with diplomatic and intercultural skills
  • Strong team player
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Ability to be flexible in responding to changing work priorities and work under different reporting lines
  • Strong IT skills (research applications, Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
DSW is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified personnel regardless of race, colour, religion, gender, marital status, age, national origin, physical or mental disability or sexual orientation.

If interested, please send your application (CV and motivation letter stating your salary expectations) with the reference “Impact Tracking & Liaison Coordinator” clearly indicated in the email subject line to: vacancies@dswkenya.org
 

Deadline for application:  November 18th, 2015

Ideal start date: January 2016

Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted.

For more information, kindly visit www.dsw.org 

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