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Project Officer Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Hivos East Africa is seeking qualified candidates for the position of:
Vacancy Name: Project Officer - Women@Work Campaign
Number of hours:  40 hours a week
Region: East Africa
Office: Nairobi, Kenya
About Hivos: Hivos is an international development organization that seeks new solutions to persistent and emerging global issues. 

With smart projects in the right places, we oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. Our primary focus is achieving structural change and impacting lives. 

We do this through cooperating with innovative businesses, citizens, governments, and development organizations across four continents. 

Job Context: With long standing experience in development programmes and advocacy, Hivos’ East Africa Regional Hub is looking to fill the position of a Project Officer for the Women@Work Campaign, situated within the Open domain. 

The Women@Work Campaign anchors Hivos’ substantive work on Corporate Accountability and Productive Labour. 

Founded in 2012, the Women@Work Campaign aims to contribute to decent work for women who earn their living through global production chains, most notably: flowers, fruits, vegetables and pulses, grown for the export market. 

The Campaign involves Southern partners spread over Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi, enlisting local and international multi-sectoral partnerships. 

The Campaign has adopted a number of core strategies, including: promoting an effective social certification regime to influence value-chain practices; contributing to law and policy reform; building the capacities of workers and workers’ representatives; and, promoting engendered corporate social responsibility. 

This is supplemented by a consumer advocacy component in The Hague, The Netherlands, aimed at promoting ethical consumerism and proactive engagement with Northern governments as well as businesses.

The Project Officer Women@Work Campaign works under the supervision of the Regional Project Manager Women@Work Campaign (Eastern Africa).  

She/he will provide technical support for the various result areas within the Programme and provide strategic guidance to the Women@Work teams in Eastern Africa, Southern Africa and in The Hague, and collaborates programmatically with the Women’s Empowerment Programme in Eastern Africa. 

The Project Officer works as the liaison between Hivos and the partners in the Programme and ensures that the Programme outcomes are delivered in the highest quality possible. 

The position is based in Nairobi with regular travel to the Eastern Africa region.

Your responsibilities
  • Provide technical direction, strategic advice and leadership in the implementation of the Women@Work Campaign’s Result Based Social Certification Project in Eastern Africa.
  • Identify and select programme partners and consultants, nurture and manage relationships, programme development, project assessment and reporting.
  • Develop and support the implementation of a capacity development strategy for Programme partners together with the Regional Project Manager.
  • Advising on Women@Work partnership building and network strengthening to reach the Programme results and managing partner and stakeholder relationships (including partner contracts and reporting obligations) with selected partners.
  • Prepare and manage contracts of service providers, partners, and donors through prudent planning and provision technical, logistical, and administrative guidance and making use of Hivos platforms such as Osiris.
  • Contribute to the development of external communication about the Women@Work Campaign, in collaboration with the relevant Programme Staff.
  • Create and support active linkages with Hivos’ programmes related in East Africa and globally to learn and exchange best practices and contribute to other programme support roles within Hivos’ Women’s Empowerment Team whenever required by the Programme Manager or the Regional Director.
Candidate Profile:
  • Advanced university degree in Social Sciences or a relevant discipline.
  • At least 5 years of relevant working experience and good knowledge of labour rights and/or gender protection programming and advocacy.
  • Working experience and good knowledge and understanding of “Sustainability Certification” frameworks, substantive social issues in certification, and related, current developments and trends.
  • Experience in grant making, proposal writing, programme and project assessment and reporting.
  • Ability to work effectively in multi-regional teams and partners with members drawn from a diverse range of nationalities, cultures and disciplines.
  • Ability to work under pressure, often to tight deadlines without compromising the quality of deliverables.
  • Strong English language skills; both written and spoken.
  • Willingness to travel from time to time.
  • High level of personal integrity and accountability.
What we offer: We offer a competitive package based on the candidate’s qualifications.

Like to apply?

To apply kindly send your CV and cover letter explaining why you are the suitable candidate for this position to 

Your letter should state your current and expected salary. 

Deadline is 20th May, 2016.

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