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Solidaridad - Eastern and Central Africa Expertise Centre (SECAEC)

Are you passionate about contributing to change that matters in sustainable Gold? 

Solidaridad offers you a challenging career in a national and inspiring setting with an opportunity to make a real difference in the world.

Solidaridad Eastern and Central Africa Expertise Centre (SECAEC) is looking for a:

Project Officer for the ‘Extending Fairtrade Gold to Africa Project’
Duty Station: Migori, Kenya
Work Type: Full Time 

Background: Solidaridad is an international network organization consisting of nine regional expertise centres located around the world, each with their own specific expertise and focus. Solidaridad Eastern and Central Expertise Centre (SECAEC) is one of them. 

SECAEC producer support activities covers seven countries in East & Central Africa – Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

Solidaridad envisions a world in which all we produce, and all we consume can sustain us while respecting the planet, each other and the next generations. 

We bring together supply chain actors and engage them in innovative solutions to improve production, ensuring the transition to a sustainable and inclusive economy that maximizes the benefit for all.

Globally, Solidaridad works across 13 commodities / sectors. Gold is one of them.

Scope of the Project
The Fairtrade Gold Programme’s theory of change (ToC) is anchored in four connected strategies to address the systematic problems facing the sector:
1.    Artisanal and Small Scale Mining Organizations Capital Financing Facility
2.    Strengthening Financial and Institutional Capacity
3.    Facilitating the route to International gold markets
4.    Policy engagement and advocacy for Artisanal and Small Scale Mining and Fairtrade gold
Job Description: Reporting to the Regional Program Manager - Gold, the Project Officer is responsible for ensuring that the project beneficiaries benefit fully from the project interventions.
1.    Profile the best mining practices and technologies used by the groups and identify needs and training gaps within the groups through Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA);
2.    Working closely with the program manager, develop training curriculum and materials with respect to the training needs and gaps identified;
3.    Conduct actual training to the project beneficiaries as per the curriculum and training needs identified. Further, introduce appropriate mining techniques for improved safety and efficiency within the mining groups;
4.    Support the project beneficiaries to implement, achieve and maintain Fairtrade certification;
5.    Support building of partnerships between the participating mining groups, the government and the private sector;
6.    Support peer-to-peer learning among the mining groups and other Fairtrade certified producers;
7.    Monitoring project progress against planned activities, preparing progress reports, and liaising with key stakeholders;
8.    The post holder will be working in a developing environment and he/she will therefore be expected to undertake other appropriate duties as required for the effective operation of the project.
9.    Any other duty in the program as may be instructed by the program manager.
Candidate profile
If you are inspired by the job and responsibilities as described above, and you recognize yourself in the following:
1.    A university graduate preferably in geological studies, project management, political or social science, environmental management or any other related course;
2.    Proven work experience in development projects, working with community based informal and formal groups, voluntary certification standards;
3.    Good knowledge of the artisanal and small scale mining sub sector in Kenya, East Africa or a related field;
4.    Has the ability to plan and manage project-based work-administrative, organizational and operational project work;
5.    Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to persuade others on the benefits to adopt better and safe mining practices and creating opportunities for sound savings and investment models for miners ;
6.    The ability to communicate clearly and tactfully at different levels, both orally and in writing ;
7.    The ability to manage own time and prioritise with minimal supervision;
8.    Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of local languages spoken in the project regions (Migori, Kisii and Lolgorian) is an added advantage;
9.    Possess a Kenyan driving licence and ability to ride a motorbike.
Our offer
1.    A unique and challenging job within an inspiring and national and international setting;
2.    An opportunity to work with an innovative and dedicated network of professionals across the East and Central Africa Region;
3.    A one-year contract (with the intention for extension subject to satisfactory performance), salary based on education and experience, 40 hours/week;
4.    Opportunities for regional travel.
Next step
Do you recognize yourself in the candidate profile?

Then please send your one-page motivation letter indicating your salary expectation and a two-page resume in English to and copy and state “Application: Project Officer, Gold Program” in the subject header. 

The closing date for this vacancy is 22nd July 2016. 

The first round of interviews is scheduled for the first week of August.

A reference check may be part of the selection procedure – give three referees.

Applications that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered.

We are an equal opportunity employer. 

Canvassing will lead to instant disqualification.

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