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NGO Jobs in Nairobi, Kenya – ACTED

Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED)

Department:
 AME / Reporting

Position:
 AME Manager Kenya / Somalia

Contract duration:
 6 months, renewable

Location:
 Nairobi, Kenya

Starting Date:
 ASAP
 
I. Background on ACTED: Since 1993, as an international non-governmental organization, ACTED has been committed to immediate humanitarian relief to support those in urgent need and protect people’s dignity, while co-creating longer term opportunities for sustainable growth and fulfilling people’s potential.

ACTED endeavors to respond to humanitarian crises and build resilience; promote inclusive and sustainable growth; co-construct effective governance and support the building of civil society worldwide by investing in people and their potential.

We go the last kilometer: ACTED’s mission is to save lives and support people in meeting their needs in hard to reach areas. 

ACTED develops and implements programs that target the most vulnerable amongst populations that have suffered from conflict, natural disaster, or socio-economic hardship. 

ACTED’s approach looks beyond the immediate emergency towards opportunities for longer term livelihoods reconstruction and sustainable development.

With a budget of 164 million EUR in 2014, ACTED is active in 35 countries and implements more than 450 projects a year reaching over 8 million beneficiaries with 400 international staff and 4,300 national staff.

II. Country Profile
Capital Office:
 Nairobi

National Staff:
 76

Areas:
 6 (Samburu, Baringo and Mandera in Kenya and Gedo, Baidoa and Lower Juba in Kismayo)

On-going programmes:
 5

ACTED launched its Kenya mission in January of 2008 with an emergency assistance program for residents in Nairobi slums affected by the post election violence. 

Since 2009, Nairobi has also been the home base of ACTED’s relief operation in South-Central Somalia.

In 2015, ACTED has been delivering emergency as well as long term development programming across the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands and is focussed on Early Warning, Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience interventions. 

Main activities have included strengthening its Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR) and improving and integrating community and County Early Warning Systems (EWS). 

A special emphasis has been placed on its work with the County Governments and the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) in order to improve coordination, financing, information sharing, dissemination and learning on emergency preparedness and response.

In 2015, ACTED’s operations in Somalia are focused on Food Security, Livelihood, WASH, and Multi-sector Resilience programming. 

ACTED has the capacity to deliver immediate emergency programming and longer term development, incorporating Social Safety Net and Disaster Risk Reduction components. ACTED is a leading player in the delivery of cash transfers programming.

ACTED’s interventions aim to support those districts which are underserved, difficult to access, and display high levels of vulnerability. 

ACTED is operational in Bay, Gedo and Lower Juba Regions. In some of these areas, ACTED is the only INGO present and therefore high security risks are experienced because of Al Shabab presence.

III. Position Profile

The Country AME manager is responsible for developing tools for appraisal, monitoring and evaluation in-country.

Project Cycle Management
  • Facilitate the development and implementation of project cycle management;
  • Develop a PCM guide, incl. tools and procedures to be used;
  • Train the staff to use the PCM guide and related tools and procedures;
  • Keep track of all projects and programmes monitoring and evaluation schedules and work with field staff to design and implement monitoring and evaluation procedures;
Information System
  • Work with all departments to follow up project and programmes databases incl. work on the nomenclature used (official names etc.);
  • Follow up the day-to-day workings of the AME Department, including reading weekly monitoring reports and follow-up;
  • Ensure that appraisal, monitoring and evaluation reports are made useful for fundraising and add to the general base of field knowledge in the country for all organisations working in the area;
  • Participatory Appraisal, Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Ensure that local partners engaged in appraisal for and/or with ACTED are trained and given advice in participatory approaches, minimalizing bias, and other key methodologies for information gathering;
  • Work with base and field staff to help design and improve adapted participatory appraisal mechanisms for the projects implemented in the country;
Departmental Follow-up
  • Manage the AME staff in cooperation with Area Coordinators and Programme Managers;
  • Follow up work plans, activities and their quality;
  • Work with the administrative departments to ensure that procedures are respected;
  • Solve problems and give professional guidance, specially for interns / volunteers;
  • Communicate regularly to Programme Managers and Coordinations on all activities;
IV. Qualifications:
  • Postgraduate diploma in Journalism, International Relations or a relevant field
  • Previous related work experience, preferably in the humanitarian field w/knowledge of donor relations
  • Experience in appraisal, monitoring and evaluation in the Humanitarian sector
  • Advanced proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Excellent analystic, writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work efficiently under pressure
V. Conditions:

Salary defined by the ACTED salary grid; educational level, expertise, hardship, security, and performance are considered for pay bonus

Additional monthly living allowance

Free food and lodging provided at the organisation’s  guesthouse/or housing allowance (depending on contract length and country of assignment)

Transportation costs covered, including additional return ticket + luggage allowance

Provision of medical, life, and repatriation insurance + retirement package

How to Apply:

Please send, in English, your cover letter, CV, and three references to jobs@acted.org

Ref: AMEM/KEN/SA

Department: Project Development

Position:
Communications Officer

Direct Hierarchy:
 Project Development Manager

Contract duration: Six Months

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Starting Date: October 2016

ACTED is a French humanitarian NGO, founded in 1993, which supports vulnerable populations, affected by humanitarian crises worldwide. 

ACTED provides continued support to vulnerable communities by ensuring the sustainability of post-crisis interventions and engaging long-term challenges facing our target populations, in order to break the poverty cycle, foster development and reduce vulnerability to disasters. 

Their interventions seek to cover the multiple aspects of humanitarian and development crises through a multidisciplinary approach which is both global and local, and adapted to each context. 

Their 3,300 staff is committed in to responding to emergencies worldwide, to supporting recovery and rehabilitation, towards sustainable development.
 
Position Profile: Under the direct supervision of the Project Development Manager, the successful candidate will work closely with Project Development Department staff within the ACTED Kenya / Somalia offices to ensure the following responsibilities are fulfilled.

The Communications Officer shall be responsible for:
  • Develop communications strategy and support in report writing for ongoing projects in line with donor requirements but also a broader strategy in line with overall Somalia and Kenya Strategies.
  • Build capacity of staff across the organization in communication skills and practices;
  • Ensure consistency of strategy, messaging and brand identity compliance within the mission.
  • Create content for communication supports online and offline. Document results and best practices including compiling success stories, developing presentations and other communication materials
  • Distill key lessons from projects and develop communications materials. Publish articles to increase the visibility of projects and their results and disseminate communication products, as agreed in the communication strategy
  • Update and maintain a photo bank, organize and coordinate the production
  • Take lead in dissemination of communication materials to relevant stakeholders as per Manager’s guidance.
  • Coordinating communication activities and events of ACTED
  • Work on increasing the visibility of ACTED operations through organizing media profiles/interviews and submitting articles on our work when requested.
  • Improving internal communication (gathering success stories, staff profiles etc but also ensuring circulation of key information points to staff, producing a monthly newsletter internal/external)
Key Reporting and Support Responsibilities
  • Under the supervision of the Project Development Manager, provide leadership in the development of communications and advocacy products.
  • With support of the Project Development manager, support the reporting process for all current projects.
  • Assist in writing proposals concept notes and budgets.
Other tasks and responsibilities as requested by the PDM or the CD

Requirements
  • Masters Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Public Relations or related field is preferable.
  • Demonstrated experience in project development in an NGO/INGO is highly preferable.
  • Strong graphic design skills will be an advantage
  • At least 5 years of professional work experience in designing and executing communication activities, preferably in development programmes
  • Ability to work in a team and to sometimes tight deadlines in a dynamic and fast-paced work environment
  • Very good mastering of English (both verbal and written)
  • Ability to communicate with people outside the organisation, representing the organisation to external sources.
  • Ability to create new ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including creative contributions
  • Proficient in use of computer applications related to the tasks ·
  • Excellent communication skills with knowledge of both internal and external communications environments.
  • Proactive, self-starter – able to work with minimum supervision.
  • Excellent time management, organization, and prioritization skills, with the ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines.
  • Flexible, enthusiastic and a willingness to listen and learn from others.
How to Apply: 

Application Procedure

Qualified persons with the required skills are invited to submit their applications accompanied by detailed curriculum vitae detailing three work related referees and contacts to kenya.jobs@acted.org and received on or before 5.00PM on 28th September 2016

Please note that only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ACTED will at no stage of recruitment process request candidate to make payments of any kind. If you receive any email/calls in relation to ACTED’s recruitment and you are unsure about its validity or origin, please contact us on nairobi@acted.org

ACTED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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