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NGO Jobs in Nairobi - Kenya Red Cross Society

Kenya Red Cross Society is one of the largest humanitarian organizations in Kenya. Its mission is to be the leading humanitarian organization in Kenya delivering excellent quality service of preventing and Alleviating Human Suffering.

With financial support from the British Red Cross and the Department for International Development (DFID); KRCS is implementing a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Project in Kenya. 

The proposed project targets to improve hygiene and sanitation practices and increase access to improved water and sanitation for 70,000 people in Taita Taveta County.

The Society is looking for a qualified person to fill the following position:

Position Title:
 Project Officer – Software
Reporting to: Regional Programme Coordinator – Coast Region
Job location: Taita Taveta County

Are you passionate about transforming the lives of the most vulnerable? 

Can you ignite behavior change to be embedded within the community long after a project is implemented?

Are you able to mobilize and engage with the community and other stakeholders, listening and responding to their needs continuously? 

Do you have the skills and competencies required to strengthen the community and stakeholder engagement process? 

Then we are looking for you!

Overall Purpose:
 The successful candidate will be responsible and accountable to the Project Coordinator & Regional Programme Coordinator for effective planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of WASH Software interventions under the WASH in Kenya Project.
Duties & Responsibilities
  • Community Mobilization and Engagement: Conduct community mobilization and sensitization throughout the project implementation period to strengthen their capacities to take ownership of the projects; select and organize community representatives in line with existing government structures for participation in WASH activities
  • Capacity Building: Implement WASH related capacity building programmes aimed at strengthening the capacities of the County Government staff, volunteers and target communities. Targeted trainings shall include: Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), Sanitation Marketing, Child to Child (CtC), Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) among others
  • Community Hygiene and Sanitation Promotion: Implement a comprehensive Hygiene and Sanitation Promotion Programme using the proposed project approaches to address the identified key risks to health for sustainable behaviour change
  • School Programme: Conduct WASH assessments to select priority primary schools to benefit from project interventions and implement a sustainable WASH programme in schools in line with government policy and regulations
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Reporting: Conduct regular monitoring and supervision of all WASH related software interventions; Institute and appropriate Beneficiary Communication and Accountability Mechanism and ensure Value for Money of all interventions implemented; Participate in conducting WASH surveys, studies, research, evaluations, assessments among others; Execute quality results based reporting in line with KRCS and donor reporting requirements
  • Communication and Visibility: Undertake specific communication and visibility actions in compliance with donor and KRCS guidelines - Design and pre-test appropriate Information Education and Communication (IEC) materials for target communities in local languages; Train volunteers in the use of mobile phones for data collection and conveying hygiene and sanitation messages through the bulk sms, poster campaigns and radio messaging
  • Networking and Collaboration: Implement strategies for strengthening collaborative partnership linkages with stakeholders, government agencies, the private sector and other players; Represent KRCS at WASH related forums to promote the activities of KRCS and the project
  • Sustainability: Institute adequate measures aimed at strengthening the County Government staff, volunteers and community to take ownership, operate, maintain and manage in a sustainable manner the installed WASH infrastructure
  •  Others: Participate in the preparation of project work plan, budgets and performance targets for the project; Conduct resource mobilization initiatives by preparing and submitting concept papers or proposals and any other duties assigned
Minimum Qualifications
  • Degree in Community Development, Public Health, Social Sciences or equivalent qualifications
  • Three (3) years of relevant working experience
Key Competencies and personal attributes
  • Knowledge or willingness to learn on Sanitation Marketing
  • Knowledge on MHM, CTC and CLTS methodologies
  • Experience in designing community driven projects
  • Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skills including the ability to build collaborative relationships with sensitivity to cultural, ethnic and political issues
  • Demonstrate wide knowledge on current WASH related issues
  • Strong understanding and experience of community engagement
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Demonstrably strong written and verbal communication and reporting skills
  • Good understanding of budgets and budget management
  • Commitment to the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross

Position Title: Project Coordinator
Reporting to: Regional Programme Coordinator & Regional Manager – Coast Region
Job location: Voi, Taita Taveta County

Do you see opportunities in challenges? 

Are you tired of “business as usual approach” to managing community programes? 

Do you have what it takes to deliver the vision of the programme - a highly sustainable Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project that is community driven, innovative and continuously challenging what is widely accepted as the norm?
Do you have great ideas to enrich our conversations around some questions we’re currently engaging in such as:
  • How can we engage more effectively with communities?
  • How can we work effectively to support behavior change?
  • How do we work to make water supplies more sustainable?
  • How can we solve the problem of collapsing latrines?
  • How can we address issues related to menstrual health?
  • How can we engage effectively with water companies to help reduce non-revenue water?
Then we are looking for you!

Overall Purpose:
 The successful candidate will work as part of a team and will be responsible and accountable for the effective design, oversight of implementation, plus the monitoring and evaluation of the WASH in Kenya Project in Taita Taveta County.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Provide leadership and direction to project staff in Taita Taveta County to design, implement, monitor and evaluate the WASH in Kenya Project in line with the approved project grant documents, KRCS and donor compliance requirements
  • Ensure that change to plans are considered, discussed and agreed as needed to ensure to ensure that a high quality programme is delivered
  • Participate in multidisciplinary teams to develop, implement and evaluate strategic management plans to improve organizational effectiveness
  • Liaise with the sector specific advisors at headquarters on a technical level to ensure quality execution of programmes in line with the project frameworks
  • Continuously engage with the County Government of Taita Taveta and the TAVEVO Water Company to follow up on commitments, amicably resolve any potential conflict and share reports on progress of the intervention
  • Actively explore ideas, learn, share and seek to apply learning and good practice
Programme management
  • Provide technical support for quality programme implementation to ensure quality in programming and alignment to National policies, guidelines and strategies.
  • Ensure project teams work closely with partners and stakeholders in development county specific WASH strategies and action plans aligned to national policy
  • Assist in gathering, summarizing and disseminating relevant technical updates on program planning monitoring, evaluation and operations research that will also support advocacy and learning within the KRCS programmes
  • Coordinate with other technical teams, to support mainstreaming and integration of capacities and functions in all KRCS programmes and operations.
  • Ensure mainstreaming of key cross cutting agenda within the programme: gender, child protection, social protection, disability, value for money, proactive risk management, corruption and fraud detection & prevention, whistle blowing etc
  • Support development, implementation and review of the Project risk management plan, procurement plan, budgets among other grant documents
  • Support the systematic and realistic implementation of the project Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Framework and monitoring plans that capture quantitative and qualitative data to report on all project indicators
  • Ensure quality and timely financial and narrative reporting in accordance to programme requirements (weekly, monthly, quarterly, annual reports)
Grants Management
  • Coordinate preparation of funding proposals and appeals for assistance in line with the strategic plan by ensuring adherence to donor requirement and liaising with the Regional Programme Coordinator & Regional Manager and technical advisors to ensure quality proposals are prepared and submitted to donors
  • Prepare and submit in a timely fashion cash requests to HQ with support from the finance department based upon agreed budgets to keep programmes liquid and running efficiently
  • Coordinate with Finance, logistics and procurement teams the execution of funding disbursements, logistics and procurement modalities including reporting as per programme and donor requirements
  • Manage program budgets and performance monitoring to ensure adequate controls for efficient funds utilization by use of tracking tools and budget management plans.
Partnerships and Networking
  • Develop strategies for strengthening collaborative partnerships and networks with stakeholders, donors, government agencies, the private sector and other players
  • Represent the society in relevant county stakeholder forums
  • Support implementation of the KRCS communication strategy at regional and county level by all programmes teams
  • Identify and sense make stakeholder needs and obtain relevant support to cater specifically for those needs
Minimum Qualifications
  • Masters in related field (Public health, Social Sciences, Management or equivalent qualification) or a relevant Bachelors Degree in the same field with a proven experience of over 5 years working in a similar environment and position
  • Over five years’ experience in planning, implementing and evaluating integrated programmes in emergency/relief and or developing contexts
Core competencies
  • Knowledge and experience of integrated programming especially in community development and public health settings
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in strategic management, project planning and budgeting as well as programme monitoring and evaluation
  • Commitment to humanitarian values and the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross
  • Strong leadership, team building, conflict resolution and ability to deliver the Society’s strategic objectives
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to maintain high standards of personal integrity, establish straightforward, productive relationships; treat staff with fairness and respect, demonstrate sensitivity for ethnic, cultural and gender differences
  • Strong communication and presentation skills in both English and Kiswahili, including ability to develop reports and prepare relevant publications
  • Demonstrated competence in resource mobilization including implementation of effective fundraising strategies to increase resource through grant proposals
  • Demonstrated competence in computer applications
Application Requirements:
Applications should have a
  • 1 Page cover letter explaining how you meet the requirements of the job
  • Curriculum vitae (maximum 3 pages),
  • The names and contacts of three referees.
All applications should be emailed to 

So as to reach us not later than 14th October 2016. 

No additional information should be appended.

Note: applications will not be considered if they do not follow the above.

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