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Technical Specialist – Natural Resource Management (Samburu)

Town/City: North Eastern Sub Branch (Nanyuki)
Category: Food Security & Livelihood
Job Type: Fixed term, Full-time
Reports to: Program Manager IMARA
Grade Level: 13
Location: Marsabit and Laikipia

Purpose of the Position
To provide technical support in Sustainable Natural Resource Management (NRM), implementation, capacity building, coordination and monitoring functions of IMARA Program within the program sites in the County (operations will be in Marsabit and Laikipia hence either of the two). This is towards inspiring a sustainable natural resource management as part of the Kenya ASAL policy and Ending drought emergencies (EDE) framework aimed to support increased resilience of vulnerable communities in the ASAL counties of Kenya.
The incumbent will be instrumental in capacity building and coordination of key program stakeholders on IMARA Program efforts aimed at enhancing rangeland management and dry land forest management strengthening tree based value chains and Non Wood Forest products, increased access to and protection of water resources, promote sustainable and renewable energy options plus Disaster Risk Management. S/he will also be responsible for tracking program uptake, especially with respect to program targets, besides documentation, reporting, and performing other M&E functions as regards reaching the target beneficiaries.
The position Holder must be able to communicate World Vision’s Christian ethos and demonstrate a quality of spiritual life that is an example to others.
Effective Technical Program design, Planning and Implementation 40%
·         Work closely with the Program Manager to provide effective, innovative and technical leadership in the IMARA Program towards reaching the program goal.
·         Responsible for the in the implementation of the all activities in the IMARA program with focus on
·         Rangeland/dry land forest management, Water access and protection, DRM and Renewable energy options in partnership with partners within the consortium
·         Work with relevant ministries, departments, private sector, civil society and partners to achieve program objective
·         Provision of technical skills in integrated natural resource management practices across communities and partners in targeted areas
·         Train the partners, selected farmer groups and partners on the various recommended focal areas (Community Based Natural Resource management, Dry land forestry, Climate smart agriculture, Sustainable energy options, soil and water conservation, Disaster Risk management, Advocacy and policy influence etc).
·         Support implementation of water access and protection for enhanced water supply in collaboration with relevant line ministries
·         Mobilization of smallholder farmers into Farmers Marketing groups geared to strengthen tree based value chains market systems enhancing increased production
·         Develop a program capacity building plan of action for partners, CBOs and Community Owned
·         Resource Persons as per context with specific focus on the key objectives.
·         Ensure timely and efficient expenditure at acceptable levels as per donor requirements
·         Actively participate in the collection and collation of views from stakeholders for the development of program plans and budgets
·         Providing strategic leadership and supporting collaborative partnership engagements within the IMARA NRM focus areas across county.
·         Contribute to effective and timely implementation of all levels of interventions and initiatives with communities and partners;
·         Collaborate with Program manager, IMARA MEAL Coordinator, Program Director and the
·         Technical Specialist Environment and Climate Change to effectively support the program to carry out all measurements baselines, assessments, designs, monitoring and evaluations in accordance with Consortium guidelines and donor requirements.
·         Support the program technically in relation to your expertise in the event of any disaster and/or crisis response when called upon to do so;
·         Monitor and support the timely and appropriate utilization of budgeted resources for all L&R program interventions as well as ensure effective and timely response plans.
·         Together with key partners conduct on site trainings and strengthening community groups in issues on integrated NRM in respect to climate change
Partnership, networking and resource acquisition, 35%
·         Ensures collaborative roles and partnerships with key partners in the leverage county partners including GoK line Ministries at the county and national, Community Based organization, NGO, Learning Research institutions and any relevant authorities Gender and Youth integration in program activities through the implementation strategies.
·         Develop working agreements / MOUs with partners as per need.
·         Coordinate stakeholder / partner forums on IMARA counties strengthening strategic NRM alliances.
·         Coordinate reflection and learning forums for community and partners for purposes of providing forums for experiential learning & reflection.
·         In liaison with Partners, lead/support development of data collection and monitoring tools as required
·         Strengthen advocacy on prioritization and increased resource allocation for NRM related activities by county government and other CSOs.
·         Build capacity on community groups on advocacy to engage service providers and participate in forums to relating to sustainable NRM and related interventions
Quality Assurance, Monitoring, Reporting & Documentation, 20%
·         Participate/Support program assessments, planning, implementation, monitoring & evaluation, documentation and dissemination of promising practices
·         Develop a monitoring and evaluation framework that ensures that the targets from leveraging sites are tracked.
·         Coordinate joint monitoring visits with key partners to track and document program progress in the targetted leverage counties.
·         Ensure the feedback from monitoring exercises feed into the working of environment technical working group within the program counties.
·         Support the development and submission of program reports and core documents as per WVK guidelines and donor standards.
·         Develop context specific electronic and live media communications on NRM activities.
·         Support development of technical papers and or policy breifs on key issues for external engagement with decision makers
Any Other 5%
Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience:
·         The following may be acquired through a combination of formal or self-education, prior experience or on the job training:
·         The holder of this position must have a minimum of a Bachelors degree in a relevant field from a recognized University preferably in Natural Resource Management,
·         Environmental Science, Rangeland Management, Forestry, or Climate Change;
·         Minimum of four years experience in implementing sustainable natural resource management (SNRM) programs in ASAL/degraded parts of Kenya integrating livelihoods strengthening; with demonstrable competencies in designing, planning, implementation, documenting, record-keeping and reporting;
·         The holder of this position must be a results orientated person who can handle a heavy work load as well as manage and satisfy multiple and at times conflicting organizational, donor and other stakeholder demands and;
·         S/he must also have ample experience in public relations and be a strong team player
·         Must have skills and ability to provide training and mentorships;
·         S/he must be a self-starter, able to work under minimum supervision and maintain good relationships.
·         Experience working with private sector, local communities, institutions, governmental and traditional authorities in ASAL regions;
·         Excellent interpersonal, communication, networking and representation skills;
·         Proven leadership qualities, problem-solving and negotiation skills, and evidence of successful team player.

Response Director
Category: Exceptions
Job Type: Fixed term, Full-time
Purpose Of Position
The Response Director (RD) has primary responsibility for directing the response from strategy to implementation, inclusive of performance and oversight of all aspects of the response. She/he should develop and maintain an efficient, cohesive team, while ensuring effective coordination and relationships with the other agencies, officials, beneficiaries, donors and all areas of the Partnership.
Develop and monitor implementation of response strategy that addresses WV strategic goals to meet humanitarian needs:
·         Lead response strategy development with National Director (ND), Regional Leader (RL), Partnership Executive Team (PET) and other senior stakeholders.
·         Ensure primary and secondary information on needs inform strategy formulation.
·         Ensure context analysis informs strategy development.
·         Consult with ND and RL to ensure National Office (NO) strategy and plans (including Child Wellbeing targets) are taken into account in response strategy formulation.
·         Ensure strategy aligns with anticipated capacity.
·         Monitor appropriateness of strategy in addition to implementation of strategy and transition plans.
Ensure response is staffed to meet response needs:
·         Lead team/individual development and provide direction and support as needed to enable effective performance.
·         Contribute to NO capacity building in the area of emergency response in coordination with NO leadership and Human Resources (HR).
·         Determine response organization structure with ND and HR.

·         Conduct high-level workforce planning with HR and mobilise surge functions as required.
·         Oversee the recruitment of the RDs direct reports.
·         Ensure defined accountabilities under the Emergency Management System (EMS) are clear for each function including Term of Reference (TOR) objectives and quality criteria.
·         Ensure HR works with EMS functions to identify workforce requirements.
·         Ensure HR plans for capacity building with EMS functions.
·         Ensure HR develops performance planning and review processes that include quality criteria.
·         Ensure HR establishes a staff care function and mechanisms that support staff well-being.
·         Consult ND to plan Response team transition/integration.
·         Ensure adequate internal communications mechanisms are in place to ensure policies, information and decisions are shared with staff as appropriate.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with humanitarian actors, government representatives, World Vision stakeholders, the media and general public:
·         Represent the response in Partnership Executive Team and Partnership Coordination Team (PCT) (where activated).
·         Identify and highlight areas of conflict to Response Senior Management Team (SMT), ND, RL and Partnership Executive Committee (where activated).
·         Create and maintain collaborative relations and where appropriate partnerships with government, other NGOs, UN agencies, civil society, churches, bi-lateral missions and donors.
·         Participate in consortium meetings and Response related national coordination meetings.
·         Ensure World Vision is represented at relevant technical and coordination mechanisms in-country.
·         Serve as an organizational spokesperson for media interviews, advocacy initiatives and other public events.
·         Develop and plan response to achieve response strategy goal and objectives:
·         Provide oversight to funding allocation (i.e. Private Non-sponsorship or PNS, grants, etc) to ensure alignment with strategy and humanitarian needs.
·         Ensure response programme development meets World Vision and international standards.
·         Ensure that adequate funding to address humanitarian needs is acquired.
·         Ensure Advocacy staff are empowered to integrate advocacy across sectors and to develop child-focused advocacy positions which are aligned with strategy and organisational priorities, in strong alignment with NO and Response Operations teams.
·         Facilitate the signing of MOUs and contracts, with donors, Support Offices (SOs) and other relevant stakeholders.
·         Ensure appropriate waivers are in place to facilitate timely response implementation.
Implement response programme in accordance with commitments to meet international and WV standards:
·         Ensure that accessible beneficiary feedback mechanisms are established and functioning.
·         Ensure staff establish community accountability methods across all of the response program.
·         Monitor and identify risks to programme quality and coordinate resources to address them.
·         Ensure that all programmes are implemented, monitored and evaluated according to set plans and that agreements with donors, SOs and other stakeholders are adhered to.
·         Ensure management meetings address quality risks, relevant monitoring data and community feedback.
·         Initiate resourcing mechanisms and ensure financial and material (in-kind) resources are managed according to WV standards, donor and SO agreements.
·         Initiate response funding mechanisms with support of ND, RL & Regional HEA Director (RHEAD):
·         Ensure that funding is managed and accounted for in compliance with donors and Support Offices agreements and WV standards.
·         Ensure that programme and projects audits are planned and conducted as per WV audit regulations and donor government requirements.
·         Ensure that audit reports are responded to and recommendations implemented.
Ensure that response meets World Vision minimum quality standards and supports program improvement, reflection, learning and innovation:
·         Ensure previous response learnings from Global learning facilitator are reviewed in program design.
·         Encourage the incorporation of best practice and innovation in program design.
·         Ensure all functions have quality planning sessions to meet quality objectives of their TOR.
·         Ensure achievement level of all function quality objectives is monitored monthly and reported.
·         Ensure risks that prevent the achievement of quality objectives are reported and rapidly addressed.
·         Ensure mechanisms are established to identify, document, and share lessons learned with Partnership.
Oversee Security function, planning and implementation to ensure response staff and organizationalsafety and security:
·         Ensure staffing of Security function.
·         Provide oversight to implementation of security protocols as per CSR.
·         Facilitate inter-agency coordination for information sharing and intelligence sharing.
·         Ensure response internal and external reporting requirements are met:
·         Liaise with Programmes and Info Management to ensure internal and external reporting requirements are planned for and reports are prepared.
·         Review and submit partnership programme reports.
·         Prepare and submit monthly management reports.
·         Ensure internal response coordination & information sharing mechanisms are functioning.
Ensure that response staff have appropriate housing, offices and information/communication systems:
·         Ensure that staff have access to appropriate office space/equipment, information/communication systems/equipment and other facilities which enable them to carry out their responsibilities.
·         Ensure that all response vehicles and other equipment are well managed and maintained.
·         Where necessary, ensure that relevant staff have access to appropriate housing.
·         A minimum of 5-7 years in leadership role in the humanitarian assistance and development sector, with a significant portion of this in INGOs.
·         5 years experience in humanitarian assistance work.
·         Demonstrated understanding of key humanitarian principles, standards and best practices.
·         University degree in Humanitarian Studies or relevant field. Masters degree preferred.
·         Intensive experience in leading a multi-cultural team of professionals.
·         Experience working in a cross-cultural environment.
·         Experience working in war zones / fragile contexts.
·         Experience in engaging with governmental institutions and multilateral agencies.
·         Experience in managing humanitarian operations that facilitate innovation and calculated risk taking.
·         Experience in serving as an organizational spokesperson to media and other external audiences.
·         Effective in written and verbal communication in English.
·         Ability to express ideas and concepts clearly and persuasively with senior internal and external stakeholders as well as staff.
·         Ability to work in coordination with other humanitarian organizations.
·         Ability to analyse and make decisions in challenging situations in the absence of specific guidance and/or full information.
·         Ability to communicate and model to staff positive behaviours which help them remain resilient and effective in dynamic and high pressure environments.
Work Environment:
·         Work hours are often in excess of 12 hours per day during difficult periods of the response.
·         Responses are often mounted in insecure or natural disaster-prone contexts, which may disrupt normal work patterns and generate staff safety issues.
·         Work and housing environments may at times be well below normal standards in terms of facilities, equipment, food availability and hygiene.

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