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Policy and Governance Program Officer Job in Nairobi Kenya

Catholic Relief Services – USCCB is the official agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for relief and development overseas.

CRS supports programs in over 100 countries and works through local partners.

We are seeking suitable persons to fill the following position.

All candidates require technical competencies, willingness to travel to field locations and a commitment to work with and support partners of CRS many of whom are Catholic institutions.

 Program Officer - Policy and Governance 

Ref. 2011/41

Location: Nairobi (with 65% travel to Garissa and Tana River Counties)

Job Purpose:
 The Officer will support the Global Water Initiative Program to address policy influencing and governance issues nationally, regionally and at project implementation level in Garissa and Tana River Counties.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • With guidance from CRS WATSAN Manager, and in consultation with other GWI Kenya partners, the incumbent will work with government, communities and other relevant stakeholders at national, regional and county levels in both Garissa and Tana River counties.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
  • Support GWI partners at community and county levels in developing effective governance and advocacy strategies and approaches.
  • Train GWI partners in Kenya( CARE, ACF and CRS) in addressing the governance, advocacy and policy influencing component of water programming
  • Track, assess and analyze the national, regional and county water governance and advocacy issues on monthly basis
  • Identify, design and facilitate capacity building interventions targeting GWI program staff and communities
  • Participate in water sector forum and meetings at national, regional and county levels
  • Support program reporting, M&E, peer learning on key cross cutting issues within the program, and keep abreast of changing sector knowledge and best practice
  • Prepare, conduct training and mentoring in areas of advocacy, governance, communication and networking, among others.
  • Participate actively in documentation of success stories and other anecdotal information
  • Participate in monthly consortium partners learning meetings, GoK Water and Environmental Sanitation Coordination Meetings as well as GWI learning alliance meetings
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Requirements
  • A Bachelors degree in Sociology, Community Development, or any other social sciences
  • Post graduate qualifications will be an added advantage
  • A minimum of 5 years experience in similar work
  • Good knowledge of water and sanitation policy framework in Kenya
  • Proven experience in training using participatory adult learning methodologies
  • Strong analytical and report writing skills, excellent presentation and facilitation skills
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment and with partners at all levels
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office Programs and use of Internet
  • Ability to cultivate constructive relationships
  • A professional with high integrity and good stewardship of resources
Written applications indicating the reference number of position applied for and CV including day-time contact phone numbers, as well as names and contact information of three references should reach the below-mentioned by October 25, 2011.

Human Resources Manager
Catholic Relief Services – Kenya Program

 Please indicate the Reference Number of the position you are applying for on the ‘email subject’ and the envelopes for those using postal address. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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