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Volunteer Opportunity in Kenya

Volunteer Opportunity (3 months)
 
Location: Kajiado
 
Practical Action is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) that uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries. 

We find out what people are doing and help them to do it better. Through technology we enable poor communities to build on their skills and knowledge to produce sustainable and practical solutions - transforming their lives forever and protecting the world around them. Practical Action is the secretariat for ENERGIA-Kenya Network.
 

We are looking for a qualified graduate or diploma + 5 years’ experience individual to join our ENERGIA-Kenya Network team in Kajiado as a volunteer. 

This individual should be prepared to work in a fast paced team environment and will finish volunteering having gained broad experience in various aspects of mainstreaming gender in energy project implementation, advocacy, lobbying and Networking.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • To support the ENERGIA-Kenya focal point in Kajiado County (Arid Lands Information Network - ALIN) to implement activities as assigned by the Network Secretariat (Practical Action) Specifically:
  • To support documentation of the energy access scenarios in the county as well as well as energy planning at county level.
  • To support mapping, mobilization and recruit relevant gender and energy players in the Network.
  • To support planning and facilitation of a sensitization forum on gender and energy involving the county government.
  • To support mapping of energy innovators in the county.
  • To support identification of financial institutions in the county and develop linkages with energy innovators/entrepreneurs.
  • To support the process of business mentoring for women energy entrepreneurs.
  • To support identification of energy entrepreneurs and their participation in various trainings.
  • To support preparation of at least two case studies on current/past member energy projects for sharing
  • Support for planning for exchange visit. For women energy entrepreneurs
  • Support mapping of key opportunities for Network resource mobilization.
  • Support development of 3 project ideas/concept notes for fundraising with support from ENERGIA-Kenya secretariat and technical working groups.
  • Support planning for training/capacity building for members in advocacy and lobbying.
  • Support development of an advocacy agenda for the county and participate in advocacy forums for gender mainstreaming in energy planning and delivery at county and national level.
  • Participate in Network activities: training, County meetings and national meetings, information sharing etc.
  • Participate in team meetings as required
  • Undertake any other relevant duties assigned from time to time by the line manager. 
Requirements
  • A graduate in Energy, Social Science, Gender, or other relevant fields, or a Diploma with over 5 years’ experience in the development sector. A mix of skills and attributes is required for this position. The successful Volunteer should have the following:
  • Knowledge of gender, Advocacy , energy and development issues in Kenya
  • Good writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work at grass root level
  • Substantial lobbying and advocacy skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to travel to work in the field
  • Donor contacts on energy and gender
  • Financial management/budgeting
  • Training experience
  • Resource mobilization skills an added advantage.
  • Must be a member of ENERGIA-Kenya Network
If you have the experience, skills and the ability we are looking for and if you have an interest in creating a career in Gender and Advocacy, please send your application letter and updated CV to Practical Action, Eastern Africa Regional Office by email: recruitment@practicalaction.or.ke and cc energia-kenyasecretariat@practicalaction.or.ke no later than 22th January, 2014. 


The volunteer must be readily available. Locals are encouraged to apply

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