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Program Assistant Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Global Communities (formerly CHF International) promotes long-lasting positive change in low- and moderate-income communities around the world, helping them improve their social, economic, and environmental conditions. 

Global Communities’ Nairobi-based Country Office is recruiting for the following position to support its ongoing program activities in Kenya.

Kenya Tuna Uwezo (KTU) Program: KTU is a USAID funded program that seeks to reduces ethnic, politically-motivated and ideological conflict in the informal settlements of Nairobi by increasing resilience and cohesion among communities.

Job Title: Program Assistant - KTU
Department: Programs - Kenya Tuna Uwezo Program
Reports To: Senior Program Officer - KTU
Location: Nairobi

Job Summary: The Program Assistant under USAID-funded Kenya Tuna Uwezo will assist in coordinating and implementing program activities on conflict mitigation and countering Violent extremism three communities of Eastleigh, Majengo and Kibera in Nairobi, assist in capacity building of local youth groups on conflict management and in implementing mitigation strategies and approaches. 

He/she will also support in monitoring the situation on daily basis , providing early warning information, monitor program impact, write success stories and participate in planning meetings. 

He/she will also work very closely with Program Director for mentorship and coaching

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Program Planning and Implementation
  • Support the team in coordinating and implementing program activities.
  • Lead in the implementation of particular activities as agreed and participating in both single and cross identity dialogues in the program target communities.
  • Support the capacity building of youth groups in designated geographic areas on conflict management and mitigation strategies and approaches on Violence Extremism and Radicalisation issues.
  • Organize and support trainings, dialogues and community meetings with community stakeholders.
  • Assist the team in identifying gaps and opportunities both at Global Communities and partner levels with regards to needs of the youth
  • Facilitate program meetings, trainings and events
  • Participate in the identification of monthly activities and development of work plans
  • Participating in the assessment, recommendation, implementation and monitoring of the projects supported under the Targets of Opportunities activities
  • Contribute to the program planning and budgeting processes
  • Prepare Internal Requisition Forms for activities
  • Work with Program Director to promote gender equity and participation of female youth in CVE in the communities
Monitoring & Evaluation and Reporting
  • Support the monitoring of conflict issues in target communities on VE
  • Support tracking, sharing and filing of media information articles related to VE
  • Identifying opportunities for and development of draft success stories for the program.
  • Participate in Routine Data Quality Assessment for Partners
  • Identify opportunities and developing draft success stories
  • Work closely with local CSOs, Cohesion Champions and partners in addressing Violence
Extremism and Radicalisation issues and cohesion building
  • Visit assigned sites on a regular basis and assist with implementation and execution of ongoing program tasks in assigned area
  • Data collection of sign in sheets, event record sheets and activity reports for specific activities
Sub-awardee Support
  • Participate in the development of capacity building plans for partners
  • Support Partner mentorship and capacity building on VE
  • Any other duties assigned in line with KTU program activities and the CHF International policies and procedures
Education and Qualifications
  • At least a degree or a higher diploma in conflict mitigation, social sciences, international relations or any other relevant field. Graduate degree will be an advantage.
  • Minimum 2 years’ relevant l experience in communities experiencing conflict. Experience working with youth in religious issues conflicts will be an advantage
  • Knowledge of the key historical political, tribal and socio-economic divisions and trigger points.
  • Knowledge in gender strategies and in the complexities involved in addressing gender dynamics in peacebuilding.
  • Awareness of the particular needs and related program considerations for vulnerable populations.
  • Knowledge in conflict-sensitive approaches to development, humanitarian assistance and peacebuilding.
  • Familiarity and experience with USAID rules and regulations a plus but not mandatory.
  • Must be a strong team player.
  • Ability to analyze political work, defines problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
  • Strong writing skills to effectively create clear and concise meeting notes and reports.
  • Strong oral communications skills to effectively present information, respond to questions and represent CHF and the KTU as required
  • Demonstrated ability to work constructively in a team and with partners.
  • Ability to interact clearly and effectively with donors and other organizations.
  • Ability to negotiate solutions to problems.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Advanced working knowledge of MS Word and Excel computer programs.
Language Skills
  • Excellent command of English language including written and spoken English.
  • Effective use of written and spoken Kiswahili.
Working Conditions
  • Based in the Nairobi office; with travel to program sites and partner organization offices as required.
  • Able to sit at a computer and operate a keyboard, for extended periods of time.
How to Apply
Applicants are to submit their application letters with detailed CV to with the title of the position applied for in the header of the application letter. 

The application letters shall be addressed to the Country Director.

The application deadline is close of business Monday, June 8, 2015.

Only short listed firms/candidates will be contacted. 

Global Communities is an equal opportunity employer.

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