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Vacancy: Information Officer for the KENYA RAPID Program

Summary:
 Food for the Hungry Kenya, (a Christian relief and development agency) is seeking an Information Officer for a multi-donor funded 5-year WASH & Livestock program in Kenya. 

In day to day operation the Information Officer will take the specific responsibility of coordinating all Information/ICT related activities. 
 

S/he will work closely with the County Lead Partner (CLP) based in the county and with other technical leads/officers in the program. The Information Officer will be located in Marsabit.

Background:
 The Kenya Resilient Arid Lands Partnership for Integrated Development (KENYA RAPID) is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) program, in which multiple partners cooperate. 

It aims to support sustainable and resilient livelihoods in Kenya’s Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL’s), by improving water availability and water service delivery to people and livestock, and improve rangelands. 


KENYA RAPID mobilizes financial and technical resources from development partners, national government, county government and the private sector.

Over the next five years (2015-2020) the KENYA RAPID program focuses on five Kenyan counties with high poverty rates, chronic food and water insecurity and low access to basic services: Marsabit, Garissa, Isiolo, Wajir, and Turkana. 

The Kenya RAPID program will facilitate a process that supports the growth and capacity strengthening of public, civil society, community and private sector institutions to increase access to water for people and livestock and rebuild a healthy rangeland management ecosystem. 

The program is designed to create a successful intervention model that, with local adaptation, can be replicated by other counties and thus substantially contribute to the Government of Kenya’s goal of universal coverage of WASH services in Kenya by 2030.

There are three strategic objectives:
  • A responsive and accountable governance framework is in place and operational at county government level that ensures sustainable provision of water and pasture;
  • Replicable and scalable business models for sustainable WASH and livestock service delivery are developed and operationalized; and
  • Communities have increased access to sustainable WASH services and improved rangeland management
Reliable and regular information on key metrics is required to deliver and sustain services over time.  However, reliable data on issues such as water point functionality status, revenue generation, asset condition, life cycle costs, and tariff structures for people vs. livestock and commercial vs. domestic uses, simply do not exist on any level in any of the five counties where the program will operate.  

KENYA RAPID will focus on supporting established county government agencies/authorities to access data, information, and communication and technology tools for improved investment, efficiency, and managerial decision-making in the WASH and livestock sectors.   
 

One of the program results will be the development and roll out of a Water Management as a Service Platform (WaMasP). IBM Research Africa and SweetSense Inc. (www.sweetsensors.com) will play a crucial role to develop this, supporting a systematic approach towards collecting and managing information, managing communication flows and supporting informed decision making processes in order to enable full adoption of (new) solutions. 

Existing data available in Kenya such as water point mapping studies and migration routes will be combined with new data generated and integrated in the WaMasP. 

The WaMasP system will be owned and managed by the county government; however, the vision is that key data contained within it will be available in the public domain. 

The Information Officer is expected to support and facilitate the development of the WaMasP and ensure uptake among end users. 

Position of the Information Officer
 
On a day to day operational level, the KENYA RAPID program will be coordinated by a County Coordination Unit (CCU), led by a County Lead Partner (CLP) and located within the Marsabit County administrative offices. 

The Information Officer will be part of this CCU and work closely together with the CLP, the developers of the WaMasP and with county employees assigned to work with the CCU from relevant ministries (e.g., water, agriculture, livestock, health, planning) to implement the approved work plan for the county.  

Activities and responsibilities
 
In close collaboration with the CLP and the developers of the MaWasP, the main responsibilities of the Information Officer will be to:  
  • Support IBM Research, Sweetsense and other development partners in the development of the Water Management as a Service Platform (MaWasP);
  • Support in the development of ICT tools to improve access to Integrated Water Resource Management information for CCU and county extension staff;
  • Lead the role out process of the MaWaSP and other ICT tools;
  • Provide hand on technical assistance to the CCU and County extension staff on use of the MaWaSP and other ICT tools;
  • Train trainers on use of ICT tools and (mobile) data collection;
  • Strengthen capacity of ICT department at county level;
  • Diagnosing hardware and software problems;
  • Liaise with the CLP and development partners to troubleshoot, provide technical support and give feedback on any weaknesses and issues with the WaMasP and other ICT tools;
  • Install/configure new computers/android phones with WaMasP and other ICT applications;
  • Repair/upgrade PC hardware, software and android phones;
  • Ensure tracking and documentation of project progress, beneficiaries and report back to MWA;
  • Collaborate with selected Counties to identify their project needs and feedback into management decisions;
  • Collaborate with selected Counties in mentoring assessing the performance of the extension staff;
  • Advance the use of WaMasP and other ICT tools within KENYA RAPID;
  • Organize meetings/workshops with the respective Counties for critical thinking and learning to guide decision making and action;
  • Work with the CLP and ICT development partners to develop a framework to monitor and evaluate the progress and impact of the MaWasP and other ICT tools;
  • Ensure the identification, documentation, sharing and adoption of best practices and lessons learned;
  • Facilitate dissemination and learning platforms to discuss findings from surveys, evaluations and special studies and to generate and document lessons;
  • Identify and escalate situations that require urgent attention;
  • Stay current with system information, changes and updates;
  • Support the CLP with quarterly reports for submission to the donor
Qualifications
  • Bachelor degree in a field related to ICT and project management, a master’s degree will be an added advantage;
  • IT Certification, Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate or equivalent;
  • At least 5 years work experience in progressive responsibility in relief and development programs, including some significant time in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL);
Competencies
  • Vibrant personal relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Knowledge of backup and disaster recovery solutions;
  • Overall knowledge of software and hardware firewalls;
  • Basic network troubleshooting skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to transfer knowledge to diverse audiences through training, mentoring and other formal and non-formal methods;
  • Familiarity with adult learning principles/techniques;
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and written/verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to organize and prioritize competing activities;
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to work effectively in a team-oriented environment;
  • Good Communication skills using speech and writing;
  • Experience with working with county governments, civil society, donors and local communities;
  • Strong conceptual and analytical skills
  • Demonstrate high levels of initiative
  • Flexibility in tasks undertaken
  • Extensive knowledge of participatory approaches
  • Understanding of development/relief issues
  • Experience in ASAL counties, proven sensitivity to the setting and its challenges
Job location: Marsabit town with travel to the entire Marsabit County

Vacancy: Country Program Manager for the KENYA RAPID Program

Summary:
 Food for the Hungry Kenya, (a Christian and relief development agency )  is seeking for a County Program Manager for a multi-donor funded 5-year WASH & Livestock program in Kenya. In day to day activities the County Program Manager will provide program lead to the County Coordination Unit (CCU).

Reporting to the FH Program Director, S/he will work closely together with the MWA Chief of Party (COP) and DCOP based in Nairobi and with other technical leads/officers in the program. The County Program Manager will be located in Marsabit. 
 

Background:
 The Kenya Resilient Arid Lands Partnership for Integrated Development (KENYA RAPID) is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) program, in which multiple partners cooperate. 

It aims to support sustainable and resilient livelihoods in Kenya’s Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL’s), by improving water availability and water service delivery to people and livestock, and improve rangelands. 


KENYA RAPID mobilizes financial and technical resources from development partners, national government, county government and the private sector.

Over the next five years (2015-2020) the KENYA RAPID program focuses on five Kenyan ASAL counties with high poverty rates, chronic food and water insecurity and low access to basic services: Marsabit, Garissa, Isiolo, Wajir, and Turkana. 

The Kenya RAPID program will facilitate a process that supports the growth and capacity strengthening of public, civil society, community and private sector institutions to increase access to water for people and livestock and rebuild a healthy rangeland management ecosystem. 

The program is designed to create a successful intervention model that, with local adaptation, can be replicated by other counties and thus substantially contribute to the Government of Kenya’s goal of universal coverage of WASH services in Kenya by 2030.

There are three strategic objectives:
  • A responsive and accountable governance framework is in place and operational at county government level that ensures sustainable provision of water and pasture;
  • Replicable and scalable business models for sustainable WASH and livestock service delivery are developed and operationalized; and
  • Communities have increased access to sustainable WASH services and improved rangeland management
Position of the County Program Manager 
 
On a day to day operational level, the County Program Manager will provide the KENYA RAPID program lead with close coordination with the County Coordination Unit (CCU) located within the Marsabit County administrative offices. 

County Program Manager will work closely with the MWA COP and DCOP in Nairobi and with county employees assigned to work with the CCU  team from relevant ministries (e.g. water, agriculture, livestock, health, planning) to implement the approved work plan for the County.  

Activities and responsibilities
 
In close collaboration with MWA COP and DCOP based in Nairobi, the main responsibilities of the County Program Manager will be to manage the development, planning, implementation and evaluation of the K-RAPID program and to provide leadership to program staff towards achievement of the program goals.
  • Provide leadership in the development, planning and implementation of the K-RAPID program operations.
  • Provide technical support in design, feasibility studies and construction supervision of all WASH related constructions
  • Lead in development of monthly, quarterly  and annual plans and budgets including monitoring
  • Formulate the general framework and strategy of the K-RAPID program and coordinate with the Program Director and MWA COP/DCOP.
  • Conduct needs assessment and design a system of monitoring the program.
  • Collaborate with other FHK Managers to identify synergies and possibilities for integration of activities.
  • Responsible for final reports (programmatic and financial) for K-RAPID program, in accordance with donor requirements and ensure distribution to donors and other stakeholders.
  • Build and maintain a relevant network and coordinate with stakeholders working in the field of expertise of the K-RAPID program and represent FH Kenya in County and national forums.
  • Mobilize resources for the K-RAPID program through proposal writing and through forming alliances with concerned funding stakeholders.
  • Manage the K-RAPID budget through regularly review of financial statements and ensure good financial management by closely monitoring program activities and expenditures.
  • Carry out capacity building and on-the-job mentoring to strengthen the technical skills and capacity of the CCU and County staff and assess training needs.
  • Manage assigned staff including performance appraisals, objective setting and mentoring while maintaining high morale and team work.
  • Provide administration support to the CCU office located within the Counties
  • Organise and provide leadership during CCU meetings and other operational structures to be constituted at the County level
  • Participate in K-RAPID governance structures  set up at County and National level
  • Foster networks for learning and sharing with other partners within the County and in all counties where K-RAPID is being implemented
  • Participate in Program Management Meetings and host the meetings as agreed program schedule
  • Participate in national and international forums where policy issues on WASH, Livelihoods and rangeland management are discussed.
Qualifications
  • Masters in Water or Environmental engineering or similar field with at least 7 years in design and implementation of programs in development context.  Experience with international NGOs or UN Agencies is an added advantage.
  • Good understanding of Kenyan government policies and structures related to WASH
  • Computer fluency required (MS Office, web, etc).
  • Proven ability to convene and/or chair high profile meetings
  • Proficient in Program Cycle Management (Planning, Assessments, Concept/Proposal Development, Implementation, Reporting, Monitoring and Evaluation) and fundraising
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively with staff, partners, and Government
Competencies
  • Vibrant personal relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Technical knowledge  and experience in Water, Hygiene and Sanitation
  • A broad grasp of Livelihoods and Range management  in rural and urban settings
  • Experience with working with county governments, civil society, donors and local communities;
  • Diplomacy, tact and negotiating skills;
  • Training/coaching skills
  • Strong conceptual and analytical skills
  • The ability to work independently, think innovatively and strategically and work effectively within a team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Detailed understanding and experience of pastoralists, gender and diversity issues and commitment to addressing inequalities in all the key areas of responsibility
  • Flexibility in tasks undertaken & ability to work under pressure with strict deadlines
  • Extensive knowledge of participatory approaches & Understanding of development/relief issues
  • Strong financial/budget management skills required
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
Job location: Marsabit town with travel to the entire Marsabit County

Vacancy: Food Security and Livelihoods Officer for the KENYA RAPID Program

Summary:
 Food for the Hungry Kenya, (a Christian and relief development agency) is seeking for a Food security, Nutrition and Livelihoods Officer (FSNL Officer) for a multi-donor funded 5-year WASH & Livestock program in Kenya. 

In day to day activities the FNL Officer will take the specific responsibility of coordinating all food security, nutrition and livelihoods related activities. 

Reporting to the county program lead/Manager, S/he will work closely together with the MWA FSNL Specialist based in Nairobi and with other technical leads/officers in the program. The FSNL Officer will be located in Marsabit. 
 

Background:
 The Kenya Resilient Arid Lands Partnership for Integrated Development (KENYA RAPID) is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) program, in which multiple partners cooperate. 


It aims to support sustainable and resilient livelihoods in Kenya’s Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL’s), by improving water availability and water service delivery to people and livestock, and improve rangelands. 

KENYA RAPID mobilizes financial and technical resources from development partners, national government, county government and the private sector.

Over the next five years (2015-2020) the KENYA RAPID program focuses on five Kenyan ASAL counties with high poverty rates, chronic food and water insecurity and low access to basic services: Marsabit, Garissa, Isiolo, Wajir, and Turkana. 

The Kenya RAPID program will facilitate a process that supports the growth and capacity strengthening of public, civil society, community and private sector institutions to increase access to water for people and livestock and rebuild a healthy rangeland management ecosystem. 

The program is designed to create a successful intervention model that, with local adaptation, can be replicated by other counties and thus substantially contribute to the Government of Kenya’s goal of universal coverage of WASH services in Kenya by 2030.

There are three strategic objectives:
  • A responsive and accountable governance framework is in place and operational at county government level that ensures sustainable provision of water and pasture;
  • Replicable and scalable business models for sustainable WASH and livestock service delivery are developed and operationalized; and
  • Communities have increased access to sustainable WASH services and improved rangeland management
Position of the FSNL Officer
 
On a day to day operational level, the KENYA RAPID program will be coordinated by a County Coordination Unit (CCU), led by a County program lead manager and located within the Marsabit County administrative offices. 

The FSNL Officer will be part of this CCU team and will report to County program lead and  work closely with the MWA FSNL Specialist based in Nairobi and with county employees assigned to work with the CCU  team from relevant ministries (e.g., water, agriculture, livestock, health, planning) to implement the approved work plan for the county.  

Activities and responsibilities

 
In close collaboration with the FSNL Specialist in Nairobi and the county program lead in the County, the main responsibilities of the FSNL Officer will be to: 
  • Lead the development and implementation of an innovative Food security, Nutrition and Livelihoods programme, through community based systems, addressing the needs of the most vulnerable members of society;
  • Lead in development of  a contextual analysis of economic policy, food security, nutrition and livelihoods issues affecting the county and particularly the target groups;
  • Facilitate the county in development of a detailed food security, nutrition and livelihoods strategy that aligns with the county integrated development plans
  • Formulate food security and livelihoods related guidelines, regulations and plans for KENYA RAPID operations at the county level and ensure the program operates efficiently and effectively;
  • Develop and implement operational work plans in accordance with the budget, results framework, and administrative guidelines approved by the Program Steering Committee (PSC);
  • Participate in budget processes and periodic budget reviews for Food security, Nutrition and Livelihoods related activities;
  • Stay abreast of new developments in Food security, Nutrition and Livelihoods and participate actively in related technical working groups and forums;
  • Provide technical assistance in the areas of agricultural/livestock productivity, seed systems, agricultural/livestock value chains, land and water management and trade/marketing of agricultural/livestock products;
  • Strengthen program linkages and foster good working relations with civil society organizations, government representatives, private sector and community based organizations;
  • Coordinate the adoption of new products and/or approaches in Food security, Nutrition and Livelihoods development and marketing;
  • Implement decisions made by the Program Steering Committee (PSC) and the County Program Steering Committee (CPSC);
  • Select intervention sites, expansion areas and (new) program partners based on set criteria by the county and after consultation with all stakeholders;
  • Technical support to the CCU in Launching  tenders and calls for proposal; contract service providers and implementing entities;
  • Monitor compliance of all contract service providers, consultants and implementing entities contracted by the CCU;
  • Facilitate  training needs identification and capacity building for the county staff and other public and private partners;
  • Develop a MEL plan for the FSNL activities in the program in close consultation with the information/data management officer;
  • Monitor progress of work plan implementation, identifying issues (technical and coordination) and formulate solutions to address the identified issues
  • Support the information/data management officer to develop annual learning agenda, data analysis from the field and producing customized reports for various applications/interventions;
  • Support the CCU team in compiling reports every six months to be provided to the CPSC that summarizes program achievements, key challenges, lessons learned to date and detailing budget expenditures and investment plans from all stakeholders.
Qualifications
  • Bachelor degree in Agriculture/ livestock  or related development field, a master’s degree will be an added advantage
  • At least 5 years work experience in Food security, Nutrition and/or Livelihoods programming
Competencies
  • Vibrant personal relationship with Jesus Christ
  • A broad grasp of socio - economic policy issues with respect to food security, nutrition and livelihood development in both  rural and urban settings
  • Technical knowledge in Food security, Nutrition, Livestock and other Livelihoods, Social Protection, Gender issues and Environment
  • Experience in working with county governments, civil society, donors and local communities;
  • Diplomacy, tact and negotiating skills;
  • Training/coaching skills
  • Strong conceptual and analytical skills
  • The ability to work independently, think innovatively and strategically and work effectively within a team
  • Detailed understanding and experience of gender and diversity issues and commitment to addressing inequalities in all the key areas of responsibility
  • Demonstrate high levels of initiative
  • Ability to work under pressure and deadlines
  • Extensive knowledge of participatory approaches
  • Understanding of development/relief issues
  • Commitment to humanitarian principles and action
  • Strong financial/budget management skills required
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Job location: Marsabit town with travel to the entire Marsabit County

Vacancy: Hygiene Promotion Officer for the KENYA RAPID Program

Summary
: Food for the Hungry Kenya,(a Christian relief and development agency) is seeking a Hygiene Promotion Officer for a multi-donor funded 5-year WASH & Livestock program in Kenya.  

In day to day operation the Hygiene Promotion Officer will take the specific responsibility of coordinating all Hygiene promotion activities.
 
S/he will work closely with the County CCU based in the county and with other technical leads/officers in the program. The Hygiene Promotion Officer will be located in Marsabit. 

Background:
 The Kenya Resilient Arid Lands Partnership for Integrated Development (KENYA RAPID) is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) program, in which multiple partners cooperate. 

It aims to support sustainable and resilient livelihoods in Kenya’s Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL’s), by improving water availability and water service delivery to people and livestock, improving hygiene and sanitation practices and rangeland management. 


KENYA RAPID mobilizes financial and technical resources from development partners, national government, county government and the private sector.

Over the next five years (2015-2020) the KENYA RAPID program focuses on five Kenyan counties with high poverty rates, chronic food and water insecurity and low access to basic services: Marsabit, Garissa, Isiolo, Wajir, and Turkana. 

The Kenya RAPID program will facilitate a process that supports the growth and capacity strengthening of public, civil society, community and private sector institutions to increase access to water for people and livestock and rebuild a healthy rangeland management ecosystem. 

The program is designed to create a successful intervention model that, with local adaptation, can be replicated by other counties and thus substantially contribute to the Government of Kenya’s goal of universal coverage of WASH services in Kenya by 2030.

There are three strategic objectives:
  • A responsive and accountable governance framework is in place and operational at county government level that ensures sustainable provision of water and pasture;
  • Replicable and scalable business models for sustainable WASH and livestock service delivery are developed and operationalized; and
  • Communities have increased access to sustainable WASH services and improved rangeland management
Activities and responsibilities
 
In close collaboration with the County CCU, the main responsibility of the Hygiene Promotion Officer will be to provide technical expertise on hygiene and sanitation in Marsabit County in order to deliver appropriate, sustainable and environmentally friendly sanitation and hygiene interventions that meets the needs of the beneficiaries. 

Key activities
  • Design and ensure effective promotion of appropriate hygiene and sanitation messages
  • Mobilise communities to rally for improved hygiene and sanitation
  • Support the process of triggering CLTS and ODF certification
  • Train communities, CHWs and other staff in CLTS, SLTS and PHAST
  • Organise community hygiene campaigns in close collaboration with other stakeholder in the county
  • Conduct hygiene awareness and promotion sessions at household level, in public session or organizing public events.
  • Mobilize community groups for training on sanitation & hygiene promotion activities.
  • Participate in designing and implementing surveys and assessments related to the field of hygiene and sanitation
  • Participate in hygiene technical working groups and forums
  • Coordinate with Ministry of Public Health(MOPH)  and Ministry of Health in the formation of operational networking groups at community level
  • Prepare various reports in line with the reporting schedule, including reports on progress of activities.
Qualifications
 
Holder of at least National diploma or degree in Public health or community development from a reputable institution plus 3 years working in community based WASH program preferably with an NGO.  
 
Competencies
  • Vibrant personal relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Highly motivated, self-starter able to work on own initiative in difficult conditions
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Proficiency in computer skills is a must
  • Field experience and knowledge in working on community led total sanitation in ASAL regions.
  • Able to speak one of the local languages
Job location: Marsabit town with travel to the entire Marsabit County

Application procedure
 
Interested and qualified candidates should send their applications (clearly indicating their current or expected salary), updated CV with three referees, day telephone contacts to the Human Resources Manager: email address hr-fhkenya@fh.org latest by 25th August 2015.


NB: Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted

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