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Program Officer Career in Kenya

Vacancy: Program Officer - Peaceful Empowerment in Arid Lands (PEARL)

Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. 

Driven by local needs, our programs provide communities in the world’s toughest places with the tools and support they need to turn the crises they confront into the opportunities they deserve. 

Mercy Corps has had a presence in Kenya since its humanitarian response to the post-election violence in 2008.

Mercy Corps works almost exclusively in high-risk conflict and post-conflict environments. 

While we recognize that these are difficult places to operate, we believe that transitional environments – countries affected by civil wars, economic and political crisis, or natural disasters – also offer tremendous opportunities for positive change. 

We currently implement over 30 peace building programs in some of the world’s toughest places, including Iraq, Somalia, and Sudan. Our current work builds on an exceptionally strong historical foundation. 

Since the late 1990s, Mercy Corps has implemented over 95 peace building programs in over 30 countries and regions, making Mercy Corps a true leader in the field. 

We are presently looking for a committed and dynamic individual to take up the following position.

Program Officer: Peaceful Empowerment in Arid Lands (PEARL)
Program/Department Summary: Mercy Corps is implementing a two year USAID funded peacebuilding program to increase stability in Northwestern Kenya by supporting Pokot and Turkana communities, government and the private sector to peacefully manage change and increase prosperity.
General Position Summary: The Program Officer will be responsible for the implementation of Peaceful Empowerment in Arid Lands (PEARL) Program at the community level out of Lodwar office. 

S/he will be in constant contact with stakeholders and the Turkana and Pokot communities to ensure full participation and implementation.
Essential Job Functions:
  • Organize, facilitate and conduct trainings and workshops related to PEARL Program.
  • Assist communities using participatory methodologies to identify and implement PEARL related projects;
  • Meet regularly with the program team to evaluate project progress; identify successes, challenges and lessons-learned; and adjust practices as necessary to improve performance.
  • Implement activities and monitor project progress.
  • Maintain and strengthen the partnerships with relevant government and private sector stakeholders and target communities.
  • Prepare and submit to the Program Manager reports of specific events, field trips and meetings attended.
  • Provide on-going feedback on the Performance Management Plan and database management of the PEARL Program, to enhance measuring the impact of the program against objectives and indicators.
  • In coordination with the Program Manager conduct regular field visits to ensure that all stakeholders fully understand and utilize PEARL approaches and methodologies.
  • Provide the M&E officer monthly and quarterly data analysis reports, to feed into quarterly review and reflection meetings.
  • Support the team in effectively utilizing established monitoring and evaluation formats, and provide feedback for their improvement.
  • Develop case studies and success stories to better articulate qualitative changes as a result of PEARL Program.
  • Maintain updated (paper and electronic) filing system for all M&E forms/ surveys, protocols, planning tools, and manuals.
  • Write reports and project documents and submit to Program Manager as required.
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to positively acknowledge Mercy Corps and to support its humanitarian mission.
  • Any other duties as assigned by your supervisor.
Accountability to Beneficiaries: Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
Organizational Learning: As part of Mercy Corps' agency-wide Organizational Learning Initiative, all team members are responsible for spending 5% of their work time in formal and/or non-formal professional learning activities.
Supervisory Responsibility: None
Reports Directly To: PEARL Program Manager
Works Directly With: PEACE III Program Manager, GIRL Program Manager, Field Finance Officer, Procurement and Logistics Officer.

Knowledge and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree in conflict/peace studies preferred, or appropriate social science discipline, community development, or related field.
  • Minimum of three years professional experience in implementing peace and conflict related projects
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with diverse project stakeholders
  • Knowledge of the Pokot/Turkana languages is an added advantage
  • Work experience in conflict or post conflict settings and conflict sensitive programming.
  • Work experience with stakeholders including the private sector, government, youth and women groups.
  • Experience in project Monitoring and Evaluation.
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office packages including: Word, Excel, Power Point and Internet retrieval.
Success Factors:
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and appropriate flexibility.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with Mercy Corps target populations and partners.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines, and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
  • Willingness to travel frequently to remote and difficult locations.
  • Ability to quickly learn and implement new information/concepts.
  • Flexibility and adaptability.
Interested candidates who meet the above required qualifications and experience should submit a cover letter, detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing three professional references (including a recent supervisor) to on or before Tuesday 20th October by 4.00pm. 

The email subject line must clearly show the job title and location they are applying for. 

Applications without the right subject heading will be automatically disqualified. 

Please do not attach any certificates.

(Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We will only get in touch with shortlisted candidates.)

NB: Mercy Corps does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

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