Project Officer Job in Kenya

Job Title: Project Officer

Hiring Organization: Catholic Relief
Location – Locality: Nairobi
Location – Region: Kenya
Industry: NGO
Job Type: Full Time
Salary: KES
Date Posted: 05/23/2024

About CRS

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) carries out the commitment of the Catholic Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

CRS is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) supporting relief and development work in over 100 countries around the world. CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity, race or nationality. CRS works through local church and non-church partners, including the Government to implement its programs.

CRS opened operations in Kenya in 1965. For over 50 years, we have worked throughout the country to implement programs in agriculture, livelihoods, health and nutrition, water, sanitation, emergency relief and peace building. We have built deep relationships with the Government of Kenya and the Catholic Church through ongoing collaboration and support.

Job Summary:

As a lead for the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation ECD Advocacy Project, the role holder will facilitate the achievement of project objectives through coordinating and reporting on all project activities and providing technical guidance and advice to implementing partner’s staff, advancing Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work serving the poor and vulnerable. Your coordination and relationship management skills will ensure that the project applies best practices and constantly works towards improving the impact of its benefits to those we serve.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

Conduct sessions/trainings for Interfaith Leaders and other interfaith structures to inform understanding and influence on Early Childhood Development.

Identify and participate in networks with relevant stakeholders and partners to build strategic relationships on key policy issues and advocacy opportunities including influencing existing National ECD Framework.

In collaboration with faith leaders, develop and continually update ECD advocacy briefs to provide updates to stakeholders on relevant activities and accomplishments.

Represent CRS in relevant governance, planning and lobby meetings at County levels.

Organize and lead the implementation of all assigned project activities as outlined in the detailed implementation plan in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.

Work closely with County faith leaders in promoting ECD for children 0-3 years in the 7 counties of the Lake Region Economic Block through advocacy.

Ensure, track, and report any learnings accompanying project activities throughout the project cycle.

Support accountability through coordinating project evaluation activities and guiding partners in their efforts to reflect on project experiences.

Analyze implementation challenges and report any inconsistencies and/or gaps to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules.

Coordinate and oversee working relationships with all local project stakeholders and serve as the liaison between them and the project team to mobilize local actors and promote project activities and impact.

Work closely with the faith leaders, MEAL and Finance Officers on various processes and resources to ensure timely project activities implementation and adherence to established process standards and procedures.

Ensure proper tracking of resource use for project activities through periodic budget reviews and follow-up with and assistance to implementing partner.

Support and coordinate capacity building and technical support activities to ensure assigned project activities are implemented per project guidelines and standards.

Coordinate provision of any logistical and administrative support to the partner(s).

Ensure project documentation for assigned activities is complete with all required documents and is filed per agency and donor requirements.

Assist with preparation of trends analysis reports and documentation of case studies and promising practices

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Analysis and problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment

Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners

Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented

Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities

Demonstrated commitment to respect, equity, diversity and inclusion including gender equality.

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in in Early Childhood Development, Education, Social Work, Health, or related field.

Minimum of 4 years of work experience working with partners, participatory action planning and community engagement.

Strong policy, advocacy and research skills and ability to negotiate and network with a broad range of stakeholders.

Experience of developing advocacy strategies, knowledge and understanding of a range of advocacy techniques

Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data.

Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

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