Family Care International Advocacy Program Officer Job in Kenya

Position Announcement: Advocacy Program Officer

Family Care International (FCI)/Kenya is seeking to fill the position of Full time Advocacy Program Officer based in Nairobi, Kenya. FCI is an internationally recognized non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safer in the developing world. 
FCI advocates for sexual and reproductive health and rights; builds the capacity of local partners; and develops information and training materials.
 
Since 1995, FCI Kenya has been working to focus attention on maternal mortality, forge consensus around proven strategies, and accelerate action to address the causes of poor maternal health. 
FCI Kenya conducts advocacy to heighten awareness of and attention to key sexual and reproductive health issues and to promote the implementation of government policies; conducts qualitative and quantitative research on key maternal health issues; and provides capacity-building and training for medical and non-medical personnel on issues related to obstetric care, quality of care, institutional management, and youth-friendly service delivery.
 
Under the supervision of the FCI Kenya Country Director, the Advocacy Program Officer will work as part of a team with staff in Kenya and New York to advocate for increased political commitment for and financial investment in reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH). 
Specific duties of the position include:
  • Conducting interviews with key stakeholders for national mappings and landscape analyses related to women’s and children’s health issues, and drafting reports of findings
  • Presenting FCI Kenya’s experience, tools, and reports to external colleagues and partners, and representing FCI Kenya at selected meetings and workshops;
  • Participate in organization and facilitation of meetings and trainings with partner NGOs, government representatives, grassroots advocates, and community members to develop coordinated advocacy strategies and consensus messages;
  • Contributing to the preparation of advocacy and informational materials and tools on reproductive, maternal and newborn health and adolescent sexual and reproductive health;
  • Reviewing, editing, and contributing to the development of project documents, including training and other programmatic tools, as well as activity reports;
  • Providing support to other programmatic and fundraising activities of FCI Kenya and collaborating with New York-based colleagues in development of funding proposals and other project documents, as well as maintaining close working relationship with relevant governmental, non-governmental, and funding organizations;
  • Supervising interns’ contribution to the above activities, as requested;
  • Other duties as may be requested from time to time.
Qualifications and Core Requirements:
  • Advanced degree in public or community health, demography, sociology or relevant topic.
  • At least 3 to 5 years relevant work experience in sexual and reproductive health, in particular in reproductive/maternal/newborn health and/or adolescent sexual and reproductive health including the areas of project development, advocacy, fundraising and evaluation.
  • Experience in conducting advocacy, primarily in reproductive/maternal health targeting diverse audience and working with the Kenyan health sector.
  • Strong writing and editing skills, and strong interpersonal and professional communication skills (e.g., public presentations/speaking) in both English and Swahili.
  • Ability to work as a team player.
  • Organized and detail oriented.
  • Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Office computer packages.
  • Travel: 20%
  • Kenyan resident eligible to work in Kenya or Kenyan national
Salary: Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualification.
 
Apply To:
 
To apply please send CV, cover letter, salary history and professional references (referees) to:
 
E-mail: jobskenya@fcimail.org
 
For more information about FCI, please visit our website: www.familycareintl.org
 
Application deadline: August 15, 2012


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