VSF Germany Project Officer (Livelihood & Resilience) Job in Lokichoggio, Northern Kenya

Background:
 
VSF Germany is an international Non-Governmental Organization, providing humanitarian aid and development assistance to pastoralists and vulnerable communities in areas where livestock is of importance. 
In the region, VSF Germany implements activities in Southern Sudan, Northern Sudan, Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia. 
With support in animal health, agriculture, marketing, food safety but also with developing the capacity of communities and governmental institutions or initiating peace and conflict resolution we work towards food security and strengthened livelihoods of pastoralist communities.
 
We seek to recruit a qualified and well experienced Project Officer-Livelihood & Resilience to support the implementation of RAPID II Project in Lokichoggio, Northern Kenya, with frequent visits to other locations within the project area. 
This position is field based. 
The incumbent will work in collaboration with the Field Coordinator, Community stakeholders & Partner organizations.
 
Key Responsibilities:
  • The incumbent will be responsible for implementing the Livelihood and resilience related activities.
  • Regularly monitor activities and report progress to the Field coordinator.
  • He/She will be required to identify & provide training for the community user groups including Rangeland user groups, Livestock Marketing Association (LMAs), Peace committee among other community institutions dealing with livelihoods and food security interventions.
  • Organize livestock traders meetings, facilitate traders access to communities & establish market links in key towns and food markets in drought affected areas in collaboration with local District Livestock and Production Officer (DLPO) and District Agricultural Officer(DAO) among other Key Government line ministries.
  • Participate in project thematic coordination meetings representing VSF Germany.
  • Through consultations with the Field Coordinator, develop work plans, financial projections and verify all financial reports on the respective component.
  • Respond to cross cutting issues affecting the community in cooperation with specific expert agencies.
  • Steer the development and presentation of community drought preparedness plans with relevant groups e.g. Peace committees, water user committees, resource planning committees etc.
Qualifications, Experience, Attributes & Skills required
  • University Degree in Agriculture / Economics / Agronomy / agribusiness / Marketing and Development Studies.
  • A minimum of 2-3 years working in Livelihoods programming and Project support.
  • Knowledge and experience of working with pastoral communities.
  • Excellent computer knowledge.
  • Excellent managerial and report writing skills.
  • Knowledge of Donor Funds Management and Reporting.
  • Working knowledge of ECHO rules & regulations shall be an advantage.
Interested and qualified candidates should submit an application letter and CV plus names of 3 professional referees to postal address or via email address given above. 
Please indicate clearly on the subject line the position you are applying for. 
Closing date for receiving applications is 25th October, 2012 on or before 1700hrs. 
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
 
Applications will be processed on a continuous basis.


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