Save the Children AGI-K Programme Officer Job in Wajir Kenya

Save the Children

AGI-K Programme Officer

Team / Programme: Agi-K Programme

Location: Wajir

Grade:  4
Post Type: National
 
Child Safeguarding:
Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder
to have regular contact with or access to children or young people

Role Purpose: SCI
Kenya is implementing an Adolescent Girls Initiative (AGI-K) Action
Research across four sectors of Health, Wealth Creation, Education and
Prevention of Violence, in Wajir County, together with other partners
namely; Population Council, Plan International and APHRC. 

This
program is expected to significantly contribute to investing in
adolescent girls, with the need to invest early in order to break the
downward spiral into early pregnancy, early marriage and
intergenerational poverty.

It
is also expected that evidence from research will influence national
policy and support scaled up, cost-effective interventions for
adolescent girls in the future. This is also in line with Save the
Children’s Theory of Change.

Save
the Children will work with the government of Kenya at both national
and county levels and communities to facilitate the randomized control
trial to test a package of multi sectorial interventions for girls ages
11-14  and also the most cost-effective that will provide the greatest
impact for girls in Northern Kenya and urban slums
 
Scope of Role: The
Program officer will provide technical support and leadership to
community mentors required for the successful implementation of
Adolescent girls programming and will support the Program Coordinator in
awareness raising activities, including the provision of information on
the project interventions. 
The
AGI-K officer will be responsible for providing training and mentoring
to adolescent girl’s mentors and the Community Facilitators.

Reports to: AGI-K Programme Coordinator

Dimensions:
Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s,
providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian
relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners. 

Current
programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance,
education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH. 
In
2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children
combined the programmes of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a
single operation in Kenya. 
In
Feb 2014, we completed a second transition, which saw us join forces
with the British INGO, Merlin, and merge their health and nutrition
programmes with our own. 
Save
the Children now has an operational presence in Bungoma, Dadaab Refugee
Camp, Garissa, Mandera, Turkana and Wajir and we work through partners
in many other parts of the country. 
We employ nearly 300 staff and will have an operating annual budget in 2016 of approximately US$20 million.

Staff directly reporting to this post: None

Key Areas of Accountability:

Support to Programme Delivery

  • Under
    the supervision of the Programme Coordinator, provide technical
    oversight and capacity-building through training, mentorship and
    on-the-job support for community health extension workers (CHEWs) and
    community mentors for the delivery of the safe space model 
  • Ensure
    that the community mobilization and participation aspect of the AGI-K
    programme is implemented according to plan, including training,
    materials adaptation and monitoring of outcomes  
  • Support
    in the development, management and facilitation of the community
    engagement strategy, plan  of action and activities identified by the
    community
  • Provide
    leadership and guidance regarding project activities under each
    cluster  to all community workers to ensure all programme activities
    meet best practice standards as well as taking lead in discussions
    sessions for adolescent programming
  • The
    AGI-K Program Officer will provide programmatic support required for
    the successful implementation of Adolescent girls programming and will
    support the Programme Coordinator in awareness raising activities,
    including the provision of information on available health services and
    facilitating referrals through the support of CHEWs.
  • Work
    with AGI-K program team to monitor project activities regularly,
    ensuring adolescent girls attend discussion sessions as laid out in the
    program model
  • Strengthen
    and maintain networks with community leaders and groups to ensure
    support from the community and to encourage greater communication,
    collaboration and coordination among partners.
  • Participate
    in development of monthly outreach plans with community workers, based
    on program needs; include strategies to reach girls who are more
    isolated.
  • Ensures strict adherence to the guidelines as outlined for the various interventions and clusters.
  • Assist
    with developing adequate project monitoring systems and help to ensure
    that community  workers utilize these systems correctly and consistently
  • Support
    the community facilitators and mentors develop referral pathways for
    violence prevention & response and ensure a community
    perspective is included. Ensure referral pathways are shared and
    understood within the community
  • Encourage parent/caregiver partnerships in participating in the wellbeing of adolescent girls 
Partnerships for social mobilisation
  • Good coordination with partners including the community in the program area
  • Capacity
    of implementing partners in planning, implementation, monitoring and
    reporting is strengthened, in particular with community contracts
  • Actively participate in forums and other relevant forums at sub county level 
Monitoring and evaluation
  • Work
    with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)
    team and the operations research partner for monitoring and evaluation
    of programme activities including preparation of monitoring reports,
    documents and lessons learned.
  • Supports the implementation of an accountability mechanism for participants in the AGI-K  programme
  • Carry out regular field monitoring/spot checks
  • Participate
    in milestone meetings for monitoring of the progress of the programme
    such as mid-term reviews, strategy meetings, previews and reviews and
    annual reviews.
Competencies
 
1. Leading
  • Delivering
    Results: Takes personal responsibility and holds others to account to
    deliver our ambitious goals for children, continually improving own
    performance or that of the team/organisation.
  • Developing
    Self and Others: Invests time and energy to actively develop self and
    others to help realise their full potential, and to build the
    organisation’s capability for the future.
  • Leading
    and Inspiring Others: Demonstrates leadership in all our work, role
    models our values and articulates a compelling vision to inspire others
    to achieve goals for our children.
2. Thinking
  • Problem
    Solving and Decision Making: Takes effective, considered and timely
    decisions by gathering and evaluating relevant information from within
    or outside the organisation and making appropriate judgements.
  • Applying
    Technical Expertise: Applies the required technical and professional
    expertise to the highest standards, promotes and shares best practices
    within and outside the organisation.
  • Innovating
    and Adapting: Develops and implements innovative solutions to adapt and
    succeed in an ever – changing, uncertain work and global environment.
3. Engaging
  • Working
    Effectively with others: Works collaboratively to achieve shared goals
    and thrives on diversity of people and perspectives. Knows when to lead
    and when to follow and how to ensure effective cross- boundary working.
  • Communicating
    with Impact: Communicates clearly and confidently with others to engage
    and Influence, Promotes dialogue and ensures timely and appropriate
    messages, building confidence and trust with others.
  • Networking: Builds and uses sustainable relationships and networks to support the work of Save the Children.
Qualifications and Experience
  • Advanced University Degree in the social/behavioural sciences, (Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Health Education)
  • Minimum
    3 years of relevant professional work experience in the development,
    planning and management of social development programmes with practical
    experience of working with women and girls.
  • Clear
    understanding of gender, abuse of power, and issues surrounding
    violence against women and girls, in addition to child protection 
  • Demonstrated
    experience of developing effective working relationships with senior
    stakeholders from government agencies, international organisations,
    community NGO, academics and opinion-leaders.
  • Experience in community mobilisation and child participation within the development context.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in facilitation and training skills in non-formal settings
  • Strong expertise and understanding of key issues affecting adolescent girls in Northern Kenya such as early marriage, FGM.
  • Excellent communication skills, including fluency in written and spoken English and strong inter-personal and advisory skills
Competencies:
  • Has high-level communication skills’, including engaging and informative formal public speaking.
  • Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Sets high standards for quality and consistently achieves project goals.
  • Translates strategic direction into plans and objectives.
  • Maintains and extends an effective network of individuals within the organisation and with government and development partners
  • Negotiates effectively by exploring a range of possibilities.
  • Demonstrates and shares detailed technical knowledge and expertise.
  • Proven ability to work as a team.
  • Somali speaking will be an added advantage.
How to Apply

Interested
candidates are required to submit a CV and mandatory Cover letter
indicating the Position they are applying for in the subject line to 
wajir.jobapplications@savethechildren.org  by 30th March 2016.

Hand delivered applications will not be accepted.

Due to the urgency of having the two posts filled, applications will be reviewed as they are received.


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