Hivos East Africa Grants Officer (Community Media Programme) Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Hivos East Africa seeks qualified candidates for the position of:
Vacancy Name: Grants Officer – Community Media Programme
Number of hours: 40
Region: East Africa
Office: Nairobi, Kenya

About Hivos: Hivos is an international organisation that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues. With smart projects in the right places, we oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. 


Counterbalance alone, however, is not enough. Our primary focus is achieving structural change. 
This is why we cooperate with innovative businesses, citizens and their organisations. We share a dream with them of sustainable economies and inclusive societies.

Job Context: Hivos East Africa has received funding from Bloomberg Media Initiative for Africa (BMIA) and the Ford Foundation to establish and manage a two-year Community Media Fund (CMF). 

The fund seeks to enhance citizen access to relevant information that enables them to understand business and finance principles and empowers them to support policies and practices that impact inclusive economic and human development in Africa. 
The fund’s implementation phase will cover Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. It is expected that the CMF will promote transparency, accountability and governance through media and financial literacy of  marginalized communities. 
Transparency and accountability are some of the core areas that Hivos East Africa seeks to promote through its programming. The CMF is thus within Hivos East Africa’s overall mission and objectives.

Hivos East Africa is the designated grants administrator for this fund thus expected to avail the requisite staff to manage the fund. One of the core staff members will be the Grants Officer, an equivalent to a Programmes’ Officer. 

The Grants Officer will be responsible for grantee identification and assessment, grants administration and monitoring as well as coordinating grantee learning events in the three countries.

Your responsibilities

  • Prepare and publicize a call for proposals;
  • Assess received applications;
  • Undertake grantee institutional assessments and prepare grantee assessment reports;
  • Prepare grantee contracts to NGOs and media;
  • Monitor grants implementation;
  • Training community media journalists in investigative journalism;
  • Production and publication of investigative pieces;
  • Measuring impact of investigative pieces;
  • Grant making to non-traditional reporters/institutions;
  • Monitoring of grantee perfomance and reporting on grantee activities;
  • Grant making to tech-driven media content.
Knowledge and Experience
  • A Post Graduate Degree in Social Sciences;
  • Track record in media development work;
  • Strong networks within the media fraternity (journalists, government, media, development CSOs, commercial and community media houses);
  • Grant making experience (desirable);
  • Knowledge of key media development issues in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa;
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills;
  • A self-starter, ambitious and self-motivated person;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Ability to make and objective decisions;
  • Great organisational and planning skills;
  • Ability to act on own initiative and to organise, plan and prioritise own workload to meet deadlines.
What we offer

Hivos offers a competitive package based on the candidate’s qualifications.

Like to apply?

To apply, kindly send your CV and cover letter explaining why you are the suitable candidate for this position to 

Your letter should state your current and expected salary. 
Deadline is 28th October, 2016.

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