Act! Assistant Program Officers (Democracy & Human Rights) Jobs in Kenya

Act Change Transform (Act!) is a leading Kenyan not-for-profit, non-governmental organization involved in diverse development initiatives in Kenya.

Act!’s main programmatic focus is in Environment and Natural Resources Management; Democracy and Human Rights and Peace Building and Conflict Transformation.

Act! does this through implementing partners, offering them capacity development and management of grants so that value for money is achieved and providing strategic leadership in national advocacy for the benefit of women, youth, people with disabilities and other marginalized communities.

Act! is currently seeking to recruit suitable candidates for the following positions:

Assistant Program Officer – Democracy & Human Rights

Full Time

Various Locations

  1. Assistant Program Officer – DHR- Nairobi County – ACT-APO-DHR-08-2017-Nairobi
  2. Assistant Program Officer – DHR – Garissa County – ACT-APO-DHR-08-2017-Garissa
  3. Assistant Program Officer – DHR- Isiolo County – ACT-APO-DHR-08-2017-Isiolo
  4. Assistant Program Officer – DHR – Marsabit County- ACT-APO-DHR-08-2017-Marsabit
  5. Assistant Program Officer- DHR- Laikipia County – ACT-APO-DHR-08-2017- Laikipia

Job Summary: Act! is recruiting five (5) Assistant Program Officers, Democracy and Human Rights (DHR) who will be based in the Nairobi, Garrisa, Isiolo, Marsabit, Laikipia Counties.

The officers will primarily support the implementation of democracy, human rights and governance initiatives within the organization.

They will track and provide up to date information on the democracy, human rights and governance issues including but not limited to advocacy, electoral reforms, transparency, accountability and participation, and devolution.

The Assistant Program Officers will link closely with strategic partners and advice program staff on issues in the democracy, human rights and governance sectors.

The officers will also support procurement, logistics and administrative activities of the DHR program.

Duties and Responsibilities

Specifically, the Assistant Program Officers will be responsible for but not limited to:

2.1 Reform environment tracking and reporting

  • Develop accurate reports analyzing the implications of the various reform related activities. These will be presented twice a week to a program team at Act!
  • On a monthly basis, compile and maintain a roster of activities to be implemented by the DHR team and partners
  • Establish and maintain regular contact with the government and other project partners, CSOs and other relevant beneficiary groups and partner organizations, in order to ensure successful implementation of DHR interventions
  • Attend and provide support to DHR partners through CSO meetings
  • Represent Act! in meetings on reforms (e.g. those convened by the Government or the private sector)
  • Develop and maintain contacts and sustained networking with key actors in the sectors within which Act! is working.

2.2 Program Support

  • Prepare DHR bi-weekly county context analysis and update reports.
  • Present monthly context and program updates to DHR program staff.
  • Support the DHR program team in program monitoring, with particular focus on community and public events geared towards program implementation.
  • Provide logistical and administrative support to the DHR program including procurement of goods and services and organizing workshops and events
  • Enhance visibility of DHR grantees activities through various communication initiatives- including photography and success story writing.
  • Support DHR Program Coordinator in writing quarterly, semi-annual and annual project reports.
  • Actively participate in the joint reviews and provide overview of context analysis.
  • Support the DHR team in organizing program activities including workshops, meetings and other events.
  • Participate in Capacity Building Workshops and Trainings.
  • Any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

3.0 Qualifications, Experience and Skills

3.1 Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Law, Political Science or any other related field.

3.2 Professional qualifications

  • Professional training in Project Development Cycle or related fields.

3.3 Relevant Experience

  • At least 3 years’ relevant work experience in working with state and non-state actors involved in democracy, human rights or governance.
  • Experience in implementing community level activities is desirable. Experience in administration, procurement, logistics and communication is key.

3.4. Essential competencies

  • Demonstrated interest in development work.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Good computer skills.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Good analytical and report writing skills.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and sometimes in fragile and insecure areas.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team player in a multi-disciplinary team setting.
  • Result-oriented.
  • Willingness to travel frequently.

3.5 Complexity and difficulty of the work

  • A demanding job that requires tolerance, community knowledge, project area and local political dynamics.

3.6 Terms and Conditions

Contract: 1 year contingent on funding and performance.

How to Apply

If you meet the requirements as contained in the description, please submit

(1) a detailed and current CV;

(2) an application cover letter demonstrating why you qualify for this opportunity, quoting your most recent gross salary.

All applications should be submitted electronically to clearly indicating the job position and reference number for the County of Preference.

Only candidates shortlisted for interviews will be contacted.

Deadline for applications submission is 5:00pm Wednesday 1st March 2017.

Act! is an equal opportunities employer

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Updated: February 22, 2017 — 7:10 am