Act! Program Officers (Democracy and 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:

Program Officer – Democracy and Human Rights

Full Time

Various Locations

Reference Numbers:

  1. Program Officer – DHR- Nairobi County – ACT-PO-DHR-07-2017-Nairobi
  2. Program Officer – DHR – Garissa County – ACT-PO-07-2017- Garissa
  3. Program Officer – DHR- Isiolo County– ACT-PO-DHR-07-2017-Isiolo
  4. Program Officer – DHR – Marsabit County – ACT-PO-DHR-07-2017-Marsabit
  5. Program Officer- DHR- Laikipia County – ACT-PO-DHR-07-2017- Laikipia

Job Summary: Act! is recruiting Program Officers, Democracy and Human Rights who will be based in Nairobi, Garissa, Isiolo, Marsabit and Laikipia Counties.

The Program Officers, will primarily coordinate the implementation of democracy, governance and human rights interventions including: advocacy, electoral reforms; electoral conflict mitigation; transparency, accountability and participation; and devolution.

Responsibilities to be implemented will include, but not limited to:

  • timely and quality implementation of democracy and human rights interventions at the county level;
  • ensuring that implementing partners’ programmes and advocacy plans and strategies are well thought-out, realistic and informed by program/project context;
  • implementing partners programmes/projects are based on human rights based approaches to programming;
  • periodic review of operating environment and advising Act! and partners on changes necessary to program/project approaches; and
  • reviewing partners’ progress to ensure they are on course to meeting their program/project results.

This will be in addition to supporting the direct implementation of democracy, governance and human rights activities by Act!

The Officers will also support the Democracy, Human Rights and Governance Department in fundraising and representing the organization in democracy, governance and human rights events and forums.

Duties and Responsibilities

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

 2.1 Reform environment tracking and reporting

  • Develop accurate bi-monthly reports analysing the implications of the various reform related activities in the Democracy, Rights, Governance and Conflict sector. These will be presented twice a month during the operating environment/context updates at Act!
  • Revise bi-monthly reports taking into consideration feedback shared during the fortnightly meetings and send the revised report to the DHR Coordinator and the Act! Communications Specialist
  • Develop and maintain contacts and sustained networking with key actors in the sectors within which Act! is working
  • Represent Act! in relevant meetings on governance and human rights reforms (e.g. those convened by CSOs, National and County Governments or the private sector).

2.2 Program Support

  • Coordinate the direct implementation of democracy, human rights and governance at the County level
  • Develop activity reports summarising key outputs and observations.
  • Give technical support to democracy, human rights and governance partners in the implementation of their projects including monitoring performance to ensure timely and effective utilization of allocated resources.
  • Provide technical support to the democracy, human rights and governance partners in ensuring that their programme/project interventions ae based on human rights based approaches and are cognizant of gender, youth and disability concerns.
  • Provide technical and administrative support to consultants and specialists providing short term technical assistance (STTA) to Act! and its partners under the DHR portfolio.
  • Conduct regular office, field and activity visits for the democracy, human rights and governance partners to monitor performance and give technical support.
  • Enhance visibility of grantee activities through various communication initiatives- including photography and success story writing.
  • Review quarterly reports submitted by the democracy, human rights and governance partners.
  • Work with Programme Officers and Technical Specialists in other portfolios (environment and natural resources management; and peace building and conflict management) in giving advocacy technical support to partners implementing initiatives with advocacy components.
  • Actively participate in the democracy, human rights and governance portfolio joint reviews and provide overview of context analysis.
  • Support in organizing and facilitating Capacity Building Workshops and Trainings.

2.3 Reporting

  • Working in collaboration with the Democracy, Human Rights and Governance Coordinator and the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, prepare quarterly reports for the democracy, human rights and governance portfolio for submission to donors
  • Prepare the Democracy, Human Rights and Governance portfolio quarterly Advocacy Progression Index for submission to donors alongside the portfolio’s quarterly report
  • Contribute towards program design, planning, implementation and evaluation
  • Support the Democracy and Human Rights team in fundraising
  • Any other duties as 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. A Post graduate degree will be an added advantage

3.2 Professional qualifications

  • Professional training in Project Development Cycle or related fields.

3.3 Relevant Experience

  • At least 5 years’ relevant work experience in working with civil society organizations involved in advocacy for good governance, peace building and conflict management and/or natural resources management.
  • Experience in the County of choice is highly preferred.

3.4. Essential competencies

  • Demonstrated interest in development work
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong analytical and report writing skills
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision
  • 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 clearing 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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