Save the Children
Community Development Officer
Team / Programme: Programmes
Post Type: National
Duration: 9 months
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
Country 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.
In 2016, Save the Children established a new project office in Madagascar whose operations are managed by the Kenya CO. In total, we employ around 250 staff in both countries and had an operating annual budget in 2016 of approximately US$17.5million.
Role Purpose: SCI Kenya is in the process of implementing a signature maternal and newborn health (MNH) programme that is expected to significantly contribute to achievement of Kenya’s MDG 4 and 5 targets.
The programmatic model will actualize continuum of care approach mixed with an integrated package of quick wins, a minimum community health care package and a strengthened health system approach to maternal and newborn health programming across 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 address the maternal and neonatal health challenges in the country in a way that would deliver significant impacts for women and children by the end of the 5 year period.
Scope of Role: Working closely with the Community development coordinator, the post holder will play a key role in implementation of demand creation activities for the signature project.
The post-holder will also support strengthening of community health structures including community health units, and bolstering utilization of transforming traditional birth attendants as birth companions and community midwifes for improved maternal and new born health.
He/she will be able to engage with different stakeholders at the sub county level including developing a good working relationship with the ministry of health officials.
Reports to: Community Development Manager
Staff directly reporting to this post: None
Key Areas of Accountability:
1. Programme support
- In Collaboration with the community development Manager, strengthen community units to foster functionality
- Ensure community units conduct social mobilization of communities to participate in Participatory learning action cycle.
- Works with community health extension workers to ensure community units to engage in income generating activities and locally appropriate sustainable initiatives.
- Liaise with sub county community health strategy focal persons to undertake supportive supervision to CHUs
- Support Community health volunteers in liaison with Facility in-charges to implement community based referral mechanism in a sustainable manner
- Support in disseminating Key messages on essential MNH/ASRH practices through household visits and community meetings, radio and other communication channels as per the BCC strategy
- Work with ASRH coordinator to stimulate target communities to engage in dialogue on ASRH issues and support delivery of school based ASRH activities
- Ensure CHCs and community leadership that the project interacts with have the capacity to, and are engaging in advocacy for realization of their health rights.
- Work with the finance department to prepare financial requests and ensure the timely reporting of expenditure for activities executed
- Contribute to the overall effectiveness of community strategies adopted by the signature Programme.
- Perform other reasonable tasks assigned by the supervisor.
- Represents SCI professionally by attending external meetings/forums with partners, other NGOs and other agencies as required
3. Monitoring, Learning and Reporting
- Ensure the timely collection of quality data from implementation sites
- Generate quality and timely reports for internal review.
- Work with MEAL department in undertaking Routine data quality assessments at the community
- Collect case studies and other stories of change for wider dissemination
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Qualifications and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in Public/Environmental Health and/or Social sciences with 3 years’ work experience
- Experience in mobilizing communities for MNH project and working with the ministry of health and with an NGO is a plus
- Proven experience working with community unit workforce
- Demonstrated experience in working with community units on a large scale for improved health outcome
- Excellent English writing skills are essential, familiarity with the Luhyia and/or sabaot language will be an added advantage.
- Computer skills, in particular MS Word, Excel and Outlook
- Well-developed research, analytical, monitoring and evaluation, and report-writing abilities;
- Commitment to Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding and other global policies, and values.
Child Safeguarding Policy: Any employee, consultant, contractor or the supplier undertaking an activity on behalf of SCI must sign the Child Safeguarding – Declaration of Acceptance Form] and comply with the SCI’s Child Safeguarding Policy which is a statement of SCI’s commitment to preventing abuse and protecting children with whom it comes into contact.
This extends not only to children with whom SCI and its partners work directly, but also includes children whom staff are responsible for.
SCI believes that the situation of children must be improved through the promotion of their rights supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children International’s Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to.
How to Apply
The application process is now open and will close on Thursday, 28th February 2017.
To apply for these positions visit the SCI Kenya Website: https://kenya.savethechildren.net/jobs.
The system allows CVs & Cover letter as One(1) document.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.