Vacancy Announcement: Policy & Legislative Affairs Specialist
Global Communities, formerly CHF International, is an international non-profit organization that works closely with communities worldwide to bring about sustainable changes that improve the lives and livelihoods of the vulnerable.
Global Communities is seeking a qualified and experienced Cooperative Policy & Legislative Affairs Specialist for the USAID Cooperative Leadership, Engagement, Advocacy and Research (CLEAR) program.
CLEAR supports three components;
1) the promotion and adoption of cooperative legislation and policies that support and strengthen the cooperative enabling environment in 25 counties;
2) strengthening of the business performance of cooperative enterprises with an aim to increase membership among youth and women; and
3) improving the understanding of the behavioral impacts associated with cooperative membership to determine whether behaviors contribute positively to household and community resilience strategies.
The Policy & Legislative Affairs Specialist will report to the Kenya CDP in-country Cooperative Specialist.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Cooperative Policy & Legislative Affairs Specialist will be responsible for design, management and implementation of the program’s Cooperative Legislative and Policy Affairs program component in liaison with the Chief of Party (COP) and Cooperative Specialist.
The position will be responsible for designing component strategy, work plans and the corresponding budget. The Specialist will seek to revise, expand and support new cooperative legislation in up to 25 counties.
The position will work directly with county based cooperative professionals and county government officials on the design of county cooperative policy, legislation and functions at the county level. The Policy & Legislative Affairs Specialist will also provide capacity building to cooperative officers and officials within county government bodies in support of new legislation and bill enactment.
S/he will also be responsible for organizing workshops with county officials, lead the facilitation of public forums, and design technical approaches related to the program’s objective focusing on improving the enabling environment for cooperatives in Kenya. The Policy & Legislative Affairs Specialist will be expected to work with the Policy and Legislation Officer and CLEAR staff to accomplish the work plan and targets for this program component.
The successful candidate should be open to working in a nontraditional working environment with remote management and have strong leadership, cooperation and communication skills.
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Working closely with legal entities and consultants to develop county government-related bills focused on cooperative functions;
- Planning monthly activities and corresponding budgets for a small team;
- Leading development of programmatic outreach for all key stakeholders and development of implementation strategy to be submitted to Cooperative Specialist;
- Leading the facilitation of results oriented county forums with officials and cooperative stakeholders to review, revise and finalize bills for county assemblies;
- Managing program relationships with all 25 county representatives and liaise with Council of Governors;
- Identifying new market players and with existing partners and stakeholders who can provide strategic value to the program efforts to facilitate a more supportive and inclusive legal enabling environment;
- Supporting advocacy groups within counties for the improvement of cooperative business enabling environments;
- Working closely with other program staff and county government officials to design and develop cooperative-related internship programs for youth;
- Regularly developing program-related content including white papers, blogs and reports that feed up into Semi Annual and Annual reports to USAID;
- Supervise a small team;
- Represent Global Communities in cooperative forums as requested;
- Responding to program team requirements on an as needed basis by Cooperative and COP.
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Economics, Political Science, or other social science-related field of study with at least seven (7) years of experience working in the public policy sector, on governance-related donor-funded programs, and/or with local government economic development units.
- Master’s degree in a similar field of study with at least five (5) years of relevant experience preferred;
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
- Experience writing, reviewing and developing policy or amendments to policy and legislation;
- Experience developing policy and outreach strategies to cooperative stakeholders in both rural and urban contexts;
- Experience providing capacity building and workshop implementation on policy and legislation initiatives or similar;
- Understanding of policies related to the cooperative sector in Kenya;
- Experience interacting and working closely with county governments;
- Strong relationships with different stakeholders in the cooperative sector in Kenya at all levels (government, private sector, civil society organizations, etc.);
- Demonstrated experience designing and implementing work plans;
- Experience with budgets and expenditure projections;
- Excellent critical thinking skills;
- Excellent verbal, writing and reporting skills;
- Excellent interpersonal and team work skills;
- Strong public speaking skills;
- Proficiency level of comprehension of Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint);
- Ability to be flexible with time schedule to allow for communication via Skype or other communication software with the Washington-based program team;
- Kenyan National strongly preferred;
- Fluency in written and oral English and Swahili
- Based in Nairobi office with travel within and outside the country as required to perform duties.
- Able to work at a computer keyboard for extended periods of time.
Apply via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please Quote the position title on the email subject while sending your application, attach your CV and cover letter, to be received not later than 15th May 2019.
Global Communities is an equal opportunity employer