Job Vacancy: Livelihoods Officer – Building a Future Project
About Us: Kesho Kenya is a dynamic, medium sized and growing NGO currently facilitating over 700 children to access schools and universities and also supports more than 12,000 of their siblings, peers, parents and teachers.
Founded in 2004, Kesho takes a novel long-term, creative and holistic approach to change that includes offering financial support for education, academic and literacy support, enrichment and training, child protection and family support and youth development.
The Position: An exciting opportunity has arisen within Kesho for an innovative, effective, self-driven Livelihoods Officer to support the implementation of Kesho’s Building a Future project that aims at Improving access to inclusive quality education and sustainable household livelihoods for child victims and those at risk of sex trafficking in Kwale and Kilifi counties.
The position will deploy an evidence-based approach to strengthen caregivers’ and communities’ financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills and enhance their ability to provide for children’s basic needs. The project will include a strong focus on core interventions, with household economic strengthening (HES) initiatives for targeted parents/guardians and apprenticeships for older CSEC Survivors.
The position is for an initial contract period of 1 year and renewable subject to performance and availability of funds. The position location is either in Kwale or Kilifi.
Job Purpose: The Position will provide overall leadership of the Livelihoods component of the project in the areas of implementation. S/he will work closely with the project staff in pursuit of the project objectives.
The position will require the holder to ensure project quality standards and donor requirements are met and best practices in educational access are applied. The position will oversee the planning,
coordination and administration of all aspects of the livelihoods component of the project including planning, organizing, and leading and controlling the project activities.
Main duties and responsibilities:
- Provide technical guidance and direction in the management of the Livelihoods component of the project including leading the implementation of the component in the two counties of Kilifi and Kwale and ensuring that the activities are executed in line with the approved work-plan.
- Provide sound leadership, guidance and technical support to the staff to support the cohesive execution of the initiative deliverables.
- Promote and ensure adoption of the alternative livelihood approaches in the target project location for sustainable development.
- Within the context of a longer term strategy to livelihood support and vulnerability reduction, Participate to the production of technical support materials and guide program teams on the delivery of mechanisms that will ensure effective implementation of livelihoods
- Undertake household vulnerability assessments to categorize all the target households into the levels of vulnerability to inform strengthening activities.
- Link beneficiaries to relevant stakeholders and duty bearers in the market places.
- Ensure compliance with the required project narrative reports, budgets and quarterly performance data in line with set reporting timelines.
- Create and manage strategic partnerships with DCS, Business entities, Communities and and other critical stakeholders to ensure effective and efficient project delivery.
- Contribute to the generation of new knowledge, learning’s and best practices to support the development of CSEC/Anti-Trafficking programming.
- Ensure relevant communication with beneficiaries and other stakeholders to gain community support for the initiative as well as solicit input to improve the project.
- Oversee the collection and maintenance of records on the beneficiaries of the initiative for statistical purposes according to the respective policies of the organization.
- Support in monitoring performance targets and ensuring that project objectives and results are fully accomplished and meet expected standards.
- Develop and disseminate case stories, learning pieces, presentations as well as other documentation necessary to build a repository of project data bank.
- Keep an up-to-date knowledge and understanding of the area of CSEC/Trafficking and Develop training programmes and assists in capacity building for staff and partners.
- Optimize and ensure compliance with all relevant administrative systems, operational guidelines and financial polices and procedures for the project in keeping with donor requirements.
- Represent Kesho Kenya in meetings with government officials and other actors, to advocate and promote the project goals and objectives, and communicate with major partners on policies.
- Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Programmes Manager.
Knowledge, Skills & Experience and Personal Attributes
Qualifications & Experience
- Graduate degree in Business, Development Studies or Social Sciences
- At least 3 years professional working experience and experience in Livelihoods and Child Rights programming.
- Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching Skills and experience in report writing, M&E and budget monitoring are essential.
- Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
- Fluency in English and Kiswahili, both verbal and written.
- Good knowledge of project implementation and management
- Good knowledge and experience regarding gender mainstreaming and inclusion.
- Good moderation, facilitation and training skills.
- Demonstrated ability to liaise and negotiate with government and social partners.
- Excellent analytical skills.
- Ability to work in diversified environments.
- Commitment to Kesho’s values
Essential Personal Attributes
- Team player
- Integrity and confidentiality
- Creative and innovative
This job advertisement does not list all the duties of the posted job and a further job description will be provided.
Qualified and interested candidates should fill this online form https://forms.gle/VV6cyAJJGAsYwv2L9 and submit a covering letter and current CV addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications and interviews will be done on a rolling basis up until Friday 6th November 2020 at 5pm.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Kesho’s recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to respect the rights of the child including prevention of all forms of child abuse. As such, all recruitment is in accordance with Kesho’s Safeguarding Policy.