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Mary’s Meals School Feeding Officers Jobs in Turkana County, Kenya


Mary’s Meals (MM)

Job Vacancies: School Feeding Officers

3 Posts

Location: Turkana County

Mary’s Meals (MM) is a global movement supported by people from all walks of life and we are focused on one goal – that every child receives a nutritious daily meal in a place of education.

We continue to change the lives of over 2 million children who today will receive Mary’s Meals.

We offer more than just a job; we offer the opportunity to support our global movement in a dynamic and inclusive environment with a real focus on personal development.

Mary’s Meals Kenya (MMK) operates a Primary School Feeding and Early Childhood Development programme in Kenya.

Some of our core values are, Confidence in the innate goodness of people, Respecting the dignity of every human being and family life and good stewardship of resources entrusted to us.

In addition to these values, safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults is at the heart of how we work. We desire that all who are part of Mary’s Meals should embed these values, safeguarding and acceptable behaviours that include Simplicity, Service and Stewardship”.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced candidates for the below post:

School Feeding Officer (3 Posts) – Turkana County

We are delighted to be recruiting for a talented School Feeding Officer to join our team in Lodwar, Turkana County.

Reporting to the School Feeding Manager, this role is the key on the ground member of the MMK School Feeding Team.

The role holder will be adept at MEL Database Collection, Stock Tracker Management, Routine Monitoring, checklist administration and Reporting, Community Engagement and Partnership Management and Data Storage and Asset Management.

The School Feeding Officer (SFO) will play a key role in the day-to-day running of the School Feeding Programme in ensuring that school-based activities are being carried out effectively and that surrounding communities are participating to acceptable standards.

The role will be able to work independently in the field, and in a highly collaborative manner across the school feeding team and the delivery and operations team.

Key duties & responsibilities for the role include:

MEL Database management

  • Adherence to the ‘Enrolment Data Collection, Verification and Management SOP – appendix 3.1 in the MMK programme manual.
  • Take full responsibility on all matters primary data quality
  • Adequately and proactively analyse all data, highlight, and escalate all data quality issues to SFM while following all cases to completion.
  • Actively train teachers/volunteers on appropriate data collection methods including completeness, accuracy, and ownership.
  • Continuous dialogue with School Feeding Committees and entire communities on progress of school, presenting analysis and brainstorm on improvement measures including back to school campaigns.

Stock Tracker management

  • Timely and appropriate escalation of concerns with feeding rate data.
  • Proper review and validation of highest attendance reports and attendance registers
  • Actively review protocols on feeding rate, complete with categories of reasons for nonfeeding.
  • Strengthen adherence to cooking guidance protocols
  • Train teachers, volunteers on MM cooking guidance and file these protocols in every school
  • Continuously monitor schools to ensure adherence to cooking guidance protocols in school
  • Ensure big book are up to date and stock reconciliations well documented.
  • Adherence to reporting timelines and reporting thresholds.
  • Proper filing of all school-based stock management reports

Routine Monitoring, Checklist Administration and Reporting

  • Ensure all school visits and the actions taken are consistently logged in the school activity log and all actions that require follow up are effectively reported, addressed, and/or appropriately escalated.
  • Support schools to deliver the feeding programme safely and hygienically including access to clean and safe water for cooking.
  • Develop and submit weekly, monthly and situation reports including case studies.
  • Identify and deal with emerging issues in the school feeding and efficiently reporting the same to management.
  • Facilitate the delivery of school feeding programme supplies and equipment to supported schools and ensure maintenance and care of assets donated to these schools.
  • Support schools to organise community participation activities through meetings with Parent Teacher Associations and School Board of Community Engagement.
  • Engage with schools, communities and other stakeholders in various capacities as required, including formal training and informal conversations

Community Engagement and Partnership Management

  • Supporting schools to establish and implement initiatives that will support sustainability of the programme.
  • Providing training to relevant stakeholders for the effective implementation of the feeding programme.
  • Carrying out field assignments and other related assignments as assigned by management from time to time.
  • Actively promote child rights and the safety of children and report any cases for concern regarding child protection.
  • Linking with other departments to ensure smooth flow of information for effective implementation of the programme.
  • Any other tasks reasonably requested for the implementation, management, and development of the school feeding programme.

Data Storage and Asset Management

  • Responsibility for the organization and correct storage of data and information relating to the school feeding programme.
  • Ensuring that organization assets and equipment are taken care of.
  • Any other duty that may be delegated by SFM

Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Essential

  • Diploma in Community development / Social work, Education, Programme Management, Sociology, or related social science.
  • At least 12 months’ experience in community work.
  • A clean motorbike riding license.

Desirable

  • Bachelor’s degree in business management or related field
  • Experience working in a school environment with school-based structures.
  • Experience of working with Government structures, NGOs and community-based groups.
  • Experience of training and coaching others.
  • Experience of working in a charity or not for profit organisation
  • Experience of revenue generation or fundraising.

How to Apply

Applications stating expected salary and CV (including contacts for three referees) should be e-mailed to jobs.kenya@marysmeals.org indicating the position title and applicant’s name in the subject line.

All attached files should be saved under the applicant’s name.

Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, 28th January 2022 at 16:30 hours.

Only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted via official Mary’s Meals email address.

Mary’s Meals never asks candidates to pay any money or pay for tests at any stage of the interview process.

We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity  employer.

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