Kenya: Program Officer – Value Chain Development & Youth Empowerment, DCA Kenya.

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Organization: DanChurchAid
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 12 Jan 2018

DanChurchAid (DCA) Kenya Office is seeking to recruit an experienced and energetic Kenyan national for following position:
Program Officer (PO) – Value Chain Development and Youth Empowerment – DCA Kenya Office.
The PO is to serve for a period of one year (renewable) starting as soon as possible. The position is mainly field based (Turkana County – Kakuma) with occasional consultations meetings in the DCA Nairobi Office. The PO will report to the DCA Head of Program – Kenya with the DCA Country Director having the overall responsibility.
DCA is working with international and national partners in Kenya to assist the poorest of the poor with a focus on humanitarian assistance, protection, resilience building & working for peace and conflict mitigation. In our humanitarian work, we focus on refugees/host community assistance that includes disaster risk reduction and self-protection mechanisms. In Kenya, the operational area is Turkana County with a focus on the refugees and the Turkana host community where interventions are within a frame work of enhancing self-reliance and resilience building. DCA development and humanitarian projects are part of a long term program, where gender/rights based approach and youth empowerment are cross cutting priorities and community managed/based/driven activities and capacity building of partners and LGAs are some of the key components.
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The main responsibilities of the PO are:

• Manage the assigned DCA direct/self-implemented aspects of projects at the field level.
• Ensure high quality management of projects. This includes designing, planning, implementation, monitoring & evaluation, as well as capacity building of partners including documentation of project results and learning.
• Lead the development of value chain and youth empowerment component of the DCA country program through new initiatives and field based technical support to partner staff.
• Manage and facilitate DCA initiated and managed innovation initiatives at the field level in close consultations with the HoP and DCA implementing partner staff. These will include private sector, universities partnerships and related innovation incubation and prototyping.
• Network & coordinate with relevant field operational I/NGOs, UN Agencies and LGAs and explore/advise on possible areas of collaboration/partnerships to enhance program synergy.
• Facilitate concept paper development with partners at the field level as part of DCA fundraising efforts.
• Facilitate/support collaboration and cross learning among partners through information sharing, exposure visits and active partner participation in DCA platforms/forums.
• Facilitate logistical arrangements for DCA staff, consultant field visits and donor visits together with implementing partners.
• Produce regular progress reports in accordance with internal DCA procedures.

The PO has a technical backstopping responsibility over the DCA partners implementing youth development , livelihoods and resilience building project/s in Turkana County. The PO will works close consultation the DCA HoP – Kenya. The DCA PO is also expected to have a proactive accompanying role with DCA partners that enable a sector integrated approach in relief, rehabilitation and development as well as facilitate institutionalized communication between stakeholders and promote a rights based approach in all DCA programming.

Professional Qualifications:

• University level education in any of the following fields: Economics/Business, Social Science or Rural /Community development or equivalent.
• At least 5 years experiences in market based livelihoods & value chain development and youth empowerment.
• Working knowledge of Turkana County is an added advantage.
• Proven project cycle management and monitoring & evaluation skills.
• Knowledge of the rights based approach & the international standards for working with humanitarian response such as SPHERE, Code of Conduct, & Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS) is an added advantage.
• Good interpersonal skills and a proven team player. Self-driven and results orientated in challenging rural working environments.
• Experience in training at field/community level and excellent reporting skills. Excellence in English, oral and written.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and CV (including e-mail address and telephone contacts of 3 referees, one of whom must have been your immediate supervisor). Use the following link:,-Kenya

The deadline for applications is 12 January 2018. Only the shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Interviews will be held from 22 January 2018.

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