Kenya: Senior Project Officer/County Community Services Coordinator – 5 Positions

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Organization: Catholic Relief Services
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 19 Jan 2018

Job Title: Senior Project Officer**/**County Community Services Coordinator – 5 Positions

Turkana – (Ref.2017/076)

Baringo – (Ref. 2017/077)

Nakuru – (Ref. 2017/080)

Narok – (Ref.2017/081)

Samburu – (Ref.2017/082)

Department: Programming (PQ)

Band: 7

Reports To: Community Services Manager

Country/Location: Kenya/As above

Job Summary:

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners, people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

CRS has worked in Kenya since 1965. Over the years, CRS’ focus shifted from direct relief and food distributions to a comprehensive development program that works with partners and enhances local capacity. CRS Kenya programs now support children affected by HIV, and community-based efforts to increase household incomes, improve family health and sanitation, and enhance agriculture livelihoods

The HIV/AIDS Service Delivery Support Activity (HSDSA) is a five-year USAID- funded project located in the Rift Valley. As a lead for the CRS HSDSA project team in respective County, you will facilitate the achievement of project objectives through coordinating and reporting on all project activities and providing technical guidance and advice to staff and implementing partner(s) advancing Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work serving the poor and vulnerable. Your coordination and relationship management skills will ensure that the project for which you are responsible applies best practices and constantly works towards improving the impact of its benefits to those we serve. You will ensure that activities of volunteer Mentor Mother peer educators based in facilities support PMTCT, gender based violence prevention response and social protection parenting including care giver interventions targeting adolescents and young women and HIV testing of families of PLHIV support group members. Facilitate linkage to care and treatment sites for those found to be positive in respective County adhered to the National guidelines and policies.

Job Responsibilities:

· Organize and lead the implementation of all assigned project activities as outlined in the detailed implementation plan in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.

· Ensure learning properly accompanies project activities throughout the project cycle. Support accountability through coordinating project evaluation activities and guiding partners in their efforts to reflect on project experiences. Analyze implementation challenges and report any inconsistencies and/or gaps to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules.

· Coordinate and oversee working relationships with all local project stakeholders and serve as the liaison between them and the project team to mobilize local actors and promote project activities and impact.

· Supervise and perform ad-hoc inspections of various processes and resources at project sites to ensure timely project activities implementation and adherence to established process standards and procedures.

· Support and coordinate capacity building and technical support activities to ensure assigned project activities are implemented per project guidelines and standards.

· Coordinate provision of any logistical and administrative support to staff and partners.

· Ensure project documentation for assigned activities is complete with all required documents and is filed per agency and donor requirements. Assist with preparation of trends analysis reports and documentation of case studies and promising practices

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

· Master’s Degree in Public Health, Community Health, International Development or in a related field of health and community engagement required.

· Minimum of 5 years of work experience in project support, ideally in the field of community health services and for an NGO.

· Experience in HIV prevention, care and treatment services including NASCOP Manuals and guidelines

· Experience working with international donor agencies, particularly USAID.

· Experience engaging with and writing for a range of audiences, including governments and policy makers, multilateral agencies, and the public (national and international).

· Experience working with partners, participatory action planning and community engagement.

· Staff supervision experience a plus.

· Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data.

· Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

Personal Skills

· Analysis and problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment

· Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners

  • Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented
  • Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities

Required/Desired Foreign Language: Able to clearly communicate in written and spoken English

Travel Required: 50% of the time within the county

Key Working Relationships:

Supervisory: Project Officers (two to five)

Internal: HSDSA staff

External: Local implementing partners, community members, HIV/AIDS stakeholders

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

· Trusting Relationships

· Professional Growth

· Partnership

· Accountability

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

How to apply:

Written applications indicating the reference number of position applied for and CV including day-time contact phone numbers, as well as names and contact information of three references should reach the below-mentioned by Close of Business Friday, January 19, 2018.

Human Resources Manager

Catholic Relief Services – Kenya Program

E-mail :

Note: Catholic Relief Services (CRS) does not charge any fees from applicants for any recruitment. Further, CRS has not retained any agent in connection with this recruitment

CRS’ recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation

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