Kenya: Senior Project Officer (Ref.2018/004)

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Organization: Catholic Relief Services
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 14 Jan 2018

Department: Programming

Grade: 7

Reports To: Project Manager-IMARISHA

Country/Location: Kenya/Isiolo

About CRS

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.

Job Summary:

APHIA plus IMARISHA OVC component is extended for three months funded by USAID and the consortium is led by AMREF located in NAL. As a lead for the CRS OVC component in both Isiolo and Marsabit, 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 OVC IMARISHA in Isiolo and Marsabit counties adheres to the GOK/PEPFAR OVC guidelines.

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

· Support the project officer implementing OVC activities in Marsabit County.

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Social Sciences, Public Health, Community Health, and International Development or any health related field.
  • At least 5 years of work experience in project support in the fields of OVC, HCBC, CT, Counseling, ART among pastoral and nomadic populations of NAL or other health-related projects in Kenya and for an NGO.
  • Experience dealing with a multifaceted and integrated OVC/HCBC and HIV/AIDS projects, preferably in an NGO setting.
  • 3 years’ experience in managing PEPFAR Project
  • Good knowledge of GOK/PEPFAR OVC Guidelines

· In–depth understanding of donor expectations for program results, outcomes, impact, and reporting.

· Additional education may substitute for some experience.

· Additional education may substitute for some experience; additional experience may substitute for some education.

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

· Staff supervision experience a plus.

· Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data preferred.

· 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

The SPO will be based in Isiolo and travels within the county as well as travel to Marsabit County 60% of the time

Key Working Relationships:

Supervisory: One Project officer

Internal: IMARISHA Project Manager, CRS Health Unit Staff, CRS/Kenya PQ and MQ departments,

External: IMARISHA Consortium Team Members, Local Implementing Partners, MoH, DCS, OVC stakeholders in the two counties, and other PEPFAR implementing partners/programs in the counties.

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 Sunday, January 14, 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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