Kenya: Food, Security and Livelihoods Program Officer

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Organization: Action Against Hunger USA
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 21 Mar 2018


Name of the position: Food Security and Livelihoods(FSL) Program Officer

Country: Kenya

Base: West Pokot

Direct line manager: Livelihoods Program Manager

Line management of: N/A

Starting date:

As soon as possible

Contract Duration:


Founded in 1979, Action Against Hungeris an international humanitarian organization that delivers programs in over 40 countries. Recognized worldwide as a leader in the fight against hunger, our mission is to save lives through the prevention, detection, and treatment of malnutrition, especially during and after emergency situations and conflicts. From crisis to sustainability, Action Against Hunger tackles the underlying causes of malnutrition and its effects. By integrating our programs with local and national systems, we further ensure that short-term interventions become long-term solutions. With Head Offices in France, the United Kingdom, Spain, the United States and Canada, our international network shares its combined resources, breadth of experience and technical expertise in pursuit of a world without hunger.

Action Against Hunger has been present in Kenya since 2001 and is a transformative leader in nutrition security for improved quality of life among vulnerable communities. Action Against Hunger wants to contribute to the optimal functional performance of National, County, and Community systems through strategic partnerships for innovative nutrition-sensitive and nutrition-specific interventions to achieve its impact. Action Against Hunger is currently implementing activities in West Pokot, Mandera, Samburu, Isiolo, Trans Nzoia, Kakamega, Bungoma and Busia counties.

To achieve this, Action Against Hunger will;

  1. Intervene on the Health and Nutrition sector: evolving from direct service provision to strengthening the health system- focusing on ‘strengthening’ the system more than ‘supporting’ the system

Action Against Hunger-Kenya health and nutrition program has considerably evolved from direct service provision, to scaling up the relationship and partnership with the Ministry of Health (MoH) by recognizing them as the primary health and nutrition service providers and working at building their technical capacity to reach a higher level in the quality of services provided. Strengthening the health system will not happen by indiscriminately working on the six (6) HSS pillar alone but through a critical and holistic review of the health system processes. This critical and holistic diagnostic approach requires having developed a trustful relationship to be able to work together with the health departments, at national, County and sub-county levels

  1. Bringing the Community Health Strategy (CHS) onboard

Within the HSS approach, Action Against Hunger-Kenya will focus on community health strategy (CHS) as CHS has the potential to have a huge impact on addressing under-nutrition and is, unfortunately, under-utilized. Through this system, Action Against Hunger-Kenya will work with the MoH to create demand and accountability for services offered. This will be achieved through

  1. Applying SBCC approach at community level

  2. Strengthen referral and counter referral system

  3. Scaling up community/citizen engagement

If the system on which Action Against Hunger is supporting is not properly connected to people and there is inadequate engagement with people themselves then results will not be achieved. Deciders are still making crucial decisions on behalf of their citizen and on what they think should be the strategies and the priorities. The most vulnerable groups lack strong voice to advocate for their priorities thus the requirement for an engagement platform.

  1. Sustainability of WASH services to strengthen nutrition sensitive programming

Nutrition sensitive programming remains key to achieving better nutrition impact and reaching targets. WASH is a vital element but the main problem in Kenya is about sustainable access to safe water and sanitation services to withstand the recurrent shocks in ASAL regions. Findings clearly demonstrate critical role of WASH in good nutrition require long-term sustainable solutions for the vulnerable communities embedded in the existing systems and communities

5. Partnerships

The position holder Will aim to work closely with the Ministry of Health both at National and County levels to support in the implementation of the National and County level strategies related to improving maternal Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN) and building relationships with key stakeholders including within government institutions, the donor community, NGOs and the private sector.

6. Research

Research will be aimed at informing program action by building rigorous high quality evidence. Thus, Action Against Hunger will seek to contextualise research findings within the larger health and Nutrition strategy. Research will always be of high quality in order to produce knowledge that is applicable outside of the research setting. Results of the research will also be used to improve programming and inform policy and strategies at the National and County level.

Roles and Responsibilities

1: Support the implementation of food security and livelihoods activities at community level.**

· To know, understand and work according to the program LFAs (Log Frames) and work plans

· To know and understand the original proposals for each project

· To be responsible, in coordination with the PM, for the implementation of projects in the community, including agricultural and horticultural production, irrigation schemes, community based disaster risk reduction activities, income generating activities, livestock management and market development and access components of the program

· To support trainings, workshops, distributions and other program activities in the field

· To support with the development of culturally and contextually appropriate training materials in topics including improved agricultural methods, staple crop and vegetable production, business management and marketing, range management and community based disaster risk reduction

· To support with the development and implementation of the training curriculum for the different components of the program

· To ensure that the beneficiaries understand the program and the necessity for their own contributions:

  • Sensitization in the community and training on what Action Against Hunger expects

  • Beneficiary selection according to clear criteria

  • Training of beneficiaries

· To ensure the appropriate distribution of inputs including the maintenance of comprehensive record for effective distribution monitoring

· Supervise the allocation, relocation and maintenance of food security stocks and equipment at the base and field sites

· To identify strengths and weaknesses of the project implementation at the field level and make related recommendations to improve the projects

2: Support Collaboration with communities, local authorities and partner agencies

· In coordination with the PM and county teams, design and conduct all baseline assessments, KAP surveys, and follow-up assessments with concrete feedback findings.

· Ensure that all assessment data is kept organized in an accessible manner

· To work closely with communities, local leaders, elders and local authorities at all stages of project implementation

· To strive to get, and listen particularly carefully to, women beneficiaries’ inputs

· To represent Action Against Hunger towards partners at the field level when necessary: NGOs, local authorities, UN bodies and community representation (elders, chiefs etc)

· To establish a positive and cohesive working relationship with the community and direct beneficiaries of the project

· To support the County government to clearly understand the objectives, requirements and provisions of the projects

· To improve the participation of the beneficiaries in the decision-making process through management committees, appointed leaders, regular information sessions and administrative structures

3: Provide support Supervision, Reporting, Monitoring and Assessments

· Support the county teams Supervise hygiene promoters, community mobilization team and other hygiene and sanitation team

· To ensure the effective implementation of monitoring of activities in the area of operation:

o To ensure the County teams fully understand and can use the monitoring systems

o To ensure that data is gathered and entered correctly into information systems

o To participate in corresponding reports in collaboration with the PM

· To participate in preparing reports (weekly/monthly) providing updates on field activities and other relevant information in coordination with the PM

· To participate in data collection and analysis for baseline surveys, assessments, monitoring and evaluation as required and contribute to corresponding reports

· To assist in developing appropriate methodologies for data collection and analysis as required

o To maintain regular communication with the PM, including provision of updates on field activities

o Communicate activity objectives among the county teams and ensure deadlines are met.

o Discuss problems and progresses in the field using proactive communication on a regular basis

· Assist in regular evaluations of team members

4: Reporting and Program Development

· Compile program reports on a timely basis in liaison with other program staff; Weekly SitRep, Monthly(statistical and narrative), Quarterly and annual donor reports

· To verify that all reports and data submitted to Action Against Hunger from project activities are accurate and completed. Ensure all team members have the knowledge and resources for field based educational work

· In collaboration with the Program Manager prepare progress reports, quarterly donor reports, proposals, Program reports project procurement plan and contributes to survey reports.

· In collaboration with Program Manager and coordination team; contribute in defining technical strategy when required.

· Participates in the analysis and drafting of activity reports and evaluation of the project.

· In liaison with the program manager develop project proposal to address County specific gaps

· Support MOH focal persons on information, data management and reporting through the DHIS

· Participate in the planning, organizing and implementation of surveys, assessments and research studies including post distribution monitoring

5: Information exchange and cooperation with all Action Against Hunger intervention*s* and external stakeholders

· Collaborate with all Action Against Hunger field departments and sectors to ensure the projects are integrated

· Support the County implement evaluation surveys

· Collaboration with other Partners, MOH (S/CHMT), INGOs, NGOs, CBOs and the UN working in this area to ensure smooth running of projects.

· Work in collaboration with the communities and local leaders at all stages of project implementation

· Document human interest stories and lessons learnt

6: Finance, Logistics

· Prepare cash forecast in liaison with the other program staff in line with the work plans

· Ensure the expenditure is as stipulated in the budget lines and strict adherence to the budget limits

· Propose anticipated budget realignment in discussion with program manager

· In liaison with the Program Manager Monitor budget spending in line with spending plan; ensure diligence in grants utilization including timely spending and value for money.

· Support the Program manager in monthly budget reviews and suggesting amendments to Finance


  • Degree/Diploma or technical training in Public Health/ community development or health related field from a recognized institution.
  • Experience from both private and INGO sectors is an advantage

· Knowledge of main donor requirements including UNICEF, ECHO, EU donors, etc.



  • 1 years’ experience in a similar position.
  • Previous experience in Arid and Semi-Arid lands of Kenya
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as agriculture, agronomy, animal science, business development and marketing, environmental/natural resource management or any other related degree plus at least three years’ relevant work experience (project implementation, monitoring, community relations etc)
  • Advanced level of technical knowledge of food security and livelihoods programming, including at least one of the following: agricultural and horticultural production, irrigation, livestock management, income generating activities (IGAs), small and micro enterprises (SMEs), range management, community based disaster risk reduction, agricultural and livestock production, marketing and value chains and cash based interventions
  • Experience of project management
  • Demonstrated skills in staff management, capacity building and community relations
  • Ability and willingness to work independently with a high degree of motivation, result oriented creativeness and adaptability
  • Good report writing and analytical skills
  • Knowledge and previous practice of MS Office (Word and Excel are essential)
  • Good communication, interpersonal and organizational skills, including the ability to work effectively in a team
  • Knowledge and experience of assessments and monitoring are an advantage
  • Knowledge of related programs, particularly nutrition and water and sanitation, are also an advantage
  • Good English skills (written and spoken)


· Integrity

· Resilience

· Problem solving

· Technical credibility

· Decisiveness

· Influencing/negotiating

· Innovation

· Vision and strategic thinking

· Capacity to reconcile different and sometime divergent priorities

What Action Against Hunger will offer:

ü Start date: As soon as possible.

ü Duty station: West Pokot.

ü Remuneration package: Very Competitive salary package with additional benefits to include:

§ Career development opportunities with Action Against Hunger

§ Comprehensive medical cover for self and dependents

§ Opportunity to work in a good and friendly environment with a dynamic and motivated team

How to apply:

Closing Date : 21ST March 2018 by Close of Business 5pm. Applications sent after the closing date and time will not be considered.

Interested candidates should submit their applications through

Position opened to Kenyan Nationals only.

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