Kenya: Gender Based Violence Project Officer

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Organization: International Institute of Rural Reconstruction
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 21 Mar 2018

International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) Kenya Country Office is implementing a project entitled: “Stop Violence against Women and Girls in Samburu, Marsabit and Isiolo counties in Northern Kenya”. It is for this reason that IIRR is seeking to recruit a project officer to coordinate implementation of the project in the selected locations within the targeted counties. The goal of the project is to ensure that women and girls in the targeted locations are better protected from Sexual-Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) and harmful cultural practices e.g. Early Forced Marriages and Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting – FGM/C) and that survivors have access to support services (Medical, Psychosocial and Legal.

Job Scope (Purpose):

The position is 100% field based in Northern Kenya to provide technical support for the daily implementation of the SGBV project with project assistants and all other constituents.
Contract duration: Initially until December 2018, to be renewed on mutual agreement, subject to funding continuity.

Reporting: Under the direct supervision of the Programmes Director and working closely with the M&E Officer, the incumbent will be responsible for carrying out the following duties and responsibilities:

Key responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership/technical assistance in project implementation with targeted communities and all stakeholders through a strong community-led approach at each project location.
  • Facilitate community dialogues engaging elders, men, women, and youth to sensitize them against SGBV to change their attitudes/behavior and support ending of SGBV with their communities
  • Facilitate harmonization, reproduction and dissemination of national guidelines and treatment protocols for life saving procedures with all constituents
  • Organize and facilitate capacity building (formal/ informal and supportive supervision) of Health care providers (HCPs), Community Trainers-TOT’s, Community Conversation Facilitators (CCFs), Psychosocial Counselors, Law Enforcement Agencies, Female Activists, Local Governments and Community Leaders.
  • Supervise the activities of the TOT’s and CCFs and support them to become strong local institutions which are networked with other partners and government to provide leadership in championing rights of women/girls and ending of SGBV with their communities.
  • Facilitate strengthening of GBV reporting and referral systems and also case management protocols
  • Facilitate strengthening of Community-Based Protection Networks and Rescue Services within the targeted locations.
  • Lead in Anti-SGBV campaign strategies, development of culturally sensitive and appropriate including; Information Education Communication-IEC and Behavior Change Communication-BCC materials on SGBV and their strategic dissemination/distribution with key constituents.
  • Take lead in the preparation of appropriate content for dissemination through local FM radio on SGBV issues.
  • Liaise with the state and county authorities (Ministries of Education/ Health/ Social services gender/ youth) and the Children’s Department and interact positively with development actors/ organizations to ensure that SGBV is integrated in all response programmes/ projects of relevant organizations.
  • Strengthen networks and partnerships to support leveraging of resources for the SGBV field programming.
  • In collaboration with Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer, lead in project monitoring and evaluation in coordination with the project assistants, partners and communities.
  • Prepare standard periodic reports and progress updates on on-going project interventions; monthly, quarterly, biannual and annually.

Qualifications and other requirements:

  • Must have a relevant first degree including; Nursing, Public/Environmental Health, Gender and Development, Social Science. A Master’s Degree will be an added advantage
  • Minimum 3 years working experience in implementing SGBV Projects with INGO or Government is a requirement and experience in project management will be considered
  • Familiarity with children’s rights and education sector programming will be an added advantage
  • Fluency in written/oral English and Kiswahili plus an understanding of the local language (Either Samburu, Rendille or Borana) will increase your chance of being shortlisted.
  • Readiness to take up the position immediately and be based in Northern Kenya 100% of the time

How to apply:

Application process:
Send your application letter indicating your suitability for this position quoting current & expected remuneration and readiness to take up the position immediately, with your current CV including contacts of 3 referees by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 21st March 2018 through

IIRR is an equal opportunity employer, thus women candidates are encouraged to apply

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