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Kenya: Post Investment Manager

Organization: Mercy Corps
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 17 Aug 2018

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible.
In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions
into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.
Now, and for the future.

Mercy Corps began working in Kenya in 2008 to address the societal wounds following the 2007 post-election violence. Since that time, Mercy Corps has built a robust and diverse portfolio in Kenya that is working to address structural causes of poverty and injustice and to strengthen systems that enable men, women and children to access opportunities, participate in and contribute to peaceful democratic processes, and thrive in the face of ecological and social change. To do this, we deliver integrated programming to strengthen market and governance systems, address the root causes of conflict, and equip vulnerable populations- in particular youth, women, adolescents and marginalized communities- with the skills, opportunities and resources they need to be healthy, productive and to drive the development of their communities. We work closely with the private sector, civil society and governance structures at local and national levels to facilitate change and ensure that opportunities are inclusive of all Kenyans.

Program / Department Summary

Youth Impact Labs is a partnership between Mercy Corps and Google.org launched in 2017 to catalyze the creation of new work opportunities for young people by leveraging technology. Impact Labs operates from Amman and Nairobi as strategic regional hubs for the Middle East and East Africa. Impact Labs aims to think big, take risks, and test bold solutions by approaching underemployment and unemployment through a business-oriented innovation lens. We seek to build a strong regional pipeline of innovators ready to create high- impact, scalable employment opportunities across various markets – for today’s youth and generations to come. We are focusing on digital marketplaces and platforms that offer services to micro and small businesses; agricultural supply chain management; and digital work.

General Position Summary

The Post Investment Manager will be responsible for providing comprehensive post investment support to the impact labs portfolio of companies. This will include working with partners to provide robust growth models, job creation strategies and investment strategies to support business growth. S/he will link partner companies to tailored technical assistance including technology business support. In addition, s/he will also have a key role of tracking progress of companies against milestones developed during the contracting process.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Partnership Engagement Support

  • Work closely with the investment analyst to evaluate partnership milestones and budget as part of the contracting process
  • Work creatively with target partners to design job creation strategies that are in line with the partners’ business models

Post Investment Support

  • Support investees in developing a robust job creation roadmap
  • Provide innovators with ongoing business support through some of the following activities; market analysis, product innovation and business modelling support
  • Support partners to build strategies ad models for job creation
  • Facilitate linkage to technical assistance providers as needed
  • Design and share business support tools with partners
  • Take an adaptive management approach to develop and innovate new processes, activities or services to business support efforts

Results Management

  • Design systems/dashboards to track portfolio and innovator progress toward partnership milestones and prepare monthly progress reports
  • Work closely with the Monitoring Evaluation and Learning team to ensure that impact data is captured
  • Participate in, and generate insights, for thought leadership events on innovation and business solutions to youth employment
  • Ensure that post investment support is delivered on time, on scope and on budget
  • Identify key learnings and potential risks/gaps for corrective action to improve the investment and job creation processes

Other

  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission
  • Other duties as assigned.

Organizational Learning

  • As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Accountability to Beneficiaries

  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
  • Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

Supervisory Responsibility

None

Accountability

Reports Directly To: Partnerships Manager

Works Directly With: Partnerships Manager, Investment Analyst, Monitoring Evaluation and Learning team, Innovation partners and technical assistance providers

Knowledge and Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years experience working for management /development consulting firms or business incubators/accelerators
  • Strong business modelling and strategy development skills
  • Previous experience providing post investment support to early – growth stage businesses
  • Strong hands on management skills including with tracking progress and providing feedback to clients
  • Previous entrepreneurial experience is an added advantage;
  • Prior exposure working on a youth employment program or designing job creation roadmaps

Success Factors

The successful candidate should be willing to innovate and improve processes. S/he should possess the ability work and engage with a diverse teams and stakeholders. Ability to thrive and adapt quickly to change is crucial for the position.

How to apply:

Interested candidates who meet the above required qualifications and experience should submit a Cover Letter and detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing three professional references (including a recent supervisor) to ke-hrkenya@mercycorps.org on or before 17th August, 2018.

The email subject line must clearly show the job title.

Applications without an appropriate subject heading will be automatically disqualified.
Please do not attach any certificates.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

NB: We do not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process

Kenya: Partner Evaluation Assistant

Organization: Mercy Corps
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 17 Aug 2018

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible.
In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions
into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.
Now, and for the future.

Mercy Corps began working in Kenya in 2008 to address the societal wounds following the 2007 post-election violence. Since that time, Mercy Corps has built a robust and diverse portfolio in Kenya that is working to address structural causes of poverty and injustice and to strengthen systems that enable men, women and children to access opportunities, participate in and contribute to peaceful democratic processes, and thrive in the face of ecological and social change. To do this, we deliver integrated programming to strengthen market and governance systems, address the root causes of conflict, and equip vulnerable populations – in particular youth, women, adolescents and marginalized communities- with the skills, opportunities and resources they need to be healthy, productive and to drive the development of their communities. We work closely with the private sector, civil society and governance structures at local and national levels to facilitate change and ensure that opportunities are inclusive of all Kenyans.

Program / Department Summary

Youth Impact Labs is a partnership between Mercy Corps and Google.org launched in 2017 to catalyze the creation of new work opportunities for young people by leveraging technology. Impact Labs operates from Amman and Nairobi as strategic regional hubs for the Middle East and East Africa. Impact Labs aims to think big, take risks, and test bold solutions by approaching underemployment and unemployment through a business-oriented innovation lens. We seek to build a strong regional pipeline of innovators ready to create high- impact, scalable employment opportunities across various markets – for today’s youth and generations to come. We are focusing on digital marketplaces and platforms that offer services to micro and small businesses; agricultural supply chain management; and digital work.

General Position Summary

This is a short term position for a duration of 3 months. The Partner Evaluation Assistant will be responsible for conducting initial market landscape assessments and conducting initial partner reviews in order to support the development of a partner investment pipeline. S/he will initiate company and market assessments, generate market sector briefs and prepare internal memos to support the partner selection process.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Market research

  • Conduct market research, analyze market trends on youth employment and technology;
  • Conduct desk research to map out early stage tech enhanced businesses that are creating new employment opportunities
  • Prepare market briefs of priority sectors based on market research conducted

Due diligence

  • Conduct initial assessment of pitch decks and company financial statements
  • Conduct initial assessment of job creation potential
  • Prepare an investment memo of companies reviewed for internal purposes

Engagement Execution support

  • Conduct initial review of the due diligence information gathered to determine accuracy and authenticity
  • Consolidate and organize due diligence documents

Other

  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission; Other duties as assigned.

Organizational Learning

  • As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Accountability to Beneficiaries

  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specificall to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
  • Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

Supervisory Responsibility

None

Accountability

Reports Directly To: Partnerships Manager

Works Directly With: Partnerships Manager, Investment Analyst

Knowledge and Experience

  • This is an entry level position but 1- 2 years’ experience working in business, financial and/or technology analysis in the banking, technology, business support or NGO sectors is preferred
  • Prior exposure to grant application assessment exercises
  • Demonstrated aptitude for analytics and quantitative problem-solving
  • Advanced skills in MS Excel, PowerPoint and Word
  • Good writing and presentation skills
  • Passion for youth employment programming and financial analysis

Success Factors

The ideal candidate should have the willingness to learn, improve and take feedback positively. S/he should be organized and possess good judgement. The ability to work effectively with people at all levels in the project is crucial.

How to apply:

Interested candidates who meet the above required qualifications and experience should submit a Cover Letter and detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing three professional references (including a recent supervisor) to ke-hrkenya@mercycorps.org on or before 17th August, 2018.

The email subject line must clearly show the job title.

Applications without an appropriate subject heading will be automatically disqualified.
Please do not attach any certificates.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

NB: We do not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process

Kenya: Consultancy to support the development and piloting of a Toolkit to reinforce Accountability to Affected Populations(AAP) and Community…

Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 27 Jul 2018

Community Engagement and Accountability to Affected populations(AAP) are core cross cutting components of the current UNICEF strategic plan. It is one of the key pillars of many global initiatives such as the UNICEF’s global strategies for Health (2016-2030), Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), Ending Violence against Children, community approaches to total sanitation (CATS), and community based management of severe acute malnutrition (CMAM). These approaches emphasize the key role of community engagement towards improving program outcomes particularly through increased demand for and use of quality services, greater social accountability, and addressing social norms and behavioral determinants.

As part of strengthening this aspect of programming, UNICEF has received some funding from DFID and BMGF to strengthen Community engagement through the development of guidelines, tools, standards and indicators. This investment is aimed at building the organization’s capacity for Communication and Community Engagement by addressing identified institutional gaps and address it by strengthening capacities of government and CSO partners to effectively place community engagement at the center of development and humanitarian work

This effort is in line with most of UNICEF’s current initiatives including the global Business case and framework on scaling up Accountability to Affected populations, the Eastern and Southern Africa Region’s guidance note on AAP, and the Communication and Community Engagement Initiative1.

Justification/Purpose of the Consultancy

Community Engagement is an essential element of development and emergency programming. Trusted, clear and effective communication and engagement approaches are critical in maintaining good community feedback mechanisms, addressing expectations, and ensuring that misunderstanding and/or rumors do not undermine programming and or response efforts, in case of humanitarian context.

Good Community Engagement helps implementers gain insights into the perceptions and behaviors of different groups which is essential for developing effective and targeted messaging. Key to the achievement of this is the capacity of UNICEF staff and implementing partners which is yet to reach its full potential.

This consultancy is intended to support the mapping of existing Accountability to Affected Communities landscape in ESAR. It will also support the development and piloting of a Toolkit to be used by UNICEF country offices in the development and strengthening of capacities of Government counter parts and Implementing Partners to plan, design and implement effective community engagement interventions. The Toolkit will be piloted in two ESAR AAP pilot countries to be identified among the following countries; Tanzania, Ethiopia, Somalia and South Sudan. As this is a specific area of work, a dedicated consultant is required.

Scope of Work

  • Goal and Objective:
  • The goal of this assignment is to contribute to improved capacity of Government and CSO partners to design and implement effective Community engagement and APP interventions

    Objective: To strengthen UNICEF Country offices capacity to support government and CSO partners through development and piloting of a Toolkit to reinforce community engagement and APP within existing programming mechanisms

  • Provide details/reference to AWP areas covered:
  • This activity is part of the C4D AWP Activity #10: Recruit consultant to conduct a desk review of and develop contextual Community Engagement module with a focus on AAP.

  • Activities and Tasks:
  • Review existing documents and programme guidance on Community Engagement (CE) and AAP
  • Undertake an analytical mapping of the AAP landscape in the region to assess existing strengths, opportunities and gaps in this field
  • Develop a CE and AAP Toolkit based on existing guidance and available resources from the region and beyond, which will cater to the ESAR regional context. The Toolkit will provide contextualised with practical guidance to ensure inclusion of community participation/consultation in all programming and related processes.
  • Pre-test the developed the Toolkit in two select countries
  • Incorporate the findings from the pre-test and feedback from Country Offices, Regional Office and HQ and finalize the Toolkit
  • Compile final report, and hand over all materials related to the consultancy
  • Work relationships:
  • The consultant will work under direct supervision and guidance of the ESARO C4D/Emergency Specialist, the C4D team and other relevant sectors. Strong collaboration mechanisms will be established with HQ and participating Country Offices.

    Key expected Deliverables

    Deliverables

    Duration

    (Estimated # of working days)

    An inception report for the consultancy (understanding of the assignment, desk review of background documents to understand context and inform focus on the Toolkit development, recommendations and structure /session outline of the Toolkit).

    7 days

    An analytical mapping of the AAP landscape highlighting existing strengths, opportunities and gap.

    25 days

    AAP Toolkit with clear target audience and mode of instruction

    21 days

    Report from the Pilot in two countries highlighting key observations and recommendations for revision

    20 days

    Revised Toolkit and final report with defined steps and action undertaken during the consultancy and recommendation for roll out of the Toolkit

    8 days

    Total working days

    81 days

    Duration of the contract:

    The contract comprises 81 working days to be completed between 3rd September and 30th November 2018. The estimated start date of the contract is 3nd September 2018.

    Payment Schedule

    Payments are linked to deliverables as per the below table.

    Deliverables

    Timeline/Deadline

    Payment in percentage

    Inception report

    October 5, 2018

    40%

    Mapping and analysis of AAP initiative in ESAR

    AAP Toolkit reviewed by concerned sectors in ESARO, HQ and relevant COs

    November 2, 2018

    25%

    Report from the Pilot Toolkit in 2 countries

    November 23, 2018

    35%

    Toolkit adjusted and final Report

    November 30, 2018

    Total

    100%

    Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • Advanced university degree in behavioural and/or social sciences (anthropology, sociology, psychology, social development, development studies etc.)/ communication for development. Degree in Education and/or training would be an asset
  • At least 8 years of solid professional experience in C4D including at least 4 years in developing countries with a strong focus on capacity building, training module design and implementation of blended learning systems.
  • Understanding of – or training in – current developments in the field of communication for development theory and research, participatory processes, media; as also strategic communication planning, behaviour analysis, formative research and evaluation. Expertise in community engagement and/or APP is required.
  • Proven experience in application of C4D strategies, tools and resources to address behavior and social change dimensions of emergencies.
  • Experience of working on ESA Region would be an asset
  • Fluency in English. Fluency in French and Portuguese is an asset.
  • Strong analytical, presentation skills and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Ability to work in insecure environments and stay in simple living conditions.
  • Competencies of Successful Candidate

    Core Values:

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity
  • Commitment
  • Core Competencies

  • Communication
  • Working with People
  • Drive for Results
  • Functional Competencies

  • Analysing
  • Deciding and Initiating Action
  • Applying Technical Expertise
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Adapting and responding to change
  • Administrative issues

  • This assignment is part home-based and part on site. The consultant will be expected to adhere to the agreed timelines
  • The consultant should be able and willing to travel to any of the selected countries for the purposes of this assignment
  • Conditions

    As per UNICEF policy, payment is made against approved deliverables. No advance payment will be allowed unless in exceptional circumstances against bank guarantee, subject to a maximum of 30 per cent of the total contract value in cases where advance purchases, for example for supplies or travel, may be necessary.

    The selected candidate will be governed by and subject to UNICEF’s General Terms and Conditions for individual contracts and the consultancy will be conducted in accordance with the UN Evaluation Group Code of Conduct and ethical standards2.

    Risks/Limitations

    In the event of a delay in reviewing the content and/or organising the country pilots, this may in turn delay the submission of final deliverables. Effort will be undertaken to mitigate this by closely following up with the relevant Country offices as well as Toolkit reviewers to submit comments in time.

    1 The initiative, led by UNICEF in partnership with CDAC Network, OCHA and the IFRC, seeks to establish collective services for more predictable and timely approaches to communication and community engagement in humanitarian crises, as a contribution to our broader AAP commitments`

    How to apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=514659

    Kenya: SENIOR ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICER-NAIROBI

    Organization: ACTED
    Country: Kenya
    Closing date: 22 May 2018

    Department: Appraisal Monitoring & Evaluation Unit (AMEU)

    Position: Senior Accountability Officer

    Direct Hierarchy: AME Manager

    Contract duration: 6 Months

    Location: Nairobi, Kenya

    Starting Date: June 2018

    ACTED is a French humanitarian NGO, founded in 1993, which supports vulnerable populations, affected by humanitarian crises worldwide. ACTED provides continued support to vulnerable communities by ensuring the sustainability of post-crisis interventions and engaging long-term challenges facing our target populations, in order to break the poverty cycle, foster development and reduce vulnerability to disasters. Their interventions seek to cover the multiple aspects of humanitarian and development crises through a multidisciplinary approach which is both global and local, and adapted to each context. Their 3,300 staff is committed in to responding to emergencies worldwide, to supporting recovery and rehabilitation, towards sustainable development.

    Position profile

    Under the direct supervision of the Country Accountability Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, he/she is responsible for ensuring ACTED continuously engages in meaningful two-way dialogue with the communities it serves. The Accountability Officer will be responsible for ensuring the implementation and management of a complaints mechanism, pro-active engagement with project beneficiaries and ensuring issues, questions and complaints are followed up in a meaningful and genuine manner. S/he will be responsible for ensuring mechanisms are in place in ACTED’s programmes to fulfil key Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Commitments. This is a very exciting initiative for those interested in and passionate about ensuring communities have direct influence in aid interventions and how they are carried out. This initiative is about giving a voice to communities and ensuring accurate needs and feedback is being listened to and acted upon in ACTED programs. However, this position is dependent on availability for funding.

    The Senior Accountability Officer shall:

    · Oversee and support the accountability officers to liaise with communities, beneficiaries, local authorities and community leadership structures at field level;

    · Continuously review, analyse and adapt the best feedback system for ACTED, in consultation with key stakeholders (communities, NGOs, local authorities).

    · Conduct regular meetings on a structured basis including: focus groups discussions; household interviews; village relief committee meetings; key informant interviews (authorities etc.).

    · Act as a key focal point for complaints and feedback to beneficiaries on ACTED programs by:

    1) Providing timely feedback to the program team, and relevant managers on sensitive issues, on complaints raised by the communities on project activities; and

    2) In co-ordination with respective departments (program team, co-ordination, field officers), provide timely feedback to all stakeholders on complaints raised. Produce monthly reports and databases on feedback gathered;

    · Capacity building and mentoring of field-based accountability officers and other ACTED staff to ensure that accountability mechanisms are supported by a strong field team;

    · Contacting beneficiaries and key stakeholders on a regular basis to collect feedback on project activities;

    · Undertake field visits to train and support the project teams on the beneficiary accountability and learning systems and solicit feedback from sample beneficiaries and other key stakeholders.

    · Map and assess community structures to ensure feedback is representative of all groups.

    · Work closely with program teams to ensure all feedback is incorporated into approaches and future programs where possible.

    · Work closely with community mobilization teams as when necessary as a technical advisor on ensuring community focal points and structures (i.e. Village Relief Committees) are inclusive of all groups

    · Launch the bulk SMS initiative as an alternative way to communicate with all.

    · Institutionalize and enhance accountability mechanisms to all ACTED projects.

    · Participate in accountability forums to represent ACTED.

    · Review and validate field level beneficiary accountability reports and databases;

    · Compile monthly accountability reports and file all accountability and feedback materials.

    · Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor

    Requirements

    · Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science, Community Development or related field.

    · Extensive experience of social research methods to conduct monitoring and evaluation for humanitarian and development initiatives/interventions.

    · Demonstrable understanding of conflict/post-conflict development contexts, with experience in remote-management contexts such as Somalia as an added asset. Certification in monitoring and accountability is a very strong asset

    · Knowledge and experience of participatory rural appraisal methods will also be an asset.

    · Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; the ability to successfully and effectively liaise with a variety of people in a multicultural set up.

    · At least 3 years of work experience in a similar field; previous experience with INGO is an asset.

    · Proven commitment to accountable practices.

    · A Kenyan Somali national with good English communications skills (both oral and written) and report writing skills. Fluency in Somali language will be preferred.

    · Strong team player of high integrity, pleasant personality, ability to work under least supervision and meet strict deadlines.

    · Strong people management and leadership skills.

    · Ability to work independently.

    How to apply:

    Qualified persons with the required skills are invited to submit their applications accompanied by detailed curriculum vitae(as a single document with the cover letter being on the first page and the CV should start on the second page) detailing three work related referees and contacts to kenya.jobs@acted.org and received on or before 5.00PM on 22nd May 2018

    Please note that only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    ACTED will at no stage of recruitment process request candidate to make payments of any kind.

    ACTED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Kenya: Project Administrators ASD Project

    Organization: Voluntary Service Overseas
    Country: Kenya
    Closing date: 24 Apr 2018

    Job Title:Project Administrators- Accountability for Service Delivery Project

    Job purpose:

    The purpose of these roles is to work in close collaboration with county governments, Pre-primary Education Actors, schools, parents, Civil Societies, communities and volunteers to deliver Accountability for Service delivery Project objectives and interventions in target counties

    Responsibilities:-

    • Ensure timely and quality delivery of all project interventions as per the project outline and contract
    • Ensure effective monitoring of activities to achieve project outcomes
    • Participate in identification of potential schools; assessment of implementing partners, and contribute to project design and regular monitoring.
    • Conduct administrative and financial duties related to all aspects of project implementation; organise all necessary logistics for project activities, such as meetings, events, workshops, trainings, M&E activities inline with VSO procedures strictly
    • Maintain an effective communication system and ensure information flow between project and relevant parties.
    • Undertake extensive travel to project sites to lead in implementation of activities, capacity building of volunteers, implementing partners and primary actors
    • Ensure quality administration and financial management in all project sites
    • Support the PO in drafting contracts, work plans, budgets, and writing project internal and donor reports
    • Manage and regularly check project assets to ensure their right purpose of use, maintains data management and filing system for the projects
    • Ensure security and safety for project work station, and liaising with Hosting Partners to ensure smooth running of the offices.
    • Supervise and support Volunteers, and project stakeholders, including logistical and administrative support.
    • Represent VSO in meetings at county government and other relevant stakeholders as required
    • Entrench VSO core approaches and People First Framework principles through out project processes

    Skills and Experience

    • Diploma and/or Bachelor's degree in Education or social sciences
    • At least 2 years' experience working in the field of both project management, finance or administrative experience in an NGO or community based organisation.
    • Evidence of knowledge and skills in M&E
    • Evidence of previous experience in implementing Education project
    • Knowledge on inclusion and accountability practices
    • Good written and spoken English and Kiswahili skills
    • Ability to work effectively as a team member and with minimal supervision
    • Good written and oral communication.
    • Evidence of effective problem solving and organisational skills.
    • Evidence of professionalism and high integrity.
    • Evidence of openness to learning to improve own performance.

    Provide support for other VSO activities as reasonably requested by supervisors and in line with organizational priorities

    How to apply:

    Please follow this link to apply: http://www.aplitrak.com/?adid=am9tZWdhLjQ5NzE3LjM4MzBAdnNvLmFwbGl0cmFrLmNvbQ

    Mercy Corps Office Assistant

    Vacancy Announcement
     

    Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. 

    In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action – helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future. We help communities survive and move beyond emergencies. 

    When natural disasters strike, economies collapse or conflict flares, Mercy Corps is there. We see global challenges as an invitation to pioneer innovative, sustainable solutions. 

    Mercy Corps is looking for committed and dynamic individual to take up the following position:

    Position: Office Assistant
     

    Location: Wajir 

    Program / Department Summary: The Operations Department is committed to implementing and maintaining the highest standards of efficiency and integrity in the operations functions. The overriding objective for all administration and logistics operations is the prompt and effective provision of support services to Mercy Corps’ beneficiary populations in compliance with donor specifications.

    General Position Summary:
    The Office Assistant will be responsible for office cleaning, preparing tea/coffee and general office assistance functions for the Mercy Corps Wajir office.

    Essential Job Functions: Overall responsible for all general office assistance aspects of Mercy Corps’ office support functions in Wajir in compliance with MC Administration and in-country policies.

    Office Maintenance:

    • Wash dishes in the kitchen;
    • Clean washrooms, office premise and the kitchen daily;
    • Empty garbage cans and dust bins daily;
    • Sweep and dust the office daily;
    • Clean the refrigerator, microwave and other machines in use in the office premises;
    • Track the office cleaning supplies;
    • Report items and assets in need of repair maintenance.

    Kitchen functions:

    • Prepare tea for the office staff;
    • Prepare refreshments for meetings;
    • Maintain stock of kitchen items and consumables;
    • Track kitchen consumable items.

    General Office Assistance:

    • Perform receptionist duties when required;
    • Deliver documents among departments on request;
    • Make photocopies on request;
    • Refill papers in printers and photocopiers;
    • Attend to minor maintenance work;
    • Issue and track office stationery.

    Other:

    • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission in country of operation;
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Organizational Learning: As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
     

    Accountability to Beneficiaries: Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
     

    Supervisory Responsibility: None 

    Accountability:
     

    Reports Directly To: Administration and Logistics Officer 
     

    Works Directly With: All team members at the field office 

    Knowledge and Experience:

    • Minimum 2 years’ experience in general office assistance;
    • Basic computer skills are required;
    • Strong organizational skills;
    • Fluency in English and Swahili languages (both written and spoken).

    Success Factors:

    • High standard of cleanliness and attention to detail;
    • Ability to work simultaneously on multiple tasks;
    • Willingness and ability to work effectively with a wide variety of people;
    • Excellent interpersonal skills;
    Application Procedure:

    Interested candidates who meet the above required qualifications and experience should submit a Cover Letter and detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing three professional references (including a recent supervisor) to email protected  on or before 12th December, 2017.

    The email subject line must clearly show the job title and location they are applying for.

    Applications without an appropriate subject heading will be automatically disqualified. 


    Please do not attach any certificates.

    Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 
     

    NB: We do not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process

    Kenya: SDG Accountability Consultant

    Organization: Options Consultancy Services
    Country: Kenya
    Closing date: 05 Nov 2017

    Role title: SDG Accountability Consultant

    Location: Nairobi, Kenya

    Contract type: Fixed term Consultancy Contract – 20 days

    Salary: Commensurate with experience

    Short introduction

    The Girl Generation has developed a draft SDG accountability framework to guide our members in their national obligation to hold their governments accountable to ending FGM. We are looking for a subject matter expert to review and draft the SDG framework in line with latest developments, review opportunities for SDG accountability in our focal countries, and produce country-specific materials and reporting mechanisms to inform our members and inspire action.

    Summary purpose and objective of role

    The SDGs are a universal set of goals, targets, and indicators that UN member states will be expected to use to frame their policies and agendas over the next 15 years. Of particular interest to ending FGM is Goal 5 to “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”, and target 5.3 to “Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilations”. Under this target, ending FGM has been included as a global indicator. The SDG Accountability Consultant will be responsible for developing the following:

    • Finalised SDG accountability framework for ending FGM
    • A country matrix showing opportunities for SDG accountability in our ten countries.
    • Simple ‘how to guides’ for selected countries
    • A tracking/reporting tool for assessing members’ engagement/results in this are

    Person specification

    • The candidate will hold a professional qualification or degree in a relevant subject (public health, development studies, accountability, policy and governance etc.)
    • Demonstrable expert knowledge around SDGs, country accountability plans and international accountability frameworks
    • Ability to synthesise and communicate findings from different evidence sources into accessible written and visual formats
    • Highly organised
    • Excellent writing skills
    • A dynamic, flexible and proactive approach to prioritising tasks and achieving objectives
    • An ability to work independently
    • Highly communicative, empathetic and sensitive
    • Proficiency in English (French and/or Arabic also desirable)

    About Options

    Options Consultancy Services Limited was established in 1992 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marie Stopes International. We are a consultancy organisation providing technical and management expertise in the health and social sectors to governments and international development partners to transform the health of women and children. We provide information, expertise and influence to governments, health workers, NGOs and businesses to catalyse change so that health services can be accessed by the people who need them most.

    The Girl Generation (www.thegirlgeneration.org) is a social change communications initiative providing a global platform for galvanising, catalysing and amplifying the Africa-led movement to end FGM, building on what has already been achieved. The Girl Generation seeks to inspire organisations and individuals, including youth, across the ten most affected countries in Africa and beyond, to end FGM in one generation. We also support grassroots organizations through the End FGM Small Grants Programme which provides flexible funding in order to support their work in the area of communications, advocacy and campaigning to end FGM.

    How to apply:

    Application process

    • To apply, please send your CV with a summary note of your skills and experience to Kit Catterson opportunities@options.co.uk. Candidates should state the role in the subject header
    • Closing date for applications is COB Sunday 5th November.
    • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview.

    Other information

    • Options is an equal opportunities employer
    • Candidates are required to have the right to live and work in Kenya
    • Candidate must be willing and able to travel internationally, particularly to the ten TGG focal countries

    SDG Accountability Consultant Job in Nairobi, Kenya

    Job advertisement

    Job title: SDG Accountability Consultant
     

    Location: Nairobi, Kenya
     

    Contract type: Fixed term Consultancy Contract – 20 days
     

    Salary: Commensurate with experience

    Short introduction: The Girl Generation has developed a draft SDG accountability framework to guide our members in their national obligation to hold their governments accountable to ending FGM. 

     

    We are looking for a subject matter expert to review and draft the SDG framework in line with latest developments, review opportunities for SDG accountability in our focal countries, and produce country-specific materials and reporting mechanisms to inform our members and inspire action.

    Summary purpose and objective of role: The SDGs are a universal set of goals, targets, and indicators that UN member states will be expected to use to frame their policies and agendas over the next 15 years. 

    Of particular interest to ending FGM is Goal 5 to “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”, and target 5.3 to “Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilations”. 

    Under this target, ending FGM has been included as a global indicator. 

    The SDG Accountability Consultant will be responsible for developing the following:

    • Finalised SDG accountability framework for ending FGM
    • A country matrix showing opportunities for SDG accountability in our ten countries.
    • Simple ‘how to guides’ for selected countries
    • A tracking/reporting tool for assessing members’ engagement/results in this area.

    Person specification

    • The candidate will hold a professional qualification or degree in a relevant subject (public health, development studies, accountability, policy and governance etc.)
    • Demonstrable expert knowledge around SDGs, country accountability plans and international accountability frameworks
    • Ability to synthesise and communicate findings from different evidence sources into accessible written and visual formats
    • Highly organised
    • Excellent writing skills
    • A dynamic, flexible and proactive approach to prioritising tasks and achieving objectives
    • An ability to work independently
    • Highly communicative, empathetic and sensitive
    • Proficiency in English (French and/or Arabic also desirable)

    About Options: Options Consultancy Services Limited was established in 1992 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marie Stopes International. 

    We are a consultancy organisation providing technical and management expertise in the health and social sectors to governments and international development partners to transform the health of women and children.

    We provide information, expertise and influence to governments, health workers, NGOs and businesses to catalyse change so that health services can be accessed by the people who need them most.
     
    The Girl Generation (www.thegirlgeneration.org) is a social change communications initiative providing a global platform for galvanising, catalysing and amplifying the Africa-led movement to end FGM, building on what has already been achieved. 

    The Girl Generation seeks to inspire organisations and individuals, including youth, across the ten most affected countries in Africa and beyond, to end FGM in one generation.

    Application process
     

    To apply, please send your CV with a summary note of your skills and experience to Kit Catterson email protected 

    Candidates should state the role in the subject header
     

    Closing date for applications is COB Sunday 5th November.
     

    Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview.

    Other information

    • Options is an equal opportunities employer
    • Candidates are required to have the right to live and work in Kenya
    • Candidate must be willing and able to travel internationally, particularly to the ten TGG focal countries

    Save the Children Mapping and Piloting of Child Protection Accountability Mechanism Consultancy

    Mapping and Piloting of Child Protection Accountability Mechanism in Armed Conflict in Africa

    Save the Children (SC) is the world’s leading independent organization for children. 

    As part of the organisation’s contribution towards ensuring every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation, Save the Children has been working with armed forces in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) since 1998 and with the African Union (AU) for the last ten years to promote the rights of children in conflicts, post-conflict and protracted political emergency situations. 

    With support from SIDA, Save the Children has worked towards strengthening Child Protection in African Union Peace Support Operations since 2013.

    The engagement has borne results that include:

    • The development and adoption of a harmonized and standardized curriculum and standards on child protection and child rights;
    • The development of a training management system (AMANI) providing a platform for learning and sharing information with key stakeholders in Peace Support Operations (PSO) through knowledge learning event and symposium.

    Save the Children in collaboration with partners continues to augment efforts that protect girls and boys in conflict settings. 

    These interventions aim at strengthening the capacity of the Peace Support Operations Actors in Africa to deliver their protection mandate and ensures girls and boys affected by armed conflicts and protracted political disputes enjoy their rights.

    Our work focusses on four key objectives:

    1. To enhance the commitment and capacity to prevent and respond to violence against girls and boys within the AU Peace and Security Department (AU PSD), East Africa Standby Force, ECOWAS Standby Force, and Member States.
    2. To institute and monitor a functional accountability framework on child protection within the AU Peace and Security Department, East Africa Standby Force, ECOWAS Standby Force and troop contributing countries.
    3. To increase knowledge, evidence and collective understanding on child rights and child protection issues within Peace Support Operations.
    4. To improve participation among girls and boys affected by armed conflict to contribute to decisions and processes of the AU, Regional, Regional Mechanisms/Bodies and Member States.

    To achieve this, Save the Children collaborates with stakeholders within the AU, Regional Bodies and Regional Mechanisms in East and West Africa, and National Armed Forces.

    2.    Context

    The African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) entered into force in 1999. This was after AU Member States took an unambiguous stance on the applicability of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) to children in Africa on various socio-economic, cultural and developmental diversities.

    Like the UNCRC, the ACRWC defines the full spectrum of children’s civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights and the obligations of duty bearers to uphold those rights; the principal duty bearer being the state. 

    The Charter makes it possible for girls and boys to assert their rights through domestic judicial or administrative proceedings. 

    The Charters articles are applicable in all contexts including situations of conflict. Article 22 of the Charter is specific to conflicts in stating that no child should participate in armed conflict. 

    The Charter establishes ACERWC as the body responsible for monitoring its implementation and ensuring the protection of the rights contained in it. 

    On the definition of a child, the UNCRC defines a child as every human being below the age of 18 years ‘unless under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier1, where the law referred to in the CRC includes international treaties and domestic legislations specific to children. 

    The ACRWC defines a child more concisely as ‘every human being below the age of 18 years2.

    This has a significant difference when we discuss the age of conscription or engagement in armed forces.

    Despite this framework girls and boys caught in conflict on the continent continue to be subject to rights violations including violence that is both incidental and targeted. 

    As highlighted in the Study on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children in Africa commissioned by the ACERWC3, girls and boys living in conflict contexts are more likely to be separated from their families, sexually assaulted, subject to early marriage, maimed killed, recruited by force, or die early as a result of disease of malnutrition. 

    At the same time, they are less likely to attend school. Girls and boys not only have to live with the physical and psychological scars from their experience but often with social alienation particularly those who have been associated with armed groups or those who have survived sexual violence. 

    Conflict often has different effects on girls and boys. For example, boys are often more vulnerable to recruitment as combatants by armed groups whilst girls are often more vulnerable to sexual violence.

    Despite widespread condemnation and mechanisms to hold perpetrators accountable such grave violations of children’s rights continue. In the annex to the UN Secretary General’s report 2014 on Children and Armed Conflict4 listing parties responsible for grave violations against children, armed groups on the continent are overrepresented.

    15 of the 28 groups listed are located in Africa, 5 of which are national armed forces.

    There is growing intolerance globally and on the continent against acts of violence committed against children in conflict situations and in particular against violence committed by peacekeepers. 

    The UN Secretary General is vociferous in his condemnation and he is exploring ways to end impunity through, for example, naming and shaming countries that fail to take action5

    His dismissal of the Head of the UN mission in the Central African Republic following repeated allegation of violations by peacekeepers sends a clear signal. In 2015, the UN Security Council demonstrated its continued engagement on the issue by adopting resolution 22256. The resolution requests the Secretary General to include in the annexes to his report on children and armed conflict those parties to armed conflict that engage in contravention of applicable international law, in patterns of abduction of children in situations of armed conflict. 

    In line with the priorities of this Swedish funded project, it also calls for mandatory pre-deployment training of peacekeepers on child protection and sexual violence. 

    This will need high-level political commitment that is driven by evidence from grassroots action, which this project would endeavour to undertake.

    The AU is taking the issue seriously with the appointment of a Special Representative to the AU Chair of the Commission for Women, Children and Armed Conflict to drive the agenda within the AU. 

    The AU Peace and Security Council, PSC, has to date held five open sessions focusing on children associated with armed conflicts. It is cooperating with the ACERWC to make Member States more accountable for their implementation of the African Children Charter.

    African troops already form the bulk of the peace support troops currently engaged in the UN missions on the African continent and in one AU mandated mission (AMISOM in Somalia) and two AU authorised missions (fight against Lord’s Resistance Army in central Africa and Boko Haram in Nigeria and surrounding countries). 

    By the weight of their numbers and their engagements, they clearly have a significant effect on the lives of girls and boys in the contexts in which they operate. As peacekeepers, they are mandated to protect children from violence in conformity with Security Council resolutions on children in armed conflict, country specific resolutions and the respective mandates.  

     Ensuring that they have the necessary capacity and resources to implement this mandate effectively has a large potential impact on protecting children from violence in the continents ongoing and future conflicts.

    3.    Background to mapping of Accountability Mechanisms

    The 10 Year Review following the Graça Machel Study on the Impact of Armed Conflict on children stressed on the protection of boys and girls from violations and called on ending impunity by perpetrators. 

    To this end, functional accountability mechanisms are important to hold perpetrators/violators accountable in accordance with the respective laws and rules that they are expected to adhere to. As such, this would prohibit violations against children including abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence during conflict. 

    Consequently, such accountability mechanisms would improve the safety of civilians including children and ensure that members of militaries and state security actors adhere to the prescribed professional conduct and are disciplined. As such, mapping relevant means of holding actors to account will allow Save the Children and its civil society partners to identify and focus their interventions appropriately. 

    This mapping exercise on accountability mechanisms includes safeguarding and internal disciplinary processes, criminal prosecution and military tribunals, international or supra-national processes.

    For purposes of this programme, this work will focus on Accountability mechanisms within the scope of the African Peace and Security Architecture and its relationship with international legal and policy instruments and structures. 

    This will further explore those mechanisms across the following tiers:

    • a)    National level mechanisms especially for troop contributing countries and also the role of National Human Rights Institutions (Uganda7 and Cote d’Ivoire8 are selected as primary countries of interest with Senegal and Kenya as secondary targets) 
    • b)    Sub-Regional level mechanisms such as but not limited to ECOWAS9, EAC, EASF, SADC, ECCAS, NARC, IGAD, IGAD+, tribunals and special courts
    • c)    Continental level mechanisms at the AU10 and Continental Human Rights Institutions
    • d)    UNSC level mechanisms such as the UN CAC Protection Structures, UNSG ‘naming and shaming’ list, MRM and the UNSC CAC Working group on CAC Toolkit

    This work will also adopt Conflict Dynamics Initiative’s definition of accountability mechanisms as those actions taken to achieve outcomes for children in:

    • a)     Imposing legitimate consequences for perpetrators
    • b)    Assigning responsibility for violations committed
    • c)    Preventing or deterring future violations
    • d)    Reconciling and rebuilding traumatised societies and individuals

     4.    Objectives of the mapping

    The mapping process shall seek to achieve the following objectives:

    1. Provide an analysis of existing accountability mechanisms and their effectiveness. Specifically, this would aim at provide a clear description of the structure, functions and assessment of child protection-relevant accountability mechanisms12 in armed conflict within the tiers described above. It would also further provide exemplary case studies from selected countries, institutions or contexts to examine how the accountability mechanisms are operating.
    2. Initiate dialogue and consensus building towards approaches to bridge identified gaps
    3. Initiate policy and practice interventions for attainment of functional accountability mechanisms

    Describe the current applicable legal and normative framework, setting out the strengths and weaknesses, and outlining ongoing or planned policy agenda focussed on or relevant to child protection in armed conflict within the identified institutions.

    The mapping will focus on these core components of accountability

    • legal framework – enforcing laws and norms
    • assigning responsibility – structures in place known for this and who is in charge
    • reforming systems – International and national legal frameworks rectified and domesticated
    • child safeguarding – service delivery structures for how children are protected, victims supported when they need assistance

     5.    Questions the Mapping will be addressing

    What components of Child Protection Accountability Mechanism in armed conflict are currently in place?

    • What are the violations that girls and boys are exposed to; this should go beyond the 6 grave violations
    • Has the State ratified relevant international treaties? In practice, do national armed forces comply with relevant laws and norms (including international humanitarian law, human rights law, child protection standards, and relevant provisions in national law?
    • How much evidence is there that members of the military and other state security actors have the mandate to follow up on accountability i.e. have their institutions awarded individuals with specific roles that include responsibility for holding perpetrators to account.
    • Are local and national authorities willing and/or able to fulfil relevant obligations under national and/or international laws in matters of accountability for violations against children including abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence?
    • Are other actors (e.g. national armed forces, human right organisations including national human rights institutions, international bodies, local communities) fulfilling their respective roles and responsibilities when it comes to holding perpetrators of violations against children to account?
    • Are perpetrators of violations against children identifiable and accessible? This should also look at the cases of child perpetrators
    • Do any parties to conflict obstruct or facilitate investigation, prosecution and sentencing of perpetrators?

    Child Safeguarding

    • How do preventive and disciplinary processes protect the identity of the person (victims and other witnesses) reporting the allegations or concerns?
    • Is the reporting and investigation process entirely child-centred?  This approach ensures that the child’s needs and the rules of evidence and fair process required in any investigation and prosecution are satisfied.

    How do children and families experience the Child Protection Accountability Mechanism?

    • Strategies for dealing with child protection and child justice problems. What is the ability of the accountability process being mapped (whether formal judicial or other) to provide adequate victims and witness support in accordance with best standards? This could also explore DDR as an accountability mechanism
    • What is the perception of accountability mechanism?
    • When and how is the mechanism used?
    • Do victims see the formal system as relevant?
    • How can children be engaged in the processes?

     6.    Methodology, Outputs and Timeframe

    Phase 1 (50 Days)

    Kenya: East Africa Emergency Response – Surge Coordinator

    Organization: Trócaire
    Country: Kenya
    Closing date: 10 Sep 2017

    Trócaire works in and through partnership with local organisations to overcome poverty and promote justice in developing countries. Within the Horn & East Africa Region, Trócaire implements and manages development and humanitarian programme work in Kenya. Trocaire seeks to recruit a highly motivated staff for the above position to be based in Nairobi.

    Background to the role

    The East Africa Emergency Response Coordinator will work as a member of Trócaire’s Humanitarian Team to provide surge support to Trócaire’s response to the current crisis in East Africa in the countries of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda.

    Managed by the Humanitarian Manager – Operational, s/he will have a specific mandate to support the response across the countries involved – providing surge capacity to teams on request – particularly in the areas of reporting and compliance. S/he will also ensure that information requirements of HQ are met and that the documentation for the response is kept up to date on both financial and management information systems.

    In particular, the role will be responsible for providing high quality technical support to Trócaire humanitarian staff and partner organisations (if requested). In particular, performance will be judged against the ability to deliver on Trócaire’s Core Accountability Commitments.

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    The Person Specification

    · Third level qualification in humanitarianism, development or related area.

    · At least 4 years’ experience in the humanitarian sector in a programmatic role

    · Experience of working with, and a demonstrated understanding of, humanitarian standards and principles of good practice

    · Experience of working with a range of institutional donors

    · Experience in producing timely, detailed, accurate and informative reports to meet organisational and donor requirements i

    How to apply:

    For detailed Job Description, requirements and details of the positions, interested applicants should visit and apply through https://trocaire.workable.com/ by 10th September 2017.Prospective applicants must be committed to safeguarding children and adults against all forms of exploitation and abuse by signing Trócaire’s Safeguarding Policy.