Monday, April 23, 2012

Catholic Relief Services Jobs in Kenya - Program Manager, Senior Project Officers and Project Officers (Livelihoods, Nutrition, WASH & OVC / HCBC)

Catholic Relief Services – USCCB is the official agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for relief and development overseas.

CRS Kenya is a member of a consortium with AMREF as the lead, implementing the APHIA Plus North Arid Lands funded by USAID effective March 15, 2012.

CRS will be implementing interventions to improve the social determinate of health and improve the livelihoods of marginalized, poor and underserved population.

We are seeking suitable persons to fill the following positions

All candidates require
  • technical competencies in the respective areas,
  • experience in willingness to travel to field locations,
  • experience in implementing US Government – funded projects,
  • ability to transfer skills/knowledge through training, mentorship & accompaniment,
  • good knowledge and experience in project management including planning, budgeting and reporting,
  • excellent written & oral communication skills, negotiation skills,
  • Computer skills (Microsoft Office),
  • Good understanding of GOK strategies & Policies on NALS,
  • high integrity,
  • good stewardship,
  • ability to work with various teams and cultivate constructive relationships,
  • ability to promote safety & security and
  • a commitment to work with and support partners.
1) Program Manager

Ref. 2012/19

Location: Nairobi

Job Purpose:

Reporting to the Deputy Head of Programs, the Program Manager will be the key link person responsible for coordinating CRS role in the APHIAplus, NALs consortium.

He/ she will serve as the overall technical link person in the consortium to whom the two Senior Project Officers report to.

S/he will be in charge of managing relations between the stakeholders as they work hand in hand with the project officers to ensure APHIAplus NALs Service Delivery to the target groups.

In consultation with the COP and the other consortium members, the Manager will create linkages with all relevant GOK structures at national, county, district and community levels so as to deliver the project in line with USAID/Kenya Strategic Goal for health: “Sustained improvement of health and well-being for all Kenyans”.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

The Program Manager is a core member of consortium management team responsible for project policy and strategic direction support supervision, data quality assessment and research.

S/he is expected to promote an integrated approach to service delivery to improve the well-being of APHIAplus NALs target groups & represent CRS in various foras.

Knowledge, Skills And Abilities Requirement
  • Master Degree in Sociology, Anthropology, Nursing, Public Health or other relevant area of study
  • At Least 5 years experience working in the following areas: OVC, HCBC, VCT, Counseling, ART and dealing with social determinants of health.
  • At least 5 years progressive experience implementing an integrated HIV/AIDS projects among pastoral and nomadic setting in NALs Kenya, preferably in an NGO setting.
  • Have a good grasp of challenges facing PLHIVs, OVC and marginalized poor in Kenya
2) Senior Project Officers

2 Positions

Location:
  • Isiolo (Ref. 2012/ 20)
  • Garissa (Ref.2012/21)
Job Purpose: Reporting to the Program Manager, the Officer will be responsible for CRS role in the APHIAplus, NALs consortium within his/her geographical coverage.

S/he will serve as key technical link persons in the consortium in the field, manage relations between the strategic partners, implementing partners (IPs) and the GOK as s/he work hand in hand with the project officers to ensure APHIAplus NALs Service Delivery to marginalized,
vulnerable and underserved populations affected by AIDS.

The Senior Project Officer will ensure that the implementation is done through the GOK structures at national, county, district and community levels in line with USAID/Kenya Strategic Goal for health: “Sustained improvement of health and well-being for all Kenyans”.

Key Responsibilities And Accountabilities:

The Senior Project Officer is a key member of consortium technical team responsible for project implementation strategies, routine support supervision, data quality assessment, research and policy adherence within his/her geographical coverage.

S/he is expected to promote an integrated approach to service delivery to improve the well-being of marginalized, poor and underserved populations APHIAplus NALs targets.

In consultation with the Program Manager and consortium colleagues, s/he is expected to work hand in hand as they continuously engage key stakeholders to make it possible to deliver on their mandate.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Requirement
  • A Degree in Sociology, Anthropology, Nursing, Public Health or other relevant area of study
  • At Least 5 years experience working in the following areas: OVC, HCBC, VCT, Counseling, ART and dealing with social determinants of health.
  • At least 3 years experience working in a multifaceted and integrated project in a resource poor setting such NALs
  • At least 2years progressive experience implementing an integrated HIV/AIDS projects among pastoral and nomadic setting in NALs Kenya, preferably in an NGO setting.
3) Project Officers – Livelihoods

4 Positions

Location:
  • Garissa (Ref.2012/22)
  • Isiolo (Ref.2012/23)
  • Turkana (Ref.2012/24
  • Wajir (Ref.2012/25)
Job Purpose:

Reporting to the Senior Project Officer, the Officers will work with APHIAplus, NALs consortium
partners, implementing partners (IPs) and the GOK to ensure APHIAplus NALs Service Delivery on food security to marginalized, vulnerable and underserved populations including youth, PLHIVs and those on ARVs, orphans and children affected by HIV/AIDS.

They will work with IPS, Consortium members through and with GOK structures at national, county, district and community levels to deliver on USAID/Kenya Strategic Goal for health: “Sustained improvement of health and well-being for all Kenyans”.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

The Officers are responsible for coming up with strategies that would promote food security as one of the key social determinants of health to improve the well-being of the target groups.

They will liaise with GOK to provide technical assistance conducting participatory on-farm trials and demonstrations with focus on variety identification and crop production techniques.

Support interventions and strategies that would increase food security, improved nutrition and sustainable livelihoods amongst the target groups.

Conduct market and livelihood opportunity assessments for the target communities.

In partnership with GOK and local partner project staff, conduct value chain analyses to identify market opportunities and private sector linkages suited to the target beneficiaries.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Requirement
  • A university degree in Agriculture, food security and other related relevant training
  • At least 3-5 years of experience working as an agricultural extension officer or crop research among pastoralist and nomadic NALs.
  • Experience in working with resource poor farmers, especially on dry land farming systems, project monitoring and evaluation
  • Knowledge and experience in market-based cash and/or voucher transfer mechanisms
  • Good knowledge and understanding of microenterprise, value chain approach and sub-sector analysis
4) Project Officers – Nutrition

4 Positions

Location:
  • Garissa (Ref.2012/26)
  • Isiolo (Ref.2012/27)
  • Turkana (Ref.2012/28) and
  • Wajir (Ref.2012/29)
Job Purpose:

Reporting to the Senior Project Officer, the Project Officers will work with APHIAplus, NALs consortium partners, implementing partners (IPs) and the GOK to ensure AphiaPlus NALs food and nutrition interventions for marginalized, vulnerable and underserved populations including youth, PLHIVs and those on ARVs, orphans and children affected by HIV/AIDS.

They will work with IPs, Consortium members and with GOK structures at national, county, district and community levels to deliver on USAID/Kenya Strategic Goal for health:“Sustained improvement of health and well-being for all Kenyans”.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

Key project interventions include nutrition counseling for improved household nutrition behaviors, ensuring linkages to project-supporting Food Security Livelihood (FSL) interventions to improve access to food and WASH interventions.

The Officers are responsible for designing strategies that will promote adoption of key nutrition
practices outlined in the Essential Nutrition Actions, including proper food preparation, handling, preservation and storage to secure the nutritional value of locally available food items as one of the key pillars to improving the wellbeing of marginalized, poor and underserved AphiaPlus NALs target populations.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Requirement
  • A university Degree in Nutrition, Nursing or any other relevant training
  • 3-5 years working in a food and nutrition initiative targeting people in poor resource setting similar to NAL
  • Good knowledge and experience working in a food and nutrition initiative among pastoralist and nomadic population
  • Demonstrated ability to foster integration in programming approach.
5) Project Officers - WASH

4 Positions

Location:
  • Garissa ( Ref.2012/30)
  • Wajir (Ref.2012/31)
  • Turkana (Ref.2012/32)
  • Isiolo (Ref.2012/33)
Job Purpose:

Reporting to the WASH Specialist, the Project Officers-WATSAN will work with APHIAplus,
Northern Arid Lands (NAL) consortium partners, implementing partners (IPs) and the GOK to ensure APHIAplus NALs Service Delivery on water and sanitation needs of marginalized, vulnerable and underserved populations including youth, people living with HIV (PLHIV) and those on ARVs, orphans and children affected by HIV at the household.

They will work with IPs, consortium members and with GOK structures at national, county, district and community levels to deliver on USAID/Kenya Strategic Goal for health: “Sustained improvement of health and wellbeing for all Kenyans”.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

The Project Officers WATSAN are responsible for developing strategies that promote correct handling, storage and use of water and waste disposal as a key social determinant of health to improve the well-being of target groups.

Conduct regular monitoring of projects implementation.

They will conduct monitoring of projects, support partners in preparation of annual work plan & budgets, participate in project studies, assessments & evaluations and participate in partner learning meetings and GOK sectoral coordination meetings (eg District WESCOORD).

Plan and assist in the development of infrastructure improvements in community and schools to enhance access to improved water supply and sanitation

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Requirement
  • At least a university degree in Public Health, Environmental health or other relevant area of study.
  • A minimum of 5 years experience working on community-based water, hygiene and sanitation projects, in an NGO setting.
  • Proven experience in training using participatory adult learning methodologies.
  • Good experience in dealing with a multifaceted integrated HIV and WATSAN projects, preferably in an NGO setting pastoral and nomadic communities of NAL
6) Project Officers – OVC / HCBC

4 Positions

Location:
  • Isiolo (Ref.2012/34)
  • Turkana (Ref.2012/35)
  • Garissa (Ref.2012/36)
  • Wajir (Ref.2012/37)
Job Purpose:

The project Officer report to the Senior Project Officers and work through and with implementing Partners (IPS), APHIA plus consortium, GOK structures at national, county, district and community levels to ensure APHIAplus NALs Service Delivery to marginalized, vulnerable and underserved populations -PLHIVs and orphans and children affected by AIDS according to existing government /PEPFAR guidelines and to deliver on USAID/Kenya Strategic Goal for health: “Sustained improvement of health and well-being for all Kenyans”.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

The project officers is responsible for executing project strategies that would promote a holistic and integrated approach to addresses social determinants of health and sustainable delivery of services.

By providing the required technical direction to IPs and working with GOK, the project officers will contribute to the improved well-being of marginalized, poor and underserved populations particularly the PLHIVs and OVC targeted by APHIAplus NALs.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Requirement
  • At least a university degree in Sociology, Anthropology, Nursing, Public Health or other relevant area of study
  • Have solid 3-5 years working knowledge and experience in the areas of OVC, HCBC, CT, Counseling, ART among pastoral and nomadic populations of NAL.
  • Good experience dealing with a multifaceted and integrated OVC/HCBC and HIV/AIDS projects, preferably in an NGO setting.
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 April 27, 2012.

Human Resources Manager
Catholic Relief Services – Kenya Program
E-mail: hr@ke.earo.crs.org

Note: Please indicate the Reference Number of the position you are applying for on the ‘email subject’.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.




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