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Career Opportunities at Concern Worldwide

Career Opportunities at Concern Worldwide.

Career Opportunities at Concern Worldwide

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We are an international humanitarian organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and suffering in the world’s poorest countries. Concern Worldwide began working in Kenya in May 2002 with the development of an urban programme in Nairobi. Our work expanded into a multi-sectoral programme focusing on urban and rural livelihoods, primary education, HIV

Career Opportunities at Concern Worldwide

 

County Programme Manager, Marsabit

Job Summary:

  • The incumbent will be responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Concern Kenya Marsabit Programme and is the focal point of contact with the County Government of Marsabit and other stakeholders in Marsabit County. The County Programme Manager is responsible for implementation of high-quality program, with a specific focus in ensuring effective implementation of the annual implementation and costed work plans. Under the supervision of Field Operations Coordinator, the County Programme Manager will be responsible for the overall program and field office management.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Programme Development & Implementation:

  • Oversee Concern programme implementation across Marsabit County in line with programme work plans.
  • Responsible for timely and quality programme implementation, reporting, and monitoring using a Results Based Management approach
  • Lead the integration of program activities to create coherent and complimentary programming with the focus to ensure the delivery of high quality program implementation.
  • In close collaboration with relevant Sector Leads and line manager, lead the field-based teams in the development of new programming ideas and initiatives for the Marsabit county programme in accordance with the country strategic plan 2022-2026.
  • Participate in the development of budgets for programme proposals.
  • Support in identification, assessment, onboarding and management of local implementing partners
  • Support in the management of the Marsabit field office to ensure that the Systems department (Logistics, Administration, HR and Finance) are responsive to the needs of the programme and best practices;

Security Management:

  • Ensuring Marsabit County Programme staff, visiting staff, consultants and suppliers engaged by Concern in Marsabit are aware of and adhere to the Country Security Management Plan.
  • Lead in the identification of Marsabit County Programme staff security training needs where appropriate.
  • Fill out the Security Incident Reporting Tool (SIRT) whenever there is a security incident in the Marsabit County Programme Area.

Budget Management:

  • Delegated budget holder for programme costed work plans and project budgets in the Marsabit County Programme
  • Responsible for the development and sharing for approval of Quarterly Marsabit County costed work plans
  • Coaching, mentoring and assisting direct reports on budget management
  • Reporting any suspected or actual financial irregularities to the Country Director

People Management:

  • Responsible for managing the performance of all direct reports through: effective use of the Performance Management System.
  • Maintain open and professional relations with direct reports, team members, promoting inclusivity.
  • Responsible for the management and coordination of Marsabit County staff leave plans.
  • Mentoring and coaching direct reports to improve quality of their work and management capacity
  • Ensuring sufficient human resources for programme implementation teams for effective programme delivery in Marsabit County Programme Area

Networking & Representation:

  • Representative of Concern in the relevant Marsabit County forums. Represent Concern’s policies, strategies, and procedures at the county level as necessary.
  • As a head of programme, coordinate and facilitate field visits for stakeholders interested in Concern’s work in Marsabit County.
  • Coordinate Concern’s programme activities with relevant government officials and other humanitarian agencies.

Monitoring & Evaluation:

  • Coordinate the monitoring and evaluation of all programmes (including partner programmes) in Marsabit County Programme Area within the agreed plans, budgets, time frames and donor guidelines

Responding to Emergencies:

  • Support Direct Reports and Marsabit County Programme staff in ensuring timely and effective emergency response based on funding availability.
  • Participate and contribute as necessary towards Concern’s Emergency response as and when necessary.
  • Comply with Concern’s health, safety and security guidelines during emergencies

Others

  • Adhere to and promote the standards outlined in the Concern Code of Conduct and associated policies to their team, beneficiaries, and be committed to providing a safe working environment
  • Participating and contributing towards Concern’s emergency response, as and when necessary
  • Promote and ensure compliance with the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) commitments and quality criteria
  • Ensure that all Marsabit County Programme staff are familiar with the principles underpinning accountability, safeguarding and Concern’s Complaints and Response Mechanism (CRM) and ensure that information about Concern’s commitments on accountability and safeguarding are disseminated among programme participants and communities
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Line Manager

Person Specification

Minimum Education, Qualifications & Experience Required:

  • Advanced University Degree in Management, Project Planning and Management, Disaster Risk Management, Health, Nutrition, Agriculture or WASH, with a minimum of 7 (seven) years progressive relevant professional work experience.
  • 3 (three) years’ experience in a programme/budget/team management with an international NGO, with at least 2(two) years managing field operations.
  • Management of diverse and multi-sectoral programmes.
  • Strong leadership and management skills including people management, delegation, time management and prioritizing skills
  • Excellent English language skills (written and verbal)

Preference will be given to candidates who have:

  • Knowledge and experience of incorporating key people-centered approaches across programmes
  • Knowledge and experience of working on systems strengthening approaches across sectors
  • Networking and advocacy skills
  • Problem solving and strategic thinking
  • Commitment to humanitarian principles and values

Competencies required:

Managing yourself

  • Awareness of your own abilities and uses abilities to work well with others to achieve your work and Concern’s.

Individual leadership

  • Inspire others by clearly articulating and demonstrating the Concern’s values and principles supports others to achieve excellent results.

Communicating and working with others

  • Proactively and effectively share information with others. Works effectively with others to achieve best results from.

Delivering results

  • Delivers on commitments; uses appropriate techniques to help achieve agreed objectives.

Planning and decision-making

  • Systematically work towards achieving objectives; informed and timely decisions (appropriate to role), to achieve work objectives.

Creativity and innovation

  • Continual improvement by developing and implementing new ideas for effective and efficient progress towards the agreed objectives

Influence, advocacy and networking

  • Engages effectively with others inside and outside the organisation as relevant to achieve agreed objectives

Senior Officer-Governance and Advocacy

Job Summary

  • The job holder will support the implementation of Concern’s strategy of improving governance through the increased participation of people living in extreme conditions of poverty in civic life. Specifically this position will primarily involve providing technical assistance to the County Government of Tana River to improve policy environment and strengthen the county government systems to facilitate and support effective citizen participation and accountability in service delivery.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop strong and strategic relationships with the County Government of Tana River, specifically the County Executive and County Assembly to improve the policy environment for improved service delivery, citizen participation, and accountability.
  • Develop strong and strategic relationships with Local Civil Society Organizations (including media) to augment their efforts to hold county governments accountable for quality service delivery and amplify citizen voices in county governance processes
  • Provide technical assistance to the Department of Public Administration and Coordination to strengthen the linkages and coordination between formal governance structures and Organized Community Groups at village, ward, sub-county, and county levels in line with county public participation laws and policies.
  • Liaise with the Technical specialist – Community Empowerment for establishment and engagement of Village and Ward and level structures for strengthening community engagement, citizen participation, and accountability.
  • Lead in building the capacity of CSOs, LDOs, and governance structures such as the Directorate for Public Participation, Sub County, Ward, and Village Administration, and community structures to facilitate meaningful citizen participation.
  • Provide technical oversight for the undertaking of advocacy studies (baseline or otherwise).
  • Always build the capacity of Programme staff to lead advocacy initiatives and tasks
  • Guide and provide technical mentorship to Community Owned Resource Persons (CORPs) in the implementation of project activities and community engagement.
  • Undertake frequent (monthly) field visits to program sites to monitor progress, quality, and impact of activities approved in the annual program proposals, and quarterly costed work plans.
  • Liaise with Officer-Communication for documentation of project processes, outcomes, impacts, and learning.
  • Represent the organization and actively participate in various project meetings and forums at the County level.
  • Participate in the compilation and submission of timely monthly, quarterly and annual reports
  • Participate in planning and coordination of field visits for the project with donors, consortium partners

Others

  • Adhere to and promote the standards outlined in the Concern Code of Conduct and associated policies to their team, beneficiaries, and be committed to providing a safe working environment
  • Participating and contributing towards Concern’s emergency response, as and when necessary
  • Take all possible measure to meet Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS)
  • Any other duties as assigned by the line manager

Person Specification

Minimum Education, Qualifications & Experience Required:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Law, Social Science, Community Development, or a related development field with 5 years’ experience implementing governance, and human rights-based programs
  • At least 3 years’ experience in governance in Kenya with a strong understanding of devolved governance structures at the county level and how these structures work
  • Knowledge of public finance management laws, County Government Act, and related amendments and other regulatory frameworks of government.
  • Have proven ability to develop relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders including county leadership – CEC, CO, directors, and county staff at technical levels; county assembly; sub-county and ward administration, civil society; communities
  • Good understanding of program cycle management and application of advocacy strategies to promote positive development outcomes.
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating meaningful participation of citizens in the annual county planning and decision-making processes
  • Experience in community mobilization and engagement using participatory approaches in ASAL contexts. Experience in the Community Conversations approach is an added advantage
  • Must have a working knowledge of Project Cycle Management
  • Possess strong written and oral communication skills
  • Be able to work independently, as well as in a team
  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Be willing to accept responsibility and show good judgment, initiative, and resourcefulness.

Preference will be given to candidates who have:

  • Experience in working with County Government departments to improve policy environment
  • Experience in utilizing participatory approaches for citizen participation and accountability
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and report writing skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively in teams.
  • High integrity and demonstrated ability to follow standards and policies
  • Ability to work in a systematic and organized manner
  • Energy to work long hours when needed and be out in the field all-day
  • Positive attitude and willingness to learn
  • Innovative, team player with an ability to work under pressure
  • Qualified residents of Tana River County are encouraged to apply.

Competencies required:

  • Influence and lobbying skills
  • Good communication skills and can work well with others
  • Deliver results
  • Leadership skills
  • Creative and innovative and open-minded to changes

 

Officer, Agricultural Livelihoods- Tana River

Job Summary

  • The incumbent will be responsible for quality programme delivery at the County level through technical leadership in food security, livelihoods and community engagement in Tana River County in close collaboration with senior officer livelihoods and Manager, Agriculture and Food Systems. S/He will be responsible for timely implementation of program activities guided by the annual work plan and informed by program technical approaches. S/He will also offer technical guidance in the county in the areas of community conversations, gross margin analysis, Disaster Risk Reduction, market systems development, resilience modelling, and climate change adaptation.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide technical support to the community resource persons, local partners and Sub-county government line officers in charge of key sectors including department of agriculture livestock and fisheries, Water environment and Natural resources, trade, industry and enterprise development amongst others to establish a collaborative working environment; implement high impact and evidence informed interventions
  • Lead in the day-to-day livelihoods program implementation and prudent utilization of resources towards meeting the program mandate in line with the approved work plan, organization policies, and standard operating procedures.
  • Foster linkages with partners and other stakeholders in public and private sector in the county to enhance synergy, collaboration and learning.
  • Represent Concern Worldwide at county level livelihoods related technical and coordination forums in: Natural Resources Management, livestock sector forums, agriculture sector forums, WESCOORD, contingency planning and early warning systems, social protection systems and cash transfer programming, and others as will be specified by the line manager.
  • Play an active role in generation of new knowledge through documentation of informal interactions and feedback sessions with communities and through participating/supporting surveys and other assessments; and documenting lessons learnt and success stories.
  • Contribute to the development of the annual work plan and quarterly costed work plan and support in tracking implementation and reporting.
  • Conduct regular field visits to monitor progress, receive community feedback, check on the quality and impact of activities approved in the annual program proposal, and quarterly costed work plans.

Responding to Emergencies

  • Participating and contributing towards Concern’s emergency response, as and when necessary
  • Complying with Concern’s health, safety and security guidelines during emergencies

Others

  • Adhere to and promote the standards outlined in the Concern Code of Conduct and associated policies to their team, beneficiaries, and be committed to providing a safe working environment
  • Take all possible measure to meet Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS)
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Line Manager

Person Specification

Minimum Education, Qualifications & Experience Required:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture (Agriculture Production, Agriculture Economics, or Agribusiness) or a related field.
  • At least two (3) years’ experience in a similar role
  • Proven experience in community engagement and facilitation.
  • Must have a working knowledge of Project Cycle Management, Climate Smart Agriculture, Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction, Water supply systems, Natural Resource Management, Pastoral and farmer Field Schools, Making Markets work for the Poor and Value Chains Development.
  • Demonstrated experience in implementing livelihoods programs in ASAL areas.
  • Fluency in spoken and written language in English and Swahili
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Computer literate with good MS Office skills

Preference will be given to candidates who have:

  • Good computing and report writing skills
  • Be able to work independently, as well as in a team
  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Be willing to accept responsibility and to show good judgment, initiative, and resourcefulness
  • High integrity and demonstrated ability to follow standards and policies
  • Ability to work in a systematic and organized manner and to tight deadlines
  • Energy to work in the, sometimes long hours
  • Positive attitude and willingness to learn
  • Knowledge of local language(s) is an added advantage.
  • Qualified residents of the County are encouraged to apply.

Competencies required:

  • Trustworthy, honest and reliable
  • Willing to challenge or question others constructively when appropriate
  • Ready to accept changes as new situations arise

Method of Application

Interested candidates, who meet the above requirements, should send a detailed CV with three referees and Cover Letter Only to nairobi.hr@concern.net with the subject of the email:

  • County Programme Manager – Marsabit County
  • Senior Officer- Governance and Advocacy
  • Officer, Agricultural Livelihoods- Tana River

Career Opportunities at Concern Worldwide

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