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  • Posted on: 17 January, 2017 Deadline: 27 January, 2017
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  • Habitat for Humanity International, generally referred to as Habitat for Humanity or simply Habitat, is an international, non-governmental, and nonprofit organization, which was founded in 1976.
     

    Housing Support Specialist

     

    Job Purpose

    Ref: HSS/01/17


    The HSS Specialist will be responsible for the strategic planning, design, supporting implementation, monitoring and evaluation of housing support services (HSS) for low-income households. S/he will support the development and growth of HSS initiatives with Financial Service Providers (FSPs) and other housing sector partners, their monitoring and evaluation, and the capacity building of partners in the areas of construction and the technical aspects of low cost housing.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Leads the development of HFH Kenya HSS strategy and models.
    • Contributes to the development of region-wide HSS strategy.
    • Supervises planning and implementation of the HSS component of projects
    • Participates in research and design of innovative solutions for cost effective construction and housing related products.
    • Leads the design of new HSS initiatives which may include assessing the suitability and feasibility of construction interventions, advice on the appropriateness of materials and construction processes used, advice on appropriateness of interventions with regards to building regulations etc.
    • Conducts feasibility studies on construction and shelter improvements in target geographic areas.
    • Provides guidance and advice to FSPs and other housing sector partners on HSS strategies, construction design and building technologies, aimed at meeting housing quality standards and guidelines
    • Supervises development and testing of HSS as part of institutional technical assistance projects to partners.
    • Trains and builds the capacity of FSP, consultants and other partners on HSS methodologies, tools, and housing interventions.
    • Leads the analysis, monitoring and evaluation of HSS initiatives
    • Coordinates the reporting and communication on construction/HSS related projects to stakeholders and /or external donors.
    • Documents best practice interventions and lessons learned in HSS and innovative building techniques. Shares the lessons and practices in appropriate forums.
    • Networks with organizations and associations working in fields related to low-cost housing
    • Networks with organizations and associations working in the construction sector and other fields related to low- cost housing, to access latest technological developments.
    • Coordinates the reporting and communication on construction/HSS related projects to stakeholders and /or external donors.
    • Provides construction/HSS related support to Communications Team from HFHI to, media, business partners, donors, etc.
    • Develops content for brochures, training of trainers’ guides, booklets, and guides for the design, appropriate technologies and materials, and construction practices.
    • Builds the capacity of partners, consultants and HFHK staff on HSS methodologies, tools, and interventions as may be appropriate.

    KEY PERFORMANCE MEASURES / INDICATORS

    • Monthly progress reports
    • New products progress reports
    • Number of trainings conducted

    QUALIFICATIONS

    • A Bachelor’s or similar degree in construction related field (such as Architecture, Building Science and Engineering).

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED

    • Good communication skills – both oral and written in English and Kiswahili.
    • Self-initiative and problem solving abilities.
    • Consultancy/advisory skills
    • Monitoring and evaluation skills
    • Excellent Training skills
    • Good conceptual and analytical thinking
    • Strong computer skills - Excel, Word, PowerPoint, CAD and knowledge of design software

    EXPERIENCE

    • A minimum of 7 years of working experience in the finance services sector with at least 5 years’ experience at a management level.
    • Conversant with the regulatory framework for the Housing industry in Kenya
    • Excellent understanding of low income housing solutions
    • Knowledge and experience in project design and management
    • Experience in appropriate building technologies
    • Knowledge and experience in cost effective construction design for low-income urban and rural clients with
    • Strong background in structural engineering and social/affordable housing designs/renovations

    OTHER INFORMATION

    • Ability to work long and odd hours, including weekends
    • Confidentiality
    • Honesty
    • High levels of integrity

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    Communications Officer

     

    Job Purpose

    Ref: COM/01/17

    The Communications Officer contributes to the development of communication and donor relation strategies for key programmes and campaigns and coordinates their implementation in developing and disseminating information to the general public, media, government, partner NGOs and other key stakeholders.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Support the Resource Mobilization and Communications Manager to develop HFH Kenya’s communication strategy and ensure its adoption across the organization.
    • Increase scope and content from the field across all platforms including traditional media, social media, website and multi-media, to raise the profile of HFH Kenya’s grassroots activities and impact.
    • Assist in the identification of opportunities for increased media coverage of HFH Kenya work nationally and at County levels.
    • Take lead in the production of HFH Kenya’s annual reports (written and photographs), newsletter and programme brochures.
    • Review documents and any other documentation from workshops, high level meetings as required and develop stories and blogs for external audiences.
    • Commission short films/documentaries on relevant issues, or for specific events and in conjunction with field teams and staff.
    • Periodically review and give oversight to all external HFH Kenya communications, including articles, blogs, website and social media, in compliance with HFH Kenya’s recognized policies.
    • Desktop publishing and graphic design of print and online materials, including fact sheets, brochures, e-newsletters and social media sites, and will also help develop HFH Kenya branding strategies and marketing plans for new programmes,.
    • Support the proposal development process with editing, formatting, compiling and creating graphics. . • Co-ordinate the production and publication of the communications calendar including daily twitter, weekly blogs, monthly e-newsletter, monthly reports and annual reports.
    • Takes a lead role in maintaining and updating the HFH Kenya website on a regular basis, helping to populate the Intranet with relevant and timely communications materials, and developing and executing upon HFH Kenya’s media strategy.
    • Assist with coordinating external presentations and facilitating effective representation at public events.
    • Supports the Advocacy Advisor in the planning, implementation and evaluation of events, ensuring consistency of media messaging from all staff.
    • Supports the development of policy positions and briefing papers on key issues affecting housing.
    • Contribute to the identification and documentation of best practices and lessons learnt and share knowledge within and outside the organization.
    • Ensure the visibility of HFH Kenya at all levels.
    • Enters all donor data from checks, correspondence, and online transactions into donor database on a daily basis and maintains accurate hard copy and electronic files
    • Updates donor contact information to ensure current records are up-to-date
    • Analyzes donor information and gifts to identify further fundraising opportunities. Reports findings to the development and communications teams.
    • Explores capabilities of donor management system and shares this knowledge with staff
    • Assist in research for funding opportunities and draft proposals as well as completing grant reports
    • Creates acknowledgments, receipts, and destination notifications for donors on a timely basis
    • Responds to donor inquiries (by email and phone) in a prompt and courteous manner
    • Provides support in the creation and distribution of donor communications (electronic and print) and appeals, including disaster-related, destination and anniversary appeals
    • Maintains donor confidentially and ensures compliance with related policies
    • Seeks new processes to increase the efficiency and efficacy of the donor collection and stewardship process.
    • Discharge management functions as may be delegated

    KEY PERFORMANCE MEASURES / INDICATORS

    • Regular update of website and intranet.
    • Compliance to branding standards.
    • Monthly activity reports on achieved targets.
    • Regular publication / dissemination of internal / external briefs.
    • Prompt updating of donor database.
    • Updated tracking of communication with donors.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    • A Bachelor’s degree in Communications / Public Relation or related discipline.

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED

    • Sound I.T skills and especially desktop publishing skills and website management
    • Database management skills
    • Highly developed writing skills, able to write press releases, letters, country and county briefs etc.
    • Good understanding of housing development issues
    • Ability to design effective communications products, lead formulation of communication messages and strategies.

    EXPERIENCE

    • Three years’ experience communications and media work preferably with a development NGO.
    • Training and experience in public relations.
    • Website management experience; comfort with social media tools and new media technology; experience with graphic/production design and/or desktop publishing.
    • Demonstrated ability to listen to and support programme staff and partners, and to work with communities in a sensitive and participatory manner.

    OTHER INFORMATION

    • Ability to work long and odd hours, including weekends
    • Confidentiality
    • Honesty
    • High levels of integrity

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    Communications Intern

     

    Ref: COMI/01/17

    Job Purpose

    The Communications Intern supports and contributes to the development, management and monitoring of HFHK’s overall communication processes, materials and activities.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Support development of creative ways to document programmatic processes, successes and achievements (e.g. through photos/graphics/case stories, in periodic newsletters, brochures, briefs, website, social sites etc.)
    • To support in the production of communication material e.g. brochures, newsletters, annual reports, etc.
    • Assist and support the various HFHK teams in brand adherence (reports, templates, color, publications, etc.)
    • Support in continent maintenance, updating and monitoring/activity tracking of HFHK social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
    • Assist the planning of HFHK events, in particular regarding the design and production of materials, media coverage and documentation of the event.
    • Assist in sorting, storing and maintaining data base of photographs of projects and their activities
    • Support the review, update and management of HFHK contact database (partners, donors, affiliates, etc.)
    • In liaison with the Communication Manager, maintain HFHK’s regular contact and engagement with donors, tithers and partners.

    KEY PERFORMANCE MEASURES / INDICATORS

    • Regular update of website and intranet.
    • Compliance to branding standards.
    • Monthly activity reports on achieved targets.
    • Regular publication / dissemination of internal / external briefs.
    • Prompt updating of donor database.
    • Updated tracking of communication with donors.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    • University Degree in Communication, Public Relations; or equivalent (current student or graduate)

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED

    • Excellent spoken and written English: general ability to express clearly and concisely ideas and concepts in written and oral form; specific skills in writing articles/stories for traditional and electronic media.
    • Knowledge of how to present information to different audiences including general public, media, community, government/high level decision-makers, etc.
    • Skills in communication programs.
    • Knowledge of photography and digital camera use
    • Ability to produce analytical and well-presented publications.
    • Good interpersonal skills: the ability to communicate clearly and effectively at all levels, taking into account cultural and language difficulties
    • Sound I.T skills and especially desktop publishing, database management and website management

    EXPERIENCE

    • Website management experience; comfort with social media tools and new media technology; experience with graphic/production design and/or desktop publishing.
    • Ability to listen to and support programme staff and partners, and to work with communities in a sensitive and participatory manner.

    OTHER INFORMATION

    • Confidentiality
    • Honesty
    • High levels of integrity

    Method of Application

    If you feel you meet the requirements of the position, send your application letter indicating the reference number, title of position along with an updated CV and telephone contacts of three professional references to hfhkenya@hfhkenya.org to be received by 27th January, 2017.  For position reference HSS/01/17 and COM/01/17 indicate your current and expected salary.
    All applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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