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  • Posted on: 14 March, 2018 Deadline: 22 March, 2018
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    Catholic Relief Services (CRS) carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners, people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

    CRS has worked in Kenya since 1965. Over the years, CRS’ focus shifted from direct relief and food distributions to a comprehensive development program that works with partners and enhances local capacity. CRS Kenya programs now support children affected by HIV, and community-based efforts to increase household incomes, improve family health and sanitation, and enhance agriculture livelihoods.

    Project Officer - County Systems Strengthening

     

    Ref.2018/019

    Department: Programming - MWENDO Project

    Grade: 6

    Reports To:** Senior Project Officer- Systems Strengthening/Cluster Leads

    Country/Location: Kenya - Nandi County, Kapsabet Town

    Background:

    CRS is implementing a 5-year orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) program, MWENDO, which seeks to empower local and county-level OVC stakeholders to strengthen the formal and informal HIV and child protection systems and services and the linkages between them, including cross-sectoral service referrals and coordination to ensure quality service delivery for OVC and their households.

    Job Summary:

    As a key member of the MWENDO Project Cluster team, you will be seconded to the county Department of Children Services (DCS) office to provide coaching, mentoring, and technical assistance. You will monitor and report on all project activities related to county systems strengthening, specifically with respect to OVC in support of CRS’ work serving the poor and vulnerable. Your thorough and service-oriented approach will ensure that the project consistently applies best practices and constantly works towards improving the impact of its benefits to those we serve. You will coordinate closely with other MWENDO Project Officers to contribute to a holistic, integrated, and comprehensive project implementation.

    Job Responsibilities:

    • Support the coordination, implementation, and monitoring of all assigned project activities as outlined in the detailed implementation plan in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
    • Monitor and report any challenges and/or gaps identified to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules. Assist local implementing partners (LIPs) in their efforts to reflect on project experiences.
    • Provide technical assistance and coordinate with DCS to identify their assets, strengths, and goals for in-service professional development and use this information to develop costed annual work plans that incorporate capacity building activities; and a sustainability plan for continuing DCS development after the project ends.
    • Support accountability through coordinating project evaluation activities and assisting DCS in their efforts to collect and analyze project data per specified mechanisms and tools. Collaborate with DCS to prepare reports per established reporting schedule.
    • Collect information on technical assistance needs of LIPs. Provide technical support and monitor capacity building and technical support activities to ensure effective impact.
    • Complete project documentation for assigned activities. Assist with identifying information for case studies and reports on promising practices. Actively engage in dissemination and use of relevant knowledge in the field.
    • Represent CRS in meetings at county and cluster levels, working groups, and other events as requested, to support forging relations with the GOK, LIPs, other stakeholders, and the community.
    • Ensure accurate and timely reporting of all assigned project activities per donor and CRS standards and established schedules.

    Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

    Education and Experience

    • Master’s or a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, Gender, Public Health, International Development, Development Economics or a related field.
    • At least 2 years of work experience for Master’s degree holders or 4 years of work experience for Bachelor’s degree holders in project support in the field of child focused integrated ECD, HIV/AIDS, and other health-related projects in Kenya and for an NGO.
    • In-depth understanding of donor expectations for program results, outcomes, impact, and reporting.
    • Experience in participatory action planning and engagement of stakeholders at various levels.
    • Experience in monitoring projects and collecting relevant data preferred.
    • Excellent understating of GOK.
    • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

    Personal Skills

    • Observation, active listening and analysis skills with ability to make sound judgment
    • Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners and community members and inspire teamwork among diverse partners without direct supervisory responsibilities
    • Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities
    • Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented

    Required/Desired Foreign Language

    Able to clearly communicate in written and spoken English

    Travel Required

    This position is based at the DCS office. 30% of the time will include travel to MWENDO project sites.

    Key Working Relationships:

    Supervisory: None

    Internal: MWENDO Team, Systems Strengthening Specialist, project technical team, Finance, Procurement, and HR/Administration

    External:* Donors, government ministries/institutions at the national and county levels, relevant private sector entities within the County.

    Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

    These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

    • Trusting Relationships
    • Professional Growth
    • Partnership
    • Accountability

    Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

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    Project Officer MEAL

     

    Ref.2018/018

    Department: Program Quality

    Band: 6

    Reports To: M&E Specialist

    Background:

    CRS is implementing a 5-year orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) program, MWENDO, which seeks to empower local and county-level OVC stakeholders to strengthen the formal and informal HIV and child protection systems and services and the linkages between them, including cross-sectoral service referrals and coordination to ensure quality service delivery for OVC and their HHs.

    Job Summary:

    You will provide day to day MEAL technical support to a range of project design and implementation issues for MWENDO in line with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) program quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices to advance the delivery of high-quality programming to the poor and vulnerable. Your MEAL knowledge and support will ensure systems are in place to measure the project’s impact and progress, and that data is readily available to be used as a foundation for programmatic adjustments and evidence-based decision-making.

    Job Responsibilities:

    • Support the development and contribute to the implementation of project’s MEAL system and practices that effectively engage partners, donors, and other stakeholders and are compliant with agency and donor MEAL requirements.
    • Supervise quality data collection and data management activities according to the project MEAL operating manual
    • Review data input into project databases for quality
    • Communicate key project information and results with community members and colleagues
    • Lead/ contribute to simple analyses and reflective review discussions and workshops on ongoing project interventions and monitoring data to contribute field-based insights to project discussions
    • Support field-level implementation of community feedback mechanisms under the guidance of a more senior MEAL or program staff
    • Build capacity of CRS project and partner staff on MEAL technical activities.
    • Support the documentation of lessons learned and best practices to contribute to learning as informed by project learning agenda.
    • Foster respectful relationships with community members and stakeholders and promote honesty and integrity between CRS and partner staff in MEAL work.
    • Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

    Education and Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree in demography, sociology, statistics or any other MEAL-related field.
    • Minimum of two years of relevant work experience in MEAL, ideally with an international NGO.
    • Knowledge of technical principles and concepts in MEAL.
    • Experience and skills in partner relationship management and development project support is a plus.
    • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information management systems, knowledge-sharing networks.
    • Experience in using data analysis software is preferred (SPSS, STATA, EpiInfo, Nutrisurvey).
    • Experience in using mobile-data collection and management software (e.g ODK, Commcare,I-form builder, Kobo)

    MEAL Competencies

    Demonstrates solid knowledge and ability, and can apply the Monitoring competency, with minimal or no guidance, in the full range of typical situations. Would require guidance to handle novel or more complex situations.

    Demonstrates basic knowledge and ability and, with guidance, can apply MEAL in Design, Evaluation, Accountability, Learning, Analysis & Critical Thinking, ICT for MEAL, and MEAL in Management competencies in common situations that present limited difficulties.

    Personal Skills

    • Ability to learn, active listening and analysis skills with ability to make sound judgment
    • Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners and community members
    • Presentation, facilitation, training, and mentoring skills
    • Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities
    • Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills
    • Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented
    • Required/Desired Foreign Language
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, able to write reports

    Travel Required

    Up to/Approximately 40% of time

    Key Working Relationships:

    Supervisory: None internal, possible supervision of external enumerators and data clerks

    Internal: Project Officers, Other CP MEAL and M&E staff

    External: Community members, partner staff, other local stakeholders, MEAL staff from other peer agencies

    Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

    These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

    Trusting Relationships

    Professional Growth

    Partnership

    Accountability

    Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

    Method of Application

    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 Thursday, March 22, 2018

    Human Resources Manager

    Catholic Relief Services – Kenya Program

    E-mail :Crskenya-hr@crs.org

    Note: Catholic Relief Services (CRS) does not charge any fees from applicants for any recruitment. Further, CRS has not retained any agent in connection with this recruitment

    CRS’ recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation

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