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  • Programme Officer at Terre des Hommes Netherlands

  • Posted on: 8 February, 2019 Deadline: 15 February, 2019
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  • Terre des Hommes Netherlands (TdH-NL) prevents child exploitation in developing countries, rescues children from exploitative situations and ensures that these children can continue their development in a safe environment. Terre des Hommes is a rights based organisation. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is the cornerstone of all our programmes.Terre des Hommes Netherlands focuses its long-term development work on (Worst Forms of) Child Labour, Child Migration and Child Trafficking, (Commercial) Sexual Exploitation of Children and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Children (including Child Abuse and Child Marriage) and on Child Protection in Humanitarian Crises. For each of these forms of child exploitation, Terre des Hommes Netherlands develops and implements programmes, through local partner organisations while at the same time, building and providing technical capacity to partners in child protection, with a special focus on the TdH-NL’s thematic areas. In East Africa, Terre des Hommes Netherlands works in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia.

    Programme Officer (Kenya)


    Terre des Hommes Netherlands is looking for a Programme Officer Kenya, full time, to be based in Nairobi, Kenya with frequent travel in the country. This is a national position, open to applicants who can prove the right to live and work in Kenya. Initial contract period will be for one year.

    Our approach

    Terre des Hommes Netherlands addresses the above mentioned issues through five types of interventions: prevention of the worst forms of child exploitation, prosecution of those who perpetrate crimes against children, promotion of a safe and conducive social/economic/legal context for children, provision of services to ensure safe and enduring reintegration of child victims; and partnership & participation to strengthen civil society in the promotion of children’s rights and include meaningful participation of children.

    Objective of the function

    The Programme Officer is responsible for providing technical substantive, programme, organisational and administrative support in the design, implementation, monitoring and reporting of projects and/or country programmes in line with defined objectives and quality. The post holder is expected to build capacity and support partners to deliver effective and efficient services to vulnerable children, in line with TdH-NL’s strategy, policies and procedures, and as per partner contracts entered into between TdH-NL and the partners. He/she will also be expected to strengthen good cooperation with partners, relevant networks and stakeholders including but not limited to government, private sector, like-minded CSOs and communities.

    Position in the organisation

    The Programme Officer Kenya works with the Country Team (CT) for Kenya, and receives hierarchical leadership from the Country Manager (CM) to whom he/she reports. He/she will, in close collaboration and consultation with the country and regional team, advise and act on the development, implementation and monitoring of the various projects under the child protection programme in Kenya. This will be done in close collaboration with, and support to, the project partners in Kenya.

    Main duties and responsibilities

    • Realising Projects
    • Contribute to the development of the Country Strategic Plan.
    • Coordinate implementation of the Country Strategic Plan in consultation and collaboration with the Country Manager and the rest of the Kenya team.
    • Analyse the country context in relation to child rights and thematic areas of focus, project partners’ context and operational, organisational changes.
    • Participate in planning and development of proposed projects, budgets, and evaluate whether the proposed projects are in line with TdH-NL’s policies, country strategy and laid–down selection criteria.
    • Advise whether or not to give proposals further consideration and discuss the analysis with the country team, and others as appropriate, in preparation for final decision making.
    • Prepare the necessary documentation for approval of new and ongoing partnerships and project proposals according to TdH-NL’s guidelines.
    • Translate a developed project plan into a concrete and achievable work plan for project execution, submitting this to the manager for approval and communicating the work plan to the stakeholders.
    • Manage staff to deliver on project plans taking into account efficiency and quality (ensuring projects are executed timely, on scope and on budget).

    Improving Service

    • Support and monitor the project partners through regular communications and programme visits at least once per quarter and ensure that programme and finance commitments as per partner contracts are being fulfilled. Liaise with the Finance and Administration Officer regarding budgets and expenditure.
    • Ensure that all scheduled partner and project reports such as progress and financial reports are delivered and verified timely and that they are of good quality, according to TdH-NL’s standards, analyse the received information and compile the necessary reports to the country team.
    • Support the Marketing and Communication Officer at the Regional Office with information and materials for marketing and communication, e.g. for newsletters.
    • Inform relevant persons/organisations/institutions on support given to project partners, project activities and expected results.
    • Maintain the database and regularly update project documentation/ files for reference by all concerned.
    • Maintain relevant network contacts and represent the organisation with internal and external relations.
    • Identify together with project partners areas for further improvement on management and/ or programme quality of project partners and define frameworks, procedures and indicators oriented towards improved organisational and project management.
    • Improving Workflows
    • As part of a team, translate developments and situation specific information into thematic and country annual and strategic policies.
    • Assist in the continuous assessment of child protection needs and gaps in the country in order to ensure that these are appropriately reflected in project strategies and interventions.
    • Identify new trends and developments in the area of child exploitation.
    • As and when relevant, coordinate activities of assigned consultants for specific tasks, such as evaluations, etc.
    • Perform any other duties as relevant for the country programme as assigned and as can reasonably be expected from the position, in consultation with the country team.

    Knowledge, Skills and Experience

    • Bachelor's degree in development studies, project management, child rights or relevant fields
    • Minimum of three years of experience in a similar position
    • Experience with Child Rights based programming is an advantage
    • Experience with Lobby & Advocacy will be an added advantage
    • Proven experience in capacity building of civil society organisations
    • Knowledge of and experience in project cycle management, including the use of Theory of Change and other planning tools
    • Experience with financial management
    • Experience in supervising/leading a team
    • Verbal and written fluency in English and verbal capability in Kiswahili
    • Strong interpersonal communication skills- written and orally
    • Planning, organising, cooperation, performance oriented
    • High degree of taking initiative and working independently

    Competence Profile


    Can contribute to a collective result, even when there is no personal benefit at stake.

    Level 2: Works together at own initiative to make a contribution to the achievement of shared objectives.

    Planning & Organising

    The effective alignment of activities, time and resources to achieve objectives.

    Level 3: Coordinates and aligns activities and supports and encourages others in the direct vicinity to start to plan and organise.

    Problem-solving ability

    Actively seek logical, tangible and realistic solutions for problems.

    Level 2: Can identify and articulate the core of the problem, can initiate the collection of relevant data and can propose solutions.

    Performance orientation

    Focused on goal setting and active achievement of results.

    Level 2: Can articulate the results to be achieved – and achieves them.

    Contract Period: One year contract with a possibility of extension.

    Method of Application

    Please send your motivation letter and curriculum vitae by e-mail to: recruitment.africa@tdh.nl clearly demonstrating how you meet the qualifications for this position, not later than Friday, 15th February 2019. For more information about this position, you can contact us through the same email address.

    Please note that this is a national position. Applicants must be able to provide proof of the right to live and work in Kenya.

    Kindly also note that due to the expected large responses only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    The selection procedure will include an assessment test, and checking of recent professional references.

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