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  • Program Officer at American Friends Service Committee

  • Posted on: 5 November, 2019 Deadline: 11 November, 2019
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  • The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the Quaker belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. AFSC Africa Regional Office (ARO) based in Nairobi is piloting Trauma Healing project for enhanced peace building in South Sudan. The organization is searching for a qualified program officer to coordinate this project based in the Nairobi office.

     

    Program Officer – South Sudan Pilot Project

     

    Job Description

    Supervisor: Quaker International Affairs Representative

    Summary of Responsibilities: Program Officer will support efforts to address trauma (secondary) among the peace builders in South Sudan, convening peace builders, support develop work-based trauma healing policies for local partner organizations, and fundraising. The PO will also advocate for the adoption of relevant trauma healing policies for peace builders at local, national and regional level. It is envisioned that the intervention would result in creating a community of peace builders, who are able to deal with their own trauma and that of the community.

    Description of Responsibilities:

    Innovation and Project Planning

    1. Work with AFSC partners to plan and implement the project to that aims address secondary trauma among the peace Develop resources, relationships, and processes for increasing the capacity of partner organizations in South Sudan to develop work based trauma policies;

    Support fundraising efforts for the South Sudan program beyond the pilot phase.

    Outreach, Networking and Partnership

    • Develop and implement an outreach and advocacy engagement strategy to respond to issues affecting trauma in the country.
    • Articulate AFSC’s values and principles including its commitment to peace and nonviolent approaches to social justice and peace building with partner organizations.
    • Support research, developing policy briefs, case studies, and other relevant materials

    Monitoring and Evaluation

    • Support continuous monitoring and evaluation from a results-based perspective.
    • Carry out regular field visit to the partner sites.
    • Support a strategic mainstreaming the South Sudan Programming into the AFSC’s Dialogue and Exchange Program.

    Qualifications and Attributes:

    • Degree in a relevant field such as Social Sciences, development studies, peace/ conflict studies, psychology or related field.
    • Minimum of 4 years’ experience in program/project officer position.
    • Experience in project coordination, relationship building, and remote partnership management Strong writing, presentation, and interpersonal skills required.
    • Ability to develop collegial and professional relationships with various stakeholder groups.
    • Excellent facilitation, leadership and communication skills.
    • The ideal candidate will be highly organized in their work and passionate about trauma healing efforts in war torn countries.
    • Ability to take initiative and work both independently and be part of the Africa Regional Office team.
    • A desire to grow the program through resource mobilization.
    • Ability to meet deadlines under pressure Ability to travel on short notice to program sites.
    • Experience in psycho social skills and working in working in South Sudan will be an added advantage

    This position will be offered on an initial one-year contract with the possibility of extension based on performance and availability of resources. All expression of interest should be accompanied by an application letter and detailed CV should be sent to infoafrica@afsc.org or The Quaker International Affairs Representative – Africa Region. P.O. Box 66448 – 00800 Nairobi, Kenya not later than 1600hrs on the 11th November 2019.

    The American Friends Service Committee is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, race, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.

    Method of Application

    This position will be offered on an initial one-year contract with the possibility of extension based on performance and availability of resources. All expression of interest should be accompanied by an application letter and detailed CV should be sent to infoafrica@afsc.org or The Quaker International Affairs Representative – Africa Region. P.O. Box 66448 – 00800 Nairobi, Kenya not later than 1600hrs on the 11th November 2019.

    The American Friends Service Committee is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, race, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.

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