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  • Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

    Project Officer – OVC Programming

     

    Department: MWENDO Project - Programming

    Reports To: Senior Project Officer (Cluster Lead)

    Country/Location: Kenya- Homa Bay/Kisumu

    Grade: 7

    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 monitor and report on all project activities related to OVC services delivery in line with 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 OVC and their households. You will coordinate closely with a pool of MWENDO Technical Advisors, Project Thematic Leads, Local implementing partner Staff and relevant GOK departments to contribute to a holistic, integrated, and comprehensive OVC project implementation.

    Job Responsibilities:

    • · Serve as the project key partnership link between MWENDO Local Implementing Partners (LIPs) and GOK
    • · 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 LIPs in their efforts to reflect on project experiences.
    • · Support accountability through coordinating project evaluation activities and assisting LIPs in their efforts to collect and analyze project data per specified mechanisms and tools. Collaborate with LIPs to prepare reports per established reporting schedule.
    • · Collect information on LIPs staff capacity gaps and technical assistance. 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/MWENDO in meetings at county and cluster levels, working groups, and other events as requested, to support forging relations with relevant GOK departments, LIPs, other stakeholders, and the community.
    • · Support implementation of child protection policy/child safeguarding policy ensuring that all project-affiliated persons in contact with OVC are trained on and conform to CRS’s Protection Policy and Code of Conduct, Keeping Children Safe standards, USAID child safeguarding and the Minimum Services Standards for Quality Improvement of OVC Programs.
    • · 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.
    • · Provide capacity strengthening to LIP staff through trainings, workshops, facilitated group interactions, as well as accompaniment through regular communication, and site visits to support the successful implementation of HES project activities.
    • · Ensure accurate and timely reporting of all assigned project activities per donor and CRS standards and established schedules.
    • · Ensure community case workers (CCWs) (LIP staff and Volunteers) complete required case management forms and ensure case filing system is developed and maintained.
    • · Support LIPs adopt project SOPs and Job Aids to ensure deliberate, comprehensive and high quality OVC programming
    • · Ensure quality and minimum protection standards are implemented and respected in all ECD sites, ensuring that all who work with children have signed and understood the CRS Child Protection Policy
    • · Promote engagement in positive parent/child relationships.
    • · Support the maintenance of an effective and confidential case management system.
    • · Strengthen and maintain networks with all partners including county government to ensure that OVC receive additional support through sharing information, collaboration and leveraging of opportunities that would enhance protection, health, legal, and psycho social well being of OVC
    • · Support LIPs to implement in line with the project’s gender strategy

    Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

    Education and Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, Gender, International Development, Development Economics, Public Health, Psychosocial or a related field. Master ‘s degree will an added advantage
    • 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 integrated OVC programming focusing on ECD, Education HIV/AIDS, gender, child protection and safeguarding and other health-related projects in Kenya and for an NGO.
    • Monitoring project spending, activities and reporting
    • 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 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

    Up to 35% of travel time to MWENDO LIP project sites

    Key Working Relationships:

    • Supervisory: None
    • Internal: Project technical officers
    • External: Representatives of the GOK, LIPs, other stakeholders, and the community

    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.

    • Integrity
    • Accountability & Stewardship
    • Builds Relationships
    • Develops Talent
    • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
    • Strategic Mindset

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

    ****Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.*

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    Project Officer – Systems Strengthening and sustainability

     

    Department: MWENDO Project - Programming

    Reports To: Senior Project Officer- Systems Strengthening and Sustainability

    Country/Location: Kenya/Kisumu

    Length of Contract: One year

    Grade: 7

    Background:

    MWENDO a 4-year USAID-funded project which seeks to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable children affected by HIV and AIDS and other adversities, 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. MWENDO helps counties identify practical and appropriate policies, programs and services that reduce the risk of HIV and maltreatment and promote children’s well-being. Its approach addresses the unique needs of each child and family, including strengthening the frontline social service workforce and case management systems.

    Job Summary:**

    Reporting to the Senior Project Officer - Systems Strengthening and sustainability, the PO will manage, coordinate, and monitor project activities and relationships with DCS, National and county government departments, non-state actors and local implementing partners (LIPs) and other project stakeholders to assist strengthening systems and program sustainability. Your project management skills and technical knowledge in OVC programming will ensure that the CP delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of this project.

    job Responsibilities:**

    • Support the coordination, implementation, and monitoring of all assigned MWENDO 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.
    • Support accountability through coordinating project systems and sustainability activities and assisting LIPs in their efforts to collect and analyze project data per specified mechanisms and tools. Collaborate with LIPs to prepare reports per established reporting schedule.
    • Collect information on technical assistance needs of the county teams. 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.
    • Support technical capacity development; guide counties to conduct regular meetings and reviews and apply data to planning, decision making, and advocacy, including making an investment case to the private sector and County government for increased resource allocation to vulnerable children services
    • Support implementation of MWENDO’s approach to sustainable OVC programming approaches: Counties Sustainability plans, Counties costed investment case plans, Counties Advocacy strategies for resources mobilization and private sector engagement strategies.

    Required Qualifications and Experience:**

    • Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, International Relations, Sociology, Public Administration, community development or equivalent degree. Master’s degree in any of the above is added advantage.
    • Minimum of 4 years of work experience, preferably in organizational/institutional development and provision of technical assistance to government entities at the county level and/or international non-governmental organizations or civil society (including faith-based) organizations preferably related to HIV and OVC sustainability programming response.
    • Strong knowledge of advocacy and demonstrated work experience with County government on policy formulation and budget preparation
    • Demonstrated ability to maintain positive relationships with and accountability towards diverse actors including donors, LIPs, government, and civil society partners.
    • Demonstrated ability to motivate and inspire teamwork among diverse partners, without direct supervisory responsibilities.
    • Excellent project management skills including demonstrated ability to deliver quality reports in time
    • Experience in quality management and using of data to inform decision-making and sustainability planning/monitoring a plus.
    • Demonstrated problem solving skills, collaboration experience, creativity and willingness to innovate
    • Demonstrated ability to design and conduct participatory trainings with practical examples.
    • Ability to work under pressure, complex environment with multiple tasks.
    • Proven partnership and capacity building and/or strengthening experience.

    Skills and Abilities

    • Critical thinking, creative and problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment.
      • Strong relationship management skills and the ability to work effectively with government, NGO and other local stakeholders.
    • Proactive, results and service-oriented and demonstrated ability to work with and in teams
      • Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities
    • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English and Swahili
      • Familiarity and understanding of donor-funded projects policies and procedures
    • Demonstrated ability to foster integration and sustainable approaches in programming approach
      • Good understanding of GOK systems and procedures as it relates to planning and budgeting.

    Required/Desired Foreign Language

    • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English

    Travel Required (include percentage of required travel, if applicable)

    • Up to 35% of the time to MWENDO FCI project sites

    Key Working Relationships:

    Supervisory: none

    Internal: All MWENDO technical staff, Finance, Procurement, and HR/Administration.

    External: Donors, MWENDO consortium members, government ministries/institutions at the National, and County levels, health facilities, UN agencies, and all other PEPFAR OVC IPs, civil society and faith-based organizations providing OVC services, Child Protection and OVC Networks

    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.

    • Integrity
    • Accountability & Stewardship
    • Builds Relationships
    • Develops Talent
    • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
    • Strategic Mindset

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

    ****Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.*

    Method of Application

    Written 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 Wednesday November 14, 2019.

    Human Resources Manager
    Catholic Relief Services – Kenya/Somalia 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

    CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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