Saturday, January 28, 2012

Mercy Corps jobs in Kiambu, Kenya

Volunteer Trainers– Village Savings and Loans (VSL)

(8 positions, 1 per constituency)

Are you a youth living in any of the 8 constituencies Kiambu County?

Are you passionate about young people and actively involved in youth activities where you live through village Bunge?

Do you want to gain skills, tools and experience that can allow you to go into consultancy (self employment), work with micro-finance and business development institutions or NGO’s involved in youth community savings programs?

Then this opportunity is for you!

Mercy Corps through funding by USAID is currently implementing the Yes Youth Can (YYC) Program in Central Province.

The program is designed to empower Kenya’s youth population through building capacity of youth groups and organizations to engage with markets, governments and their immediate communities; and to pursue their legitimate needs and interests more effectively in a way that builds positive inter-ethnic networks.

The program has an economic empowerment component which includes formation of Village Savings and Loans (VSL) groups for young people within Bunges.

We are looking for volunteer young women and men to be empowered as constituency based trainers to support this.

You will be helping youths in your constituency mobilize their own resources for personal and business use as you develop your own competence in this field.

If your answer is yes to all the above questions and in addition you;

a. Are available – Trainer should be a resident of the Constituency they intend to work in and be available to deliver trainings and support saving groups in their constituency.

b. Have the right attitude – Trainers should enjoy working with youths and youth groups and can play a supportive role as model or mentor.

c. Have the reach – Trainers should have access to and feel comfortable working in environments and places where Bunges operate within their constituencies.

d. Are flexible – Youth are a diverse cohort. Trainers should therefore be able to adapt their practice to meet various needs among different youth in the community.

e. Are committed – Trainers should demonstrate a commitment to youths, youth empowerment, YYC goals and objectives.

Other minimum qualifications include:
  • ‘O’ Level (KCSE) Certificate (Post-Secondary qualifications in business administration, economics and related specializations preferred though not necessary as a trainer as the successful candidates will be trained)
  • At least 1 year experience with chamas, investment groups or table banking groups..
  • Membership to a YYC Village Bunge.
  • Proven arithmetic, organization and planning skills.
Send your application and CV in confidence before 5:00pm Friday the 3rd of February 2012 to:

Program Officer – Economic Empowerment,
Mercy Corps, YYC Program
Email: kalwala@ke.mercycorps.org

Hand-delivered applications can be dropped off at our Thika Office Reception, Ngoingwa Estate (alight at Sijas Stage along Thika – Mangu Road)

Ps: Please indicate your Constituency in the subject line.

Female youth are especially encouraged to apply.

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