Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Girl Child Network Field Officer in Kenya

The Girl Child Network (GCN) is a National Network of Organizations working to improve programming in the children sector through advocating and promoting the rights of the girl child.

In partnership with Action Aid Kenya and funded by The Big Lottery Fund, GCN is implementing the Stop Violence Against Girls in School (SVAGS) Project in Wenje Division of Tana River District (Kenya) for a period of fifteen months having implemented the project for the last three and a half (3.5) years.

We are therefore seeking to recruit a Field Project Officer who will support the Project Officer in planning and implementation of the project activities in Wenje.

She/he will be responsible for facilitating implementation of activities that are in tandem with the project goals in and around schools through community level interventions and advocacy.

Key Responsibilities will include:
  • Community mobilization and organizing awareness creation forums for the SVAGS Project
  • Enhancing and strengthening established prevention and response systems on violence against girls within the schools and community
  • Conduct training needs assessments and organizing appropriate capacity-building activities for adults and children
  • Ensure regular monitoring of activities implemented to assess progress towards the project outcomes
  • Develop strategies for influencing practices, structures, systems and policies for Government, NGOs and GCN members to improve the welfare of children and in particular the girl child
  • Identify issues affecting girls and make concrete recommendations on enhancing research and advocacy interventions
  • Participate in networking activities and research activities of project partners, collaborators, members and development partners
  • Establish and maintain good working relations with key stakeholders in the local administration and community structures
  • Support community in the uptake and ownership of the key project activities, as part of the exit strategy of the project.
  • Support the Project Officer in preparation of concept papers for important lobbying issues for distribution with strategic partners
  • Development of Project reports including activity and progress reports
Qualifications, Skills and Experience Requirements:
  • A first degree in Social Studies, Education or any other relevant field
  • At least 2 years of community work, case work and/or social work within the NGO sector
  • Ability to mobilize diverse groups of community members
  • Experience in advocacy, partnership-building and networking
  • Strong facilitation skills including familiarity with training participatory methods and excellent organizational and time-management skills
  • Experience with monitoring and evaluation and capacity to produce quality, timely reports
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with significant experience of working with children
  • Commitment to human/children’s rights and an understanding of rights-based approaches
  • Ability to effectively manage time.
If you possess the necessary qualifications and experience, send your application, a detailed CV and other relevant credentials to the email: or P. O. Box 2447 -00200, Nairobi.

Candidates who meet the above requirement from Tana River County are encouraged to apply.
Application for the position closes on 29th March 2012 by 4.00 p.m.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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