Hivos EA Jobs in Nairobi, Kenya

1. Communications Manager (Making All Voices Count)

Number of hours: 40

Region: East Africa

Office: Nairobi, Kenya

About MAVC: Making All Voices Count is an international initiative that contributes towards effective governance and accountability by enabling citizen engagement and open, responsive government in 12 countries in Africa and Asia.

It is an operational programme with a core, integrated research component.

The Programme is committed to promoting transparency, fighting corruption, empowering marginalised citizens, and harnessing the power of new technologies to make government more effective and accountable.

It supports creative and cutting-edge solutions – many of which use mobile and web technology – to the challenge of amplifying citizen voices and enabling governments to listen and respond.

Making All Voices Count began its work in June 2013 and will run until May 2017 (an extension till May 2018 is currently under consideration). It is implemented by a consortium consisting of Hivos (lead organisation), the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Ushahidi.

The consortium operates from offices in Kenya, South Africa, Indonesia, the UK and the Netherlands.

Using a $45m fund created by its donors, the Programme nurtures innovative approaches to strengthening citizen engagement and government accountability by:
  • Making grants and brokering new relationships to support the development of new ideas and the scaling-up of successful initiatives.
  • Investing in capacity-building for funded partners and other stakeholders in the technology, citizen engagement and open governance communities of programme countries.
  • Carrying out and commissioning research to build a base of evidence about what works and why.
  • Catalysing global action through engaging with policy makers, opinion formers and influencers in relevant debates.
  • Making All Voices Count is supported by DFID, USAID, Sida and the Omidyar Network.

    The donor group has recently reviewed the programme and provided a number of strategic and operational recommendations, which will be effected in the course of 2015 under the leadership of the Programme Director.

    A change in the positioning of the Country Programme Manager is one of these recommendations.

    Job Context: The Communications Manager is responsible for the coherence and roll-out of Making All Voices Count’s communications work across the programme.

    This is with special emphasis on implementing the communications aspects of the Global and Country Engagement and Learning strategies which have been developed in order to complete MAVC with a strong legacy, and influence on knowledge and practice in the field of Transparency and Accountability and use of technology to enhance outcomes and impacts.

    S/He manages a team of two Regional Communications Officers (Africa and Asia) and then also functionally oversees the work of the Communications Officer who is recruited directly by IDS.

    Contracted by Hivos, and based within the Hivos Nairobi office, s/he works closely with other consortium partners and Making All Voices Count’s strategic partners to incorporate inputs on technology and innovation, and monitoring, learning and evaluation into all communications work.

    The position requires frequent travel, especially to Global Events to both work the content into MAVC communication products or present Communications products at these events together with MAVC staff that work at the Global level.

    There will also be occasional travel to specific countries to support the work of Regional Communications Officers.

    Role Requirements
    Making All Voices Count is committed to creating a diverse environment and Hivos is proud to be an equal opportunities employer.

    Qualified applicants from Making All Voices Count Programme countries (Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Mozambique, Liberia, Nigeria, Ghana, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia and the Philippines) are encouraged to apply but we remain open to looking at applications from other countries.

    Qualifications and Experience
  • Degree (or equivalent) in communications related to international development.
  • Five to eight years of relevant international communications work experience managing project teams.
  • Demonstrated understanding of country political and social dynamics in (at least two of the) Tier 1 countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, South Africa, Philippines, Indonesia).
  • Up to date on latest developments with regards to policy debates and other initiatives on citizen engagement, transparency & accountability, open data and open government.
  • Experience in remote team management desired.

    Skills and Abilities
  • Analytical and conceptual skills linked to ability to reduce complex project and programme documents into short and clear messages for a wide range of audiences.
  • Exceptional team management skills, able to build and empower a geographically dispersed team.
  • Ability to liaise with different stakeholders in a multicultural setting.
  • Willingness to travel extensively.
  • Full professional proficiency in English with demonstrably excellent written and verbal skills.
  • Compelling experience in working with all types of media.
  • Confident working in a research and tech-orientated environment.

    2. Country Engagement Developer, Making All Voices Count (MAVC)

    Number of hours: 40

    Region: East Africa

    Office: Nairobi, Kenya

    The Country Engagement Developer (CED) is responsible for the delivery of a coherent programme of activities in the country in which s/he is based,in line with the Making All Voices Count countryplan and overall objectives.

    Grant Portfolio: The CED monitors and manages the quality of the Making All Voices Count current grant portfolio in-country and initiates adequate measures to maintain this quality

    Learning Agenda: The CED will be responsible to finalise and implement the learnig agenda in collaboration with IDS and Ushahidi.

    The learn agenda will focus on context, MAVC research pieces and grantees experience.

    Networking and Relationship Building: The CED is responsible for identifying and building collaborative relationships with strategic organizations, individuals and initiatives in support of Making All Voices Count’s objectives, and is expected to have strong networking and facilitation skills.

    The CED requires a good understanding of the governance, social, political, and economic dynamics of the country in which s/he is based in order to initiate brokering events and develop opportunities for collaboration across government, the donor community (especially Making All Voices Count donors), private sector, civil society and the tech community.

    The CED is the country anchor point for all consortium activities under Making All Voices Count’s collaborative approach in that country.

    S/he engages closely with and supports other consortium activities in country, especially those driven by in-country strategic partners of the Programme, such as technology hubs and governance institutes and networks, requiring close collaboration with the concerned Usahidi staff.

    Qualifications and Experience
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in development studies, governance or another relevant field;
  • Experience with technology-driven Transparency and Accountability initiatives is an advantage.
  • Minimum of five years working experience;
  • Solid knowledge of transparency and accountability, citizen engagement and the use of technology;
  • A keen understanding of country political and social dynamics; analytical and conceptual skills, and ability to translate these into relevant and timely Making All Voices Count actions;
  • Excellent networking, relationship building and negotiation skills;
  • Excellent verbal, writing and communication skills in English and have native speaker ability of the main language of the country where they are based.
  • Experience overseeing projects to ensure the effective design, implementation, monitoring & evaluation
  • Experience of designing monitoring and evaluation plans and indicators
  • Ability to analyse information

    What we offer: Hivos offers a competitive package based on the candidate’s qualifications.

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