ICS-SP Africa NGO Jobs

Investing in Children and their Societies (ICS-SP) strives towards a better future for children in rural Africa.


Together with families, communities, and other stakeholders we initiate programmes to create safe and nurturing environments for children to reach their full potential.

At the very core of our work is Skilful Parenting and Ending Violence against Children. We operate in East Africa.

1. Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Officer

In order to realize the objectives set out in our 5 year strategic plan 2016 -2020, the Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation Officer will be responsible for strengthening the organization’s M&E capacity keeping abreast with state of the art M&E approaches to ensure the use of technically appropriate monitoring and evaluation models and information systems.

Specifically he/she will be responsible for monitoring and ensuring high quality and timely inputs, and for ensuring that all programmes maintain our strategic vision and that all activities result in the achievement of intended outputs in a cost effective and timely manner.

With the overall guidance of the Director and reporting to the Head of Programmes, the officer will be based in Nairobi but with frequent travels in the region.

Responsibilities
  • Design, develop and implement a sound organizational monitoring, learning and evaluation framework and system
  • Oversee and execute the monitoring and evaluation activities with particular focus on results and impacts as well as in lesson learning
  • Design and lead M&E training programs, research activities and learning events
  • Provide hands-on technical assistance to staff in designing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting for all projects
  • In consultation with staff, develop appropriate project specific indicators, M&E plans, data collection tools
and train staff on their use
  • Develop reports for all projects based on agreed timelines, quality content and desirable structure

    Qualifications and desired skills
  • Post graduate degree in Social or Development studies or related fields. Specific training on M&E is required.
  • At least 3 years of progressive responsibility in M&E work
  • In-depth knowledge on MIS, M&E and development issues
  • Excellent knowledge of monitoring and the application of methodology to various projects
  • Good understanding of capacity assessment methodologies and experience in facilitating the capacity building efforts of diverse colleagues, including those in local partner organizations
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
  • Sensitivity to and responsiveness to all stakeholders ( partners, donors and project staff)
  • Strong computer skills; especially those necessary for qualitative and quantitative data analysis and presentation

    2. Programme Officer -Child Protection - Western Kenya

    Reporting to the Head of Programs, the Programme Officer is responsible for the realization of ICS child protection strategy in ICS programme areas in Kenya.

    Specifically he /she will be responsible for supporting the line government departments, child protection structures within the counties, and local stakeholders in planning, coordinating quality, and timely roll out of a functional child protection system at various levels.

    He/she will be responsible for building and maintaining effective interfaces with government authorities and partners as well as a broader network of stakeholders who can contribute to child protection systems strengthening

    Responsibilities
    1. Strengthening the Child Protection Systems in ICS programme areas
  • Support the key persons within the county government responsible for child protection build their capacities (skills, willingness, authority and resources) to take on their role and responsibilities as described in the Legal framework, National Framework for Child Protection and child protection system guidelines
  • Support the key persons responsible for child protection within the counties/western region to work with the child protection structures and other key actors to: identify opportunities to prevent, respond to and integrate child protection into other sector activities; work with child protection actors to assess their capacity needs, and develop plans to develop their capacity; Map out priority protection gaps and identify key resources and assets, including existing child protection systems (both formal and informal).
  • Support the key government child protection responsible persons and child protection structures and actors to develop quality standards for child protection service providers, and case management and referral system.

    2. Networking and fundraising
  • Build relationships with the government officials within the counties/regions, NGOs, CBOs and community leaders and attend important county, sub-county and community planning meetings that result in better working relationships.
  • Promote and facilitate active participation from key actors from the relevant government departments and local stakeholders in child protection systems strengthening
  • Facilitate the development of an agreed interagency collaboration framework on child protection systems strengthening
  • Develop content for proposals, project concepts and communication materials for visibility and fundraising
  • Represent the organization in meetings, conferences and networks as assigned

    3. Project Management
    Develop and implement programme plans and budgets based on the ICS child protection programme goals and strategies
  • Monitor the implementation of ICS project and local partner activities
  • Prepare reports on progress and finances of project activities based on agreed upon timelines
  • Review the reports from programme and local partners, collate lessons learnt, success factors and facilitate the dissemination as necessary
  • Prepare and submit the requisite project reports in a timely manner

    Qualifications
  • University degree in Social Sciences, Development Studies, Public Health or related disciplines
  • 5 year experience in managing, coordinating and monitoring child development programmes with Government, national and local non-governmental agencies

    Knowledge, skills and competencies
  • Ability to conceptualize, strategize and coordinate implementation of programs
  • Practical and theoretical knowledge of participatory approach in development work and in the management, planning, implementation and evaluation of child protection programs
  • Critical understanding of children issues from a child rights perspective and an understanding of child protection systems
  • Computer literacy (MS Office programmes, Internet)
  • Flexibility to adjust work schedules and priorities to meet deadlines, juggle multiple assignments, and work in a dynamic environment
  • Excellent verbal and written English
  • Ability to motivate and guide staff particularly in non line-management relationships
  • Dedicated to duty and results oriented
  • Social skills for initiating and managing relationships with project partners and stakeholders

    3. Finance Officer - Nairobi or Western Kenya
    The Finance Officer will primarily manage the financial resources in a manner that ensures continuous availability, optimal utilization and safe custody.

    The successful candidate will also be required to support in managing all administration and operations issues in support of the programme activities.

    Responsibilities
  • Develop and maintain comprehensive, accurate, and timely financial information and periodic reports
  • Apply and interpret to staff the Financial Rules and Regulations, and/or Administrative Procedures and Policies including grants requirements
  • Support in developing budgets and based on approved plans and budgets ,identify, prioritize and plan resource requirements
  • Process financial transactions accurately and promptly, checking for completeness and ensuring payments are made within the appropriate time lines
  • Maintaining accounting records of day-to-day transactions, and ensuring timely upload in the accounting system
  • Monitor and track ongoing usage of administrative and project budgets and ensure that accounts and record keeping meets the requirements of the organization, donors , and relevant authorities
  • Provide support to finance and operations’ staff to meet required objectives and standards of performance

    Qualifications and desired skills
  • A degree preferably in Accounting or Finance;
    Certified Public Accountant (CPAK) or equivalent accounting qualification;
  • 4 years working experience;
  • Budgeting and budgetary control;
  • Book keeping and accounting skills;
  • Financial reporting and cash flow management skills;
  • Knowledge of accounting software’s, excellent proficiency in MS Office applications;
  • Excellent attention to detail with good time management, and l analytical skills

    How to Apply
    If you are an individual a with a flare to work towards empowering children and families and have the ability to connect and engage with others, both inside and outside of the office in order to get the job done in the most efficient way possible, then come work with us.

    Send your motivation letter and resume to info@icsafrica.org by 9th October 2016 with the subject of the job title.

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