Catholic Relief Services Advocacy Manager Jobs in Kenya

Catholic Relief Services Advocacy Manager Jobs in Kenya

  • Programming
    Band: 9
    Reports To:
  • Project Director - Changing the Way We Care
  • Kenya/Nairobi

    About Catholic Relief Services:

    Catholic Relief Services (CRS) carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas.

    Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners, people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

    CRS has worked in Kenya since 1965. Over the years, CRS’ focus shifted from direct relief and food distributions to a comprehensive development program that works with partners and enhances local capacity.

    CRS Kenya programs now support children affected by HIV, and community-based efforts to increase household incomes, improve family health and sanitation, and enhance agriculture livelihoods.


    CRS, with partners Lumos and Maestral International, will work closely with Department of Children Services (DCS) and other care reform actors to implement interventions to support care reform in Kenya.

    Kenya has been selected as one of three countries, together with the Republic of Moldova and Guatemala, to implement the initial phase of Changing the Way We Care (CTWWC) initiative for five years.

    CTWWC is an initiative that aims to leverage existing strengths and efforts of key stakeholders as well as address identified gaps in an effort to move Kenya away from over reliance on residential care facilities and towards stronger family-based care.

    Job Summary:

    Reporting to the Project Director, CTWWC, the Advocacy manager will be responsible for ensuring the delivery of Changing the Way We Care communication and advocacy objectives are achieved.

    S/he will provide technical leadership and assistance on communication and advocacy to care reform programming actors including faith-based actors.

    As a member of senior leadership technical team, the Advocacy manager will ensure technical excellence through contributions made to project implementation, delivery and monitoring and evaluation.

    S/he will support the implementation of learning agendas, tool development and relevant advocacy strategic initiatives that will contribute to strengthening of child protection and care reform systems.

    Specific Responsibilities:

  • Provide expert technical, policy and program advice and management support to key components of the CTWWC initiative in key technical areas such as, communication, advocacy and media engagement.
  • Promote CTWWC Partnership and its objectives by ensuring high visibility and understanding of care reform at highest political level, building a movement to strengthen national care reform efforts towards deinstitutionalization.
  • Executing and evolving the care reform advocacy and communication directions, by designing, developing, and delivering social behavior change (SBC) strategy and messaging.
  • Based on CTTWC identified priority issues for children and care leavers this role will lead development of key advocacy messages and identify targets from lessons learned, assessments, research and evidence gained through project implementation.
  • Keep a watching brief on policy makers and other key players in relation to care reform issues and identify opportunities to raise awareness and influence policy review in care reform.
  • Develop and produce communication and advocacy materials that promote family-based care: articles, newsletters and press releases aimed at a wider range of media, understanding the appropriate use and requirements of different communication channels.
  • Take the lead in organizing media outreach; arrange all media contacts, press briefings, and interviews; respond to media inquiries quickly and effectively; and coordinate production of a diverse range of information (including audio/visual communications).
  • Support Program teams in the process of publishing various materials, such as: reports, training and methodological and communication materials, etc.; to provide talking points, presentations and other materials, as needed.
  • Provide capacity strengthening to LIPs and staff to appropriately package promising practices, develop
    and submit conference abstracts and prepare quality posters and oral presentations based on conference guidelines.
  • Support Child and Youth Participation in the project by involving children in different communication/advocacy activities and events, enhancing their self-advocacy capacity, as well as by promoting child/youth messages and advocating for their rights.
  • Organize periodic learning and reflection events that ensure staff and community members reflect on learning and other implementation results and adapt their interventions and behaviors in light of know learning.

    Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

    Education and experience

  • Master’s degree in Communication, Advocacy and policy development, law or another relevant field
  • At least 7 years’ professional experience with 3-5 years in experience in a policy development, campaigning or advocacy role with state and non-state actors preferably in care reform.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain positive relationships with and accountability towards diverse actors.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence decisions and social behavior change through advocacy.
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and inspire teamwork among diverse partners.
  • Excellent project management skills including the demonstrated ability to conduct assessments, analysis, monitoring, and reporting.
  • Ability to develop practical solutions within set deadlines.
  • Experience of working in child protection, social affairs, human rights, international development
  • Supervisory experience.

    Skills and Abilities
  • Critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment.
  • Strong writing skills in professional English, level of proficiency should allow the candidate to serve as primary author of high-quality written reports to donors with minimal revision.
  • Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented.
  • Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities with minimal supervision.
    Supervisory Responsibilities (if none, state none):
  • Project Officers - Advocacy and Social Behavior Change

    Required Travel:
  • The Advocacy Manager will be expected to travel within CTWWC initiative areas of operation.

    Key Working Relationships:
  • Internal: CTWWC Director, CTWWC team, Head of Programming, Health, Education and Social Services Unit, Operations unit, MEAL Unit
  • External: GOK, IPs, faith-based actors, 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 and Stewardship
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Learning
  • Continuous Improvement and Innovation
  • Strategic Mindset

    MEAL Competencies:
  • Track portfolio and project MEAL requirements – both CRS MEAL Policies and Procedures (MPP) and donor requirements.
  • Work with MEAL staff and partner staff to implement the MPP and donor MEAL requirements applicable to your projects.
  • Complete the annual MEAL procedure self-assessment for your project and develop action plan to advance MEAL practice.
  • Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

    How to Apply:
  • Written applications indicating the reference number of the 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 Thursday,28th February 2019.
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  • 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

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