Hivos Program Officer Jobs in Kenya

Hivos Program Officer Jobs in Kenya


Job Context

Hivos works towards an open and green society, inspired by humanist values such as freedom, dignity, responsibility and curiosity.

Our objective is that every person can live in freedom and dignity on a planet that is sustainable.

We pride ourselves as upholding the principles of social innovation of generating new ideas and approaches that resolve existing social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges for the benefit of people and planet.

We use this frame to stretch Hivos’ view and remit beyond ‘development’ towards a future as a global organization that finds its relevance and impact in the generation of ideas, initiatives and relationships for open and green societies.

Hivos East Africa is looking for a Program Officer for a new program that will focus on shifting the paradigm from unequal and closed societies, where shrinking space, threats to media freedom and challenges to access and use of data fail to deliver tangible change for people’s lives, towards free and open societies with civil society, including media organisations, able to help people to hold governments to account, make information meaningful and drive social and political change for the better, leaving no one behind.

We look for a person who shares our values, with great and inclusive leadership skills who can lead this new program with passion and commitment.

The program will be implemented in Kenya, Malawi and Myanmar. It focuses 3 pillars to address 3 key challenges:

  • An empowered society where people safely demand exercise their fundamental rights to pursue equality, good governance and sustainable development;
  • An independent society, where media and infomediaries enjoy a) resilient, secure and independent business models, b) editorial independence and c) freedom from political or other vested and economic interests;
  • An informed society where people are capable of balancing the unequal power dynamic through reliable and useful data to demand improvements in their quality of life.

    Your responsibilities

    Aim of the job

  • To provide leadership in the implementation of the PROTECT Program in Kenya. He/she ensures that activities stay on track and contribute to the defined and aims for the best possible result.
  • The program officer will support the Program Manager implement the PROTECT program in Kenya and liaise with consortium partners and other key stakeholders.

    Program Management, Representation and Communication:

  • Manages the implementation of the PROTECT program in Kenya in liaison with the PROTECT Program Manager.
  • This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring high quality narrative and financial reports, further building relationships with consortium partners and grantees, data management, monitoring & evaluation and linking and learning.
  • Provides technical oversight of the program in Kenya and individual activities to ensure adherence to defined goals, evidence-based interventions and best practices.
  • Is the primary relationship lead in Kenya representing Hivos in the coalition and with external stakeholders, including responding to information requests.
  • Discusses with coalition partners and other key stakeholders, in all aspects of programme planning, monitoring, and implementation.
  • Innovates and proactively support strategic alliances with relevant stakeholders.
  • Leads a participatory process of co-creation that closely involves both the donor as well as consortium and local partners.

    Partner Support

  • Ensures that partners are meaningfully engaged in decision making and receive the organizational and technical capacity development needed to successfully complete their grant-funded activities.
  • Ensures compliance with and implementation of all donor-related and project specific policies.
  • Supports the organization of PROTECT program events
    and activities in Kenya in collaboration with Partners and the Hivos PROTECT team.
  • Ensures partner compliance with Hivos grant making procedures and policies.

    Monitoring, Knowledge and Learning

  • Monitors performance of the program and makes recommendations regarding scale-up potential or trouble shooting when challenges arise.
  • Monitors contextual developments in Kenya affecting the program.
  • Supports development of knowledge and learning approaches for partners and other stakeholders.
  • Supports the implementation of the program’s co-creation research approach.
  • Maintains an updated in-country database of the program’s key stakeholders.

    Administrative and Procurement Tasks

  • Oversees financial management and procurement, including subsequent contracting of local partners, in line with Hivos and donor requirements. This also includes the delivery, management, and monitoring of sub-grants.
  • Support the identification of possible service providers in line with the Hivos procurement procedures and policy.
  • During PROTECT program events and activities, guide the Regional support staff to facilitate the delivery of in-country logistical tasks.
  • Assist the Regional staff with the tracking and follow-up of partner documentation and reporting.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Experience in working with and commitment to good governance, transparency, citizen engagement and accountability.
  • Experience with managing multi-stakeholder initiatives incl. civil society, government, oversight authorities and private sector.
  • Demonstrable experience in implementing learning and sharing information with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Experience in facilitating training, policy and advocacy interventions across countries and region.
  • Experience working with investigative journalists, using data for public scrutiny and anti-corruption investigations.
  • Excellent communication, analytical, problem-solving and relationship management skills.
    Commitment to team-working and a willingness to join in with colleagues to manage the pressures and priorities of the day.
  • Likes to work in a multi-cultural environment with people from different religions, cultures and of various sexual orientations and gender identities.

    Your profile

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent experience) in social sciences, international development or related area.
  • More than 3 years professional experience in program coordination or management of transparency, citizen engagement and accountability programs, or programs on good governance, anti-corruption, civic space, independent media, human rights or related fields.
  • Proven experience in implementing high-volume sub-granting programs in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Demonstrated experience with similarly complex programs involving coordination with multiple projects and partner institutions, including delivering at pace and managing demands from multiple stakeholders.
  • Financial and operational management skills.

    What we offer

  • Hivos offers a competitive package based on the candidate’s qualifications and a challenging role in an international environment.
  • This position is based in Hivos East Africa Regional Office in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • The Program Officer will functionally report to the PROTECT Program Manager in Malawi and will be line managed by the Program Manager, Freedom and Accountability, in Nairobi.
  • Hivos can only offer employment on local terms and conditions.

    How to apply

    Submit your application through SkillsMap

  • Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted. Women and individuals from minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.By 28th September, 2018

  • For more information and job application details, see; Hivos Program Officer Jobs in Kenya

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