Kenya Community Development Foundation County Household Economic Strengthening Technical Officer Jobs

Kenya Community Development Foundation County Household Economic Strengthening Technical Officer Jobs


Job Summary:

  • Reporting to the Household Economic Strengthening Manager, the County HES Technical Officer will support HES activities within USAID 4TheChild by providing coordination, accompaniment mentorship & coaching, training & technical support to local implementing partners (LIPs) focusing on implementing and managing farm enterprises, financial education, market opportunity identification/assessment, and
    entrepreneurship and business development services.

  • S/he will support LIPs to liaise with relevant line government ministries and programs, the private sector, and other technical experts and agencies, to support household graduation and transition.

    Key Roles and Responsibilities:

    • Support project sustainability towards self-reliance through the application of evidence-based
    HES strategies.

    • Work closely with the Case Management and System Strengthening personnel in the 4TheChild
    Project to adapt existing case management approaches to better support HES and develop tools
    and benchmarks to track household progress.

    • Facilitate capacity building for LIPs staff and where applicable, target communities through
    training, workshops, facilitated group interactions, as well as accompaniment through regular communication and site visits to support the successful implementation of HES project activities across local implementing partners.

    • Support LIPs and where applicable, communities to coordinate with government officials at all
    levels, strengthening appropriate coordination, and technical support in implementation and
    follow-up of HES activities.

    • Ensure that HES related activities are appropriately planned and costed for in the County and LIPs sustainability plans.

    • Build capacity of LIPs on evidence based livelihoods models to better manage enterprises and engage with established markets.

    • Build capacity of LIPs and other relevant stakeholders to train village-level savings groups in the seven steps of marketing (market analysis, access to information and inputs, working with
    financial institutions, business plan development) and link them to local markets, existing
    associations, financial institutions, and companies working in the agriculture sector.

    • Work closely with LIPs and farmer groups to provide technical assistance, including to farmer focused village level savings (VSL) groups and caregiver groups where appropriate.

    • Coordinate with social enterprise service providers in provision of livestock and crop products and other productive assets in order to encourage farm and off farm enterprises.

    • Support LIPs to identify and utilize government procurement opportunities for youth, women,
    and persons with disabilities.

    • Support LIPs in the identification and utilization of government vocational education
    opportunities for target youth/OVC.

    • Use appropriate project management tools to plan, review, and track implementing partners’
    progress on HES project implementation and use of project resources.

    • Develop and maintain linkages with governments, organizations, and projects that can support
    HES activities supported by LIPs.

    • Ensure high-quality facilitation of training and systematic post-training supportive supervision
    and mentoring to
    IP staff in the area of HES.

    • Support development of scopes of work in relation to HES activities. Includes executing
    baselines and research in the area of HES to inform programming.

    • Ensure a culture of accountability and learning through regular monitoring to project sites,
    providing oversight of studies and assessments, proper documentation of tools and promising
    practices to contribute to learning and building the evidence around household graduation,
    transition, and economic strengthening.

    • Document project results and impacts in various forms, including media stories, lessons learned,
    case studies, client satisfaction, etc. Includes preparation and consolidation of County reports
    for HES.

    Competencies Relevant to the Specific Position:

    • Knowledge and experience in microfinance including community based savings and lending
    groups;

    • Networking skills;

    • Strong organization skills;

    • Ability to work independently, think innovatively and strategically, and work effectively within a team;

    • Fluency in written and spoken English;

    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;

    • Ability to work under pressure and deadlines.

    Required Qualifications and Experience:

    • Bachelor's Degree in Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics, Entrepreneurship, Business
    Management, Community Development or a closely related field. A Masters Degree in any of the above fields will be an added advantage.

    • At least a minimum five years' experience in HES programming in Kenya or other developing
    countries.

    • Experience working with small scale farmers and/or value-chain development, business
    development, entrepreneurship and financial services institutions with a focus on vulnerable
    populations.

    • Demonstrated experience in community mobilization, organization, management and mediation among local actors and partner capacity building.

    • Demonstrated experience in training design, delivery, coaching, and mentorship in subject
    matter(s) relevant to this position.

    Skills and Abilities:

    • Demonstrated strengths in relationship management; ability to work with diverse groups of
    people in a multicultural, team-oriented environment.

    • Skilled in influencing and obtaining the cooperation of individuals and managing relationships to achieve results.

    • Ability to support partners to ensure adherence to financial guidelines.

    • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision.

    • Excellent interpersonal skills.

    • Proficiency in MS Office Suite including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Kenya Community Development Foundation County Household Economic Strengthening Technical Officer Jobs


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