Hakii Jamii – Program Officer -Policy Research, Budgeting & Education (Nairobi).

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OVERVIEW OF THE ORGANIZATION
Founded in 2004 and registered in 2007, Economic and Social Rights Centre- Hakijamii is a national human rights organization that works with marginalized groups living in urban and peri-urban areas to amplify their voices to effectively claim their economic and social rights and live a dignified life. It is registered as a Non-governmental organization (NGO) under the NGO Coordination Act. It has its Secretariat in Nairobi, with strategic community partners in Nairobi, Kisumu, Garissa, Kakamega, Isiolo, Kwale and Mombasa.
Hakijamii envisions a society that is free from discrimination, exploitation and injustice. Our mission is to strengthen the capacity of people’s organizations to effectively and directly participate in advocating and realizing their economic, social and cultural rights in Kenya. Throughout our existence, the organization has been guided by the goal of promoting social movements to engage in realizing and promoting human rights-centered practices and policies in realization of economic and social rights. The organization has four main result areas namely: Health, Water & Sanitation, Land & Housing, Education & Public Interest Litigation, Research, Budget and Policy Analysis.
Hakijamii’s four major approaches in its work delivery includes, research, advocacy, public interest litigation and resource allocation. Our budgeting and research work feeds into policy formulations, review and implementation through resource allocation and citizens engagement in governance processes. To this end the organization continues to link policy implementation with the national budget process and citizens role in governance processes.
Hakijamii seeks to recruit Program Officer- Policy Research, Budgeting & Education


PURPOSE
The purpose of this position is to support delivery of overall work of the organization on policy implementation through resource allocation and accountability. This aims to assist the organization to make meaningful input in policy dialogue and implementation. The role will involve taking forward policy research aspect on ESC rights and budget analysis on a range subjects around our thematic areas on interventions and specifically right to education.

 


KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
• Provide a strong voice on economic and social rights issues.
• Build and maintain knowledge of current ESC rights budgeting for policy implementation in liaison with partners and colleagues.
• Influence policy development, review and implementation through targeted research and resource allocation analysis.
• Unpackage national and county budget information in a simplified way to inform effective public participation and oversight.
• Help the organization and its partners make sense of the emerging policies especially in regard to the linkage between the national budget and policy implementation on economic and social rights.
• Assist the organization to undertake targeted analysis of the National and County Budget in regard to polices that relate to economic and social rights.
• Review the Annual National Budget budgets estimates and determine the extent to which they provide for the progressive realization of economic and social rights.
• Draft and disseminate policy research reports and briefings on budgeting for policy implementation on economic and social rights.
• Build and maintain networks with key policy research institutions/ players (e.g. Ministry of Finance, Planning, Kippra, Parliamentary Budget Office and other relevant stakeholders).
• Support/ facilitate community members to effectively participate in governance processes and oversight roles.
• Advocate for government to provide sufficient budgetary support to achieve the progressive realization of economic and social rights.
• Investigate and document good practices in regard to national budget allocation for economic and social rights.
• Develop and disseminate relevant information on the linkage between the national budget and the realization of economic and social rights.
• Identify and pursue fundraising opportunities, under the guidance of Hakijamii’s overall fundraising programme.
• Represent the organization in relevant forums and seminars.
• Undertake all such other functions as may be directed by the Executive Director and that are within the mandate of the organization and complimentary to the above responsibilities.

 


PERSON SPECIFICATION
The Program Officer will
• Have demonstrated capacity of analyzing complex national and county policy documents including budgets and approved policy documents.
• Possess innovative thinking and problem-solving skills, including the ability to weigh options and argue for recommendations
• Self-motivated and well-organised
• Have the ability to work both independently and as part of a team, a good level of IT and research skills and to deliver under pressure and meet strict deadlines
• Have the necessary skills to liaise with possible funders and other partners on progress towards clearly defined outcomes;
• Have the capacity to work within a policy environment with good working knowledge of the current policy issues and debates within ESC rights and specifically right to education.
• Have the ability to work confidently with a wide range of stakeholders and other contacts both internally and externally.
• Be self-starter, flexible and easy-going, but hard working and deeply committed to human rights agenda.
• Be willing to travel regularly.
• Be fluent in both spoken and written English and working knowledge of Swahili will be an advantage.

 


ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
• A Bachelor degree in Economics, Public Finance, Actuarial Science, Policy Analysis or any other relevant discipline from a recognized university. Post graduate qualification will be an added advantage.


EXPERIENCE
• At least three-year experience of conducting policy research and budget analysis or public finance.
• Record of working with key policy research and relevant government institutions (e.g. The National Treasury, Department Devolution and Planning, Kippra, Parliamentary Budget Office and other relevant stakeholders).
• Good project management and organizational skills, including managing multiple projects and tasks concurrently.
• Experience in international human rights, social justice or related areas, with a good knowledge of economic, social and cultural rights.
• Understanding of the challenges faced in implementing economic, social rights and cultural able to demonstrate knowledge of how the national budget can be used to address those challenges, including political processes.
• Demonstrated capacity of analyze complex budget problems rigorously and from all angles, showing practical judgment as well as academic ability.
• Skills to clearly articulate how the national budget relates to the realization of economic and social rights.
• Understanding of the range of research methods relevant to policy research and ability to design project proposals.
• Experience of conducting research including literature and policy reviews, analysis of secondary and primary data, qualitative and quantitative skills.


Application Process:

All interested applicants must submit 1) a cover letter and (2) a current curriculum vitae addressed to:
The Executive Director,
Economic & Social Rights Centre – Hakijamii,
P.O Box 11356-00100 Nairobi-Kenya.

All application should be sent via email to esrc@hakijamii.com on or before Wednesday 26th February 2020. Kindly visit our website on www.hakijamii.com for more information about the job opportunity.

Please Note: Hakijamii does not charge any fees for recruitment process and has NOT assigned any recruiting firm to act on its behalf. Any canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.
Hakijamii is an equal employer and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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