Act Change Transform – Program Officer (Peace Building & Conflict Transformation).

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(REF: ACT/PBCT/03/2021) Nationals Only (Nairobi)

Act Change Transform (Act!) is a local Non-Governmental Organization whose mission is to facilitate the empowerment of marginalized people and communities in Kenya and neighboring countries, to become active participants in their development by enabling them to: stand up for their rights; demand good governance in the management of resources; and participate in decision making processes. Act! does this through implementing partners, offering them capacity development, management of grants so that value for money is achieved and providing strategic leadership in national advocacy for the benefit of women, youth, people with disabilities and other marginalized communities.

Job Summary

The Program Officer-PBCT, will primarily provide accurate and up to date information on the Conflict & Security operating context in Kenya. He/she will keep close tabs on nature based conflicts, political conflicts, radicalization, violent extremism, conflict early warning and early response environment, link closely with strategic partners and advice program staff on issues surrounding in the peace building and conflict transformation, democracy and human rights and environment, natural resource management sectors.

Key Responsibilities

Peace, Conflict & Security environment tracking and reporting

  • Conduct bi-weekly conflict and violent extremism scans/situational briefs, analyzing the implications of the various resilience, peace & security, countering violent extremism (CVE) and de-radicalization related activities. These will be presented after every two weeks (Bi-Weekly) or as the situation may demand (ad hoc) to the PBCT program team at Act!.
  • On a monthly basis, compile and maintain a roster of activities to be implemented by the PBCT partners in the implementing Counties.
  • Develop and maintain contacts and sustained networking with key actors in the sectors within which Act! is working.
  • Represent Act! in meetings on Peace Building and CVE (e.g. those convened by the Government or the private sector).

Program Management Support

  • Assist in the development of the Peace Building and Conflict Transformation (PBCT) detailed program work plans, including activity descriptions and timetables and manage the implementation of these activities so as to ensure the program’s activities and outputs are executed on time and to adequate quality standards.
  • Assist the Program Manager to establish and deepen partnership with National, County Governments (including but not limited to the County Commissioner, County Police Commanders, National Intelligence Service, National Counter Terrorism Centre, National Steering Committee on Peace Building and Conflict Management, National Cohesion and Integration Commission) and CSOs in target counties.

Monitoring Evaluation Reporting & Learning

  • Provide support to MERL Officer(s) in assessing extent to which partners’ initiatives are achieving the set results, writing and filing of reports.
  • Together with the MERL team, develop indicators and protocols for monitoring progress in implementation of program interventions and capacity building initiatives and generate the necessary progress reports.
  • In liaison with the Program Manager, take leadership in tracking and reporting progression for partners and the program.
  • Participate in and contribute to quarterly and other scheduled program performance review meetings.
  • Participate actively in contributing to documentation of “success stories” and other anecdotal information to enhance the overall quality of performance reports to the donors.
  • Share information and lessons learnt with other program staff through among others, writing of brief occasional papers for uploading into the website and internal seminars.
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly, bi-annual, annual and final program narrative reports.

Capacity Development

  • Provide technical guidance and support to the Capacity Development team regarding the needs of the program in relation to CD.
  • Support in providing leadership in training and delivery of PBCT training for Act! Partners/sub grantees.
  • Provide leadership in mentoring and coaching for partners through accompaniment and quarterly site visits.
  • Liaise with the Program Manager in ensuring all capacity development needs for the partners are addressed.
  • Assist in preparation of training materials and modules to respond to the PBCT training areas identified in the OCAs.

Networking and Representation

  • Establish and maintain regular contact with partner organizations, and to liaise and co-ordinate with the appropriate government bodies whenever appropriate to ensure successful project progress.
  • Negotiate collaboration with partner institutions and government departments in support of Act! and the project activities subject to approval from the supervisor.
  • Liaise and maintain contacts with government agencies and line ministries, civil societies and private sector collaborators.

Resource Mobilization

  • Contribute to the development of Act! fund-raising strategies especially on development of proposals.
  • Participate in researching funding sources and donor trends to help position Act! ahead of major funding changes or trends.

Qualification, Experience and Skills:

Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies, Conflict Studies, International Relations or any other related field. A Post graduate degree will be an added advantage.

Professional Qualifications

  • Professional training in Project Development Cycle or related fields.

Indicative level of Experience

  • Minimum 3 years’ relevant work experience in working with civil society organizations involved in peace building, countering violent extremism, conflict transformation & advocacy.

Essential Skills and Competencies

  • Demonstrated interest in development work.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong analytical and report writing skills.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team player in a multi-disciplinary team setting.
  • Result-oriented.
  • Willingness to travel frequently.
  • Complexity and difficulty of the work
  • A demanding job that requires tolerance, community knowledge, security dynamics, project areas and local political dynamics.

How to apply

If you meet the requirements as contained in the position description, please submit (1) a detailed and current CV; (2) an Application Cover Letter demonstrating why you qualify for the position, quoting your current/last gross salary and three referees including their most current contact details. All applications should be submitted electronically to quoting the reference number (ACT/PBCT/03/2021) and position on the e-mail subject line. Only candidates shortlisted for interviews will be contacted.

Deadline for applications submission is 11:59 PM, Thursday 1st April, 2021.

Act! is an equal opportunity employer with zero tolerance to corruption.




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