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SCHOOL MEALS PROGRAM (SMP) OFFICER
LWF World Service is the humanitarian and development arm of the Lutheran World Federation. We are a widely recognized, international, faith-based organization working in over 20 countries. We seek to bring people of all backgrounds together in the common quest for justice, peace, and reconciliation in an increasingly complex and fragmented world.
A commitment to the human rights of every individual, regardless of their status, guides our work, actions, and operations. We are particularly known for our timely, compassionate, and professional humanitarian work, and for our field presence in hard-to-reach areas. Our work is people-centered and community- based. Above all, we work with the most vulnerable, and in order to claim and uphold their rights, we engage proactively with local government and community structures.
Our partners in Kenya Somalia Program include: Lutheran Churches and their related agencies, The European Commission (ECHO), the US Government (BPRM), WFP, UNICEF and UNHCR with whom we are key implementing partners
Lutheran World Federation Kenya- Somalia Program- Dadaab is seeking to recruit a National staff for the following position
Position: School Meals Program Officer
Duties and Responsibilities.
- Provide leadership and a sense of direction to the School meals program (SMP) monitors and head teachers on the clearly set objectives of SMP. In addition to this, the position holder orients the head teachers and SMP monitors on the strategies and modalities of achieving the set objectives of the program.
- Liaise with senior education officer and WFP field staff to sensitize the stakeholders on the importance of SMP in meeting education objectives.
- Representing LWF in food coordination meetings and sharing the minutes with senior education officer.
- The position holder will supervise SMP monitors and Head Teachers and closely scrutinizes the performance and the quality of their service delivery.
- The position holder will give professional advice to SMP monitors so that they carry out their monitoring activities which will in turn help them to monitor food usage and impact on learners’ school attendance and academic performance thus helping them carry out their duty in a manner that is consistent to the general objectives of LWF/WS Kenya-Somalia Project.
- The position holder will inculcate in his subordinates a spirit of team work, build confidence, motivate and encourage high performance.
- The position holder positively will relate and liaise with, LWF, WFP/UNHCR and staff from the other implementing partners’ and community leaders in a manner that promotes good relationship.
- Attending at WFP monthly/annual food coordination meetings and sharing the findings.
- Taking part in mid-term reviews with WFP.
- Sharing of transport plans and coordinating SMP activities and term dates with the relevant stakeholders.
- Helping SMP monitors and, Head teachers grow professionally taking them through induction courses and teaching them report writing skills.
- Working and relating closely with other workers, thus ensuring for the common success of the organizational objectives.
- . Embracing the rights‐based approach when interacting with people of concern and when implementing project activities.
- Interacting with rights holders and forming or selecting committees among the stakeholders to promote and safe guard the rights of the people of concern.
- Orienting the learners on their food entitlement so that each child knows what he/she is supposed to get.
- Writing reports on SMP activities/progress and impact on learners’ school attendance and academic performance via indicators, challenges and potentiality for growth.
- Ensuring that all cross‐cutting issues (i.e. gender, environmental conservation, conflict resolution, accountability and LWF approaches (i.e. rights‐based approach, integrated approach, and community empowerment) are integrated into all the project activities.
- Help the education coordinator, through supporting delegations and taking instructions outside of one’s area of jurisdiction thus contributing to the general objectives of the project
- At least a degree in education (B.ED) from a recognized university or any other social science with additional training in logistics, candidates with a diploma in logistics may be considered.
- Strong analytical, administration and documentation skills in the management of a schools meals program.
- At least 3 years of experience in in a similar capacity
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
- Strong reporting skills
- Ability to manage a complex and diverse workload and to work within tight schedules.
- Ability to contribute to a small, proactive team, motivating staff and working collaboratively with colleagues and providing support and advice as necessary
- A full appreciation of the value of co-operation, a team player.
- High level of motivation, integrity, commitment and professional responsibility.
- Ability to tolerate cultural, educational and religious diversity in the work place
- Excellent communication, time management, organization and presentation skills.
- A good team player with high degree of initiative, flexibility and tolerance
Female candidates are encouraged to apply.
LWF Kenya- Somalia Program is an equal opportunity employer, irrespective of gender, race or religious affiliation. LWF/WS is a signatory to the Code of Conduct for humanitarian agencies. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect the organization’s commitment to the prevention of abuse and exploitation of beneficiaries.” Cover letter and detailed C.V. Should reach before the close of business on 13th January, 2022.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.