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Title: Programme Officer – Education
Supervisor: Senior Programmes Officer – Gender and Youth
Job Location: Aitong’, Maasai Mara
Job Grade: E


1. The Organisation
The Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association (MMWCA)
http://www.maraconservancies.org/ is a membership organisation of all the Mara conservancies, open to any existing or upcoming wildlife conservancy whose land is part of or integral to the greater Maasai Mara ecosystem. MMWCA is one of the Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association’s members (http://kwcakenya.com/), contributing to the growth and development of conservancies nationally. MMWCA
serves to meet three primary objectives:


i. Provide a convening space for open discussions, a hub for knowledge sharing and coordination across conservancies; a voice for advocacy; and driving policy in the interest of conservancies and conservation-related issues across the Mara.
ii. Support the creation and development of conservancies and their
neighbouring areas across the greater Mara ecosystem as a sustainable form
of land use and provide mechanisms for equitable and value-based benefit
sharing to sustain land under conservation.
iii. Lead and/or implement development and conservation programmes across member conservancies to facilitate coordination, collaboration and synergetic action.


2. The Role
To support the delivery of the Mara Girls’ Education Programme across the Mara landscap.

3. Main Objectives Mara Girls’ Education Programme
This programme focuses on girls’ education to improve retention in schools by deploying different approaches to enhance and scale girls’ opportunities.
The programme officer will focus on the following areas:
 Improving education standards in the Mara landscape with a particular
emphasis on girls and disadvantaged children;
 Support Human Practice Foundation in delivering necessary resources to
construct and or repair 10 schools in the Mara landscape;
 Support a joint education committee involving relevant stakeholders and
disciplines that will steer programme delivery;
 Help coordinate the design of conservation modules in the schools supported by the program;
 Support development of covenants with schools, communities and MMWCA to ensure improved support towards conservation, school management, girls’ enrolment and retention;
 Support improvement of community attitudes towards education, especially
to the girl-child, improve the capacity of teachers and strengthen the school
board of management;
 Coordinate government and other actors’ support to the schools to increase enforcement against harmful practices, including school dropouts, female genital mutilation and child labour;
 Lead in identifying critical education gaps and work with other actors to
mobilise resources to support emerging needs; and
 Coordinate a strategic partnership with key stakeholders in the landscape,
primarily investing in government goodwill to support the schools in the
Mara region.


4. Scope of Work
i. With the support and guidance of the Senior Programmes Officer- Gender & Youth, the Programme Officer – Education will lead the implementation of
MMWCA’s Mara Girl’s Education Project activities within the Mara landscape
by coordinating all implementing partners.
ii. Help in setting up health clubs in all schools supported by the Programme.
iii. Identify critical gaps and guide on addressing them to deliver the Programme objectives.
iv. Ensure quality in the Programme by building the capacity of the boards of
management, students, teachers and communities through training in
pedagogy, psychosocial support and life skills, among others.
v. Support development of training plans for teachers and other community
partners based on identified needs.3
vi. Support the implementation of the Child Protection Policy across the schools and by other partners across the landscape.
vii. Develop a sustainability plan for the education programme.
viii. Documentation and Reporting

 Responsible for developing timely and quality Mara Girl’s project-level
reports on activities, project results, case studies and lessons learned for
Education interventions within the project.
 Support the Monitoring, Evaluation Accountability and Learning team to
ensure data are captured correctly and accurately.
 Prepare implementation reports, weekly, monthly or other periodical
reports for MMWCA and funding partners.
 Report on progress and documentation of best practices.
 Support in the development of communication materials and case studies.


ix. Representation & Advocacy
 With guidance from the senior programs officer-gender & youth, assist in
establishing and sustaining positive relationships with key stakeholders at
the community and county levels.
 Represent MMWCA and/or the project in relevant meetings.
 Contribute to communications and media work as required.
 Working closely with the Ministry of Education, develop partnerships to
leverage resources and effort
 Advocate for, and support, the development of sustainable, child-friendly
and hazard-resistant standards and designs for schools, the integration of
life skills into both formal and non-formal education, with a particular
focus on the implementation of child safeguarding policy.
 Represent MMWCA in Mara Girls’ Programme engagements, including
coordination meetings at the Narok County Working Group meetings and
engagements with the Ministry of Education and implementing partners,
among others, to address issues related to strategic planning, roles and
responsibilities of sector partners, and joint advocacy.


x. Deliver any other duty as may be assigned by the supervisor.


5. Minimum Qualifications
 A degree in Education or equivalent.
 Three years of professional experience in implementing field-level education
programs with Non-Governmental Organisations or other relevant actors.
Child protection programming is an added advantage.
 Experience in the design, implementation and reporting of educational
projects.
 Ability to analyse information, evaluate options and think and plan
strategically.
 Strong writing and editing skills.
 Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
 Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail.
 Proficiency in Maa is desirable.
 Experience working with pastoralist communities and ability/willingness to
work in a remote place – the job will be based at Aitong’ in the Maasai Mara.


6. How to Apply
Send an application to the Chief Executive Officer, Maasai Mara Wildlife
Conservancies, to reach us by close of business on June 30, 2022, to
recruitment@maraconservancies.org. A complete application will have the following:
i. A cover letter.
ii. A detailed curriculum vitae highlighting relevant experience.
iii. A daytime telephone contact, email address, and the names of three
professional referees

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