County (Kilifi) Project Officer at Center for Rights Education And Awareness

The Centre for Rights, Education and Awareness (CREAW) is a feminist, non-profit women’s rights organization that seeks to confront the low awareness of women’s real needs and rights in Kenya. CREAW envisions a transformed and just equal society and its mission is to champion, expand and actualize women’s rights.

Background

The project is being implemented in a consortium with GROOTS Kenya, The Collaborative Centre for Gender Development (CCGD) and CREAW in partnership with MasterCard Foundation under the COVID-19 Response, Recovery and resilience program, in 10 counties in Kenya namely: Nairobi, Kilifi, Kiambu, Kwale, Mombasa, Busia, Kajiado, Mandera, Kakamega and Tana-river.

The target counties have recorded high cases of COVID 19 infections and by extension increased cases of GBV affecting women, girls, young persons and PWD’s. The project objectives are to: Strengthen institutional capacities of state and non-state actors to effectively address GBV during the COVID-19 pandemic and to improve knowledge management of GBV for evidence-based policy development and accountability.

The project expects to achieve four result areas which are

  1. GBV service providers to have capacity to effectively and efficiently respond to reported GBV cases using the survivor friendly systems/hotlines.
  2. Public awareness of GBV responses measures promoted among youth, men and women to change behavior, attitude and practice with regard to women and girls rights and take action to prevent GBV
  3. Evidence and data on GBV to be effectively generated and used to influence and inform institutional response to GBV
  4. Effective coordination of multi-sectoral response to GBV to be put in place.

Job Description

JOB SUMMARY

Reporting to the Program Coordinator, The County Project Officer is responsible for day to day project management and reporting, budgeting, collaboration with stakeholders, project beneficiaries to ensure effective and timely project implementation.

S/he will collect data and produce all narrative reports. S/he will create and maintain relationships with local authorities and other key stakeholders and report to the project coordinator

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Overall coordination, management and implementation of the Gender Based Violence (GBV) activities in Kilifi County.
  • Provide professional and confidential services to survivors of GBV during the COVID 19 pandemic period, grounded in the CREAW’s holistic, survivor-centered case management approach.
  • Provide oversight for the project implementation on the project goal, objectives and activities.
  • Participate in the development of professional, effective and appropriate Gender based violence (GBV) prevention and response activities during the COVID 19 pandemic period.
  • Provide training, mentorship, and other technical support to outreach workers and service providers directly involved with the implementation of CREAW’s GBV programme/s.
  • Strengthen and maintain networks with community leaders, duty bearers, groups and service providers to ensure that survivors receive compassionate support from the community and to encourage greater communication, collaboration and coordination among partners (protection, health, legal, and psychosocial sectors).
  • Conducting virtual and or physical response-related trainings to key community stakeholders to promote quality service provision.
  • Develop work plans to guide implementation of the project activities.
  • Develop monitoring tools for data collection and reporting on the indicators and ensure proper monitoring of the project.
  • Design and produce a range of Information, Education and Communication materials to support awareness raising, advocacy and campaign activities.
  • Regularly collect and document human stories that show transformative change.
  • Manage and track project budgets in adherence to donor and organizational rules and policies.
  • Prepare accurate and timely reports of all project activities and expenditures.
  • Represent CREAW in meetings and forums with partners and other stakeholders.
  • Flexibility and willingness to travel, work long and irregular hours, including occasional weekends and holidays.
  • Undertake full operational responsibility over CREAW’s assets in Kilifi. 

Qualifications

  • Education: Degree in Social Sciences, Gender and development studies or other relevant discipline coupled. 

Additional Information

Experience required: 

  1. At least 3 years’ experience of direct social work experience with a reputable agency and experience working with survivors of gender based Violence is required.
  2. Excellent written, verbal English and presentation/communication skills.
  3. Demonstrable ability to develop monthly project reports in a timely manner.
  4. Must exhibit an understanding of feminist approaches and principles.
  5. Experience in using collaborative, consensus based approaches to build local partner skills and knowledge, provide training and foster effective and participatory decision making.
  6. Demonstrated strong coordination, teamwork and planning skills.
  7. Exhibit a clear understanding of gender, abuse of power, and issues surrounding Gender based violence.
  8. Able to maintain confidentiality, medical ethics and respect for clients at all times.
  9. Experience in participatory techniques and community mobilization.
  10. Able to lead, train, supervise, facilitate and motivate GBV outreach workers in their respective tasks in a professional, respectful and supportive manner.
  11. Positive, highly motivated, innovative, with strong organizational and inter-personal skills.
  12. Able to coordinate multiple tasks while maintaining attention to quality and detail.
  13. Able to work as part of a team.
  14. Strong computer (word processing) literacy and able to use Microsoft Office suite of programs.
  15. Able to work under minimum supervision;
  16. Able to meet deadlines.
  17. Fluency in English and Kiswahili, including writing clear and concise reports.
  18. Experience with organizing, facilitating or conducting community activities including community trainings, focused group discussions, support groups, surveys and group activities.

Desirable 

  1. Knowledge and understanding of programmatic reporting
  2. Problem Solving and demonstrable tact of Good judgement
  3. Candidates with a good understanding of Kilifi and other adjacent regions will have an added advantage. 

Technical Skills 

  1. People Skills: Ability to work both independently and as a team player.
  2. Integrity: Works with trustworthiness and integrity and has a clear commitment to CREAW’s core values.
  3. Resilience/adaptability and flexibility: Ability to operate effectively under difficult circumstances and to interact effectively with a geographically dispersed multicultural team.
  4. This position may evolve with the incorporation of new responsibilities and tasks as per changing organizational needs.

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