Field Officer Job in Kenya – NGO Project

Closing
date: October 9, 2020

Contract
Type: Fixed Term up to May 2021

About
CRS:



Catholic Relief Services (CRS) carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the
United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity
is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our
staff and as partners, people of all faiths and secular traditions who share
our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

CRS has worked in Kenya since 1965. Over the years, CRS’ focus shifted from
direct relief and food distributions to a comprehensive development program
that works with partners and enhances local capacity. CRS Kenya programs now
support children affected by HIV, through community-based efforts to increase
household incomes, improve family health, enhance livelihoods and strengthen child
protection systems.

Background:
CRS has been implementing a 4-year orphans and vulnerable children (OVC)
program, Mwendo, which seeks to empower local and county-level OVC stakeholders
to strengthen the formal and informal HIV and child protection systems and
services and the linkages between them, including cross-sectoral service
referrals and coordination to ensure quality service delivery for OVC and their
households.

Job
Summary:

As a key member of the Mwendo Project Cluster team, the Project Officer – OVC
Programming will monitor and report on all project activities related to OVC
services delivery in line with CRS’ work serving the poor and vulnerable. The
incumbent’s thorough and service-oriented approach will ensure that the project
consistently applies best practices and constantly works towards improving the
impact of its benefits to OVC and their households. S/he will coordinate
closely with a pool of Mwendo Technical Team, Local implementing partner Staff,
Care and Treatment Partners and relevant GOK departments to provide a holistic,
integrated, and comprehensive OVC project implementation.

Job
Responsibilities:

* Serve as the project key partnership link between Mwendo, Local Implementing
Partners (LIPs) and GOK
* Support the coordination, implementation, and monitoring of all assigned
project activities as outlined in the detailed implementation plan in line with
CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good
practices.
* Monitor and report any challenges and/or gaps identified to inform
adjustments to plans and implementation schedules. Assist LIPs in their efforts
to reflect on project experiences.
* Support accountability through coordinating project evaluation activities and
assisting LIPs in their efforts to collect and analyze project data per
specified mechanisms and tools. Collaborate with LIPs to prepare reports per
established reporting schedule.
* Provide technical support and monitor capacity building and technical support
activities to LIPs to ensure effective impact.
* Complete project documentation for assigned activities. Assist with
identifying information for case studies and reports on promising practices.
Actively engage in dissemination and use of relevant knowledge in the field.
* Represent CRS/Mwendo in meetings at county and cluster levels, working
groups, and other events as requested, to support forging relations with
relevant GOK departments, e.g Health, LIPs, other stakeholders, and the
community.
* Support implementation of child protection policy/child safeguarding policy
ensuring that all project-affiliated persons in contact with OVC are trained on
and conform to CRS’s Protection Policy and Code of Conduct, Keeping Children
Safe standards, USAID child safeguarding and the Minimum Services Standards for
Quality Improvement of OVC Programs.
* Provide technical assistance and coordinate with DCS to identify their
assets, strengths, and goals for in-service professional development and use
this information to develop costed annual work plans that incorporate capacity
building activities; and a sustainability plan for continuing DCS development
after the project ends.
* Provide capacity strengthening to LIP staff through trainings, workshops,
facilitated group interactions, as well as accompaniment through regular
communication, and site visits to support the successful implementation of HES
project activities.
* Ensure accurate and timely reporting of all assigned project activities per
donor and CRS standards and established schedules.

* Ensure community case workers (CCWs) (LIP staff and Volunteers) complete
required case management forms and ensure case filing system is developed and
maintained.
* Support LIPs adopt project SOPs and Job Aids to ensure deliberate,
comprehensive and high quality OVC programming
* Ensure quality and minimum protection standards are implemented and respected
in all ECD sites, ensuring that all who work with children have signed and
understood the CRS Child Protection Policy
* Promote engagement in positive parent/child relationships.
* Support the maintenance of an effective and confidential case management
system.
* Strengthen and maintain networks with all partners including county
government to ensure that OVC receive additional support through sharing
information, collaboration and leveraging of opportunities that would enhance
protection, health, legal, and psychosocial wellbeing of OVC
* Support LIPs to implement in line with the project’s gender strategy

Required/Desired
Foreign Language

Able to clearly communicate in written and spoken English

Travel
Required

Up to 35% of travel time to Mwendo LIP project sites

Personal
Skills

* Observation, active listening and analysis skills with ability to make sound
judgment
* Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with
local partners and community members and inspire teamwork among diverse
partners without direct supervisory responsibilities
* Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned
responsibilities
* Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented

Key
Working Relationships:

Supervisory: None

Internal: Project technical officers
External: Representatives of the GOK, LIPs, other stakeholders, and the
community

Typical
Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education
and Experience

* Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, Gender, International Development,
Development Economics, Public Health, Psychosocial or a related field. Master
‘s degree will an added advantage
* At least 2 years of work experience for master’s degree holders or 3 years of
work experience for Bachelor’s degree holders in project support in the field
of integrated OVC programming focusing on ECD, Education HIV/AIDS, gender,
child protection and safeguarding and other health-related projects in Kenya.
* Monitoring project spending, activities and reporting
* In-depth understanding of donor expectations for program results, outcomes,
impact, and reporting.
* Experience in participatory action planning and engagement of stakeholders at
various levels.
* Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data preferred.
* Excellent understating of GOK departments and their operations.
* Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

Agency-wide
Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and
used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve
the desired results.
* Integrity
* Continuous Improvement & Innovation
* Builds Relationships
* Develops Talent
* Strategic Mindset
* Accountability & Stewardship

How to
Apply

Application
URL:
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***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations.
Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the
United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part
of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values
and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies
reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse
and exploitation.

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill,
effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting
children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the
United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity
is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our
staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our
values and our commitment to serving those in need.

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