Project Officer – Inclusive Markets at Christian Aid

About us

Christian Aid exists to create a world where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.

Poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs people of their dignity and lets injustice thrive. But together we have the power to transform lives.

We are a global movement of people, churches, and local organizations who passionately champion the dignity, equality, and justice worldwide. We are the changemakers, the peacemakers, the mighty of heart.

We provide urgent, practical help in times of crisis and beyond. We seek to eradicate extreme poverty by tackling its root causes. Together with people living in poverty, we amplify our voices to speak truth to power and create lasting change.

Everyone is equal in the sight of God. For over 70 years, this has inspired us to stand together in solidarity with our global neighbors, of all faiths and none

About the role

The role works within the Kenya Country Programme family and the wider Programme management unit. The role is based in Nairobi Kenya and is key ensuring quality and excellence in project and budget management that ensures grants to partners are implemented as planned, within budget, timelines and deliver intended outputs and impact. The role is responsible for the thematic area of inclusive markets encompassing interventions aimed at supporting the development of interventions that drive systemic market change, including through the Participatory Market Systems Development approaches (PMSD), and other relevant Market development approaches such as Inclusive Business, Making markets work for the Poor (M4P) and value chains, Enterprise Based Development (EBD) initiatives that use a combination of grant and investment funding to support small holder enterprises to develop; support policy work that supports an enabling environment for pro-poor market activity that improve engagement of poor and marginalised men and women in existing and new value and market chains.

About you

The Project Inclusive Markets is responsible for the overall coordination, planning, provision of technical direction and oversight to local partners implementing inclusive markets interventions in Christian Aid.

The role is responsible for contributing to the development of Christian Aid policy, strategy, thought leadership and communication under the Inclusive Market stream of work. To contribute to the representation of Christian Aid to external stakeholders on Inclusive Market and undertake liaison and advocacy with County and National Government partners and officials on project activities and related to economic Justice issues. Coordinate and represent Christian Aid County and National authorities and ensure activities are carried out in line with National and County strategies as far as possible and their participation. (30%).

To be responsible for recommending grants to partners, and leading in project and budget management in line with Christian Aid policies and procedures, that ensures effective disbursement of funds to Christian Aid partners, ensures funds are used for approved purposes, and ensures timely reporting based on robust data on activities, outputs, and impact of the project and serve as a resource person on capacity development activities on inclusive markets. The project officer will ensure that project/s are delivered on time and within budget. (30%)

In collaboration with the Country Manager and other support functions, assist fundraising initiatives aimed at increasing the current project portfolio size by providing information for proposal writing, seeking opportunities for participating in consortia and representing the organisation in fundraising forums. Contribute towards the development and dissemination of Christian Aid Inclusive Markets work through publications (general, thematic sector, academic) in consultation with other support functions. (30%)

Engage in personal development for furtherance of Christian Aid inclusive market work including reading, training, mentoring and coaching among others (10%).

Further information

This role requires applicants to have the right to work in the country where this position is based.

We value diversity and aspire to reflect this in its workforce. We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, religion, or belief.

You can expect a wide range of rewards and benefits, including flexibility that will ensure you enjoy a good work/life balance.

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Competency questions

As part of your application you will be asked to demonstrate your suitability by giving answers to the following questions:

Build Partnerships

Tell us about a time when you had to establish and maintain relationships with a wide range of contacts and networks based on mutual rapport and respect. What was the context? Why did you need to establish the new relationships and why was your attitude to this important? What was your task? What outcomes were being sought? What actions did you take? How did you take them? What was the impact of your actions? Were you successful?

Communicate Effectively

Give us an example of when you enabled someone who was not expressing themselves clearly or seemed to be holding back to put their message across and be understood. What was the context? What had led to the situation? What was your task? What did you do and how? What was the outcome? How did you know you had enabled the other person to communicate effectively? Steward resources

Steward Resources

Tell us about a time when you had to estimate the resources you needed to achieve your own work objectives and then delivered them in an efficient and cost effective way. What was the context? How had these circumstances arisen? What was your task or responsibility? What actions did you taking in first estimating what was needed and then delivering the work objectives? What was the outcome? Were you successful? If so, what was your evidence?

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