Position title: Project Officer, Jielimishe GEC project

Reports to: County Officer, Meru

Program: Education

County: Meru

Organization background: I Choose Life – Africa (ICL) is a leading youth focused Non-Governmental Organizations that has significantly contributed to the realization of socio-economic development and empowerment of individuals bringing about transformative change across communities in Kenya. The organization has over 16 years’ experience implementing evidence-based adolescents and youth programs in over 345 institutions of learning (Primary, Secondary and Higher learning institutions) across 25 Counties in Kenya. ICL aims at contributing towards improved life opportunities of adolescent and youth aged 10-24 using a holistic transformational model. ICL employs evidence to design and run innovative and high impact interventions to improve key indicators in health, education, economic empowerment and leadership and governance with regards to children, adolescents, and youth. To ensure maximum impact, ICL utilizes a multi-sectorial approach, Quadra Helix development approach (which brings together the Government, Private sector, Academia and Civil society) to foster innovative and sustainable transformation in communities. In this model ICL envisions better health and well-being, quality education and improved livelihoods for sustainable development. In her work, ICL is guided by Vision 2030 whose objectives it seeks to cascade to counties, sub counties, wards, organized groups, and households. In her sustainable and transformative service delivery, ICL invests in generation and documentation of evidence to influence policy and practice. The organization is guided by a vision of a “Healthy Africa, Empowered People!” and is on a mission to improve the life opportunities of youth aged 10-24 through strategic empowerment for sustainable development.

Vision: ‘Healthy Africa, Empowered People!’

Mission: To improve the life opportunities of youth aged 10-24 through strategic empowerment for sustainable development.

Job purpose:

Under the leadership of the Project Manager, the Teaching and Learning Resource person, also known as teacher Coach will be responsible for tasks relating to coaching and mentoring teachers to improve their attitude, motivation, lesson preparation, delivery and learning assessment. S/he will be required to model best skills, concepts, and qualities that teachers should adopt in their teaching to enhance learning. Learning in Jielimishe GEC Project is defined as the acquisition of critical competencies in Literacy and numeracy. In addition, the officer will be required to support counties in the actualization of their county strategic plans aligned to Vision 2030.

Key responsibilities

Project Initiation: Programming, identification, formulation, and Design

  • Conduct a SWOT analysis alongside the M&E and Resource Mobilization department to identify national and donor priorities.
  • In consultation with key stakeholders, identify key issues to be addressed, and the strategies thereof
  • Develop feasible and sustainable operational plans that can generate funding

Project Implementation Management: Risk, Procurement, Communication, Quality, Cost and Time Management

  • Building the capacity of teachers to effectively adopt best teaching practices towards improvement of literacy and numeracy
  • Building the capacity of the other teacher coaches to effectively model best teaching practices towards improvement of literacy and numeracy
  • Continuous classroom support, observation and coaching
  • Providing feedback to teachers to grow their competences
  • Enhance accountability data for learning management
  • Continuous individualized coaching of teachers to enhance their teaching practices
  • Oversee Gender & Social Inclusion (GESI) mainstreaming and strengthening in project delivery
  • Oversee tracking and assessment of 10,123 girls’ learning every term
  • Document teachers’ experiences on coaching and mentorship in teaching
  • Document Learners experiences on learning based on teacher coaching
  • Design Teacher Professional Development packages
  • Ensure quality control for cascade trainings towards teacher quality improvement
  • Enhance child safeguarding mainstreaming in teacher coaching

Monitored Implementation:

  • Ensure timely execution of project deliverables as outlined in the agreement
  • Ensure effective utilization of project resources including budget control and value for money
  • Effectively Manage information and relations with beneficiaries and key stakeholders
  • Ensure Participatory approaches in project implementation towards sustainability

Resource Mobilization and Sustainability

  • Conduct and coordinate resource mobilization in the region: target 150M annually
  • Design, implement and evaluate projects with an aspect of resource mobilization
  • Initiate collaborations with the government, community and corporate
  • Develop Resource Mobilization Strategy for the region

Project Monitoring, Evaluation & Control

  • Coordinate reviewing the goals and objectives as set out in the scope of work
  • Coordinate compilation of reports (narrative and data) and submission to CEO as per the set deadlines
  • In accordance with donor requirements, create or maintain procedures for capturing and publishing monthly, quarterly and annual project technical and financial reports
  • Provide effective Feedback to the target institutions and beneficiaries
  • Integrate participatory approaches in M&E
  • Coordinate research and evaluation in regional projects

Any other duties and responsibilities in line with project Management

Desired Education and Training

  1. A Bachelor’s degree in Education or its equivalent.

  2. A post graduate Diploma in project management will be an added advantage

  3. At least 3 years’ experience in project management implementing education program

  4. Professional qualifications in project coordination and management, leadership & management, organizational development, monitoring & evaluation or strategic planning will be an added advantage

Knowledge, Experience Abilities and Skills

  1. Knowledge on project cycle management highly desirable

  2. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, good presentation and interpersonal skills and excellent report writing skills

  3. Proficient people management skills as well as mentorship experience and capability.

  4. Excellent command of computers with high IT efficiency

  5. Ability to work with a team, foster a team approach and incorporate capacity building activities into the program

  6. Ability to analyze and utilize program development gaps for designing Programs.

  7. Experience in working in PEPFAR, EU, CDC DfID, UN funded projects is desirable

  8. Minimum of 3 years of supervisory and management experience

  9. Relevant experience in monitoring program implementation using qualitative and quantitative approaches

  10. Experience in collecting data that will influence decision making and programming

  11. Demonstrates the ability to negotiate with senior managers at county and national level

  12. Excellent organizational skills

  13. Management and support to M&E team as needed

How to apply

If you meet the above qualifications, we encourage you to write to [email protected]. Your CV and cover letter should reach us on or before Monday 21st September, 2020. Kindly indicate your current/last and expected salary in your CV in pdf format with subject as ‘PROJECT OFFICER, MENTORSHIP, TEACHING & LEARNING RESOURCE PERSON

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

We are an equal opportunity employer

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