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Background

Kesho Kenya organization is a local youth led non governmental organization whose mission is to advance access to education and employment for young vulnerable people in the coastal region of Kenya through a long-term holistic integrated approach. 

The Pamodzi for Inclusive Education in South-East Africa is a three (3) year project to be implemented by a transnational consortium of four organizations based in Africa funded by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) through the grant agent Oxfam IBIS under the Education Out Loud (EOL) program. The consortium is led by Rays of Hope Ministries, an NGO based in Malawi, and its partners: Fount for Nations – Malawi, Kesho Kenya – Kenya, and Shule Direct – Tanzania.  

The project focuses on the awareness gap, and the disconnect between inclusive education policies and implementation in Malawi, Kenya, and Tanzania. Despite that, there is a strong global, regional, and national policy framework on inclusive education, Malawi, Kenya, and Tanzania still score low on inclusive education policy awareness and there is a huge disconnect between the policy framework and subsequent implementation. The project is the Operational Component 3; one of the three funding streams that aims at creating a stronger global and transnational enabling environment for national civil society advocacy and transparency efforts under the EOL program.

To achieve the project’s goal effectively and efficiently, the consortium is in the process of engaging services of a qualified and passionate team in inclusive education experience, practice, and policy for the following positions.

THE POSITIONS

As part of our implementation and sustainability strategies, an exciting opportunity has arisen within Kesho for an innovative, effective, self-driven Advocacy and Communication Officer, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning officer (MEAL) and Social Workers to support in the implementation of the Pamodzi for Inclusive Education in South-East Africa project. The positions are for a fixed contract period of 1 year and renewable subject to performance and availability of funds. The position location is Kesho office, Kilifi. 

 

  1. ADVOCACY AND COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Job Purpose

Reporting to the Program Director, the Advocacy and Communication Officer holds the responsibility for PIESEA’s advocacy and influencing, external communications, and dissemination of relevant information to various stakeholders especially the government around the inclusive education agenda. The incumbent shall provide support to the Program Director on the strategic direction of advocacy and social accountability of the entire project restricted to the country of operation. Further, the role shall drive and coordinate advocacy and engagement with structures at community and national level mainly on equitable resources for the inclusive education agenda. 

Key Areas of Accountability

I. Advocacy Management and Partnership-Building

  • Under the supervision of the Program Director, develop and implement PIESEA’s national Advocacy and Communications strategy, and link it with comparative strategies with other partners in the project across the region.
  • The Officer shall represent PIESEA in advocacy networks and other fora around the inclusive education sector to push for equitable funding stream.
  • The incumbent shall be aggressive to scope new local and national partnerships and coalitions to influence policy alterations to benefit the inclusive education sector at community and national levels.
  • The Officer shall create tangible plans to start and develop relationships with diverse organizations and individuals to develop networks and increase collective impact on inclusive education resourcing.
  • In support of the leadership team, the officer shall assist in engaging with regional and global groups/networks including policy ones to drive traffic around the inclusion agenda as relevant and required.
  • Generate the rational among the communities to influence system wide inclusive education financing and programming in line with national, regional, continental, and global charters.
  • Document and present evidence from the communities that prove and call for heightened call to policy modification translated into revived conversation on inclusive education agenda.
  • Ensure that advocacy and communication activities in the project are implemented in alignment with the project’s defined goal
  • With support from the Program Director, work as a hub between all research-related activities and advocacy-related activities to arrive at quality lobbying, strategic engagement, and subsequent policy moderations.
  • Diligently ensure the embodiment of advocacy and communication in all the project activities.

II. External representation and influencing

In coordination with the project’s leadership to ensure that the PIESEA project is well known externally and for key stakeholders in education, policy and advocacy give it the recognition it deserves. 

  • Code all the learning’s and findings that are taking place in the project and systematically disseminate them in an amplified version taking advantage of cost effect platforms such as social media.
  • Join and be present in key and specific sectorial platforms, CSO networks, SDG theme related events/campaigns/celebrations and share PIESEA exploits.
  • Champion the inclusive education agenda among existing networks/coalitions in education and related agendas.
  • Adopt and operationalize the project’s communication strategy with a tangible implementation and customized goals for the country the officer is based.
  • Ensure that PIESEA is strategically participating in / speaking at community, country level events related to inclusive education, and subsequent policies around it.
  • Support the Program Director in creating low-cost events including webinars.

III. External communications and dissemination

The incumbent shall ensure there is active and timely dissemination of critical information that will drive the inclusive education agenda by use of cost-efficient platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

The Officer shall be cautious in creating evidence/story bank related to the inclusive education and policy with a knack to drive advocacy and lobbying.

Create a well-thought media engagement plan that will develop lasting relationships with local and national media bodies to explore communication campaigns through radio, television and print media.

Promote and coordinate the writing of academic or media articles on the awareness of the disadvantaged inclusive education sector, and the misalignment between available policies and implementation.

Drive the online presence of the PIESEA project by promoting the online policy-monitoring tool including managing pages and handles with regular updates to put the inclusive agenda.

IV. Visibility and branding

  • Contribute to, facilitate, and adopt the communication and dissemination strategy for the project including digital media.
  • Research and recommend cost-effective platforms that will enhance communication and branding efforts.
  • Lead and co-manage online media platforms designed to promote the work of the project across the country.
  • Stay consistent on messaging and positioning of the project’s visibility paying attention to other events taking place in other countries who are in the consortium

 V. Oversight

The Advocacy and Communication Officer has a direct supervision role to the social worker(s). 

 VI. Accountability

The incumbent shall have a dotted line supervision requirement to the Program Director based in the lead organization. He/she will directly report to the Programs Manager in his/her organization. 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in the field of social sciences, diplomacy and advocacy, development communication, development studies, social work, and related fields from accredited universities.
  • 5 – 7 years relevant working experience in similar job profile, ideally, in a consortium with remote schedules
  • Proven ability in successfully leading advocacy and lobbying projects/program resulting into policy modifications or development
  • Extensive and practical knowledge on effective and contemporary approaches in advocacy and lobbying

 

  • Other Essential Attributes
    • Thorough understanding of the humanitarian coordination system required, and experience engaging with all parts of the system an asset
    • Proven experience conducting evidence-based advocacy to influence humanitarian decisionmaking in a crisis setting
    • Proven ability to build strong relationships with and influence decision-makers, including donors and other relevant humanitarian/other actors
    • Demonstrable understanding of the role of NGOs in influencing change and ability to negotiate and strategize to ensure impact at crisis level
    • Excellent writing and analytical skills – ability to situate findings within a wider context
    • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) and Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop)
    • Proven experience of copy-writing and editing articles, reports and presentations
    • Excellent communicator, who shares ideas and can engage with a wide range of stakeholders

This job advertisement does not list all the duties of the posted job and a further job description will be provided.

 Qualified and interested candidates should fill this online form https://forms.gle/jCS2VPrA5av1kte78 and submit a covering letter and current CV addressed to recruitment@keshokenya.org  Please indicate the position applied for in the Subject field of the Email.            

 Applications must be submitted by         Thursday            25th     November    2021   at            5pm.                 Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Kesho’s recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to respect the rights of the child including prevention of all forms of child abuse as such, all recruitment is in accordance with Kesho’s Safeguarding Policy.

 2. MEAL Officer

Job Purpose

The Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer will be based in Kilifi. The incumbent will have a dotted line reporting arrangement to the consortium’s (Regional) MEAL Specialist based at the lead, Rays of Hope. The officer will lead all MEAL activities, and oversee performance, monitoring, data capturing and analysis. Specifically, the position holder will also assist in designing data collection tools; training of staff in MEAL, and ensuring that data collected is of high quality. In close collaboration with the MEAL Specialist, the officer will design and implement a monitoring and evaluation system ensuring that PIESEA’s successes and challenges are tracked to improve implementation, much more achieve the goal of the project. Ultimately, and at the end of the project, proves that it achieved its goal. 

Key Areas of Accountability

i. Monitoring

  • The Officer shall work with the program team to develop a detailed plan to monitor and evaluate the program guided by the log-frame to track progress by looking at the indicators.
  • The incumbent shall lead monitoring activities such as tool design and analysis in collaboration with the Specialists.
  • The Officer shall ensure that there are up-to-date monitoring activities including data collection for all project, in line with the project targets, and done efficiently.
  • The incumbent shall always improve monitoring and evaluation procedures and systems with support from the MEAL Specialist.

ii. Evaluation

  • The officer shall track all the MEAL frameworks and consistently provide the program team with clear analysis of tracked indicators.
  • The incumbent shall ensure the collection of relevant and appropriate data needed for an effective M&E system to improve all identified gaps for reporting on donor commitments and other key stakeholders.
  • Strengthen monitoring and evaluation procedures and systems with support from the MEAL

Specialist.

iii. Accountability

  • The position holder shall ensure that there exist proper training protocols and field work protocols and are followed by everyone in the team.
  • He/she shall enforce accountability practices through systematic and consistent field needs assessment.
  • The position holder shall facilitate monitoring and evaluation visits by external or third-party stakeholders.

iv. Learning

  • The Officer shall build the capacity of the program team and relevant staff through regular trainings and coaching to ensure adoption of monitoring tools and quality of data collected in line with agreed M&E plans and indicators.
  • The Incumbent shall add value to the organization development, including providing support in developing systems to track progress on capacity strengthening on all MEAL functions.
  • The position holder shall provide regular feedback to the project team and MEAL manager on project implementation learning’s.

 v. Oversight

  • The MEAL Officer shall have no supervisory responsibility. 

vi. Accountability

  • The incumbent shall have dotted reporting line to the MEAL Specialist, while reporting to the organization’s supervisor. 

 vii. Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in the field of social sciences, demography, statistics, special needs, or development studies.
  • MEAL related certifications or trainings speaking to theory of change and other impact tracking tools.
  • 3 – 5 years’ experience in MEAL system development, data collection and analysis, MEAL tools development, program design in complex projects around advocacy and lobbying.
  • Demonstrated experience on MEAL in a consortium and remotely
  • Proven ability to develop and deliver MEAL capacity strengthening programs remotely through training, supervising, coaching, and mentoring.
  • Proficiency in relevant data collection and analysis applications such as SPSS, STATA

 viii. Other Essential Attributes

  • Analytical, strategic, and planning skills with hands-on ability to lead complex projects
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a demonstrated experience to meet deadlines, work independently, attentive to detail, and a team player
  • Advanced skills in data analysis applications and data collection such as kobo, ODK, stata, spss, etc.

This job advertisement does not list all the duties of the posted job and a further job description will be provided.

Qualified            and       interested          candidates              should fill          this        online   form https://forms.gle/5wDko1zh2FhskrNo7 and submit a covering letter and current CV addressed to recruitment@keshokenya.org 

Please indicate the position applied for in the Subject field of the Email.          

 Applications must be submitted by         Thursday            25th     November    2021   at            5pm.                 Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Kesho’s recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to respect the rights of the child including prevention of all forms of child abuse as such, all recruitment is in accordance with Kesho’s Safeguarding Policy.

3. Social Workers

Job Purpose

 Social Workers will be reporting to the Advocacy and Communication Officer throughout the project. The specific role of the Social Workers is to drive the project’s agenda in various communities where we will manage to reach with the project. They shall possess a strong ability in engaging with the communities to ensure that the inclusive agenda is generated with a bottom-up approach than the other way. Specifically, they shall play a pivotal role in data generation and verification, community engagement, monitoring and evaluation, community capacity strengthening, and community policy accountability. 

 Key Areas of Accountability

     i.      Data Generation and Verification

  • The social worker shall assist in capturing real time data on the status of inclusive education involving local communities
  • The incumbent shall drive usage and relevance of the policy monitoring tool in designated communities
  • The social worker shall provide feedback from the community on the functionality and importance of the policy monitoring tool
  • The incumbent shall assist in all the studies, assessments, and MEAL related functions and exercises normal or ad-hoc
  • The social worker shall lead and create relationships with the community gatekeepers to get local buy-in

    ii.   Community Engagement, Monitoring and Evaluation

  • The Social Worker shall support in curating relationships and conversations with other CSO rallying around inclusive education budgeting and financing
  • The Social Worker shall support in building evidence that will contribute to quality provision of inclusive education
  • The Social Worker shall become the point of dissemination of relevant data derived from the policy monitoring tool to the local communities
  • The Social Worker shall generate quality literature reviews in creating rationales for financing and improving inclusive education
  • The Social Worker shall coordinate all community engagement efforts building a strong movement for inclusive education agenda 

iii. Community capacity strengthening (budget process)

  • The Social Worker shall drive awareness and sensitization campaigns educating people in various communities on inclusive education agenda.
  • The incumbent shall embark on community organizing, rallying voices to create a rational for new conversations with political leaders at community and district/county levels
  • The incumbent shall lead community and district/county-based advocacy efforts to effect change on inclusive education agenda
  • The social worker shall create and coordinate meetings with education-related structures, NECs, media and people with special needs for learning and information sharing/dissemination and resource mobilization
  • The Social worker shall assist in engaging national-level stakeholders on funding increment toward inclusive education

 iv. Policy Accountability

  • The Social Worker shall create and implement an engagement plan with existing community structures to flag issues concerning inclusive education agenda
  • The incumbent shall lead in reviewing progress advocacy and lobbying at community level toward inclusive education
  • The Social Worker shall engage relevant local CSO networks/representation to catalyze conversations on inclusive education
  • The incumbent shall lead in all quarter and annual monitoring community visits to showcase the status of the project and the agenda
  • The Social Worker shall support the baseline and endline survey exercises ensuring full participation of the communities.
  • The incumbent shall lead in tracking all the community plans around inclusive education
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v. Oversight

          The Social Worker shall not have any oversight responsibility. 

 vi. Accountability

 The incumbent shall have a solid reporting line to the Advocacy and Communication Officer present in all the partner organization. 

vii. Qualifications  

  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in the field of social work, social sciences, advocacy, development studies, and related fields from accredited universities.
  • 3 – 5 years relevant working experience in a similar job profile, ideally, with respectable experience in community engagement. 
  • Extensive and practical knowledge on effective and contemporary practices in successful advocacy and lobbying.

 viii.     Other Essential Attributes

  • Proven ability to build strong relationships with and influence communities to act on issues affecting their lives
  • Demonstrable understanding of the role of NGOs in community engagement in building voices for change
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills – ability to situate findings within a wider context
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)
  • Proven experience of copywriting and editing articles, reports and presentations
  • Excellent communicator, who shares ideas and can engage with low- and high-level statuses.

This job advertisement does not list all the duties of the posted job and a further job description will be provided.

Qualified            and       interested          candidates              should fill          this        online   form https://forms.gle/bfDGLDtRiUue6eLL7 and submit a covering letter and current CV addressed to recruitment@keshokenya.org 

Please indicate the position applied for in the Subject field of the Email.          

 Applications must be submitted by         Thursday            25th     November    2021   at            5pm.                 Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Kesho’s recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to respect the rights of the child including prevention of all forms of child abuse as such, all recruitment is in accordance with Kesho’s Safeguarding Policy.