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Terms of Reference for Technical Product Owner, Ajira Digital Project

Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) is the apex body of the private sector in Kenya and aims to drive economic development through year-on-year improvements in the business environment by addressing cross-cutting business issues, driving investments, and addressing socio-economic issues with partners. KEPSA brings together business associations, corporate bodies, SMEs and start-ups to speak with one voice, working closely with Government and other stakeholders through structured public-private dialogue platforms and other engagement mechanisms.

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION
KEPSA together with the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) and with funding from the Mastercard Foundation, under the Young Africa Works in Kenya initiative, has embarked on a project to enable 1 million Kenyan young women and men to access dignified and fulfilling work through digital platforms over three years.
In 2016, the Government of Kenya, through the Ministry of ICT and in partnership with academia, civil society and the private sector, set up the Ajira Digital Program to bridge the gap between skills demand and lack of jobs for youth. The program aims to introduce young women and men to digital and digitally-enabled work and provide the tools, training and mentorship needed for them to work and earn an income with dignity. Achieving the country’s objective of a globally competitive knowledge-based middle-income economy in an increasingly digital world. The Ajira Digital Program also seeks to position Kenya as a choice labour destination for multinational companies as well as grow and encourage local companies and the public sector to create digital and digitally-enabled work.
The Ajira Digital and Young Africa Works in Kenya project covers five programs across the supply, demand and linkage aspects of the jobs ecosystem:
Supply: Provide access to training and mentorship (work readiness and up-skilling opportunities)
o Program 1: Operationalization of existing Constituency Innovation Hubs (CIHs)
o Program 2: Institutionalize Ajira Digital Clubs and curriculum in higher-level learning institutions (TVETS and Universities)
Demand: Increase local availability of dignified work
o Program 3: e-Government: Public Sector providing digital work
o Program 4: Private sector engagement: Support of digital platforms
Linkage: Enhance central linkage/information repository for all stakeholders & beneficiaries
o Program 5: Revamp of the existing Ajira Digital portal to offer relevant and timely labour information to benefit the entire ecosystem needed to grow work opportunities powered by the digital space.
OBJECTIVE OF THE ROLE
The Ajira Digital portal (ajiradigital.go.ke) is envisioned as a one-stop-shop to enable the growth of digital and digital-enabled opportunities in Kenya. The Technical Product Owner will provide strategic and operational, end-to-end support of the revamp of the current Ajira Digital portal to ensure it aptly meets the needs of all key stakeholders. They will support a specialist team to i) undertake a diagnostic of the current Ajira Digital platform ii) define and design the requirements of the new Ajira Digital platform, should be based on human-centred design analysis iii) oversee the implementation of this requirements by a technical developer and iv) work closely with the developer to bring the revamped portal to fruition.
DURATION OF THE ASSIGNMENT
This position is a two-year contract subject to satisfactory periodical performance review.
EXPECTED OUTPUT
The Technical Product Owner is expected to deliver a fully functional revamped Ajira Digital portal that meets the needs of all key stakeholders.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
The technical product owner will be expected to have:

  • A minimum of bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering or a related technical field
  • At least ten (10) years’ experience in digital product management and managing technical teams
  • Strong technical and analytical skills with professional experience in web development and data management
  • Demonstrated success in defining and implementing technical products (from concept to launch)
  • Experience in driving product vision, go-to-market strategy, and design discussions Experience developing Internet products and technologies
  • Knowledge of multiple product development functional areas such as Product Management, Engineering, UX/UI, Sales, Customer Support, Finance and/or Marketing
  • Extensive experience in project management with strong leadership and managerial abilities Excellent written and verbal communication skills

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
The Technical Product Owner will report to the Project Director
APPLICATION PROCESS

All qualified and interested candidates apply through Fuzu (https://www.fuzu.com/jobs/technical-product-owner-kepsa) stating their remuneration on the cover letter.
Please note that KEPSA has appointed Fuzu (www.fuzu.com) as the ONLY channel of receiving applications.

KEPSA does not charge any fees for the vacancies it has announced.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Responsibilities

Specifically, the technical product owner will be responsible for:

  1. Providing vision and direction for the portal to key stakeholders including the Ajira Digital project management teams and the design & development teams
  2. Creating the Ajira Digital strategic product roadmap from conception to launch
  3. Providing project management and technical leadership for every aspect of the development cycle of the product
  4. Supporting the development of the terms of reference to identify, select and on-board a technical developer to bring the product to fruition
  5. Developing the scope and defining the software development work streams
  6. Spearheading the product vision, go-to-market strategy, and design discussions Understand the market and user requirements in depth
  7. Establishing and stimulating software development standards and processes along with best practices for the delivery of a high-quality product
  8. Providing backlog management, iteration planning and elaboration of the use cases
  9. Leading the planning for product release plans, testing and setting expectations for delivery of new functionalities
  10. Playing an active role in mitigating impediments impacting successful team completion of releases
  11. Influence multiple stakeholders without direct authority
  12. Driving the program values and philosophies through all activities Performing any other duties assigned

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor’s degree
Required relevant work experience: 10 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)Swahili (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent),

Mandatory attachments

Please have a scan or photo of these documents ready when you start the application:Self-prepared CV file – the employer wants to see a CV that you have prepared yourself

e-Government Project Officer

Job Summary

Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) is the apex body of the private sector in Kenya and aims to drive economic development through year-on-year improvements in the business environment by addressing cross-cutting business issues, driving investments, and addressing socio-economic issues with partners. KEPSA brings together business associations, corporate bodies, SMEs and start-ups to speak with one voice, working closely with Government and other stakeholders through structured public-private dialogue platforms and other engagement mechanisms.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
KEPSA together with the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) and with funding from the Mastercard Foundation, under the Young Africa Works in Kenya initiative, has embarked on a project to enable 1 million Kenyan young women and men to access dignified and fulfilling work through digital platforms over three years.
In 2016, the Government of Kenya, through the Ministry of ICT and in partnership with academia, civil society and the private sector, set up the Ajira Digital Program to bridge the gap between skills demand and lack of jobs for youth. The program aims to introduce young women and men to digital and digitally-enabled work and provide the tools, training and mentorship needed for them to work and earn an income with dignity. Achieving the country’s objective of a globally competitive knowledge-based middle-income economy in an increasingly digital world. The Ajira Digital Program also seeks to position Kenya as a choice labour destination for multinational companies as well as grow and encourage local companies and the public sector to create digital and digitally-enabled work.
The Ajira Digital and Young Africa Works in Kenya project covers five programs across the supply, demand and linkage aspects of the jobs ecosystem:
Supply: Provide access to training and mentorship (work readiness and up-skilling opportunities)
o Program 1: Operationalization of existing Constituency Innovation Hubs (CIHs)
o Program 2: Institutionalize Ajira Digital Clubs and curriculum in higher-level learning institutions (TVETS and Universities)
Demand: Increase local availability of dignified work
o Program 3: e-Government: Public Sector providing digital work
o Program 4: Private sector engagement: Support of digital platforms
Linkage: Enhance central linkage/information repository for all stakeholders & beneficiaries
o Program 5: Revamp of the existing Ajira Digital portal to offer relevant and timely labour information to benefit the entire ecosystem needed to grow work opportunities powered by the digital space.

Objective Of The Role
Program 3 seeks to drive the adoption of the gig economy by Government Ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) with the first project being transcription of judiciary court recordings through digital platforms. Kenya is at a point of critical growth with Government leading in all the big infrastructure projects (roads, housing etc.) as well as the rolling out of the big 4 development agenda that seeks toprovide food security (agriculture), universal healthcare, affordable housing and local manufacturing.
The number of youth that can be linked directly to employment through the government programs can contribute to 40% of jobs in the ecosystem and the e-Government Project Officer will provide strategic and technical end-to-end project management to support the growth of digital work from government in its digitisation efforts. The project officer will specifically oversee the Business Processing Outsourcing (BPOs) firm(s) that will deliver transcription services to the Judiciary as well as work with the Ajira Digital project teams at KEPSA and the Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs to design a blueprint of how Government can outsource more work directly to youth by adopting the use of gig workers to fulfill its labor needs.

The e-Government Project Officer is expected to manage the delivery of an efficient and quality transcription service to the judiciary and from this use case, the delivery of a sustainable blueprint for the rest of the government to deliver digital and digitally-enabled work through the use of digital platforms.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
The Project Officer will be expected to have:

  • A minimum of a University degree
  • At least seven (7) years of relevant experience in project management and managing complex teams post-graduation
  • Experience in managing private sector-government projects will be an added advantage
  • Knowledge of transcription services will be added advantage
  • Experience in managing large scale projects delivered through vendors/service providers
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Government and how it operates and functions
  • Capacity to work under pressure and meet tight schedules and deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent in communication, problem-solving, analytical and interpersonal skills, and a team player
  • Demonstrate the ability to multitask and work in a dynamic environment
  • Excellent in data management, report writing, and organizational skills
  • Good command of Computer Programs and Applications
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English and Kiswahili.

Responsibilities

  • Ensure effective planning and execution of all activities in program 3, including planning and coordinating meetings and seminars with various stakeholders.
  • Be the liaison with the Ajira Project Management Team and the Min of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs, Judiciary and all other Government Ministries
  • Spearhead the delivery of a pilot for the judiciary to transcribe court proceedings through a business process outsourcing firm (BPO) documenting lessons that will allow scale up to all the courtrooms in the country
  • Provide project management and support to the entire judiciary pilot project which includes but is not limited to management of the BPO firm(s) that will deliver the services, oversee and implement quality assurance mechanisms of the process and deliverables as well as evaluation of the BPO performance to ensure that the transcription services are meeting predefined standards
  • Spearhead the reflection on the judiciary pilot and identify opportunities for further e-Government work
  • Spearhead the development of a blueprint for the rest of government to outsource work to gig workers through digital platforms
  • Responsible for maintaining accurate and updated project documentation throughout the program lifecycle
  • Liaise with government officials throughout the engagement through various means such as group discussions, surveys, and self-evaluations to evaluate the process and course-correct as needed
  • Capture success stories and coordinate activities to ensure they are publicized appropriately
  • Prepare weekly, monthly, quarterly or any other periodical updates or reports as may be required
  • Drive the program values and philosophy through all activities
  • Foster relationships required to scale this pilot across other Government Ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs)
  • Troubleshoot where necessary and as needed
  • Performing any other duties assigned

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor’s degree
Required relevant work experience: 7 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)Swahili (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent),

Mandatory attachments

Please have a scan or photo of these documents ready when you start the application:Self-prepared CV file – the employer wants to see a CV that you have prepared yourself

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