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Communications Officer

FUNCTION

  • The Communications Officer will be responsible for strategic media, partner engagement and project visibility. The position will take responsibility for sharing project lessons and impact with multiple stakeholders through documenting and disseminating different communication material. The Communications Officer will report to the Communications Manager, and work in liaison with the Project Manager.
  • This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.

ESSENTIAL CHARACTER TRAITS

  • Heifer International Kenya is looking for an individual who is analytical, pragmatic, self-motivated, attentive to details, and a team player.

RESPONSIBILITIES & DELIVERABLES

Communication Planning and Product Development and Partnership (30%)

  • Develop a communication strategy for the KLMP project.
  • Deliver high-quality writing and communications support. Develop communications materials including talking points and presentations, website and social media content, fact sheets, presentations, reports, and other collateral in accordance with Heifer and SIDA brand guidelines.
  • Develop and support the project leadership in implementing a communication networking strategy for the project.
  • Collect and share project information including project background, success stories and best practice with media and other stakeholders.
  • Develop and nurture good working partnerships and linkages with NGOs, government agencies, local institutions including and other like-minded organizations to advance the mission of Heifer, SIDA and the project.

 Mass Media Campaign on Poultry and beef production targeting 38,000 households (20%)

  • Develop an overall project mass media campaign and outreach strategy for three years.
  • Generate an annual plan of key project mass media activities, events, and materials.
  • Develop key messages and materials including radio, print, and electric media materials on poultry and beef production, nutrition, and consumption.
  • Coordinate and implement all the key mass media activities targeting producers, consumers, schools, and feed distributors in the project.
  • Develop and maintain useful links with the media; organize media events, including the Launch of KLMP at the County level, press conferences, and other engagements with the media.

 Communications Resources Development and Dissemination (10%)

  • Design, write, edit, produce, and distribute simple and/or complex communication products (e.g., newsletters, progress reports, brief note series, brochures, Web messages) about Heifer, SIDA, and KLMP activities.
  • Develop and manage partner and stakeholders’ dissemination and communication database.
  • Carry out regular review and updating and management of all the IEC materials and tools.

 Project support (10%)

  • Facilitate capacity building to project staff on communication parameters i.e., success story write-ups, Photography, among others.
  • Support KLMP’s reporting to the donor, including monthly updates, quarterly progress reports, annual reports, and the final report.
  • Document and communicate project activities such as stakeholder workshops, project management committee meetings, steering committee meetings, launch activities, and key monitoring and evaluation events and project visits.

 Managing Communication materials (5%)

  • Ensure responsive communication to Heifer, SIDA, and other partners and stakeholders concerning Heifer’s events.
  • Maintaining and updating communication and networking files
  • Maintaining communication materials such as photographs, films (both soft and hard Copies), and recording materials such as camera
  • Strengthen Heifer’s branding and visibility with the government and development community.

 Lead internal and external learning processes (5%)

  • Oversee the establishment of local learning platforms in the project areas.
  • Oversee organization of field days and exchange visits between project and operational areas
  • Coordinate development of the organization and project technical manuals
  • Publish articles in relevant newspapers and journals.
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 Social Media and Digital Communication (15%)

  • Lead the ideation, design, and production of the project’s digital content for effective project storytelling on the organization’s social media channel.
  • Actively collaborate with the other members of the Communications team to contribute to the digital editorial plan and ensure its 100% implementation.
  • Monitor trending topics to take advantage of opportunities for positioning the project interventions and impact.
  • Contribute to regular tracking, analysis, and reporting on online metrics, providing insights, and acting on the information to improve performance, impact, and reach.

 Other duties as assigned by the supervisor (5%)

  • Carry out other duties assigned in the interest of Heifer International and SIDA.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelors in public relations, mass communications, development studies, or related field, plus three (3) years of related experience.
  • Proven knowledge and experience in the field communications of agricultural development.

Preferred Requirements

  • A master’s degree in a similar field is preferred with at least 2 years of practical working experience in communication and networking, knowledge of agricultural development, and work experience in the NGO world is an added advantage.

Most Critical Proficiencies

  • Good analytical skills with the ability to verify information.
  • Excellent management, communication (written and oral), and interpersonal skills.
  • A good understanding and sensitivity to issues associated with poverty, hunger, environment, natural resources management, climate change, and knowledge of the context in which non-profit organizations operate.
  • Ability to promote the vision and strategic goals of Heifer International.
  • Computer proficient in word processing, spreadsheets, presentation tools, electronic mail, and Internet software (Microsoft Office preferred).
  • Strategic thinking with the ability to anticipate future developments and trends and incorporate them into organizational plans.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in English and Kiswahili oral and written.
  • Excellent creative, writing, and visual communication skills.
  • Strong experience in using graphics tools (Canva, Adobe Suite) and creating visual (photo and video) assets for use on social media channels.
  • Expertise in creating content for major social media platforms (Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.)
  • Good experience in managing paid social media campaigns.
  • Knowledge of web and social media metrics and analytics tools, including Google Analytics.

Essential Job Functions and Physical Demands

  • Preparing and presenting documents in a well-designed and attractive format with great attention to detail.
  • Ability to lead teams effectively and exhibit strong conflict resolution skills.
  • Proven team and customer care skills with the ability to train and work cooperatively with diverse staff, including field staff in several locations.
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling Heifer’s and SIDA’s values and ethical standards.
  • Openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
  • Constant face-to-face, telephone, and electronic communication with colleagues both within and outside of Kenya.
  • May require constant sitting and moving, working at a computer for extended periods.
  • Working with sensitive information and maintaining confidentiality.
  • Performing multiple tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Willingness to work with a flexible schedule.
  • Willingness to travel both locally and internationally.

Enterprise Development Coordinator

FUNCTION

  • The Enterprise Development Coordinator will share his or her operational experience with a start-up or a small and growing business with other departments toward the common goal of ensuring that project participants, self-help groups, cooperatives, and unions have the knowledge and skills to develop and run successful enterprises and cooperatives. The Enterprise Development Coordinator will report to the Project Manager.
  • This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.  

ESSENTIAL CHARACTER TRAITS

  • Heifer International Kenya is looking for an energetic, positive, team player, result-orientated, quality-orientated, collaborative, pragmatic, and inspirational leader.

RESPONSIBILITIES & DELIVERABLES

Enterprise Development (50%)

  • Design and manage the implementation of the enterprise development strategy, along with reviewing and updating it as appropriate.
  • Work closely with the field coordinators and technical experts to design and update training packages/modules, business plans, and sustainability models, and training materials for different levels.
  • Conduct capacity assessment and develop capacity development plans for the producer organizations.
  • Mentor and coach producer organizations on business and entrepreneurship development.
  • Offer technical support in exploring business opportunities along the value chain of the selected commodity and in preparing business plans for cooperatives, self-help groups, common interest groups, and farm families.
  • Build innovation in business development for smallholder farmers, cooperatives, etc., to increase efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Coordinate value chain studies of selected commodities as required.
  • Coordinate economic analysis of proposed enterprises along the relevant value chain.
  • Offer technical support in establishing and operating market structures (e.g., collection centers, market centers, processing facilities, chilling centers, etc.)
  • Provide support in establishing marketing information systems among value chain actors.
  • Prepare periodic reports and document best practices and lessons learned.

 Stakeholder Management (15%)

  • Actively facilitate and monitor pre-cooperative/producer association orientation activities in the self-help groups and clusters as they develop into Farmer Owned Agribusinesses (FOABs) and Cooperatives.
  • Facilitate farmer groups in the formation of cooperatives and FOABS.
  • Design, develop, and deliver training packages/modules.
  • Provide technical support in formalizing FOABs.
  • Develop an institutional framework for FOABs with clear linkages to the self-help groups.
  • Develop guidelines for the formation, management and governance of FOABs.
  • Facilitate the capacity building of the FOABs and management in effective and efficient decision-making, financial management, human resource management, operation, strategic planning and implementation, conflict management and democratic governance.
  • Facilitate the partnership between the producer organizations and other partners/stakeholders.

Cooperative Values and Principles (15%)     

  • Actively facilitate the development of a producer association values and principles orientation kit that incorporates Heifer’s Cornerstones and cooperatives act and by-laws.
  • Facilitate the producer/cooperative associations in the orientation of new non-Heifer members to fully understand principles and values.
  • Guide cooperatives in establishing a system for the fair distribution of benefits.
  • Guide cooperatives to be competitive in the ecosystem.
  • Guide cooperatives in conducting periodic PSRP and reinforcing values

 Planning, Reporting, and Documentation (10%)

  • Develop and share monthly, quarterly, and annual Business performance and progress reports with the Project Manager for submission to the Country office.
  • Participate in all project team and national business meetings, to help plan, and deliver on the project objectives as appropriate.
  • Participate in learning forums at the county and regional level, and best practices are documented and shared.

 .Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor (10%)

  • This will be dependent on the specific duties assigned

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in the fields of Agriculture Economics, Business Administration, Rural Development, Enterprise Development, or another related field.
  • Five (5) years of field and technical experience with the commercial sector, agribusiness development in a mix of economic growth/trade, value chain competitiveness, investment promotion, or agriculture development. Experience in the implementation of development projects using market systems approach is desired.

Preferred Requirements

  • Significant experience in identifying and building public/private partnerships, preferably in the agricultural sector.
  • Strong consumer marketing, financial analysis, and management skills.
  • Strong hands-on experience in managing or providing technical support to producer organizations.
  • Experience in supporting and monitoring field-based projects.
  • Excellent command of report writing, analysis, and presentation skills using Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Track record of building strong client and stakeholder relationships.
  • Ability to generate innovative solutions in work situations.

Most Critical Proficiencies

  • Clear understanding of the Poultry and Livestock value chain.
  • Innovative, analytical, and solutions oriented.
  • Knowledge of enterprise development, market systems approach, and linkages to poverty alleviation.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, presentation tools, electronic mail (Microsoft Office preferred) and the Internet.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in English and other local languages, both oral and written.

Essential Job Functions and Physical Demands

  • Preparing and presenting documents in a well-designed and attractive format with great attention to detail.
  • Ability to understand, appreciate, and implement Heifer’s Value-Based Holistic Community Development.
  • Demonstrated creativity with the ability to incorporate innovative solutions and systems thinking.
  • Understanding of quantitative and qualitative approaches to evaluation and ability to communicate MLE concepts clearly with leadership, partners, and staff at all levels.
  • Willingness and ability to assign and review the work of direct reports and to use participatory management skills with junior and senior staff.
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively throughout project area.
  • May require constant sitting and moving, working at a computer for extended periods.
  • Working with sensitive information and maintaining confidentiality.
  • Ability to manage and execute multiple tasks with little supervision while meeting inflexible deadlines sometimes.

Finance Officer

FUNCTION

  • The Finance Officer is to provide substantive support for accounting aspects of the KLMP project such as maintenance of accounting-related systems, implementation of accepted methods of accounting and assure proper internal controls and performing guided assessments of controls related to financial activities, reporting, and compliance. The Finance Officer will report to the Director of Finance, and work in liaison with the Project Manager.
  • This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.

ESSENTIAL CHARACTER TRAITS

  • Heifer International Kenya is looking for an individual with financial acumen; tech-savvy; action-oriented; plans and aligns; optimizes work processes; ensures accountability; drives results; collaborates; communicates effectively.

RESPONSIBILITIES & DELIVERABLES

Review and verification of invoices and payment vouchers to ensure completeness, correct coding, and reasonableness including statutory payments. (75%)

  • Processing payments of project-related expenses and ensuring that they are correctly posted in the financial system.
  • Perform analytical review of project general ledger accounts and reconciling balance sheet accounts including project and staff advance reconciliations on a timely basis in line with Heifer Policy.
  • Prepare the draft donor financial report for the Director of Finance’s Review.
  • Maintain an efficient filing and retrieval system for financial and account records to ensure completeness, accuracy, and compliance on a weekly basis.
  • Complete project-specific bank reconciliations, and advance reconciliations on time.
  • Act as liaison with Accounting Manager in preparing cash requirements for the project.

Financial Control and Risk Management. Efficient and effective management of all financial functions of the organization and development of risk management plans. (10%)

  • Prepare and submit monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports and statements as per Heifer and Donor requirements.
  • Ensure that Project accounts have been correctly coded in the system.
  • Collect and facilitate review of special reports for internal control when required.
  • Ensure the maintenance of an accurate and up-to-date project fixed asset register.

Support the Country team in accounts management to ensure compliance. Ensure regulatory and organizational compliance of accounting transactions within the country project offices and support global consolidation of financial statements. (5%)

  • Provide support related to independent external audits and other agreed-upon procedures providing financial information and follow-up.
  • Record all transactions in the accounting system, and coordinate with project management on the burn rate for the project.
  • Reconcile all project transactions in the accounting system to the general ledger and financial reports.
  • Perform project cash/bank reconciliations.
  • Register and maintain fixed assets in the accounting system.
  • payments to vendors, consultants, tax bureaus, and other agencies, according to established donor policies and procedures.
  • Accountable to support responses to queries on the status of payments/accounts/expenditures/obligations and resolve any discrepancies.
  • Serve as custodian for the project checkbooks.

Financial support to the Country (10%)

  • Lead in daily accounting support to staff through coaching and field monitoring.
  • Coordinate the monitoring of the project cash position including petty cash reconciliations every month, where applicable.

May perform other job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Finance or Accounting or a related field, plus five (5) years of related experience.
  • CPA finalist or ACCA professional qualification, NGO experience, and significant experience with managing grants and donor financial reporting.
  • Experience in the management of donor funds. Other job-related education and/or experience may be substituted for all or part of these requirements.

Preferred Requirements

  • Experience in a donor-funded development environment with compliance requirements of institutional funders.

Most Critical Proficiencies

  • Knowledge of the NGO business sector; Knowledge of institutional funders for international development a plus.
  • Ability to navigate financial and non-financial data gathering and analytics; technically adept with the ability to quickly learn and maximize usage of technology and software; effective user of Microsoft Office Suite with intermediate skill in MS Excel.
  • Practical knowledge of the local country’s generally accepted accounting principles and fiscal statutes.
  • Experience with accounting systems.

Essential Job Functions And Physical Demands

  • Ability to work under pressure, perform multiple tasks and manage consistently competing priorities, comfortable in a rapidly changing environment. Must be flexible and able to improvise to handle a variety of situations.
  • Proven team and customer care skills with the ability to train and work cooperatively with diverse staff, including field staff in several locations.
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling Heifer’s and SIDA’s values and ethical standards.
  • Ability to work with sensitive personnel situations and to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to maintain close relationships and work with team members from a distance and with limited opportunity for personal interaction.
  • May require constant sitting and moving, working at a computer for extended periods.
  • Constant face-to-face, electronic and telephone communication with colleagues and the public.
  • Ability to prepare documents and other materials in a well-designed and attractive format, with attention to detail.
  • Willingness to work with a flexible schedule.
  • Ability and willingness to travel both locally and internationally.

Driver

FUNCTION

  • The Driver is responsible for ensuring smooth operations and field logistics for project activities by providing reliable and courteous service to Project staff and stakeholders. The driver is to deliver people and equipment on instruction. The driver, in conjunction with administrative staff, will be responsible for ensuring that all required permits and insurance are kept current by alerting the appropriate employees in time for renewal. S/he is to adhere to Heifer’s policies and procedures, including when using project vehicles. The Driver will report to the Office Manager, and work in liaison with the Project Manager.
  • This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.

ESSENTIAL CHARACTER TRAITS

  • Heifer International Kenya is looking for a respectful, accountable, patient, teachable, flexible, helpful, courteous, and team-oriented individual.

RESPONSIBILITIES & DELIVERABLES

Establish, manage, and maintain allocated project vehicles (35%)

  • Daily, track and record vehicle mileage and fuel consumption.
  • Prepare and submit vehicle monitoring reports, including records of vehicle operations, fuel, and mileage at the end of each month.
  • Record official and personal trips as needed.
  • Comply with Heifer Policies and procedures regarding vehicle use.
  • Ensure that the motor vehicle has valid and up-to-date documents.

Vehicle Security and Maintenance (30%)

  • Conduct an inspection of the vehicle before departing for duties.
  • Ensure the vehicle is kept clean and tidy.
  • Ensure the vehicle is closed and secured after working hours.
  • Ensure that all the necessary tools and documents are kept in vehicles. These include a valid driving license, First Aid kit, insurance, vehicle license, reserve tire, control technique papers, taxes, jack, jack handle, wheel spanner, and fire extinguishers.
  • Ensure vehicle insurance and registration is updated according to schedule.
  • Ensure the vehicle is serviced at the right mileage reading as provided in the manual.
  • Report any major repairs required on office vehicles.

Be ultimately responsible for the safety of the vehicles and passengers (20%)

  • Observe the road and Country traffic laws, signs, and regulations.
  • Ensure punctuality and safe transportation of staff, visitors, and partners (as required), per the Standard Operating Procedures.

Support Project Logistics (10%)

  • Support the logistics of events on-field by counter-verifying and moving/returning the required administrative materials.
  • Actively assist the smooth running of field meetings, seminars, conferences, and training, as required.
  • Pick and deliver office shipments, letters, and parcels.

 Any Other Assigned Function (5%)

  • May perform other job-related duties as assigned, including support in administrative duties as shall be directed by the supervisor.

Minimum Requirements

  • Secondary School certificate or equivalent.
  • Ownership/possession of a valid driver’s license.
  • Excellent driving skills plus ten (10) years of relevant experience in a structured organization setting.
  • Experience in/ability to work with top Executives.
  • Vocational mechanic training.

Preferred Requirements

  • Experience working in an NGO is an added advantage.
  • Post-secondary school certificate.

Most Critical Proficiencies

  • Basic to intermediate knowledge of vehicle mechanics.
  • Strong communication skills in the English language.
  • Ability to read and write.
  • Good knowledge of road networks and routes.
  • Strong adherence to Heifer’s motor vehicle usage policy, as well as local and national traffic laws, always.
  • Knowledge of simple administrative work.

Essential Job Functions and Physical Demands

  • Extremely clean, organized, and ready to maintain the assigned vehicle in excellent mechanical condition.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to relate to individuals diplomatically and tactfully.
  • Must be courteous and of high integrity, especially in high-pressure situations.
  • Self-starter and self-motivator with the ability to work in a multicultural setting.
  • Must be a team player and can execute and manage multiple tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to follow directions and independently complete assigned tasks (written or verbal).
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including early mornings, weekends, and some evenings.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 25 kilograms of items (floor to waist), as required.
  • Ability to work with sensitive information and maintain confidentiality.

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