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Officer Agricultural Livelihoods

The job holder will be responsible for quality programme delivery at the Sub County level through technical leadership in food security, livelihoods and community engagement in Moyale sub-County in close collaboration with Manager, ASAL Livelihoods. Responsible for timely implementation of program activities guided by the annual work plan and informed by program technical approaches.

S/he will also offer technical guidance in the county in the areas of Disaster Risk Reduction, market systems development, resilience modelling, and climate change adaptation.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide technical support to the community resource persons, local partners and Sub-county government line officers in charge of key sectors including department of agriculture livestock and fisheries, Water environment and Natural resources, trade, industry and enterprise development amongst others to establish a collaborative working environment; implement high impact and evidence informed interventions
  • Lead in the day-to-day livelihoods program implementation and prudent utilization of resources towards meeting the program mandate in line with the approved work plan, organization policies, and standard operating procedures.
  • Foster linkages with partners and other stakeholders in public and private sector in the Sub-county to enhance synergy, collaboration and learning.
  • Represent Concern Worldwide at sub-county level livelihoods related technical and coordination forums in: Natural Resources Management, livestock sector forums, agriculture sector forums, WESCOORD, contingency planning and early warning systems, social protection systems and cash transfer programming, and others as will be specified by the line manager.
  • Play an active role in generation of new knowledge through documentation of informal interactions and feedback sessions with communities and through participating/supporting surveys and other assessments; and documenting lessons learnt and success stories.
  • Contribute to the development of the annual work plan and quarterly costed work plan and support in tracking implementation and reporting.
  • Support in the implementation of Concern integrated approaches in education, livelihoods, health and nutrition at community level liaising closely with Technical Managers Health & Nutrition, Livelihoods, and Education and government service providers to ensure organized community groups have adequate technical support to develop and implement their action plans that address barriers to basic service delivery.
  • Conduct regular field visits to monitor to monitor progress, receive community feedback, check on the quality and impact of activities approved in the annual program proposal, and quarterly costed work plans.

Others

  • Adhere to and promote the standards outlined in the Concern Code of Conduct and associated policies to their team, beneficiaries, and be committed to providing a safe working environment
  • Participating and contributing towards Concern’s emergency response, as and when necessary
  • Take all possible measure to meet Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS)
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Line Manager

Person Specification

Minimum Education, Qualifications & Experience Required:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture (Agriculture Production, Agriculture Economics, or Agronomics) or a related field.
  • At least three (3) years’ experience in a similar role
  • Proven experience in community engagement and facilitation.
  • Must have a working knowledge of Project Cycle Management, Climate Smart Agriculture, Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction, Animal health, Water supply systems, Natural Resource Management, Pastoral Field Schools, Making Markets work for the Poor and Value Chains Development.
  • Demonstrated experience in implementing livelihoods programs in ASAL areas.
  • Fluency in spoken and written language in English and Swahili
  • Knowledge of local language(s) is an added advantage.
  • Computer literate with good MS Office skills.

Manager Grants Management, Partnerships And Fundraising

The primary purpose of this role is to coordinate grants management, oversee partnerships with a focus on on-boarding, capacity building and working through local partners (localization) and coordinating in fundraising for the country programme.

The job holder is expected to identify funding opportunities both locally and globally in collaboration with the local and global fundraising teams. S/he will directly manage a team in charge of local partnerships, programme support and grants to ensure efficient grants management, fundraising and commitment by the country programme to strengthen localization.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

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Grants Management and Fundraising

  • Lead in identifying funding opportunities (institutional, foundations and private sector) and coordinate together with the programme director and sector leads on strategic donor engagements
  • Oversee grants management in line with the Grants Management System (GMS) with a focus on expressions of interests, concept notes, proposals, partnerships, donor contracts, costed and no Cost Extensions, donor reporting, GMS based approvals, kick off and close out of all grants for the country programme
  • Working closely with the programme director, finance, systems and sector leads and occasionally consultants to coordinate expressions of interest, concept notes and proposal development by ensuring availability of adequate information, scheduling timelines and timely submissions for in-country and head office reviews of the same
  • Oversee the go/no go decision making process for all funding opportunities
  • Take a leading role in facilitating development of fund-raising communication materials by working closely with the country management team, sector leads and relevant head office teams
  • In consultation with the communications team, maintain a regularly updated organizational profile of the country programme for strategic partnerships
  • In coordination with programme director conduct and/or coordinate regular trainings and/or updates on donor guidelines for proposal development
  • Working closely with the programme director and sector leads, coordinate timely development, review and submission of internal and external technical and financial project reports
  • Develop teaming agreements with potential partners and oversee timely approval of the same by the country programme and relevant partners
  • In consultation with the programme director, represent the country programme in relevant meetings

Partnership management

  • In close collaboration with the programme director, field operations coordinator and senior officer partnership, take a leading role in the management of local partners in line with the country programme’s commitment to localization
  • Support the Senior Officer Partnership for the timely implementation of local partners capacity building and regular updates of the partner capacity assessment in line with the suitable tools
  • Support the Coordinator Field Operations and Senior Officer Partnership in the implementation of the partnership policy
  • Identify opportunities for the country programmes and Partners to profile their work and link into regional networks/forums on Partnership & Localisation.

People Management

  • Engage with direct reports for performance management and development through regular performance development reviews; monthly work plan development, implementation and review
  • Manage leave planning and utilization for direct reports
  • Support direct reports in understanding, adhering and promoting the standards outlined in the Concern Code of Conduct and Associated Policies.

Others

  • Adhere to and promote the standards outlined in the Concern Code of Conduct and associated policies to their team, beneficiaries, and be committed to providing a safe working environment
  • Participating and contributing towards Concern’s emergency response, as and when necessary
  • Take all possible measure to meet Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS)
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Line Manager

Person Specification

Minimum Education, Qualifications & Experience Required:

  • Bachelors’ degree in a related field (e.g., Project Planning and Management, Development Studies, Disaster Risk Management or relevant field.)
  • At least 5 years’ experience in grants management, fundraising, partnership management and people management
  • Familiarity with donor guidelines and localization instruments such as grand Bargain
  • Experience in the development of proposals in health & nutrition, food security & livelihoods, governance, advocacy & communication, and education sectors

Preference will be given to candidates who have:

  • Strong facilitation and time management skills with an ability to plan ahead, anticipate requirements, problems and obstacles and manage competing priorities
  • High integrity and demonstrated ability to follow standards and policies
  • Ability to work in a systematic and organized manner and attend to details
  • Positive attitude and willingness to learn

Competencies required:

This position will demand a highly motivated, committed and energetic individual who will be able to manage, engage others, influence and communicate effectively.

  • Effective management
  • Individual leadership
  • Communicating and working with others
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Influence, advocacy and networking.

HOW TO APPLY

Method of Application

Interested candidates, who meet the above requirements, should send a detailed CV with three referees and Cover Letter Only to nairobi.hr@concern.net with the subject of the email as “Officer Agricultural Livelihoods” on or before Tuesday 4th July 2023. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.

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