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Project Coordinator

ROLE PURPOSE

The Project Coordinator is envisioned as a primary support to the Deputy Project Lead and to help assure the quality project deliverables at the county level.  They will play a vital role in ensuring that our advocacy efforts are strategic, evidence-based, and effectively contribute to progress in the milestones of the project. The functions of the role will include implementation of the county advocacy outcomes for the project that will ultimately result to political will and commitment towards refugee children’s holistic skills development. 

The officer will map out key child participation forums at both county levels to ensure children voices contribute to the realization of the project’s objectives besides packaging information/research findings and developing appropriate communication channels for dissemination of information/research findings; project documentation and dissemination; capacity building, learning and knowledge management. 

This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY

Strategy development & implementation

  • The project coordinator will provide leadership in advocacy, learning and policy support to the area office and offer support to ensure there is a coherent process linking the county and national level advocacy efforts for the project. 
  • Maintain an in-depth understanding of refugee education legal and policy reform initiatives at the County level.
  • Ensures that all advocacy messages and documents are evidence-based and of high quality.
  • In close collaboration with the project leads, the Head of Advocacy, the Education technical specialist, develop and implement county advocacy strategies for the project. that will seek to 
  •  Responsible for the delivery of an annual implementation work plan. 
  • Develop and implement relevant context specific strategies for effective child participation within the advocacy activities in collaboration with the field office teams and relevant staff at the country office. 
  • Support project leads in identifying policy and practice change, which would improve education outcomes for refugee children.

Advocacy and Communications

  • In liaison with MEAL Officer support the county level monitoring and evaluation of advocacy-related objectives, mapping of key opportunities and events, organisation of Save the Children ‘moments’ and events related to the project
  • Contribute to the development of advocacy materials – including policy briefs, position papers, press releases, Questions and answers and opinion pieces for county and national advocacy. 
  • Formulate, consolidate and support key policy and advocacy messages (including direct communication and advocacy) for the project to influence county and national government, donors and other implementing actors.
  • Develop good knowledge of county government structure, political processes and key decision-making structures with regard to refugee and education issues at county level. 

Building Partnerships 

  • Identify local networks and coalitions and develop sustained partnerships/ alliances that are critical in the dissemination and/or application of research findings and/or learning to influence the policy and practice landscape with regard to refugee education issues.
  • Representing Save the Children at strategic county forums, networking with strategic CSOs and other social movement processes that are relevant to Save the Children’s policy work including with regard to refugee education.  It also includes identifying and helping to identify and nurture refugee education ‘champions’ to support our advocacy agenda.
  • Support area offices to build partnerships with communities and programme beneficiaries in establishing accountability mechanisms, capacity building and knowledge management.
  • Support the capacity building of programme and field staff and key partners on advocacy through training, sharing best practices and supporting learning and knowledge management. 
  • Work collaboratively with external partners and stakeholders including government to align implementation efforts with broader project advocacy objectives.

Programme Management 

  • Participate in Save the Children programme meetings and related sessions to draw out research-based advocacy messages in programmes.  Keep abreast of current research, national and donor policies and debates in Kenya, relevant to the project. 
  • In collaboration with programme managers, monitor and evaluate project activities within budgets, ensuring that indicators and methods are in place to allow evaluation of the achievements and develop regular reports on progress.
  • Partnership and Stakeholder Engagement
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QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • At least 3 years’ experience in advocacy work, as well as contributing to the development and implementation of advocacy strategies. Experience working within Kenya Health systems is an added advantage.
  • Excellent understanding of Kenya’s budget cycle and moments.
  • An understanding of policy and legislative development processes at both national and county levels.
  • Superior written communication skills, including the ability to translate complex arguments into accessible English for a non-specialist audience, and the ability to write articles that would be published in the mainstream press.
  • Knowledge of the devolution processes, and its impact on the health sector. 
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, appropriate for high-level external representation (for example lobbying county governors, ministers, MCAs)
  • Experience of developing advocacy strategies, knowledge and understanding of a range of advocacy techniques
  • Experience of effective teamwork and outstanding inter-personal communication skills
  • Experience of coalition building and working with civil society actors to deliver change
  • Excellent understanding of Sustainable Development Goals, Vision 2030, policy and legal provisions in support of child survival.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Kiswahili
  • Commitment to Save the Children’s mission and values

Desirable

  • An academic qualification with a minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Law, Political Science, Governance, International development, Community development or related field of study. 
  • Experience and training on policy and advocacy. 
  • Good knowledge of the refugee and education issues including the work of academic/research contacts, NGOs, UN agencies
  • Good presentation and analytical skills.
  • Great negotiation and persuasion skills.
  • Experience of policy research, having written and published policy reports and briefings and evaluating evidence of their impact.

Project Lead (LEGO Foundation)

ROLE PURPOSE

Save the Children is seeking a Project Director for the 5 year $5 million LEGO Foundation funded project Teachwell Voices. The project aims to improve quality of instruction and wellbeing of teachers in RHC to support in including and holistic education for children. The grant will focus on strengthening the enabling policy environment for refugee teachers, and head teachers/deputy head teachers, at the county and national levels. The position holder will provide overall leadership and technical direction for the project, ensuring achievement of project deliverables.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.

This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY

Technical Assistance and Capacity Building

  • Provide programmatic and strategic leadership, setting priorities in designing and managing the implementation of the project’s activities in collaboration with the technical and operational staff
  • Provide overall operational and technical guidance and leadership for implementation of activities 
  • Working with the operational and technical staff across the partners, ensuring shared, harmonised, and integrated technical learning approaches across the partners 
  • Review and analyse data for performance monitoring and utilize the data to take corrective actions.
  • Provide leadership in ensuring the project is implemented on budget, on time and with quality, and runs in an agile manner 

Oversight and Management Project Operations

Responsible for overall coordination, line management and support of the Project, and ensure that:

  • Project has an up-to-date work plan, in line with the approved annual Detailed Implementation Plan (DIP) and phased budget.
  • Project receives adequate support from Country office support functions (supply chain, HR, Admin, Awards and Finance) to deliver high quality programme. Also ensure gaps are identified, prioritized, and communicated to the stakeholders effectively. 
  • Project has standardized systems, policies and procedures in place, well understood by all staff and implemented accordingly in the project.
  • Project teams receive appropriate and timely support from technical advisers and programme quality teams for program design and strategy, MEAL, advocacy and planning as well as the support functions (Finance, Supply Chain and Human Resources & Admin teams).
  • Project holds monthly award progress review meetings and update actions /issues are addressed.
  • Principles of child safeguarding and ‘do no harm’ and inclusivity are embedded in all project planning, implementation and reporting and that staff receive regular, up to date training on it.
  • Ensure transparency in targeting beneficiaries, delivery of services and participation of beneficiaries and partners in planning and monitoring of process is reflected in programme delivery

Oversight of Grants and Finance Management:

  • In close coordination with Award and Finance team, ensure that all programs progress in accordance with grant agreements, are completed within time, budget, and quality.
  • Ensure compliance with all grant provisions and timely fulfilment of all project programmatic reporting requirements including donor reports and internal reports such as pipeline analyses and monthly reports.
  • Oversee the development and successful implementation of work plans linked to indicators and budget for the project; 
  • Oversee timely expenditure of approved budgets, avoiding under both spending and overspending on grant line items, and implementing plans for expenditure modification.
  • Coordinate activities and prepare results reports, resource request and pipeline analyses

Representation and advocacy

  • Serve as main focal person for all engagement with LEGO
  • Chairs the Programme Steering Committee 
  • Represent the project in relevant internal and external fora including donor meetings (as appropriate) 
  • Lead stakeholder engagement with national and county Governments and foster strong relationships and collaboration of other key stakeholder groups e.g. ministries, regional bodies, humanitarian organizations, development agencies, teacher unions, the Teacher Service Commission, and local community-based groups. 

People management, mentoring and development

  • To have overall management responsibility for the consortium team in the project, and manage and track all terms of sub agreements with consortium partners.  
  • Ensure the recruitment, training, and promotion of staff as appropriate; ensure availability of and support appropriate professional development opportunities for staff in the project
  • Incorporate staff development strategies and Performance Management Systems into team building process. 

Assessment, monitoring, evaluation, and documentation

  • Facilitate the annual work planning process in close collaboration the government teams and the project staff
  • Ensure technical and administrative compliance with donor requirements
  • Oversee narrative and financial reports for donor(s), ensuring these are of a high quality and submitted for review in a timely manner. 
  • Monitor program outputs and results and work closely with the Monitoring, Evaluation and Research team to ensure that results are documented and reported accurately and in a timely manner
  • Work closely with the Monitoring, Evaluation and Research team and take a lead in ensuring that all the project’s components have robust monitoring plans, baselines, reviews and evaluations in line with the project design and donor guidelines
  • Facilitate appropriate documentation and dissemination of learnings, analyses, and good practices documentations in the project internally and externally to donors, governments, consortium partners and other key actors.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s / post graduate degree or Ph.D. in law, public policy, political science, , public administration, or any relevant qualification 
  • Recommend a minimum of 10 years of relevant technical experience in policy and advocacy related work in education, teacher professional development, refugee education and other related sectors.
  • Recommend a minimum of 10 years of expertise managing large and complex grants (ideally LEGO), managing multiple partners, and working in consortia 
  • Excellent experience in external representation with donors, local/national governments, communities, and partners 
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, adapting and innovating where necessary, and defining a clear way forward and ensuring buy in
  • Ability to extensively travel for project monitoring and provide on-site technical support to field teams 
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
  • Highly developed cultural and political awareness and ability to work well in an international and matrix management environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind-sets
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written, required
  • Commitment to Save the Children values

MEAL Advisor

ROLE PURPOSE

The role will support the 3- year LEGO funded project whose goal is to contribute to an enabling policy and legislative environment that promotes integration of refugee teachers into the national Kenyan education system; by securing policy change across the following three outcome areas; strengthen policy frameworks and legislation, amplify teachers’ voices and engagement and increase financing for professional development for refugee teachers. 

The Advocacy MEAL Advisor – is a key position that will contribute to the success of this project.  They will play a vital role in ensuring that our advocacy efforts are strategic, evidence-based, and effectively contribute to progress in the milestones of the project. Reporting to the Head of MEAL and dotted line to the Project Lead, the MEAL lead will provide overall MEAL leadership within the consortium and ensure to enhance quality, accountability and learning as well as ensuring smooth coordination and MEAL coherence across the programme.

This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY

Advocacy process monitoring and Impact assessment

  • Develop and implement a specialized monitoring and evaluation framework tailored to measure the process, impact and effectiveness of the project advocacy strategies and campaigns.
  • Collaborate closely with the project teams to monitor the project’s key performance indicators (KPIs) and milestones; and develop appropriate data collection tools aligned with the policy and advocacy objectives
  • Utilize key advocacy monitoring tools to monitor the changes in political will of key stakeholders towards projects 

Data collection and analysis for Advocacy Outcomes

  • Lead the design and implementation of data collection methodologies that capture the nuances of the project outcomes, including changes in policies, public perceptions, and stakeholder engagement.
  • Analyse and interpret both qualitative and quantitative data to assess the success and challenges of advocacy initiatives.

Narrative and Visual Reporting

  • Generate compelling reports that showcase the narrative of our advocacy impact, including success stories, media mentions, and shifts in public discourse.
  • Utilize visual representations of data to effectively communicate complex advocacy outcomes to diverse stakeholders.

Learning and Adaptive Management

  • Take lead in conducting regular reviews of the project advocacy strategies and provide insights to enhance ongoing initiatives.
  • Facilitate learning sessions with advocacy teams, and stakeholders incorporating monitoring and evaluation findings to refine and adapt advocacy approaches.
  • Ensure that the project is adaptive and that new insights are used to influence decisions on project advocacy strategies

Partnership and Stakeholder Engagement

  • Work collaboratively with external partners and stakeholders including government to align monitoring and evaluation efforts with broader project advocacy objectives.
  • Foster a culture of mutual learning and shared impact among advocacy partners.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field specifically; public policy, political science, social change
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation systems specifically for advocacy projects.
  • Demonstrated experience in process monitoring especially using strong advocacy tools to demonstrate progress in milestones
  • Proficient in using both qualitative and quantitative data analysis tools with a focus on advocacy process and impact measurement.
  • Strong understanding of advocacy strategies and their intersection with policy change.
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to distil complex advocacy outcomes into accessible narratives.
  • Experience working with advocacy-focused NGOs or similar organizations is highly desirable.
  • Skilled at communicating and influencing across relevant teams and offices.
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind-sets
  • Proactive, self-driven and with the ability to work under very little supervision
  • Child Rights: Promotes an enabling environment for participation, and accountability to children
  • Proficient in speaking and writing English.
  • Commitment to Save the Children values.

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