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Thursday, June 12, 2014

NGO Jobs in Nairobi Kenya - Farm Africa

Farm Africa is a different kind of charity, working to end hunger and bring prosperity to rural eastern Africa. Our sustainable, community-led projects help Africa’s farmers feed Africa’s people – for the long-term.

We want to double our impact by 2015 and are looking for talented staff to help us achieve this. We can reach more farmers by being experts in our field, pushing boundaries, working flexibly and sharing knowledge.

Job Title: Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator

Reports To: Country Director

Staff Reporting to Post holder: None

Location: Nairobi with regular domestic travel and potential for some international

Duration & Hours: Fixed term, full time

Purpose of the Role: The Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator is a technical post responsible for ensuring the consistent and high quality collection, use and reporting of results data across the programme, throughout the project cycle.

The post holder will ensure that all projects develop and implement appropriate M&E plans, based on robust logical frameworks that are suitably updated to reflect changing situations.

The post holder will develop appropriate tools and systems to support field teams to use robust evidence of project results as a vital input to management decision making.

The M&E Coordinator will provide critical analysis and technical input to project evaluation processes, ensuring Farm Africa can maximise the learning potential of all evaluations.

The role also acts as an interface between the Kenya and London offices on issues relating to results measurement and reporting, working closely with the Head of Programme Quality and Impact to ensure continual improvement of organisational systems and processes.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

·                     Coordinate and facilitate the development of appropriate project level M&E systems and plans and provide technical guidance and leadership to managers in implementing them
·                     Take responsibility for ensuring the Kenya programme’s full compliance with donor and organisational requirements for reporting results, and ensure that project teams are familiar with these
·                     Coordinate the implementation of baseline surveys and evaluation exercises
·                     Build capacity of local communities, partners and staff on data collection, management, analysis and results-based monitoring principles
·                     Coordinate the Quarterly Report process, providing a ‘quality assurance’ function to ensure that data reported by all projects is relevant, accurate and verifiable
·                     Ensure regular and sufficient communication with other country programmes and London on overall M&E development and coordinate and cascade any learning that will enhance M&E activities at Country Office and project level.
·                     Work with Head of Programme Quality and Impact to develop tools and methods for capturing and documenting lessons learned from projects implementation and ensure that future programming reflects such lessons
·                     Ensure that project lessons are shared with communities and partners, in collaboration with other M&E staff, policy advisor and communication officer
·                     Ensure that all projects have baselines in place within the first 3 months of implementation
·                     Work to ensure project teams are able to disaggregate data by gender and age, where appropriate, by devising and disseminating simple data collection methods.
·                     Ensure periodic reports produced from each of the projects have case studies, success stories and lessons learnt so that there is continuous information that will feed into the overall learning process.
·                     Contribute to the design of new projects, providing quality control function for log frames, ensuring that proposed targets are SMART and that indicators will provide data that can easily be aggregated for institution-wide results reporting.
·                     Coordinate with Project Coordinators and senior managers to adequately budget for and utilize resources to undertake M&E activities.

Education, qualifications & other knowledge



Essential

·                     Relevant academic qualification in numerate/ analytical subject (e.g. statistics, economics, econometrics, applied social science)
·                     Knowledge of the development & policy environment in Kenya
·                     Demonstrable knowledge of rural development issues in Kenya

Desirable

·                     Academic qualification relevant to Farm Africa’s areas of operation (preferably agriculture)
·                     Awareness of broader trends in international donor landscape, relating to M&E and results-monitoring

Experience


Essential

·                     Demonstrable understanding of monitoring and evaluation principles and practices, including the application of the log frame approach
·                     Proven experience conducting quantitative and qualitative field research and analysis
·                     Experience in synthesising data and drafting clear written reports/ briefings
·                     Proven experience in training and capacity building in M&E practices

Desirable

·                     Previous NGO work experience in rural development
·                     Experience conducting field research in a rural context
·                     Communicating technical information to ‘lay’ audiences

Skills & abilities


Essential

·                     Strong communication skills (verbal & written)
·                     Good interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as part of a team
·                     Ability to provide challenge and critique others in a constructive and open manner
·                     Fluency in written and spoken English
·                     Methodical, thorough approach with attention to detail

Desirable

·                     Managing partner relationships
·                     Using evidence for fundraising and policy influencing
·                     Capacity building of organisations and individuals

Values

Farm Africa seeks to employ those who believe, as we do, that farmers can and will play a key role in achieving long-term rural prosperity in Africa and who seek to deliver on those beliefs by:

·                     being experts in our field, delivering insightful/impactful evidence-based solutions
·                     pushing boundaries, being creative with new and old solutions
·                     acting for the long-term, building relationships and delivering long-lasting change for farmers
·                     working flexibly, taking advantage of the most effective solutions, whether from the communities, private sector or government
·                     sharing knowledge with others, reaching more farmers than we do alone, ensuring effective technologies are widely accessed.



Job Title: Communications and Marketing Officer

Reports To: Country Director

Staff Reporting to Post holder: None

Location: Nairobi with regular travel

Duration & Hours: Fixed term, full time

Purpose of the Role: The Communications Officer plays a key role in devising and implementing the communications strategy of the Kenya country office.

The officer contributes to the Global Communications Taskforce and serves as the primary point of contact for the Fundraising and Communications team in-country.

S/he provides key support to Farm Africa projects and the Senior Management in Nairobi on strategic communications.

He/she also works to identify key audiences, build new partnerships (including with the media and private sector), and build capacity across the Farm Africa team in Kenya to communicate effectively.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

1. Raise the profile of Farm Africa’s work in Kenya to support the Farm Africa organisational strategy and the Kenya country strategy (40%):
·                     Undertake a comprehensive stakeholder mapping to identify target audience, messages, and communication formats in Kenya
·                     Develop a communication/marketing action plan and media strategy for Kenya  
·                     Build and maintain a Farm Africa external contacts database
·                     Prepare and produce marketing materials in liaison with the project coordinators and management staff, including creating key messages for each project and country wide
·                     Work with project coordinators to develop public relations and communications activities related to specific project initiatives
·                     Ensure consistent application of Farm Africa branding and communications guidelines across all Farm Africa Kenya communications
·                     Draft press releases, respond to media enquiries, and building dialogue with journalists to promote Farm Africa’s work
·                     Assist in the documentation and publicity of key Farm Africa events such project field days, workshops, launches, interviews, agricultural shows
·                     Advise on public materials to be translated into Kiswahili and oversee effective translation and publication
·                     Liaise with government, partners, and especially the private sector at County and National level to ensure appropriate audience outreach and to market Farm Africa widely
·                     Design and create innovative promotional materials including graphics, PowerPoint presentations, note cards, flyers, comic books, etc

2. Contribute to organisation-wide Farm Africa communication activities (25%):
·                     Participate in the Global Communications Task Force
·                     Regularly monitor and make contributions/adjustments to the Kenya sections of Farm Africa corporate website
·                     Contribute directly and work with project coordinators to produce content for the website, postcard from the field blogs, Facebook, etc.
·                     Support effective internal communications by ensuring appropriate materials are available for the wider programmes teams
·                     Assist with donor and consultant reports, including copy editing, formatting, designing covers and graphics, preparing short summary briefs, etc.

3. Assist with global direct marketing (20%)
·                     Contribute to global Fundraising and Communications team by identifying, collecting and updating case studies and stories from the field
·                     Collect and maintain a portfolio of print quality images that demonstrate Farm Africa’s work and successes
·                     Assist with promotional field visits by HQ marketing team, supporters and others, covering advance planning with project staff and beneficiaries and as appropriate, accompanying the field visit.

4. Build the communications capacity of Farm Africa staff in Kenya more broadly to implement a sustainable communications and marketing strategy (15%):
·                     Develop a programme and deliver training to staff on presentation skills, photography, promotional writing, strategic messaging, yammer, etc.

Person Specification

·                     Essential education, qualifications & other knowledge
·                     Degree level qualification in relevant area e.g. communications, journalism, public relations, graphic design or related field.
·                     Knowledge and understanding of current authoring languages, design and editing tools e.g. InDesign, Photoshop, PowerPoint, etc.
·                     Experience in photography and capturing images for promotional purposes

Essential experience
·                     Three years related experience in a communications, media or marketing job
·                     Prior experience with an NGO or private sector company, ideally with linkages to the agriculture sector

Essential skills & abilities

·                     Core communications skills
·                     Proficiency in written and spoken English (excellent oral, presentation, writing/editing and facilitating skills).
·                     Ability to think strategically and clearly, with a capacity for creativity and innovation
·                     Ability to express complex material and/or messages clearly in words and graphics across a wide range of media, including reports, presentations, workshops, and video

IT-related knowledge
·                     An understanding of key IT applications related to the job: desktop publishing, photography, videography and editing skills, Advanced Powerpoint.
·                     Proficiency with new media and web applications – e.g., Twitter, Facebook etc.

Delivery focus
·                     Commitment to quality and results
·                     Time management and ability to work on own initiative (Comfortable in managing deadlines and expectations, and juggling across multiple projects and priorities)
·                     An ability to work well independently, within a team environment
·                     A willingness to travel to the field, often to remote locations of Kenya/South Sudan and occasionally internationally
·                     Building relationships
·                     Strong interpersonal skills
·                     Excellent networking skills, building collaborative relationships, often with new partners
·                     Influencing and negotiating skills
·                     An understanding of the private sector in Kenya
·                     Ability to be an ambassador for Farm Africa
·                     Be prepared to travel to isolated rural areas
·                     An ability to empathise and communicate effectively with Farm Africa’s multitude of clients/partners: poor rural smallholder farmers, government officials, company executives, etc.
·                     An understanding of key rural development and poverty issues in Kenya is desirable, although Farm Africa provides comprehensive induction

Values

·                     Farm Africa seeks to employ those who believe, as we do, that farmers can and will play a key role in achieving long-term rural prosperity in Africa and who seek to deliver on those beliefs by:
·                     being experts in our field, delivering insightful/impactful evidence-based solutions
·                     pushing boundaries, being creative with new and old solutions
·                     acting for the long-term, building relationships and delivering long-lasting change for farmers
·                     working flexibly, taking advantage of the most effective solutions, whether from the communities, private sector or government
·                     sharing knowledge with others, reaching more farmers than we do alone, ensuring effective technologies are widely accessed.

How to Apply

If you would like to apply please submit your CV, salary history and one-page application letter with the reference being the post title in the subject line to:kenyarecruitment@farmafrica.org by 17:00 on 25 June 2014.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.



Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive we are only able to contact shortlisted applicants.