Senior Officer-Governance and Advocacy At Concern Worldwide

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Senior Officer-Governance and Advocacy At Concern Worldwide

Job Title: Senior Officer -Governance and Advocacy

Reports to: Manager -Governance and Advocacy

Closely Work with : Senior Manager-Governance and Advocacy, Livelihoods Coordinator, Technical Specialist – Community Engagement, Livelihoods and Health & Nutrition staff, and Officer- Communication

Job Location: 1 position – Tana River

Contract Details: Fixed term – 12 months with the possibility of extension subject to performance and avaliability of funds

Job Summary

The job holder will support the implementation of Concern’s strategy of improving governance through the increased participation of people living in extreme conditions of poverty in civic life. Specifically this position will primarily involve providing technical assistance to the County Government of Tana River to improve policy environment and strengthen the county government systems to facilitate and support effective citizen participation and accountability in service delivery.

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Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop strong and strategic relationships with the County Government of Tana River, specifically the County Executive and County Assembly to improve the policy environment for improved service delivery, citizen participation, and accountability.
  • Develop strong and strategic relationships with Local Civil Society Organizations (including media) to augment their efforts to hold county governments accountable for quality service delivery and amplify citizen voices in county governance processes
  • Provide technical assistance to the Department of Public Administration and Coordination to strengthen the linkages and coordination between formal governance structures and Organized Community Groups at village, ward, sub-county, and county levels in line with county public participation laws and policies.
  • Liaise with the Technical specialist – Community Empowerment for establishment and engagement of Village and Ward and level structures for strengthening community engagement, citizen participation, and accountability.
  • Lead in building the capacity of CSOs, LDOs, and governance structures such as the Directorate for Public Participation, Sub County, Ward, and Village Administration, and community structures to facilitate meaningful citizen participation.
  • Provide technical oversight for the undertaking of advocacy studies (baseline or otherwise).
  • Always build the capacity of Programme staff to lead advocacy initiatives and tasks
  • Guide and provide technical mentorship to Community Owned Resource Persons (CORPs) in the implementation of project activities and community engagement.
  • Undertake frequent (monthly) field visits to program sites to monitor progress, quality, and impact of activities approved in the annual program proposals, and quarterly costed work plans.
  • Liaise with Officer-Communication for documentation of project processes, outcomes, impacts, and learning.
  • Represent the organization and actively participate in various project meetings and forums at the County level.
  • Participate in the compilation and submission of timely monthly, quarterly and annual reports
  • Participate in planning and coordination of field visits for the project with donors, consortium partners
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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 Public Administration, Law, Social Science, Community Development, or a related development field with 5 years’ experience implementing governance, and human rights-based programs
  • At least 3 years’ experience in governance in Kenya with a strong understanding of devolved governance structures at the county level and how these structures work
  • Knowledge of public finance management laws, County Government Act, and related amendments and other regulatory frameworks of government.
  • Have proven ability to develop relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders including county leadership – CEC, CO, directors, and county staff at technical levels; county assembly; sub-county and ward administration, civil society; communities
  • Good understanding of program cycle management and application of advocacy strategies to promote positive development outcomes.
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating meaningful participation of citizens in the annual county planning and decision-making processes
  • Experience in community mobilization and engagement using participatory approaches in ASAL contexts. Experience in the Community Conversations approach is an added advantage
  • Must have a working knowledge of Project Cycle Management
  • Possess strong written and oral communication skills
  • Be able to work independently, as well as in a team
  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Be willing to accept responsibility and show good judgment, initiative, and resourcefulness.

Preference will be given to candidates who have:

  • Experience in working with County Government departments to improve policy environment
  • Experience in utilizing participatory approaches for citizen participation and accountability
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and report writing skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively in teams.
  • High integrity and demonstrated ability to follow standards and policies
  • Ability to work in a systematic and organized manner
  • Energy to work long hours when needed and be out in the field all-day
  • Positive attitude and willingness to learn
  • Innovative, team player with an ability to work under pressure
  • Qualified residents of Tana River County are encouraged to apply.
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Competencies required:

  • Influence and lobbying skills
  • Good communication skills and can work well with others
  • Deliver results
  • Leadership skills
  • Creative and innovative and open-minded to changes

Safeguarding at Concern: Code of Conduct and its Associated Policies

Concern has an organisational Code of Conduct (CCoC) with three Associated Policies; the Programme Participant Protection Policy (P4), the Child Safeguarding Policy and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Policy.

These have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation, and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organisation, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context, staff have a responsibility to the organisation to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern’s core values and mission.

Any candidate offered a consultancy opportunity with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Concern Code of Conduct and Associated Policies as an appendix to their consultancy contract. By signing the Concern Code of Conduct, candidates acknowledge that they have understood the content of both the Concern Code of Conduct and the Associated Policies and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these policies.

Additionally, Concern is committed to the safeguarding and protection of vulnerable adults and children in our work. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who are suitable to do consultancy work or volunteer with vulnerable adults and children are recruited by us for such roles. Subsequently, being hired as a consultant with Concern is subject to a range of vetting checks, including criminal background checking.

Concern’ is the trading name of ‘Concern Worldwide’, a company limited by guarantee, registered number 39647; registered charity number CHY 5745, registered in Ireland, registered address is 52-55 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Ireland. Follow Concern online: www.concern.net

How to Apply

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 ‘Senior Officer- Governance and Advocacy’ on or before Friday 2nd February 2024. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.

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Concern Worldwide is an equal opportunity employer and does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (for application, written test, interview, training, medical examination etc.) nor act through recruitment agents. This is applicable for all opportunities including staff and interns.

Your Personal Data

During this job application, you will provide Concern with your personal data. Concern takes its responsibilities towards this personal data very seriously and is committed to complying with all relevant data protection legislation.

Concern receives a substantial amount of funding from external donors each year. Increasingly donors are introducing requirements whereby future funding is conditional on ensuring that the name of any employee or volunteer (existing or new), does not appear on terrorism lists generated by the European Union (List of person, groups and entities to which Regulation (EC No. 2580/2001 applies), the US Government (Office of Foreign Assets Control list of specially designated Nationals and Blocked Persons) and the United Nations (Consolidated List).

Any offer of employment (either paid or voluntary) with Concern Worldwide will only be made following a successful clearance check being conducted on the applicant and such checks may be updated periodically during the course of the period of employment.

By submitting a formal application for paid or voluntary employment to Concern, you agree to Concern carrying out a clearance check as outlined above and that Concern will not proceed to recruit you should your name appear on any of the aforementioned lists

In certain circumstances, donors may request that personal data relating to employees to work on the activities that they fund be provided directly to them – so that they can perform their own counter terrorism checks. This may involve transferring some basic personal data outside the EEA. It will be a condition of your employment contract that Concern be allowed to share this information with institutional donors for these purposes.

For additional information please consult our website or contact the Human Resource Division in our Head Office.

You have certain rights under data protection legislation. For more information on how to exercise those rights please visit www.concern.net/about/privacy

Please only apply for this position if you are satisfied with the proposed processing of your personal data as outlined above.

Senior Officer-Governance and Advocacy At Concern Worldwide

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