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Plan International   |   Tharaka Nithi, Kenya   |   Log in or register to see the closing date

Assistant Project Officer-Tharaka

  • Diploma, Associate's degree
  • Transportation, logistics, driving
  • Experienced (senior worker)
  • Full Time
  • Permanent
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Job Summary


The project objective of Dutch Government funded, FGM/C Eradication Project, in Tharaka Nithi is to “promote the abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) within one generation”. The project is designed with a multi-layered approach that seeks to engage adolescents, communities, religious and traditional leaders, state administrative, technical and security structures, parliamentarians and AWEPA in a holistic fight against the practice of FGM/C as defined by the Kenyan law.
Dimensions of the Role
The main purpose of this position is to implement the day to day activities of a 1-year extension of the Dutch Government funded, FGM/C Eradication Project, in Tharaka Nithi. The job role includes Child Protection responsibilities during the implementation of the project as per the Child Protection Policy at the Programme Unit (PU). The incumbent is responsible for the development and execution of the project work plans as per the approved activity plan for his/her area of responsibility. S/he is also responsible for contribution to designing, implementing, monitoring and reporting on the progress of the project activities. The incumbent will report to the Project Manager based in Tharaka PU, on a day to day basis


Mobilisation and Participatory Planning:

• In close collaboration with the Project Manager and PU staff, ensure stakeholder mapping for the FGM/C Project remains updated and apply appropriate strategies to sustain mobilization, interest and commitment of local stakeholders to promote eradication of FGM/C in one generation alongside other human rights and child protection campaigns.
• Facilitate the establishment and strengthening of project implementation teams at sub-county levels including sub-county line ministry/departments, representatives of police, MOE, MOH, teachers, chiefs, cultural leaders, children, parents, churches, CBOs, Njuri Ncheke, and Maendeleo Ya Wanawake.
• With support from the Project manager, work with the various implementation partners to regularly validate the analysis on challenges impeding the full implementation and enforcement of the law in respect of child protection and the elimination of the practice of FGM/C.
• Ensure the project takes into account the local FGM/C context including main protection risks for girls as well as legal and social wellbeing provisions, to inform all project activities.
• Ensure that identification, analysis and management of the child protection policy related risks are included in the regular project risk management processes and in all project activities.

Project Implementation:
• Ensure community participation in the project planning, implementation and monitoring including consultations with children that delve into protection risk issues from their perspective and possible mitigating actions and strategies that could potentially be incorporated into project design.
• Ensure that the monthly activities and budget plans are implemented as per approved breakdown and that all activities are on track.
• Work with relevant staff to ensure all logistics and procurement at a local level including events management are in conformity with Plan and donor policies, procedures and standards.
• Facilitate access of relevant and accurate information on prevention of FGM/C, violence against children and ensure protection and response mechanisms are accessible within the project area of operation (government authorities, and other relevant stakeholders working with children).
• Ensure Child Protection mechanisms in the Project have been improved at family, school and community level.
• With support from the project manager, work with project partners to enhance response to and rehabilitation of victims of gender-based violence, sexual abuse and transactional sex.

Capacity Building Trainings:
• Using analyzed information, give input to the development of appropriate criterion to select training participants and champions for various interventions as outlined in the project design document approved by the donor and the project DIP.
• Use other forms of communication provided in the project design document, including and not limited to use of drama plays, skits, poems, local talk shows, etc. to raise awareness on stipulations of the law with respect to human rights, negative effects of FGM/C, existing victim support structures and institutions, roles of various actors and procedures to follow all geared towards promoting the abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) within one generation.
Stakeholder Relationship Management:
• Contribute to development of TOR for respective groups.
• Facilitate use of inclusive processes in scheduling project implementation activities sensitive to the local calendars and seasonality of activities.
• Work in collaboration with other stakeholders and ensure clarity on roles, responsibilities, deliverables and timelines for the same.
• With support of Project Manager, effectively participate in planning, progress review and coordination meetings with stakeholders, sharing updates, future plans, resource limitations to manage expectations, engage actors in identifying and addressing challenges, etc.
• Ensure coordinated implementation of project work plan and act as the project accounting officer.
• Respecting cultural sensitivities to sustain harmonious relations with stakeholders and communities at large.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Documentation:
• In collaboration with the Project Manager, contribute to design and rollout of the project baseline, midterm and end-line studies, other focused surveys and routine monitoring and facilitate the dissemination of findings from such studies/monitoring to the relevant audience.
• In collaboration with the Project Manager, use baseline findings for benchmarking the project/setting targets and regularly incorporate feedback and other monitoring observations to implementation to enhance effectiveness of the Dutch funded action on eradication of FGM/C.
• Promote the institutionalization of user friendly monitoring systems that are participatory and cost effective across all levels (stakeholders, community, church and traditional leadership, state institutions like the Police, etc.,)
• Effectively document progress with respect to implementation methodologies, effects and outcomes of intervention activities to generate evidence for reporting, decision making, policy advocacy, up-scaling best practices and lessons to be drawn from the project, all for productive use locally, regionally, nationally and beyond the Kenyan borders especially countries that are implementing the joint project.
• With support of Project Manager, facilitate reflective sessions with children, communities and stakeholders to keep all parties appraised on implementation progress, emerging challenges, opportunities, effectiveness of design, monitoring and implementation processes and seek their feedback and input in devising enhanced mitigation measures to promote the eradication of the FGM/C practice.

Reporting and Documentation:
• From the outset, familiarize self with various reporting formats, information needs and schedules and ensure evidence based quality reporting.
• Regularly gather data and other information relevant for reporting.
• Submit regular/scheduled complete, accurate and timely consolidated interim reports that conform to prescribed formats and other parameters from Plan and the donor.
• Be responsive to adhoc requests for reports.
• Contribute to documentation and sharing of best practices with stakeholders as appropriate.
• Facilitate coordinated joint reflection meetings/sessions at County level (among partners).
• Ensure budget burn rate remain consistent with the reports submitted and provide brief explanations as appropriate for discrepancies.

Problem Solving:
• Managing conflicts when working with teams.
• Managing community/Plan Policy conflicts.
• Maintain good working relationships with other Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).
• Negotiating with the respective government departments to ensure that work is not impeded.
• Managing community attitude towards Plan implementation strategy.
• Managing donor verses implementation partner timelines and reports.

1. Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Contract type: Permanent
Job type: Full Time
Location: Tharaka Nithi
Area of work: Transportation, logistics, driving
Seniority: Experienced (senior worker)

Job Requirements

Required education: Diploma, Associate's degree
Required relevant work experience: none
Required skills: Conflict and complaint resolution; Project monitoring and evaluation (M&E); Reporting; Public, corporate relations; Project implementation
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)

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Plan International

Non-profit, social work

Plan International is an independent child rights and humanitarian organisation committed to children living a life free of poverty, violence and injustice. We actively unite children, communities and other people who share our mission to make positive lasting changes in children’s and young people’s lives. We support children to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to claim their rights to a fulfilling life, today and in the future. We place a specific focus on girls and women, who are most often left behind. We have been building powerful partnerships for children for more than 75 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

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