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PAL Network   |   Nairobi, Kenya   |   Log in or register to see the closing date

Program Officer (Bilingual French – English)

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Project, program management
  • Experienced (senior worker)
  • Full Time
  • Temporary
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Job Summary

The People’s Action for Learning Network (PAL Network) are currently seeking a competent bilingual Program Officer (French – English). The Program Officer will be responsible for nurturing and supporting network members with a specific focus on Francophone members in West Africa. The Program Officer will be the Francophone Secretariat liaison, and will be responsible for coordinating the West and Central Africa Regional Hub. The Program Officer will develop and review content in French for all network publications. It is expected that the Program Officer will be based in Nairobi with up to 50% travel to West Africa, although strong candidates based in West Africa may also be considered with up to 50% travel to Nairobi.

Person Specification

Evidence that applications meet the essential criteria will be assessed by the following methods: Application (A), Interview (I), Test (T) and References (R), as indicated below:

• Full professional fluency in French and English (written and spoken) (T)
• Experience in summarizing and synthesizing complicated information in both French and English (T)
• Four or more years of relevant experience in some combination of research, education, international relations, or network coordination (A,I&R)
• Experience living and working in Francophone West Africa (A,I&R)
• Strong organizational skills with the ability to take initiative and deliver results on short notice with minimum supervision (I&R)
• Experience of working successfully across different languages and cultures (I,R)
Terms and Conditions
• This post is offered as a 1-year contract starting April 2018. The contract may be renewable provided funding is secured for the post and satisfactory progress is made.
• The standard working week is 40 hours per week. However, the demands of the job are likely to be such that a willingness to work longer hours as sometimes required is necessary.
• This post will be based in Nairobi at the Network Secretariat office, with significant travel (up to 50%) to West Africa



• Serve as the primary point of contact in the Secretariat for Francophone members of the PAL Network, building relationships and maintaining regular communication channels to enable learning and collaboration;
• Coordinate and support the West and Central Africa Regional Hub through conducting deskbased research, document and landscape reviews, organizing and attending meetings and circulating meeting minutes and agreements;
• Maintain contact and connections between the West and Central Africa Regional Hubs and other
Regional Hubs to ensure a joined-up approach to shared learning across the network;
• Coordinate and support Francophone member countries’ representation in international education events, conferences and forums;
• Provide advice and support to new Francophone countries interested in piloting the citizen-led assessment model
• Work with existing members to map and understand organizations in West Africa who use citizen-led assessment tools and data to implement learning intervention programs.

• Assist in the development of annual reports, background documents, toolkits, and training materials and Case Studies in French;
• Draft content in French for the PAL Network website, blog, quarterly newsletter, and social media accounts (Twitter and Facebook)

• Support the effective functioning of the Research Working Group by working closely with the Chair to develop and execute an annual workplan; 
• Regularly monitor progress towards achievement of Working Group Annual Work Plan, and support Chair and members in ensuring actions are taken to achieve it
• Support the Working Group Chair in understanding and taking decisions about use of Working Group budget, liaising with other Secretariat team members to ensure PAL financial management requirements are fulfilled
• Work with other Secretariat team members to ensure appropriate interaction and synergy between Working Groups

D. OTHER (10%)
• Attend and fully participate in, network and staff meetings and retreats as required;
• Write monthly and annual activity reports, and use these as the basis for monthly and annual engagements with the line manager;
• Draft materials and documents in French as required to support the development of the network;
• Perform such other duties as may be required from time to time

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Job start date: Monday, April 23, 2018
Contract type: Temporary
Job type: Full Time
Location: Nairobi
Area of work: Project, program management
Seniority: Experienced (senior worker)

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 3 years
Required skills: Project management; Budgeting, financial planning; Project monitoring and evaluation (M&E); Reporting; Ability to coordinate; Project preparation and planning; Project implementation; Communication; Meeting management; Multitasking
Required languages: French (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent),

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PAL Network

Non-profit, social workCompany size: 1-10 people

The People’s Action for Learning Network (PAL Network) is a south-south network whose members work across three continents to assess the basic reading and numeracy competencies of over 1 million children, in their homes, through citizen-led assessments. The PAL Network Secretariat is based in Nairobi, Kenya. The PAL Network Secretariat team support and coordinate the work of the network members, building in-country capacity and strengthening advocacy for citizen-led assessment assessments as an effective, low-cost, scalable model for bringing children's learning to the centre of policy and practice. Additionally, the Secretariat team assist in coordinating 6 Working Groups and 4 Regional Hubs, as well as providing administrative, and logistical support for network-wide events.