Save the Children Project Officer Job in Meru, Kenya

Project Officer - Kenya Country Office

Programme Operations   
Location: Meru
Grade:  TBC (Competitive Package)   
Post Type: National

Child Safeguarding: 
Level 3 - the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people

Role Purpose: 

The Project Officer is responsible for supporting partners in the planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the multi-year Child Protection project within the Meru region.

The role includes building partner capacity for effective implementation of projects, in accordance with a rights based approach.

Scope of Role:

Reports to: Area Programme Manager – Meru

Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since 1984, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners.

Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH.

Save the Children has an operational presence in Dadaab Refugee Camp, Eldoret, Habaswein, Mandera, Meru and Wajir.

Currently, we have a staff complement of approximately 370 staff and expenditure of approximately US$30 million this year.

Staff directly reporting to this post: None

Key Areas of Accountability:

Programme support
  • Support preparation of quarterly & annual project budgets
  • Support budget tracking and analysis; follow up on budget utilization and project expenditure as needed
  • Ensure that partner finance planning and reports are in line with the project agreement and requirements from donors and governments
  • Facilitates communication between partners and the Child Protection Programme Officer
  • Identify implementation obstacles and work with Child Protection Programme Officer to develop solutions
  • Help prepare reports as needed for by the Child Protection Programme Officer and donors
  • Provide feedback and share lessons learned from activity and financial reports
  • Facilitate and ensure the involvement of children as primary stakeholders in all project work
Monitoring, evaluation and quality assurance
  • In coordination with the M&E team, implement results based monitoring and evaluation process
  • Monitor and systematically document project results jointly with partners
  • Plan and facilitate regularly scheduled reviews of projects with partners and stakeholders
  • Facilitate terminal evaluation of projects through participatory process
Partner management
  • Foster collaborative environment and team spirit among partners
  • Closely work with partner organizations in the course of project planning and implementation
  • Conduct regular monitoring visits, support partners at the project sites and prepare reports for documentation and follow-up actions
  • Work with partners in the preparation of periodic and project completion reports
  • Support partners in preparing annual and quarterly project budgets and making budget revisions
Humanitarian response
  • Support activities to improve organizational readiness to respond to emergencies in line with global SCI humanitarian goals and benchmarks
  • Be familiar with, adhere to and implement the procedures and processes detailed in the Rules and Principles for humanitarian response
  • Other
  • In cooperation with the Child Protection Programme Officer, ensure proper documentation of experiences and lessons learned during projects under supervision
  • To work closely with the Government, other organizations and community local structures to address the protection of vulnerable children within the project locations in collaboration with the project partners.
Skills and Behaviours (our Values in Practice)

  • Holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved
  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks
  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency
Qualifications and Experience
  • Bachelor degree in an area of social development or equivalent
  • Recommended a minimum of 3 years experience in a NGO environment
  • Programming experience in the areas of child rights
  • Strong understanding of child rights programming approaches
  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies
  • Fluency in Swahili language required
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written, required
  • Commitment to Save the Children values
The application process is now open and will close on 17th June 2013 at 5.00 p.m. 
To apply for this position, please send a short cover letter and CV to  indicating the position title on the subject line.