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Project Officer - TWENDE

Vacancy #:   5180
Unit:   ESARO -Drylands Resilience Programme(DRP)
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office, Nairobi, Kenya
  PREFERRED LOCATION: MARSABIT, MAKUENI or THARAKA NITHI
Reporting to:   Senior Project Officer - TWENDE [Two Positions]
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 January 2020
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (36 months)
Closing date:   29 May 2020 (extended)
BACKGROUND
RE-ADVERTISEMENT - THOSE WHO HAD APPLIED DO NOT NEED TO APPLY.

POSITION IS CONTINGENT TO DONOR FUNDING

THIS IS A LOCAL POSITION OPEN TO KENYA NATIONALS OR PERMIT RESIDENCE OF KENYA ONLY.

The objective of the TWENDE project is to reduce the cost of climate change induced drought on Kenya’s national economy by increasing resilience of the livestock and other land use sectors in restored and effectively governed rangeland ecosystems. The project will contribute to improved adaptation to climate change of Kenya’s national policy of “Ending Drought Emergencies”, as outlined in “Kenya Vision 2030. The Project addresses the overarching climate change challenges through three components, and their relevant outputs and activities:
Component 1: Climate change adapted planning for drought resilience. The National Drought Management Authority (“NDMA”) will act as the Executing Entity for this Component;
Component 2: Restoration of rangeland landscapes for ecosystem based adaptation. The Government of Kenya (“GoK”), acting through the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (“MoAI”), will act as the Executing Entity for this Component;
Component 3: Climate change resilient ecosystem management for investments. Conservation International (“CI”) will act as the Executing Entity for this Component.

The project will strengthen climate change adaptation in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs). The project will be implemented in 2 landscapes encompassing 11 counties, which have devolved powers under Kenya’s new constitution. The project will benefit 620,000 people in 104,000 households and will protect or restore 500,000 hectares of rangelands in a landscape of 2.5 million hectares. The target landscapes are dry season grazing areas: critical resource zones that provide refuge during periods of drought.

Under direct supervision of the Senior Project Officer, the Programme Officer (PO) will be responsible for day to day programmatic and administrative support of project activities implementation at site level within respective hubs. The Project manager will be expected to closely coordinate his/her activities with the executing entities technical teams in managing the realization of project outputs at the site level.
JOB DESCRIPTION
SPECIFIC DUTIES:

i) Technical
• Ensure adherence to the project’s work plan, prepare revisions of the work plan, if required
• Work with other field based staff in collecting data, carrying out surveys and preparing reports as needed
• Prepare site-based work plans based on project activities as provided in the Funding Agreement
• Provide appropriate field guidance and local knowledge support to landscape management team and other consultants
• Facilitate processes that support stakeholders to successfully implementing climate change resilient strategies as envisioned by the project

ii) Operational
• Assume primary responsibility for daily project coordination both organizational and substantive matters, such as budgeting, planning and general monitoring of the project at site level;
• Coordinate field activities with the team of project executors, technical specialist and technical experts for smooth implementation of project activities
• Assume overall responsibility for the proper handling of logistics related to project workshops and events;
• Providing other logistical support, including: organizing arrangements for partners visiting

iii) Communication
Ensure adequate information flow, discussions and feedback among the various stakeholders of the project
• Undertake public awareness about the TWENDE project at site level of operations
• Perform any other duties assigned by landscape coordinator within their area of technical competence
• Submit periodic reports as required by the landscape coordinator

iv) Any other duties
• Perform other duties as may be assigned from time to time.
REQUIREMENTS
  • Education:
• Bachelor’s degree in environmental science/Sociology/community development or other relevant subject.


• Work Experience:
• Five (5) years of relevant experience at the local level in project management
• Project Planning and Management including monitoring and evaluation certificate is an added advantage
• Experience with government-donor funded projects
• Experience in designing and facilitating capacity building processes


• Language Proficiency:
• Fluency in English, both written and verbal;
• knowledge of a local language/culture an added advantage


• Core Competencies:
• Transparency: Able to build trust and contribute to informed and responsible decision making by carrying out the work of IUCN in a transparent manner; provides clear guidance to ensure that objectives and desired measurable results are understood by members of the team.
• Inclusiveness: Understands and accepts cultural diversity, and provide a tolerant, positive and supportive working environment that fosters respect for diversity, demonstrates ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.
• Professionalism: Promote the organization’s interests, objectives and values in a diligent and professional manner.
• Accountability: Takes responsibility of individual and collective actions, promotes the IUCN One Programme approach.


• Functional competencies:
• Adheres to IUCN ESARO core values of Transparency, Inclusiveness, Professionalism and Accountability;
• Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills;
• Highly motivated and results-oriented individual;
• Excellent oral and written communication skills including ability to summarize complex donor program;
• Excellent interpersonal skills to interact effectively with all levels of staff and partners from diverse cultural backgrounds;
• Capability to develop and implement effective strategies and tactics for accomplishing assigned duties.
• Demonstrated ability to think critically and synthetically across fields and topics;
• Strong ability to work independently and/or remotely, while maintaining productivity;
• Proven networking, team building, organizational and communication skills.
• Committed to continuous learning and proactive and mature attitude towards self-development;
APPLICATIONS

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