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Livelihood Pillar Manager

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from Feed the Children
Closing date: 24 Oct 2018

Objective of the Position: Ensure all of Feed the Children’s (FEED’s) key livelihood related activities are focused on improving financial management at household level; improving community participation, partnership and support; and increasing food diversity household and community so that, “Households will be self-reliant, financially stable, and food secure to support and strengthen their communities.” The position holder is charged with developing and improving opportunities for households to establish appropriate and sustainable livelihoods through community-based approaches.

Key responsibilities: Project Management  Lead Livelihood projects design, planning & integration into the Child Focused Community Development model in program areas and provide strategic direction for the pillar with a bias to self – capitalization (VSLA) and resilience (CMDRR) approaches.  Responsible for overall implementation of Livelihood activities in CFCD target areas, and ensure outputs & outcomes are met within budget, set timeframe and stipulated quality standards.  Responsible for training and offering technical assistance to program staff, beneficiaries and partners to achieve set outcomes.  In collaboration with local stakeholders, undertake detailed analysis and design appropriate interventions to support access to capital, encourage diversification of livelihoods, strengthen local economic activities and strengthen local communities’ resilience.  Assess staff capabilities, recommend and facilitate initial or ongoing training(s) based on need and program goals, and ensure the data base for those trained are maintained.  Responsible for aligning projects/ activities to sector policies and plans, integrating best practices and ensuring continuous knowledge & learning including documentation within pillar.  Responsible for learning and adoption of sector best practices and approaches that have an evidence-based record of effectiveness as well as propose new innovative approaches that achieve both effectiveness and efficiency in achieving objectives.  Periodically review project implementation strategies and adapt approaches as needed.  Monitor the humanitarian situation in the project area and make recommendations on appropriate responses to alleviate severe shocks and stresses.  Ensure that internal and external reporting and documentation requirements are met on time and accurate  Ensure that FEED is well represented in regular national/county/sub county meetings and forums  Research and propose future projects/donors for consideration and prepare detailed proposal submissions (including budgets) for multi / bilateral institutional and private funding  Improve on and establish relevant & strategic partnerships for the program and strengthen collaborative partnerships with stakeholders, donors, Government agencies.  Participate in project evaluations and assist in the analysis of results to assess project impact and effective use of resources.  Perform other duties as would be required. Fundraising, Financial & Budget Management  Research and propose future projects/donors for consideration by the project.  Pursue fundraising activities for Livelihood activities projects within the program and prepare detailed project proposal submissions (including budgets) for multi / bilateral institutional and private funding.  Manage overall pillar budgets in fulfilment of specified outputs and objectives.  Monitor project expenditure and assist in preparing and analysing project financial reports. Team Management  Model leadership to all staff and intentionally develop the program officer’s leadership potential.  Ensure project staffs understand collective and individual responsibilities for safety and wellbeing.  Ensure regular training of the team in areas of security/first aid undertaken to maintain a secure working environment in conjunction with HR and Operations.  Handle team conflict and differences with impartiality.  Promote professional and cohesive team culture in line with FEED core values.  Responsible for team performance management and effective governance in achieving the vision mission and core objectives of the organization.  Conduct regular performance reviews, including quarterly performance appraisals, and encourage the personal development of each individual (including personal development plans and the identification of training needs).  Facilitate all relevant communication and feedback within the team, management and stakeholders.  Undertake to promote adherence to FEED values policies and procedures by the team. Strategy and policy  Participate in the developing the FEED country strategy and program implementation.  Take part in communicating FEED Mission, Vision, Strategic goals and programme objectives among project staff and other stake holders to create mutual understanding, ownership and increase visibility.

Minimum Requirements  A Bachelor’s degree in Community Development, Development Studies, or related disciplines (master’s preferred).  Hands on experience in designing and implementing livelihood development projects.  A minimum of 3 years working experience preferably in community-based activities in NGO setting.  Experience in capacity building and implementation of self-capitalization and resilience approaches such as Village Savings and Loans Associations and Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction.  Experience in using participatory adult learning methodologies for capacity building /training.  Excellent analytical and computer skills (Microsoft office) SPSS.  Experience in grant management and proposal writing is preferred.  Strong project management skills.  Excellent communicator and people management skills.  Familiarity with current standards and guidelines for humanitarian emergency response, including the Sphere Handbook criteria.  Good working experience in Community participation in Development with other stake holders (Partners, Donors and Government)  Knowledge and understanding of Child Protection issues.

How to apply:

If you meet the requirements, please send in your application and detailed CV with contacts of 3 professional referees to: HR-Kenya@feedthechildren.org closing date is 24th October 2018.

Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Feed the Children is an Equal Opportunity employer