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Aug 29, 2017

Act! Program Officer (Climate Change) NGO Job in Kenya

Act Change Transform (Act!)

Job Vacancy: Program Officer - Climate Change

Ref: ACT-PO-ENRM-CC-25-2017
Act Change Transform (Act!) is a non-governmental organization working in the field of Capacity Development and Grants Management. 

Act! together with her implementing partners has contributed to country’s results in peace building and conflict transformation, democracy and human rights, livelihoods and environment and natural resource management.
1. Job Summary: Reporting to the Program Manager, Environment & Natural Resources Management (ENRM), the Program Officer-Climate Change will be based in Nairobi and will be responsible for providing technical support on Climate Change programming. 

The post holder is primarily responsible for providing leadership on mainstreaming Climate Change issues within the Environment and Natural Resources Management platform ensuring responsiveness to the context and all its initiatives are based on sound external analysis.

2. Key Responsibilities

Specifically, the Program Officer will be responsible for but not limited to:

2.1 Program Management
  • Provide technical leadership on ENRM Climate Change concerns for all of Act!’s ENRM programs.
  • Develop initiatives within the program and project designs to respond to Climate Change concerns.
  • Provide advisory services to all Act! partners on Environment and Natural Resources Management within the context of Climate Change.
  • Ensure that all ENRM initiatives on Climate Change and reporting, take into account the environmental concerns and linkage with livelihoods.
  • On a weekly and monthly basis, track, assess and analyze the Climate Change context of Kenyan and regional Environment and Natural Resources Management and provide technical support to Climate Change networks through the sharing of best practices and policy advocacy.
  • Actively inform the ENRM Program on Climate Change innovations and engagement on local and international debate particularly on Climate Change discourse.
  • Assist in the design of suitable IEC materials to educate and sensitize partners on the effects of Climate Change on ENRM through advocacy activities.
  • Participate in the selection of appropriate partners for Act!’s Climate Change interventions.
  • Support partners in the development of effective Climate Change projects and programmes.
  • Contribute towards program design, planning, implementation and evaluation.
  • Track all Climate Change resources within the broader ENRM programming to ensure that Act! is as responsive as possible to Climate Change concerns.
  • Be responsible for the support of all partners working on Climate Change.
2.2 Financial Management
  • Contribute to the budgeting process for all proposals submitted within the ENRM platform on Climate Change.
  • Work closely with the Grants team in providing up to date reports on partners’ performance.
2.3 Capacity Development
  • Work closely with the Capacity Development Manager in delivering programs that are responsive to Act!’s Capacity Development approach.
  • Adequately analyze the Organizational Capacity Assessment (OCA) data and submit draft report (analysis) and raw data to the organizational capacity development team.
  • Identify, design and deliver appropriate ENRM-Climate Change related capacity building interventions, to target partners and grantees.
2.4 Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning
  • Ensure that all Climate Change activities are adequately tracked through the project cycle and interventions are as responsive as possible.
  • Support program reporting, peer learning on key cross-cutting issues within programs, and keep abreast of changing sector knowledge and best practice.
  • Participate actively in contributing to documentation of “success stories” and other anecdotal information to enhance the overall quality of performance reports to the donors.
  • Contribute towards the design and operationalization of platform level MERL plans.
  • Track partners’ progress through the M&E on line system, document and advice as required
2.5 Representation and Networking
  • Coordinating and providing ground support and linkages between ENRM partners, government ministries, CSOs and the private sector and any relevant partners.
  • Represent the program and Act! at meetings, forums and processes to stay up to date with unfolding events on Climate Change and ensure that Act! is best placed to advise donors and other stakeholders.
  • Any other duties as assigned by the ENRM Program Manager.
2.6 Resource mobilization
  • Be part of the team developing high quality proposals to be submitted to donor organizations.
3. Qualifications, Experience and Skills

3.1 Academic Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources / Environment related discipline.
  • A Master’s degree in Climate Change, Environment, Natural Resources Management or a related area of study will be an added advantage.
3.2 Professional qualifications
  • Professional training in Project Development Cycle or related fields.
3.3 Relevant Experience
  • At least 5 years’ relevant work experience in the NGO environment with a demonstrable experience in climate policy and legislative programming, grant making, capacity development and M&E will be an added advantage.
3.4. Essential Skills & Competencies
  • Strong analytical and report writing skills as well as excellent presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Good interpersonal and oral communication skill.
  • Self-driven and able to deliver results with minimum supervision.
  • Willingness to travel extensively nationally, work extended periods in the field and interact effectively with partners and willingness to learn new approaches.
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary and multicultural environment and with partners at all levels.
  • Highly proficient in Ms Word, Excel, Access, Power-point and the use of Internet for research.
4. How to Apply:

If you meet the requirements as contained in the description, please submit (1) a detailed and current CV; (2) an application cover letter demonstrating why you qualify for this opportunity, quoting your current/ last gross salary. 

All applications should be submitted electronically to [email protected] quoting the reference number (ACT/PO-CC-25/2017) on the e-mail subject headline. 

Only candidates short-listed for interviews will be contacted.

Deadline for applications submission is 12 Midnight Friday 8th September 2017

Act! is an equal opportunities employer

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