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Sep 6, 2017

BOMA Project Graduation Advisor Job in Kenya

BOMA Project
We are hiring a Graduation Advisor!

About Us:
BOMA implements a high-impact data driven poverty graduation program (REAP) for women in the drought- threatened arid lands of Northern Kenya.
We put ultra-poor women at the centre of our work by helping them build a pathway out of extreme poverty. 

REAP addresses three elements that contribute to the cycle of aid dependency in the arid lands of Africa: low incomes, inconsistent cash flows and inadequate financial services for poor rural women.

We help them to start small businesses in their rural communities, so they can pay for food, school fees and medical care for their families.

Profits from each REAP business provides a diversified income, while BOMA savings associations help women to manage cash flow (for daily needs), plan for future expenses (such as school fees and medical care), and respond to shocks (such as drought or family emergencies).

Our team of 56 works with 14,482 women so far and have a goal to reach 1 million women across East Africa. 

As we plan to scale our impact to serve more regions in Northern Kenya and the rest of East Africa, we seek a self driven passionate individual to join our growing team.
About the role: Turkana serves as the primary source of training and technical support for BOMA Project partners who are implementing BOMA’s poverty graduation project, the Rural Entrepreneurship Access Project (REAP), primarily in Turkana County. 

This is a strategic position and is key to BOMA’s partnership strategy to achieve the goal of reaching 1 million women and children in the next five years. 
You will be in charge of guiding BOMA partners in planning and implementing each of the REAP components and providing on-going technical assistance to ensure that the program delivers the best possible outcomes for the participants. 

You will identify potential challenges and collaborate with partners to identify  the best solutions to keep the program running effectively and efficiently.
Your responsibilities will include
1. Technical Assistance
  • Provide training, technical support and guidance to BOMA Project partners in Turkana County in planning, implementing and monitoring performance of the REAP poverty graduation project through extended assignments to the partner’s area of operations, as well as regular telephone calls and email communication to BOMA’s partner as requested and necessary.
  • Review and provide technical and training input on proposals, agreements and MOUs for partnership.
  • Review and provide technical and training input on internal and external reports and other documents as needed.
  • Support partner programs in the recruitment of local staff by providing job descriptions, creating interview question templates and vetting or providing feedback to local management on the hiring process.
2. Quality Assurance
  • Ensure the quality of REAP being implemented by the partner adheres to BOMA Project standards and guiding principles.
  • Ensure consistent timely progress towards targets and overall project objectives.
  • Ensure monitoring and quality control mechanisms are in place. 
  • Ensure sharing of evidence and best practices through written reports for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ensure processes are in place for the continual documentation of lessons learned and the feedback mechanisms that support continual improvements of REAP implemented through partners.
3. Program Development
  • Work with partner program managers to develop timely work plans.
  • Contribute to the professional development of partner field staff by providing training, mentoring, and other guidance.
  • Develop or revise training materials as required
  • Work closely with BOMA colleagues carrying out direct implementation projects, as well as HQ-based technical staff to access additional technical resources as needed.
  • Ensure that the objectives and activities of the partner implementation reflect the strategic objectives of BOMA’s commitment to scale and replication of the REAP program. 
  • Contribute to the development of new and innovative approaches and initiatives in REAP programming.
4. Organizational Learning
  • As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve – we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit the BOMA Project in support of its strategic goal, as well as themselves.
Key Performance Metrics include:
  • REAP guidelines and principles well understood by the partner staff
  • Successful and timely launches of REAP businesses at partner sites
  • Monthly reviews of KPIs and TA to implementers to carry out adaptations and course corrections as require
Who we are looking for
  • You are passionate and committed to rural development and economic empowerment
  • You have the ability to identify problems, design interventions and oversee their implementation
  • You have a minimum 3 years project management and/or training experience
  • You have proven practical experience of 2 + years in at least one of the following areas: economic empowerment, community development
  • You have been able to influence and drive results through others
  • You have experience managing field-based projects in an international organization
  • You can multitask in ambiguous environments can deliver results while working independently
  • You are comfortable spending 60% of your time in rural areas in Northern Kenya with simple accommodation and food options
  • You are a natural in creating and managing sustainable partnerships with diverse stakeholders
  • You adapt quickly to changing environments
  • You thrive in highly demanding environments
  • You are self driven and with a record of solutions created through your highly initiative personality
  • You have an open mind and are sympathetic about the economic and social situation of Northern Kenya
  • Understanding of the socio-cultural environment in Turkana and fluency in Turkana language will be an added advantage
  • Experience in programs focusing on adolescent girls and young women will be an added advantage
  • You have highly sensitive to cultural differences and have proven ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts
  • You have strong verbal and written communications skills.
  • You have strong analytical and creative problem-solving skills
  • You easily navigate IT tools such as MS office, Google drive etc
  • Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Economic Empowerment, Social Transformation, Community Development or related field
You have the cultural fit to work with Boma Project if:
  • You are passionate and deeply committed to change in rural Kenya
  • You embrace and are comfortable working and living in highly changing environmnets
  • Thinking outside-the-box is your natural trait
  •  You take initiative in  driving your own learning and growth
  • You are excited about working in multicultural team environments
  • Positivity and enthusiasm are your trademark
Why work with us?
  • Learn and grow with us. All members of staff are expected to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit the BOMA Project as well as themselves.
  • Join an entrepreneurial and committed team which is moving the needle on livelihoods for ultra-poor communities"
  • An opportunity to influence and contribute to BOMA project as we grow and take on new challenges and regions
  • Be part of changing lives and driving austounding impact
  • Join a cohesive and fun-loving team!
  • We love adventures and enjoy spending time with our amazing communities! Working with us will give you endless such opportunities
Other information: The post will be based either in Lodwar or in Nanyuki with frequent travel (60%) to Turkana County. The position reports to the Deputy Country Director of the BOMA Project.

Want to apply?
First, read this guide on how to submit your application and tips on our selection process:
Fill out the application form under this link
Send your CV in PDF format to [email protected] with the subject line " BOMA  Project Graduation Advisor Role"
Deadline for this application is 25th September 2017. 

If the role is not filled by then, we will still accept and review applications on a rolling basis.

Not for you?
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