Community Capacity Building Officer – Marsabit County
Requisition number: COMMU002915
Location: Marsabit, KE-25 1186800100, KEN
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Mercy Corps has been operating in Kenya since 2008, focusing its interventions around four objectives:
1) Peace and Conflict Management;
2) Livelihood/Market Systems;
3) Governance (particularly at the county level); and
4) Youth Employment/Employability (including the social and economic development of adolescents).
The four objectives serve to increase community resilience to drought and other shocks and stresses, and to decrease fragility with a particular focus on Kenya’s Arid Lands. Mercy Corps’ vision for change requires the private sector, government and civil society to work together to create meaningful and sustainable change.
The Program / Department Summary
Mercy Corps and other consortiums implemented a five-year USAID-funded Kenya Feed the Future (FtF) Livestock Market Systems (LMS) Activity for northern Kenya. Under LMS, Mercy Corps fully implemented the Strengthening Community Capcities for Resilience and Growth Award.
The activity was expected to contribute to USAID’s Feed the Future Initiative and specifically improved households’ income, productive assets and resilience to drought and other shocks.
Specific areas of focus included strengthened and sustained rangeland and water management; strengthened drought risk management; strengthened conflict management; improved and sustained health, nutrition, and hygiene practices; improved literacy, numeracy, and life skills; and collaborative action and learning for community empowerment.
Building on these successes, Mercy corps through ACIDI – VOCA received 6 months LMS program extension to continue supporting the community capacities with more focus on strengthening the systems through provision of technical capacities to County Governments, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Ward Planning Communities (WPCs).
Mercy Corps intend to undertake intensive co-creation efforts with the local actors to collaboratively identify gaps and areas of focus and develop technical assistance (TA) plans based on the priorities and their individual needs.
The co-design and participatory intervention selection will ensure solutions are locally owned and have impact beyond the project life.
General Position Summary
The community capacity building officer will be responsible for technical oversight and ensuring management for all activities related to community development, conflict management and peaceful co-existence around natural resource.
S/he will define implementation strategies in coordination with the county government, LMS project coordinator and other leadership team.
The community capacity building officer will train WPCs after conducting technical capacity assessment.
S/He will provide technical assistance based on identified gaps; and ensure that common strategies and approaches are applied consistently in all communities’ priorities as envisaged on ward based plans.
S/he will coordinate closely with the M&E team to ensure that systems are in place to track, analyze and report results.
The Officer will be required to keep abreast of the latest research and evolutions in the field of conflict management around natural resources and integrate new ideas and approaches as appropriate, seek additional technical assistance as needed and ensure effective working relationships with collaborating agencies.
S/he will work closely with NDMA on community participatory scenario planning, our partner ACDI/VOCA and advocate the adoption of ward based planning approaches.
- Oversee the implementation of Ward Development Planning Process
- Capacity builds the WPCs to strengthen their governance and financial mobilization skills.
- Conduct WPC capacity assessment in collaboration with communities and county governments
- Contribute to teamwork plans and guide successful implementation of conflict management and natural resources management activities, ensuring teams follow work plans so activities are on time, target and within the approved budget, and program deliverables achieve desired impact;
- Conduct, participate in and/or update ward development process, involving a variety of stakeholders;
- In collaboration with National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) and county governments, facilitate discussions within communities aimed at promoting Disaster Risk Reduction approaches including for drought cycle management as important components to community resilience to shocks and other stress.
- Integrate community approaches, gender sensitivity and capacity building into all activities as appropriate. Certify all interventions adhere to Mercy Corps’ Gender Policy, Do No Harm principles, and beneficiary accountability standards;
- Work with adolescent girl groups and link with WPCs development agenda
COMMUNITY AND COUNTY GOVERNMENT ENGAGEMENT
- Conduct community mobilization and sensitization for the WDP process
- Engage development actors to resolve resource-based conflict and facilitate community dialogues
- Engage and support county government in the WDP process and ensure their participation and integration of plans into county priorities.
- Facilitate planning meetings and workshops with government, NGO, private sector, and community partners to revise plans and promote partner acceptance/buy-in.
- Support county government initiatives to develop appropriate policies related to ward planning approach
- Link Ward Planning Committees to county government department and other development partners
- Establish collaborative partnership with other development partners working on community resilience and community development
- Identify potential opportunities for linkage with other development partners such as Partnership for Resilience and Economic Growth (PREG)
- support FCDC in passage and implementation of ward development bills/acts
- Support MEL team to develop appropriate monitoring tools for the WDP process,
- Support participatory community-based monitoring in counties where initiatives are taking place – organize and coordinate capacity building in relation to community-based monitoring, including experience sharing
- In coordination with the MEL team, monitor the implementation of activities through regular field visits and assessments to ensure program quality and impact.
- Document best practices and lessons learned across counties and share with management and team members
- Coordinate with procurement, logistics, security, finance, administration and human resources teams to ensure operational systems support field activities
- Support operations team to facilitate procurement of goods and services related to the WDP process and conflict management
INFLUENCE & REPRESENTATION
- Represent Mercy Corps at government, donor, NGO and other relevant events, in close coordination with the County project coordinator and country leadership.
- Coordinate activities with consortium partners, sub grantees, local government, and other implementers, as well as with other Mercy Corps programs
- Facilitate planning meetings and workshops with government, NGO, private sector, and community partners to revise plans and promote partner acceptance/buy-in;
- In coordination with the MEL team, monitor the implementation of activities through regular field visits and assessments to ensure program quality and impact. Document approaches, successes and lessons learned;
- Coordinate with procurement, logistics, security, administration and human resources teams to ensure operational systems support field activities.
- Work closely with the country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems that promote the safety and security of all team members.
- Ensure that programs are designed and implemented with a clear analysis and understanding of security.
- Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission;
- Other duties as assigned.
- Reports Directly To: County Project Coordinator
- Works Directly With: Deputy Chief of Party, Girl officer , M/E manager, communication officer, finance and operations teams, Partner Organizations, and broader LMS team.
Knowledge and Experience
- BA/S or equivalent in development studies, Disaster Risk Reduction, Range management, conflict mitigation, social sciences or other relevant field;
- A minimum of three years of relevant professional experience in community development where there is Natural Resource based conflicts with hands on experience in working with ward development committees;
- Experience drafting contingency plans with communities in ASAL areas is required;
- Strong management skills, including effective personnel management, adaptive management coordination and decision-making Strong facilitation and consensus-building skills;
- Competent in building networks, strong problem-solving skills, and ability to influence with effective listening, persuasion, negotiation and other techniques.
- Strong understanding of USAID compliance issues.
- Excellent and persuasive oral and written communication skills, including report writing, in English and other language(s), and fluency in Kiswahili. Local dialects spoken in duty station is a plus;
- Previous work experience in northern Kenya desirable.
- Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members
The community capacity building officer will be familiar with the particular challenges of natural resources management in northern Kenya.
S/he will combine exceptional management skills and capacity to manage relationships with different stakeholders including the greater LMS team.
The position requires an ability to think creatively about improving opportunities for peaceful co-existence.
A heavy emphasis will be placed on coordination with other actors implementing in the areas of intervention including county government.
The NRM and Conflict Officer will have the capacity to spark innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to programming and to inspire groups to collaborate closely to implement high-quality programs.
S/he will be committed to long-term program sustainability and the delivery of high-impact activities at the community level.
Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are essential.
The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority.
In support of our belief that learning organizations are more effective, efficient, and relevant to the communities we serve, we empower all team members to dedicate 5% of their time to learning activities that further their personal and/or professional growth and development.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges.
We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.
We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.
We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all.
We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination based on race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.
Safeguarding & Ethics
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We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times.
Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct eLearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.
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