PROGRAMME OFFICER IN RESILIENT APPROACHES IN NATURAL RANGELAND ECOSYSTEMS (RANGE)PROGRAM

About Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC)

The Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC) is a regional economic bloc composed of the County Governments of Lamu, Tana River, Garissa, Wajir, Mandera, Marsabit, Isiolo, Turkana, Samburu, and West Pokot in the aftermath of devolution. The Council promotes cooperation, coordination, and information sharing between Counties to strengthen devolution, enhance socioeconomic development, and promote peaceful coexistence among its members.

About RANGE Program

A consortium led by Mercy Corps, including the FCDC and the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente, is implementing the Resilient Approaches In Natural Rangeland Ecosystems (RANGE) Program. The program will run from January 1, 2024, to December 31, 2028 (5 years). The program will be implemented in the counties of Samburu, Marsabit, and Isiolo.

The outcomes of the Project are:

Outcome 1:  Improved rangeland management repairs ecosystem health and increases food, nutrition and water security.

Outcome 2:  Sustainable livestock and alternative livelihood production and competitiveness of markets strengthened within an improved policy environment.

Outcome 3: Improved linkages among and between communities and government structures to support collaboration on economic, environmental, and social issues promote stability and sustained development.

Outcome 4:  Strengthened Research and evidence-based programming contribute to impactful project implementation, effective coordination, early warning and early action, innovation and learning for resilient ASAL communities.

FCDC Role of the Consortium

FCDC is responsible for implementing Outcome 3: “Improved linkages among and between communities and government structures to support collaboration on economic, environmental, and social issues promoting stability and sustained development.”. The outputs are as follows:

Output 3.1: Improved government accountability and service provision through inclusive participatory planning.

Output 3.2: Facilitated conflict resolution and peacebuilding frameworks that promote communal and/or regional collaboration on conflict prevention and response.

Output 3.3: Supported and/or developed platforms for government-to-government engagement enabling collaboration on critical economic, environmental, and social issues.

Output 3.4: Influenced policies, legislation, and budget allocations at the national and county levels through evidence generated by the project and community priorities

Output 3.5: Supported private sector engagement and Public-Private Partnerships encouraging private sector investments in ASAL counties.

Scope of Work

The Programme Assistant will support the Program Manager and team in the following tasks and activities:

  • Administrative Support
  • Assist in scheduling meetings, workshops, and other program-related events.
  • Prepare and distribute meeting agendas, minutes, and other documentation.
  • Manage correspondence and communication with stakeholders.
  • Program Coordination
  • Support the development and maintenance of program work plans and timelines.
  • Assist in coordinating the activities of program team members and stakeholders.
  • Help organize and maintain program files and documentation.
  • Monitoring and Reporting
  • Assist in collecting and compiling data for program monitoring and evaluation.
  • Help prepare regular progress reports and updates for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Maintain databases and records of program activities and outcomes.
  • Financial and Logistical Support
  • Assist in preparing and processing financial documents such as expense reports and invoices.
  • Coordinate travel arrangements and logistics for program staff and stakeholders.
  • Support the procurement of goods and services as needed for program activities.
  • Communication and Outreach
  • Assist in developing and distributing program communication materials.
  • Support the organization of outreach and awareness activities.
  • Maintain and update program-related content on social media and other communication platforms.
  • Risk Management:
    • Assist in Identifying and mitigating risks associated with program activities.
    • Developing contingency plans as necessary.

Key Deliverables

  • Organized and well-documented meeting agendas and minutes.
  • Up-to-date and accurate program documentation and records.
  • Regularly updated progress reports and monitoring data.
  • Efficiently managed logistical arrangements and financial documentation.
  • Effective communication and outreach materials.

Qualifications:

Education

  • Degree: Bachelor’s degree in Project Management,  Development Studies, LLB, Economics, Conflict Studies, Business Management, Environmental Management, Range Management, Animal Production, Economics, Conflict Studies, or a related field.

Skills

  • Organizational Skills: Ability to manage multiple tasks, prioritize effectively, and meet deadlines.
  • Communication Skills: Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Technical Skills: Proficiency in office software (e.g., Microsoft Office and Microsoft Project).
  • Analytical Skills: Ability to analyze data, prepare reports, and make recommendations.
  • Attention to Detail: Ensuring accuracy in documentation and project details.

Experience

  • Work Experience: 5 years experience in project coordination, administration, or a similar role.
  • Industry-Specific Experience: 5 years of Experience in the food security sector can be advantageous.

Personal Attributes

  • Problem-Solving: Ability to anticipate issues and develop solutions proactively.
  • Adaptability: Flexibility to handle changing priorities and work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Teamwork: Ability to work well in a team and support project managers and team members.

Duration and Timeline

The Program Officers position is a full-time role from July 1, 2024, to December 31, 2028.

Reporting

The Program Officers will report to the Project Manager and provide regular updates to the consortium partners.

Application Process

Apply by sending your cover letter and CV addressed to the Finance and Administration Manager, FCDC, on email address info@fcdc.or.ke. Your cover letter must indicate your current Gross Salary and expected salary range. The closing date is 14th   June 2024. Clearly indicate the position title Programme Officer in the subject line of your email message.

Selection Process:

Applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews, and the final selection will be based on merit.

 

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