Mercy Corps Government Engagement Managers Jobs in Kenya 2019
Career Kenya: Mercy Corps Government Engagement Managers Jobs in Kenya 2019
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Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible.

In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.

Now, and for the future.

We are looking for committed and dynamic individual to take up the following positions:

Position: Government Engagement Manager

Location: Samburu and Turkana County

Program / Department Summary: USAID’s Office of Food for Peace recently awarded funding to a Mercy Corps-led consortium of Kenyan and international partners for a 5-year Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Turkana and Samburu Counties.

Through a phased approach that emphasizes evidence gap analysis, as well as partnership, learning, and co-creation with government, civil society, communities, and the private sector, this program aims to drive sustained reductions in acute malnutrition in both counties.

Mercy Corps’ NAWIRI consortium brings together the global leadership, research capacity, technical expertise, and implementation experience necessary to partner with local institutions to test, adapt, and scale evidence-based solutions.

The program requires a robust county-centered design with government leadership, active engagement from communities, the private sector, and civil society. Together we will sustainably reduce persistent acute malnutrition for vulnerable populations in Turkana and Samburu counties.

General Position Summary: The Government Engagement Manager will lead the day-to-day engagement with the Samburu County Government, civil society, and community structures, institutions, or associations to strengthen institutional and local systems capacity and mobilize communities to create opportunities for accountable and inclusive governance.

S/he will coordinate with consortium partners and work with the county government and relevant community structures to develop and implement the Institutional and Local Systems Strengthening Strategy.

The Government Engagement Manager will advance institutional capacity to build more food secure and healthy communities and support systemic change in the governance and enabling environment.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Vision and Technical Leadership

  • Support the Institutionalization Learning Systems Strengthening Lead and county-level Field Director in providing strategy and direction for to county-level program implementation.
  • Support integration of cross-cutting aspects of the program such as gender equality, social inclusion, youth, climate adaptation, and resilience into county-level institutional strengthening strategy.

Program Management And Implementation

  • Ensure technical integrity and quality assurance of Institutionalization Learning Systems Strengthening (ILSS) implementation across the county, overseeing county team of ILSS staff, including those embedded in county government, and reporting to ILSS Lead, while following MC’s and the donor’s financial standards and monitoring protocols.
  • Collaborate with Field Director in day-to-day and ongoing coordination with county government officials and community structures on program delivery, coordinated activities, joint planning, capacity strengthening strategies and activities, and measurement.
  • Support the Field Director and ILSS Lead in the socialization of the program with local and county Government stakeholders, traditional leaders, local civil society organizations, and other relevant stakeholders, to ensure support for and acceptance of Mercy Corps’ programs, and pursuing necessary approvals and collaboration as required.
  • Lead implementation of county-level context and government capacity assessment processes, including managing staff or consultants, coordinating across Mercy Corps and consortium partner teams, and/or joint mapping of formal and informal governance structures with key stakeholders.
  • Prepare regular county context updates and advise how these may affect implementation of the ILSS Strategy and overall Mercy Corps programming at the county.
  • Refine and implement county-contextual strategies for community mobilization and engagement in governance processes.
  • Work with the ILSS Lead to develop and/or refine ILSS curricula, including to strengthen community mobilization, civil society strengthening, or the capacity of government officials in community engagement skills, including facilitation, consultation, negotiation, and participatory planning and budgeting.
  • Mentor participating officials in good governance skills, including to plan and conduct regular awareness-raising and consultative meetings with civil society representatives and communities on issues related to nutrition, health, and development planning.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • At least 3 (three) years’ work experience involving county and sub-county governments, NGOs/INGOs, and/or community-based groups or movements
  • Demonstrated knowledge or expertise in county government structure and operations, governance programming, civil society capacity building, advocacy, and/or peacebuilding.
  • At least two (2) years experience managing staff for program implementation.
  • Demonstrated strong leadership and teambuilding skills; ability to work effectively in a team which includes remote members, often with limited supervision and under pressure.
  • Ability to mentor others and model successful management techniques and approaches.
  • Ability to conceptualize, plan, and implement program activities creatively, as well as the ability to analyze data and utilize lessons learned for the continuous improvement of implementation.
  • Demonstrated ability to liaise and collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Prior experience of working on USAID-funded programs preferred.
  • Prior experience in awarding and managing sub-grants to local organizations to promote nutrition, governance and gender goals.
  • Ability and willingness to travel frequently across county including remote communities (estimated 40% of the time) sometimes at short notice.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required.

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