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The East African : Oct 13th 2014
The EastAfrican 50 APPOINTMENT OCTOBER 11-17,2014 VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Our high-impact approach brings people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action to change lives and make the world a fairer place. We are recruiting for: Regional Policy and Advocacy Advisor (post 2015) Your Role As the Africa Region Policy and Advocacy Advisor, one of the main focuses of this role initially will be to coordinate the advocacy work of VSO and partner organisations on the Post-2015 Development Framework – the global development framework that is set to replace the Millennium Development Goals when they expire in 2015. You’ll build on the existing alliances you may have with key organisations and networks on post-2015 issues of relevance in the region and work to support advocacy across VSO country offices, partners and volunteers. You’ll link in with VSO’s global campaign on Post-2015 development as well as supporting the particular objectives of regional and country colleagues. You will also support the planning, delivery and review of VSO’s wider global advocacy priorities as a member of the Global Research and Advocacy Team This role will be matrix managed. Qualifications and Experience: • As VSO Africa Policy and Advocacy Advisor, you will play a key role in influencing government and international action seeking transformative change for some of the world’s most disadvantaged people. • Liaising with our partners, volunteers and staff, delivering policy briefings, influencing international movements through engagement with country and regional decision makers and working with coalition partners are all critical to success in this role. We need someone with a keen analytic mind, a talent for writing persuasively and with an aptitude for developing influential relationships with civil servants and policy targets. Experience of the Post-2015 development agenda or advocacy on other regional and global policy change movements is desirable. • The major focus for this role during 2014-15 will be delivering the policy work relating to VSO Post-2015 advocacy work. Key ‘deliverables’ early on in the job will include connecting VSO in to the important national and regional discussions and consultations happening on the Post-2015 development agenda and contributing to the global direction of our Post-2015 advocacy work at key international moments. As part of the Global Policy and Advocacy team you will also have a broader brief supporting VSO policy, research and influencing work over the 18 months. Location can be discussed further. VSO values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. To apply please go to http://vso.force.com/jobopportunities Only applicants who respond electronically using the application form will be considered. Closing date: Wednesday 23rd October 2014 PROGRAM DIRECTOR VACANCY Reports to : Executive Director Duty Station : Nairobi, Kenya, with travel to AAH-I Country Offices and field stations. AAH-I is a regional African-led non-governmental organisation based in Nairobi, Kenya, that supports livelihoodchallenged communities in East and Southern Africa to sustainably improve their well-being and standard of living. With Country Programs in South Sudan, Uganda, Zambia, Somalia, and Kenya, AAH-I has over 20 years’ experience working with communities in conflict and post-conflict situations, including refugees, internally displaced people and host communities. The Program Director (PD) is responsible for developing and maintaining AAH-I’s capacity in development programming. The PD is expected to contribute actively to the growth and development of the organization and to the delivery of AAH-I’s Mission and Vision. He/she will ensure that: • All AAH-I programs/projects are of appropriate technical soundness in terms of design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation; • Adequate planning, management and timely implementation of the technical aspects of all relevant AAH-I activities; • Organizational strategy is broken down to fit country specific programing needs with clear work plans and indicators; • AAH-I has well researched and ready-to-use technical inputs that address the changing trends in and appropriate interventions; beneficiary needs • Support development, implementation and regular updates on programing models for AAH-I in line with the AAH-I strategy; • Timely M&E and donor reports with corrective measures taken where necessary; • Support to resource mobilization through proposal review to ensure appropriate models and M&E tools for program/project implementation to give AAH-I comparative advantage; • AAH-I technical work continuously addresses emerging cross cutting national, regional and Pan African challenges e.g. climate change; • AAH-I technical work yields the expected results / impacts. QUALIFICATION • A Master’s degree in health, social science or related studies or equivalent; • At least 10 years’ experience in program development and management; • Proven ability in leadership, team management and strategic thinking. • Demonstrated ability to envision programing trends and set relevant strategies; • Demonstrated ability to analyse community needs and develop effective technical specifications for intervention projects; • A track record of success in resource mobilisation; • Strong analytical (both political and organizational) skills with good attention to detail; • Ability to provide coaching, mentoring and leadership to team members; • Commitment to articulating and implementing AAH-I’s values. Application Instructions Interested candidates should email application letters and CVs (with 3 referees) addressed to recruitke@actionafri cahelp.org to be received by Monday 27th October, 2014 at 5:00 pm. The email Subject Line must show the job title of the position applied for. AAH-I is an equal-opportunity employer. See www.actionafricahelp.org for further information. Only those selected for the interviews will be contacted.
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