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Project Officer – Health and Nutrition at Christian Aid

About us

Christian Aid exists to create a world where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.

Poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs people of their dignity and lets injustice thrive. But together we have the power to transform lives.

We are a global movement of people, churches, and local organizations who passionately champion the dignity, equality, and justice worldwide. We are the changemakers, the peacemakers, the mighty of heart.

We provide urgent, practical help in times of crisis and beyond. We seek to eradicate extreme poverty by tackling its root causes. Together with people living in poverty, we amplify our voices to speak truth to power and create lasting change.

Everyone is equal in the sight of God. For over 70 years, this has inspired us to stand together in solidarity with our global neighbors, of all faiths and none

About the role

The role is based in Nairobi and is positioned in the Kenya Country Program team. The role is key in leading in the delivery of Health & Nutrition project/s within the relevant Impact area within the Kenya Country Program. The role has the overall responsibility of leading and supporting partners to deliver outcomes in increased community and county participation and engagement in Health & Nutrition. The role holder will be required to travel.

About you

The Project Officer-Health & Nutrition is responsible for the overall coordination, planning, provision of technical direction and oversight to local partners implementing health and nutrition interventions in Christian Aid.

The role is responsible for contributing to the development of Christian Aid policy, strategy, thought leadership and communication under the Health stream of work. To contribute to the representation of Christian Aid to external stakeholders on Health & Nutrition and undertake liaison and advocacy with County and National Government partners and officials on project activities and related health and nutrition issues. Coordinate and represent Christian Aid County and National authorities and ensure activities are carried out in line with National and County strategies as far as possible and their participation. (30%).

To be responsible for recommending grants to partners, and leading in project and budget management in line with Christian Aid policies and procedures, that ensures effective disbursement of funds to Christian Aid partners, ensures funds are used for approved purposes, and ensures timely reporting based on robust data on activities, outputs, and impact of the project and serve as a resource person on capacity development activities on Health and Nutrition. The project officer will ensure that project/s are delivered on time and within budget. (30%)

In collaboration with the country manager and other support functions, assist fundraising initiatives aimed at increasing the current project portfolio size by providing information for proposal writing, seeking opportunities for participating in consortia and representing the organisation in fundraising forums. Contribute towards the development and dissemination of Christian Aid Health & Nutrition work through publications (general, thematic sector, academic) in consultation with other support functions. (30%)

Engage in personal development for furtherance of Christian Aid Health & Nutrition work including reading, training, mentoring and coaching among others (10%).

Further information

This role requires applicants to have the right to work in the country where this position is based.

We value diversity and aspire to reflect this in its workforce. We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, religion, or belief.

You can expect a wide range of rewards and benefits, including flexibility that will ensure you enjoy a good work/life balance.

Competency questions

As part of your application you will be asked to demonstrate your suitability by giving answers to the following questions:

Build Partnerships

Tell us about a time when you had to establish and maintain relationships with a wide range of contacts and networks based on mutual rapport and respect. What was the context? Why did you need to establish the new relationships and why was your attitude to this important? What was your task? What outcomes were being sought? What actions did you take? How did you take them? What was the impact of your actions? Were you successful?

Communicate Effectively

Give us an example of when you enabled someone who was not expressing themselves clearly or seemed to be holding back to put their message across and be understood. What was the context? What had led to the situation? What was your task? What did you do and how? What was the outcome? How did you know you had enabled the other person to communicate effectively? Steward resources

Steward Resources

Tell us about a time when you had to estimate the resources you needed to achieve your own work objectives and then delivered them in an efficient and cost effective way. What was the context? How had these circumstances arisen? What was your task or responsibility? What actions did you taking in first estimating what was needed and then delivering the work objectives? What was the outcome? Were you successful? If so, what was your evidence?

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