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Project Officer - 8 months contract


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Country: Kenya
Organization: FilmAid International
Closing date: 9 Jul 2020

About FilmAid:

FilmAid Kenya (FilmAid) is a development and humanitarian organization that harnesses the power and influence of film, media, and the arts to respond to displaced communities in need as well as promote social change. Using a participatory community-based approach, FilmAid provides displaced people with actionable information about their rights, their safety, their health, and their future. Using compelling video, radio, print, SMS, and digital media campaigns, FilmAid reaches over 400,000 people every year.

Additionally, FilmAid's 12-month Media training courses empower the next generation of storytellers with the skills they need to advocate for themselves, their community, and their right to a future filled with Hope. We believe that it is only by leveraging the talent and tenacity of refugee communities themselves that FilmAid can Project Hope, and Change Lives.

Job Purpose:

FilmAid is seeking a Project Officer to provide project management for the information needs of refugees and host communities in Kakuma and Kalobeyei, Turkana County project. DW Akademie and FilmAid Kenya collaborated, providing journalism training in the Kakuma refugee camp in 2016 and 2017. As a result of the information needs assessment conducted in Kakuma and Turkana County in June 2019, a new project that will improve access to information for refugees and host communities in northwestern Kenya and foster dialogue between the two groups was developed. The conversation will be achieved through Radio Listener Groups using relevant audio content produced by highly skilled and motivated audio content producers from the refugee and host community. Communities served will dictate the issues vital to them that, in turn, will inform the Content Generators' thematic focus.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

· Manage implementation of the project by timely work planning, coordination, tracking progress and directing implementation.

· Directly responsible for the expenditure budget through cashflow planning, day-to-day expenditure requisition, and expenditure tracking based activities in Kakuma, in collaboration with the Kakuma Field Manager and the finance management team.

· Ensure a smooth follow of communication between departments and Kakuma field office to facilitate quality delivery of activities.

· Track project inputs, indicators, budget forecasts, and follow-up actions required.

· Monitor implementation at all stages to ensure work is proceeding according to established plans, including analyzing implementation difficulties and initiating remedial action.

· Follow the recruitment standards and recruit 140 Radio Listeners Group leads objectively and inclusively.

· In collaboration with DW Akademie and FilmAid, implement guidelines for Radio Listener Group discussions (i.e., discussion, mobilization, facilitation, and feedback guidelines).

· Plan for and ensure delivery of capacity building workshops delivered to Radio Listener Group leads and Content Generators.

· Act as a Focal point for the project and manage communications and all project reporting between Kakuma field office and the management team in Nairobi.

· Monthly high-quality progress and impact report to the Kakuma Field Manager and the Programmes Director.

· Support the communication department to identify and write about stories of change.

· Liaise with the Communications Manager (who will be the lead) on the management of visibility activities ensuring that all activities include appropriate branding and donor recognition.

· Complying with participatory and collaborative approaches when implementing the project takes into consideration the needs of listeners, feedback, and learning. **

· Liaises with various organizational support units (Finance & Administration, Media Development team, Program Management, and M&E) will support the successful delivery of the project.

· Participate in programme quality evaluations and support the adoption of recommendations.

· Manage programmatic learning structures to ensure that best practices and challenges are incorporated into continued activities.

Qualifications and Requirements:


· Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism

· Minimum four (4) years of progressively responsible professional work experience working for humanitarian media or in humanitarian settings OR experience in managing media development projects.

· Highly developed communication skills and excellent command of the English language, both written and spoken.

· Demonstrated knowledge of monitoring, evaluation, and learning.


· Experience in participatory methodologies to project implementation.

· Experience working with refugees and host communities.

· Spoken and written French or Arabic or Turkana is desirable.

· Experience working within an international, multi-lingual environment and ability to work well under pressure in challenging situations.

Skills and Competencies:

· Well organized, adaptable, with excellent planning, multi-tasking, and time management skills.

· Effective leadership, management, and supervision of project teams.

· Effective coordination skills.

· Practical planning & management.

· The successful candidate is committed to child & adult safeguarding principles and humanitarian principles and action.

How to apply:

Interested and qualified persons with the required experience are invited to submit their applications with only Cover Letter, CV, and three references to Email address: jobskenya@filmaid.org, and indicate on the subject line as ‘Project Officer-Kakuma' and stating your expected remuneration for this role. The deadline for submission is 9th July 2020.

Note that applicants who send letters of references, testimonials, or any other documents apart from those requested will be automatically disqualified.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

FilmAid Kenya is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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