VSO Kenya is recruiting a Project Officer to manage and implement the Delivering Equitable and Sustainable Inclusive Family Planning Program (DESIP) in Kenya. The objective of the DESIP project is to increase more equitable and sustainable access to modern contraceptives in Kenya, specifically for up to 322,000 additional users, with a particular focus on adolescents, people with disabilities and poor rural women in Kenya.
The purpose of this role will be to provide technical support to partners to implement inclusive strategies on social and disability inclusion to increase access to family planning (FP) services for youth women and person with disabilities and other socially excluded groups
Project Implementation and Management
- Provide technical support to partners in developing and utilizing inclusive social behaviour change communication strategies to address knowledge, attitudes, norms, and cultural practices towards the use of family planning (FP) among the youth, women, and persons with disabilities.
- Take lead in building the capacity of partners and health care workers on social and disability inclusion.
- Provide technical input on the improvement of disability reporting using the Washington Group of questions and disaggregation of populations to include disability.
- Work with partners to strengthen networks and advocacy coalitions in influencing policy decisions around inclusion of persons with disabilities accessing FP services.
- Organize and create platforms for developing and sharing best practices on inclusive FP service delivery for youth, women, and persons with disabilities.
- Developing learning resources on social and disability inclusion for partners and health care workers.
- Support partners to engage social and disability inclusion champions while implementation of activities.
- Responsible for developing a risk management plan for the project indicating potential risks and Mitigation strategies for the project.
Monitoring & Evaluation and Reporting
- Monitoring progress of consortium members in applying inclusive strategies to enhance services for Family Planning.
- Lead in organizing monthly, quarterly as well annual project reviews and planning workshops.
- Lead in the preparation of project work plans and continuously monitor progress against the approved work-plan.
- Develop quarterly case studies on inclusive FP practices
Relationship management and partnership working
- Ensure that all consortium partners are kept regularly informed about the progress of activities.
- Participate in quarterly project working group meetings with partners.
- Participate in county and national sector specific forums as will be appropriate.
Degree in Public Health or Social Sciences
- At least 4 years and in-depth knowledge and experience in Sexual and Reproductive Health, specifically for marginalized groups especially women and persons with disabilities.
- Extensive knowledge on policies and national guidelines that govern family planning and reproductive health.
- Previous experience in advocacy and policy development in sexual reproductive health rights programmes.
- Knowledge and experience on disability and inclusion practices in sexual reproductive health programmes.
- Possession of strong written and communication skills needed for writing reports, publicity materials and corresponding with a wide range of community members.
- Sufficient experience of working with and managing volunteers.
- Able to develop clear and realistic plans to deliver agreed objectives within deadlines, involving key individuals in the planning process.
- Strong IT skills and outstanding experience and knowledge in use of MS Excel.
- Excellent written verbal, communication, report writing and facilitation skills
- Good organisation and planning skills
- Able to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
- Strong presentation and training facilitation skills
- Conversant with current trends in monitoring, evaluation, and research
- Excellent relationship management skills and experience working with people in different context.
- Evidence of professionalism and high integrity
- Evidence of effective problem solving and organizational skills
- Evidence of openness to learning to improve own performance
VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.
VSO reserves the right to close this job early if we receive a sufficient number of applications.
If you’re interested in applying for this role, please click the link to apply before 29th May 2022 //bit.ly/projectofficersrhgenderandsocialinclusionadvisordesip