Field Work & research / NGOs

Field Ofiicer

Full Time

Company Description
CARE is an international NGO with local staff and community partners in 100 countries. We create local solutions to poverty and inequality and we seek dignity for everyone every day and during times of crisis.  These solutions have a broad range, from disaster response to food and nutrition to education and work for women and girls to healthy mothers and children. CARE puts women and girls at the center of everything we do because when they have equal access to resources, they lift their families and communities out of poverty. Our staff live where they work, which makes us effective at understanding the challenges they face. We’ve been doing this for 75 years, since World War II. It started with the world’s first CARE Package® of food for the post-war hungry in Europe. Our work today is as important as ever, we believe that poverty and inequality are historic injustices that we can end within a generation, for good. If you share our core beliefs: poverty is an injustice; poverty is solvable; and together, we have the power to end it, join us, and Fight with CARE.​

About the Project

CARE International in Kenya is implementing the Strengthening Business Orientation of Smallholder Farmers (SBOSH) Project, focusing on strengthening entrepreneurship skills of smallholder farmers in sweet potato and dairy value chains, though capacity building on VSLA methodology, Agripreneurship, financial literacy and business development skills.

Job Description

The Field Officers shall report to the Project Manager and will be responsible for all project mobilization, planning, and implementation and monitoring of SBOSH-II activities with Smallholder sweet potato farmer groups and dairy Cooperatives in Siaya, Bungoma and Kakamega Counties.

The project is focusing on strengthening entrepreneurship skills of smallholder farmers in sweet potato and dairy value chains, though capacity building on VSLA methodology, Agripreneurship, financial literacy and business development skills. The field officer will coordinate profiling of target beneficiaries, supervise contracted CBOs and ensure delivery of quality services, manage partnership with stakeholders at County level and represent CARE Kenya at all County development forum, in consultation with the Project Manager.

Tasks and responsibilities.

R 1: Personnel, Management and Administration:

Task 1:           Administer/maintain assigned motorcycle, computer and any other CARE properties assigned to you.

Task 2:           Manage, utilize and account appropriately project finances under your custody i.e. project advances and TER.

R 2: Project Development and Implementation:

Task 1:           Coordinate profiling of project beneficiaries in designated County.

Task 2:           Conduct TOT training to CBO trainers on VSLA methodology and financial literacy skills.

Task 3:           Conduct Agripreneurship and business development training to project beneficiaries.

Task 4:    Conduct TOT training to CBO trainers on Concept and process of Business plan development.

Task 5:            Supervise contracted CBOs and oversight CBTs to ensure delivery of quality services

Task 6:      Enhance teamwork and synergy among and between SBOSH and other CARE Kenya programs, as well as Project partners.

Task 7:         Coordinate and liaise with relevant County heads of departments relating to Enterprise development, Cooperatives and Social services, for sustainability in project implementation.

Task 8:         Assist the Project Manager in designing and development of training modules, visual aids, participatory tools and other IEC materials.

Task 9:       Assist the Project Manager in planning, coordination and execution of trainings to Implementing partners and Community Based Trainers.

Task 10:       Participate in relevant networking forums at County level and other CARE organized functions.

Task 11:          Prepare and Submit monthly activity updates, quarterly, biannual and annual reports to the Project Manager.

Task 12:          Coordinate collection of monthly VSLA transactions and data upload to MIS-savix.

Task 13:          Assist in rolling out of innovations identified by the project.

R.3 Program Quality and Learning

Task 1:            Proactively engage in CARE Kenya knowledge and learning activities in line with the organization’s objective of becoming a learning organization (CARE academy, mentorship programs, International days, knowledge sharing workshops, support staff field visits, etc).

Task 2:            Set at least one individual operating plan (IOP) to contribute to accountability and knowledge management in CARE Kenya.

Task 3:            Assist the Project Manager in field data collection/research issues.

Task 4:            Document and share MSC/Success stories quarterly, with the Project manager.

1.         Education:

Degree in Development studies/Sociology/Agriculture/Agribusiness, or Diploma in Community development/Social work with 5years experience on  implementation of VSLA and Enterprise development.

2.         Experience:

· Experience in implementing community development programmes including VSLA methodology and Enterprise development programs in general.

· Good communication, report writing skills and experience in adult learning methodologies.

· Community entry Process, team building and accomplishing tasks on time, with minimal supervision.

·  Training Of Facilitators/ Training Of Trainers experience.

·   Building synergies and managing Partnerships.

3.         Competencies:

Experience on Enterprise development and implementation of VSLA methodology.
Computer literate (Microsoft office)
Knowledge on Adult learning methodologies.
Ability to ride a motorcycle is a must
Excellent communication, report writing and interpersonal skills with high integrity,
Team player and reliable,
Good analytical and problem solving skills,
Results oriented with ability to work well under pressure with minimum supervision while undertaking multiple tasks,
Dedicated to maintaining high quality standards,
Industrious with innovative and creative skills.
Additional Information

This position will be based in Siaya, Bungoma and Kakamega counties of operation with travel to the project sites within the respective counties.

Contacts/Key Relationships (Internal/External)

Develop cordial contact and relationship with all CARE staff in the region and elsewhere and County Government (Ministries of Agriculture and Fisheries, Social Services, Cooperative development and County Administration), GIZ-GIAE partners and other Development partners.

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