CREA Vacancy Announcement

Position: Programme Associate

Employer: CREA

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Organisational Profile

Founded in 2000, CREA is a feminist human rights organisation based in New Delhi, India. It is one of the few international women’s rights organisations based in the global South, led by Southern feminists, which works at the grassroots, national, regional, and international levels. Together with partners from a diverse range of human rights movements and networks, CREA works to advance the rights of women and girls, and the sexual and reproductive freedoms of all people. CREA advocates for positive social change through national and international fora, and provides training and learning opportunities to global activists and leaders through its Institutes.

Key Responsibilities

Under the guidance and supervision of the Manager, Strategic Partnerships & Communications, the Programme Associate will work in providing support to all our programmes in the region with in-country focus in Kenya and Uganda.

Partner Management

  • Follow up and assist local partners on preparation of activity plans
  • Conduct regular visits to partner organisations to design, plan and participate in activities and trainings
  • Conduct day to day correspondence for implementing the planned activities with local partners, and report progress and challenges to Programme Manager on a regular basis regarding workshops, field-based sessions and all the other activities co-organised by CREA and partner organisations.
  • Based on a plan, conduct regular field visits to mentor and handhold partners on different programmatic activities
  • Support capacity building initiatives in various advocacy platforms, e.g. CSW, CRPD, CEDAW and Africa Commission

Logistics

  • Prepare draft budgets for workshops and meetings to share with Programme Manager
  • Fill travel reimbursement forms and other documents related to the travel of partners to meetings and workshops
  • Organise and manage logistics for training workshops, campaigns, meetings and consultations, and provide necessary assistance on the same to partners
  • Send  out meeting invite letters, follow up on invitees and preparing resource and meeting folders
  • Manage all inventory, CREA resources, stationeries and print materials in East Africa

Capacity Strengthening  

  • Participate in and co-facilitate community/partner based training sessions and meetings with Programme Manager and other CREA staff
  • Identify and share relevant training resources and tools with partners for effective programme implementation
  • Prepare first drafts of training checklist, handouts or other materials as needed
  • Participate and help in planning CREA trainings as required (Feminist Leadership, Movement Building and Rights Institute – East Africa, Training of Trainer Workshops, Basic & Security trainings and exchange programmes on Sexuality, Gender, GBV and SRHR issues)

M&E, Reporting  and Documentation 

  • Provide handholding support to partners for use of monitoring tools and reporting formats
  • Conduct regular visits to partners for monitoring partnership initiatives
  • Regularly follow up with partners to ensure that they are collecting data in specified formats, and conduct first round and implementing programme as proposed
  • Orient partners on how to fill reporting formats when needed. Collect partner reports and documentation during specified regular intervals and collate them for submission to Programme Manager
  • Prepare first drafts of a range of reports and meeting minutes – donor reports, training reports, campaign and event reports
  • Provide off site and onsite support in implementing and monitoring any formative research,  baseline, midline and endline activities with partners

Community Mobilization

  • Conduct visits to partner sites to assist the partners in implementing campaigns or district and block level community events
  • Attend public events of partners
  • Mobilize and engage marginalised groups CREA works with, including adolescent girls, college/university campus for trainings and events

Advocacy and Networking

  • Prepare stakeholder database and update regularly by following up with partners and staff
  • Prepare first drafts of letters for government and civil society stakeholders
  • Conduct regular environmental scan through quick literature reviews and searches and apprise the Programme Manager on important developments, events, campaigns, etc. which could possibly have an impact on the programmes
  • Prepare draft presentation, concepts or write-ups for meetings and consultations
  • Represent CREA in different platforms at county/district, national or regional level when necessary.
  • Engage with institute and workshop alumnae including establishing regular forums, learning and exchange initiatives.
  • Be tech and social media savvy to contribute to CREA’s online campaigns on SRHR issues

Other Tasks in alliance with CREA Delhi office  –  regular submission of  updates and workplans, assist in organising visits for other CREA team members as and when required, by the M&E team, donors and other specific visits to the field, participate in programme meetings and calls as necessary, and support in setting up local office infrastructure.

Regular Travel: Regular visits to various partners and programmatic initiatives. The position will involve frequent travel mostly within East Africa with occasional travel regionally or internationally, as needed.

Key Characteristics

 An ideal candidate should have the following qualities:

  • Identifies strongly with feminist values.
  • Graduate or equivalent degree in public administration, community development, gender studies and/or social or development related studies.
  • At least two years of experience on community based work on gender and rights and sexual and reproductive health issues.
  • Have basic knowledge and understanding of gender related and SRHR issues.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Good analytical skills; mature judgment combined with a proactive, energetic approach to problem solving.
  • Excellent interpersonal and team player skills.
  • Fluency in English and Kiswahili languages (oral and written).

CREA promotes pluralism and equal opportunity, and is committed to diversity in its staffing and to the maintenance of an environment free of discriminatory employment practices. CREA’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all individuals. No individual shall be discriminated against because of his or her actual or perceived age, caste, class, disability, marital status, religion, or sexual orientation. Compensation will be based on experience and internal equity.

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Interested candidates are requested to send their CV and cover letter to (jobs@creaworld.org) with the Subject line “Programme Associate, East Africa”.

The last date for receiving applications will be Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 1700 EAT. Only short-listed candidates would be contacted.