CSW is Hiring A Safe Space & HIV Outreach Project Officer


Title: Safe Space & HIV Outreach Project Officer
ID: 1378
Department: Relief Development and Protection
Job Type: Exempt – National
Salary: 102,737 Per Month


Duration: Two Years

Church World Service (CWS) is an International Non-Governmental Organization founded in 1946. The mission of CWS is to transform communities around the globe through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster. CWS’ headquarter is in USA- New York and with regional representation across the world. In 2014, CWS initiated the Safe Space Program in Kenya and South Africa which aims at influencing a shift in attitude towards the inclusion of LGBQ forced migrants in communities of faith.

Primary Purpose

This position is responsible for the management of project activities that support expansion of Safe Spaces for LGBQ forced migrants and sex workers in Kenya to Access VCT and HIV Care.

Project Details

This project’s main goal is; Expanding Safe Spaces for LGBQ forced migrants and sex workers in Kenya to Access VCT and HIV Care.

The project aims at achieving three main objectives:

  1. Build capacity of refugee community leaders, faith leaders and community health workers to promote VCT access to LGBQ and sex worker forced migrants.
  2. Improve access to HIV services among LGBQ and sex worker forced migrants, by overcoming the challenges and barriers that they face towards accessing these services.
  3. Establish community-based interventions to mitigate harmful drug and substance abuse by LGBQ and sex worker refugees, so as to reduce exposure to HIV infection.

Key Responsibilities

This position reports to the Safe Space and HIV Outreach Project Officer

  1. Support HIV sensitization and testing for LGBQ forced migrants and sex workers.
  2. Lead in capacity building activities for faith leaders, LGBQ forced migrants and sex workers as well as other stakeholders for the development of participatory approaches to HIV service delivery and to serve as peer educators and counselors.
  3. Conduct one-to-one outreach and community training for faith and refugee leaders and community health workers, on safe spaces for LGBQ forced migrants and sex workers to access VCT and HIV care.
  4. Organize dialogues in Nairobi and Kisumu which will bring together faith and refugee leaders, health service actors, and LGBQ and sex worker forced migrants, and civil society; to encourage peer learning and identify practical ways for reducing stigma, violence and discrimination.
  5. Submit monthly updates and quarterly program reports on activities conducted and key results and accomplishments.
  6. Participate in monitoring and evaluation activities of the project



Bachelor’s degree in a related field of study (e.g., Law, Religious Studies, Social Work, Theology, Gender Studies, Anthropology and any other social science) or 4 years of related work experience in lieu of a Bachelor’s degree is required


  • Two years of experience working with people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.
  • One year of project management experience, including: developing work plans, monitoring project activities, measuring project results, and/or writing reports to funders or other stakeholders required.
  • Prior experience working with faith leaders on forced migrants, LGBQ individuals, or on community-based projects related to human sexuality and gender as well as HIV and AIDS programming, is preferred.


  • Knowledge and principal teachings as related to forced migration and/or human sexuality, HIV and Aids and gender are preferred.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Computer literacy, including familiarity with Microsoft Office


The Project Officer must have the ability to:

  • manage confidential information;
  • travel locally and internationally as required;
  • communicate effectively both verbally and in writing;
  • conduct oneself in a professional and courteous manner to represent the best interests of CWS ;
  • follow instructions from the supervisor with a positive and receptive attitude;
  • deal effectively and courteously with a large number of associates, outside agencies, refugees and members of the general public;
  • maintain a high performance standard with attention to detail;
  • carry out all of the duties of the position efficiently and effectively with minimal supervision;
  • work independently and contribute to overall operations of CWS;
  • take initiative in the development and completion of projects;
  • lead others and address issues as they arise;
  • maintain strict confidentiality with CWS administrative and operational information;
  • manage a large and diverse workload under pressure with competing priorities;
  • work well as a team in a multi-cultural environment while maintaining a high level of motivation;
  • effectively manage CWS’ resources;
  • actively participate in the implementation of the U.S. Government Operational Refugee Processing Program in Africa

Working Conditions


This position requires bending, squatting, climbing, kneeling, sitting, standing, walking, pushing/pulling, handling objects (manual dexterity), reaching above shoulder level, using fine finger movements and lifting/carrying heavy loads.


Incumbents in this position will be exposed to excessive noise, marked changes in temperature and/or humidity, dust and infectious diseases, harsh weather climates, long work hours, bumpy roads, extended travel, excessive sun exposure, and non-ventilated spaces.

Special Requirements

Background check which includes references and an educational criminal check is required before the start of employment. A valid passport and the ability to maintain a valid passport throughout the entire appointment is required, which includes having enough passport pages for travel. The candidate should be of good health, willing and able to travel extensively in often difficult conditions, and have a high degree of flexibility. Must be legally eligible to work and obtain a work permit in Kenya. Must have proof of Yellow Fever vaccination before traveling for CWS. Employee will be entrusted with the receipt, custody and payment of money.

Special Requirements

Certificate of Good Conduct is required before the start of employment. Employee will be entrusted with the receipt, custody and payment of money.


None required.



Ensure effective exchanges of information with others. Examples of skills and behaviors include speaking to others respectfully; expressing ideas in a logical, organized way; sharing information appropriately; and clarity and conciseness in written communication.


Ensure constructive and supportive interactions with others. Examples of skills and behaviors include being positive and supportive when working with others; sharing information and resources freely; resolving conflict constructively; and proactively working to remove obstacles to success for others.

Job Knowledge

Utilize and apply job related knowledge to complete job tasks at a level that meets or exceeds expectations. Examples of skills and behaviors include utilizing job knowledge to solve problems or develop new approaches; maintaining or enhancing skills through continuing education; and taking on projects that will develop or enhance skills.


Work effectively and contribute as a member of a team. Examples of skills and behaviors include supporting other team members by sharing information; covering the work of others during absences, vacations, etc.; and actively participating in developing ideas for ways to increase team effectiveness.

Problem Solving

Analyze information and develop solutions to challenges that arise during the course of performing a job. Examples of skills and behaviors include researching and collecting facts; defining the issues and the parties affected; formulating options/solutions for addressing the problem; and engendering support for and implementing the solution.

Operational Leadership

Successfully lead a group to achieve operational goals. Examples of skills and behaviors include priority setting; timely decision making; planning and organizing; delegation; and managing and measuring work.

Building and Leading Effective Teams

Earn the respect of team members, create strong morale and spirit on the team and utilize the unique skills of all team members. Examples of skills and behaviors including managing diverse relationships; flexibility; being open and receptive; running effective team meetings; and exhibiting integrity and trustworthiness.

Strategic Leadership

Accurately anticipate future consequences and trends and translate them into the fulfillment of workable strategies and plans. Examples of skills and behaviors include problem solving; dealing with ambiguity, creativity; innovation management and business acumen.

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