Fresh Opportunities at Finn Church Aid (FCA) – May 2024

Project Officer – 2 Positions

Primary purpose of the position

  • To provide technical support in implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the ECHO project activities. The Project Officer will take overall responsibility for implementation of the daily activities of the project related to teacher professional development, mobilizing OOSC to re-entre school, creating safe and gender-transformative school environments, provision of psychosocial support, construction, distribution of Teaching and learning materials, cash transfers and community engagement aimed driving behaviour change.

MAIN TASKS

  • Implement project activities to ensure results are evidence based, culturally appropriate, cost-effective, and have high impact while also ensuring compliance of standards and donor regulations.
  • Prepare regular and periodic project reports (monthly, quarterly, semiannually and annual reports) with evidence/results based information.
  • Work with the project team and the MEAL team to prepare and/or revise project monitoring tools to track indicators and monitor achievement of objectives and impact of the program.
  • Conduct regular monitoring of project activities by documenting all project results with photos and short video clips for sharing progress and success stories with donors.
  • Ensure that project activities are implemented in accordance with the approved work plans and with the involvement of partners and concerned stakeholders at all levels.
  • Support in mapping, screening and enrollment of beneficiaries to the project.
  • Actively promoting awareness of the importance of education at every opportunity by liaising with all local stakeholders.
  • Conduct regular data collection using existing tools in order to track project performance on indicators and measure overall impact and for donor reporting purposes and make recommendations on the improvement of these tools.
  • Ensure that good practices and lessons are documented and shared with the MEAL team and the education team for replication and wider dissemination.
  • Travel to all project sites to conduct regular monitoring of projects quality together with other project team members.
  • In collaboration with the MEAL Team, focus on project data collection to generate practical information that can be used for ongoing program decision-making while also capturing results at the impact level.
  • Coordinate with other departments to ensure operational systems are in place to support field activities including logistics (transport, warehousing and asset management), procurement, security and administration.
  • Monitoring learner enrolment, retention and achievement rates by collecting relevant, gender-segregated data; identifying specific constraints to learner attendance at school.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in education or its equivalent.
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ work experience in education sector especially in refugee setting/ASAL regions.
  • Knowledge of education in emergencies, education sector policy, child rights and protection issues.
  • Experiences of facilitating community-based training, capacity building school managements, and awareness campaigns.
  • Excellent communication skills and a willingness to be respectful, kind. sensitive and empathise with all children and their carers.
  • Good report writing skills.
  • Willingness and capacity to be flexible and accommodating when faced with difficult and frustrating working conditions.
  • Commitment to Finn Church Aid Child Protection Policy.

Desirable qualifications

  • Previous experience in working with INGOs delivering education education services.
  • Demonstrated teamwork skills.
  • High level of motivation and enthusiasm for education.
  • Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
  • Understanding of the dynamics of the refugees is essential.
  • Experience of working with communities and other agencies that support refugee education.

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School Based Counsellor – 1 Position

Primary purpose of the position

  • A School Based Counsellor works with the teaching staff, learners and learners’ parents to create a healthy and productive environment for the learners. He/She listens to problems regarding schoolwork or stress that may arise during an academic year and offer guidance in overcoming them. They also work with other teachers and staff members to create lifeskills training and programmes that can help learners excel. School counselors provide learners with guidance and support in dealing with an array of issues such as personal, academic, parental or social pressures that my hinder their retension, transition and performance.

MAIN TASKS

  • Helping learners develop academic plans that match their skills and strengths.
  • Collaborating with other staff members to address learners challenges in school.
  • Facilitating crisis intervention and prevention programmes.
  • Communicating with teachers, parents and administrators about a learners’s progress regularly.
  • Building non-judgemental relationships based on trust and respect
  • Analysing learners performance in the classroom
  • Helping school administrators plan and carry out school-related programmes and events
  • Helping learners talk about their feelings and think about their choices
  • Listening to learners’ concerns regarding social, academic, or personal circumstances.
  • Providing learners with support and guidance on how to deal with problems.
  • Mediating and improving relationships between learners, parents, and teachers.
  • Counseling individual learners and groups as required.
  • Conducting assessments to determine learner’ strengths, weaknesses, interests, and aptitudes.
  • Working with learners to develop and improve their skill set.
  • Assisting learners in the development of career goals.
  • Assisting secondary school learners with scholarship, college, and job applications.
  • Implementing programs to combat substance abuse.
  • Referring learners to other support services and mental health professionals as needed.

SPECIAL TASKS

  • Assist in ensuring quality delivery couselling programmes and maintenance of high professional standards of all our FCA education programmes.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Guidance and Couselling.
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ work experience in education sector especially in a refugee setting.
  • Knowledge of education in emergencies, education sector policy, child rights and protection issues.
  • Experiences of facilitating community-based training, capacity building school managements, and awareness campaigns.
  • Strong self-starter, able to take initiative and adapt to changing circumstances and priorities.
  • Positive attitude towards community work with emphasis on the ability to learn from communities and support participatory, innovative approaches to problem solving.
  • Excellent communication skills and a willingness to be respectful, kind, sensitive and empathise with all children and their carers.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English, Kiswahili and the local language in the camps and the host community.
  • Good report writing skills
  • Willingness and capacity to be flexible and accommodating when faced with difficult and frustrating working conditions.
  • Commitment to Finn Church Aid Child Protection Policy.

Desirable qualifications

  • Previous experience in working with INGOs delivering education and girl child education services.
  • Demonstrated teamwork skills.
  • High level of motivation and enthusiasm for education.
  • Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
  • Understanding of the dynamics of the refugees is essential.
  • Experience of working with communities and other agencies that support education.
  • Experience in delivering digital/virtual learning programmes.

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