Saturday, 22 October 2011

Community Development Officer (CDO) - Mt. Kenya East Pilot Project for Natural Resources Management

Job Vacancy: Community Development Officer (CDO)

The Government of Kenya has received financial assistance from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) towards financing the Mt. Kenya East Pilot Project for Natural Resources Management.

The Project covers 5 Districts namely: Embu, Mbeere, Meru Central, Meru South and Tharaka (2004). The Project duration is 2004-2012.

The Project Management Unit (PMU) is based in Embu.

Ministry of Water and Irrigation
Mt. Kenya East Pilot Project For Natural Resources Management (MKEPP)
P.O. Box 996 - 60100 Embu, Tel: 068-31376, Fax: 068-31357,

The Project wishes to recruit a suitably qualified person who must be a Kenyan Citizen to fill the above mentioned post at the PMU for a duration of one year.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

The officer will be reporting to the Project Manager.

He/she will perform the following duties and responsibilities:-

(i) Identifying Capacity Building needs for the district staff and the community group leaders (Focal Development Area Committees (FDACs), Project Management Committees (PMCs), etc) for sustainability of the project activities.

(ii) Develop Terms of Reference for Component Activities’ evaluation and Project Impact assessment, development of credible criteria for awards of technical service provision.

(iii) Liaising with members of the District Implementation Agencies, Divisional and Locational Staff and communities in the Focal Development Areas (FDAs) to ensure their understanding of the intensified community mobilization approach.

(iv) Coordinating group trainings in management and organization together with the District Gender , children and Social Development Officers of respective Districts

(v) Assisting the District teams to monitor and evaluate the results of the Mt. Kenya East Pilot Project interventions in the communities of the FDAs.

(vi) Assisting the District Gender, Children and Social Development teams in the development of computerized data bank on group’s activities.

(vii) Working with the Gender, Children and Social Development intermediaries to ensure that all messages relating to project activities are gender sensitive while ensuring gender mainstreaming in project activities.

(viii) Promote equal participation of women and youth in the management system of participating groups and organizations.

(ix) Promote women groups activities especially developing IGAs of interest to women and the youth, and the formation of support group for vulnerable households.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements
  • A first degree in either Sociology, Public Administration or Social Work from a recognized University; A Masters Degree or Diploma or Certificate in Project Planning and Management will be an added advantage;
  • Experience in Community Development work of more than 10 years, three of which must be at Senior Management;
  • Experience in participatory methodologies such as Participatory Rural Appraisal, Participatory Planning and Participatory Learning and Action among others;
  • Field experience in Project Planning, Implementation and Management;
  • Experience in Monitoring and Evaluation of Public Projects and Programmes;
  • Computer literacy (Microsoft Word; Excel, PowerPoint and Access);
  • Strong leadership and communication skills;
  • Experience in implementation of GoK and donor funded Projects;
  • Report Writing skills
  • Able to communicate in Kiswahili and English;
Interested candidates who meet the above qualifications should send their application letter together with a detailed CV, copies of certificates and testimonials to:

The Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Water and Irrigation (Maji House)
P. O. Box 49720-00100

Attn. Head of Human Resources Department, Room No. 145

So as to be received on or before 4th November 2011.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted



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