ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OFFICER

DIVISION/PILLAR: Women and Girls’ Empowerment
LOCATION: Nairobi

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Post holder reports to: Sector Lead- Women and Girls’ Empowerment
Staff reporting to this post: Project Officer, Project Associates, Interns
RCK VISION: A just and inclusive society for all displaced and host populations

RCK MISSION: To protect and promote the well-being, voice, and dignity of the displaced and host populations.

JOB DESCRIPTION:  He/she will be responsible for designing, implementing and monitoring programs and initiatives aimed at promoting socio-economic empowerment and inclusion among forcefully displaced populations and their host communities. This role will work closely with stakeholders to facilitate access to employment and other economic opportunities that enhance economic well-being.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Program development and implementation:
    • Design, resource and implement projects aimed at promoting peace and justice.
    • Design and develop economic empowerment programs and initiatives tailored to the needs of the target population
    • Develop program goals, objectives, and implementation plans
    • Collaborate with internal teams and external partners to ensure effective program implementation
    • Monitor program progress, evaluate outcomes, and make necessary adjustments to achieve desired results.
  1. Capacity building and training:
    • Develop and deliver training programs to enhance the skills and knowledge of individuals or groups in areas such as entrepreneurship, financial literacy, vocational training, and income- generating activities.
    • Provide guidance and support to program participants, including mentorship and coaching, to facilitate their economic empowerment journey.
    • Identify and connect individuals to relevant resources, networks and opportunities to enhance their economic prospects.

  2. Stakeholder Engagement:
    • Establish and maintain effective partnerships and collaboration with relevant stakeholders including community organizations, financial and credit service providers.
    • Advocate for the economic empowerment needs of the target population and work towards creating an enabling environment for economic growth and inclusion.
    • Participate in relevant forums, conferences and working groups to stay updated on economic empowerment trends, policies and best practices.

  3. Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting
    • Establish monitoring and evaluation frameworks to track program performance and impact
    • Collect, analyze and report program data and outcomes to management and the donor
    • Prepare regular progress reports, document program activities, case studies, success stories and other relevant documentation.
    • Track and evaluate the impact of economic empowerment programs and initiatives

Qualifications & Experience
• Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Community Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, Economics, Development Studies, Business Administration or a related field.
• 3-5 years’ experience in designing and implementing economic empowerment programs or initiatives. Demonstrated experience in working with grassroots organizations/cooperatives is desirable.
• Familiarity with business development services- financial literacy, entrepreneurship development, vocational training and income generation methodologies.
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills to engage and collaborate with diverse stakeholders.
• Proficiency in using relevant software and tools for date analysis, reporting and presentations.
• Demonstrated commitment to social justice, gender equality and sustainable development.
• NGO/Humanitarian field experience is preferred.
• Fluency in English and Swahili is required.


Working Conditions
The job is complex, sensitive and stressful. Work required willingness to work a flexible schedule and travel. Work may require frequent travels to the areas of project implementation including Kakuma, Dadaab and Garissa.

Behavioural Competencies
Professionalism– In-depth theoretical knowledge and significant experience in the relevant fields of project management, strong analytical, problem solving and drafting skills. Discretion and sound judgment in applying legal expertise to sensitive, complex legal issues.
Communication– Strong interpersonal and communication (written, spoken and presentation) skills. Proficiency in English and Kiswahili
Technology awareness– Fully proficient computer skills and ability to use relevant software application, in particular information databases, internet/intranet services, library sources etc.
Teamwork – Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds with respect for diversity.
Managing performance– ability to supervise, coach, mentor and develop junior staff as required.

We strongly encourage qualified candidates to apply as soon as possible, the applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We reserve the right to close this advertisement early if we receive a high volume of suitable applications.

Kindly note that only the candidates shortlisted for the next stages of the recruitment will be contacted.

Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable access to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions.

How to apply

To submit your application, send a cover letter along with a detailed Curriculum Vitae indicating expected salary, 3 professional referees including your last supervisor and their email contacts. Send your application to-

The Recruitment Committee,
Subject line: ‘Application for Economic Empowerment Officer’ to careers@rckkenya.org