The Media Council of Kenya is an independent national institution established by the Media Act, 2007 as the leading institution in the regulation of media and in the conduct and discipline of journalists.

It is mandated to, amongst other things, register and accredit journalists, register media establishments, handle complaints from the public and create and publish yearly media audit on the Media Freedom in Kenya.

Council membership is drawn from media stakeholders in Kenya including the Media Owners Association, Kenya Union of Journalists, Kenya Correspondents Association, Kenya Editors Guild, Public Relations Society of Kenya, Kenya News Agency, Private and Public Universities, the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication and the Law Society of Kenya.

In its bid to fulfil its mandate, the Council seeks to recruit self -driven and result-oriented candidates to fill the following positions:

Complaints Commissioner

Overall Purpose of the Position

The successful candidate will join other four members of the Commission to ensure that this Commission deals with complaints in a timely and effective manner in keeping with the Media Act, the Code of Conduct for the Practice of Journalism in Kenya and the rules of procedure.

Requirements for Appointment

For appointment to this position an applicant must possess the following qualifications:-
  • Holds or has held a judicial office in Kenya or who is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya of not less than ten years standing;
  • Ability to write easy-to-read and reasoned judgments in keeping with the Code of Conduct for the Practice of Journalism in Kenya and internationally accepted media practices and professional ethics;
  • Have a high moral character, integrity, impartiality and commitment to public service;
  • Although this is not a full-time position, the applicant must be available to carry out all the functions of the Complaints Commission in a timely fashion and as the needs arise.
Programmes Officer

Overall Purpose of the Position

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Programmes Officer will supervise and lead programme support staff and coordinate project activities.

He /she will work in close collaboration with training and media monitoring team, technical advisors and experts, donors and partners, consultants, government officials and civil society to ensure successful media programmes implementation.

Roles and Responsibilities
  • Develop project proposals and reports for donors.
  • Ensure creation of strategic partnerships and ensure implementation of the resource mobilization strategies.
  • Ensure provision of top quality advisory services and facilitation of knowledge building and management.
  • Design and implement media programmes.
  • Oversee monitoring and evaluation of MCK´s media related programmes.
Academic and Professional Qualifications
  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in Mass Communication, Media Studies or Development Communication. Post graduate qualifications in Project Planning and Management will be an added advantage.
  • At least 5 years hands on experience in media and journalism related issues at national level;
  • Good understanding and experience in programme/project cycle management;
  • Good understanding of programme finances and demonstrated experience of formulating, tracking and reporting against budgets;
  • Excellent in time management , demonstrated capacity of multi-tasking and working effectively under pressure for extended periods and meet strict deadlines;
  • Strong research, policy analysis and fundraising skills;
  • Ability to engage substantively with networks of professionals in the media industry and government;
  • A strong team player, supervisor and willing to lend a hand to other team members, when required;
  • Good skills in using office software applications, intranet and internet based applications;
  • Resourcefulness, initiative and high sense of responsibility;
  • Knowledge of media ownership configuration, media policy, laws and regulations and media role in democracy in Kenya.
Human Resources and Administration Officer

Overall Purpose of the Position

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Human Resources and Administration Officer will coordinate the human resources function of the Council.

Roles and Responsibilities
  • Develop and maintain sound HR policies and systems to foster favourable management culture.
  • Foster effective communication and policy dissemination at all levels within the organization.
  • Guide the managers and other employees in matters related to career development, staffing initiatives, employee relations, workplace ethics and performance management.
  • Plan, supervise and coordinate the activities related to employment, labour relations, compensation and employee relations.
  • Design and organize employee training programs for safety, welfare and wellness.
  • Assess relevant training needs for staff individuals and organization, in consultation with departmental heads, including assessment methods and performance measurement and improvement tracking systems.
  • Prepare departmental plans and budgets, in liaison with the HOD’s.
Academic and Professional Qualifications
  • Bachelors’ degree in Human Resources management, Business Administration or Social Sciences;
  • Post graduate diploma in Human Resource/Personnel Management from IHRM or KIM;
  • Have well-developed communication (written/verbal), interpersonal and facilitation skills including the ability to liaise with individuals at all levels in a variety of situations.
  • Minimum of three years working experience in a state corporation or semi-autonomous government institution;
  • Excellent organizational, negotiation, strategic and analytical skills;
  • Knowledge of the Kenyan Labour Laws;
  • Excellent communication and public relations skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to cope and manage change and a sincere commitment to the mission of the Media Council of Kenya;
  • Must be between the age of 30-40 years;
  • Computer Literate.
Accreditation and Compliance Officer

Overall Purpose of the Position

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Accreditation and Compliance Officer will provide leadership for the journalism profession compliance with accreditation standards of the Media Council of Kenya as guided by the Media Act 2007.

Roles and Responsibilities
  • Undertake Accreditation of journalists operating in Kenya.
  • Create and maintain registers of journalists, media houses and journalism training and learning institutions.
  • Develop and maintain a knowledge-based database of the who-is-who in the media.
  • Ensure that the electronic professional data collected by the Accreditation Department is accurate and easily accessible.
  • Monitor compliance rates.
  • Assist and handle all the administrative services regarding day to day operations and procedures related to accreditation.
  • Provide periodic reports to the Executive Director and the Council.
  • Systematically cultivate long term, collaborative, strategic relationships with media institutions and associations for journalists and other stakeholders to ensure mainstreaming of compliance standards.
Academic and Professional Qualifications
  • A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution preferably in Administration, Communications or related field;
  • 2 years of experience related to at least two of the areas of responsibility described above;
  • Above average skills and experience in ICT- based applications;
  • Excellent knowledge of professional media standards, media law and ethics and familiarity with the operations of media as well the media status and landscape in Kenya;
  • Ability to balance competing priorities, complex situations and tight deadlines;
  • Excellent written verbal and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Flexible and ready to travel and work outside the office.
Assistant Finance Officer

Overall Purpose of the Position

Reporting to the Finance Officer, the Assistant Finance Officer will undertake Accounting and Finance tasks in line with the requirement of the public sector financial management framework and relevant professional standards towards ensuring financial discipline and accuracy in a technically computerized environment.

Roles and Responsibilities
  • Ensuring that all transactions are captured in the accounting system.
  • Preparing books of accounts and maintain contract ledger for various contract works.
  • Filing and maintenance of account records in a manner consistent with the Council’s policy and public sector requirements.
  • Prompt preparation of monthly Bank reconciliations and weekly cash flow reports.
  • Assist in the preparation of financial and donor reports.
  • Maintain records for debtors and creditors and generate regular reports on accounts due for action and any reconciliation thereof.
  • Processing payment documents and initiates the payment process.
  • Assist the Finance Officer in preparing the statutory accounts.
Academic and Professional Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, economics or business administration;
  • Possess a minimum of CPA II accounting professional qualifications;
  • Demonstrable proficiency in use of MS office suite;
  • Minimum of three years working experience in a computerized environment in Accounting and Finance in a state corporation or semi-autonomous government institution;
  • Honest and of high integrity;
  • Able to meet set deadlines and work long hours with minimal supervision.
Qualified and interested candidates should send their applications by 7th September 2011 to:

The Executive Director
Media Council of Kenya
P.O. Box 43132- 00100
Nairobi

E-mail: recruit@mediacouncil.or.ke

Or hand deliver applications to:

Media Council of Kenya
Nairobi Baptist Church Court,
Unit 3, off Ngong Road

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Introduction and Background:

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is a regional grouping of 19 African States which have agreed to promote regional integration through trade development and transport facilitation.

More information can be obtained from the COMESA website www.comesa.int

Job Title: Assistant Secretary General (Programmes)

Dept: Programmes

Location: Lusaka, Zambia

Reporting To: Secretary General

Grade: Unclassified

Commencement Date: November 2011

The Purpose of the Job

(a) To assist the Secretary General in the coordination and implementation of the Treaty and decisions of the Policy Organs.

(b) To take responsibility of the operational divisions of the Secretariat:
  1. Trade, Customs and Monetary Harmonisation
  2. Infrastructure Development
  3. Information and Networking
  4. Investment Programming and Private Sector Development
  5. Any other operational division, unit or project established by Council
Key Tasks
  1. To manage and supervise the operational divisions and have the Divisions’ Directors report to him in the design and implementation of COMESA’s multisectoral strategic programme planning under the guidance of the Secretary General.
  2. To be responsible for the implementation of Strategic Operational Plan of the COMESA’s substantive divisions, closely liaising with the Secretary General.
  3. To monitor the progress of the approved operational plans periodically with the Directors of the substantive divisions.
  4. To liaise with the Secretary General on the preparation of the organisation’s consolidated strategic master plan for the operations of the Secretariat.
  5. To implement policy decisions as they relate to operations or programmes as directed by the Secretary General.
  6. To develop implementation programme plans and operational manuals with inputs from the Division directors, the Strategic Planning and Research unit, Director of Administration and Director of Finance and the Internal Audit Unit.
Factors
  1. Makes decisions on a day to day basis for the operations divisions.
  2. Able to cope under very high presssure as he/she has to meet stipulated deadlines. He also has to co-ordinate several programme divisions.
  3. Very minimal checks and balances as he/she reports only to the Secretary General.
  4. High accuracy is required. An error of judgement can have a high impact on the organisation as a whole.
Education: Post Graduate degree in either Economics, Management, Social Sciences or related disciplines

Experience
  • At least 15 years in a management/leadership role.
  • Experience in regional economic integration will be an added advantage
Languages:
  • Fluency in Arabic, English or French.
  • Working knowledge of one of the other languages would be an added advantage.
Terms of Appointment

Type of contract: The post is under COMESA Staff Rules and Regulations (Executive Management).

Location of performance of the Contract: The duty Station will be at the COMESA Secretariat headquarters in Lusaka, Zambia. The successful applicant will also be required to undertake significant duty travel to all COMESA countries and any others identified in the line of duty.

Duration of Appointment: The contract of the Assistant Secretary General (Programmes) will run from the date he/she takes up the appointment for a five year period.

Expected time for commencement of services: November, 2011

Interested applicants should visit the COMESA website on www.comesa.int for more details, and download the employment application forms.

The filled application forms should be returned to:

The Office of Chief Economist,
Ministry of Trade
Telposta Towers, 17th Floor RM 1700
Nairobi, Kenya

Kindly note that application closes on 9th September 2011 at 1700 hours

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Call for Proposals

Baseline Survey: Local Non-State and State Actors Engagement in KNCHR’s Public Complaints Referral Mechanism

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) in partnership with GIZ-Social Justice Reconciliation and National Cohesion project, seek the services of a consultant / consulting firm to conduct a baseline survey in the North Rift and Northern Kenya regions in the month of September, 2011.

The overall aim of the baseline study is, on behalf of KNCHR, to collect and analyze data for making an initial assessment on the existing regional complaints referral systems in place, used by KNCHR and in collaboration with other institutions - both State and Non-State.

The results of the study are to serve as the baseline for measuring the use of the referral system and the satisfaction by key stakeholders of the usefulness of the referral system.

The Kenya National Human Rights Commission is an independent National Human Rights Institution and was established by the Government through the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights Act No. 9 of 2002.

Its core mandate is to further the protection and promotion of human rights in Kenya. It plays two broad roles firstly as a watch dog over the government in the area of human rights and secondly as a leader in moving the country toward a Human Rights State.

The consultant/consulting firm is expected, in close collaboration with KNCHR and GIZ;

i) To prepare a baseline survey to make an initial assessment of the existing regional referral system in place, used by KNCHR and other institutions - both State and Non-State, focusing on North Rift and Northern Kenya regions and the prospects/positioning of the KNCHR regional offices for an integrated complaints mechanism

ii) To assess the role of CSOs in complaints handling and challenges experienced in engaging with KNCHR in the referral system

iii) To use appropriate qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis methodology, to allow for future evaluation indicators on the use by and usefulness of the referral system to the relevant State and Non State Actors

iv) To design and provide key quantitative and qualitative indicators for evaluation from the data analysis to measure the use of the referral mechanism and the usefulness of the referral system to the relevant State and Non-State Actors in the mid and long term

v) To provide suitable recommendations for KNCHR in its current public complaints referral mechanisms

If interested please submit a detailed proposal – technical and financial - for such a survey, with specific indications on:
  • Time required for conducting and completing such a survey in the regions - data collection and analysis
  • Methodology and proposed approach
  • Capacities and availability
If interested please submit your proposal clearly marked BASELINE SURVEY: KNCHR by COB – Friday 9th September, 2011 to:

GIZ Kenya Office, Riverside Mews Building, Riverside Drive
P.O. Box 41607- 00100, Nairobi.

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