Job Title: Gender Policy Advisor

Department: Pan-African Programme

Location: Acord Headquarters- Nairobi- Kenya

Reporting To: Pan-African Head of Policy and Advocacy

Organisational Context

ACORD (Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development) is a Pan-African organisation working for Social Justice and Development in Africa.

ACORD is implementing a Pan-African Programme mainly focused on food sovereignty and cross-cutting thematic programmes on Conflict, HIV & AIDS and Gender.

ACORD operates in 18 African countries. ACORD’s response to the challenges of Africa is firmly based on a belief that people themselves are the agents of change and actors of their own development. People’s ability to take action on the causes of poverty is what will transform Africa’s future.

This belief underpins ACORD’s practical work, its research methodologies and policy advocacy. ACORD works in partnership with local civil society associations and communities and in alliance with likeminded organizations in Africa and the rest of the world.

ACORD was created in 1976 as a consortium of non-governmental development organizations from Europe and Canada to implement long term development programs.

Following an organizational change process, the strategic leadership of ACORD was relocated to Africa and as of today the ACORD Head Office is located in Nairobi-Kenya.

Job Summary

The Gender Policy Advisor is responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of the gender thematic programs in line with the overall ACORD Strategic Plan, the Pan-African programme, and Gender thematic strategies and Programming guidelines.

S/he will provide technical and methodological support to ACORD’s country and area programmes across Africa in relation to gender work.

S/he shall actively contribute to define strategies advancing gender work at Pan-African level through research, partnership, alliance building and advocacy initiatives.

S/he shall provide leadership in cross-learning and knowledge generation for thematic alignment in relation to ACORD’s gender strategic priorities across the organisation.

Specific Responsibilities

1. Strategy and Planning
  • Coordinate the further development of the gender thematic strategies in line with the overall ACORD Strategic Plan and Programming guidelines;
  • Provide leadership in the implementation of the gender thematic strategies through the gender working groups;
  • Support the development of clear policy and practice change (PPCs) targets on gender within Area Programmes, as well as at regional and pan African levels, through a process of critical analysis and reflection;
  • Provide leadership and technical support in the development and implementation of viable work plans for the area programme and pan African levels, in line with country and area strategies and the overall gender thematic strategies;
  • Facilitate the institutionalization of gender equality across the organisation;
  • Coordinate the development of the annual budget for multi-country and Pan African gender thematic programmes and ensure their adequate implementation;
2. Technical and Methodological Support on Gender Theme
  • Support cross-cutting research and advocacy work around the gender theme;
  • Enforce the implementation of the rights-based approach and the social exclusion analysis and other methodological tools that would be developed or adapted in the implementation of the gender thematic strategies;
  • Coordinate capacity building initiatives on the gender theme for ACORD staff and partners;
3. Contribution to the Delivery of the Pan-Africa Programme
  • In collaboration with the Pan-African Head of Policy and Advocacy, define strategies to deliver on objectives in respect to gender theme within the Pan-African Programme;
  • Map out and build alliances with organisations working on gender issues at Pan-African level and Internationally;
  • Contribute to policy analysis and positioning of ACORD through the Pan-African programme;
  • Contribute to research and advocacy initiatives related to gender within the Pan-African programme.
  • Ensure thematic alignment with other themes namely Conflict, Food sovereignty and HIV and AIDs
  • Mainstream gender into the Pan-African programme
4. Specific Gender Research and Advocacy Work
  • Keep abreast of research and policies development on gender
  • Gather relevant intelligence on issues of gender so as to keep ACORD and its partners on top of the knowledge in the area and inform meaningfully the advocacy and lobby work
  • Develop and maintain sustained Partnerships and Alliances with Civil Society organisations and Social Movements at regional, Pan-African and Global levels to advance ACORD’s work on gender in Africa;
  • Develop and implement a lobbying and advocacy strategy and plans at regional and Pan-African level toward critical actors and “change makers” in gender
  • Prepare advocacy materials and in cooperation with the gender working groups coordinate the mobilization and capacity building of popular mass movement across Africa on issues of gender
  • Raise sustained public profile of ACORD and its agenda through creating, developing and maintaining good relations with the media
  • Provide methodological support to the ACORD’s thematically aligned gender work at national and regional level and build the capacity of the gender thematic working groups
  • Facilitate and consolidate learning and knowledge generation and the thematic alignment of ACORD’s processes and methods across Africa in relation to gender.
5. Fundraising and Donor Reporting
  • In collaboration with the Partnership Development Unit, identify new funding sources and generate concept notes and proposals in line with the gender thematic strategies;
  • Develop quality reports on ACORD’s overall gender work;
  • Contribute to the internal review of reports from country and area programmes on gender related work
6. Documentation of Best Practices and Learning
  • Promote the development of practical tool kits to guide gender thematic work;
  • Promote capacity building initiatives strengthening synergy and exchange among gender working groups;
  • Contribute to organize annual learning events on program practices and approaches in relation to the work on gender;
  • Promote replication of documented best practices on gender work among partner organisations in Africa and internationally;
  • Capitalize on success stories promoting gender work to internal and external audiences.
7. Monitoring and Reporting
  • In collaboration with the Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator, organize the review of the gender thematic programmes;
  • Coordinate reporting processes on the gender thematic work and prepare consolidated annual and bi-annual report on ACORD’s work on gender;
  • Document lessons learned from review processes in order to continuously improve the quality of gender work within ACORD.
8. Supervision and Collaboration
  • The Gender Policy Advisor is under the direct supervision of the Pan-African Head of Policy and Advocacy.
  • The Gender Policy Advisor will work closely with other colleagues in the Programming department: HIV & AIDS Thematic Manager, Conflicts Thematic Manager, Livelihoods Policy Advisor, Monitoring & Evaluation and Knowledge Management Coordinator, Head of Programmes Operations & Development, Programmes Operations & Development Coordinator and the Area Programme Managers.
  • S/he shall also work closely with colleagues in other departments- Partnership Development, Human Resources & Administration and Finance.
  • S/he shall manage the gender team and coordinate/facilitate the functioning of the gender thematic working group.
Qualification and Experience

Education/Qualification
  • Masters in Social Sciences or Sustainable Development, Gender or similar field
Experience:
  • Five (5) years working experience in gender work with an International Non-Governmental Organisation (INGO) at Management level;
  • Strong experience in strategic planning and policy formulation
  • Strong experience in lobbying and media work
  • Experience in popular mobilisation and policy advocacy at international level
  • Experience in alliance and partnership building
  • Bilingual: English-French spoken and written is an essential requirement for the position
Technical expertise
  • High level of conceptual, strategic thinking
  • Communicating with impact with various stakeholders
  • Excellent Communication (written and oral) and Public Relations skills
  • Very good understanding of gender issues at the level of Policy influence in the Pan-African scene
  • Highly conversant with Civil Society and Social Movement approaches on gender work at Pan-African level
  • Good organisational, research, negotiation and analytical capabilities
  • Ability to identify, obtain and analyze information from a variety of sources
Required Competencies:
  • Strong Leadership skills;
  • Strategic Decision Making
  • Adaptation skills: ability to work well in a multicultural environment
  • Highly motivated, responsible, self-directed, resourceful and flexible
  • Collaboration and Team work;
  • Problem solving skills;
  • Partnership and Negotiation skills
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Able to manage work load and meet deadlines
Remuneration: A competitive national package

Download the application form at this link and apply to:

Human Resources & Organisational Development Manager
ACORD Nairobi, ACK Garden House,
P. O. Box 61216, 00200,
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 20 2721172, 2721185/86

To apply, please complete the application form attached and e-mail it with a detailed Curriculum Vitae and cover letter to recruit@acordinternational.org with the Job Title in the Subject Box.

Closing Date: 28th October 2011
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Positions for top and middle level management staff

  A Government Security Agency, seeks to recruit top and middle level management staff to fill various vacant positions in the agency.

Applications are invited from qualified Kenyan professionals of high integrity, are self-driven and committed to delivering results.

The applicants must have good communication skills, proficiency in computer application packages, high conceptual skill, as well as decision making and managerial skills.

The candidates must be team players who respect diversity, maintain confidentiality and willing to work for long hours. The Agency offers competitive packages to the successful candidates.

1. Director Witness Protection Agency

WPA - 1

Ref. 01/2011

The Director Witness Protection Agency who will be on five year contract, which may be renewed for one more term, will be responsible for the day to day operations and administrative functions of the Agency.

The key responsibilities will be to
  • provide leadership in various key functions so as to meet operational and strategic objectives of the Agency;
  • facilitate strategic planning process of the Agency;
  • champion culture of team work, integrity, transparency, and professionalism so as to align the Agency staff to the vision, mission and values of the Agency;
  • ensure recruitment of qualified technical and professional staff;
  • implement Witness Protection Act and Regulations;
  • oversee the development and implementation of policies and programs;
  • ensure security, confidentiality and adopt best international security practices;
  • formulate policies on information security measures and classify information generated by the Agency and ensure implementation thereof;
  • take responsibility for career development of staff at all levels;
  • ensure provision of administrative and technical assistance to witnesses or related persons who are at risk on account of giving testimony at all stages;
  • manage and control expenditure of Agency funds.
Qualification and Experience

For appointment to this grade an applicant MUST:
  • A masters degree in law, criminology, or equivalent qualification from a recognized institution.
  • Have ten (10) years’ experience in public/private law practice, or be a lecturer or researcher in law
  • Have five (5) years’ experience in administration
  • Be an advocate of the High Court of Kenya.
2. Deputy Director (Operations)

WPA - 2

Ref. 02/2011

Deputy Director will be reporting to the Director Witness Protection Agency.

Responsibilities include implementation, monitoring and evaluation of a results-based Witness Protection Programme; managing the Witness Protection Agency protective equipment and
operations; ensuring safety and security of all protected witnesses; developing and implementing standard operating procedures on witness protection which include but not limited to threat risk assessment; and providing specific training to all Witness Protection officers.

Qualification and Experience

For appointment to this grade an officer must have:
  • A master’s degree in criminology, military science or intelligence service or equivalent qualification from a recognized institution.
  • Seven (7) years’ working experience, three (3) of which MUST have been in a senior management level in police, military, intelligence or international security organizations.
  • Knowledge on criminal justice, covert operations or experience in international security environment will be an added advantage.
  • A valid driving license.
3. Deputy Director (Corporate)

WPA - 2

Ref. 03/2011

Deputy Director Corporate will report to the Director Witness Protection Agency.

Will be responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating all issues concerning finances, human resource and all other administrative support services.

Specifically the officer will be required to facilitate the preparation and implementation of the Agency’s annual work plans and budgetary requirements as per the strategic plan; coordinate, monitor and evaluate agency programmes; set up effective accounting system and procedures; manage and monitor the Agency expenditure including the Agency payroll, staff establishment among other administrative and human resource issues.

Qualification and Experience

For appointment to this position an applicant must have:
  • A masters degree in a relevant field such as business/public administration, financial management or human resource management or its equivalent qualifications from a recognized institution.
  • Seven (7) years working experience, three (3) of which MUST have been at a senior management level in human resource, finance or administrative services.
  • Demonstrated merit and ability in administrative/ managerial and leadership competences as reflected by work performance.
  • Have a valid driving license.
4. Chief Legal Officer

WPA - 3

Ref. 04/2011

The Chief Legal Officer will report to the Director.

The officer will be in charge of the Legal department/ issues.

Duties and responsibilities will include,
  • overall management of legal issues;
  • advice to the Agency on witness protection and other legal issues;
  • oversight of advocacy and sensitization trainings;
  • acceleration and optimization of legal proceedings in order to minimize the time between the offence and the testimony, thus minimizing the time in which the witness is exposed to danger.
  • drafting Memoranda of Understanding in terms of section 7, 8 and 9 of the Witness Protection Act, CAP 79;
  • making applications to High Court under section 14 of Witness Protection;
  • making applications under section 16 of The Witness protection Act for Protection Orders / Special Measures;
  • managing the Victims’ Compensation Fund as established under section 31 of the Act.
  • Liaise with stakeholders’ prosecutors to consider the options available to provide protection to a witness who is fearful of giving evidence;
  • advising the stakeholders on matters relating to Witness Protection;
  • setting criteria for assessing the threats;
  • promoting international cooperation along with other Government offices;
  • coordinating the efforts for everyday life of the witness (education, health, welfare and employment) in order to reach the maximum independence and functionality possible for the witness;
  • initiating required legislation amendments for the promotion of the Agency’s activities;
  • performing any other duties required by the Agency.
Qualification and Experience

For appointment to this grade, an applicant must:-
  • Have a masters degree in law (LLM) from a recognized university
  • Be an advocate of High Court of Kenya
  • Have served in the grade of Deputy Chief Legal Officer in the Public Service or in a comparable and relevant position in the private sector for a minimum period of three (3) years.
  • Have attended and successfully completed strategic leadership development course lasting not less than six(6) weeks
  • Knowledge in covert operations or intelligence security will be an added advantage.
  • Have shown merit and ability in work performance
5. Finance Manager

WPA – 3

Ref. 05 /2011

The Finance Manager will be reporting to the Deputy Director Corporate, will head the Finance/Accounts department.

Will be responsible for prudent financial management by implementing financial policies, system controls and procedures so as to ensure timely service delivery and value for money.

The specific roles and responsibilities will include
  • developing and implementing financial policies, plans, procedures, and internal controls.
  • Advising the Director on matters relating to public finance;
  • Coordinating overall resource allocation in the Agency;
  • Assisting the agency departments in costing the programs, and contributing to the budget process;
  • Communicating approved annual estimates to various departments and ensure that there is timely adjustments of work plan commensurate with the resources voted in the budget.
  • Initial preparation to all budgetary matters including all issues raised by budgetary committees;
  • Preparing quarterly expenditure forecast as a basis for discussions with treasury for release of funds;
  • initiating proposals and seeking funds for additional expenditures and reallocating of voted funds during the year, monitoring expenditure on projects and program implementation on a periodic basis and ensuring that timely corrective measures are taken, coordinating the design and financial aspects for all donors and agreements with donor agencies.
Qualification and Experience

For appointment to this grade, an Applicant must:-
  • Have a masters degree in Business Administration (MBA), Economics, Finance, Commerce or in a related discipline from a recognized university.
  • Have served in the grade of Principal Finance officer /Principal Budget Officer in the Public Service or its equivalent in the private sector for at least three (3) years;
  • Have at least six (6) years experience as a Finance Officer, three (3) of which should be at a senior level,
  • Have attended and successfully completed a strategic leadership course lasting not less than six (6) weeks from a recognized institution
  • Be proficient in Computer Accounting Packages
  • Have shown merit and ability in related work performance
6. Internal Audit Manager

WPA - 3

Ref. 06/2011

The Internal Audit Manager will be reporting to the Advisory Board and will have a dotted line reporting to the Director.

The specific duties include verifying periodic financial returns; ensuring that Agency’s’ assets are properly maintained; preparation of audit plans, programs, budget, work schedule and ensuring adherence to them.

Collecting audit evidence on major issues, preparing reports and making a follow up on action taken. Reviewing budgetary control systems; Supervising internal Audit staff, identifying staff training needs, organizing for their training and evaluating impact on training; and maintaining
high audit standards.

Qualification and Experience

For appointment to this grade, an Applicant must:-
  • Have a bachelors and a masters degree in Business Administration -Accounting or Finance Option from a recognized University
  • Be a Certified Public Accountant (K) or Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and be registered with the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) or Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)
  • Have at least Six (6) years experience in Internal Audit or External Audit, three (3) of which should be at a senior level,
  • Have attended and successfully completed a strategic leadership course lasting not less than six (6) weeks from a recognized institution
  • Have demonstrated a wide administrative capabilities and high degree of competence managing the Audit function at a high level including ability to Develop and implement strategic corporate and operational audit plans.
  • Be proficient in Computer Accounting Packages
7. Chief Witness Protection Officer

WPA - 3

Ref. 07/2011

The Chief Witness Protection Officer will be reporting to the Deputy Director (Operation). Duties at this level include management of the covert and other protection related operations aimed at securing the safety of witnesses and related persons nationally.

In addition, the officer will be responsible for
  • coordination of risk and threat assessment programmes;
  • gathering and dissemination of intelligence information;
  • coordinating operational procedures and training programmes;
  • special operations and investigation;
  • organising the procurement, distribution, training and usage fire-arms and ammunitions;
  • reintegration and removal process of witnesses admitted to the witness protection programme;
  • managing offices, buildings, safe houses, used by the Agency;
  • dissemination of information and intelligence gathering;
  • ensure effective coordination with law enforcement agencies and intelligence services;
  • coordinating the development and implementation of standard operating procedures for the Agency; and coordinating training programs;
  • reviewing confidential documents and material for the purpose of expunging protected information, security of protected witnesses and classifying documents;
  • supervise the conducting of special operations and investigations;
  • supervise the management of protective equipment and issuance of fire-arms and ammunition as provided by law.
  • In addition the officer will be required to coordinate the resettlement of foreign and local witnesses and related persons in liaison with other Agencies; ensure adequate security is provided to witness during court appearance.
Qualification and Experience

For appointment to this grade an Applicant must have:
  • A masters degree in law, criminology, public administration or their equivalent qualifications from a recognized university.
  • Must have served in the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police or equivalent position in intelligence / security Forces
  • Knowledge and experience in investigation of crimes, protective security and covert operations
  • Knowledge of the Criminal Justice system functions and services.
  • Shown merit and ability as reflected in work performance and results.
  • A valid driving license.
8. Deputy Chief Witness Protection Officer

WPA – 4

Ref. 08/2011

Deputy Chief Witness Protection Officer will be reporting to the Chief Witness Protection Officer.

Duties at this level will include
  • management of the covert operations aimed at securing the safety of witnesses and related persons in the region;
  • involvement in all risk and threat assessments in accordance with the relevant Act and Regulations;
  • gathering and dissemination of intelligence information;
  • developing and monitoring operational procedures;
  • training and induction programmes; carrying out investigation and remedial processes;
  • managing the distribution, training and usage of all fire-arms and ammunitions.
  • In addition, the officer will be involved in establishing the Witness Protection Program and related services as specified by sections 3 and 4 of the Act;
  • implementing protective measures for protection of witnesses and related persons;
  • management of the admission, reintegration, removal and resettlement process of witnesses in liaison with other Agencies;
  • use of force or covert intervention in securing and protecting witnesses or related persons under direct attack or threat;
  • attending to sick witnesses by ensuring that they are attended by a medical practitioner;
  • ensure that the psycho social needs of the witness or other related person or staff members serving under his control are attended to by the witness protection support officer; ensure that the all processes used by the Unit under his/her control conduct its affairs in accordance to the prescribed policies and processes;
  • responsible for the management of the armory and issue of firearm and ammunition as provided by law; and administration of leasing of houses
Qualification and Experience

For appointment to this position an applicant must have:
  • A bachelor’s degree in law, criminology, business/public administration or their equivalent qualification from a recognized university.
  • Must have served in the rank of Superintendent of Police or equivalent position in Intelligence/ Security forces
  • Basic Knowledge of police, military or intelligence services. Specialised training in these areas is an added advantage.
  • Knowledge of the Criminal Justice system, functions and services,
  • Shown merit and ability as reflected in work performance and results.
  • A valid driving license.
  • Experience in covert or protective operations and investigation of crimes will be an added advantage.
9. Senior Witness Protection Officer

WPA 5

Ref. 09/2011

Senior Witness Protection Officer will be reporting to the Deputy Chief Witness Protection Officer.

Duties will include delivery of witness protection service to protected persons; ensuring safety of protected witnesses and related persons in accordance with the relevant Act and Regulations; involvement in the risk and threat assessments; gathering and dissemination of intelligence information; ensuring that the basic needs of witnesses and related persons are attended to in time; managing and handling of witnesses and related persons in a humane and dignified manner.

Qualification and Experience

For appointment to this grade an Applicant must have:
  • Have a degree in law, criminology, business/ public administration from a recognized university.
  • Must have served in the rank of Chief Inspector of Police or equivalent position in Intelligence/ Security Forces.
  • Knowledge of the criminal justice system, functions and services.
  • Experience in covert or protective operations and investigation of crimes will be an added Advantage.
  • Shown merit and ability in work performance and results.
  • Must have a valid driving license.
10. Witness Protection Officer 1

WPA – 6

Ref. 10/2011

Witness Protection Officer I will be reporting to the Witness Protection Officer Senior Protection Officer Work at this level will include
  • management of the covert and other protection related operations as provided for in the Witness Protection Act and Regulations;
  • responsible for the day to day management of Witness Protection Operations;
  • responsible for intake, management, re-integration and removal process of witnesses admitted to the Witness Protection Program;
  • conduct threat and risk assessment with regard to new application and protected people on the Program;
  • responsible for information and intelligence gathering, collation and dissemination;
  • ensure provision of continued evaluation of processes and conduct technical training for all Witness Protection Staff;
  • managing a secure filing system for all classified materials and conduct special operations as assigned.
Qualification and Experience

For appointment to this grade an applicant must have:
  • A bachelor’s degree in law, business/ public administration or its equivalent qualification from a recognized university.
  • Basic training in police, military or intelligence service
  • Served in the rank of the Inspector of Police or equivalent in the military, intelligence or other security service
  • A valid driving license and must be aged 28 years and above
  • Knowledge of criminal justice will an added advantage
Candidates who meet the stipulated qualifications should submit hand written application attaching their Curriculum Vitae containing e-mail address, daytime telephone contact and addresses of three Referees, copies of their educational and professional qualifications and Testimonials, National Identity Card and certificate of Good Conduct to:

The Recruitment Consultant,
Kicher & Associates,
P.O. Box 61379- 00200
Nairobi

Quoting the Job title and Reference number on both the letter and envelope, so as to be received on or before 4th November, 2011.
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