United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
 
Kenya Country Office

Vacancy Announcement – Fixed Term Appointment

 
WASH Specialist (School WASH) – NO-C (Nairobi)

Applications are hereby invited from qualified candidates to fill the above Fixed Term position in the WASH Section.

Purpose of the Post: 
Under the general guidance of the Chief WASH and direct supervision of the WASH Specialist NO-D, responsible for formulation, design, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of the UNICEF WASH in Schools (WinS) programme to ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of the programme management, delivery and accomplishment of programme goals and objectives, within the Government of Kenya/UNICEF Programme of Collaboration, UNICEF MTSP priorities and School Health Policy.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Enhance effective WASH in Schools programme, by leading, guiding, coordinating and supporting the timely inputs on WinS component of the WASH Programme to the Situational Analysis and its periodic update through accurate and complete monitoring and analysis.

Support emergency preparedness and response plans, related to WinS component ensuring adequate attention is given to Disaster Risk Reduction and Management. Undertake field visits and assess the local conditions. Ensure inclusion of and delivery on WinS component in the sectoral WASH Cluster leadership responsibilities

Support formulation, implementation and monitoring of the WinS in the sectoral work plan and ensuring alignment with the defined programme strategies and approaches.

Provide technical support to UNICEF programmes and counterparts in government and NGO partners for the mobilization of schools, PTAs/ SMCs and school communities for implementation of WinS project.

Support accountability by coordinating with Operations and Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and Government delivery for WinS component. Certify disbursements of funds, monitor and submit financial status reports in compliance with the regulations and guidelines.

Collaborate with Programme Communication groups for development of effective communication materials and strategies on WinS to support advocacy and social mobilization.

Promote UNICEF’s organization goals, through advocacy policy dialogue and active engagement, networking and participation at every opportunity, leveraging the strength of UNICEF mission and goals. 

Effective communication and networking achieved through partnership and collaboration including support to the IASC WASH Cluster.

Interact with Government and other partners, NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of WinS project implementation to follow up on agreements and recommendations.

Support advocacy and upstream strengthening of WinS in national processes, including through meetings with national and international agencies supporting WinS.

Participate in evaluation exercises, programme reviews related to WinS and relevant annual sector review meetings with government counterparts. Ensure Programme monitored with special attention to gender/sex disaggregation of relevant indicators. Support the preparation of annual WinS status reports

Promote effective Knowledge management through drafting/finalizing key WinS sectoral programme documents and reports, sharing good practice, lessons learned, and knowledge/information exchange. Support technical input or recommendations on major programme directions and on introduction of new initiatives in the country.

Required Qualifications:

Experience: 

Minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the UN or other international development organizations, national government or the private sector in WASH and/or other related field(s).

Field work experience.

Language: Fluency in English (verbal and writing) and another UN language preferred.

Others Skills and attributes: 
  • sound experience with working with communities and CBOs is highly required as well as working and supporting community extension workers who are paid by public funds.    
  • proven evidence of supporting intervention at the stage of scaling up to national levels, 
  • ability to write concisely for decision making and advocacy, 
  • ability to coordinate and negotiate with multiple partners, ability to work in an international or multicultural environment and knowledge of computer management and applications.
Competencies: Commitment, Drive for Results, Embracing Diversity, Integrity, Self Awareness and Self-Regulation, Teamwork, Analytical and Conceptual Thinking,Communication, Managing Resources, Building Trust, Judgment, Networking, Technical Knowledge, Leading Vision and Change and Team Leadership.

Interested and suitable candidates should ensure they forward their applications along with their curricula vitae (internal candidates should attach copies of their last two Performance Evaluation Reports), to:

The Human Resources Manager
UNICEF Kenya Country Office
Email address: kenyahrvacancies@unicef.org

Please indicate Reference No. “KCO/WASH/2012-020” in the email subject

Closing Date: 20 May 2012
 
“Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply”
 
Zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse 
 
UNICEF is a smoke-free environment

Office of the Prime Minister
 
Ministry of State for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030

Consultants Required for Needs Assessment and Situational Analysis

 
The Ministry of State for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030 (MSPNDV 2030) through the Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate (MED), charged with the responsibility of coordinating the implementation of the National Integrated Monitoring and Evaluation System (NIMES) in the Country is pleased to announce short-term consultancy positions.

Purpose of the Consultancy
 
Is to carry out NIMES Situational Analysis and Needs Assessment across the Country. 

The Ministry therefore seeks to engage the services of 1 lead consultant and 8 regional (including Nairobi) consultants to carry out the assignment and hereby invites suitable individuals to apply.

Lead Consultant 

(60 Days)
 
Qualifications
  • Advanced degree in Social Sciences or any other relevant discipline;
  • Have training in Monitoring and Evaluation;
  • At least 10 years’ experience in carrying out situational analysis and needs assessments, with proven accomplishment in undertaking/leading such assignments;
  • Experience in conducting complex studies in development field (at least 8 evaluation of which at least two evaluations conducted as team leader);
The lead Consultant will be expected to undertake the following
  • Develop acceptable survey tools in consultation with MED, to be used in Information data collection;
  • Prepare and submit the inception report;
  • Be available to provide strategic advice and guidance to the regional consultants who will be carrying out data collection in the  assigned areas;
  • Analyze the raw data and consolidate the regional reports to form the first draft report in consultation with the regional consultants and MED;
  • Prepare and present a draft report at the stakeholders’ workshop and incorporate comments from the workshop in order to prepare a final report;
Regional Consultants 

(8 Positions, 45 Days Each)
 
Qualifications
  • Advanced degree in Social Sciences or any other relevant discipline;
  • Have training in Monitoring and Evaluation;
  • Extensive knowledge of qualitative and quantitative survey methods;
The Regional Consultants will be expected to undertake the following
  • Assist in the preparation of survey tools for collecting data and information;
  • Collect data and information on the operations of the NIMES and M&E at both the National and devolved levels;
  • Professionally handle the raw data;
  • Prepare a written summary field report to be submitted to MED;
Applicants should attach a Cover letter, Curriculum vitae, Proposal that includes a Work plan (for Lead Consultant), a brief outline of the applicants understanding of the subject matter, proposed daily consultancy rates, contacts of three referees for whom you have done similar work. 

Only shortlisted Candidates will be contacted.
 
All applications to be submitted in hard and soft copies by Monday, 28th May, 2012 to:
 
The Director,
Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate,
24th Floor, Kenyatta International Conference Centre,
P. O. Box47697, 00100 
Nairobi, Kenya
 
E-mail: monitoring@planning.go.ke

Expression of Interest
 
EOI NO. PPOA/03/2011-2012 

For Consultancy Services to Research on the Positioning and Internal Reporting Structure for Procurement Units in Procuring Entities

Background
 
The public procurement system has grown tremendously over the past ten years in Kenya.

The Procurement and Supply Function has emerged as a recognized profession in the country.

However, the positioning within the procuring entities has been a concern in recent years.
 
The Public Procurement Oversight Authority (PPOA) is established by The Public Procurement and Disposal Act (2005) with the general mandate of overseeing the public procurement system in Kenya which includes assisting in the implementation and operation of the public procurement system by developing, promoting and supporting training and professional development of staff involved in the public procurement function.
 
Specifically, Section 26(7) of the Public Procurement and Disposal Act (2005) stipulates that a Procurement Unit established under subsection (4) shall be staffed with procurement professionals. 

Further, Section 26(8) defines a procurement professional as a person who:
  • Has professional qualifications in procurement and supply management from a recognized institution,
  • Is engaged in a calling or occupation in which recourse to procurement is directly or indirectly involved and has experience in the practice of procurement, and;
  • Is a member of a recognized institute of purchasing and supply
In recent times, PPOA has noted the absence of uniformity in Procurement Units by procuring entities. This inconsistence has rendered the reporting structures of procurement units incoherent.
 
Further, many procuring entities have a huge procurement spend and some handle complex or specialized procurements which require close supervision by the respective Accounting Officers.
 
Objective of the Assignment
 
The main purpose of this consultancy is to undertake a baseline survey on the positioning and reporting structure for procurement units in the procuring entities in Kenya and develop guidelines on the organizational and reporting structures for procurement units for the three classes of procuring entities.
 
Scope of the Assignment
 
Overall scope of the work will inter alia :-
  • Encompass an agreed sample of procuring entities in class A, B, and C in Kenya. This includes procuring entities within the three arms of government such as ministries, departments, commissions of the constitution, state corporations, public universities, etc.
  • Evaluate the establishment, level of qualification, experience required and functions of the procurement unit in reference to regulation 8 and the First Schedule (Threshold Matrix) of the Public Procurement and Disposal Regulations 2006.
  • Evaluate the schemes of service of staff in the units including the level / positions they take up in reference to the organizations strategic plans and procurement spend.
  • Propose appropriate internal organizational positioning and reporting structures of the procurement and disposal function. 
PPOA now invites interested eligible consulting firms to express their interest in this assignment.
 
Interested eligible consulting firms should meet the following minimum requirements: -
 
1. Submit a relevant company profile of not more than 10 pages, evidence of registration/ incorporation, and a valid tax compliance certificate.
 
2. Interested eligible consulting firms should demonstrate the following which they will be evaluated on:
 
(a) Provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services including but not limited to:-
  • Description of similar assignments recently undertaken with appropriate references. The Consultants should include names and references of clients including contact persons that can be checked by PPOA.
  • Availability of appropriate skills among staff. Copies of abridged Curriculum Vitae of the personnel with details of academic and professional qualifications, and relevant experiences.
 (b) Demonstrate awareness of the general developments related to the national procurement and disposal system including PPOA and its oversight role.
 
(c) Proof that they are a financially sound entity, by providing audited financial statements for the past two years.
 
PPOA will prepare a shortlist to be preselected on the basis of the expressions of interests received to which the client will send Request for Proposal (RFP) document with the relevant terms of reference.
 
Complete expressions of interest in plain sealed envelopes clearly marked on top with the name and reference number of the consultancy should be addressed to:
 
The Director General
Public Procurement Oversight Authority
P. O. Box 58535 – 00200, Nairobi
Tel: +254 (020) 3244000
Fax: +254 (020) 3244377/277
Email: info@ppoa.go.ke
 
or be deposited in the tender box situated on the 10th Floor, National Bank Building, Harambee  Avenue so as to reach him not later than 10.00 a.m. on 18th May, 2012.
 
Late submissions will not be accepted.
 
Director-General
Public Procurement Oversight Authority

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