Mary’s Meals Kenya (MMK) operates a Primary School Feeding and Early Childhood Development programme in Kenya.
Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced candidates for the following post:
School Feeding Manager – Turkana County
The school feeding managers will support the Country programme leadership in providing effective and inspirational leadership for Mary’s Meals Kenya team.
Helping in the general management and organisational development of Mary’s Meals Kenya in close collaboration with other senior members of staff.
The post holder will also collaborate with stakeholders at county, and community level in promoting Mary’s Meals vision, mission and values to ensure optimal programme implementation.
S/he will also support strategic planning and programme development.
The position holder will collaborate with external stakeholders at county level and sometimes at National level.
The principal duties will include, but will not be confined to, the following:
· Providing leadership to School Feeding Officers and other members of staff by ensuring compliance with standard operating procedures, organizational guidelines and policies in the implementation of the school feeding programme.
· Supervise, coach and mentor School Feeding Officers and others involved in the activities of MMK to ensure there is adequate capacity for the smooth implementation of the school feeding programme.
· Supporting the Country programme leadership in developing an annual strategy and programme for Mary’s Meals Kenya including developing and preparing proposals and budgets for approval by Mary’s Meals senior officers and Board prior to submission to potential donors.
· Collation of programme routine data of enrolment, feeding rate, attendance, stock balances and annual school performance from School feeding Officers entered into the Mary’s Meals database and Stock Tracker System for school feeding programme management and decision making including.
· Providing regular and ad hoc reports, programme information to the Programme Manager, partners, donors and other bodies/individuals as required.
· Ensuring that programme information required by the Programme Manager, Head office staff, other functional Managers and the Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning team is given on time and responding to any problems, issues/ gaps in reporting.
· Ensuring that all the School Feeding Officers are managed in a pro-active and supportive manner to encourage high standards and best practice in all aspects of programme delivery.
· In consultation with the Programme Manager and other functional managers assess and determine staff training and development needs and implement staff development plans which will include training in all key components of the programme.
· Helping School Feeding Officers in delivering trainings to schools and members of the community.
· Lead in the gathering and analysis of information for programme expansion decisions.
· Prepare new schools and communities for expansion of the school feeding programme.
· Working alongside other NGOs, government and international partners to share best practice and further the interests and reach of Mary’s Meals, engaging strategically with the Government of Kenya and other major stakeholders in school feeding programmes.
· Providing credibility and visibility to local community leaders and engaging in community capacity building and liaison with community leaders and volunteers to strengthen commitment to Mary’s Meals.
· Representing Mary’s Meals in various meetings with collaborating partners at community, county and national levels.
· Supporting visits from Mary’s Meals International staff and supporters.
· Undertaking performance reviews and objective setting with School Feeding Officers.
· Orienting School Feeding Officers on organisational policies and programme requirements, so as to achieve compliance.
· Supporting the communication and fundraising component of the programme by providing information to colleagues at HQ in Glasgow through the Programme Manager
· Any other duties commensurate with the role as assigned by the Programme Manager from time to time.
· A Degree in the fields of Education, Development Studies, Nursing, Public Health, Human Nutrition, Agriculture, Community Development or any other relevant field with demonstrable significant experience in a similar role
· Well-developed skills in project/programme management.
· Advanced and well-developed interpersonal skills, with a solid track record in persuading and influencing others.
· Community engagement skills
· Strong leadership skills including the ability to be in control of delegated responsibilities.
· An excellent team player able to work with senior and junior members of staff.
· Fluent written and spoken English and Swahili.
· Ability to communicate well across all levels
· Able to work well with people of different cultures and nationalities.
· Excellent Microsoft Office skills, particularly Word and Excel
· Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
· Ability to evaluate and analyse large amounts of diverse data.
· Excellent attention to detail.
School Feeding Officer – Turkana County
Reporting to the School Feeding Manager for Turkana, Mary’s Meals School Feeding Officers (SFOs) will be responsible for the day to day monitoring and supervision of the school feeding programme and for training volunteers and other stakeholders, conducting community meetings and collection of programme data.
The SFOs will play a key role in ensuring that school-based activities are being carried out effectively and that surrounding communities are participating to acceptable standards.
The SFO will also play a link role between the school and community on the one hand and Mary’s Meals Kenya (MMK) on the other.
This includes interfacing with community-based government curriculum support officers.
The positions will be field based in centres near to the schools where MMK is providing feeding programmes.
The principal duties will include, but will not be confined to, the following:
· Carrying out routine daily monitoring, mentoring and coaching with weekly supervisions to schools.
· Collecting programme data from schools and other relevant sources for programme management and decision making including routine data of enrolment, feeding rate, attendance, stock balances and annual school performance, entering them into the Mary’s Meals database, Big Book data capture template and Stock Tracker System.
· Developing and submitting weekly, monthly and situation reports including case studies.
· Supporting schools to deliver the feeding programme safely and hygienically including access to clean and safe water for cooking.
· Identifying and dealing with school feeding emerging issues, gaps and efficiently/effectively reporting the same to management.
· Supervising the management of stock and maintaining stock records and monitoring school best practices.
· Facilitating the delivery of school feeding programme supplies and equipment to the schools and ensuring the ongoing maintenance and care of assets donated to schools.
· Helping schools in organizing community participation through meetings with Parent Teacher Associations and Schools Board of Management with composed School Feeding Sub-Committee.
· Initiating, implementing and managing capacity building interventions for the volunteers, school feeding committees, head teachers and other committee as appropriate.
· Supporting schools to establish and implement initiative(s) that will support sustainability of the programme.
· Providing training to relevant stakeholders for the effective implementation of the feeding programme.
· Carrying out field assignments and other related assignments as assigned by management from time to time.
· Actively promote child rights and the safety of children and report any cases for concern regarding child protection.
· Linking with other departments to ensure smooth flow of information for effective implementation of the programme.
· Responsibility for the organization and proper handling of data including storage of data and information relating to the school feeding programme.
· Ensuring that organization assets and equipment are taken care of.
· Any other tasks reasonably requested for the implementation, management and development of the school feeding programme.
· Certificate or Diploma in Community development, sociology or a related social science field will be an added advantage.
· Valid motorbike riding licence. A copy of the license must be sent together with the application.
· Fluency in spoken and written English.
· 2 years’ work experience in community development or related field preferably with an international NGO.
· Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel.
· Ability to communicate in Turkana language
· Willingness to be based in various field locations within Turkana County
Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Assistant –Turkana County
The MEL Assistant will be responsible to support MEL Officer to ensure that data are gathered from various sources in the field and entered centrally to support the advancement of the ongoing organisation’s MEL strategy.
The position will work closely with the Programmes Field Department under the guidance of the MEL Officer.
This post will involve a combination of field and office-based work and will support cross core MEL work also includes supporting the achievement of the organisational MEL strategy.
The role also includes supporting wider areas of work within the MEL department, such as organisation pilots, programme expansion and projects which require additional monitoring.
The principal duties will include, but will not be confined to the following:
· Support MEL Officer in the development and implementation of efficient monitoring and evaluation systems, tools and processes that will effectively represent MMK programmes as well as strengthening the existing systems.
· Supervise the collection of quality data, including training relevant staff members to use various monitoring tools and cooperating with School Feeding Managers to ensure timely submission of accurate data.
· Work in collaboration with MEL Officer in collation, analysis and reporting of data for the programmes team and MMI in a timely fashion.
· Support MEL Officer in designing and implementing programme impact and accountability assessments, thinking innovatively to gather results that best reflect MMK programmes and contribute to organisational learning, within the constraints of staff capacity.
· Take responsibility for ensuring that data is of good quality and accessible.
· Participate in the development of country-level accountability strategies, including stakeholder participation, transparency, school-specific reporting and ensuring MMK values, standards and policies are adhered to throughout our programmes.
· Undertake regular field visits to support M&E processes and implement accountability processes.
· Play a key role in identifying key lessons learned and defining the MMK Strategic Plan.
· Support MEL Officer in delivering effective and evidence-based decision making by producing purposeful reports to senior programme management team in MMK and MMI, as required.
· A Diploma in information technology, economics, statistics, mathematics, epidemiology, community health or any other social or health sciences.
· Valid motorbike riding licence. A copy of the same must be sent together with the application.
· Above-average knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite especially Excel.
· Good command of English, Kiswahili and fluency in one or more local languages.
· Excellent verbal and communication skills with good strategic and analytical thinking.
· At least two years’ experience working in a similar position.
· Technical knowledge and experience in Monitoring & Evaluation
· Attention to detail and patience to double check data entry is essential
Skills and Knowledge
· Ability to validate, analyse and disseminate qualitative and quantitative data
· Experience of designing and managing knowledge management systems, an awareness of learning methodologies and experience of leading learning events.
· Experience working in NGO environment
· Knowledge of digital data collection tools, processes and software
· Should have report writing skills and significant change story documentation
· Should have good team work and networking skills
· Highly developed interpersonal skills and exceptional integrity.
· Good organisational and problem-solving skills.
· Good interpersonal and team-functioning skills.
· Experience working in a school environment with school-based structures.
· Experience of working with Government structures, NGOs and community-based groups.
· Experience of training and coaching others.
· Experience of working in a charity or a not for profit organisation
· Advanced skills in statistical analysis and use of statistical software
· Knowledge of school feeding, stock delivery and management and other pertinent school feeding processes
How to Apply
Applications stating expected salary and CV (including contacts for three professional referees) should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating the position title and applicant’s name in the subject line.
All attached files should be saved under the applicant’s name.
Deadline for receipt of applications is Monday, 15th November 2019 at 16:30 hours.
The interviews will be conducted at Mary’s Meals office in Lodwar on the week starting on the 25th November 2019.
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
Please note: Mary’s Meals Kenya will communicate to the shortlisted candidates via official Mary’s Meals email address only.