Project Officer - Positive Parenting (PP) and Life-skills (LS) (REF: 2019/044)

Organisation: Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Post: Kenya
Deadline: 16/8/2019
Posted: Wed, 08/07/2019 - 16:58

Job Description

Job Title:                             Project Officer - Positive Parenting (PP) and Life-skills (LS) (REF: 2019/044)

Department:                      Programming

Band:                                    6

Reports To:                         Technically, Positive Parenting manager and administratively to County Team Lead

Country/Location:           Kenya/Kilifi

Length of Contract:         Fixed up to September 30, 2021.

About CRS:

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners, people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

CRS has worked in Kenya since 1965. Over the years, CRS’ focus shifted from direct relief and food distributions to a comprehensive development program that works with partners and enhances local capacity. CRS Kenya programs now support children affected by HIV, and community-based efforts to increase household incomes, improve family health and sanitation, and enhance agriculture livelihoods.


CRS, with partners Lumos and Maestral International, will work closely with Department of Children Services (DCS) and other care reform actors to implement programming and interventions to support care reform in Kenya. Kenya has been selected as one of three countries, together with the Republic of Moldova and Guatemala, to implement the initial phase of Changing the Way We Care (CTWWC) initiative. CTWWC is an initiative that aims to leverage existing strengths and efforts of key stakeholders as well as address identified gaps to move Kenya away from reliance on residential care facilities and towards stronger family-based care


Job Summary:

Reporting to the County Team Leader, the Project Officer – PP &LL will monitor and report on all CTWWC county-level activities related to positive parenting and life-skills in support of Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work serving the poor and vulnerable.  S/he will provide leadership, training, and technical support to local implementing partners/institutions/CCIs, caregivers and young people to ensure roll-out of the positive parenting and life-skills sessions at community level. S/he is expected to utilize a service oriented, participatory and strengths-based approach and ensure CTWWC consistently applies recognized and evidence-based practices, regularly reviews and gathers lessons on emerging innovations on PP/LS to ensure the target groups receive critical skills and information resulting in sustainable positive parenting and life-skills practices.

The position will work closely with the Project Officer -Case Management and to ensure that aspects of positive parenting and life-skills are central to the case management process, care plans, service referrals/delivery and monitoring of care plans – and all social work with families, young people and children.


Specific Responsibilities:

  • Support the coordination, implementation, monitoring and reporting of all parenting and life-skills activities outlined in the CTWWC detailed implementation plan in line with CTWWC program quality principles and standards
  • Promote engagement in positive parent/child relationships especially for Children and young people
  • Ensure that local implementing partners/institutions/CCIs, CTWWC staff have the knowledge and skills to successfully deliver positive parenting and life-skills sessions/fora, through trainings, supportive supervision, coaching and mentorship.
  • Contribute to the adoption of existing standardized tools, approaches and training curricula to ensure active engagement of children, young people and families in the process.
  • Support and engage in regular meetings roll out and dissemination of updated guidance, Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs), tools, training curricula or job aids that support DCS, National Council of Children Services (NCCs), CCIs and other partners to improve positive parenting and young people engagement initiatives.
  • Build and maintain mutual and productive relationship with relevant government departments like DCS, Department of young people affairs, County department of gender and social development, Ministry of education (ECDE), county government and other related partners to create partnership opportunities for CTWWC parenting and young people engagement beneficiaries
  • Work closely with the Department of Children Services, Ministry of Education and other like-minded partners to engage parents and provide referrals when necessary for participation in parenting groups, child protection structures and other structures as will be defined using internationally recognized positive parenting standard tools, child safeguarding and jobs aids.
  • Ensure accurate and timely reporting of all assigned project activities as per donor and CRS standards and established schedules.


Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Knowledge

  • Bachelor’s degree in one of the following disciplines: public health, education, social sciences, international development or other related field. Master’s degree will be added advantage
  • At least 4 years’ experience in care reforms, positive parenting, young people engagement or community empowerment programs or in related fields
  • Experience in positive parenting, children/young people engagement design, assessment, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting.
  • Experience working in both high level as well as community settings preferably in young people engagement, care reforms and/or child protection initiatives
  • Ability to conduct training/facilitation with adults, children/young peoples and provide technical assistance and mentoring to the CCIs, partners, government and local implementing partners.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to manage complex and sensitive organizational relationships particularly between DCS, CCIs and/or community-based providers of social services.
  • Strong knowledge of   social service and child protection sector in Kenya.

Skills and Abilities

  • Critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment.
  • Strong writing skills in professional English, level of proficiency should allow the candidate to serve as primary author of high-quality written reports to donors with minimal revision.
  • Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented.
  • Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities with minimal supervision.


Supervisory Responsibilities (none):

Required/Desired Foreign Language: Able to clearly communicate in written and spoken English and Kiswahili; sign language is added advantage.


Travel Required:  Some travel is expected within the County of operation


Key Working Relationships:

Internal: CTWWC staff, Health, Education and Social Services Unit, CRS Kenya MEAL Unit, Management Quality Unit, CRS Kenya Head of Programs.


External: Local implementing partners, GOK, UNICEF, faith-based organizations, Kenya Society of Careleavers, relevant private sector entities, local communities, beneficiaries, donors and other stakeholders

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Integrity
  • Accountability & Stewardship
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  • Strategic Mindset


MEAL Competencies:

  • Track portfolio and project MEAL requirements – both CTWWC MEAL Policies and Procedures (MPP) and donor requirements.
  • Work with MEAL staff and partner staff to implement the MPP and CTWWC MEAL requirements applicable to your projects.
  • Complete the annual MEAL procedure self-assessment for your project and develop action plan to advance MEAL practice.
  • Input into annual work planning process


Disclaimer:  This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.


Written applications indicating the reference number of position applied for and CV including day-time contact phone numbers, as well as names and contact information of three references should reach the below-mentioned by Close of Business Friday, August 16, 2019.


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Note: Catholic Relief Services (CRS) does not charge any fees from applicants for any recruitment. Further, CRS has not retained any agent in connection with this recruitment


CRS’ recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation



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