Head of Policy and Campaigns Job in Kenya

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Head of Policy and Campaigns

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Head of Policy and Campaigns shall be responsible for the design, development, implementation and management of all policy and campaign work at AAIK. 

The job holder is expected to oversee the process of capacity development of staff and partners to conceptualize, plan and deliver policy and campaign work at National and Partnership Support Unit(PSU) level in line with AAIK’s people led policy process. 

S/he is expected to provide leadership in building and strengthening coalitions and alliances of strategic partners and stakeholders for solidarity in influencing policies at national and international level. 

In addition s/he will oversee the organizations communication functions so as to raise the profile and visibility of AAIK both nationally and internationally. 

The holder of the position is a member of the senior management team (UAMUZI) and is expected to participate and contribute to strategic organizational decision making processes and support fundraising efforts. 

Coordinate the delegation of functions on International Platform (IP) Projects by IS and represent the organization at national and international policy influencing spaces assigned to by the Executive Director. 

Ensure existence of effective staff management, development and results based Performance in the policy and campaigns unit.
Specific Responsibilities

Policy, Campaign & Advocacy
1.       Oversee the delivery of partnership support in the identification of key issues affecting women and people living in poverty and key collaborators for AAIK’s policy and campaign work at national  and international level;
2.       Support contribution of ideas by partners from the PSU level to inform AAIK’s policy and campaign work at national and international level
3.       Ensuring that national and PSU level partners receive the required technical support in the design of community led policy and campaign  activities
4.       Participate in strategic policy spaces both at national and international level; and
5.       Overseeing development and maintenance of sound relations with policy, research and advocacy specialists at regional and international levels.
6.       Support monitoring, evaluation and learning on policy and campaign work
7.       Provide support during the Annual Participatory Review and Reflection Process
Capacity Development
1.       Oversee the development and implementation of a capacity building framework on policy and campaigns in line with AAIK’s campaign priorities
2.       Provide leadership in strengthening staff and partner capacity In community led participatory policy research and analysis
3.       Oversee the development of AAIK's capacity to document, disseminate and learn from ongoing policy and campaign work
4.       Oversee the delivery of capacity support to partners on rights based approach in advocating for rights and enabling policies in favor of women and people living in poverty and exclusion
5.       Ensuring AAIK policy and campaign work is well balanced, well documented and implemented in an effective and efficient manner;
6.       Overseeing  the monitoring, evaluation and reporting of AAIK’s policy and campaign work

Building and Strengthening  Partnership Linkages and Networking at National and International Level
1.       Overseeing establishment and management of co-operative relationships with partners and other stakeholders at national level;
2.       Ensuring appropriate representation of AAIK in alliances and networks both within and outside Kenya as may be required;
3.       Support the PSU Managers and other programme staff to strengthen policy and campaign networks that AAIK is collaborating with on key policy and campaign priorities. 
4.       Ensure that partners at PSU’s are linked with national networks and policy spaces for engagement
5.       Coordinate AAIK’s collaboration with networks, government agencies and other organizations on specific policies in order to share information, experiences for influencing
Managing IS Project Delegation
1.       Lead in the process of discussions on the plans and budgets for the projects
2.       Ensure that project working group members are coordinated and engaged in the project implementation process
3.       Monitor, evaluate and ensure regular sharing of progress among working group members and timely reporting  to AAIK Executive Director, Country Directors of participating countries and IS
4.       Ensure that lessons on the projects are documented and shared within AAIK and across the federation
Staff Management, Development and Performance Measurement:
1.       Ensuring efficient and effective management of staff within the Department taking into account staff skills and leave allowance; 
2.       Participate in the development of programming skills for staff involved in programme activities;
3.       Undertake performance appraisal for staff in the Department and initiation of correction actions for identified gaps;
4.       Undertaking training of staff within the department;
5.       Development of organizational wide performance measurement and impact assessment indicators; and
6.       Participate in Board and committee meetings and give necessary support and information.
Senior Management Functions
1.       Participate in senior management meetings and implement agreed decisions and actions
2.       Share strategic issues that needs senior management decisions on AAIK’s policy and campaign engagement work
3.       Participate in the Finance, Fundraising, Programme and Planning Committee of the Board
4.       Coordinate the process of identification of funding gaps on AAIK’s policy and campaign work and facilitate the development of concepts and proposals to support fundraising 

Appointment to the position will be made from persons who have:
1.       An MBA or Masters degree in social Sciences or its equivalent from a recognized University;
2.       Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences or its equivalent from a recognized University;
3.       Have at least ten (10) years working experience in policy/programmes function in an INGO or a large organization of which at least five (7) years must have been at senior management position;
4.       Have demonstrated in-depth understanding of programming issues and Policy work at organizational, national and international levels;
5.       Have practical experience in donor reporting, designing, setting up and coordinating, monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment systems and processes; and
6.       Have an understanding of gender issues in development and demonstrable commitment to promoting gender equity within the organization and in programme work.
Key Competences
1.       Strong conceptual, analytical, documentation and presentation skills;
2.       Excellent management, leadership, planning and prioritization skills;
3.       High degree of integrity, dependability and confidentiality;
4.       Good interpersonal and communication skills coupled with ability to influence, negotiate, advice, mentor  and train;
5.       Ability to work independently and be self motivated; and
6.       High level of IT proficiency in use of MS Word, Excel, Access, Power-point, and e-mail.
How to Apply

To apply, click HERE to submit your application; for any queries, kindly direct the same to hresources.kenya@actionaid.org. (Click HERE for system access procedure)

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

ActionAid is an equal opportunities employer. 

Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.