14 Jun 2019

Career Opportunities at Biovision Africa Trust (June, 2019 Recommended Jobs)

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Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) is a not-for-profit organization established in Kenya in 2009 by the Biovision Foundation for ecological development in Switzerland and supported by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi. The Trust’s goal is to alleviate poverty and improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Kenya and other African countries through supporting dissemination

Project Manager

  • Job TypeFull Time
  • QualificationMBA/MSc/MA
  • Experience7 years
  • Location Nairobi
  • Job Field Project Management
  • Prepare guidelines for work plans and budgets by partners.
  • Facilitate regular communications and meetings with partners to review progress and appraise on activities planned for approval and implementation.
  • Ensure partners report periodically, and on schedule to the Hub project activities.
  • Support partners to collaborate with active like-minded organisations to improve and upscale dissemination of knowledge on organic agriculture among farmers.
  • Design and implement appropriate and effective knowledge capture and sharing activities.
  • Execution of knowledge sharing events including, monthly seminars/webinars, workshops, conferences, and peer learning sessions
  • Identify and curate technical website content to ensure that the right knowledge is getting to the right people at the right time and in the right way.
  • Manage website community engagement, by responding to website members in a timely manner and engage them in meaningful
  • Document and share learning – ensure requirements, lessons learned, and best practices for products, events, and other knowledge management activities are clear and documented.
  • Engage partners and learning champions – work with program managers, project partners, and learning champions to expand various online/in-person learning activities including, engaging the growing member base on project websites, collaborating with external partners, and content contribution.
  • Any other duty that may be assigned by the supervisor.

Qualifications

Education and Knowledge

  • Master’s degree in Knowledge Management, Project Management, Community Development, or related field from a credited institution of higher learning. The job holder must also be very proficient in ICT applications like, web management, web content development etc.

Experience

  • At least 7 years progressive experience in the design and development of knowledge management systems, knowledge sharing/dissemination forums, organizational development, business process improvement, or organizational/systems change management.
  • Practical and applied experience in setting up and administering knowledge management and learning systems.

Specialized Knowledge and skills required

  • Sound understanding of technologies, platforms and ICT infrastructure that facilitate knowledge management and sharing.
  • Ability to assess situations quickly and make independent decisions regarding capturing and sharing of knowledge to target beneficiaries.
  • Demonstrated understanding of knowledge management principles and capacity to deliver knowledge management and/or organizational learning activities.
  • Ability to link content development and engagement strategies that facilitate timely, useful delivery of information, through project learning platforms and activities.
  • Team player, good communicator (both written and spoken), excellent interpersonal skills, work under minimum supervision, self-motivated and go-getter, love/high regard for farming and farmer.
  • Proven ability to work with multiple teams.
  • Sound knowledge of project monitoring and evaluation.
  • Networking and partnership building skills.
  • Understanding of and personal commitment to ecologically sustainable agriculture.
  • Willingness and ability to travel locally and regionally.
  • Should be fluent in oral and written English and Swahili.

Personal Attributes

  • Have strong relationship management.
  • Excellent time management.
  • Team player with excellent negotiation, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to prioritize workload and demonstrate deliverables/outcomes.
  • Good understanding of financial management and reporting processes.

 

Project Accountant

  • Job TypeFull Time
  • QualificationBA/BSc/HND
  • Experience5 years
  • Location Nairobi
  • Job Field Finance / Accounting / Audit

Reporting to the Finance Manager, ensures the financial integrity, transparency and accountability of all financial transactions related to project activities. He/ she must provide consolidated financial plans and reports for the projects as needed within the requirements of donors and partners.

Responsibilities

  • Ensure financial project reports are prepared in accordance with contractual agreements
  • Liaise with auditor and prepare audit schedules during project and institution Audits.
  • Oversee asset management and finally depreciate assets at the end of the year.
  • Project fund management (Receive and disburse funds on our behalf).
  • Respond to donor queries relating to programmes/ projects.
  • Filing of programme financial support documents/payment documents.
  • Prepare Annual and Bi-annual project report as per contractual agreements.
  • Submission of financial reports to the donors.
  • Ensure to comply with internal and external regulations with the respective support to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Any other duty that may be assigned by the supervisor.

Qualifications

Education and Knowledge

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, Accounts or related field from a credited institution of higher learning. In addition, applicants must be CPA (K) holders or an equivalent related field from a credited institution of higher learning.

Experience

  • Minimum 5 years working experience in a demanding environment or an International organization, on general accounting ledger, and financial reporting; and presentation skills with the ability to present complex issues clearly and concisely.
  • Experience of developing financial operational systems and schedules.
  • Knowledge and proficiency in finance/accounting principles (comply with regulations and laws).
  • Must have the ability to plan and work with limited supervision.

Specialized Knowledge and skills required

  • Experience in monitoring implementation of project activities.
  • Proven ability to work with multiple teams.
  • Experience of leading on financial aspects of multi-country donor contract management and providing advice on complex financial management.
  • Sound knowledge of project monitoring and evaluation.
  • Networking and partnership building skills.
  • Experience in using accounting software’s appropriate for a large international organization (e.g. SUN Accounts, Pastel Evolution and Vision Excel).
  • Experience of developing financial operational systems and schedules.

Personal Attributes

  • Have strong relationship management.
  • Excellent time management.
  • Team player with excellent negotiation, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to prioritize workload and demonstrate deliverables/outcomes.
  • Good understanding of financial management and reporting processes.

 

Monitoring & Evaluation Officer

  • Job TypeFull Time
  • QualificationBA/BSc/HND
  • Experience5 years
  • Location Nairobi
  • Job Field NGO/Non-Profit   Research / Data Analysis

Reporting to the BvAT Executive Director, the M&E Officer will be responsible for all monitoring and evaluation activities in BvAT. The role supports all BvAT programmes in designing, implementation and reporting on all M&E activities.

Responsibilities

  • Ensure an appropriate monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system is in place and is functioning satisfactorily.
  • Periodically review and revise the system so that it is adapted appropriately to changing operating contexts.
  • Ensure relevant and timely M&E information is provided in user-friendly formats to key stakeholders, including beneficiary communities, partners and donors.
  • Establish and coordinate monitoring systems including data collection, analysis and review.
  • Ensure information gathered through monitoring activities is shared as per BvAT policies and regulations.
  • Providing support to project design and activities including strategic frameworks (Results framework, log frames etc.)
  • Assist in the revision of the project log frame matrix, particularly in the areas of performance indicators and their measurement;
  • Assist the program teams to determine performance and impact indicators and targets.
  • Implement monitoring systems and designing monitoring tools.
  • Develop data collection tools.
  • Monitor project activities, outputs and progress towards anticipated results.
  • Development of appropriate M&E databases to store, analyze and present relevant information.
  • Support programme team for reporting, data collection and in needs assessments.
  • Conduct regular data quality audits and ensure adherence to quality control measures.
  • Support the dissemination of M&E results to stakeholders.
  • Support the quantitative data management and analysis to inform project decisionmaking.
  • Lead the collation of Quarterly, Semiannual and Annual project progress reports.
  • Track, manage and review all project reports, and collate lessons learned to inform programmatic decisions.
  • Assist in the development and/or finalization of the project Work Plan and keep it updated in accordance with project activities and timeframes as relevant.
  • Develop the overall framework for project M&E, for example mid-term project review, impact assessment, final evaluation, develop project Performance Monitoring Plan with relevant data collection systems.
  • Review the quality of existing data in the project subject areas, the methods of collecting it, and the degree to which it will provide good baseline statistics for impact evaluation.
  • Develop baseline data for each project component and for all project indicators.
  • With collaborating partners, review their existing approaches and management information systems and agree on any required changes, support and resources.
  • Collect data on a regular basis to measure achievement against the performance indicators.
  • Maintain and administer the M&E database, analyze and aggregate findings.
  • Support project progress reporting, project mid-term review and final evaluation.
  • Identify areas where technical support to project partners is required. Organize refresher training on M&E for partners as required.
  • Identify lessons learned and develop case studies to capture qualitative outputs of the project. Provide advice to the management on improving project performance using M&E findings.
  • Any other duty that may be assigned by the supervisor.

Qualifications

Education and Knowledge

  • Bachelor’ degree in Monitoring and Evaluation, Statistics, Social sciences or related qualification from a credited institution of higher learning.
  • A course/certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation.

Experience

  • Minimum of five years of professional experience in an M&E position responsible for implementing M&E activities of international development projects.
  • Experience in designing, implementing, and operating project M&E systems from project initiation to closeout stages.
  • Experience in designing and managing beneficiary monitoring and database systems.
  • Experience in strategic planning and performance measurement, including indicator selection, target setting, reporting, database management, and developing M&E and performance monitoring plans.
  • Knowledge of the major evaluation methodologies (e.g. qualitative, quantitative, mixed-method, and impact) and data collection and analysis methodologies.
  • Experience in planning and managing surveys.
  • Experience in developing and refining data collection tools.

Specialized Knowledge and skills required

  • Good knowledge of programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation techniques and practices.
  • Familiarity with impact assessment (an advantage).
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Good computer applications skills.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision.
  • Ability to work under time pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work in diversified environments.
  • Ability to work in a team and good interpersonal skills.

Personal Attributes

  • Understanding of and personal commitment to ecologically sustainable agriculture.
  • Fluency in oral and written Swahili and English.
  • Have strong relationship management.
  • Excellent time management.
  • Team player with excellent negotiation, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to prioritize workload and demonstrate deliverables/outcomes.
  • Good understanding of financial management and reporting processes.
  • Willingness and ability to travel locally and internationally.

How to Apply

If you believe you are the right candidate for any of the above positions and can clearly demonstrate your ability to meet the requirements, please submit your detailed CV and application letter indicating summary of your key qualifications and expected salary to [email protected].

The closing date for applications is 15th June 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Biovision Africa Trust is an equal opportunity employer.






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