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Programme Officer – Movement Building (Re-Advertised)
February 21, 2024
Recruitment of a programme officer for our Movement Building programme.

About Inuka

Inuka Kenya Ni Sisi! is a Kenyan grassroots social movement organisation founded in 2009 and registered/incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee in 2012. It envisions a peaceful, united and well-governed Kenya with equal economic and social opportunity for all citizens. The organisation exists to empower Kenyan citizens to improve their lives and demand good governance as a means to achieve socio-economic growth and equality of opportunity among all Kenyans. It purposes to curate a social movement (the Ni Sisi! Movement) that will seek to unite Kenyans to forge a collective identity, drive transformation in leadership and improve maisha — wellbeing — for all Kenyans. To this end, Inuka supports community groups/organisations and collaborates with initiatives at the local, national and regional levels to build capacity and linkages for effective collective action. Inuka Kenya Ni Sisi!’s philosophy is underpinned by the concept of “dignity before development” — each individual’s inherent dignity must be upheld at all levels of interaction.

Inuka Kenya premises its work on three strategic objectives:

1: Restructuring the Public Sphere:

To create and curate narratives that seek to restructure the Kenyan public sphere using knowledge platforms, technology products and engaging civic actors and institutions within a framework of Utu.

II: Enhance Individual Agency, Dignity and Livelihoods:

To harness a collective positive and resilient identity to build, protect, restore and ensure human dignity for all.

III: Transition to a National Social Movement:

To transition from a civil society organization, through partnerships, collaboration and membership development, to a national social movement of active citizens who hold governments to account.

Job Title:   Programme Officer – Movement Building
Supervisor: Programme Manager – Civil to Civic 

Essential Functions: As the Programme Officer – Movement Building Programme, you will be responsible for the implementation, oversight, growth and sustainability of the programme. You will be charged with building the Ni Sisi! movement with a specific focus on forming and activating the Ni Sisi! Chapters and carrying out activities under the Sauti Yetu Programme. The officer will also ensure the collectivisation of Inuka programming to the Ni Sisi! Movement agenda. The position also oversees partnerships with CSOs and people movements in Kenya and the region as may be necessary. You will report to the Programme Manager – Civil to Civic or any other authorised Inuka designate as you shall be advised. You will be required to perform the duties set out hereunder and such other duties as we may require you to undertake from time to time

Duties and responsibilities 

  1. Oversee Ni Sisi! movement building by:
    • Ensuring the establishment and functioning of  Ni Sisi! chapters with a resilient singular identity in the Counties of work  through the identification, mobilisation and partnership development with citizen groups and actors, like-minded civic organisations and individuals to form collective communities of change
    • Ensuring sustained engagement with Ni Sisi! Movement members by supporting established chapters to agitate for action and change through training and thematic advocacy mechanisms on prioritised issues. 
    • Identifying and activating opportunities and initiatives to add value to citizen groups for enhanced policy debates and improved livelihoods.
    • Carrying out private sector mobilisation – financial and in-kind support including mentorship, opportunities for apprenticeship
    • Convene movement-building meetings in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania
    • Perpetuating interlinkage of program activities towards movement building
    • Facilitating exchange between chapters and developing linkages with national-level agenda
    • Establishing and operationalizing values incubation centres in the Chapters
    • Identify and activate opportunities and initiatives to add value to citizen groups for enhanced policy debates and improved livelihoods.
  2. Oversee the effective functioning of the Sauti Yetu programme including planning, implementation of programmes, reporting and project staff management
  3. Be a representative of the institution in its existing coalitions and networks specifically through attending meetings feeding into processes and growing the organisation’s network
  4. Developing mechanisms to document real histories and memories in each of the  counties – curation of stories linked with Kesho – knowledge synthesis and analysis
  5. Document and prepare activity, monthly, quarterly, bi-annual, and annual reports including donor-specific reports and other ad hoc documentation as may be required.
  6. Develop and implement a research agenda for the organisation
  7. Ensure the establishment of Ni Sisi! Resource centre (s) and develop an online information portal for members of the movement – info pack, newsletter, regular member debrief information and data 
  8. Fundraising – participate in activities and/or undertake such initiatives as necessary for fundraising for the organisation. 
  9. Identify and activate opportunities and initiatives to add value to citizen groups for enhanced policy debates and improved livelihoods. 
  10. Represent the organisation at meetings with the donors and other development partners.
  11. Coordinate the MERL function  of the Programme
  12. Any other relevant duties as may be assigned.

Academic and Professional Experience

  • University degree in Political Science, Development Studies or relevant Social Sciences
  • Post-graduate studies in Programme Management or Organisational Development
  • Minimum of at least five (5) years of experience working in similar programs in advocacy and accountability organisations and networks.
  • Minimum of Five (5) years experience in community mobilisation 
  • Experience in civic education, political education and movement building

Skills and Personal Attributes 

  • Understanding of the key governance issues in Kenya and the barriers to achieving a just and equitable society; understanding of social movement-building processes, civic engagement, campaigns and human rights.
  • Competence in managing complex organisational programmes
  • Experience in developing and leading the implementation of effective nationwide campaign strategies in Kenya.
  • Experience in working with networks or coalitions and building partnerships.
  • Ability to manage sensitive organisational relationships and work with a diverse group of stakeholders in a multicultural and multilingual environment.
  • Strong experience in organisational management, project management, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, fundraising, and finance management.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and networking abilities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in Kiswahili and English.
  • Experience in writing, documentation and reporting
  • Proficiency in computer applications
  • Good people management skills with a solid understanding of change management processes, performance management, time management, and results-based management, and team building.
  • Personal character:  Having a good personal track record, integrity, honesty, dedication, dynamic, showing respect to others, team builder and time manager.

How to Apply

Only candidates who meet the set criteria should submit applications together with their updated curriculum vitae that include details of daytime contacts, names and contacts of three referees addressed to careers@inukakenya.com and copy ekamau@inukakenya.com with “Programme Officer- Movement Building” in the subject line not later than 15th April 2024

Only successful candidates will be contacted.

Inuka Kenya is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. Further details of Inuka Kenya’s work can be obtained from our website.