Job Description

Eligibility criteria Minimum age: 22 years old. Applicants must be nationals of or legal residents in the country of assignment.

Description of task UNDP in collaboration with the Kenya School of Government (KSG) and County Government of Isiolo in 2018 initiated a youth programme which aimed at building the capacity of 52 youths from Isiolo County on Entrepreneurship and life skills. A youth learning center was also established which serves as:
  • Capacity Building and Computer Lab unit: To support the training of Youth on Access to Government Procurement Opportunities, ICT, Entrepreneurship, Leadership Skills, Creative Economy
  • Talent, Innovation, Creative, and Filmmaking Hub: To engage Youth to develop innovative and creative ideas to improve Quality Service delivery in the Public Sector. Talent development such as filmmaking (Sinema Mashinani), acting.
  • One-stop-shop information Unit: The unit will provide Youth in the County with all the necessary information to facilitate their participation in the developmental agenda. The Centre will also provide Access to Information such as AGPO, Jobs, Scholarship, and Capacity Building. The Youth can access information through the KSG Youth Innovation Centre Website and Knowledge Management SMS platform
  • Coaching, mentorship, Counselling Services unit: The unit will support individual coaching and mentorship, counseling services for Youth who are Abusing Drug.
Reporting directly to UNDP Devolution Project Manager, the Programme Assistant will perform the following duties and responsibilities within the Consolidating Gains and Deepening Devolution in Kenya Project:
  1. Facilitate the implementation of the project as well as monitor and address risks
  2. Write reports on the activities being conducted in the youth Innovation and Learning Center
  3. Coordinate program activities and strive to meet project activity results
  4. Maintain a register of and lead engagement with key Centre stakeholders
Facilitate the implementation of the project as well as monitor and address risk

  • Work with KSG and County Government of Isiolo in the development of joint monthly activities as well as budgets based on expected year-end outputs of youth activities.
  • Work with KSG and County Government of Isiolo team to monitor planned activities in order to identify best practices as well as constraints/implementation bottlenecks and to take necessary actions to overcome the constraints.
  • Manage the data base on the youth trained and ensure close monitoring of youth activities and report on the achievements, challenges and lessons learned for improvement of the programme.
  • Ensure sustainability of the activities at the center through close collaboration with the County Government of Isiolo, KSG and other stakeholders
Write reports on the activities being conducted in the youth Innovation and Learning Center

  • Provide monthly updates on the activities being undertaken at the youth learning center
  • Attend the Projects Progress meetings and brief the team on the activities achieved with the learning Center
  • Compile progress reports in close Coordination with the M&E officer to ensure they are in line with the outputs/activities agreed in the annual work plans and ultimately ensure information-sharing.
  • Maintain contact of Isiolo Youth Innovation and Empowerment Centre alumni, document their achievements,
  • Identify and enlist youth for mentoring and coaching of other youths in Isiolo or any other FCDC Counties.
Coordinate program activities and strive to meet project activity results

  • Contribute to the creation and sharing of knowledge by synthesizing and documenting findings and lessons learned, success stories and best practices, strategies, and approaches of the youth center.
  • In collaboration with KSG and the County Government of Isiolo, monitor the messages being sent out through the SMS platform, analyze some of the achievements and concerns being raised and the action taken.
  • Ensure drafting relevant materials for wide dissemination and visibility of program achievements in close collaboration with the project and UNDP communications Unit
  • Conducting of Key Informant Interviews with some of the trained youth to collect some of the success stories.
Maintain a register of and lead engagement with key Centre stakeholders

  • In partnership with Kenya School of Government, County Government of Isiolo maintain and initiate effective dialogue and coordination with key stakeholders on youth issues.
  • Ensure regular communication, organization, knowledge management and consultation with KSG, UNDP and the County Government of Isiolo
  • Participate in other UNDP Kenya Country Office activities as may be called upon, including promotion of Volunteerism for Development
Qualifications/Requirements Required degree level: Bachelor degree or equivalent Education - Additional Comments: Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Social Sciences, Project Management, or other related areas. Master’s degree will be an added advantage Required experience: 24 Months Experience remark:
  • Previous experience in Development Assistance or related work for an international agency or donor organization, government or NGO is a pre-requisite.
  • Strong analytical, drafting and communication skills.
  • Proven ability to coordinate youth programs with diverse range of partners.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web-based Management Systems.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development.
  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel.
  • Understands the Kenya Constitution 2010 especially on devolution matters and experience working with counties
Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards.
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
Functional competencies:

  • Analytical and strategic thinking / results orientation.
  • Knowledge management
  • Ability to perform a variety of tasks related to annual work planning, implementation and reporting against the relevant project outputs and indicators including Data Management
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish effective working relations in a multicultural team environment.
  • Excellent team-building, and interpersonal skills
Language skills:
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
Area of expertise: Administration and administrative assistance Area of expertise details: Public Administration, Social Sciences, Project Management Driving license: No   Please note that the duty station for this assignment is in ISIOLO.

Application deadline: 16 April 2021
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