Media Campaign CSEC Coast Project Officer (Kenya) - short term staff

Terre des Hommes Netherlands is looking for a full time project officer for the Kenya Country Office, to be based in Nairobi, Kenya with frequent travels to the Coast. This is a national short term position, open to applicants who can prove the right to live and work in Kenya.

Position: Media Campaign Project Officer

Duration: 5 months (December 2019 - April 2020)

Start Date: 1st December 2019


Terre des Hommes Netherlands (TdH-NL) is an international NGO committed to stopping child exploitation. In East Africa, Terre des Hommes Netherlands works in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia. We support child victims of exploitation with education, psychosocial support, legal assistance, shelter, job opportunities and medical care; while at the same time targeting highly vulnerable children, who are at risk of being exploited, in our prevention activities. We launch public and media campaigns to create awareness on our focus issues and carry out local research into the extent and nature of abuse and exploitation of children. 

TdH-NL in East Africa works within four child protection themes: the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), the Worst Forms of Child Labour (WFCL), Child Trafficking and Unsafe Migration (CTM), and Child Abuse (CA) specifically focusing on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights. Through collaboration with local civil society organisations (CSOs), TdH-NL implements development, humanitarian/relief and advocacy interventions in various parts of Kenya, supported by own TdH-NL funding and from various donors and foundations.

Our Vision: Terre des Hommes Netherlands works towards a world where all children have a decent life and can grow up to be independent adults. A world in which children are no longer exploited. We will continue our work until this is accomplished.

Our Mission: Terre des Hommes Netherlands prevents child exploitation, removes children from exploitative situations and ensures these children can develop themselves in a safe environment.

Objective of the Project Officer Role

As part of our larger programme addressing child sexual exploitation at the Kenyan Coast, which comprises of advocacy, prevention and service provision interventions, during the peak tourist season of December 2019 - March 2020, TdH-NL intends to run an awareness campaign dubbed ‘Do not Look Away’ focusing on child sexual exploitation in general and more specifically on sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism. This campaign will combine awareness creation for child sexual exploitation in general (perpetrators being locals as well as tourists), with a call to action for the general public to ‘Do not look away’ and report cases of sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism specifically.

TdH-NL is looking for a short term project officer who will work with the media consultant hired to run this campaign on behalf of and under the guidance of TdH-NL.

The Media Campaign Project Officer will be responsible for the day to day implementation of the project, ensuring close monitoring of the media consultant to ensure timely delivery of activities. He/She operationally reports to the Country Manager Kenya, while at the same time receives mainly technical guidance from the Senior Communications Officer East Africa, with whom (s)he will be working closely together. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities 

1. Support implementation of the CSEC Project in the Coast 

  • Constantly work with the media consultant to ensure timely, efficient and effective implementation of the media campaign project. 
  • Ensure efficient use of project resources and fulfillment of programme and finance commitments as per the consultancy contract. 
  • Guide the planning of the awareness campaign, while ensuring harmonisation within the existing CSEC programme at the Kenyan Coast, to create synergy of all the (communication) activities planned in this period across all TdH-NL ongoing CSEC projects.
  • Work closely with TdH-NL’s partners in the Coast region, all relevant stakeholders  to ensure coordinated services to victims of CSEC identified during the campaign period.
  • Monitor the progress of the project including focus on support to victims of CSEC identified, other child protection concerns and provide feedback and advice to the Country Manager and others as appropriate for decision making.

2. Programme results for the media consultant and project portfolio

  • Support and monitor the project consultant through regular communication and programme visits and ensure that programme and finance commitments as per the consultancy contract are being fulfilled. Liaise with the TdH-NL Finance and Administration Officer regarding budgets and expenditures.
  • Ensure that all scheduled project reports such as progress and financial reports are delivered timely and that they are of good quality, according to TdH-NL’s standards. 
  • Support the Senior Communications Officer East Africa at the TdH-NL Regional Office with information and materials for marketing and communication, e.g. news items (case stories, articles) and photos.
  • Manage the procurement of branded items, if and where applicable, and other initiatives to increase TdH-NL’s visibility in-country.
  • Maintain the database and regularly update project documentation/ files for reference by all concerned. 
  • In close collaboration with the consultant, monitor all media activities, their reach and their impact; and report on the same
    • Deliverable: Inception report
    • Deliverable: Mid-campaign report
    • Deliverable: Post campaign report

3. Guidance and support to the media campaign consultant 

  • Provide the required support to the consultant to ensure smooth implementation of activities as per the agreed scope of work and key deliverables.
  • Guide the consultant and other project partners so that they improve on quality of work, efficiency, effectiveness of the desired outputs and sustainability of results. 
  • Safeguard project quality by maintaining an overview of supported projects and evaluating the quality of work and results. Ensure that project consultants follow the terms and conditions of the signed contract; facilitate them to keep track of key factors in project management, implementation and monitoring of results.  

Academic qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and desired Behaviours

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in development studies, project management, child rights, journalism, communications, or public relations.
  • A minimum of 3 years experience in planning and executing media and public relations campaigns, within a not-for-profit environment focusing on awareness creation on child protection issues.
  • Experience in Child Rights programming, Child exploitation and Child abuse is an advantage.
  • Knowledge of and experience in project cycle management, including the use of Theory of Change and other planning tools.
  • Experience with financial management.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills - excellent writing and oral skills in English and Kiswahili.
  • Planning, organising & cooperation, performance oriented.
  • High degree of taking initiative and working independently.
  • Thorough and precise working style, with strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to respond flexibly to changing priorities.

How to apply 

Please send your curriculum vitae and motivation letter indicating your availability and expected monthly salary to: clearly demonstrating how you meet the qualifications for this role, not later than Friday, 22nd November 2019.  For more information about this vacancy, you can contact us through the same email address.

Note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to the expected large responses only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Kindly also note that the selection procedure will include an assessment test (including child safeguarding), and checking of recent professional/academic references.

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