KENYAN - FEMALE - FULLTIME
Mount Elgon Trust is looking for an experienced Kenyan development worker to join our teams for community outreach development work in the following projects: the Girl empowerment, Capacity Building Project and Farmers Training centre. We are looking for a development worker that can help plan, join field visits and do report writing. In addition the development worker will help with fund raising for our trust projects.
Mount Elgon Trust is a small trust in Western Kenya which is part of the rose and avocado farm Mount Elgon Orchards (www.mtelgon.com). The trust has a full functioning hospital, three schools with over 2000 students, an orphanage, a market and housing project, and a farmers training centre. The trust has over 100 employees with teachers, doctors and nurses, security, caregivers and social workers. Currently we have three community outreach projects to support the community in gender equality, health and independency projects.
OUR COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROJECTS:
- Girl empowerment: we work with young girls and young mothers in 20 communities to support them to reach their full potential. This includes education, entrepreneurship and business, and sexual and menstrual health education.
- Capacity building project: this project has started in 2019 to support communities in starting their own business project to earn an income together. Currently 75 projects have been successfully set up and are being supported by the trust through financial means, guidance and project management.
- Farmers training centre (FTC): our farmers training centre gives trainings at the trust and on location to small scale farmers in sustainable farming practices to increase their harvest and grow a bigger variety of food for themselves and the market. The FTC supports the capacity building project for guidance in the agricultural projects.
- Help individuals, families or whole communities to bring about social change and improve the quality of life in the local area
- Act as the link between communities and a range of other local authority and voluntary sector providers
- Help communities organise themselves and provide a platform for community groups to share and express their views and ideas
- Work on projects tackling specific issues
- Set goals for improvement and respond to problems and needs through empowerment and active participation
- Identify community skills, assets, issues and needs
- Develop new resources in dialogue with the community and evaluate existing programmes
- Prepare reports and policies
- Other duties as may be required by management
Diploma or degree in development studies, community development, youth work, social studies or social sciences or a closely related field
LANGUAGE: Excellent English & Swahili is a must
At least 3 years experience working in teaching, youth work, the health sector or similar roles within the community.
- EXCELLENT COMMUNICATION SKILLS, both written and verbal. Good public speaker, including the ability to communicate to and work with a wide range of people of all levels of society in a participatory and respectful manner.
- PROJECT MANAGEMENT: planning and organizing of the project team and resources to move a meeting, event or task toward completion. All projects need planning, brief reports on the visits and quarterly reports for the donor organisation and trustees.
- EQUALITY & DEVELOPMENT: Sensitivity and respect for cultural, sexual, religious, ideological and ethnic diversity. Commitment to women empowerment, sustainability, social justice and poverty eradication and a belief that by working together people can change their own lives for the better.
- TRAINING: Ability to transfer skills and knowledge through formal or informal training and skill-sharing, and to adapt skills and knowledge to the local context and work with existing/limited resources.
- IT SKILLS: Microsoft words, email, excel
All applications are to be submitted before 20th February 2024.