PROGRAM OFFICER – HEALTH, WATER &
SANITATION – NAIROBI
OF THE ORGANIZATION
Economic and Social Rights Centre (Hakijamii) is a national human rights
organization that works with marginalized groups to claim their economic,
social and cultural rights and improve their likelihoods. It is registered as
NGO under the NGO Coordination Act. It is headed by an Executive Director and
has its secretariat in Nairobi. The organization has strategic community
partners in Nairobi, Kisumu, Kwale, Garissa, Kakamega, Mombasa and Isiolo.
Hakijamii has established strategic partnerships that include being a
founding member of the Kenya Land Alliance, member of Shelter Forum, the Urban
Housing Coalition and a founding member of the International Network on
Economic and Social Rights.
Hakijamii envisions a society that is free of discrimination,
exploitation and injustice and its mission is to strengthen the capacity of
people’s organizations to effective and directly participate in advocating and
realizing their economic, social and cultural rights in Kenya. Throughout its
existence the organization has been guided by the goal of promoting social
movements to engage in realizing and promoting human rights-centered practices
and policies. Its strategic objectives are:
Organize and strengthen the capacities of marginalized community groups
for effective socio-economic rights advocacy.
Advocate for development and implementation of pro – poor esc rights policies through resource allocation and utilization of relevant national & international instruments.
Create an esc rights knowledge hub through publication and dissemination on digital and traditional platforms
Deepen and diversify strategic partnerships at national and
international level to scale-up esc rights advocacy.
organizational, efficiency, monitoring and innovative learning on esc rights
Hakijamii has been expanding its work to address
the new opportunities and challenges presented on the right to water and health
in Kenya. Hakijamii now seeks to recruit Program Officer, Health, Water &
This position’s function will be to engage in
policy issues and provide opinion in relation to realization of right to health
and water & sanitation with a bias to the most marginalized groups. The
holder will be responsible for reviewing the current legislation, identifying
the gaps and providing recommendation towards realizations of ESC rights well
as liaising with partners including community groups in advocating for the
right to health and water and sanitation. The successful applicant will also be
expected to develop simplified training materials on right to health and water
& sanitation to be used by community networks.
Lead in the implementation of the right to health, water and sanitation
capacity building program
possible litigation areas on the right to health and water in Kenya
Innovate approaches towards advocacy and policy monitoring and
implementation on the right to water and health in Kenya
possible litigation strategy on the right to water and health in Kenya
Work together with Hakijamii management team and partners including
community groups in program development.
Develop work plans and progress reports as required by Hakijamii, donors and other partners.
Maintain relationships with current and potential funding sponsors and networks with other stakeholders in order to strengthen a network of Economic & Social Rights in which peer-learning and experience-sharing can occur.
Identify and pursue fundraising opportunities, under the guidance of
Hakijamii’s overall fundraising programme.
the organization at strategic meetings and workshops.
continuous monitoring and evaluation of activities and develop program reports.
Undertake all such other functions as may, from time to time, be
assigned by the Executive Director.
The Program Officer will:
Have an understanding of the challenges faced in implementing economic,
social rights and cultural and able to demonstrate how policy and law can
address those challenges, including through the use of court procedures and
interpersonal and public relation skills.
Have the necessary skills to liaise with partners including community
groups and funders on progress towards clearly defined outcomes;
Be self-motivated and well-organized, with excellent analytical skills
(research and writing)
Have the ability to work both independently and as part of a team, to
deliver under pressure and meet strict deadlines
flexible and easy-going, but hard working and deeply committed to human rights.
willing to travel regularly.
Excellent verbal and written communication (English and Kiswahili) and
computer skills (Microsoft Office Programs).
ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE
At least a Bachelor degree in social science, law or other relevant degree from a recognized university
in project management or community development.
of international human rights law.
of contemporary issues on health and water & sanitation rights.
in working in a Non-Governmental Human Rights Organization.
Knowledge of relevant international and domestic law on economic, social
and cultural rights including engaging with national, regional and
international human rights monitoring bodies.
in fundraising and project management.
Experience in working with key state and non-state actors on water,
sanitation and health issues.
writing and speaking skills.
to orally communicate in English and Swahili.
Closing date for receipt of applications is close of business on 25thOctober 2019. Interested
applicants must submit 1) a cover letter and (2) a current curriculum vitae
addressed to TheExecutive Director, Economic & Social
Rights Centre – Hakijamii, P.O Box 11356-00100
Please Note: Only shortlisted
candidates will be contacted. Hakijamii does not charge any fees for
recruitment process and has NOT assigned any recruiting firm to act on its
behalf. Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.