PROGRAM OFFICER- BUDGETING & POLICY
RESEARCH – NAIROBI
Economic and Social Rights Centre (Hakijamii) P. O.
Box 11356-00100, Nairobi, Kenya. Email: email@example.com
OVERVIEW 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 livelihoods.
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
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 to:
Organize and strengthen the
capacities of marginalized community groups for effective socio-economic
Advocate for development and
implementation of pro – poor esc rights policies through resource
allocation and utilization of relevant national & international
Create an esc rights knowledge
hub through publication and dissemination on digital and traditional
Deepen and diversify strategic
partnerships at national and international level to scale-up esc rights
efficiency, monitoring and innovative learning on esc rights
Hakijamii has been expanding its work to
address the new opportunities and challenges presented in advocating and
litigating socio-economic rights. Our budgeting and research work feeds
into pro-poor policy formulation, monitoring and implementation of
socio-economic rights through resource allocation and citizens engagement in
governance processes. To this end Hakijamii seeks to recruit a Program
Officer-Budgeting & Policy Research to advance this cause.
purpose of this position is to support delivery of overall work of the
organization on policy implementation. This aims to assist the organization to
make meaningful input in policy dialogue and implementation. The role will
involve taking forward policy research projects and initiatives including
research support and inputs on a range of topics as may be required from time
simplify and analyze key planning and budgeting documents used in public
finance management at the county and national level;
Influence policy development and its implementation through targeted research.
research on the implications of proposed tax policies (such as Finance
Bills, Division of Revenue Bills and tax laws among others) on
marginalized urban communities in Kenya;
organization and its partners understand emerging policies especially in
regard to the linkage between policy implementation and access to economic,
social and cultural rights;
Assist the organization to
undertake targeted analysis of the national budget in regard to polices
that relate to economic and social rights;
Analyse the annual national budget
estimates and determine the extent to which they provide for the
progressive realization of economic and social rights;
Draft and disseminate policy research reports
and briefings on access to basic services to inform policy makers and
Build and maintain networks with key policy
research institutions such as Kenya National Treasury, Planning Department,
KNBS, KIPPRA, Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) and other relevant state
and non-state actors).
Advocate for allocation of
sufficient public resources towards achieving the progressive realization
of socio-economic rights in Kenya;
Investigate and document good
practices in regard to national budget allocation for economic and social
Develop and disseminate
relevant information on the linkage between the national budget and the
realization of economic and social rights.
Identify and pursue fundraising
opportunities under the guidance of Hakijamii’s overall fundraising
Represent the organization in
relevant forums both nationally and internationally
undertake all such other functions as may be directed by the Executive
Director and that are within the mandate of the organization and
complimentary to the above responsibilities;
Demonstrated capacity in
undertaking research on socio-economic rights
Demonstrated capacity of analyzing
complex budget problems into simplified
Possess critical thinking and problem-solving
skills, including the ability to weigh options and propose recommendations;
Be self-motivated and well-organised, with
excellent writing and oral communication skills.
Have the ability to work both independently
and as part of a team
Have the necessary skills to liaise with
funders and other partners on progress towards clearly defined outcomes;
the capacity to work within a policy environment with a good working
knowledge of the current policy issues and debates related to access to
Be willing to travel regularly
Be fluent in both spoken and
written English and Kiswahili
ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
A Bachelor degree in Economics, Public Finance, Public
Policy or any other relevant discipline from a recognized University.
Post graduate qualification will be an added
At least two-years experience of conducting
research in Public Finance Management in Kenya.
Record of working with key policy research and
relevant government institutions (e.g. The National Treasury, Department
Devolution and Planning, Kippra, Parliamentary Budget
Office and other relevant stakeholders).
project management and organizational skills, including managing multiple projects
and tasks concurrently.
Experience in international
human rights, social justice or related areas, with a good knowledge of
economic, social and cultural rights.
Experience of working with a
National Non-Governmental Organization on matters public finance
management and policy research
Understanding of the challenges
faced in implementing economic, social and cultural rights and able to
demonstrate knowledge of how the national budget can be used to address
those challenges, including through the Parliamentary system.
Demonstrated capacity of analyzing
complex budget problems rigorously and from all angles, showing practical
judgment as well as academic ability.
to clearly articulate how the national budget relates to the realization
of socio-economic rights.
of the range of research methods relevant to policy research and ability
to design project proposals.
of conducting research including literature and policy reviews, qualitative
and quantitative data analysis and presentation of research findings to
high level policy makers and the general public.
to analyze and simplify planning and budgeting documents such as County
Integrated Development Plans (CIDPs), Budget Policy Statements (BPS),
CFSPs, Annual Development Plans (ADPs), national and county budget
estimates among others;
All interested applicants must submit 1) a
cover letter and (2) a current curriculum vitae addressed to:
The Executive Director,
Economic & Social Rights Centre –
All applications should be sent via email to
firstname.lastname@example.org on or before Wednesday 20th November 2019.
Kindly visit our website on www.hakijamii.com for more information
about the job opportunity.
Please Note: Hakijamii does not charge any fees for
recruitment process and has NOT assigned any recruiting firm to act on
its behalf. Any canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.
Hakijamii is an equal opportunity employer and
only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.