Community Development Intern at Save the Children

On Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
Signature Programme
Position Code: COM INTERN
Team / Programme: Programmes
Location: Bungoma.
Grade: (this position attracts a stipend of Ksh 15,000)
Post Type: National
Child Safeguarding: Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people
Role Purpose: SCI Kenya is in the process of implementing a world class Signature Program (BORESHA) for health that is expected to significantly contribute to achievement of Kenya’s MDG 4 and 5 targets. 

The programmatic model will actualize continuum of care approach mixed with an integrated package of quick wins, a minimum community health care package and a strengthened health system approach to maternal and new-born health programming across Save the Children’s Theory of Change. 

Save the Children is working with the government of Kenya and communities to address the maternal and neonatal health challenges in the country in a way that would deliver significant impacts for Children and Women by the end of the 5 year period.

The Signature Programme intern will work with the Community Development Officer to support the implementation process of a world class innovative maternal and newborn signature programme.

Scope of Role:

Reports to: Community Development Officer

Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners. 

Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH. 
In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programmes of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a single operation in Kenya. 
In February 2014, we completed a second transition, which saw us join forces with the British INGO, Merlin, and merge their health and nutrition programmes with our own. 
Save the Children now has an operational presence in Bungoma, Dadaab Refugee Camp, Garissa, Mandera, Nairobi, Turkana and Wajir. 
We work through partners in many other parts of the country. We have a staff complement of around 300 staff and an operating annual budget of approximately US$25 million in 2014.

Key Areas of Accountability:
Programme support
  • Learn skills in supporting community units to be functional and sustainable for improved service delivery at the household
  • Learn how to conduct social mobilization of community structures and population to effectively participate in their own health programs through M2MSGs, F2FSGs and PLAC.
  • Learn how to facilitate capacity building and linkages of community units on viable livelihood support initiatives.
  • Build skills in linking between Save the children – Boresha Project, the health facilities (CHEW) and the community (Community Units).
  • To learn skills in programme documentation for accountability through processing participant lists, payment lists and developing beneficiary file.
  • Learn skill in development and dissemination of BCC messages through relevant community structures.
  • To improve team work skills by performing any other relevant duties assigned to him/her by the CDO

  • To build his/her skills in networking  by attending external meetings/forums with partners, other NGOs and other agencies as required
Monitoring, Learning and Reporting
  • To build his capacity in Compiling field monitoring reports as per the requirements
  • To improve skills in identification and compilation of case studies from project beneficiaries
  • To learn from the CDO the processes involved in demand creation for MNH services at the community level.
  • To build skills in conducting joint supportive supervision with MoH staff 
Skills and Behaviours (our Values in Practice)
  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved
  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks
  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency
Qualifications and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree/Diploma in  Social sciences/public health
  • Basic experience in programme implementation in a public health context.
  • Possession of report writing skills
  • Understanding of community health structures
  • Basic message development skills
  • Computer skills, in particular MS Word, Excel and
  • Commitment to Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding and other global policies, and values.
Interested candidates are required to submit a CV and mandatory Cover letter to [email protected]  and a copy to [email protected] indicating the Position Code on the subject line by 20th February 2015.  
Residents of Bungoma are encouraged to apply and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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