Project Assistant (2 Positions) at DanChurchAid (DCA)

  • Full Time
  • Nairobi


  • DCA is seeking to recruit a competent and energetic Kenyan Nationals for two positions as Project Assistant – Food Security & Livelihoods to support supporting the implementation and coordination of food security and livelihood projects targeting refugees and host community in Turkana West Sub County. The positions are based in Kakuma and report to the Project Officer – Food Security & Livelihoods (PO – FSL). The postholders will collaborate closely with DCA Financial Inclusion colleagues, humanitarian and development partners in the FSL sector, and community members to ensure the successful execution of project activities aimed at enhancing food security and livelihood opportunities for vulnerable populations.

The main responsibilities of the Project Assistant – FSL are:

  • Take lead in identification of project participants in line with DCA criteria, while ensuring that the most vulnerable populations are included in project activities.
  • Assist in the planning, implementation, and monitoring of FSL project activities in collaboration with line manager/ supervisor and wider project implementation team.
  • Actively and continuously identify and inform their supervisor the emerging needs and priorities of target communities related to FSL.
  • Support the PO – FSL and Programme Coordinator – Refugee and Host Community Programming in development of innovative context specific project proposals, budgets, and procurement plans and detailed implementation work plans.
  • Assist in identifying context appropriate agricultural inputs, equipment, and other resources required for project activities, as well as their distribution to project participants.
  • Facilitate training sessions and workshops to project participants on climate smart and sustainable agricultural practices, income generation, as well as nutrition.
  • Provide technical assistance (on job training) and guidance to project participants to enhance their agricultural production and income-generating activities.
  • Build the capacity of incentive workers on technical aspects of their work (FSL) as well as routinely supervise and appraise their work in line with DCA guidelines.
  • Collaborate with UNHCR, local partners, line government agencies, and other stakeholders to ensure the successful implementation of project activities as well as synergy with other ongoing interventions in the project area.
  • Undertake routine monitoring with emphasis on project indicators as well as contribute to the development of project(s) communication materials, including success stories, case studies, and promotional materials.
  • Assist the PO – FSL in monitoring project expenditure as well offering ideas on corrective or adaptive actions to keep project goals and objectives on track.
  • Prepare and share with the supervisor, project related reports in a timely manner.
  • Represent the organization in meetings, workshops, and other relevant forums related to food security and livelihoods as delegated by the PO – FSL.

Qualifications, skills and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, rural development, community development, animal production, food science or a related field.
  • Proven experience working in food security and livelihood projects, preferably in humanitarian or development contexts.
  • Strong understanding of food security issues, agricultural practices, and livelihood strategies.
  • Experience in conducting assessments, surveys, and data collection using participatory methods.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and facilitation skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in multicultural and multidisciplinary teams.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite.
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken). Knowledge of additional languages, especially local languages, is an asset.
  • Willingness to travel and work in remote and challenging environments.

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