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County Project Coordinators – Kenya

The Sentinel Project is hiring ten (10) full-time positions. These positions are primarily focused on managing the daily operations of the Una Hakika misinformation management project in the following regions (one position per location):

– Mombasa
– Tana River
– Eldoret
– Kiambu
– Kirinyaga
– Mount Elgon
– Eldama Ravine
– Kakamega
– Kisumu
– Laikipia

Please note: You must be a current resident within these regions to apply. Relocation costs will not be covered and non-resident applications will not be considered.

Responsibilities will especially focus on local stakeholder relations, the operation of the misinformation management system, and the growth of Una Hakika’s coverage area and subscriber base. While the occupant of this position will be primarily focused on their respective region of Kenya, he or she may also participate in some aspects of expanding Una Hakika into other parts of Kenya, as well as supporting Una Hakika in neighbouring counties as necessary. The salary for this position is KES 55,000 gross per month.

What you’ll do:

  • Primary responsibility for operating the Una Hakika misinformation management system on a daily basis
  • Managing intake of rumour reports via voice, SMS, web-based (e.g. social media), and human channels and input them into the WikiRumours management software
  • Investigating and verifying rumour reports
  • Disseminating verified information and other important alerts to UH subscribers
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders (e.g. government officials, community leaders, other NGOs)
  • Implementing a public information campaign to build engagement with the reporting system by members of the general public
  • Ongoing recruitment, training, and management of local project volunteers as needed
  • Notification of project volunteers and community leaders / influencers when intervention may be required to stop the spread of a dangerous rumour
  • Monitoring of key metrics in order to measure the effectiveness of Una Hakika
  • Supporting other project team members during field visits  including:
    – Assistance with logistical planning before and during visits
    – Coordinating meetings with stakeholders such as community members
    – Joining project team members during field activities
    – Acting as an interpreter for project team (fluency in English and Swahili are required; local languages are beneficial)
  • Ongoing recording of research results and lessons learned
  • External communications related to Una Hakika (e.g. responding to media inquiries)
  • Dissemination of project results (e.g. writing blog posts, situation reports, journal articles, attendance at conferences and stakeholder forums)
  • Other duties as assigned or deemed necessary

What you’ll need:

  • Demonstrated experience in doing community work, especially organising activities, building relationships with other organisations, and leading groups of volunteers
  • Knowledge of local communities, ethnic groups, religious groups, and cultural practices is an asset
  • Technologically literate and comfortable working closely with technical team members
  • Eagerness to learn new skills and knowledge both individually and as part of a team
  • High-quality written and verbal communication skills
  • Fluency in both English and Swahili (project working languages) is essential
  • Fluency in one or more local languages is an asset
  • Comfort working in a multilingual, culturally-diverse environment
  • Comfort and experience traveling and working in less-developed rural areas
  • Ability to work independently in a virtual environment together with geographically distant colleagues and sometimes with little instruction or direction

Your experience should include:

  • Bachelor’s degree, diploma, or other certification in conflict studies / management, international development, security studies, or another relevant field is a strong asset but not mandatory
  • Working knowledge of how technological tools can support human rights, human security, and peacebuilding work

To apply:

Please contact us at joinus@thesentinelproject.org with:

  • A subject line “County Project Coordinator Application”
  • An updated resume or LinkedIn URL
  • A cover letter explaining how your background and expertise will ensure you excel in this role

    This posting is open until 22 May, 2022