Migration (rural to rural and rural to urban) in Kenya can be attributed to lack of employment, limited access to services and better education opportunities, amongst other factors. Many migrants migrate to rural towns or secondary cities as the population grows quickly and the economy of the country develops further. As youth account for 35 percent of Kenya’s population, and with over 1 million entering the labour market annually, agriculture presents a prospect for job creation and alternative(s) to viable livelihoods to distress rural out migration. This project aims to address the root causes of distress rural out-migration of youth, by creating additional and improved employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in agri-business along select local value chains and create linkages with the existing social protection programmes with a special focus on Kiambu County, a peri-urban area with a vibrant agriculture sector.
Reporting Line and Scope of the assignment
Under the direct supervision of FAO Representative in Kenya and in close collaboration with the National Project Manager, technical officers from the ESP division in Headquarters and the sub-regional office, the incumbent will:
• Contribute to the organisation of a regional capacity development workshop in Kenya to enhance the capacities of rural and agricultural stakeholders on migration, agriculture and rural development (30 October/3 November 2017).
• Coordinate the activities to analyse migration dynamics, including technical oversight of primary data collection in collaboration with implementing partners and relevant FAO technical staff.
• Analyse secondary data on migration in Kenya and contribute to the analysis of migration dynamics and livelihood profiling of youth in Kiambu County.
• Support the identification of youth beneficiaries in Kiambu County that are most prone to migrate as a survival strategy.
• Provide technical advice to the national and county-level stakeholders on ways to reduce distress rural out-migration and harness the developmental potential of migration.
• Carry out a capacity needs assessment on migration and coordinate the organization of capacity development activities at national/regional level for the Government to mainstream migration issues in policies and programmes.
• Provide policy and technical support to integrate migration into relevant policies, strategies and programmes, and identify entry points to enhance coherence of the policy framework.
• Engage with diaspora associations to mobilize their support and organize a young innovation award for successful youth agro-entrepreneurs.
• Engage and accompany youth beneficiaries and provide technical support and capacity development to local stakeholders to provide youth with information on migration opportunities, rights and challenges.
• Perform other related duties as required.
• Advanced university degree in Migration, Employment, Economics or related field in development.
• At least five years of relevant experience in the field of migration, employment and rural development, including experience in project management, monitoring and evaluation, capacity development/training, policy support and analysis, and relevant experience at field level.
• Experience in the fields of agriculture and rural development, social protection and value chains is considered an asset.
• Professional experience in Kenya is considered an asset.
• Working knowledge (level C) of the FAO official language used for communication within the country and working knowledge of the local language(s) is required.
• Ability to effectively use standard office software, such as MS Office (Windows, Word, Outlook, Excel, Exchange) etc.
• Ability to use accounting software and other information systems and databases to insert data, make enquiries, retrieve/define ad hoc reports and analyses and edit results in appropriate format.
• Systematic, well-structured and efficient approach to work assignments. Analytical ability, accuracy and consistency. Exercise diligence and care in dealing with records and expenditures.
• The incumbent must possess a cooperative spirit, flexibility and openness to work in an international environment. Tact and courtesy. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural background. High degree of self-motivation and initiative. Willingness to learn and apply new analytical approaches.
• Results Focus
• Building effective relationships
• Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement
HOW TO APPLY:
Candidates are requested to submit their application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org quoting the position title and vacancy announcement number.
A duly completed Personal Profile Form (PPF) generated from FAO’s iRecruitment portal as a PDF-file is to be submitted by email together with a cover letter. Please note that attached resumes or CV’s in place of the PPF will not be accepted.
In order to prepare a Personal Profile Form, you must first register on the FAO iRecruitment site by clicking on the following link to register: http://www.fao.org/employment/irecruitment-access/en/ In order for your application to be properly evaluated, please ensure that all sections of the on-line profile are completed.
Applications received after the closing date will not be given consideration. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
This vacancy is open to both male and female candidates. Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.