County Market Advisors

RTI International-Kenya

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County Market Advisors

Job Description

Overview

OVERVIEW OF WESTERN KENYA SANITATION PROGRAMME (WKSP)

The USAID Western Kenya Sanitation Project (USAID WKSP) seeks to create a financially sustainable, transformative, replicable, and locally owned sanitation marketplace in the target counties of Western Kenya (Busia, Bungoma, Homa Bay, Kakamega, Kisii, Kisumu, Migori, and Siaya). It is expected that, ultimately, customers must be able and willing to pay for products and services – a key point being to eliminate the need for subsidies or donor support. The two objectives and four sub-objectives to achieve this goal are:

 Objective 1: Increased access to and uptake of market-based improved sanitation and faecal sludge management (FSM) products and services.

Objective 2: Increased access to and uptake of market based improved menstrual hygiene management (MHM) products and services at the household level.

Sub-Objective 1: Analyze the Market System, the Target Market, and the Business Enabling Environment for Sanitation and Hygiene.

Sub-Objective 2: Identify Implement and Scale Pilots to Strengthen the Sanitation Market System.

Sub-Objective 3: Identify Implement and Scale Pilots to Strengthen the Market for Menstrual Hygiene Management Products

Sub-Objective 4: Strengthen the Enabling Environment.

Through the achievement of the above objectives, it is expected that in five years, the target counties will have laid the groundwork for a financially sustainable, transformative, and locally owned sanitation marketplace, where customers can easily find and procure the products and services that they need and where enterprises are motivated to improve products and services and to invest in marketing and sales.

The project is seeking to recruit 2 County Market Advisors to support in the implementation of USAID WKSP activities in Siaya and Kisumu Counties.
Responsibilities

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Co-ordinate and actively participate in strengthening project monitoring and reporting through active data collection and verification of sanitation product installation and sanitation service provision in the respective counties.
  • Coordinate and actively participate in field coaching and mentorship of rural sanitation entrepreneurs and enterprises.
  • Coordinate and facilitate the execution of capacity strengthening initiatives targeting entrepreneurs and enterprises.
  • Support and coordinate sanitation and MHM market activation activities in collaboration with private sector actors
  • Support in the coordination of all project related activities in assigned Counties.
  • Support in documentation of emerging, promising, and best practices in the implementation of market-based sanitation approach.
  • Support and strengthen County MHM Steering committees in the assigned County.
  • Support in strengthening and monitoring MHM SBCC activities within the County.
  • Serve as the field contact person and liaison for the grantees to deliver on their MHM and sanitation work as stipulated in their workplans.
  • Provide day-to-day management of specific county USAID WKSP project activities, ensuring work is completed against the scope, timelines, and budget.
  • Document the county engagement process to facilitate learning across all USAID WKSP teams and target counties.
  • Adhere to USAID WKSP programmatic policies and operational guidelines.
  • Support in programme reporting as may be required from time to time


Qualifications

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

USAID Western Kenya Sanitation Project is an ambitious intervention advancing locally owned solutions to sanitation and menstrual hygiene challenges in the target counties. It is expected that the team members must be able to work in a fast-paced, results-driven environment – with one team – one project concept. The ideal candidate should be highly motivated, entrepreneurial, resourceful, flexible, independent, and energetic with excellent communications skills, cultural sensitivity and has demonstrated experience supporting technical assistance projects.

 

Education and Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Social Sciences, or other relevant fields.
  • Post graduate training will be an added advantage.

Required Qualifications and Experience

At least five (5) years’ experience in the design, implementation, and monitoring of Sanitation projects with hands on experience in sanitation programming. Experience in Market Based Sanitation will be an added advantage.

Skills and Competencies.

  • Excellent knowledge of sanitation programming. Experience in Market Based Sanitation will be an added advantage.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills working with cross cultural and multi diverse teams.
  • Excellent analytical skills, as well as the ability to express facts and ideas in a clear, convincing, and organized manner and good writing skills.
  • Highly organized and able to set priorities and handle multiple competing time and resource demands.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products.
  • Willing to travel across the county of deployment.
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