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SHOFCO Hiring Scholarship Officer

SHOFCO Overview

Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) is an internationally recognized grassroots organization that unlocks the potential of urban slum dwellers to lead hopeful and fulfilling lives. SHOFCO disrupts survival mode by providing critical services including health care, clean water, education, and economic empowerment; and linking these efforts to a community-led advocacy platform. SHOFCO currently impacts over 2.4 million people across 17 urban slums in Kenya and is the largest employer in Kibera. SHOFCO is a trusted name and service provider in Kibera with a 10-year track record. For more information, please visit www.shofco.org / www.shofcosacco.com

Job Overview

SHOFCO is looking for an experienced practitioner and program designer to create systems of support for historically marginalized girls to thrive within and beyond school. The role of the Scholarship Officer will be to design and manage SHOFCO’s inaugural scholarship support initiatives in 15 target counties, beginning in Nairobi.

The ideal candidate has education, program design, and facilitation experience in Kenya, including successfully working with urban and rural low-income communities, and is personally aligned with SHOFCO’s value of staying “grassroots” and always listening to and empowering the community.

Location – Nairobi, Kenya

Reports  to  Scholarship Manager

Work Pattern/Hours – Full time


Key Responsibilities / Duties/ Tasks

Responsibilities

Design and Oversee Holistic Scholar Welfare Initiatives

  • Lead design of school holiday programming
  • Lead design of scholar support and mentorship initiatives
  • Propose a design for an alumni program and model
  • Support SHOFCO team members (namely scholarship coordinators) to give input and implement program

Build Capacity for Scholar Support

  • Train SUN facilitators and any other SHOFCO staff to implement programming
  • Support skill-building among staff at schools where scholarship recipients attend as necessary
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Support Strategic Direction 

  • Support the design, implementation, and continuous improvement of recruitment, selection, onboarding, and scholar support processes and procedures
  • Build systems for sustainability and efficiency
  • Support partnership development with organizations and institutions supporting vulnerable girls to advance and strengthen the ecosystem of support

Support Innovation

  • With the support of the Scholarship Manager and other SHOFCO team members, co-design the recruitment, selection, disbursement, and monitoring and evaluation of “nudges” to 10,000 vulnerable students annually (nudges will be up to the value of 8,000Ksh in uniform, stationary, and other public school requirements)
  • Provide your insights as they arise to improve programmatic impact and efficiency

Job Competencies (Knowledge, Experience and Attributes / Skills).

Qualifications

  • At least 5 years of experience working in educational program or community-based organization supporting youth.
  • Experience in program design and training/facilitation with strong understanding of adult learning principles.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to build personal relationships with students, staff, local community leaders and members, school and government officials
  • High sense of professionalism in performing duties.
  • Dedicated, proactive, and results-driven.
  • Detail oriented and well-organized
  • Strong communication (written and oral), negotiation, and administration skills.
  • Propensity to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment.

SHOFCO Offers:

  • A dynamic and supportive working environment with a diverse team committed to inclusive development.
  • Opportunities for professional growth and development.
  • Competitive compensation package commensurate with experience and qualifications.
  • How to Apply 
  • SHOFCO is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of all backgrounds. We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce that reflects the communities we serve.All interested applicants should send their applications together with a detailed Cover letter and CV to [email protected] with a clear subject line “Scholarship Officer”.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.   Applications should reach us no later than 8th July 2024. 
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