Community Officer, Laikipia

Posting this one just because it sounds GREAT.

Full description here at Kama Kazi.

Our client manages and owns nearly 100,000 acres of pure paradise in the Laikipia region, home to one of the greatest conservation areas in Kenya. Our client is is looking for a Community Officer to manage their Laikipia Operation.

Profile Description

Community development officers help communities to bring about social change and improve the quality of life in their local area. They work with individuals, families and whole communities to empower them to:

  • identify their assets, needs, opportunities, rights and responsibilities;
  • plan what they want to achieve and take appropriate action;
  • develop activities and services to generate aspiration and confidence.

A community development worker often acts as a link between communities and a range of other local authority and voluntary sector providers, such as the police, land management/owners, local government and other key stakeholders.

They are frequently involved in addressing inequality, and ensuring that communities benefit as stakeholders in a certain areas as well as all their stakeholders.

Typical work activities

Community development work seeks to actively engage communities in making sense of the issues which affect their lives, setting goals for improvement and responding to problems and needs through empowerment and active participation.

A good deal of the work is project based and will involve working with pastoralist communities of Kenya.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • identifying community skills, assets, issues and needs;
  • ensuring that local people have their say;
  • developing new resources in dialogue with the community and evaluating existing programmes;
  • building links with other groups;
  • helping to raise public awareness on issues relevant to the community;
  • preparing reports and policies;
  • managing funds;
  • developing and implementing strategies;
  • liaising with interested groups and individuals to set up new services;
  • mediating in matters of conflict;
  • recruiting and training paid and voluntary staff;
  • planning, attending and coordinating meetings and events;
  • overseeing the management of a limited budget;
  • encouraging participation in activities;
  • challenging inappropriate behaviour; in particular illegal grazing issues
  • general administrative duties.

Key skills:

Negotiation and persuasion

Must be very patient and able to keenly understand the points of view of a number of different parties and stakeholders.

Manage expectations of a wide range of individuals and groups.

Liaise and work with communities and tourism partners and ensure that the two co-operate and uphold on certain policies and values that have been set in place.

Must be available to work in the Laikipia region of Kenya

Must be conversant with dealing with pastoralist communities in Kenya and the issues that arise in these areas with regards to wildlife and conservation.

A passion for community conservation is a key for this role.

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