- GROOTS Kenya (Grassroots Organizations Operating Together in Sisterhood in Kenya) is a national movement of grassroots women comprising of over 3,500 women –led, community based organizations. It has a current geographical coverage of 17 out 47 counties in Kenya.
- These include; Kiambu, Nairobi, Laikipia, Kilifi, Busia, Kakamega, Homa bay, Migori, Nyandarua, Kitui, Nanyuki, Muranga, Isiolo, Marsabit, Nakuru and lately Tana River county among others.
- GROOTS Kenya was founded in 1995 after the 4th UN Conference on women held in Beijing China, as a response to the inadequate visibility of grassroots women in development and decision making platforms that directly impacts them and their communities.
- Our programme areas include
a) Community Response to HIV/AIDS Program,
b) Women and Property Program
c) Women Leadership and Governance Program and
d) Community Resilience to Disaster and Climate Change.
- GROOTS Kenya in partnership CISP, Nature Kenya and Procarsur Learning Route is implementing a 3.5 years, EU Funded project titled REBUILD in Tana River County. The Overall objective of the project is “to contribute towards increased resilience of communities in ASAL areas of Kenya to drought and other effects of climate change”.
- GROOTS Kenya is responsible for implementing the project activities in Galole sub-county and provide technical support and innovations for gender mainstreaming to the entire project. Overall the project is expected to achieve the following core outcomes among others;
- 1,200 hectares of land reclaimed through innovative pasture and fodder production
- 120,000 community members reached with good practices on Community led Livestock Disease Detection, protection through 6 radio programs
- Diversification of livestock for 580 vulnerable households with inclusion of alternative and breed improved livestock types(Bee keeping: 100 households, poultry: 280 households, Galla goats: 200 households)
- Adoption of conservation agriculture technics, including the cultivation of drought resistant and short maturing crop varieties (like amaranths, green gram, cow peas) and fruit species by 1600 Households
- 120 women households engaged in trading of livestock and crop marketable nutritious products.
- 10 women groups from pastoralists and agro-pastoralists communities engage in fodder production, preservation and proper management and utilization of crop residues.
- 20 women groups adopt climate resilient agro-forestry practices
- 20 women groups in Galole Sub County adopt improved irrigation practices, including utilization of irrigation implements and water pumps.
- 30 women groups networks/groups in Tana river supported in movement building, leadership development and mentorship
- 1000 grassroots women engage in advocacy and governance initiatives at county, national and regional level.
- Improved outreach of quality veterinary services focusing on early livestock disease detection, control and management and through support to government vetinary officers in training and provision of vet/drug kits
- Improved capacity of participating institutions and personnel in Disaster Risk Response, Nutrition sensitive programming and gender advocacy
- Development of 6 Publications on Gender Mainstreaming in Food security and Disaster Risk Response
Nairobi & Tana River
- Lead the overall redesign, planning, implementation, quality control and monitoring of the REBULD project in the Tana River
- Provide technical leadership to community members in project activities such as land reclamation, livestock disease control, livelihood diversification, rangeland management, innovative pasture production, climate resilient agro-forestry practices, water harvesting and conservation, adoption of drought resistant and short maturing crop varieties and fruit species.
- Provide technical support in development of market systems and business enterprises for project participants
- Lead all policy and advocacy initiatives of the project in food Security and Disaster Risk Reduction, nutrition…….
- Deliberately enhance grassroots women agency throughout the project intervention and manage community dynamics as appropriate
- Facilitate training of project staff on Disaster Risk Reduction and nutrition sensitive programming
- Facilitate all technical capacity building project activities to external stakeholders and project participants
- Inbuilt participatory project monitoring initiatives, develop all project management and donor reports
- Represent GROOTS Kenya in all project steering and partners meeting and make high quality presentations.
- Act as the team leader for the project
- Take lead in the project mapping activities, baseline, mid-term, final evaluations and reporting
- Educational level required: Degree in applied sciences (Rural Development, Disaster Response Management, Natural Resource Management, Environment, livelihoods, Agriculture)
- Technical Training qualifications required. Training on Disaster Risk Management and Livelihood
- Demonstrated Experience in similar assignments, value chain analysis, supporting women entrepreneurships and market systems, project management, EU or bilateral donor funded projects
- Past Experience working in ASAL region is mandatory
- Minimum of 5 years working experience
- Must be a committed to gender equality and women empowerment
- Ability to meet deadlines without failure
- Ability to manage multiple tasks
- Cooperation and Teamwork
- Self-driven Leader and a strategic and critical thinker
- Exceptional Time Management skills with a high sense of agency:
- Highly Innovative
- High Planning and Organization skills:
- Great Interpersonal Skills (Internal and External stakeholders):
- Conflict management skills; demonstrates tact and diplomacy when resolving conflicts,
- Problem Solving and Decision Making
- High performing and result oriented person