Programme Assistant

at Micro Enterprise Support Programme Trust (MESPT)
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Date Posted November 13, 2021
Category Management
Job Type Full-time
Currency KES


Programme Assistant
Programme Overview
The AgriFI Food Safety Programme is an EU funded Programme whose focus is on Food Safety
(Sanitary & Phyto-sanitary Standards), Plant and Animal Health. The programme’s interventions
aim at addressing the food safety concerns for both domestic and international market especially in Dairy, Aquaculture and Horticulture (Beans, Mango and Avocado) value chains. The – programme’s overall budget is EUR 7 million and is running for a period of 6 years from 2018 to 2023.

Programme Outcome
Broadly the project will strengthen the capacities of value chain actors, bolstering commercial farming and improving food security. The project approach is participatory and comprises various interrelated methodologies: market-driven approach, competitive selection of counties/beneficiaries, training of trainers (Tot’s), blended learning methodology and use of incentives.
Vacant Position

As part of its development programme, MESPT is seeking to engage a highly committed, results-oriented, self-driven professional with excellent administration skills for the successful delivery of the programme administrative activities.
Job Title: Programme Assistant
Company: Micro Enterprise Support Programme Trust (MESPT)
Department: Programmes
Position Reports to: Programme Manager
Benefits 25 days annual leave, Medical Insurance, 20% Gratuity and 7.5% leave allowance
Expected Travel Significant travel

Job Purpose
The job holder is responsible for providing overall day to day administrative & logistical support to the Programme team in the implementation of Food Safety strategies integral to achieving the objectives of the Agrifi Programme.

Key Responsibilities
Project Management
• Assist in coordinating the implementation of the programme with other stakeholders.
• Support the programme team on various administrative and logistical tasks as per the work plan.
• Assist program staff during survey planning and implementation especially in preparing the logistics required.
• Provide effective support to the Programme team in organizing programme meetings, appointments for the programme staff and take minutes during meetings as required.
• Ensure efficient filing of programme documentation and manage the programme’s Electronic Document Management System.
• Assist the Project Officers in data collection, data entry and data cleaning/verification.
• Support in compiling periodic reports on the status of the programme on a need’s basis.
• Assist in documenting and sharing relevant information and lessons learnt with programme staff.

Office Management
• In charge of all the office administration duties including office inventory management to ensure an efficient operation of the office.
• Effectively liaise with both external and internal stakeholders and provide timely and smooth flow of information and appropriate communication within the program office.
• Coordinate and facilitate requests related to venue requirements, works orders, travel requests and materials for publications.
• Maintain contract details of all programme assets/resources.
• Maintain an up-to-date list of contact details of service providers, monitor renewal of existing service contracts, and verify and check that services are provided efficiently.
• Receive incoming mail and invoices and direct them to the appropriate team members.
• Keep a record of inbound and outbound mail.
• Ensure the cleanliness and the good disposition of the programme office.
Any other duties as assigned by the Supervisor from time to time

Key Relationships Internal
• Head of Programmes
• HR Manager
• Project Officers
• Programme Accountants
• Administration Officer
• Procurement Officer
• ICT Officers

• Service Providers

Knowledge, Experience and Skills
• A minimum of 3 years of relevant post-qualification experience in a busy office environment, preferably in an NGO, Research organization or large development project
• Previous working experience in donor-funded programmes is desirable.
• Previous experience in front office management and/or customer service would be an added advantage.
• Good command of English both oral and written.
• Good interpersonal and communication skills.
• Strong report writing and presentation skills.
• Ability to multitask on demanding roles.
• Good planning and coordination skills.
• Ability to remain flexible in a dynamic environment and work well in a team.
• Highly organized individual in planning activities and tracking usage of organization resources.

Qualifications/Other Requirements
• A minimum of bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or Related Field.
• Professional Certification in Project Management will be an added advantage
• Excellent computer skills especially with MS Word and Excel and presentation related packages
• Strong self-starter, able to take initiative and adapt to changing circumstances and priorities.
• Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, and service providers.
• Highly organized in both time and in resources; need to manage progress reports and work plan.
• Analytical skills and critical thinking
• Ability to multitask; work well under pressure and work efficiently to meet strict deadlines.
• Excellent interpersonal skills to allow for collaboration with other team players.
• Demonstrate high levels of integrity with strong communications skills
• Report writing and problem-solving skills

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available and MESPT reserves the right to make necessary changes.

Work Hours: 8

Experience in Months: 36

Level of Education: Bachelor Degree

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