Program Assistant - FilmAid International, kakuma refugee camp

Closing date:  06 Dec 2011

Project Background/Description: Since 1999, FilmAid has used the unique power of film to reach large numbers of vulnerable communities with critical information in a compelling visual format, overcoming language and literacy barriers. FilmAid uses films that are both educational and entertaining to draw audiences’ attention to subjects of vital concern to their health and well-being.

FilmAid International has operational presence in Kakuma refugee camp and is one of UNHCR’s Implementing partners. Currently FilmAid is implementing a variety of projects with funding support from UNHCR and the US government through Bureau of Population and Migration (BPRM). These projects generally correspond to FilmAid’s core response areas of Health, Protection and Community services and involve production and dissemination of various videos.

FilmAid is looking to recruit a Program Assistant with the general objective to provide program implementation support to FilmAid’s field programs in Kakuma. The Program Assistant reports to the Program Manager and will fulfill the following functions
Key responsibilities: o Form messaging committees in Kakuma refugee camps comprising relevant stakeholders – UNHCR, implementing partners, GoK and refugee community representatives o Meet regularly with FilmAid messaging committee in Kakuma refugee camp, which will comprise of members from the refugee community, UNHCR and partner agencies staff and involve them in all phases of the project. The program assistant will work closely with a script writer/drama director and other relevant program staff in discussing with the messaging committee various issues of concern and also identify approaches to addressing these problems within the communities. o Conduct Focus Group Discussions (FGD) with various members of the community – religious leaders, community leaders, youth (both in and out of school), women, girls, and parents on the topical issues o Adapting information gathered from meetings with the messaging committee, focus group discussions and other reviewed data into film treatments and structures in consultation with the relevant Kakuma program staff. o Together with relevant Kakuma program staff, and drama director, select actors, interviewees, and locations, and organize for the recording of soundtracks for the films. The program assistant is expected to work in a participatory manner to ensure timely and efficient execution of the project. o Coordinate the scripting of the short films by liaising with the script writer, the community, the Program Manager, the Program Coordinator and other relevant staff and ensuring a participatory approach in the development of the films.

o Together with the Program Manager, ensure that final video products are to the satisfactory standards and are approved by project staff and both the messaging and advisory committees. o Develop a facilitation guide for the films to be produced, and conduct facilitation skills training for the incentive staff on using the guide developed. o Design information and dissemination plans for the films developed to ensure coverage of all areas and variety of target groups o Work closely with the Program Manager in providing regular updates of the production and dissemination through quantitative and qualitative reports. o Work with the field staff in keeping accurate statistics of daytime and evening screening attendances o Monitor and collect feedback on production and dissemination activities. o Act as the liaison between FilmAid, the refugee community and other agencies in Kakuma on issues pertaining to information dissemination activities in Kakuma. o Compile monthly update reports, donor / grant reports and other reports as maybe required from time to time o Support monitoring and evaluation activities for programs. o Participate in the recruitment and induction of program and other support staff. o Oversee and authorize all Kakuma petty cash payments following FilmAid finance procedures o Be familiar with both FilmAid and the Kenya Codes of conduct. o Perform other duties as may be required Requirements: • Must be a Kenyan national. • Bachelors in relevant discipline (Film Production, Mass Communication/Media, Community Media, Media Production Management an added advantage) with a minimum of 3 years of media-based program experience. OR Diploma in relevant discipline (Film Production, Mass Media, Community Media, Media Production Management an added advantage) with a minimum 5 years of media-based program experience. • At least 3 years demonstrable experience in managing education programs, including experience in proposal writing and donor reporting. • Strong Monitoring and Evaluation skills required, in particular for the development and analysis of baseline information and monitoring tools. • Experience in conducting rapid and other assessments. • Experience in budget management and knowledge of financial procedures required. • Ability to multi-task and effectively handle stressful situations. • Proficiency in Microsoft office applications. • Ready to work with minimal supervision with ability to work both independently and as part of a team • Ready to work for long hours in a hardship area • Team player, excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills • Commitment to humanitarian principles and action
How to apply: 
Please email applications with only cover letter, CV and 3 references by 6th December 2011 to:

Note that applicants who send letters of references, testimonials or any other documents apart from those requested will be automatically disqualified.

Only short-listed candidates will be notified