Advocacy & Influencing Project Manager (Child Trafficking & Migration) Job Vacancy in Kenya - Terre des Hommes Netherlands

Position Title: Advocacy & Influencing Project Manager (Child Trafficking & Migration)


Terre des Hommes Netherlands (TdH NL) is an international non-governmental organisation committed to stopping child exploitation. Our mission is to protect children by preventing and stopping child exploitation, and by empowering children to make their voices count. Our vision is that children can flourish in a world free of all forms of exploitation.

Our vision and mission are inspired and guided by international human rights instruments and standards, in particular the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Council of Europe's Lanzarote Convention, the International Labour Organisation Conventions and aligned with achievement of the SDGs, in particular Goals 5, 8 and 16.

In 2022, Terre des Hommes Netherlands launched its 2023-2030 Listen up! Strategy with the aim of creating systemic change that addresses the root causes of child exploitation. We will achieve this by empowering children and their communities, connecting them with those who have power to enact change, engaging in lobby & advocacy campaigns, working with partners to build resilience of children, families and communities and utilising our knowledge and expertise to co-create sustainable, evidence-based solutions.

On the African continent, TdH NL works in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Madagascar. In these countries, TdH NL develops and implements programs in close collaboration with local partner organisations. In Kenya, TdH NL programmes are implemented in Central, Rift Valley, Coastal, Western and Northern regions of Kenya where we work with communities, government, private sector, civil society organisations and children themselves, at the centre, to address systemic and structural drivers that expose children to exploitation.

Objective of the function

With funding from BMZ through Terre des Hommes Germany, TdH NL in partnership with Strategies for Northern Development (SND) is implementing a three year project focusing on Capacity Building, Transformation of Social Norms and Strengthening of Protection Mechanisms in addressing child trafficking in Northern Kenya and at national level.

The Advocacy and Influencing Project Manager - Child Trafficking and Migration will be responsible for providing substantive technical, project, and administrative support in the planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the Child Trafficking and Migration (CTM) project, in line with defined objectives and quality KPIs. The Advocacy and Influencing Project Manager - Child Trafficking and Migration is expected to provide technical leadership and oversight in delivery of the project commitments.

He/she will be expected to strengthen good cooperation and collaboration with relevant stakeholders, networks and alliances including but not limited to government, private sector, like-minded CSOs and communities in delivery of the project deliverables.

He/she will act as the point person for the coordination, communication, monitoring, reporting and liaison with the partner (SND). He/she will undertake implementation of activities assigned to Terre des Hommes Netherlands as well as support the partner (SND) in implementation of the joint activities as outlined in individual proposals, results frameworks and work plans. This includes research, advocacy, capacity development and performance management related activities.

Position in the Organisation

The Advocacy and Influencing Project Manager - Child Trafficking and Migration will work with the country team, and receive direct leadership and supervision from the Programme Manager to whom he/she will report. He/she will, in close collaboration with the Finance and Administration Manager, MEAL Officer and other team members; be accountable for the coordination, oversight and delivery of the project. This position will be based in Nairobi with travel to the project sites.

Key Measurables

  1. An evidence research on child trafficking and unsafe migration with a cross-border angle exposing hidden child exploitations in Marsabit
  2. Development and implementation of an advocacy plan with clear advocacy issues, advocacy strategy and advocacy milestones (achievements or gains)
  3. Strengthening of capacity of local partner (Strategies for Northern Development - SND) and local CSOs to enhance their capacity in advocacy and influencing
  4. Improved partner performance through effective performance management
  5. A clear sustainability/exit strategy to sustain project impact/outcomes

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Advocacy and Influencing

  • Oversee development and delivery of the project advocacy strategy based on the research findings
  • Coordinate capacity development of local CSOs on advocacy and influencing
  • Provide leadership in monitoring and consolidation of the advocacy gains
  • Coordinate implementation of National and sub national Level advocacy activities
  • Work with other projects and/or partners for coordinated national level advocacy actions

2**.Managing planning and implementation of the Project**

  • Liaise with the partner to ensure timely, efficient and effective implementation of project activities.
  • Ensure that project and finance commitments are fulfilled through regular performance management
  • Oversee partner capacity development for effective delivery of programmes.
  • Provide regular updates on progress of the project to senior management at TdH NL Kenya Country Office
  • Conduct monthly-quarterly reviews on the progress of the project in terms of time, budget and quality and address any conflicts/bottlenecks/delays.
  • Work in close collaboration and consultation with the partner in planning, implementation, and reporting of project activities.
  • Lead project review meetings and documentation of lessons learnt, challenges and new thinking in implementation of the child trafficking project.
  • Maintain contacts with relevant government agencies, private sector and other key stakeholders and act as a link between the actors and the project.
  • Ensure efficient use of resources and that project and finance commitments as per the partner contracts are being fulfilled.
  • Undertake sound tracking of project progress and risk management using appropriate project cycle management tools as provided by TdH NL.
  • Monitor the context of Child trafficking in Kenya (with specific focus on project sites), gather evidence and advise Programme Manager and Country Director areas of focus for advocacy or new projects.

3. Managing Project Results

  • Support and monitor the project and partner through regular communications and programme visits and ensure that programme and finance commitments are being fulfilled. Liaise with the Finance and Administration Manager regarding monitoring of budgets and expenditure.
  • Oversee development, review and submission of high-quality and relevant narrative reports including case stories in our projects management system (PRIMAS)and external reports
  • Ensure that all scheduled project reports such as progress and financial reports are delivered timely and that they are of good quality, according to Terre des Hommes Netherlands’ standards.
  • Analyse project reports or received information and compile the necessary reports to the PM and CD for strategic decision making
  • In collaboration with the M&E and Marketing and Communications (MACO) team, coordinate sound documentation of project successes/impact and use that for strategic communication/ dissemination.
  • Inform relevant persons/organisations/institutions on support needed to the project, for achievement of expected results.
  • Ensure that all the projects information, deliverables and reports are accurately uploaded, updated and tasks actioned in PRIMAS in a timely manner

4. Capacity development of partner and local CSOs

  • Adopt Terre des Hommes Netherlands’ tools in organisational assessment, M&E and capacity building to assess partners' and local CSOs capacities.
  • Identify together with partners and CSOs on areas for further improvement on management and/ or programme quality of project partner, advocacy and define frameworks, procedures and indicators oriented towards improved organisational capacity and systems
  • Oversee local CSOs and partner capacity assessment and implementation of capacity development plans
  • Guide the partner and local CSOs so that they improve on quality of work, efficiency, effectiveness of the desired outputs and sustainability of results.

Knowledge and experience

  • A Masters degree from a recognized university preferably in development related fields
  • Minimum of four (4) years of experience working with INGOs
  • Proven experience in lobby, evidence based advocacy and influencing
  • Knowledge of drafting and implementing advocacy strategies and plans
  • Experience in engaging with government on policy matters
  • Proven experience of working with and managing local partners in delivery of projects
  • Experience of writing, reviewing and analysing programmes and reports.
  • Profound experience in child rights based programming
  • First hand experience developing and managing Child Trafficking projects
  • Experience developing and coordinating evidence based research
  • Proven experience in capacity building of civil society organisations and/or local partners
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience in project cycle management, including the use of logical framework, theory of change, performance management plans and other planning tools
  • Experience in project financial management and excellent budgeting skills including budget tracking and forecasting
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English and Swahili
  • Experience of representing organisations in sub-national, national and international policy discourse including technical working groups.


  • Strong advocacy and influencing skills
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • Institutional capacity assessment and development
  • Planning, organising, cooperation, performance oriented
  • High degree of taking initiative and working independently
  • Excellent negotiation and communication skills
  • Able to work in a team and promote collaborative working
  • Able to set goals and achieve results in line with the goals set

Personal profile

  • Exhibits composure and professionalism. Ability to represent TdH NL to donors, government officials, other NGOs and other external stakeholders in a self assured manner
  • Excellent negotiating and communication skills both oral and written
  • Ability to work under pressure and with limited supervision

Competency profile

A. Coaching

Make others enthusiastic and motivate them to achieve a previously defined result. Encourage others to develop themselves to the full.

Gives others the room to work independently and coaches them along the way.

B. Planning & Organising

The effective alignment of activities, time and resources to achieve objectives.

Coordinates and aligns activities and supports and encourages others in the direct vicinity to start to plan and organise.

C. Problem-solving ability

Actively seek logical, tangible and realistic solutions for problems

Can identify and articulate the core of the problem, can initiate the collection of relevant data and can propose solutions.

D. The power of persuasion

Expressing opinions convincingly, demonstrating interaction and debating effectively, thereby generating acceptance of viewpoints and ideas.

Defends and argues points of view with tact and in a clear and convincing manner while taking another opinion into account**.**

How to apply

Please send your motivation letter and curriculum vitae, quoting your expected remuneration by e-mail to: clearly demonstrating how you meet the qualifications for this position, no later than by Tuesday, 14th May 2023, 1700 hrs (EAT). The application email subject should be: Advocacy and Influencing Project Manager- Child Trafficking and Migration. For more information about this position, you can contact us through the same email address.

Note that due to the expected large response, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The selection procedure will also include an assessment test, and checking of recent professional references***.*** Job offers are dependent on positive referrals and screenings. We ask for a certificate of good conduct and/or a screening certificate for criminal activity/misconduct etc. When you apply for a position at Terre des Hommes Netherlands, you agree to Terre des Hommes Netherlands conducting such screenings. We take part in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme***.***