Stakeholder Engagement Specialist (LISA) at SoCha

Scope of Work

SoCha is currently recruiting for a Stakeholder Engagement Specialist to support the National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD) with coordinating stakeholders within the disability sector through both in-person and virtual meetings to foster a cohesive and inclusive approach to disability-inclusive development in Kenya. Tasks to be completed include:

  • Design and undertake a national stakeholder mapping exercise borrowing from the recently concluded Disability Landscape Analysis.
    • Identify and map all relevant stakeholders including government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), advocacy groups, organizations of and for persons with disabilities, and community representatives.
    • Analyze the interests, influence, and importance of each stakeholder in the disability sector.
    • Review of the NCPWD stakeholder database and support the updating of the database based on the outcome of the mapping exercise.
  • Support the development of a coordination framework that ensures buy-in from all stakeholders, enhances collaboration and participation, and stimulates a deep sense of ownership and commitment to the various responsibilities.
    • Organize and facilitate an initial meeting to kick-off the stakeholder coordination forum.
    • Develop agenda and note taking templates to capture meeting deliberations.
    • Support the establishment of the coordination structures (e.g., working groups) for stakeholders in the disability sector.
  • Support planning and execution of stakeholder coordination meetings (frequency to be determined in the coordination framework). This will include providing support in the development of the agenda; facilitation and moderation of meetings as needed; note-taking and documentation.
  • Building the capacity of the stakeholders to own and take over the coordination responsibility and activities sustainably.
    • Planning ahead and allocating enough time and resources (reports, manuals, code, data, or presentations) for the handover process.
    • Creating a communication plan early in the process.
    • Organizing knowledge sharing sessions.
    • Planning for mini- handovers before the complete handover.

Qualifications

Technical Knowledge and Professional Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree in public policy, law, governance, social science, sociology, development, or any other relevant field. An advanced degree in these fields will be an added advantage.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of professional experience in stakeholder engagement, local community mobilization, capacity building, and negotiation.
  • At least five (5) years of experience in policy engagement/policy impact/ institutional development or institutional reforms, preferably in disability inclusion.
  • Knowledge of disability inclusion in national institutions and communities is highly desirable.

 Technical Skills

  • Strong analytical, reporting, and writing abilities.
  • Ability to conduct analysis with strong synthesis skills.
  • At least five (5) years of experience in project development and management.

Interpersonal, team, and communication Skills

  • Proven communication and leadership skills.
  • Strong negotiation and networking skills.
  • Excellent team player with good interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to manage workload with minimum supervision.
  • Ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines.