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JOB: PROGRAMME ASSOCIATE – Community Land Protection (ReliefWeb)

Program Associate – Community Land Protection


Namati’s Community Land Protection Program proactively strengthens communities’ ability to protect, document, and defend their customary and indigenous land rights. Drawing on eight years of fieldwork and research, Namati works with national partner organizations to support communities to complete a powerful five-part process for protecting community lands and natural resources. Our integrated approach combines the legal and technical work of mapping and documentation with the good governance work of resolving land conflicts, ensuring intra-community equity, and strengthening mechanisms for accountable and participatory sustainable management of land and natural resources. In Kenya, Namati supports communities and the Government of Kenya to use the Community Land Act to strengthen land tenure security, strengthen local land governance, enhance women’s land rights, and support communities to more sustainably manage land and natural resources.

Namati is searching for a hardworking, organized ambitious self-starter who will support Namati’s Community Land Protection Program in Kenya. Responsibilities will be based on the varied needs of the team and will include supporting monitoring and evaluation efforts, writing and editing, administrative support, correspondence and outreach, organizing travel and event logistics, and other special projects. The successful candidate will also play a role in supporting grassroots partners to improve data quality and management. The Program Associate will be expected to take initiative, pay careful attention to detail, and establish systems where needed to meet the needs of a growing program.

Specific responsibilities include:

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning

  • Support training efforts to Namati partners on data collection planning, techniques, and tools.
  • Train partners on Namati’s online monitoring and evaluation database.
  • As needed, assist partners to enter program data into the database.
  • Ensure that all Community Land Protection partners enter high quality, full M&E data on an on-going basis.
  • Produce monthly M&E reports and send to staff and partner organizations.
  • Support the Senior Program Officer and Advisor to plan and carry out impact assessments and other research initiatives.
  • As needed, spend up to two days per month stationed at partner offices to support M&E, impact assessment, and research efforts.
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Partner Administration

  • Ensure that all partner organizations meet all grant agreement requirements in a timely manner.
  • Coordinating the timely submission of all agreed reports and contract deliverables according to reporting requirements and deadlines.
  • Review partners’ narrative and financial reports.


  • Contribute to the creation and curation of a variety of tools, publications and other resources designed to support community land protection efforts.
  • Edit program publications (policy papers, academic articles and research reports) and coordinating the layout and design process for all publications.
  • Coordinate the Community Land Protection Team’s social media engagement.

Logistics and Support

  • Coordinate logistics (transportation, accommodations, funds request, ect.) for staff travel, workshops, partner convenings, trainings, and other events.
  • Coordinate flights and international travel, in conjunction with Namati’s Washington, DC office, when necessary.
  • Assist with the preparation of budgets and work plans.
  • Coordinate with Namati Kenya’s Head of Office and Namati Washington DC on financial, legal and operational tasks.
  • Provide basic translation and interpretation support, when required.
  • Performing clerical duties, including responding to requests from the general public, faxing, photocopying, preparing expense reports, ordering supplies, coordinating program outreach, assisting in scheduling appointments and calls.

About You/Must-Haves for the Position

  • Organized and meticulous approach to your work: You genuinely enjoy completing detail-oriented tasks. You are dedicated to letting no ball drop, deftly juggle multiple tasks, and feel happiest at work when you have all your tasks in order.
  • Flexibility: You know that providing quality support always begins with careful planning and execution. Yet in the face of unexpected challenges you are known for maintaining a positive attitude, quickly and adeptly reorienting yourself to find a new solution.
  • Resourceful problem-solver: You know how to find answers and can figure out how to solve problems when they arise. You possess the personal initiative needed to improve processes without prompting. You feel comfortable working independently.
  • Exceptional communication skills: Your written and verbal communications evidence clarity in both thought and analysis.
  • Data orientation: You have a demonstrated fluency with data management, quality control, and analysis, as well as the ability to utilize data to inform program planning.
  • Mission orientation and drive: It’s in your nature to work tirelessly on a problem until you’ve seen the solution through to your complete satisfaction. You’re deeply committed to Namati’s mission and driven to make an impact.
  • Growth mindset: You’re always seeking to better yourself and your work, and you will push yourself to the peak of performance to help fulfill our mission. In service of that growth, you welcome and delight in feedback from supervisors, peers, reports, and anyone else.
  • Education and Experience. You have a bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to the position and at least two years of relevant work experience.
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About Namati

Namati is dedicated to placing the power of law in the hands of people.

For billions of people around the world, the law is broken. It’s an abstraction—or worse, a threat—but not something they can use to exercise their basic rights.

Namati is building a global movement of community paralegals who empower people to understand, use, and shape the law. These “barefoot lawyers” form a dynamic, creative frontline that can squeeze justice out of even broken systems.

In the past four years, Namati and our partners have worked with over 65,000 clients to take on some of the greatest challenges of our times: protecting community lands, enforcing environmental law, and securing basic rights to healthcare and citizenship.

We track data on every case and use that information to advocate for systemic changes, like better policies for land governance in Liberia, environmental regulation in India, and healthcare delivery in Mozambique.

And we’re joining forces for change. Namati convenes the Global Legal Empowerment Network—over 1,800 groups and 6,500 individuals from 168 countries learning from one another and bringing justice to communities in every part of the world.

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For more about what it’s like to work at Namati, please see our Cultural Principles.


Nairobi, Kenya. Please note you must already be eligible to work in Kenya to be considered for this position. Our ideal start date is October 1, 2019.

Compensation & benefits

Commensurate with experience. Namati also provides generous benefits including full health insurance for employees and dependents, annual leave, sick time, and professional development opportunities. HOW TO APPLY:

To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter – explaining your interest and how your experiences relate to the position – using our online application form.

In addition to the resume and cover letter, we’d appreciate the following:

  • Two (2) writing samples such as blog posts, university papers, or any other published work that you are the primary author, and;
  • Brief responses to the following questions:
  • Why are you interested in beginning a career to support communities to use the law to claim their land rights?
  • What do you think are some of the largest challenges that communities might face in the process of trying to register their land with the government?

We’ll accept applications and work samples on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

Namati is an Equal Opportunity Employer

About Whispers from the North

Whispers from the North is an online platform that appreciates the ecological, cultural and socio-economic diversities of Northern Kenya. We also acknowledge that the lives of the communities of northern Kenya has been shaped by a number of intrinsic and extrinsic factors which have led to complex challenge that calls for a multifaceted approach.

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