Project Officer – We Can Work(WCW) Programme Kenya

The United Disabled Persons of Kenya (UDPK) is the umbrella organisation of organisations of persons with disabilities in Kenya. Established in 1989, UDPK’s mandate is to advocate for the inclusion and active participation of persons with disabilities in development processes and in all spheres of life.

UDPK wishes to recruit a qualified person for the following vacant position.

Job Title: Programme Officer, We Can Work (WCW) Programme Kenya

Job Location: Nairobi

Full Time: 40 hours per week 

Reports to: Programs Manager

The Programme Officer (WCW) will support the programme in managing activities and relationships within the WCW programme, will be responsible for nurturing partnerships with partners on inclusion, and will provide hands-on technical support in the form of training and coaching for program teams. The post-holder will be responsible for supporting the Disability Inclusion Facilitator (DIF) Model in the We Can Work Program. S/he will report to and work under the guidance of the Programs Manager and with WCW programme partners to manage the Disability Inclusion Facilitators (DIFs). S/he will ensure that the WCW programme activities are planned, implemented, completed on time, coordinated, monitored, and meet high-quality standards as per the programme’s objectives and goals.


  1. Implementation of programme activities (60% of time)
    • Coordinate implementation of activities and sharing of lessons learned from activities of the WCW programme.
    • Manage and participate in key aspects of the programme cycle including effective activity planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, financial management, reporting and documentation.
    • Lead UDPK in the implementation of the Disability Inclusion Facilitator (DIF) model representing UDPK in meetings to share information about the DIF model.
    • Support in managing the DIF teams, ensuring cross-project support and learning while maintaining regular checks so that they develop in line with their potential.
    • Work with programme partners to ensure the development, follow-up, and support of DIFs in the implementation of their individual action plans and achieve their key performance indicators.
    • Liaise and work with the UDPK Monitoring Evaluation Reporting and Learning (MERL) lead and other internal expertise as required.
    • Perform risk management for all WCW programme activities.
    • Participate in programme reflection sessions.
  2. Working with programme stakeholders (30% of time)
    • Manage relationships with key programme stakeholders including WCW programme partners directly working with Disability Inclusion Facilitators (DIFs), and Young Africa Works partners, among other partners.
    • Participate in meetings, learning, and collaboration activities with WCW programme partners.
    • Track the performance of programme activities and ensure quality and timely preparation of programme reports.
    • Provide support to organisations of persons with disabilities in support of the activities of the WCW programme.
    • Be proactive in identifying and communicating challenges and possible solutions during the programme activity cycle.
  3. Financial & Resource Management (10% of time)

Work closely with UDPK Finance Officer:  

  • In preparation of programme activity budgets and forecasts.
  • Ensure all expenditure is accounted for and reporting provided in line with the organisation’s finance policy and procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned from time to time.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in social sciences, Community Development, Public Policy, education, development studies or related field.
  • At least 3 years proven work experience as a Project Officer or a similar role managing a dynamic program with diverse stakeholders.
  • Proven experience in Programme cycle management including Design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.
  • Demonstrable experience working with diverse communities and community-based organisations using participatory methodologies.
  • Highly developed interpersonal, communication, decision-making and problem-solving skills.


  • Familiarity with national legislation and policies in the field of disability, human rights, labour rights and employment.
  • Experience of advocacy work for disability inclusion.
  • Understanding of trends and good practices in disability inclusion,
  • Knowledge of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The application deadline is 30th April 2023.

Interested candidates that meet these requirements and are available to start immediately may send their applications to copying; with the subject titled Application for Programme Officer, We Can Work (WCW) Programme Kenya

Persons with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply for this position. Reasonable accommodation measures will be provided as needed throughout the recruitment process.


UDPK is committed to ensuring that its activities and programs are implemented in a safe and protective environment where harm, exploitation, neglect, and abuse in all its forms are effectively prevented as judiciously as possible.

Our Safeguarding Policy aims to ensure that:

  • All who work for and engage with us are equipped with skills, are confident, understand, and are well supported in meeting their responsibilities to promote the welfare of all children with disabilities, other children, vulnerable adults (those at-risk including women and men with different disabilities) and protect them from harm that may be caused as a result of the organisation’s activities.
  • We have in place procedures to prevent and deal with the actions/behaviour of our staff, representatives, visitors, and others that result in violence against the above-described target groups and/or place them at risk of the same.
  • Vulnerable adults (those at-risk including adults with disabilities), Children, particularly children with disabilities, we work with /or who benefit from our activities are aware of our responsibilities to prevent and respond to any harm against them arising from actions and behaviours of our staff, representatives, visitors and others, and the avenues for reporting such incidents.