Programme Director Kenya

Country: Kenya
Organization: Concern Worldwide
Closing date: 18 Jun 2021

About the role: This is a 24 month, replacement role with accompanied terms based in Nairobi with a salary of Grade 5 €47, 694 - €52,996. Qualified Kenyan nationals are highly encouraged to apply and would be offered competitive national staff salary and benefits

You will report to the CD and will line manage staff for our programmes in specific counties; work closely with the Programme Director who manages the other programme locations and staff; and with the systems staff. We would like you to start in August

Your purpose:

As a member of the Senior Management Team and in close collaboration with the Country Director, contribute to the strategic development and management of the Concern Kenya Country Programme in line with organizational policies, values and frameworks and the Concern Worldwide Kenya Country Strategic Plan. You will work on maintaining and strengthening focus on community empowerment, system strengthening and emergency preparedness.

You will be responsible for:

Programme Development & Implementation:

  • Ensuring programmes are designed and implemented in line with Concern Worldwide policies using a results-based management approach
  • Identifying new programme interventions and opportunities in accordance with Country Strategic Plan, based on thorough contextual analysis and using “How Concern Understand Extreme Poverty” guidelines
  • Ensuring programmes meet Core Humanitarian Standards of accountability and quality
  • Ensuring Concern retains its capacity to respond to emergencies
  • frequently visiting programme areas and providing feedback to managers and staff
  • Assisting Programme Managers to produce reports in line with donor, government and Concern Requirements
  • Developing effective linkages with Government, donors, strategic networks and partners

Security Management:

  • Monitoring and reporting on security issues to the Security Focal Person when necessary
  • Ensuring programme staff awareness and adherence to Country Security Management Plan and identifying security training needs where appropriate

Budget Management

  • Identifying potential sources of donor funding
  • Monitoring under and over spending in each budget and advising solutions
  • Coaching, mentoring and assisting budget holders to develop accurate budgets
  • Ensuring budgets and revisions are prepared and submitted on time
  • Reporting any suspected or actual financial irregularities to the Country Director

People Management

  • Ensuring sufficient human resources for programmes to meet their objectives
  • Ensuring staff are adequately trained and understand the objectives for their role
  • Coaching, mentoring and assisting budget holders to develop accurate budgets

Networking & Representation:

  • Representing Concern at relevant technical inter-agency, UN, Government and coordination meetings when requested by the Country Director

Monitoring & Evaluation:

  • Ensuring Monitoring & Evaluation plans and mechanisms are developed and rolled out
  • Ensuring Programme Managers coordinate the monitoring and evaluation of all programmes (including partner programmes) within the agreed plans, budgets, time frames and donor guidelines

Your skills and experience will include:

  • Relevant post graduate qualification or primary degree with commensurate level of experience
  • Five years’ experience in a programming position with an international NGO, with two years at a senior level.
  • Experience managing programmes/projects in Kenya desired.
  • Demonstrated experience understanding Kenya context and functioning of county governments an added benefit.
  • Management of diverse and multi-sectoral programmes.
  • Experience with any of the sectors an added benefit - livelihood, health and nutrition, Governance/advocacy, education or humanitarian response.
  • Previous work in a similar context
  • Management of a diverse team of senior staff
  • Working with major international donors and securing external donor funding.
  • Knowledge and experience of incorporating key people-centered approaches across programmes
  • Knowledge and experience of working on systems strengthening approaches across sectors
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to motivate others
  • Delegation, time management and prioritizing skills
  • Computer literate and good knowledge of Word and Excel.
  • Excellent English
  • Empathy with Concern’s mission, vision and goals, and our target group

We would also like:

  • You to be flexible and reliable
  • You to be culturally sensitive and empathic to others
  • You to be able to work under pressure and to strict deadlines;
  • You to have some sense of humour
  • You to travel frequently to rural field locations and spend periods of time in fairly basic conditions

How to apply:

All applications should be submitted through our website at by closing date. CV’s should be no more than 4 pages in length.

Due to the urgency of this position, applications will be short listed on a regular basis and we may offer posts before the closing date.

Concern Worldwide is an Irish-based non-governmental, international, humanitarian organisation dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries.

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