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Country Program Manager job in Kenya at Hijra Organization

Position: Country Program Manager;
Reporting to: Executive Director;
Duty Station: KENYA/SOMALIA;
Duration of Contract: One year with possibility of extension depending on performance;
Grade: B;
Start date: January;
Remuneration $ 35000 – 45000 Net- Annually plus other benefits;
Please note that this is an unaccompanied position.
Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA) is a humanitarian and development organization that aims to positively contribute towards improving the living standards and conditions of those adversely affected by disasters and conflict in the Horn of Africa. Our work involves provision of clean and accessible water supply, sanitation facilities and promotion of health/hygiene and food security programs. HIJRA is dedicated and committed to reconstruction of community livelihoods through its direct contacts with communities.
To be responsible for program development and management HIJRA’s resources and administration including people, budgets, funding, internal collaboration, external communications and representation, overseeing partnership and alliances development.
Under the guidance of HIJRA’s executive director, the country program manager is responsible for developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating HIJRA programs in SOMALIA/KENYA.
S/he also plays a senior management role at the country (Somalia/Kenya) leadership team, working with senior program team and others to ensure maximum impact and effectiveness of Hijra’s work in Somalia/Kenya. Please note that this is an unaccompanied position. Remuneration $ 35000 – 45000 Net- Annually plus other benefits
  • Execution of country Strategy - Oversight of program implementation in line with donor requirements and partners - Country Representation;
  • Managing Country program staff - Advisory role in program expansion and program development.
  • Networking with partners and donors
  • Takes lead in representing HIJRA Somalia/Kenya in humanitarian forums, builds relationships and
develops networks with the relevant Government authorities and international (donor) / partners.
  • Monitor trends and issues affecting the organization and develops strategic responses to
opportunities and challenges including formulation of projects, implementation strategies and
activities in line with HIJRA’S strategic goals.
  • Provide leadership and quality oversight of efforts strengthening HIJRA’s Humanitarian Programs
  • Support knowledge building and knowledge sharing at the country level focusing on achievements,
lessons learned and methodologies utilized in project implementation.
  • Identify and follow-up on strategic opportunities for resource mobilization by developing effective and
innovative strategies.
  • Manage and coordinate periodic internal reports, donor reports and contribute to HIJRA’s consolidated annual reports in consultation with relevant program/communication teams.
  • Ensure that reports are in accordance with specific requirements of donors and or HIJRA - Monitor and evaluate ongoing programs/projects for delivery and impact; respond to political situations and adapt programming appropriately - Lead the process of team building and internal communication to maximize synergy between
programme areas - Build partnership and mobilize resources for Programme implementation, including new programme
development in Kenya.
  • Ensure effective management of resources for achieving result using appropriate financial information
system and procedures to track project budgets and expenditures - Provide oversight to the preparation of annual budgets and work plans for approval - Review budgets and work plans, and bring any proposed changes to the attention of executive
  • Prepare project budget revisions to ensure the efficient and timely delivery of inputs and realization of
targeted expenditures.
  • Identify human resource needs, in line with the requirements of the program.
  • Take appropriate action for recruitment of staff, in line with HIJRA policies.
  • Provide the strategic guidance and development to staff members
  • Master’s degree in development studies/ international Studies or related field - At least 10 years’ experience at comparable level of seniority in developing countries in at least two countries (i.e. refugee assistance; emergency response; post conflict development; start-up; close down)
  • Excellent communication skills, including written and oral communication and the ability to present
to groups of all sizes;
  • Solid diplomatic and representation skills the ability to effectively manage a variety of internal and
external relationships, including donor relationships. external relationships, including donor
  • Proven cross-cultural people management skills and the ability to lead staff and promote productivity
in a pleasant work environment;
  • Demonstrated financial management experience, including the ability to effectively manage program
budgets and compliance issues with a wide range of donors and portfolio sizes;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the NGO humanitarian sector - The ability to be flexible and work well under pressure in a fast-paced team environment;
  • Good computer skills, such as facility with MS Word, Excel, and email/internet software - Must have the ability to travel and work in difficult environment - Must have team work experience
Applications should be submitted by 11th November 2011. All applications including Motivation letter, Curriculum Vitae and references should be sent to HIJRA - In the subject line of the e-mail, kindly state the job title. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
HIJRA is an equal opportunity employer.

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