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Programme Manager - Kenya: SolarAid Jobs

SolarAid is an innovative and fast-growing charity working in Argentina, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia that aims to enable the world’s poorest people to have access to clean, renewable power.

SolarAid carries out micro solar projects – training local entrepreneurs to sell small scale solar devices such as solar powered radios and lamps – and installs small solar systems on community centres, medical clinics, schools and other such communal infrastructure.

Closing date:
 05 Apr 2010

Mission for this post

The Programme Manager will lead our programme in

Kenya, reporting to the Head of Programmes. The mission of the Programme Manager is to build and manage a strong, high performing team with superior talent at every level.

The Programme Manager is responsible for ensuring that the team hits or exceeds all programme targets, meets all reporting deadlines and operates within budget.

Objectives for this post for first 12 months
  1. Oversee installation of macrosolar systems schools and clinics, ensuring that all project targets are met
  2. Achieve ambitious microsolar sales and entrepreneur recruitment targets
  3. Recruit a team of A-player interns and staff who will successfully implement the programme
  4. Ensure that all financial and programme narrative reports are submitted internally and externally on time, in the correct format and to a high standard
Duties and Responsibilities

A Project Management
  • Develop and implement robust and ambitious project implementation timeline and strategy
  • Set monthly microsolar sales and revenue targets
  • Work closely with the UK programmes team to ensure consistency with SolarAid UK
  • Ensure team fully adopts SolarAid’s M&E system which enables SolarAid to document and learn more about the impact of its work
  • Identify and implement most cost effective method of installing quality solar systems on communal infrastructure
  • Identify, implement and document most effective method for distributing microsolar products at scale
  • Where necessary, develop strong relationships with partners, local and national governments to enable us to meet and exceed targets
  • Ensure that SolarAid is complying with all in country legal requirements
  • Ensure that end of year targets are met and within budget

Responsible for ensuring that all reporting deadlines are met. You will be expected to ensure that the following reports are delivered on time to a satisfactory standard:
  1. Monthly Financial reports (Internal)
  2. Monthly Programme Reports (Internal)
  3. Donor Reports (External)
  4. In country reports to trustees and other legal bodies
Skills/ knowledge
  1. Proven knowledge and experience of implementing programmes in Africa
  2. Demonstrated ability to take the initiative, lead on project implementation
  3. Ability to write regular and comprehensive reports for both SolarAid and donor use
  4. Demonstrated skills in leadership and management
  5. Ability to prepare budgets and to monitor expenditure against budgets
  6. Strong people skills with ability to support, supervise and motivate professional staff
  7. Able to make decisions, take the initiative, originate action and be responsible for the decisions made
  8. Excellent communication, representational and negotiation skills
  9. Excellent oral and written English
  10. Computer literacy (project planning, spreadsheets, word processing, email/internet)
  11. Educated to degree level, preferably with management training
  • Experience of managing human and financial resources that demonstrates ability to set objectives, monitor and evaluate progress and outcomes
  • Experience of leading effective teams and implementing ambitious programmes in Africa.
  • Commitment to and sympathy with SolarAid’s purpose, vision and values
  • Participative and collaborative working approach
  • Self starting, passionate, trustworthy, dependable and decisive leader who communicates effectively and consistently works efficiently to high standards
Terms and conditions
  • Full-time
  • Probationary period: six months, after which there will be a review and confirmation in post or otherwise.
  • You will also be required to spend 3 months working alongside the SolarAid UK team during the probationary period
  • Notice period: one week within probationary period, one month thereafter.
  • Annual leave: 25 days
  • Length: two year contract.
  • Opportunities for training and personal development will be made available.
  • The employee will have a contract of employment containing more details of the terms and conditions relating to the post.
How to apply

Applicants should put CV and covering letter into one folder entitled:

Name_Surname Programme_Manager_Kenya_2010

Applications should be emailed to: recruitment @

 Your covering letter must clearly explain how you meet the skills, qualifications and criteria as set out in the job description
4. Promote teamwork among DDR/AVR project staff focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Promote cross-unit teamwork and the development of management and operational skills of the team members, through coaching and mentoring;
  • Identify and discuss tension point between the team members in order to nurture and facilitates team building;
5. Facilitate knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Identify and synthesize lessons learnt on DDR/AVR;
  • Identification and synthesis of best practices related to armed violence reduction, small arms control and community safety;
  • Identification and analysis of best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to community safety and their implementation;
  • Contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice;
  • Organization of training/briefings to UN staff on armed violence reduction, small arms control and community safety.
IV. Impact of Results

The Team Leader supports knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following outputs:
  • Consolidated work-plan per outcome including budget;
  • Learning work plan established and executed for individual team members and the team;
  • Timely submission of quarterly report;
  • Established database on approved partner agencies;
  • Established positive image of the project.
V. Competencies and critical success factors

Corporate Competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards.
  • Advocates and promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
Functional Competencies:

Knowledge and Learning Management
  • Contributes to UNDP Practice Areas and actively works towards continuing personal learning and development.
  • Builds knowledge in at least one practice areas, and shares.
  • Ability to provide top quality policy advice services on related issues.
  • In-depth practical knowledge of inter-disciplinary development issues.
Development and Operational Effectiveness
  • Ability to conduct results-based management and reporting
  • Solid knowledge in financial resources and human resources management, contract, asset and procurement, information and communication technology, general administration
Management and Leadership
  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
  • Leads teams effectively and shows mentoring as well as conflict resolution skills
  • Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure
VI. Recruitment Qualifications

 Master’s Degree or equivalent in social science, local development or related field with 5 years for experience.

  • At least 5 years of relevant experience is required and preferably in the UN system.
  • Experience in project management with proven ability for leadership.
  • Experience in the UN system or NGO is an asset.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (Ms. Word, Excel, etc) and advanced knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages.
  • Knowledge of DDR and Conflict Management an asset.
  • Prior knowledge in administration and finance.
  • Somali National/born in Somalia, with ability to travel in all regions of Somalia, with a focus on Garowe and South Central.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in English and Somali, good written and oral skills.
VII. Terms of Service

This is a non-staff contract under the Service Contract modality of hiring of the UNDP. Individuals engaged under a Service Contract serve in their individual capacity and not as representative of a government institutions, corporate body or other authority external to UNDP.

The incumbent shall not be considered as staff of UNDP, the UN common system or the government and are therefore not entitled to any diplomatic privileges or any other special status or conditions.

How to apply

VIII. Submission of application

Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit electronic application by visiting

The closing date for receipt of applications is 31st March 2010.

Applicants are required to fill and sign a P11 Form and submit it together with Curriculum Vitae on the online application.

The P11 Form can be obtained from the link below:

Women are strongly encouraged to apply

UNDP will only be able to respond to those applications in which there is further interest.

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