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Kenya Jobs by an Organization Focusing on Educational Scholarships

1.     Director
2.     Communications / Advocacy Officer
3.     Finance and Administrative Officer
4.     Social Worker – Education (2 Positions)
An education-oriented Kenyan charitable Organization, which sponsors the post-primary education of talented children from poor families, is expanding its operations to meet the growing demands of its services.
In order to manage its expanded operations effectively, the Organization seeks to recruit for the following professional posts.
For all positions, the applicants should be persons of high moral integrity with a demonstrated commitment to social justice issues. All applicants are requested to submit a detailed CV, a writing sample and full contact details (email
and phone numbers) of at least three references.

The responsibilities provided below serve as a guide to each vacancy.
Detailed position responsibilities and terms of reference will be provided to short listed candidates.
Applications should be submitted by email to recruitment@hildebackeducationfund.com or by surface mail to DNA 661 P.O. Box 49010 00100 Nairobi by Wednesday 14 July 2010.
Applicants should NOT attach certificates and testimonials – those will be requested from short listed candidates.
ONLY short listed candidates will be contacted.
Director
The position of the Director will report to the Board and will provide the overall strategic leadership and day-to-day
management of the Organization. Acting on the instructions of the Board and based on the Organization’s strategic plan, the Director will have the following responsibilities.
Director’s Responsibilities
  • Ensuring the effective implementation of the Organization’s mandate
  • Managing the expanding programmes and operations and providing the strategic vision of the Organization
  • Ensuring the effective and efficient implementation of all Organization’s management policies and procedures
  • Overseeing the implementation of the applicable systems and procedures for financial and human resources management
  • Overseeing the development of donor reports and fundraising proposals
  • Developing, operationalizing and from time to time revising the Strategic Plan of the Organization.
  • Representing the Organization at all critical fora with various stakeholders including the government and other relevant actors in the education sector
  • Managing the Organization’s personnel including mentoring, coaching and positive reinforcement
  • Supporting the staff individually and collectively to build a strong team that brings out the strengths of all staff members for the benefit of the Organization’s beneficiaries
  • Appraising the staff on a regular basis and facilitating appropriate staff capacity-building programmes
  • Acting as the executive secretary to the Board and ensuring all documents pertaining to the decision-making of the Organization are well updated and maintained
  • Networking and collaboration with like-minded organizations and partners
  • Performing any other related functions as directed by the Organization’s Board
Qualifications
  • An advanced University Degree in a development related subject (International Relations, Social Sciences, Development Studies, Business Management or any other relevant field).
  • At least 10 years experience in development work, preferably in the education sector, 5 of which should have been at a management level
  • Proven managerial competencies in human resources management, including mentoring and supervision of staff as well as in financial management
  • Experience in fund raising / resource mobilization
  • Knowledge and interest in the education sector in Kenya, including on policy and legislation issues will be an added advantage for this position
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Sound oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to effectively multi-task
  • Advanced computer skills
Communications / Advocacy Officer
The position of the Communications Officer will report to the Organization’s Director. In close consultation with the
Organization’s Director, and within the limits of delegated authority, the Communications / Advocacy Officer will have
the following responsibilities.
Responsibilities for Communications / Advocacy Officer
  • Serve as the main public relations, communications and reporting expert of the Organization
  • Implement the communication and advocacy strategy of the Organization
  • From time to time, refine and update the Organization’s communication and advocacy strategy
  • Implement communications activities in a manner that supports the overall objectives and effectiveness of the Organization
  • Ensure that communication is incorporated in all relevant programme work and is integrated in all relevant policies and guiding instruments of the Organization
  • Draft, edit, compile and disseminate various project reports to relevant stakeholders, including periodic (quarterly, annual) updates to all stakeholders
  • Establish publications plans and detailed budgets thereof
  • Develop content for the Organization’s intranet/portal and the public website on a regular basis
  • Vigorously pursue cutting edge technology on communications with the overall objective of reaching the widest virtual audience possible.
  • Perform other related duties as directed by the Organization’s Director
Qualifications
  • A University Degree in communications or related field
  • 5 years experience in public relations and communication
  • Ability to develop sound advocacy messages
  • Prolific writing and communicating skills
  • Sound interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge and experience in working with the media, including electronic media
  • Polished analytical skills
  • Advanced computer skills
Finance and Administrative Officer
Working under the direct supervision of the Director, the Finance and Administrative Officer will provide overall human resources and financial management of the Organization.
This position will have the following responsibilities.
Responsibilities of Finance and Administrative Officer
  • Implementing the Organization’s human resources and financial management procedures
  • Managing of the Organization’s moveable and immovable assets
  • Strengthening and updating human resources and financial management systems and procedures
  • Coordinating all issues relating to finance that include payment of staff entitlements, statutory requirements, recurrent running costs of the Organization
  • Reconciling and maintaining the Organization’s accounts
  • Managing the general ledger operations, preparing all journal entries and preparing all monthly closing statements.
  • Preparation of monthly financial statements, budgets and financial forecasts
  • Carrying out monthly account/bank reconciliations
  • Leading the process of preparation for and coordination of the annual audit
  • Providing constant leadership and coaching to all staff in implementing and maintaining internal financial controls and procedures
Qualifications
  • A business/commerce related degree with an accounting option
  • Accomplished CPA
  • Experience and expertise in human resources management
  • At least five years experience in an accounting function
  • Experience in development projects/Not for profit/NGO Project accounting
  • Clear understanding of project/programme management
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Relevant computer skills
Social Worker – Education (2 Positions)
The Social Workers will be the Organization’s main programme officers whose responsibilities will revolve around
the provision of the necessary support to the sponsored children and youth so that they can attain their full academic
and professional potential.
Persons filling these positions will be positive-minded persons with a genuine commitment to supporting young people to realize their full potential. Each Social Worker position will report to the Director and will have the following responsibilities.
Responsibilities
  • Assisting the director in management and day-to-day running of the project activities
  • Providing support services to children and youth in the Organization’s programme
  • Identifying new cases for intake by the Organization
  • Conducting case analysis, documenting and recommending appropriate solutions for needy cases
  • Creatively working with the sponsored students to design suitable support models for beneficiaries
  • Liaising with educational institutions and other relevant education actors
  • Continuously engaging with and monitoring sponsored students to detect any potential problems and proactively resolve them
  • Identifying potential partner agencies and provide referral services for those beneficiary problems falling outside the Organization’s mandate
  • Identifying, developing and implementing the capacity building strategies for the Organization’s volunteers and outreach workers
  • Ensuring that the support provided complies with the objectives and mandate of the Organization
  • Facilitating meaningful participation of the beneficiaries in all project activities at all levels of project implementation including project evaluation
  • Supporting documentation of the experiences gained from the development and implementation of the sponsorship programme
  • Undertaking any other duties that may be required by the Director
Qualifications
  • A University Degree in Sociology, Social Work, Counselling, Psychology or related field
  • At least three years relevant experience, preferably working with children or the youth
  • Passion for working with children and the youth
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Good project/programme development
  • Excellent mentoring skills
  • Relevant computer literacy

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