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Economic and Women Empowerment Manager Job in Nairobi Kenya

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Kenya serves vulnerable populations in the Turkana region and refugees in the Kakuma, Dadaab camps and in the Eastleigh, Nairobi.

The IRC implements programs in the areas of comprehensive primary health care, nutrition, protection, peace building, sanitation and hygiene and HIV/AIDS and prevention and response to gender based violence issues.

Applications are invited for the position of:

Economic and Women Empowerment Manager - Nairobi

The Economic and Women Empowerment Manager oversee the IRC’s Women’s Economic and Social Empowerment project under the Nairobi Urban Program, with technical support from the Women’s Protection and Empowerment Technical Unit and management support from the Urban Coordinator, Nairobi and Deputy Director, Programs.

The Manager will be responsible for implementing the (EA$E) project in Nairobi and ensuring that the goals and objectives of the program are met.

He/ She will provide technical and line management oversight to the EASE staff. The position reports to the Coordinator Urban Program.

Poverty and financial insecurity are catalysts for gender based violence. Increasing access to opportunities for social and economic empowerment is fundamental to reducing vulnerability and promoting the empowerment of women and girls. (EA$E) aims to support the economic empowerment of women through forming groups and promoting savings using the Village Savings and Loans (VSLA).

To ensure women’s economic empowerment is accompanied by enhanced decision making and power within the household, the program engages with partners through gender discussions designed to address inequalities and power relations at the household level that perpetuate violence.


a. Program Management

The (EA$E) Manager is responsible for all aspects of program implementation and staff management.

The principal tasks of a Manager include but are not limited to:

  • Overseeing/conduct the overall implementation of EA$E in all program sites
  • Overall staff management with direct supervision of the Coordinator Urban program
  • Developing work plans and project implementation strategies
  • Staff training and capacity building on Gender/Gender Based Violence and VSLA
  • Budget management
  • Overseeing M&E process as well as managing VSLA Database (MIS)
  • Conduct occasional field visits
  • Timely resolution of programmatic and operational issues
  • Develop relationships with local leaders to insure the smooth implementation of project
  • Provide ongoing leadership, training, and guidance to staff and volunteers to ensure programming meets best practice standards and prioritizes the security of beneficiaries and staff
  • Ensure that the profile of the program and staff are maintained at the appropriate level and EASE staffs’ performance is managed in line with IRC practices and policies. The position line manages two officers
  • Ensure adequate project monitoring systems are in place and staff are using the same
  • Manage the project budget in line with IRC policies and practices
  • Ensure that all internal and donor reporting requirements are met and that reports are of a high quality and submitted on time to the supervisor.
  • Provide ongoing supervision, leadership, training and technical support and guidance to staff to ensure IRC’s holistic survivor centered approach and best-practice in GBV and women’s empowerment programming are adhered to.
b. Staff and Community Capacity Building 
  • Design and implement staff training plans for national team members and incentive workers.
  • Oversee/ conduct trainings for community leaders and service providers
  • Collaborate with the health team managers (clinical service and HIV) to ensure that staff are well trained on GBV and support to survivors
c. Coordination and Networking
  • Work closely with partners to strengthen the effectiveness of the GBV referral network in Eastleigh to ensure appropriate responses are available and communicated to beneficiaries
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with relevant stakeholders including community leaders and other implementing partners to advocate for the needs of women and girls and work with partners to enhance multi-agency and multi sectoral cooperation and coordination.
  • 3 years program management experience, including at least 1 year in a humanitarian context with Economic Empowerment focus
  • Proven experience working in an GBV and Women’s Empowerment programming
  • Thorough understanding of gender-based violence response protocols and service provision.
  • Demonstrated leadership, communication, training and facilitation skills.
  • MA/S or equivalent in social science, humanities or related degree
  • Good interpersonal and team building skills
  • Community education/training experience desirable
  • Ability to live and work under pressure in an unstable security environment
  • Experience in proposal writing is preferred
  • Somali speaking is preferred
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Female candidates are encouraged to apply.
All interested candidates are requested to submit a cover letter and an updated CV (Do not attach Certificates) to the following email address: by 1st November, 2011.

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