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NGO Job Vacancies in Kenya - The Kenya Red Cross

Kenya Red Cross Society is one of the largest humanitarian organizations in Kenya. Its mission is to be the leading humanitarian organization in Kenya delivering excellent quality service of preventing and Alleviating Human Suffering.

The Society is looking for a qualified person to fill the following position:

Position Title: Multi-media, Communications & Public Relations Manager

Reporting to: Director External Relations & Resource Management

Job location: Head quarters

Position Summary: This role is responsible for the effective management of Multi Media Communications and Public Relations through the implementation and evaluation of the KRCS communications strategies aimed at promoting and enhancing the society’s image through media relations, creating public awareness of the role played by KRCS in delivering high quality humanitarian relief services

Key Responsibilities

Multi-Media Communications Strategy/Policies:
  • Study the objectives, promotional policies and needs of KRCS to develop multi-media communications and public relations strategies and budgets that will influence public opinion or promote ideas as well as new humanitarian programmes.
  • Oversee the planning and implementation of the communications strategy aimed at advancing the mission and objectives of KRCS, position KRCS as a leader in setting ethical and professional standards that enhance the integrity of humanitarian programmes.
  • Plan and develop pre-production ideas into outlines, scripts, story boards and graphics.
  • Implement an effective publicity strategy to ensure thorough documentation of programme activities to promote the Society’s image and reputation as the leading humanitarian organization by highlighting best practices aimed at improving relationships and goodwill to benefit a greater number of communities.
  • Oversee the development, editing and packaging of multi-media communication materials for internal and external audiences including employees, communities, stakeholders and the general public.
  • Oversee the organization and implementation of press conferences, photo sessions and media events to address specific issues designed to improve understanding and acceptance of the society’s mandate policies, objectives, strategies and services.
  • Oversee effective implementation of the Society’s public relations and communications policy
  • Provide support to lobby and advocacy initiatives with a view to reform laws and policies that hamper the implementation of humanitarian relief services.

Public Relations:
  • Maintain effective media relations, establish and maintain regular contact with media representatives and also promptly respond to requests for information from the media, other stakeholders and the general public in order to promote the society’s image and reputation.
  • Coordinate effective utilization and maintenance of multi-media equipment.
  • Provide technical leadership in the area of publicity and documentation. Also participate in monitoring and evaluating individual and work team performance against set targets and objectives.
  • Strengthen partnerships and networks with stakeholders, particularly government agencies, development partners, NGO’s and private sector organizations to ensure smooth implementation of humanitarian relief programmes.
  • Represent the KRCS at meetings, conferences and workshops and other forums to promote programme activities and articulate issues related to humanitarian relief.

Assessment:
  • Conduct opinion polls and baseline surveys on specific humanitarian issues to identify trends, key interests and concerns in order to develop comprehensive communication reports based on analysis and interpretation of issues.
  • Monitor the implementation of community programmes to identify, capture and document innovative approaches and best practices for purposes of disseminating and sharing experiences to promote repeat applications or scaling up in different community settings within the country and around the world.

Intranet and Website Management:
  • Coordinate the overall design and effective management the society’s website and intranet facility and ensure that content is up to date and relevant.
  • Coordinate overall design and effective management the Society’s website and intranet facility and ensure that content is up-to-date.
  • Coordinate web projects across departments.
  • Maintain a consistent look and feel throughout all web properties.
  • Copy, edit and proof-read all web content.

Desired Competencies
  • Good command of industry standard computer design packages including Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash and Flash 3D Animator, Apple Final Cut Pro and Avid audio Production software.
  • Advanced knowledge of mass media operation and its proper utilization for dissemination of information.
  • Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with the media, government officials, employees, donors, stakeholders and the general public.
  • Ability to compose and produce a variety of communications materials and website updates for release to media and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to provide practical training in Multi-media communication and PR strategies, methods and techniques.

Education and Experience:
  • Master’s degree in Multi - Media Communications, Journalism or equivalent plus membership affiliation to professional body.
  • Over 7 years demonstrated experience in developing and implementing effective corporate communications programmes.

Position Title: HR Business Partner

Reporting to: Head, Group HR

Job location: Head Quarters

Position summary: The role is responsible for ensuring that programs and processes delivered are aligned with Business Strategies and HR Priorities.

This includes delivering/managing the annual processes (e.g., Manpower planning, performance management, compensation cycle), and managing career events in the employee lifecycle.

The Partner will also be responsible for advising and coaching line managers on HR core programs, processes and policies and ensure that all are implemented in a consistent manner across the society.

The Human Resources Business partner serves as a liaison between the business/Programme line and HR to assess human resources needs in areas such as employment, performance management, compensation, career development and management development, and competency development whilst ensuring the maintenance of social dialogue and employee relations at all times.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Ensure HR programs are delivered and aligned with Business strategies along with HR priorities.
  • Support the annual performance management and compensation processes in alignment with Society practices
  • Coach leadership on standard talent management process and ensure development and implementation of talent practices i.e Succession Planning, training and Performance Management.
  • Work toward standardization and consistency of approach to HR across the society on Issues relating to Employee Management and relations
  • Keep HR Processes in full compliance with the legal, regulatory and internal frameworks
  • Provide HR reports and analysis for management decision including turnover, development, discipline, manpower planning..etc

Minimum Qualifications
  • 5+ years' experience in an HR generalist, management or business partner role
  • Solid expertise in HR technical proficiencies and core HR competencies with experience in coaching, employee development and driving process improvements and conducting Job Evaluations.
  • Master’s degree or MBA in a Human Resources discipline preferred
  • Employee relations, change management and team development experience
  • Good Knowledge and understanding of Kenya Labour Laws
  • Must be a Certified Member of IHRM

Desired competencies
  • Good knowledge of the work of the Red Cross in Kenya
  • Ability to diagnose problems and identify and drive appropriate solutions .
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to Influence and interface with senior members of the business/Society
  • Good Knowledge of employment laws in Kenya
  • A strong sense of business ethics including the ability to appropriately handle confidential information.

Position Title: County Manager

2 Positions

Reporting to: County Advisor

Job Location: Garissa, Wajir

Position Summary: This role will be responsible for ensuring that Kenya Red Cross Society is strategically and effectively positioned within the Specific County as key partner to the County government and has a well coordinated approach in service delivery to the communities within the County in line with their identified needs and priorities including overall responsibility for programme implementation and Emergency/Disaster response.

Key Responsibilities

Strategic Positioning:
  • Provide strategic leadership and direction to County staff to design, implement and evaluate strategic action plans and budgets in line with approved County priorities and strategies
  • Manage KRCS County strategies and processes. Develop and implement strategic plans, programs, policies tailored to meet County goals
  • Build a strong KRCS Brand as per KRCS model of a well functioning County
  • Ensure that the needs and priorities of the County are well identified and advocate for their fulfilment
  • Ensure that all KRCS operations within the County are well aligned to the County and Sub County structures.
  • Build relationships with the Counties and represent KRCS at strategic County meetings
  • Guide the allocation of KRCS resources and investments in line with the priorities of the County
  • Mobilise resources at County level and facilitate development of written MOUs and Agreements with County governments and other strategic partners

Networking & Relations:
  • Develop strategic alliances to strengthen collaborative partnerships and networks with relevant County government agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders in order to advocate, represent, and influence policies for humanitarian relief
  • Establish and maintain close working relationships with County government agencies, donors, NGO’s and other humanitarian agencies to avoid duplication of services
  • Represent the Society at local, County and national meetings, conferences, workshops and other forums to promote the activities of the KRCS and the County Branch and articulate issues related to the County priorities and challenges.

Membership and Volunteer Management:
  • Responsible for the overall recruitment and management of the KRCS Members and volunteers within the County through
  • Conducting effective membership and volunteer recruitment campaigns
  • Keeping updated electronic records of all members and volunteers within the County
  • Trainings and deployment of the Volunteers
  • Ensure effective systems for Coaching, mentoring, performance appraisal for the volunteers
  • Implement effective membership and volunteer motivation strategies.
  • Governance
  • Facilitate the effective recruitment, trainings and functioning of the KRCS County governance team in line with the KRCS Constitution and policies.

Fundraising:
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of an effective County fundraising strategy in line with the County Branch plans while considering long term and short term objectives
  • Work with the County Advisor and the fundraising managers to develop and implement a strategies for income generation

Programme Management:
  • Accountable and responsible for successful implementation of all programmes in the county including Emergency/Disaster Response with a focus on strategic action plans and agreed budgets and in line with approved KRCS policies and international best practices aimed at ensuring effective and efficient use of resources

Minimum Qualifications
  • Post graduate degree in Management, organizational development or related field
  • At least 5 years management experience
  • Previous experience in providing leadership at senior management level will be an added advantage

Desired competencies
  • Good knowledge of the work of the Red Cross in Kenya and the County
  • Good knowledge on the County and its working environment
  • Proven record of networking and Partnership development
  • Excellent conflict resolution skills
  • Experience in Programme design and management
  • Excellent interpersonal and effective communication skills
  • Excellent change management skills


Position Title: Legal Officer

Reporting to: Director Corporate Services

Job location: HQ

Position Summary

The role is responsible for the effective and efficient management of the Legal department, provision of legal advisory services and ensuring effective management of legal and contractual risks.

Key Responsibilities

Leadership role
  • Provide leadership and ensure efficient and effective management of staff and resources in the Legal department.

Legal risk
  • Review and provide legal advice on tender documents.
  • Review ongoing cases and advice management accordingly.
  • Liaise with relevant departments to ensure that where legal risks have been identified, appropriate courses of action have been taken.
  • Provide legal protection and risk management advice to management especially on contract management.
  • In collaboration with the internal audit, overseeing KRCS legal risk management programs for the entire system, including its non-profit and for-profit subsidiaries;
  • recommending and assisting in the development policies, procedures and systems pertaining to risk management issues
  • Leading various KRCS compliance initiatives; participating in the development, implementation and oversight of the corporate compliance program to facilitate the prevention of fraud and abuse and to promote the mission and values of KRCS.
  • Provide and interpret legal information, conduct training and disseminate appropriate legal requirements to staff.

Policy development
  • Review and advice management on legal implications of internal policies and procedures.
  • Review and draft contracts, agreements and internal policies and ensure that they are in compliance with all statutory or legal requirements.

Litigation management
  • Review progress of outstanding litigation and liaise with and manage external lawyers.
  • Advising the organization and related entities on the litigation risks of possible business decisions, providing preventive counseling with respect to the legal risks associated with business practices, and developing strategy with both inside and outside counsel in response to civil litigation and regulatory inquiries.

Regulatory compliance
  • Formulate compliance check-lists to be used for the purpose of ensuring that all information required is provided accordingly.
  • Continuously monitor compliance with statutory obligations and advise senior management accordingly.
  • Prepare monthly and quarterly reports for the department for senior management meetings.

Contract negotiation
  • Review all contracts or any other documentation where the organization and related entities are parties to and assess legal implications that need to be brought to the attention of the Senior Management.
  • Prepare, review and modify contractual instruments to assist and support various business activities.
  • Negotiate, review and draft documentation for business transactions and prepare and advise on the necessary checklist to be adopted to ensure information is submitted on time.

Minimum Qualifications
  • LLB undergraduate degree;
  • A Masters degree will be an added advantage; and
  • Must be an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya.
  • At least five years legal experience ideally in a leading organisation, with a proven track record in contract negotiation and drafting;

Desired competencies
  • Good knowledge of the work of the Red Cross in Kenya.
  • Proven track record of providing accurate and effective legal counsel;
  • Proven track record of adding value to an organization through the development of comprehensive contract documents that mitigate risk and penalties.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience with, laws dealing with government and/or commercial contract administration, particularly contract negotiation, preparation and administration;
  • Ability to provide independent advice (orally and in writing) to senior level management on highly technical matters;
  • Demonstrate success in managing and conducting a variety of litigation matters;
  • Excellent interpersonal and effective communication skills necessary for interaction with the Government of Kenya, the Judicial system and negotiating parties and the senior management team of the society;

Applications should be sent to the following address to be received on or before Friday, 24th January, 2014.

Secretary General
Kenya Red Cross Society
P.O. Box 40712-00100,

Nairobi

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