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NGO Jobs in Kenya - Save the Children

Dimensions: Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners. 

Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH. In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programmes of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a single operation in Kenya. 

In February 2014, we completed a second transition, which saw us join forces with the British INGO, Merlin, and merge their health and nutrition programmes with our own. Save the Children now has an operational presence in Bungoma, Dadaab Refugee Camp, Garissa, Mandera, Nairobi, Turkana and Wajir. We work through partners in many other parts of the country. 

We have a staff complement of around 300 staff and an operating annual budget of approximately US$25 million in 2014.

Position Name:Human Resource and Administration Officer

Position Code:
 SCI-HRO Daadab
Status: New

Team / Programme:Programme Operations

Location: Dadaab
Grade: 4

Post Type: National ( 1 year contract with possibility of extension)
Child Safeguarding: Level 3 - the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people
Role Purpose: Under the supervision of the Area Programme Manager, the HR and Admin Officer will guide recruitment, contractual and performance management process, and support the implementation of Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding Policy. 

In this challenging environment, the Dadaab HR and Admin Officer will have a is responsible not only for compliance with critical SCI policies, but also to ensure the most critical resources of the organization – it’s staff – are fairly managed and compensated, and have appropriate access to opportunities for capacity development, career development and progression. 

Scope of Role:
  • Reports to: Area Programme Manager, with a technical reporting line to the HR & Admin Coordinator, Nairobi
Key Areas of Accountability:
HR Management
  • Responsible for compliance with SCI HR policies and procedures in Dadaab area programme;
  • Oversee all recruitment, performance management, capacity gap assessment, and contractual processes in Dadaab;
  • Work with Programme Managers to plan recruitment at grant start up;
  • Support field recruitment managers by ensuring laid down policies as pertains to recruitment are followed.
  • Ensure preparation of recruitment planners & job adverts for circulation to various distribution groups
  • Participate in field office recruitment panels as requested by line manager
  • Prepare employment contracts and other documents relating to terms and conditions of employment and joining formalities for new local staff and casuals
  • Manage Area staff employment contracts records; liaise with the Line Manager to ensure timely renewal.
  • Ensure up-to-date personnel records are maintained according to organizational best practice and compliant with both organizational policy and the appropriate local legislation.
  • Update and maintain the organizational chart and staff lists as and when changes occur and share with Nairobi HR department.
  • Manage disciplinary and grievances issues arising from the area office
  • Prepare & submit HR & payroll reports to Nairobi HR department on a monthly basis
  • Responsible for developing and undertaking induction processes for all new hires and ensuring that all sectors participate in these induction processes
  • Facilitate evaluation of induction processes and monitoring effectiveness of the induction process and feedback to line manager
  • Responsible for monitoring field office staff leave status i.e. annual leave, sick leave, compassionate leave, paternity/maternity, TOIL and R&R, ensuring regular updating of the leave database and status reports sent out to line managers, track leave ensuring this is shared with Nairobi HR department.
  • Ensure exit interviews are carried out and through this and other means bring recommendation and key issues to Support Services Coordinator.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to child safeguarding, health and safety, security, employment equal opportunities and other relevant policies.
  • In conjunction with line managers ensure that all staff understand and observe the Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct
  • Facilitate and Administer staff medical insurance, ensuring employee insurance eligibility list is current
  • Manage HR and Admin staff performance in compliance with SCI Kenya Policies
  • Provide support to line managers and staff on objective setting, performance development plans and performance review therefore ensuring that it is happening in a timely and effective way.
  • Ensure cost effective ways of running kitchen facilities
  • Oversee and manage the Cleaners ensure office and guest house facilities are kept in a good state of cleanliness and repair
  • Delivering Results: Takes personal responsibility and holds others to account to deliver our ambitious goals for children, continually improving own performance or that of the team/organisation.
  • Developing Self and Others: Invests time and energy to actively develop self and others to help realise their full potential, and to build the organisation’s capability for the future.
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making: Takes effective, considered and timely decisions by gathering and evaluating relevant information from within or outside the organisation and making appropriate judgements.
  • Applying Technical Expertise: Applies the required technical and professional expertise to the highest standards, promotes and shares best practices within and outside the organisation.
  • Working Effectively with others: Works collaboratively to achieve shared goals and thrives on diversity of people and perspectives. Knows when to lead and when to follow and how to ensure effective cross- boundary working.
Qualifications and Experience
  • A first degree in Business Administration, Social Sciences or relevant field.
  • A post-graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in similar roles
  • Good knowledge and experience of generalist HR issues, including Kenya Employment Law, recruitment and selection, interpretation and application of policies and procedures, restructuring, reward and employee relations.
  • Proven ability to influence and negotiate at senior levels and build capacity within management teams.
  • Experience in managing disciplinary a grievance issues and monitoring and coaching HR staff and other managers involved in such cases.
  • Experience in developing contracts and MOUs with similar agencies
  • Experience in facilities management;
  • Excellent communication skills (Verbal and Written), with the ability to provide clear effective advice on a range of HR issues.
  • Fluency (written and oral) in English is requiring. Somali language skills a major advantage.
  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Strong team player, collaborative and capable of building effective relationships across all levels
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind-sets
  • Problem solving and risk mitigating skills
  • Comply with the requirements of Save the Children’s Safeguarding Policy and other Global Policies.
  • Commitment to Save the Children values

Position Name: ABE Quality Assurance and Standards Officer

Position Code:
 SCI- ABE Daadab


Team /  Programme:Programmes

Location: Dadaab 


Post Type: National (1 year contract with possibility of extension)
Child Safeguarding: Level 3 - the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people

Role Purpose:
 To effectively Implement the SC Education Programme activities of the ABE Project in Dadaab camps and the host community in Dadaab and Fafi. He/she will ensure quality delivery of programmes and maintenance of high professional standards of all our Education Programmes.
Reports to: Education Coordinator-ABE 

Staff directly reporting to this post: None

Key Areas of Accountability:  
  • Work as part of a team to ensure quality programming
  • Travel Frequently to implementation sites to liaise with teachers community leaders, Partners, local governments and beneficiaries to ensure continued participation and support for the project
  • Carryout regular monitoring activities and engagement with schools and communities to support project
  • Curriculum development, implementation, supervision and evaluation.
  • Train ABE teachers on general methods of teaching amongst others.
  • Capacity building Boards of Managements in schools
  • Ensure that the ABE centres are child friendly and child centred methods of learning are adapted
  • Introduce current trends in Education at the ABE centres
  • Inspection of  teaching tools e.g. lesson plans, schemes of works and ensure that they are of quality
  • Supporting the Education Officers in carrying out general supervision in the ABE centres.
  • Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.
  • Any other duty  as assigned by the Coordinator.
Skills and Behaviours (our Values in Practice)
  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved
  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks
  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency
Qualifications and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in education or its equivalent
  • Minimum of five (5) years’ work experience in education sector especially Child Friendly School initiative, Girl child education, SNE, Non-formal Education in the Somali Context.
  • Knowledge of education in emergencies, education sector policy, child rights and protection issues
  • Experiences of facilitating teacher training, community-based training, capacity building Board of managements in schools, and awareness campaigns.
  • Experience in teacher mentorship, assessment and evaluation in the education sector
  • Excellent skills in  interactive  learner friendly teaching and learning material development
  • Strong self-starter, able to take initiative and adapt to changing circumstances and priorities
  • Positive attitude towards community work with emphasis on the ability to learn from communities and support participatory, innovative approaches to problem solving
  • Excellent communication skills and a willingness to be respectful, kind, sensitive and empathise with all children and their carers
  • Fluent in written and spoken English, Kiswahili and the local language in the camps and the host community
  • Good report writing skills
  • Willingness and capacity to be flexible and accommodating when faced with difficult and frustrating working conditions
  • Commitment to Save the Children’s Child Protection Policy.
Desirable Qualifications
  • Previous experience in working with teachers in delivering non-formal education and girl child education services.
  • Understanding of the dynamics of the refugees is essential
  • Experience of working with communities and other agencies that support education
Working Contacts:
  • External: The job holder is required to have regular contact with other similar organizations, education institutions, children, community, and government departments.
  • Internal: The job requires the job holder to have direct relationship with all staff and management at all levels in ensuring the organizational policies and procedures are adhered to and complied with.  
How to Apply

Interested candidates are required to submit a CV and mandatory Cover letter to indicating the Position Code & Title on the subject line by 22nd December 2014. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

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