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Safety and Security Assistant

Position Code: 

Team / Programme: Safety and Security

Location: Nairobi 
Grade:  5

Post Type: National (1 year contract with possibility of renewal)

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 guidance and supervision of the Security Manager, the security assistant will be responsible for assisting the Security Manager in the execution of his security responsibilities at the assigned duty station. 
The post holder will report to the Safety and Security Manager, work in close collaboration with all Safety and Security Focal Points (SSFPs) countrywide, and will him/herself be the Safety and Security Focal Points (SSFP) for Nairobi.

Reports to: Safety and Security Manager

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 Feb 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, Turkana and Wajir and we work through partners in many other parts of the country. 

We employ nearly 300 staff and will have an operating annual budget in 2015 of approximately US$20-25 million

Staff directly reporting to this post: None

Key Areas of Accountability:

Assist the Safety and Security Manager in Daily Duties
  • Carry out security briefings for new staffs and International staffs visiting  the SC country offices
  • Update security related documents as shall be assigned
  • Provide security updates to staffs as and when required
  • Transmit and receive security related information in to/from all concerned and participate in staff emergency/medical evacuation.
  • He will do a follow-up with logistics of all purchases for security
  • As the SSFP for Nairobi he/she will assist the SSM in the daily management of safety and security in Nairobi and will write the weekly District security report for Nairobi
  • Perform other assignments as shall be assigned by the Safety and Security Manager
  • With the assistance of the safety and security manager liaise with the UN, GoK and other agencies in the process of collecting an verifying security information
  • With the assistance of the Safety and Security Manager  collate information  from the field offices in the process of generating security reports
  • Travel to the field periodically to support the SSFPs in field office safety and security management
Coordinate and monitor staff movements between Nairobi and Field Offices
  • To update the staff movement tracker on a daily basis
  • To monitor staffs moving between Nairobi and field offices
  • Submit to the Safety and Security Manager the staff travel tracker every Friday  by 4pm
  • Ensure that staffs who receive security briefings and orientations sign the relevant form
  • File all security related documents according to established practice
  • With the help of the safety and security manager ensure that all reported security incidents are documented.
Key Competencies
Delivering results;
  • Able to deliver timely and appropriate results using available resources
  • Is able to plan, prioritise and perform tasks without needing direct supervision.
  • Understands the link between their work and the larger organization’s objectives
Problem solving and decision making
  • Can identify where to source the right information and able to use critical thinking to make effective and timely decisions.
  • Has the ability to stay on a problem or challenge until a solution is reached. Can identify at which point to escalate matter for support from line manager and other colleagues.
  • Able to involve account suitable for contextual information when considering different problem solving options.
Working effectively with others
  • Is proactive and able to deliver timely and appropriate support to team members.
  • Clarifies their role and responsibilities within the team – both internally and with partners – to maximize impact.
  • Communicates clearly and is able to take into different perspectives and experiences into account.
Qualifications and Experience
  • University degree; those with a higher National diploma from KNEC will be considered.
  • Familiarity with the use of VHF and HF radio and satellite phone will be an added advantage.
  • Work experience in insecure /hostile environments.
  • Sound knowledge of Humanitarian principles of Impartiality and neutrality as outlined in the Humanitarian Charter and International Red Cross Code of Conduct.
  • Willingness to travel to insecure/hostile environments.
  • Knowledge of INGOs working environment is an asset.
Key Competencies
  • Having a good command of written and spoken English and Kiswahili
  • Computer/IT proficiency with Very good command of MS Office.
  • Exposure to some form of  security or safety management
  • Good analytical skills
  • Ability to clearly convey information
  • Ability to work within a multi-cultural, multi ethnic team
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Adaptable and flexible; Able to work at odd hours
  • Rigorous, precise, well organized and punctual.
  • Very good sense of reliability, initiative and responsibility.
  • Very good negotiation skills.
  • Ability to work in team, independently and in stressful situations.
How to Apply

To  apply for this position visit the SCI Kenya Website:  

The system allows CVs & Cover letter as One(1) document.  

The Deadline is on 16th November 2015 by COB.  

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Save the Children Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office is looking to recruit for a position of Regional Logistics Manager 

6 months contract (immediate availability)
Team / Programme: Logistics team / East Africa Regional Office
Location: East/Southern Africa Home based
Grade: Grade 3
Type of Contract: National (East or Southern Africa home based)
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:
 The Regional Roving Logistics Manager will assist the East Africa Region Head of Logistics to improve the capacity and performance of logistics staff / teams in SCI country offices within the region by working with the Country office logistics teams on a need basis. 

The position holder will be responsible for providing technical support to specific Country offices in East Africa and Southern Africa Region.
Scope of Role:
Reports to: Head of Logistics – East & Southern Africa Region

While in Country Offices the position will report to:
 Country Operations Director or Country Heads of Logistic

 Save the Children works in 12 countries in East and Southern Africa (Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi) with a current staff complement of approximately 3500 staff and current expenditure of above $308 million each year.
Staff directly reporting to this post: None
Key Areas of Accountability:
The Regional Roving Logistics Manager will be responsible for support to SCI Country Offices in the region through :
  • Logistics backstopping support to 4 x COs in East and Southern Africa Region
  • Carrying out Fleet analysis and support CO Heads of Logistics to manage the fleet properly
  • Support Country offices in establishing Framework agreements and Supplier databases
  • Support selected country offices in implementation of Supply Chain Management Plans
  • Carrying out Logistics compliance and capacity assessments
  • Monitoring logistics performance through reviewing monthly logistics reports for selected Country Offices
  • Helping country office logistics teams implement their outstanding Logistics related audit recommendations
  • Assisting Country office Logistics teams mount rapid and effective emergency response operations – when disasters occur
  • Preparing country office visit reports and following up for implementation of recommendations
To execute the above responsibilities, the role will involve short term assignments of about two to three weeks duration to country offices based on pre-agreed Terms of Reference.

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
  • Creates a managerial environment to lead, enable and maintain our culture of child safeguarding
  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to; builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity and different people’s perspectives, able to work cross-culturally.
  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Cuts away bureaucracy and encourages an entrepreneurial approach
  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency, builds trust and confidence
  • Displays consistent excellent judgement
Qualifications and Experience
  • A Degree in Supply Chain/ Logistics or related area
  • At least 3 years logistics management level experience in logistics in the NGO sector, within complex/large scale country programmes and in emergency response/humanitarian environments.
  • 1 - 2 years international experience is must. Experience at Regional Logistics management level a strong advantage.
  • Proven experience in all technical areas of logistics operations including procurement, transport/distribution, warehousing and stock management, fleet management, asset management, communications, and security
  • Experience of working in remote field bases with limited infrastructure
  • Experience working with large institutional donors and knowledge of their rules and regulations
  • Ability to synthesize and analyze information, and make clear, informed decisions
  • Ability to build relationships quickly with a wide range of people, both internally and externally
  • Strong planning, management and coordination skills, with the ability to organise a substantial workload comprised of complex, diverse tasks and responsibilities
  • Experience in developing the capacity of logistics staff through the use of training, performance management frameworks and development plans.
  • Experience in development and implementation of efficient logistics systems, policies and procedures.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication and interpersonal skills
  • Cross-cultural experience, understanding and sensitivity
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively within the East and Southern Africa region
  • Commitment to Save the Children values
  • Experience in developing Emergency Preparedness Plans and Disaster Risk Reduction activities
  • Experience in developing and carrying out staff training programmes
  • Experience in technical programme support in areas of construction, distribution, medical supply chain, water and sanitation
  • Previous experience working for Save the Children International or members
  • Membership of Professional body in Logistics
  • Fluent in Portuguese, Amharic, Swahili or Arabic

How to Apply  

Please send a copy of your CV with a cover letter to

Application closes
 17th November 2015 at 5:00pm. 

We work with children, communities and governments all over the world and we believe in the right person for the job regardless of where you come from and how you identify yourself. We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to ensuring that only those who are suitable to work with children are considered for these posts. All successful applicants will therefore be required to complete a Police Check and must sign onto our Child Safeguarding Policy and organizational Code of Conduct.

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