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NGO Jobs in Kenya – Action Africa Help International

Action Africa Help International (AAH-I) is an African-led, regional organisation, working in Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda, and Zambia.

It brings over 25 years’ experience working with communities in conflict and post-conflict situations, including refugees, internally displaced people, host communities and communities in urban slums. 

The AAH Kenya, Kakuma Refugee Assistance Programme (KRAP) aims to enhance self-reliance and sustainable livelihoods of 4,080 refugees in Kakuma Camp, Turkana County, through development of models that will address resilience, safety net and consumption; skills enhancement, employment opportunities and enterprise development.  

AAH-Kenya is looking for a suitable candidate to fill the following position to be based in Kakuma refugee camp: 

Job Title: Business Development Officer 
 
Department / Section: Livelihoods
 
Grade: AH 6
 
Reports to: Project Manager
 
Liaises with: UNHCR and other Partners on ground
 
Duty Station: Kakuma Refugee Camp with field visits to Kalobeyei Settlement Site
 
Job Summary: To play a central role in supporting innovative livelihoods initiatives to facilitate a broad based entrepreneurial mind-set and a new set of business development ideas among the PoCs in Kakuma Refugee Camp. 

This will involve working with other project officers, UNHCR, partner organizations and PoC community in the camp.

Duties & Responsibilities

Key activities will involve the coordination and mainstreaming of business development activities in the refugee camp. 

He/she will be tasked with managing and coordinating the implementation of livelihood activities in the refugee camp, within the framework of the UNHCR Livelihood Resilience programme being implemented by AAHI. 

The business development officer will provide administrative and technical support to the overall institutional business plan and support individuals and business groups in the camp:
  • Coordinate and grow the revolving fund within the context of the micro finance model, using best case studies
  • Support with the establishment of a business centre model; complete with incubation unit.
  • Develop and nurture appropriate documentation in respect of good case studies in collaboration with the Communications team in Nairobi and UNHCR
  • Work in collaboration with and support the Project Officers: Community Mobilisation and Agriculture in their respective areas of activity implementation (e.g. training and mainstreaming)
  • Coordinate the socio economic profiling of the new and existing PoCs.
  • Serve as the primary link to the refugee community and play facilitative role in organizing community dialogue meetings.
  • Establish and build AAHI relationships with PoC community in Kakuma and other stakeholders
  • Identify linkages and areas of collaboration and synergy with other organizations implementing Livelihood-business related activities (e.g. LWF with VSLAs, NCCK etc)
  • Actively promote the AAHI approach to livelihoods’ business segment with emphasis on promoting group development through support, coaching, mentoring, feedback and identification of investment needs and opportunities.
  • Directly supervise the incentive workers.
  • Identifying opportunities and innovative approaches to support livelihood business activities in the refugee camp.
  • Enable individuals, groups and business associations and communities to identify needs and encourage involvement in livelihood business activities.
  •  Support the development of existing businesses, the establishment of business groups and the formation of community focused networks.
  • Ensure that targets and work schedules are adhered to in order to achieve objectives, maintain appropriate documentation and prepare monthly activity and achievement reports.
  • Carry out evaluation of initiatives and actions in a systematic way with UNHCR and staff teams
  • Perform any other functions deemed necessary or as delegated by the supervisor in order to meet the level of  services in the organization
Qualification and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in Microfinance or Entrepreneurship, or relevant tertiary qualification in cooperative and Economic Development studies, and/or experience in related fields,
  • Experience in community policy development & advice; facilitating, coordinating, and managing project plans.
  • At least 3 years of progressive programming experience  including understanding of and ability to promote empowering and developmental models in community work through highly effective communication skills
  • Proven credibility, integrity and professionalism – demonstrates these characteristics at all times.
  • Ability to assist groups to formulate their ideas into constructive actions, ability to undertake community based research, and to effectively complete projects.
  • Exercises sound judgment and political sensitivity – especially in relation to the community organisation, local governments etc.
Desirable Skills
  • UNHCR Field experience.
  • Knowledge and exposure to the social and cultural values of the region concerned.
  • Proficiency in local language(s).
  • Experience in formulating funding applications.
  • A proven track record working well with the local community.
  • Welcomes and values diversity, and contributes to an inclusive working environment where differences are acknowledged and respected.
Skills & Competences
  • Excellent communicational skills (written and spoken)
  • Skilled in influencing and obtaining cooperation of individuals;
  • Able to manage relationships to achieve results.
  • Organisational and mobilization skills
  • ICT speciality (email, Spread-sheets, MS-word, Databases, job-related software, etc.)
  • Team-work and participation
  • Level of self-supervision and ability to take initiative
  • Degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Good report-writing writing and reporting skill
  • INGO experience and understanding of humanitarian sector
  • Commitment to and understanding of AAH-I’s vision, mission, and values.

Job Title: Community Mobiliser 
 
Department / Section: Livelihoods
 
Grade: AH 7
 
Reports to: Project Manager 
 
Duty Station: Kakuma Refugee Camp and field visits to Kalobeyei Settlement Site

Job Summary:
 To play a central role in supporting livelihood programming - to facilitate a broad based participation of the PoCs and host community in Kakuma Refugee Camp and the Kalobeyei Settlement Site to promote livelihood activities. 

This will involve working with other project officers, partner organizations and PoC/host community in the camp.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Key activities will involve the coordination of community mobilisation in the refugee camp and the Kalobeyei Settlement Site. 
  • He/she will be tasked with managing and coordinating the PoC and host community participation livelihood activities in the refugee camp and Kalobeyei Settlement Site, within the framework of the UNHCR Livelihood Resilience programme being implemented by AAHI.
  • The community mobiliser will provide mobilisation technical support to agriculture
  • and business project officers in respect of:
  • Work in collaboration with and support the Project Officers – i) Business Development, Agriculture ii) Business Development Officer in their respective areas of activity implementation (e.g. trainings)
  • Coordinate the social relationships between the PoCs and the host community.
  • Serve as the primary link between the refugee community and the host community while developing an infrastructure for both dialogue and conflict resolution
  • Establish and build AAHI relationships with PoC community in Kakuma and other stakeholders
  • Develop and support the joint participation of both refugee and host community on matters of integration and social cohesion – developing early warning and early response systems.
  • Actively promote the AAHI approach to livelihoods with emphasis on promoting group development through support, coaching, mentoring, feedback and identification of investment needs and opportunities.
  • Perform any other functions deemed necessary or as delegated by the supervisor in order to meet the level of  services in the organization
Personal Specifications
 
Qualification
  • Bachelor’s degree in Community Development or relevant tertiary qualification in social and community studies, and/or experience in related fields
  • Possess proven practical knowledge of the program development cycle and design and management qualities.
  • At least 3 years of progressive responsible programme including understanding of and ability to promote empowering and developmental models in community work through highly effective communication skills – in all forms, especially written and verbal.
  • Proven credibility, integrity and professionalism – demonstrates these characteristics at all times.
  • The ability to assist groups to formulate their ideas into constructive actions, ability to undertake community based research, and to effectively complete projects.
  • Exercises sound judgment and political sensitivity – especially in relation to the community organisation, local governments etc.
Desirable Skills
  • UNHCR Field experience.
  • Knowledge and exposure to the social and cultural values of the region concerned.
  • Proficiency in local language(s).
  • Experience in formulating funding applications.
  • A proven track record working well with the local community.
  • Welcomes and values diversity, and contributes to an inclusive working environment where differences are acknowledged and respected.
Additional Skills & Competences
  • Skilled in influencing and obtaining cooperation of individuals;
  • Able to manage relationships to achieve results.
  • Communicational skills (written and spoken)
  • Organisational and mobilization skills
  • ICT speciality (email, Spread-sheets, MS-word, Databases, job-related software, etc.)
  • Team-work and participation
  • Level of self-supervision and ability to take initiative
  • Degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Technical side of the job (numeracy, report-writing, critical thinking, leadership, etc.)
  • INGO experience and understanding of humanitarian sector
  • Commitment to and understanding of AAH-I’s vision, mission, and values.

Job Title: Finance & Admin Officer, Kakuma
 
Grade: AH 7
 
Department / Section: Finance
 
Reports to: Project Manager
 
Liaises with: Finance Manager AAH-I, Senior Program Officer, Administration Officer AAH-I, Admin Assistant AAH Kenya
 
Duty Station: Kakuma Refugee Camp

Job Summary:
 To ensure all financial and admin processes are functioning effectively and efficiently.  

S/he will plan, execute and evaluate all activities of financial management of the logistics’ project financial and accounting processes in the field location and be responsible for creating, reviewing, updating and enforcing compliance of the project’s financial policies and procedures.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Prepare, examine, and analyze accounting records, financial statements, and other financial reports to assess accuracy, completeness, and conformance to reporting, cost control and procedural standards.
  • Oversee all admin and procurement duties of the programme
  • Support the development and analysis of budgets, preparing periodic reports that compare budgeted costs to actual costs.
  • Advise management about issues such as resource utilization, tax strategies, and the assumptions underlying budget forecasts.
  • Support the internal and external auditing processes with an aim to close identified gaps.
  • Ensure that project finance policies and procedures are in harmony with the country financial and admin policies and procedures; and are make sure they are understood by staff.
  • Ensure effective, timely and accurate functioning and monitoring of the financial software system including maintaining the completeness and integrity of data within the system, compliance, generating necessary reports and authorising monthly data compilation in the system.
  • Undertake banking duties as needed.
  • Cash planning through preparation of weekly and monthly cash flow forecasts and generation of the cash flow statements as required
  • Reconcile bank statements on a monthly basis
  • Ensure that donor and institutional accounting requirements are adhered to and financial reports are submitted on time
  • Prepare income and expenditure narrative and financial reports for the FAD.
  • Support the budget preparation and proposal writing efforts through provision of information and advice during the budget preparation and proposal writing processes.
  • Collaborate with the Administration/Operations to ensure that all AAH assets at the field base are recorded and properly maintained with adequate security.
  • Development and monitoring of the field base recharge mechanisms and advise management on cost effective proposal reviews
  • Ensure compliance with necessary legal and statutory financial reporting in country, recommending change to procedures where required.
  • Lead on field base audits and follow up on recommendations. Ensure information is provided to the external and/or internal auditors as required during the audit process and follow up to close any identified audit gaps.
  • Contribute to the design of and oversee the preparation of regular (weekly/monthly/quarterly) management reports to meet the needs of FAD, country programme, and also meet the requirements for regular reporting set by the Donor, ensuring timeliness and accuracy.
  • Oversee preparation and consolidation of UNHCR financial report for the location.
  • Assess finance staff gaps within the team and advice the Project Manager.
Personal Specifications

Qualifications and Experience
  • A bachelor’s degree in Commerce, Finance or Business Administration.
  • Certified or Chartered Public Accountant with a valid professional membership.
  • At least 3 years’ experience in a similar role preferably in a camp setting
  • At least 3 years’ experience in an NGO
Desirable Skills
  • UNHCR Field experience.
  • Knowledge and exposure to the social and cultural values of the region concerned.
  • Proficiency in local language(s).
  • Skilled in influencing and obtaining cooperation of individuals not under supervisory control; able to manage long-distance relationships to achieve results
Additional Skills & Competences
  • Able to follow set procedures and instructions under limited supervision.
  • Ability to formulate recommendations to improve accounting systems.
  • Good familiarity with Microsoft Office packages and PASTEL accounting software
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Good analytical skills with good attention to detail
  • Excellent team-player, resilient and self-energizing for the field posting.
  • Commitment to and understanding of AAH-I’s vision, mission, and values.

Job Title: Project Officer, Agriculture  


Department / Section: Livelihoods
 
Grade: AH6
 
Reports to: Kakuma Project Manager
 
Responsible to: Area Project Manager
 
Liaises with: UNHCR and other Partners on ground

Duty Station:
 Kakuma Refugee Camp with field visits to the Kalobeyei Settlement Site

Job Summary:
 To build the capacity of AAHI livelihood project staff by providing agricultural technical advice. 

S/He will be responsible to ensure that the approaches used during implementation are accurate and effective, conforming to the global best practice while staying relevant to the context of the project. 

Duties & Responsibilities
  • To provide advice regarding Livelihood programme issues and enhance program strategy & policy development and compliance so that AAHI and UNHCR mission and vision is enhanced at both Kakuma Refugee Camp and the Kalobeyei Settlement Site.
  • Be directly involved in the implementation of proposed initiatives.
  • Keep the Program Manager (PM) informed on progress of the various initiatives, monitoring their progress and ensuring that they remain relevant and appreciated by the beneficiaries.
  • Be responsible for ensuring that the livelihoods’
  • Interventions are effective in terms of creating self-reliance in the PoC mind set and that activities undertaken are profitable and sustainable in the life of PoC.
  • Ensure that the social economic and skills of new PoC are captured in basic PoC data.
  • Ensure that new PoC receive life skills and financial literacy induction process that prepares them for self-reliance during their stay in the camp.
  • Plan for a target number of PoC to receive relevant training to deepen their involvement in livelihood activities in the camp.
  • Be responsible for proper collection, storage and dissemination of data on PoC economic activities, clearly identifying gaps and instituting interventions to fill the gaps in PoC knowledge, attitude and practice in livelihoods and self-reliance.
  • Develop and supervise the implementation of a capacity building program to meet the identified PoC gaps.
  • Ensure that UNHCR and other partners stay informed about progress and ensure continued support and buy-in from all stakeholders if any changes are envisaged.
  • The Project Officer, Agriculture, will supervise, liaise closely with and ensure effectiveness of the officer in charge of Kalobeyei agricultural field operations to ensure that all the activities are coordinated and in sync with each other to ensure alignment with the overall goal of the project.
  • As an expert in his/her field, the Project Officer, Agriculture will ensure that the Kalobeyei field officers have the space and freedom to operate and that they keep to the agreed targets over the project period.
Expected Outcomes
  • Conceptualization, innovation, planning and management of the livelihood project as well as the transfer of knowledge and skills.
  • Prepare the necessary reports as per UNHCR guidelines and handle reporting requirement in a timely manner.
  • Formulation, development and planning of programme goals and objectives of the livelihoods program.
  • Work closely with the Business Development Officer on material and strategies to support the programme.
  • Provide information and support to the Livelihood Community Mobiliser.
  • Monthly work (action) plans for the program, ensuring objectives and targets are achieved.
  • To promote communication between all the stakeholders in order to encourage the sharing of information and continual development and improvement of the livelihoods service  i.e. promoting professional learning and development as well as seeking to encourage a unity of vision and purpose among the PoC.
  • To provide input to proposals and reporting that relates to livelihoods as and when requested by the Project Manager and the Kenya Country Program Director.
  • Offer of advice and support to livelihoods program in line with the vision and mission of AAHI and UNHCR.
  • Perform any other functions deemed necessary or as delegated by the supervisor in order to meet the level of  services in the organization
Personal Specifications
 
Qualifications
  • University degree preferred in Agricultural Economics, Agro-Enterprise, Rural Development, Business Administration, or a closely related field.
  • Possess proven practical knowledge of the program development cycle and design and management qualities.
  • Demonstrated strengths in relationship management; able to work with diverse groups of people in multicultural, team-oriented environment;
  • Skilled in influencing and obtaining cooperation of individuals;
  • Able to manage relationships to achieve results.
Desirable Skills
  • UNHCR Field experience.
  • Knowledge and exposure to the social and cultural values of the region concerned.
  • Proficiency in local language(s).
  • Skilled in influencing and obtaining cooperation of individuals not under supervisory control; able to manage long-distance relationships to achieve results
Additional Skills & Competences
  • Communication skills (written and spoken)
  • Organisational and managerial skills
  • ICT speciality (email, Spread-sheets, MS-word, Databases, job-related software, etc.)
  • Team-work and participation
  • Level of self-supervision and ability to take initiative
  • Degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Technical side of the job (numeracy, report-writing, critical thinking, leadership, etc.)
  • INGO experience and understanding of humanitarian sector
  • Commitment to and understanding of AAH-I’s vision, mission, and values.
Application Instructions
 
Interested candidates should email application letters and CVs (with 3 referees) addressed to recruitke@actionafricahelp.org

Shortlisting and interviews will be done on a rolling basis. 

The email Subject Line must show the job title of the position applied for. 

AAH-I is an equal-opportunity employer.

Only those selected for the interviews will be contacted

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