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Regional Advocacy Coordinator
 
Sector: Advocacy & Government Relations 

Location: Kenya

Employee Type:Regular

Employee Category:Full Time

Description: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive, recover and gain control of their lives. 

Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. 

At work today in more than 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, the IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted by conflict or disaster.

Background: The IRC’s Horn, East Africa and Zimbabwe (HEAZ) region consists of some of the world’s most complex ongoing crises – South Sudan, Yemen, Somalia and Burundi – as well as the neighboring countries most-impacted by the conflict and natural disaster induced migration caused by these crises – Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. Zimbabwe, which is an increasingly fragile state, is also part of this dynamic region. 

Given its regional footprint, IRC is at the forefront in tackling the complex humanitarian issues affecting the region. IRC serves as co-chair to the Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS) based out of Nairobi, Kenya. 

IRC is also member to the global Solutions Alliance, based out of Geneva, and has been a founding member of the Solutions Alliance Somalia, of which we are participant to the Steering Committee. 

IRC is an active participant in fora of the Interagency Working Group (IAWG) and other regional refugee and emergency response working groups in Nairobi.  

Position Summary: The Regional Advocacy Coordinator is a key member of IRC’s HEAZ regional support team and the Global Policy & Advocacy team, charged with strategically positioning IRC on key humanitarian policy debates and raising its profile locally, regionally and internationally. 

As a member of the regional team, s/he will work closely with country programs throughout the region to provide targeted support in developing local advocacy and policy solutions and building the capacity of country program teams to advocate on priority issues. 

The Regional Advocacy Coordinator works closely and collaboratively with these internal stakeholders as well as broad range of external stakeholders. 

S/he will develop appropriate, coherent and compelling messaging with the aim of influencing the policies and practices of key actors, enhancing the impact and increasing the coverage of IRC’s work.

S/he reports to the Deputy Regional Director and works closely with the Global Policy & Advocacy’s International Programs Director and advocacy officers in the U.S. and Europe. 

The position is based in Nairobi with travel in the region, and occasionally to U.S. or European cities.

Scope of Work
  • Using real-time, credible data, facilitate the development and implementation of influencing strategies and policies within the region in coordination with country programs and regional teams; ensuring consistency in messaging and information flow from the local to global arena;
  • Represent the IRC in regional fora, and develop or strengthen networks/alliances to push forward topics of shared concern within the humanitarian community – bridging understanding of key issues from the local/national, to regional, to global level;
  • Foster an expanded and coordinated dialogue about improvements to international humanitarian and development architecture and corresponding systems and tools for more effective response.
Specific Responsibilities
  • Assist in developing and implementing regional advocacy strategies and ensure timely revisions as the context evolves
  • Ensure that country priorities are integrated into appropriate strategy documents and plans
  • Help develop the capacities of country programs on influencing response in complex contexts
  • Work closely with advocacy and communications staff in Washington DC, New York, London, Brussels and Geneva, sharing the strategy and other information
  • Closely monitor policy debates and ensure relevant information is disseminated to advocacy colleagues throughout the IRC
  • Act as IRC spokesperson on advocacy issues where appropriate and take part in relevant country and international policy/advocacy fora as guided by key stakeholders
  • Support on qualitative research projects within the region to ensure that advocacy themes are shaped by new evidence being generated
Requirements:
  • At least three years of experience in delivering advocacy and policy development work responding to complex humanitarian crises and/or post-conflict environments;
  • Must have at least five years of professional experience in humanitarian affairs; protection; refugee affairs; and international human rights;
  • Demonstrated creativity, ability to apply innovative thinking and problem solving skills;
  • Excellent analytical, presentation, communication and writing skills;
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken) is essential;
  • Must be willing to travel to remote sites under challenging conditions;
  • Ability to work well in unstable security environments, and under significant administrative and programmatic pressures.
Position Reports to: Deputy Regional Director, HEAZ

Works Closely With: Global Policy & Advocacy team in the U.S. and Europe

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How to Apply

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Country Director (Somalia Country Program)
 
Sector: Program Management

Location: Kenya 

Employee Type:Regular  

Employee Category:Full Time 

Background: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. 

Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. 


At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.

The International Rescue Committee first began assisting Somalis in the early 1980s following the Somalia-Ethiopian conflict. 

Forced to halt programs due to a resurgence of violence, the IRC restarted relief efforts in 2007, working with local authorities to foster development through the creation of jobs and community participation. 

Now as Somalia and its neighbors struggle to recover from the effects of a catastrophic drought, the IRC is responding to Somalis’ urgent needs.

Scope of Work: The Country Director for Somalia is responsible for overall leadership and supervisory management of IRC offices and operations in the country, including stewardship of resources, staff safety and security, program quality and accountability, and performance management. 

The Country Director is IRC’s principal representative to the Somalia government, donors, international organizations, other NGOs and the media. 

The Country Director is expected to respond effectively to a constantly changing environment and vulnerable host populations with effective humanitarian programs implemented directly and with Somalia partner organizations. 

The Country Director will lead country program staff in pursuing the outcomes identified in the strategy action plan for 2016-2020, bringing them together to deliver high-quality, cost-effective programming results.

Success in this position requires an individual with exemplary leadership abilities who deploys strong communications and interpersonal skills effectively, both internally and externally. 

The successful candidate will enjoy developing networks to build partnerships and diversify program resources. Given the operating environment, the Country Director is expected to be attentive to risk management. 

S/he will be directly responsible for the overall coordination and strategic direction of the country program; providing oversight and coaching for directly supervised senior managers; leading country program teams to identify, design and deliver responsive, high-quality programs; ensuring efficient management of public grants and private funds for results, compliance and focused, timely reporting; and oversight of financial management and compliance systems.

Based in Nairobi, the Country Director oversees all IRC operations in Somalia. 

Reporting to the Regional Director, this position receives support from regional and headquarters staff in the areas of program quality, new business development, safety and security management, finance, operations management, and external affairs. 

The Country Director is additionally expected to actively participate in defining the IRC’s public advocacy positions. 

The Country Director directly supervises four positions in a country program of approximately 138 staff. This position is fully accompanied and requires extensive in-country.

Specific Responsibilities

Leadership and Representation
  • Lead the country program by maintaining open and professional relations with colleagues, promoting a strong team spirit and providing guidance, oversight and resources to enable staff to perform successfully.
  • Develop and carry out strategies that result in strong representation with: Lebanese Government authorities at various levels; donors including OFDA, DFID, ECHO, CHF, Europe Aid, UNICEF, Irish Aid, Start Fund and other international organizations; international and local NGOs; and networks such as the INGO Forum.
  • Ensure that the IRC remains a partner of choice for major international donors.
  • Develop and maintain a high level of understanding of donor priorities and planned funding.
  • Initiate and sustain strong, mutually beneficial and authentic partnerships with Lebanese organizations.
  • Seek out and pursue opportunities to raise the profile of the work of the IRC and its partners in Somalia, as well as the lives and the needs of the people the IRC seeks to serve.
  • Play a leadership role in efforts to improve humanitarian response coordination in Somalia.
  • Lead country program collaboration with colleagues in the IRC’s HEAZ to deliver regional programming and advocacy.
Strategic Direction, Program Quality and Growth
  • Set the strategic vision and direction of the country program to serve more people with the most responsive and highest quality programming possible, and secure the resources necessary to do so.
  • Align programming to the country program strategy action plan, sectoral expertise and technical standards.
  • Ensure program quality through consistent use throughout the country program of: rigorous assessment, design, and proposal development and review processes; comprehensive monitoring and evaluation, accountability and learning systems; staff development investments; and partner organization capacity strengthening.
  • Remain current on national and regional issues impacting the country program and partners, and develop responsive strategies to ensure the IRC mission can be carried out appropriately in rapidly changing contexts.
  • Ensure country program alignment with and involvement in meeting regional objectives.
  • Identify opportunities for appropriate expansion and growth of programs, supported by the acquisition and investment of human resources.
  • Ensure timely submission of competitive, responsive and high-quality proposals, and support colleagues in negotiations with donors.
Safety and Security Management
  • Take primary responsibility for overall management of safety and security for the country program.
  • Oversee the management of all security issues, including appropriate response to emergency situations as they arise.
  • Create and maintain a culture of safety and security throughout the country program, including trainings and briefings that prepare all country program staff for security incident prevention and response.
  • Keep security, evacuation and contingency plans current and accessible to country program staff.
  • Maintain close coordination and communication with the Regional Safety and Security Advisor on safety and security concerns and evolving issues that could adversely affect IRC staff or operations.
Staff Performance Management and Development
  • Supervise and mentor direct-report staff, including communicating clear expectations, setting performance objectives, providing regular and timely performance feedback, and leading documented semi-annual performance reviews.
  • Provide constructive feedback and counsel on appropriate career paths and professional development for IRC staff.
  • Oversee the management, coaching and development of national and international staff to build a cadre of skilled, committed and motivated personnel.
  • Continue to pursue nationalization of senior management positions.
  • Promote and monitor staff care and well-being. Model healthy work-life balance practices. 
  • Support appropriate interventions in response to identified staff care needs of both national and international staff.
  • Offer leadership support for successful adherence by all staff to IRC’s Global HR Operating Policies and Procedures.
  • Work with regional HR staff to identify and implement recruitment and retention strategies.
  • Undertake regular reviews of labor and salary markets in Somalia for the purpose of enhancing the competitiveness of the IRC’s overall compensation package for national staff.
Stewardship and Operational Management
  • Drive operational excellence to achieve optimal efficiency and cost-effectiveness in all functions and operations of the country program.
  • Oversee the development, deployment and utilization of financial and operational policies, procedures, and systems to deliver compliance with IRC and donor requirements.
  • Ensure responsiveness and appropriate levels of in-person and remote support to all offices, especially in the areas of HR, finance and supply chain.
  • Provide timely and effective oversight of the Somalia country program’s financial position.
  • Maintain effective and coordinated budget monitoring processes for grant funds and discretionary funds.
  • Seek opportunities to introduce efficiencies and eliminate redundancies in existing business processes.
Communications
  • Model and encourage active practice of the principles of the “IRC Way – Global Standards for Professional Conduct” throughout the Somalia country program.
  • Maintain a healthy and empowering office environment that encourages open, honest and productive communication among IRC staff and with partner organizations.
  • Maintain open communications with regional management staff, regional technical advisors, and HQ departmental staff.
Supervisory Responsibilities:  4 direct reports, including the Deputy Directors for Programs and Operations, Finance Controller, and Grants Coordinator.

Professional Standards: The IRC and IRC staff must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Global Standards for Professional Conduct. 

These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti-Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

Professional Qualifications and Requirements
  • Graduate degree in a relevant field
  • At least ten years of progressively responsible international work experience, including at least three years in a leadership role at the Country Director level of multi-site, multi-sectoral operations in a complex operating environment
  • Experience of building personal networks at a senior level, resulting in securing new opportunities for the organization
  • Demonstrated successful leadership and management experience with a multi-disciplinary team in a cross-cultural setting, including active mentoring and coaching
  • Proven experience delivering appropriate levels oversight of a portfolio consisting of a variety of complex, high-value donor-funded projects
  • Extensive representation and fundraising success, including prior experience with European, US and international donors
  • Experience of managing security in a complex and rapidly changing security context
  • Proven ability to negotiate and work with partner organizations. Experience with organizational capacity strengthening and partnership building helpful
  • Strong budget and fiscal oversight capacities
  • Established capacity to deal with ambiguity in stressful situations
  • Ability to respond to multiple priorities in a timely manner, producing high-quality outcomes
  • A keen understanding of political complexities in the Somalia
  • Ability to work and live in a sometimes insecure environment while maintaining a positive attitude
This position is based in Nairobi and is fully accompanied with an estimated 33% of the Country Director’s time spent in other locations in Somalia and the region.

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How to Apply

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Consultancy - Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response Training
 

Sector: Health 

Location: Kenya 

Employee Type:Regular 

Employee Category:Not Applicable 

Description: Term of Reference Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response Training

1. Introduction: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) provides health services in Hagadera and Kambioos, at Dadaab Refugee Camp since January 2009. 


It operates 1 camp hospital and 5 health posts in the community with a total population of 138628 (106,394 Hagadera 19,664 Kambioos and 12,570 host community).

The IRC provides preventive and curative services care to Hagadera and Kambioos camp.

The IRC is planning to have a TOT Integrated Disease surveillance and response training for CHP officers, CHW supervisors, nurses, public and clinicians.

2. Objective of the training
  • Conduct effective surveillance activities
  • Integrate multiple surveillance systems to use resources more efficiently
  • Improve the use of information for detecting, investigating and responding to public
  • Health threats
  • Improve the flow of surveillance information throughout the health system
3. Expected Outcome
  • Identify cases and events of public Health importance
  • Report suspected cases or conditions or events of public Health importance
  • Analyze and interpret data on priority diseases and events
  • Investigate and confirm suspected cases, outbreaks or events
  • Be prepared for outbreaks or events of public health concern
  • Respond to outbreaks or events of public health concern
  • Supervise and provide feedback.
  • Monitor and evaluate IDS
4. Major Topics

Diseases surveillance
5. Methodology

This course uses a variety of instructional methods, including reading, written exercises, discussions, role plays, demonstrations.

6. Material, Equipment and Logistic Support
  • Flip charts, markers, note books and pens.
  • Projector and Laptop.
  • IDSR manuals
7. IRC role

IRC will arrange the training dates, place, venue, and provide stationeries, refreshments and all other necessary materials for the training. 

Any expense related to this training will be covered by the IRC.              

8. Number of Participants

A total of 25 participants will be attending the training. 

These are response training for CHP officers, CHW supervisor, public Health, nurses and clinicians.

9. Training date

The training will be conducted from 13th to 17th July 2016.

Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply.  

International allowances are not available for this position. 

Salary and employee benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector. 

How to Apply

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Consultancy - MCH Booklet Filling TOT Training
 
Sector: Health 

Location: Kenya 

Employee Type:Consultant 

Employee Category:Not Applicable 
 
1. Introduction: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) provides health services in Hagadera and Kambioos, at Dadaab Refugee Camp since January 2009. 


It operates 1 camp hospital and 5 health posts in the community with a total population of 138628 (106,394 Hagadera 19,664 Kambioos and 12,570 host community).

The IRC provides both Basic and comprehensive obstetric care to Hagadera and Kambioos camp.

The IRC is planning to have a TOT Filling of MCH booklets training for MCH AND maternity Nurse ANC assistants CHP and Nutrition officers and their Supervisors across Dadaab camp.

2. Objective of the training
  • Explain the meaning of standard curves
  • Plot weight on a growth chart
  • Interpret individual growth curves
  • Focused Antenatal care (FANC)
  • Delivery
  • Postnatal Care (Targeted Postpartum Care and baby)
  • Preventive services
3. Expected outcome
  • Enables the health system to locate the child for follow up.
  • Planning care for the child (Low birth weight, pre-term).
  • For surveillance and response.
  • Program planning and monitoring:where are those not adequately reached with services and why, what needs to be done.
4. Major topics

Section A: Measuring a Child’s Growth

Section B: Interpreting Growth Indicators

Section C: Counselling on Growth and Feeding

5. Methodology

This course uses a variety of instructional methods, including reading, written exercises, discussions, role plays, demonstrations, and practice with real children.        

Practice, whether in written exercises or with real children, is a critical element of instruction.

6. Material, Equipment and Logistic Support
  • Flip charts, markers, note books and pens.
  • Projector and Laptop.
  • MCH booklet.
7. IRC role

IRC will arrange the training dates, place, venue, and provide stationeries, refreshments and all other necessary materials for the training. Any expense related to this training will be covered by the IRC.       

8. Number of Participants

A total of 24 participants will be attending the training. These are qualified nurses/midwives working at maternity and the MCH clinics at the healthposts and the community health officer in Dadaab.

9. Training venue

Hanshi conference Dadaab

10. Training date

The training will be conducted from 6th July to 9th July 2016

Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply. 

International allowances are not available for this position. Salary and employee benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector. 
How to Apply

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Consultancy - Training for Expanded Program on Immunization
 
Sector: Health 

Location: Kenya 

Employee Type:Consultant  

Employee Category:Not Applicable
 
1. Introduction: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) provides health services in Hagadera and Kambioos, at Dadaab Refugee Camp since January 2009. 


It operates 1 camp hospital and 5 health posts in the community with a total population of 138628 (106,394 Hagadera 19,664 Kambioos and 12,570 host community). 
The Community Health Program addresses health issues with a broader understanding of what health is and how it can be cared for, believing health to be the key to human dignity, development and total well-being it emphasizes on prevention which is mainly through the Expanded Program of Immunizations. 

Immunization is one of the key component Global Health Security project funded by CDC in Dadaab refugee camps and nearby host community.

The IRC is planning to have a TOT of Expanded program of immunization training for CHP officers, nurses, clinicians, public health officers, CHW supervisors and EPI vaccinators.

2. Objective of the training.
  • General Overview of Immunizations.
  • Updated National routine scheduled immunizations.
  • Childhood immunisable diseases.
  • Cold chain system
3. Expected Outcome
  • Management, Coordination and Service Delivery
  • Immunization Strategies, Policies and Schedules
  • Immunization Coverage and Monitoring
  • Disease surveillance
  • Immunization Quality and Safety
  • Advocacy and Communication
  • Supervise and provide feedback.
4. Major Topics: Expanded program of immunization

5. Methodology: This course uses a variety of instructional methods, including reading, written exercises, discussions, role plays, demonstrations.

6. Material, Equipment and Logistic Support
  • Flip charts, markers, note books and pens.
  • Projector and Laptop.
  • Epi manuals
7. IRC role: IRC will arrange the training dates, place, venue, and provide stationeries, refreshments and all other necessary materials for the training. Any expense related to this training will be covered by the IRC.              

8. Number of Participants: A total of 25 participants will be attending the training. These are response training for CHP officers, nurses, clinicians, public Health officers, CHW supervisor, and Epi vaccinators

9. Training date: The training will be conducted from 20th July-24th July 2016.

Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply.

International allowances are not available for this position. 

Salary and employee benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector. 
How to Apply

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Consultancy - MIYCN
 
Sector: Health

Location: Kenya  

Employee Type:Consultant 

Employee Category:Not Applicable
 
1. Introduction: The IRC provides general primary healthcare Focusing on preventive, curative and promotion of nutrition services in both Hagadera and Kambioos. 


The nutrition program has enhanced the promotion of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six month of life, optimal complimentary feeding and continuous breastfeeding up to two years, through the adoption of policy on regulation of the marketing of infant feeding products and supporting MIYCN through maternity protection. 

The MIYCN policy aims at strengthening the capacity of health care services, communities and stakeholders to ensure that nutritional needs of infants and young children are met. 

It also covers pregnancy, postnatal, newborn, early childhood nutrition, feeding difficult circumstances; including the context of HIV AIDS, low birth weight, preterm, children with special conditions, malnourished children and young children in emergency situations.    

The IRC has scaled up the services towards promotion breastfeeding and complimentary feeding by working towards BHFI accreditation through implementation of essential policies promoting and protecting breastfeeding across Dadaab refugee complex. 

An internal BFHI Assessment has been in the camp and one of the recommendation was to train staff on BFHI and MIYCN.

 The IRC has developed a community strategy to ensure there is community participation in the promotion of exclusive breastfeeding by forming the Mother to mother support groups to promote “a community that is baby friendly” .

The overall exclusive breastfeeding rates in the camp  is 23.48 % based on 2015 annual nutrition survey results. 

There has been high staff turnover across the camps thus the need to capacity build staff to support mothers to achieve optimal breastfeeding in the camps.

2. Goal: The overall objective is to equip the participants with knowledge and skills to improve nutritional status, health, growth and development and the survival of infants and young children in Hagadera and Kambioos camps through optimal feeding practices and improved maternal nutrition.

3. Expected outcome
  • Staff equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to implement MIYCN.
  • Exclusive breastfeeding promoted, protected and supported for the first six months of life, optimal complimentary feeding with continued breastfeeding for two years and beyond promoted, and feeding of children three years and above.
  • To promote support optimal infant feeding, nutrition and care to minimize the risk of mother to child transmission of HIV through breast milk and maximize child survival.
  • Strengthened breastfeeding support groups in the camp.
4. Major topics
  • Background information.
  • Maternal Nutrition
  • Infant and young child nutrition
  • Growth charts
  • Infant feeding in the context of HIV/AIDS
  • Infant and young child feeding in difficult and special circumstances.
  • Nutrition assessment, counseling and support.
  • Code of marketing breast milk substitutes
  • Baby friendly hospital initiative.
  • Maternal, Infant and young child nutrition (MIYCN) Community linkages.
  • Implementation, monitoring and evaluation of MIYCN.    
  • Action plan.
5. Methodology

The training will be provided in presentation, demonstrations , written exercises, hospital visits and group work methods.

6. Material, Equipment and Logistic Support provided by the hotel.

Flip charts , marker pens, note books, Biro pens , LCD projector and conference facility.

Purpose of consultancy: The purpose of the consultancy is to engage experience consultants to carry out training on Maternal infant and young child nutrition (MIYCN) to the staff who are involved on daily management of mothers with the infants and children with feeding problems and complications on daily basis to strengthen the quality of services offered at community level and key hotspots such as ANC and Maternity in order to improve infant and child feeding thus reducing malnutrition.

Consultants Responsibilities
  • To provide the training timetable for the purpose of planning.
  • To guide the participants during the training and equip them with knowledge on MIYCN based on National guidelines.
  • To create an enabling environment for the participants to actively engage in training sessions
  • To give feedback on emerging concerns to the nutrition manager or his appointee at the end of every session.
IRC responsibilities
  • To provide meals and transport during the training period.
  • Provide the training materials and supplies.
  • Coordinate the training activities to ensure effective and smooth running of the training.
7.Number of Participants: 18 National staff across Dadaab camp + 3 Consultants.

8. Training venue: Hanshi training Hall - Dadaab.

9. Training date: The training will be conducted from 11th to 15nd July 2016.

Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply.  

International allowances are not available for this position. 

Salary and employee benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector. 

How to Apply

CLICK HERE to apply online 

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IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

If you need assistance in the application or hiring process to accommodate a disability, you may request an accommodation at any time. Please contact Talent Acquisitions at IRCrecruitment@rescue.org. As required by law, the IRC will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with a known disability.

Disclaimer: Please take note that International Rescue Committee (IRC) does not ask for any fees in connection with its recruitment processes. In the event that you receive any request  for payment of any sort, please get in touch with us on Tel: +(254-020) 2727730, Email: IRCKenya@rescue.org or report to the nearest police.

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