NGO Job Opportunities in Kenya - International Rescue Committee

International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Consultancy for HIV Trainings in Kakuma Refugee Camp
Sector: Reproductive Health  

Location: Kenya 

Employee Type: Consultant 

Employee Category: Not Applicable
Terms of Reference 

Background: Turkana County is located in northwest Kenya with an estimated population of 855,399 (Male: 52%; Female: 48%) people that includes 185,984 (female 46.1%: male 53.9%) refugees in Kakuma refugee camp. 

Both groups have large adolescent (10-19 years) populations, estimated at 31% (approx. 300,000) and 27% (approx. 50,000) of the host and refugee populations respectively. HIV prevalence is estimated to be 7.6 % (national average 6%). 

Most new HIV infections are concentrated in hot-spot towns along the Kitale-Lodwar-Lokichoggio-South Sudan transport corridor due to cultural and sexual interactions between host and camp populations. 

In Kakuma refugee camp the HIV prevalence is estimated to be 1.2%, however transmission among key populations, such as sex workers (SWs) and men having sex with men (MSMs) is much higher at 17%. Approximately 5,736 children and adolescents <14 are="" br="" hiv.="" in="" living="" turkana="" with="" years="">
 The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a leading humanitarian and development agency, supporting communities in transition in 40 countries. 

Simultaneously a global technical leader and proven implementer, the IRC has shaped youth priorities and approaches at the national level and implemented programs at the community level since its founding in 1933. 

The IRC has worked in Kenya since 1992, implementing highly-effective programs in youth livelihood, economic development, women’s empowerment and protection, integrated healthcare, governance and peace-building.

In Nov 2015, the Ministry of Health (MoH) through National AIDS & STI Control Programme (NASCOP) launched six strategic documents namely; national IPC guideline, HTS communication strategy, HTS guideline, revised STI poster and the ART guideline (Rapid Advice) that incorporate the latest evidence based on information to facilitate provision of quality HIV prevention, care and treatment services in Kenya. 

In the same year a four year strategic plan dubbed “90-90-90 strategy” was developed as a means towards achieving the end of HIV epidemic. 

With the current evidence of research, the NASCOP again launched the “Test and Treat” guideline in July 2016 which requires everyone who is diagnosed with HIV to be started on ART almost immediately to achieve maximum viral suppression and reduce future complications

According to the current program statistics, only 17% (30,626) of the refugee camp population against a target of 20% knew their HIV status, with 403 of these being key population clients in the host community program. 

The cumulative number of active patients currently enrolled for care as of end of 2015 was 614 out of the 1,410 ever enrolled in the program. 97% of pregnant women attending Ante Natal Clinics were tested for HIV however only 27% of their partners were tested in 2015. 

There have been minimal efforts in both the host community and refugee programs to support index testing for family members of persons living with HIV, despite higher possibilities and risks to HIV. 

There are only 10 health workers and 29 key population peer leaders and other 10 stakeholders (gate keepers and opinion leaders) with capacity on identification and linkage of at risk adolescents.

In light of the above, the IRC is sourcing for a consultant to carry out four trainings to be held in Turkana County between 4th week of October and 2nd week of November 2016. 

These trainings are; ART “Test and Treat” guideline, HTS guideline, Community PwP aka Positive Health & Dignity Prevention (PHDP) and My Health My Choice (MHMC).

 To equip health care providers with knowledge and skills to offer effective HIV prevention, care & treatment services to refugees and surrounding host population.

Specific objectives
  • To increase identification and linkage of HIV+ individuals through targeted HIV testing services
  • To improve HIV care and treatment outcome through timely initiation of ART and effective monitoring
  • To strengthen community based HIV intervention to enhance retention of HIV+ individuals in care and treatment programs
  • To train youths and adolescents on life skills to promote HIV prevention and realization of their goals in life
Training Methodology

A diverse training methodology is expected including:
  • Presentation and mini lecture
  • Group work
  • Role Play
  • Brainstorming
  • Peer counseling on real issues
  • Simulated practice
  • Teach back
  • Observed practices
Expected Outcome
  • 81 (HTS: 25, ART: 20; PHDP: 20 and MHMC: 16) health care providers are trained and certified on different aspects of HIV programming
  • The participants will develop and share a work plan for implementation of the new recommendations as espoused in the recent guidelines
Schedule & venue: The training will be conducted within Turkana County between 24th Oct and 11th Nov 2016

The IRC Role
  • Organize for the training venue well in advance
  • Provide lunch, tea, refreshments and conference package to trainers and participants during the training period
  • Organize transport and other logistics for participants & trainers to and from the training venue
  • Pay the consultancy fee by cheque within two weeks or as indicated in the signed contract upon receiving all the required deliverables
  • Arrange for participants accommodation for the training which are to be held off-site
  • Pick-up trainers from Lodwar and back
  • Arrange for air transport of faculties coming from outside Turkana subject to budget flexibility
The consultant role
  • Provide experienced faculties/trainers to facilitate the trainings
  • Share the schedule/time table of the trainings well in advance
  • Avail the required training materials e.g. participants manuals, job aids e.t.c.
  • Successfully execute all the requested trainings using the national curriculum
  • Provide regular updates on the progress of the trainings to the RH/HIV Program Manager (focal person)
  • Submit all the relevant qualification and statutory documents before commencement of the activity
  • Provide all the relevant information to the trainers (expectations, mode of payment, scope of work, reporting e.t.c.) well in advance to avoid unnecessary inconveniences
  • Prepare and submit comprehensive training report within one week after completion of the trainings
Note: Kindly make sure to provide your budget when sending in your applications.

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 for a Client Voice and Choice Rapid Survey in Kakuma Refugee Camp
Sector: Governance & Rights 

Location: Kenya 

Employee Type: Consultant 

Employee Category: Not Applicable
Terms of Reference

Background / IRC Summary: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the largest humanitarian agencies in the world, providing relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict reconstruction support to victims whose lives and livelihoods have been shattered by conflict and disaster. 

The IRC has been present in Kenya since 1992, providing essentials like clean water, health care and protection services to tens of thousands of refugees escaping conflict and natural disaster in Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia and other neighboring countries. 

The IRC also supports Kenyan communities that host refugees, more so in urban areas and those in Kakuma and Daadab areas.

Context of the assignment: The IRC seeks to ensure that the organization is responsive to the people that we serve. 

This is done by systematically and deliberately seeking the perspectives of our clients and drawing those decisions into the organization’s decision making processes about what programmes to deliver, how, to whom, when, where and by whom. 

In so doing, IRC believes that the aid delivered will be both more responsive and more effective. Being responsive entails capturing the perspectives or our clients, and using that information to inform our programming decisions.. 

We have identified three main types of channels for client voice:

1. Active channels, where client perspectives are deliberately and systematically solicited. These include methods such as surveys, focus group discussions and interviews;

2. Reactive channels, where the IRC provides an opportunity for clients to share their perspectives when and how they wish. These include methods such as feedback/suggestion boxes, complaint lines, and helpdesks / office hours;

3. Open channels, where IRC field teams deliberately record the perspectives of its clients, received through daily / ongoing IRC-client interaction.

Current assignment: The IRC in Kenya has been running a client responsiveness survey in Kakuma refugee camp since April 2016. The survey seeks to find out the effectiveness of community health practitioners (CHPs) in supporting health outcomes among refugees in the camp. 

So far, two rounds of data collection have been carried out, emerging data analyzed and interpreted, and the results used to course correct.

In order to establish the validity and reliability of research results for the two rounds, the IRC seeks to contract an independent consultant to administer a series of focus group discussions and oversee the collection of quantitative data by enumerators. 

The results of the final round will be compared against those of the preceding two rounds and also used to course correct programming.  

Specifically, the consultant will undertake the following;

Administer Round 3 survey. Specific activities include;
  • Induct the data enumerators on objective data collection;
  • Administer with the help of data enumerators 200 survey questionnaires among beneficiaries who will have been randomly selected in the community;
  • Conduct 5 FGDs with select community members;
  • Data entry and report writing
  • Submission of final report.
Qualifications required
  • A degree in Political Science, Sociology/community development, International relations, development, Governance, Forced Migration or any other area of study related to the terms of reference;
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience in refugee issues;
  • Track record on consultancies/ research on refugee and IDP protection/conflict and peacebuilding;
  • Experience in writing/editing/formulating evidence based research, preferably with INGOs, governments or academia;
  • Good understanding of legal and socio-economic dynamics of refugees in the camps;
  • Excellent analytical and reporting skills;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English;
  • Past experience in undertaking research in Kakuma refugee camp strongly preferred;
  • A Kenyan national.
Expression of Interest
Any person interested in undertaking this research should send an Expression of Interest consisting of:

a) Technical proposal; (maximum 3 pages) including methodology and work plan for the exercise

b) Financial proposal to include the Consultant’s daily rate and other expected costs

c) CV of the researcher

IRC’s responsibility
  • Pay consultancy fees at a mutually agreed rate
  • Mobilize the interviewees and support the data collection process
  • Organize for interpretation where need be.
  • To cater for accommodation and transport to the field.
At the field level, the consultant will work closely with the Safe Programming Officer, and shall abide by all IRC rules and regulations. 

The consultant will also work closely with the Governance and Rights Coordinator who shall also supervise him/her and oversee the completion of the work.

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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Regional Human Resource Director
Sector: Human Resources 

Location: Kenya 

Employee Type: Regular 

Employee Category: Full Time
Job Overview / Summary (What and Why): The Regional HR Director will lead and facilitate the development of a highly effective, strategic HR function in the Horn and East Africa and Yemen (HEAZ/Y) that ensures the organization has the structure, culture and talent needed to deliver on program goals and effectively serve its beneficiaries.  

This individual will direct and facilitate the delivery of key HR services and infrastructure in line with the IRC’s Human Capital Strategy for efficient and effective services at multi-levels.  

They will drive the implementation and adaptation of HR global initiatives and practices across the region.  

The regional HR Director serve as advisor and counsel to maximize staffing resources and performance, ensures economy and efficiency of work processes, and contains institutional risk.

Major Responsibilities:
  • Direct and oversee the collaborative identification and development of annual and multi-year human resource strategies such as workforce planning, job performance improvement, HR capacity development, etc. to ensure the right talent at the right time and in the right place.  Identify and facilitate development of standards, tools, and resources.  Devise and implement metrics.
  • Evaluate and facilitate HR functional capacity and service delivery for HEAZ/Y. Implement collaborative actions to facilitate the evaluation and development of HR services and infrastructure.  Build knowledge, expertise, and capacity leveraging internal and external resources.  Ensure effective HR service systems and delivery at multi-levels as confirmed by key stakeholders.  Measure and evaluate.
  • Oversee global delivery and implementation of IRC HR global systems, standards, and initiatives.  Ensure effective adaptation at all levels and compliance with the spirit and intent of labor regulations and donor requirements.  Secure feedback and suggested improvements.  Measure and evaluate.
  • Direct development and delivery of training and other capacity building efforts.  Identify and access internal and external resources to provide timely and effective technical assistance.
  • Serve as a strategic partner providing advice and counsel to maximize staffing resources and performance, ensure economy and efficiency of work processes, and contain institutional risk.  As needed, serve as primary liaison for all HR matters.
  • Perform other duties as assigned and contribute to the success of the HR department and function at IRC.
Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: Chief Human Resources Officer based in New York City with a critical matrixed relationship to the Regional Director HEAZ/Y

Indirect Resources :
  • Country HR Coordinators
  • National HR Practitioners
  • Designated HR Focal Points
Other Internal and/or external contacts (describe the nature of departments or groups the position influences or requires support from to accomplish objectives):
  • Regional Director, Deputy Directors, Country Directors
  • HQ leadership across multiple departments
  • Functional HR Teams (C&B, Talent Management, Talent Acquisition, and HRIS)
  • Finance, General Counsel Global Supply Chain, and IT colleagues
Job Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree preferred, minimum 10 to 15 years of progressive HR professional experience with a minimum of 5 years as a regional manager or director or equivalent education and experience.
  • Demonstrated success as an HR generalist supporting employee groups of 500+ employees in multiple locations within the region or global environment required.  Experience within the NGO sector will be an added advantage.
  • Demonstrated success in supporting key senior management and building relationships.
  • Broad knowledge and experience in employment law, compensation, organizational planning, organization development, employee relations, and training and development
  • Strong collaborator with effective interpersonal and analytical skills who is able to work seamlessly across countries, cultures, and organizational units required
  • Demonstrated ability to work, manage, and meet competing deadlines in a fast-paced, high volume environment and on deadline; aptitude for problem solving and decision making needed
  • Superb written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Capable of managing conflict and conflicting views.
  • English fluency required (French proficiency a plus)
  • Ability to regularly travel to countries within the region
  • Strong knowledge of HRIS systems preferred
  • SPHR, GPHR, CIPD or other HR professional certification are highly valued
How to Apply

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