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Job Vacancy: Senior Laboratory Technologist – Kakuma

Sector: Health  

Location: Kenya

Employee Type: Regular 

Employee Category: Full Time


Job Purpose / Objective: The Laboratory in-charge is the team leader in charge of all laboratory operations in IRC Kakuma program. 

S/he will supervise laboratory technologists to ensure quality laboratory services are offered to the beneficiaries. 

S/he will coordinate with key partners such as NRL, KEMRI, CDC, MOH and IPs on laboratory related areas in the implementation of health and laboratory programmatic activities. 

S/he will be instrumental in forecasting and budgeting of the laboratory needs.

Program management:

Laboratory management
  • Ensures that Laboratory operations are compliant to conditions and standards set forth by various governmental and accrediting agencies including SPHERE standards, WHO, MOH, CDC, UNHCR guidelines among others.
  • Review and approve technical documents, reports, methods, specifications, SOPs and change controls as may be necessitated by change in policies, procedures or general practice.
  • Maintain appropriate laboratory accreditation and quality assurance programs
  • Serve as laboratory departmental liaison during government inspections and audits.
  • Establish, maintain, and improve active and regular working relationships with: government authorities, donors, partner agencies etc
  • Give technical support to all MOH laboratories supported by IRC.
Budget Management
  • Contribute in the process of preparation on annual budgets for the Laboratories.
  • Monitors and manages the use of resources to ensure allocated budgets are met.
  • Improves operational and administrative process in order to reduce cost and Shows good judgment in the utilization of funds, Laboratory supplies and human resources.
Supplies Management
  • Advice the supply chain department and participate in defining medical supplier qualification requirements, Quality assurance and storage advisory.
  • Ensure technical and operational compliance in procurement, transportation, storage, issuance and use of all Laboratory supplies.
  • Develop and implement control systems in accordance with IRC policies.
Equipment management
  • Maintain medical laboratory equipment performance.
  • Collaborate with medical engineers in troubleshooting and servicing of equipments.
  • Update asset declaration with the logistics department quarterly.
Human Resource:
  • Completes operational requirements by scheduling and assigning employees and following up on work performance.
  • Supervise and maintains medical laboratory staff performance.
Technical activities:
  • Facilitate departmental strategic planning and coordination of departmental operations across the sites (Main Lab, health posts and other IP labs) and Contributes to system-based management of laboratories.
  • Lead specific initiatives across all sites to ensure standardization and effectiveness for key processes.
  • Implements new programs, tests, methods, instrumentation, and procedures by investigating alternatives; preparing proposals; developing and performing parallel testing and monitoring progress.
  • Define, develop and deploy key quality systems for the operations of the laboratory.
  • Participate in emergency response interventions.
Quality of work
  • Maintain quality results by participating in the laboratory quality assurance program.
  • Coordinate EQA for all the  Laboratories, HIV program and TB program and ensure regular feedbacks from the reference laboratory are available
Reporting and Coordination:
  • Lead specific initiatives across all testing sites to ensure standardization and effectiveness for key reporting tools in data collection and repotting.
  • Develop and implement laboratory reporting tree of the identifiable national diseases like polio and ensure its well documented, communicated and complied to.
  • Develop a continues user friendly reporting tools for all types of results including weekly, monthly and special reports and collaborate with the technical people to get the necessary feedback
  • Coordinate laboratory activities as per the standards ensuring requests, reporting and interpretation of results are done in the right way.
Key Result Areas
  • Achievement of overall departmental strategic and operational goals.
  • Proper coordination and implementation of lab systems including quality, SLAS and capacity building.
  • Implementation of cost effective measures and systems in Laboratory supplies procurement and management.
  • Progressive development and achievement of the department goals indicated by the number and competence of the engaged staff, Number of tests done  and the equipmentation available
  • Accurate forecasting and budgeting to avoid interruptions of services due to stock outs.
Required Qualifications:
  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree or higher National Diploma in Laboratory Medicine.
  • Over 5 years of experience in a clinical laboratory setting and with 5 years of clinical laboratory management experience included.
  • Experience in managing refugee camp laboratory setting operations desirable.
  • Experience in managing multiple sites desirable.
  • Prior work experience in Laboratory Systems development and validation laboratory preferred.
  • Knowledge of all laboratory national and international standards and regulations.
  • Knowledge of strategic planning, forecasting and budgeting.
  • Registered by Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologist Board
  • Flexibility at work and Cultural sensitivity.
How to Apply

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Job Vacancy: Reproductive Health Officer - Lodwar
Sector: Reproductive Health

Location: Kenya 

Employee Type: Regular

Employee Category: Full Time 

Job Purpose / Objective: Working under the guidance and supervision of the RH Manager, he/She will be responsible for assisting the potential ‘’ Pambazuka ‘’ project accomplish the goals of reducing maternal and neonatal mortality in Turkana county. 

The RH Officer will work closely with the sub county health focal persons to strengthen the delivery of quality facility and community based MNH services.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Participate in the planning, implementation and monitoring of MNH program activities as guided by the project deliverables.
  • Work closely with the sub county RH focal persons in planning and training both community and health facility staff at the county level on MNH competencies.
  • Build capacity of the county health staffs in the supported facilities through supportive supervision in collaboration with the county health management teams.
  • Ensure quality programming through standardized use of guidelines and industry recognized protocols.
  • Ensure strengthening of the community referral systems in the targeted community structures.
  • Assist the supported county health facilities in improving data quality and utilization to improve services at facility level.
Monitoring & Reporting
  • Participate in the joint IRC & County health teams field monitoring and support supervision exercises.
  • Participate in identification and response to project needs including follow-up to ensure project success.
  • Participate in monitoring timeliness, quality and progress of project deliverables as per the work plans and implementation plans in place.
  • Ensure timely preparation and submission of progress reports, documentation and use of information to continuously improve the quality and performance of the project.
Communication and Documentation
  • Participate in development and maintenance of project related record-keeping system and provide accurate documentation of all reporting forms.
  • Participate in development of material related to project progress and updates both internal and external use.
Required qualification / experience & Competencies
  • Diploma or degree certificate in nursing, clinical medicine.
  • At least 3 years experience in reproductive health and community based programs
  • Competent in Windows, MS office programs, email and database (HMIS, EPI-Info) experience.
  • Strong assessment, project planning, organisational, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to multitask, manage pressure and flexibility.
How to Apply

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Job Vacancy: Clinical Officer Anaesthetist - Kakuma
Sector: Health

Location: Kenya 

Employee Type: Regular

Employee Category: Full Time 

Job Purpose / Objective: The Clinical Officer Anaesthetist is overall responsible for providing anaesthetic management to all patients undergoing surgical procedures, both emergency and elective, at the IRC Kakuma Program Hospital.

Key Responsibilities

Program Management
  • Formulate department objectives with the help of medical officer in charge of hospital.
  • Ensure use of standard operating procedures, protocols and guidelines in management of patients is followed
Program Activities
  • Responsible for giving anaesthesia to all emergency and elective cases conducted in theatre, both minor and major surgeries
  • Conduct peri-operative (pre and post) review of all patients within 24 hours
  • Supervise theatre staffs and ensure smooth running of theatre activities and procedures in addition to allocating the support staffs duties
  • Assist in management of very sick patients in the ward when called upon e.g. patients who need urgent resuscitation and intubation
  • Be part of the emergency trauma team and called upon in case of an accident with mass causalities
  • Attend and participate in the daily morning hospital hand over meetings
  • Participate in weekly continuous medical education (CME) at the hospital
  • Conduct on-job training of staff through both practical and theory sessions
  • Do theatre coverage and on-call, ensuring 24 hour coverage
  • Properly cover nights and weekends, arrange a rotation schedule with fellow clinical officer anaesthetist
  • Perform routine clinical work as required by your supervisor
  • Participate in camp health surveys/campaigns/surgical camps as required
  • Keep complete and accurate inventory of medicines and supplies located at the theatre and monitor and supervise their usage
  • Ensure all medication equipment ,  supplies required for anaesthesia are ordered in good time
  • Ensure the anaesthetic machine and operating table are well maintained and report any fault, need for repair or maintenance in good time
  • Provide health talks to patients/clients on day to day basis
Reporting and Coordination
  • Ensure proper documentation of all anaesthetic procedures, and condition of the patient including vital signs and medication given
  • Submit weekly theatre reports to the HIS officer
  • Compile and submit monthly theatre reports to the MO in charge of hospital  on a timely basis
Other Special Duties other than provision of Anaesthesia
  • Attend to minor Surgical cases and procedures referred to theatre not attended to by the MO (Esophageal foreign body removal, Ear and nose foreign body removal, Circumcisions, Ganglions and Lipomas excisions)
Key result areas
  • Ensure quality anaesthetic management for all patients undergoing surgical interventions
  • Ensure that universal precautions and infection prevention guidelines are adhered to
Required Qualifications
  • Registered  Anaesthetist with a Higher National Diploma(HND) in Anaesthesia and Surgery from KMTC or recognized Medical training institution
  • Registered with the Anesthetists Council of Kenya
  • At least 2 years experience as an Anesthetist  in a busy hospital setup
Required Experience & Competencies
  • Good clinical and anaesthetic skills
  • Proven leadership, communication, interpersonal, decision making skills
  • Good team player
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills (English and Swahili)
  • Computer literacy in the use of MS Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook is required
  • Ability to work and deliver results with minimum supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team player
  • Experience of working in hardship area is an added advantage
  • Cultural sensitivity
How to Apply

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Job Vacancy: Nutrition Officer (Hagadera)
Sector: Nutrition 

Location: Kenya 

Employee Type:Regular  

Employee Category: Full Time
Job Purpose / Objective: Working under the guidance and supervision of the Senior Nutrition Officer, the Nutrition Officer will be directly responsible for implementation of the Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) program, nutrition surveillance, hospital feeding, nutrition education & counseling and promotion of maternal infant and young child nutrition (MIYCN) in the camp.

Key Responsibilities
  • Implement and supervise the inpatient and outpatient therapeutic feeding of severely malnourished under-fives while following the stipulated protocol.
  • Implement and supervise the supplementary feeding of the moderately malnourished under-fives, pregnant/lactating mothers, individuals with medical conditions (HIV/AIDS and TB).
  • Ensure the Blanket Supplementary Feeding Program (BSFP) activities are implemented successfully.
  • Implement comprehensive maternal infant and young child nutrition program (MIYCN) with strong Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) and Baby Friendly Community initiative (BFCI) approaches.
  • Supervise and monitor the hospital inpatients diet including the special diets for medical cases like diabetes, TB, HIV/AIDS, Hypertensive among others.
  • Train and mentor the nutrition program staff and the integrated community health promoters through identification of capacity gaps and carrying out refresher trainings and on the job trainings.
  • Plan and conduct trainings on Growth Monitoring Promotion (GMP), IMAM and MIYCN to other mainstream health professionals.
  • Develop key messages in nutrition to the targeted beneficiaries, and ensure it is delivered appropriately.
  • Offer nutrition support through counseling to individuals with medical conditions including Comprehensive Care Clinic clients.
  • Plan and conduct the annual health and nutrition surveys together with other stakeholders in the camp.
  • Plan and conduct mass MUAC screening of the under-fives on a quarterly basis in collaboration with the Community Health Promoters.
  • Work closely with other nutrition related programs such as HIV/AIDS, Environmental Health, Clinical Services and Community Health Program in order to improve the nutrition situation in the camp.
  • Compile and submit donor and IRC Nutrition Program weekly, biweekly and monthly reports of all the activities implemented, as well prepare food requisitions.
  • Coordinate Nutrition meetings with IRC and participate in Project monitoring, Review and Evaluation.
  • Represent IRC in Nutrition Coordination meetings with Implementing partners and other Nutrition /Health related forums.
  • Lease with Supply Chain Department in logistical Program Supplies procurement and Monitoring Supply control
  • Stock monitoring of various commodities
  • Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor degree in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics from a recognized University.
  • Must be a registered nutrition or dietitian KNDI.
Required Experience & Competencies:
  • Minimum 2 years work experience in community nutrition and implementation.
  • Experience in maternal infant and young nutrition with strong BFHI & BFCI approaches.
  • Experience in nutrition survey and assessments.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong report writing and team working skills.
  • Knowledge in computer packages and basic analysis skills.
  • Experience in Nutrition and HIV/AIDS programming added advantage.
  • Ability to work in hardship areas (previous experience in a camp setting will be an added advantage).
How to Apply

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Job Vacancy: Grants Intern - Nairobi (Somalia Country Program)
Sector: Grants

Location: Kenya 

Employee Type: Intern 

Employee Category: Full Time 

Description: The Grants Intern will be working under the direct supervision of the Grants and Fundraising Coordinator and Grants Manager, largely supporting the Grants Manager and Senior Grants and Partnership officer.
She/He will be responsible for contributing to a large variety of Grants Unit activities listed in detail below.
The job requires extreme adaptability to different personality types, professional organization and initiative in independent problem solving.
The Somalia Country Office has designed the intern position to allow for increasing responsibility as the internship progresses.

Key Responsibilities:

Grant Management
Donor Reporting
  • Track and manage hard donor deadlines regularly and maintain communications with donors
  • Work with sector coordinators to receive progress updates on individual grants and projects
  • Review and edit monthly, quarterly, and annual reports on projects
Grant Tracking
  • Organize and maintain information on grants, sectors, programs, and individual projects
  • Keep documents up-to-date on country office portfolio, ending and beginning grants, etc
Sub-Grant Management
  • Familiarize oneself with the varying sub-grant partnerships across IRC Somalia programs and monitor the relationship for the duration of the grant, relaying issues to relevant staff when necessary
  • Work with Senior Grants & Partnership officer  to liaise with sub-grant partner on sub-agreement issues for the duration of the sub-grant; i.e. financial reporting, funds disbursement, technical reporting, amendments to the sub-grant budget, and any issues with the partnership; support grant manager on such
  • Focus on capacity-building of partner and keep regular communication with the partner
Budget Tracking and Coordination
  • Support grant manager in Grant Opening, Closing, and Check-in meetings, bringing together all relevant staff, sometimes at Nairobi and field-levels, to go over financial, procurement, and reporting needs
  • Track budget vs. actual spending of grants monthly (country portfolio of around $9mil); coordinate with staff at field and Nairobi-level to resolve budgetary issues
  • Support in meetings as necessary to ensure necessary spending and adherence to donor agreement
Communications and Advocacy
  • Create other communications pieces as necessary as time allows; press releases or media advisories for events in the field, news articles on changes in programs or context (when newsworthy), or key programmatic achievements
Required Qualifications:
  • University Degree underway or recently completed in Project Management, Accounting, International Development, Non-profit Management, or other relevant fields
  • Strong written and spoken professional English required
  • Work experience in any field, full-time work experience in a professional office environment preferred
  • Proficiency in EXCEL is a major advantage
  • Writing, editing, and proofreading experience highly desired
  • Willingness to work independently and in group settings
  • Strong interest in the INGO or the humanitarian field and/or Somalia
How to Apply

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Job Vacancy: Women's Protection & Empowerment Coordinator
Sector: Women's Protection and Empowerment 

Location: Kenya

Employee Type: Regular

Employee Category: Full Time
Background: The International Rescue Committee has been working in Somalia since 2006, providing essential services to conflict and disaster affected communities.

The IRC has been operational in Central Somalia (Mudug and Galgadud regions) and Mogadishu implementing interventions in the areas of Gender-based Violence, Livelihoods, WASH and Heath reaching more than 200,000 conflict and drought affected people.

Purpose / Objective: Working under the supervision and guidance of the Deputy Director Programs (IRC Somalia), and technical oversight from headquarter (HQ) based Technical Advisor, the Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Coordinator is a key member of the Somalia country Senior Management Team (SMT). 

The WPE Program Coordinator is the senior most technical and program expert on WPE programming within the Somalia program, and provides leadership, guidance, coordination and technical support to IRC’s GBV programs throughout Somalia.  

As a member of a larger research team, the WPE Program Coordinator also is responsible to ensure safe and effective implementation of current and subsequent research projects in the WPE program.

The WPE Program Coordinator will provide regular technical support and field-based monitoring visits to WPE teams working in Mogadishu, Garowe, Dhusamareeb and Galkayo to ensure that all interventions are technically sound, take into account international best practices, and are appropriately meeting the needs of survivors in target communities. 

S/He will be required to work in collaboration with other technical coordinators, the Grants unit, field-based teams, and local partner to ensure that program activities are implemented according to approved work plans, congruent with the Somalia country program strategic plan, and in accordance with the IRC program framework.

Reports to: Deputy Director of Programs, IRC Somalia

Provides supervision to: Senior GBV Manager, WPE Manager

Areas of Responsibilities:

Program Management
  • Work with the program staff to design programs, develop proposals and work plans to guide implementation of approved WPE grants. Support the field teams in the implementation and monitoring of the work plans ensuring that activities are in line with the IRC strategy and theories of change, and reflect the commitments IRC made to the donor and the community;
  • In collaboration with WPE program staff, the Technical Advisor and the Deputy Director - Programs, oversee WPE programming in Somalia through regular monitoring and evaluation;
  • Ensure that ethical and sound data collection and information management systems are in place with associated information sharing protocols for GBV analysis, planning, evaluation, and advocacy
  • Ensure effective team communication and support between team members based in Nairobi and the three field sites, including opportunities for debriefing and staff care;
  • Provide guidance and technical support to sector-specific design and implementation through regular field visits.
  • Work with the program teams to ensure that field experiences are documented and used to advocate on behalf of the communities with which we work;
  • Support partnerships on GBV programming with Local Non-Governmental Organizations
Human Resource management:
  • Assist with the recruitment of GBV staff, in coordination with HR and the field and program management
  • In collaboration with the respective Field Coordinators (FCs), provide technical performance management (setting of objectives, appraisals and development plans) Work with the respective FCs in ensuring transition planning and capacity building of WPE staff.
Finance, Budget and Grant Management:
  • Work with the field teams in the development of WPE program budgets and spending plans and any other grants as may be required;
  • Overall responsible for WPE program budgets. Monitor budget spending in line with the spending plans and develop remedial plans where necessary to ensure budgets are optimally utilized.
  • Work closely with the field teams to ensure diligence in grants utilization
  • Work with the Grants Coordinator to ensure all WPE grants are in compliance with donor guidelines and contracts/ agreements including budget flexibility and reporting requirements.
Strategy and Business Development:
  • Oversee the finalization of the WPE sector strategy and subsequent reviews;
  • Identify gaps in existing WPE programs and work with the team to develop innovative approaches and mechanisms to address them.
  • Work on new and potential opportunities for programming in WPE in line with country program strategic plan and IRC theories of change.
  • Participate in the design and development of new programs or initiatives within the country program as required
Required qualification / experience & Competencies:
  • Masters or equivalent in health (MPH), social science, humanities or other related degree;
  • At least 2 years experience in direct service provision for survivors of GBV with a focus on case management and clinical care;
  • Experience with remote management;
  • Demonstrated experience in capacity building and mentoring of national and international staff
  • Knowledge, skills and experience in participatory methods, community development and partnership
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated effective coordination and networking skills
  • Proven experience managing multiple funding sources, producing donor proposals and reports
  • Excellent written and oral English skills
  • Excellent computer skills in programs such as: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Previous experience in emergency preparedness and response,
  • Experience working with Somalia populations in the region
  • Experience working with UN cluster structures and GBV sub-clusters
How to Apply

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Job Vacancy: Supply Chain Officer (Procurement) - Lodwar
Sector: Procurement 

Location: Kenya 

Employee Type: Regular 

Employee Category: Full Time 

Job Purpose / Objective: Based in Lodwar, the Supply Chain Officer will provide all necessary Supply Chain support to the field project activities in the respective field office, ensuring maximum efficiency while adhering to IRC’s and Donor’s Supply Chain and Administrative procedures. 

The Supply Chain Officer will promote an atmosphere of co-operation and team spirit among IRC staff, carry out all his/her duties responsibly and act in a professional manner at all times.

Supply chain activities
  •  To ensure all supply chain activities are carried out to a satisfactory standard.
  • To ensure that the necessary Supply Chain organization is effected for all projects.
  • To manage or support, the development and proper functioning of the field project office
  • To assess potential projects as requested by Supply Chain Manager
  • To familiarize him/herself the IRC Supply Chain Manual and comply with the policies outlined in the Manual.
  • Complete monthly supply chain reports and submit to Supply Chain Manager as required.
  • Receive and review all Purchase Request from Program and other operations departments.
  • Maintain an updated data base for all prequalified suppliers for both services and goods for the field office
  • Conduct procurement in accordance with IRC and Donor Policies and procedures, ensuring that the purchases of goods are appropriate in terms of quality and fair market price.
  • Ensure that all purchases are properly authorized in accordance with IRC Finance and supply chain policies and procedures.
  • Maintain proper records of all procurement activities
  • Ensure that IRC and Donor supply chain procedures are followed by all staff in the field office. Where necessary, carry out basic staff orientation on supply chain procedures.
  • Ensure that up to date files for price catalogues and products technical information are maintained for use when necessary by the office for budgetary and ordering purposes.
  • Review all procurement documents before sending them for approval and ensure that a proper record for any procurement act is kept and inventory of used POs is maintained for future references.
  • Coordinate closely with the Supply Chain Department in Nairobi to ensure that program supplies purchased from Nairobi are delivered to the field in a timely manner.
Travel and Transport Management
  • Act as focal point for all travel and transport-related matters including vehicle availability and accommodation for travelling staff
  • Timely planning, communication and coordination with the requesting staff regarding their travel requests
  • Ensure up-to-date records are maintained for vehicle hire, accommodation and related services
  • Monitor the performance of vehicle hire service providers and initiate corrective actions where necessary
  • Ensure timely processing of payments for transport and travel-related services
Supply Chain Reports

Preparation of regular and ad hoc Supply Chain reports, including:
  • Monthly PR Tracking Status report
  • Monthly Inventory report
  • Monthly Vehicle Fleet Performance report
  • Monthly Assets Report
  • Any other supply chain reports required by Country Senior Management, Supply Chain Coordinator or direct Supervisor.
Administrative Roles:
  • Manage all staff employed in the supply chain and admin department who are directly under him & supporting operations at the field office by assigning duties through delegation, monitoring the performance and regularly evaluating staff directly supervised by him /her.
  • Ensure there is an adequate and neatly organized filling system for waybills, inventory records and other logistical records.
Office Administration
  • Provide oversight over the day-to-day office management activities so as to ensure optimum space utilization, a well-functioning front office desk and a clean and conducive working environment for staff at the field office
  • Manage / control access to the office.
  • Ensure all office equipment is in good working order.
  • Manage common/shared spaces e.g conference halls, ensuring optimal allocation and utilization amongst all staff
  • Ensure adequacy of office supplies (e.g stationery, beverages).
  • Maintain updated data base for assets, properties and equipment in Lodwar office and share with the Supply Chain Manager on a monthly period.
  • Manage office filing system and archive for ease of access and retrieval.
  • Ensure timely processing of payments for rent and utilities for IRC office and guest house premises
  • Liaise with the Supply Chain Manager and the Supply Chain Coordinator for timely renewal or termination of rental agreements as necessary
  • Any other duties that are related to supply chain management and administration that may be assigned by the supervisor.
  • Degree or Advanced Diploma in  Supply Chain Management, Procurement & Logistics or any  another  relevant field
  • Thorough method of working with ability to work under pressure to pursue multiple tasks simultaneously to successful conclusions;
  • Management ability to lead, motivate and develop staff;
  • Positive attitude with good sense of humour;
  • Committed team player;
  • Ability to live and work in isolation and in conditions of limited comfort;
  • Basic computer skills (Word, Excel, Outlook, Web Applications);
  • At least Three (3) years’ experience working as a Logistician;
The following experience will all be advantageous: previous NGO work, experience in contract management, general purchasing, fleet management and direct staff supervision.

How to Apply

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Job Vacancy: VPRU Emergency Preparedness Specialist
Sector: Violence Prevention and Response

Location: Kenya

Employee Type: Regular

Employee Category: Full Time
Background / Summary: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. 

Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster and the host communities which support them, as well as those who remain within their homes and communities. 

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 IRC leads the way from harm to home.
Program Description: The IRC is one of the first humanitarian organisations to bring together specific disciplines involved in violence prevention and response (VPR) in conflict affected settings to ensure collaborative and still specialized support to survivors and those at risk of violence. 

Over the past 20 years, the IRC has pioneered and implemented programs that prevent and respond to violence against women and children, as well as other vulnerable groups in refugee settings and in other conflict-affected contexts, making the IRC a global leader in this field. 

The IRC presently implements programming in partnership with local communities to meet the safety, health and psychosocial needs of women, children and others experiencing violence, exploitation and abuse in contexts of conflict and displacement. 

The IRC manages VPR programmes in 26 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Haiti, with funding from governments, the UN, foundations, and private donors. 

Since 2010, the IRC has been building its work with local partners to advance emergency preparedness and emergency response capacity in the field, specific to the response to gender-based violence (GBV).

The VPRU Emergency Preparedness Specialist oversees a three-year strategic project focused on strengthening the capacity of local organizations and networks to lead response to gender-based violence (GBV) in emergencies. 

This includes responsibility for technical resources developed through the project, capacity strengthening carried out in the field and remotely, and network-building for partners engaged in project outcomes. 

In this capacity the VPRU Emergency Preparedness Specialist travels to East Africa and other to-be-determined regions to support civil society networks.

The VPRU Emergency Preparedness Specialist is a member of VPRU and reports to the VPRU Deputy Director for Emergencies.

Major Responsibilities:

Supporting local GBV expertise and emergency response to GBV
  • Organize and lead GBV Emergency Preparedness and Response Training of Trainers (ToT) for NGO network staff and member organizations;
  • Oversee the further evolution of the IRC’s GBV Emergency Preparedness and Response training package to include materials covering inclusivity and diversity, ensuring that training participants are equipped to design and lead programming for women and girls of different age groups and abilities, ethnic or religious backgrounds, sexual orientations, etc.;
  • Using new materials on inclusivity and diversity, as well as IRC materials on context-responsive approaches to GBV programming in emergencies (e.g., mobile service provision, urban approaches, etc.), organize and carry out deep dive workshops for NGO Network staff and members;
  • Establish strong eye-to-eye collaboration with NGO Networks and support their work cascade the trainings and deep dives out to network member organizations operating in refugee recipient locations and conducting programming for women and girls, and/or providing GBV prevention and response services;
  • Ensure the monitoring, documentation and dissemination of learning on supporting local GBV expertise and emergency response to GBV.
Accountability to women and girls in humanitarian response
  • Ensure – through program design and practice, team capacity and behavior – that the people the IRC serves drive our action, are part of the design and implementation of programs, and that their access to services and programs is meaningful and safe;
  • Support the IRC’s Women at Work in Emergencies Network, in close collaboration with the Emergency Unit and the Gender Equality Unit.
VPRU emergency preparedness and response priorities
  • Work with VPRU in the development of emergency preparedness and response strategies and tools;
  • Communicate new approaches and best practices in the localization of emergency response work.
Compliance and grant management
  • Ensure compliance with IRC policy and procedures throughout the program team and activities;
  • Prepare high quality and timely donor and management reports on grants and sector activities;
  • Contribute to the development of VPRU proposals and budgets for international donors, and work in close collaboration with IRC grants and finance staff to finalize proposals and respond to any requests for additional information.
Key Working Relationships:

Position reports to: VPRU Deputy Director for Emergencies         
Position directly supervises: N/A

Indirect reporting: N/A

Other Internal and/or external contacts: Internal: Regular relationships with VPRU country support TAs; VPRU Ops team; the Emergency Unit Deputy Director for Emergency Preparedness, and his team; and Regional and Country teams, as relevant; and the Gender Equality Unit.

External: Relationships with local and regional civil society networks, including three NGO Networks: GBV Prevention Network, the Strategic Initiative for the Horn of Africa (SIHA), and Protection in Practice, which will collectively represent over 580 organizations and individuals from across the Horn, East and Southern Africa, the Middle East and East and South Asia.
Job Requirements:
  • University degree and technical accreditation or equivalent
  • At least 3-6 years of experience developing and managing GBV programming in humanitarian contexts
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with agencies, local governments and community leaders and develop multi-stakeholder support for humanitarian priorities and advocacy initiatives
  • Demonstrated ability to identify creative and appropriate solutions for the populations affected by crisis, considering factors including the context and an individual client's developmental stage, gender and status
  • Experience managing large, complex donor funded programs and grants, including staff management, budget oversight, monitoring and evaluation systems, and technical input to proposal-budget development and donor reports
  • Experience working directly or in partnership with other VPRU technical fields – Child Protection and Protection/Rule of Law – is not required but is an advantage
How to Apply

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The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - 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.

IRC et les employés de IRC doivent adhérer aux valeurs et principes contenus dans le IRC WAY (normes de conduite professionnelle). Ce sont l’Intégrité, le Service, et la Responsabilité. En conformité avec ces valeurs, IRC opère et fait respecter les politiques sur la protection des bénéficiaires contre l’exploitation et les abus, la protection de l’enfant, le harcèlement sur les lieux de travail, l’intégrité financière, et les représailles.

IRC leading the way from harm to home.

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 As required by law, the IRC will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with a known disability.

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