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Country Director Job in Nairobi

Horn Relief wishes to recruit a Country Director for its rapidly developing country program.

Position Title:
Country Director - Kenya 

Reporting to: Executive Director

Working with: Program Team, Senior Management Team and all staff both in Nairobi, Sudan and Somalia. Line management of Country Directors

Programme / Duty station:
 Nairobi, Kenya with frequent travel into the field

Duration: 2 years (Renewable)

Starting date:

Salary and Benefits:
 International contract plus housing allowance, insurance, education allowance and other benefits.

Organizational Background

Horn Relief is an expanding and vibrant African-based international organization, working with communities to create environments in which Africans can thrive.

We work to prevent and overcome situations that adversely affect community well-being by: reinvigorating the economy, developing skills for life and work, providing humanitarian aid, and influencing policy.

Our belief that economic, social and environmental security is the bedrock of a healthy community drives the nature and intent of our programming. Horn Relief has been strengthening rural livelihood and delivering innovative humanitarian aid and development programs for the past 20 years.

Currently, we have programs in Somalia, Kenya and South Sudan. Our present donor portfolio includes the European Commission, USAID, SIDA, and UNICEF, among others. Horn Relief is an exciting, dynamic organization experiencing managed rapid growth. It offers sound employment conditions with opportunities for personal growth and development.

Position Summary

In the context of organizational growth, the Country Director will be expected to take Horn Relief from the project level to country program level through a process of strategic development.

The Country Director will have overall leadership and management responsibility for Horn Relief’s programs in Kenya.

This position requires the demonstrated ability to grow the existing program and develop new programming areas/projects through practical, appropriate and innovative systems and methodologies.

This is an excellent opportunity for a dynamic individual to contribute to and be part of an organization that offers real and sustainable solutions to communities and which seeks to reach out to more Kenyans.

The position is based in Nairobi, and reports directly to the Programs Director at Horn Relief’s headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

Program Responsibilities include:-

  • Leadership and Strategy Development
  • Program and Technical Management
  • Budgeting and Resource Planning
  • External Relations and New Business Development
  • Human Resource Management
Required Skills & Competencies
  • Post graduate degree, in Social Sciences, International development, Project Management, and/or Public Administration – essential
  • A minimum of 5-years senior management experience managing multiple projects and programs in emergency and development environments - essential
  • Experience in managing a program (s) of not less than $5 million - essential
  • Strong organization skills, with experience with Project Management tools and methodologies.
  • Strong Monitoring and Evaluation skills required, in particular for the development and analysis of baseline information, assessments and monitoring tools.
  • Relevant overseas experience in development and humanitarian context is required.
  • Experience of human resource management at a field level including distance management experience.
  • Must be experienced in representing organizations, speaking publicly and expressing him/herself well
  • Experience in budget management and knowledge of financial procedures required.
  • Must have excellent written and analytical skills in English, including presentation generation and delivery as well as financial and other analysis techniques
  • Must have experience in understanding donor requirements, writing reports and preparing program proposals
  • Must have the ability to network with relevant stakeholders
  • Ability to multi-task and effectively handle stressful situations.
  • Proficiency in computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, power point, etc.
Application Process

Applications should be submitted by 15th January, 2012.

All applicants must meet the minimum requirements described above, and those unable to meet these requirements will not be considered.

Horn Relief is an equal opportunity employer.

Applications should include the following:
  • Application letter which clearly states how the applicant fulfills the required skill set and competencies. Also include current contact information
  • Resume (including detailed work experience, education/degrees)
  • Professional References (minimum of three, with complete contact information)
Applications not including all of the above information will not be reviewed. 

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Interviews will tentatively take place on the week of 30th January 2012.

All applications should be sent to Horn Relief at AND with the subject line: “Country Director-Kenya”.

Submission of this information should reach Horn Relief by 15th January 2012


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