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Children’s Home Manager Job in Kenya

A Christian based Children’s Home located in Kiserian is looking for a Home Manager to run its operations.

Home Manager

General Scope of the Post

The Home Manager will be responsible for the management of the Home in accordance with the policy and guidelines laid down by the Kenyan government, under the Children’s Act Cap 586 of the laws of Kenya. 

This will include:

The management of all staff, efficient and effective day to day running of the Home and further development of the service in line with community needs and the requirements of the home. 
The main aim will be to ensure resident well being by promoting the philosophy of privacy, dignity, rights and fulfillment within a policy of managed risk taking.   

Principal Duties
  • To lead, direct, supervise and support staff working within the Home in providing a network of services which can respond flexibly to the needs of the Residents as individuals.
  • To register the home and incorporate policies that would govern effective running of the home
  • To ensure that budgetary control of the Home is maintained in accordance with the organization’s financial guidelines.
  • To formulate a business plan for the purpose of planning and implementation of any new development as identified for the promotion of services for agreement by the management.
  • Overall responsibility for management of the Home in an efficient and effective manner within available resources and controlled budgets.
  • Be involved in the appoint of staff at all levels below that of Manager which will include advertising as necessary, taking up references, conducting interviews, completing health checks and applying for disclosure in line with the procedures outlined in the Personnel Manual.
  • To provide induction training, information and supervision to staff as appropriate, ensuring they are conversant with their duties, rights and responsibilities.
  • To promote good communication by means of staff meetings, written and verbal reports and encourage openness at all levels.
  • To monitor staff duties and performance.  Ensure probationary periods are managed appropriately.  Deal with informal disciplinary matters and action formal disciplinary procedures through the appropriate channels.
  • Ensure the emotional, spiritual, physical, medical and material needs of the Residents are recognized, assessed and met where possible.  This will involve ensuring there are regular planned reviews, assessments and formulation of care plans for all users of the services in liaison with other professional workers.
  • Involve Residents where possible in decision making about activity, life style and matters in the Home which may affect them.
  • Publicize the service offered by the Home, establish and maintain good relations with the community.
  • Encourage and participate in social activities for the benefit of Residents, including fundraising.
  • Deal with matters pertaining to the maintenance of the building and equipment.
  • Oversee the implementation of systems of working which enable Health and Safety legislative requirements to be met for example, risk assessments etc.
  • Ensure mandatory training requirements are met in the Home and that clear, up to date individual training records are kept on every member of staff.
General Requirements

In addition to the above, there are some general requirements that apply to all jobs in the Home.
  1. Participation in staff meetings.
  2. Participation in training activities.
  3. Participation in staff supervision and personal development review.
  4. Participation in quality assurance systems.
  5. Taking responsibility for personal development by keeping abreast of developments in the field of caring for children.
  6. All duties must be carried out to comply with:-
  • Notification of accidents and other Health and Safety requirements.
  • Statutory legislation, in particular the Health and Hygiene regulations.
  • Nationally and locally agreed Codes of Good Practice.
  • Fire precautions.
  • Equal opportunity and the Home’s anti-discriminatory policy.
Health and Safety

To be responsible for your own health and safety and that of anybody else whom your acts or omissions may affect. 

Note:  The term ‘resident’ includes all clients using the services of the Home.

  • Applicants must be at least 35 years of age.
  • A post high school education in social work or other relevant field and experience working with children are preferred.
  • Minimum 2 years working at supervisory level in a similar or relevant environment.
General Aptitude:
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to promote residents’ rights, equal opportunities and non-discriminatory practice.
  • Ability to be creative, consistent, patient, compassionate and serious about responsibility.
  • Commitment to promoting and developing the highest quality care standards for children.
  • Recruitment & Selection
  • Health & Safety at Work Act
  • Budgets and Business Plans
  • Legislation underpinning practice
  • Knowledge of local and national codes of practice relating to care of children
Specific Skills:
  • Ability to work with other care professionals
  • Developing staff
  • Supervision & Appraisal
  • Managing Budgets
  • Good communication skills
Interpersonal Skills:
  • Ability to lead and motivate staff
Team Skills:
  • Building a team which supports and values individuals and recognizes individual strengths and skills.
This is a difficult live in, full-time position, with one day off a week.

The position includes salary, housing and food.

Applications accompanied by a detailed CV, copies of relevant certificates and testimonials and current remuneration package from applicants who meet the above qualifications and are up to the challenge should be sent to the e-mail address below to reach us by Tuesday, 19th March 2013.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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