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Program Manager Job in Nairobi, Kenya

World Concern Development Organization is a Christian global relief and development agency who extends opportunity and hope to people facing the most profound human challenges of extreme poverty. 

Annually, we serve nearly 6 million people in 18 countries. 

This position will be based in Nairobi with frequent travel to project sites throughout the country. 

For a start the person will serve project activities in Narok, Tana River, Lamu and Nairobi Counties. 

The project portfolio includes; Church engagement, Food Security and Livelihoods project including business development and community-managed saving-led microfinance. 

Program Manager - Kenya Program
Location: Nairobi
Length of Contract: One year

Purpose: The Projects Manager provides leadership and management of integrated programs that covers Church engagement, food security and livelihoods. The position holder is responsible for day to day technical and operational support to the projects. 

He/She will  lead the efforts of the organization in; identifying communities and programing opportunities, grant writing and implementation of projects throughout their entire cycle, coordination of activities, management of program staff and other resources as well as ongoing monitoring and evaluation. 

The position will also take lead building in-country partner relationships including assisting the CD in maintaining relationship with the local authorities and other relevant stakeholders. 

The position reports directly to the Country Director.
Core Responsibilities:
Program Development:
  • Identify and design programming opportunities into viable projects/programs.
  • Oversee the effective set up and implementation and coordination of World Concern’s projects in the project sites to reach target objectives.
  • Monitor and analyze the external environment particularly in relation to program areas, and make recommendations as appropriate for interventions
  • Explore potential areas for collaboration and mobilize opportunities and resources to co-create new programs with innovative solutions
  • Represent World Concern in relevant platforms and networks
  • Ensure effective monitoring & evaluation systems are in place to align with World Concern objectives of shared learning, improved programming and beneficiary accountability
  • Manage project implementation according to agreed deadlines and budget
  • Backstopping of project implementation by the project teams  according to agreed deadlines and budget
  • Carry out other project-related tasks as required and assigned, and any other duties as can reasonably be asked from the position.
Fund Raising:
  • Identify potential programing ideas/opportunities and convert them into clear, concise proposals with corresponding budgets to increase program funding base.
  • Provide well written, informative and timely reports on program activities.
  • Ensure all project activities are compliant with the donor requirements
  • Be in-charge of field donors visits
  • Network with and maintain good working relationships with government agencies, NGO’s and other actors in the country to ensure collaboration and acceptance of World Concern programs.
Program Management:
  • Ensure all projects have approved annual work plans
  • Track program activities and guide the staff team towards achievement of the program objectives.
  • Ensure donor reports are high quality, results based and timely.
  • Ensure project compliance and informative and timely activity and financial reports that meet the laid down criteria.
  • Monitor the actual program and propose new activities to enhance the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Identify project staff needs, ensure job descriptions are identified, work with the Country Director and to identify, recruit, orientate and manage staff to support World Concern program.
  • Manage Program Team with particular emphasis on capacity building of staff through mentoring and training
  • Monitor political and security situations in project areas and ensure appropriate security procedures and measures are in place and being followed.
Financial Management
  • Responsible for budgeting, monitoring and controlling program expenses in consultation with the Country Director
  • Ensure there is value for money in all project activities and that project staff are good stewards of the available resources
  • Hold staff accountable and ensure World Concern financial policies and procedures are adhered to strictly
  • Ensure all projects are using updated Life of Grant (LOG) Framework
Required Education, Skills & Experience:
  • First degree in related field (Business Administration, Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics, project management etc.). Master’s degree is an added advantage.
  • A minimum of 7 years previous experience in community development especially among agro-pastoral communities.
  • Experience in designing and managing small scale enterprises and community–managed microfinance projects.
  • Proven and successful experience in project design, program management and development.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with research and writing, especially in regards to fund-raising, compiling and analyzing financial reports, and grant-writing.
  • Ability to secure funds from donors.
Working Conditions:
  • World Concern being a Christian Organization, the incumbent will be willing to agree to its organizational mission and vision, core values, and ethos
  • Requires periodic travel to project sites
  • Field travel can involve driving on bad roads.
  • Some additional travel to other regions may be required.
  • Living conditions in the field may at times be harsh.
  • May require working extended hours and on weekends/holidays to meet deadlines.
  • Multi-cultural, Multi-ethnic organizational work environment.
How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit their applications and CV to not later than 26th, August 2016. 

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