Solidarites International Job vacancy in Nairobi Kenya 2012
Deputy Country Director, Kenya
Duration: 12 months
Report to: Head of Mission
Relations with: Various Kenya-Somalia Coordinators who have functional relationships with Kenya field teams (HR/Finance Coordinator, Logistics Coordinator, Food Security Coordinator, WASH Coordinator and M&E Coordinator)
- Provide leadership to the Kenyan Country Mission, including field teams
- Responsible for operational management and follow up of the Kenyan mission (project cycle management, budget follow-up, procurement/logistics) • Support to the Field coordinators for the HR management of the Kenyan field teams (recruitment, EAP, disciplinary action etc.), in collaboration with the Admin coordinator for the processes.
- Direct line management of the field coordinators in Kenya (currently North Horr / Marsabit and Mandera) Strategy Development
- Lead the annual review of the country strategy for Kenya in link with the Country Director for Kenya/Somalia.
- Define an action plan with the Country Director for the implementation of the strategy
- Prepare the annual country strategy review document in link with the Country Director for Kenya/Somalia.
- Ensure the implementation of the country strategy for Kenya, including the development of new project, the research for new donors in coordination with the Country Director, the preparation of all necessary support documents.
- Monitor the humanitarian context in Kenya and present updates on the humanitarian context at the Country Team Meeting (CTM)
- Organize and lead needs assessments according to the country strategy or in response to new emergencies
- Responsible for the production of concept papers and proposals for all new projects according to the strategy or in response to new emergencies: organize the tasks sharing for the writing of the document, revise it and send a “ready to be sent” document to the Country Director and/or the HQ for final validation.
- Take the lead in organizing a project launch workshop for each new SI project in Kenya and the production/dissemination of a project implementation plan for each new project.
- Ensure that SI’s interventions are in line with the country strategy and remain relevant throughout the project cycle
- Ensure the technical quality of SI WASH and Food Security interventions in Kenya, in cooperation with the Food Security and WASH coordinators
- Ensure proper monitoring and evaluation all the Kenyan projects, in cooperation with the M&E coordinator Security
- Responsible for day to day the security management for Kenya program bases; second only to the Country Director in terms of overall responsibility for security in Kenya.
- Organize regular security awareness raising sessions for all Kenya based staff, in coordination with the logistic coordinator
- To coordinate effectively with the Logistics coordinator, who plays a key role in security management by providing technical advice and supporting the implementation and monitoring of agreed security actions and procedures.
- Active monitoring of the security context via “security tree” and other modes of monitoring
- To update and disseminate base security plans every 2 months, in coordination with the Field Coordinator and Logistics coordinator
- Provide detailed security briefings to new staff or visitors at base level (Field Co, PM, Log/Admin manager)
- On a daily basis, to monitor and document information on the security environment at the Kenya mission level (+ Nairobi) and to share updates at the CTM
- To ensure that means and protocols of field security communications are in place and that all field staff follow the protocol (regular security calls etc.)
- To ensure all Kenya mission drivers (and passengers) are aware of and follow the basic SI driving rules (speed limits, seatbelt fastened).
- To ensure the presence of emergency first aid kits and fire extinguishers in all Kenya field offices, and that all field staff have been provided with basic fire safety and first aid training
- The DCD-K must validate his/her field movements/travel with the Country Director
- Responsible for the external reporting of all the Kenyan projects (to Donors, partners and authorities if required)
- Responsible for the internal reporting of all the Kenyan projects
- Preparation of the Kenya mission weekly sitrep and monthly reports Internal Coordination
- Participate in the bi-weekly Coordination Team Meeting (CTM) Representation
- Participate in Kenya Humanitarian coordination meetings (NGOs, Kenya Humanitarian Forum, Cluster meetings, OCHA, District/County level meetings) and produce minutes of meetings
- Maintain and develop coordination linkages with local and international NGOs, UN agencies and local authorities.
- Participate on request from the RD to Donors meetings, Media representation, Link with national authorities
- Participate in meetings with donors when requested by the Country Director
- Master’s Degree (or equivalent) in a technical discipline relevant to WASH programming in developing countries. (A degree in another discipline would be acceptable if the candidate has extensive field experience in WASH programing)
- Excellent knowledge of WASH programming, with good working knowledge of Food Security Programs (the current program has a strong WASH component)
- At least 2 years of field experience with NGOs at a senior management position (Country Director, Field Coordinator or Programs Coordinator).
- At least 4 years of senior experience with NGOs working in 3 or more international contexts
- Proven experience in project cycle and security management.
- Proven experience and ability to professionally and appropriately represent the organization and negotiate and defend Solidarites International’s interests and neutrality with a diverse range of stakeholders.
- Good knowledge of guidelines of the major institutional donors(EC, ECHO, DFID, OFDA, UN)
- Capacity to propose new ideas and put them into action
- Excellent writing/reporting capacity
- Good communication and training skills
- Ability to motivate others to adopt new ideas and bring about change
- Natural ability to connect with other stakeholders and team members
- Strong capacity to work independently and with initiative
- Good multi-tasking skills
- Ability to manage a heavy workload, to delegate tasks/responsibilities and to constantly reassess priorities
- Ability to work effectively in a multicultural team
- Ability to meet deadlines
- Proficient in use of MS office and other common software
- GIS proficiency is an added advantage
- A good level of written and spoken English is mandatory (French language skills would be an advantage for interaction with SI HQ but this is not a deciding factor for selection)
- Sense of humour
- Attention to detail
- Ability to work independently, take initiative and live in a sometimes difficult environments with restrictions on personal movement.
- Reactivity and adaptation to a very moving context
- Resistant to high stress
How to apply:
Send a cover letter and CV with 3 referees to the following email address: email@example.com
Please indicate the job title and location in the email subject line
Deadline for applications: 22nd August 2012.
Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview.
Solidarites International is an equal opportunities employer