NGO Jobs in Kenya - Mercy Corps


Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action – helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.
Now, and for the future. We help people overcome poverty and conflict. Working with communities, we leverage local logic to help people transform their lives.
To grow more food, earn higher incomes and ultimately advocate for their needs. We see global challenges as an invitation to pioneer innovative, sustainable solutions.
We are looking for committed and dynamic individual to take up the following position:
Position: Community Facilitator
Location: Turkana County – Kerio / Kanamkemer Ward
Program / Department Summary: The is a five-year USAID-funded Kenya Feed the Future (FtF) Livestock Market Systems (LMS) Activity for northern Kenya.
This activity will contribute to USAID’s Feed the Future Initiative and specifically will improve households’ income, productive assets and resilience to drought and other shocks.
General Position Summary: The Community Facilitator will be responsible for execution of the Girls Improving Resilience with Livestock and Learning (GIRL), a 9-month adolescent girl personal agency empowerment safe space model aimed at supporting human capital development for resilient individuals who are well placed for commercial engagement.
S/he will focus on community adolescent girls’ engagement, including the identification, recruitment and retention of training girls and participants; the establishment of partnerships with key community members (elders, religious leaders, government officials) and ensuring that common strategies and approaches are applied consistently in all communities.
Essential Job Functions:
Community Engagement
·         Contribute to the successful implementation of Girls Improving Resilience with Livestock and Learning activities.
·         Implement a 9-month adolescent girls’ personal agency empowerment safe space model.
·         Manage adolescent girls safe space groups in collaboration with the GIRL mentors.
·         Provide mentorship to up to 30 GIRL mentors every year.
·         Support the GIRL Officer with conducting trainings on basic education (numeracy & literacy), WASH and nutrition awareness campaign, financial literacy and reproductive health.
·         Support and guide the GIRL mentors to deliver trainings to adolescent girls.
·         Support with community mapping activities.
·         Represent Mercy Corps in Kerio/Kanamkemer ward at the community level interactions.
·         In coordination with the GIRL Project Officer, monitor the implementation of activities through regular field visits and assessments to ensure program quality and impact and document lessons learned.
·         Integrate community approaches, gender sensitivity and capacity building into all activities as appropriate.
Mobilizing
·         Mobilize the community for events related to GIRL activities.
·         Take part in the identification and recruitment of girls in the community to participate in safe space groups.
Monitoring and Reporting
·         Monitor the GIRL safe space groups on a daily basis and upload all data collected data on a weekly basis.
·         Prepare weekly GIRL group monitoring reports.
·         In collaboration with GIRL Project Officer, report on the businesses and savings groups’ performances via the GIRL group monitoring tool.
Other
·         Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge and Experience
·         Minimum of 1 year experience working with an NGO/CBO in a Livelihoods, Education, Community Development/Engagement program.
·         Diploma in Community Development, Social Work, Gender Studies or any other related field.
·         Basic computer skills knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.
·         Commitment to working with women, girls, youth and vulnerable groups in need, regardless of race, tribe, religion or gender.
·         Experience in data collection and data entry is an added advantage.
·         Experience with mentorship of girls.
·         Experience facilitating trainings.
·         Good written and oral communication skills.
·         Strong written and spoken English and Kiswahili. Local language skills are required.
Success Factors: The successful candidate will have the ability to work without constant supervision and as part of a diverse team. S/he will have good representation and problem solving skills. Attention to detail and analytical skills are essential for the role. The Community Facilitator will be committed to long-term program sustainability and the delivery of high-impact activities at the community level.

Position: North-Eastern Regional Project Coordinator
Location: Wajir County
This position is contingent upon receipt of funding and donor approval.
Program / Department Summary: Mercy Corps seeks to implement a 5-year, 20 million GBP program funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) entitled Reducing Insecurity (and Violent Extremism) in the Northern and Coastal Regions of Kenya (RE-INVENT).
RE-INVENT aims to enhance Kenyan capacity and capability at the national, county and local levels to address five types of inter-related violence: inter-communal conflict, weak community-police relations, violence against women and girls (VAWG), violent extremism and election related violence. It will support the continued advancement of police reforms to improve the management, oversight and accountability of the police force.
General Position Summary: Under the direction and management support from Violence Reduction Technical Advisor, the North-Eastern Regional Project Coordinator will be responsible for the overall county-level planning, coordination, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of the RE-INVENT project within the North-East Region comprised of Wajir, Mandera and Garissa.
The North-Eastern Regional Program Coordinator will provide strategic leadership, oversight and technical guidance to program partners and will lead engagement with county government stakeholders to promote violence reduction strategies cutting across the five types of violence mentioned above.
The position will require day-to-day coordination with project partners to support quality program delivery, and will work with senior management to develop a regional strategy to meet the overall program goals within the targeted counties. S/he will be the primary liaison with county government officials.
Essential Job Responsibilities:
Program Management
·         Provide overall managerial leadership for the project at the regional level, ensuring partners follow work plans so activities are on time, target and within the approved budget, and project deliverables achieve desired impact.
·         Lead effective coordination, collaboration and integration among all partners.
·         Partner with county-level government and communities in areas of operation to engage around programming and policy needs.
·         Ensure effective and timely monitoring, documenting and reporting on all project activities as per the policies and practices of the consortium lead, Mercy Corps, DFID and the government.
·         Provide timely updates to supervisor on progress and issues, identifying risks and proposing solutions for action and early resolution.
·         Attend regular project coordination meetings in Nairobi as well as facilitate planning meetings and workshops with government, NGOs, private sector and community partners to revise plans and promote partner acceptance/buy-in.
·         Regularly visit field sites to assess progress of activities and provide formal and informal feedback.
Strategy and Vision
·         Provide strategic direction and vision to guide the program implementation strategy and technical approach within the region in order to address the five inter-related forms of violence mentioned above.
·         Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions and resources to achieve objectives and contribute to the overall program strategy development.
·         Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed.
Program Quality
·         Support partner capacity building around key technical approaches and activities to be implemented by partner organizations at the community level.
·         Help maintain standards of program delivery that apply agency priorities and comply with relevant regulations and requirements.
·         Support program staff and partners to understand and implement best practices for peacebuilding/conflict mitigation programming and to incorporate best practices throughout the program cycle.
Influence & Representation
·         Engage with national, county and community stakeholders to advance policy reforms related to police reform, intercommunal violence reduction, violence against women and girls, violent extremism and election related violence.
·         Coordinate activities with consortium partners, sub grantees, local government and other implementers, as well as with other Mercy Corps programs.
Training and Capacity Building
·         Enhance the project teams’ capacity by designing and leading technical training sessions for local partners and providing ongoing coaching and mentoring.
Organizational Learning: As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
Accountability to Beneficiaries: Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
Supervisory Responsibility: Regional Coordinators in Turkana, Wajir and Mombasa counties
Accountability
·         Reports Directly to: Mercy Corps’ Violence Reduction Technical Advisor
·         Works Directly with: Chief of Party, MEL Manager, Finance and Sub-grants Manager, local and national government officials, local civil society organizations, implementing partners and communities.
Knowledge and Experience:
·         Masters Degree or equivalent in Peace Building and Conflict Resolution or related discipline.
·         A minimum of 5 years experience working on conflict mitigation and resolution, violence reduction and prevention programs, countering violent extremism, police reform, etc.
·         Strong managerial skills, including effective personnel management, adaptive management, coordination and decision-making.
·         Experience coaching and working with a diverse team of staff, consortium partners and local implementing partners, building skills and capacity to deliver on complex programming results.
·         Solutions-oriented individual, with strong strategic thinking capabilities.
·         Experience with policy engagement and influencing in fields related to violence reduction and conflict mitigation, with a range of stakeholders including public institutions, county government, and local government.
·         Experience working with a diverse range of community members to discuss sensitive and delicate topics in a conflict-sensitive manner.
·         Excellent and persuasive oral and written communication skills, including report writing, in English and other language(s), as required;
·         Spoken fluency is Swahili is required and primary local dialects in the respective counties is strongly preferred;
·         Previous experience working in the North-eastern counties is strongly desired;
·         Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members;
·         Ability to work comfortably in a sometimes tense and changing security environment is required.
Success Factors: The successful Regional Project Coordinator will have a strong understanding of project approaches and represent the project professionally at all times. S/he will have experience engaging with stakeholders at the national, county and community level to design and implement reforms aimed at strengthening community security, building relationships between police and communities, and tackling the root causes of violence and conflict in Kenya.
S/he will combine exceptional management skills and capacity to manage relationships with different stakeholders. A heavy emphasis will be placed on coordination with other actors implementing in the areas of intervention. S/he will be committed to long-term program sustainability and the delivery of high-impact activities at the community level.
Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are essential. The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority. S/he will be committed to working closely and collaboratively with the County Government structures and our lead partner.

Position: Coastal Regional Project Coordinator
Location: Mombasa County
This position is contingent upon receipt of funding and donor approval.
Program / Department Summary: Mercy Corps seeks to implement a 5-year, 20 million GBP program funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) entitled Reducing Insecurity (and Violent Extremism) in the Northern and Coastal Regions of Kenya (RE-INVENT).
RE-INVENT aims to enhance Kenyan capacity and capability at the national, county and local levels to address five types of inter-related violence: inter-communal conflict, weak community-police relations, violence against women and girls (VAWG), violent extremism and election related violence. It will support the continued advancement of police reforms to improve the management, oversight and accountability of the police force.
General Position Summary: Under the direction and management support from Violence Reduction Technical Advisor, the Coastal Regional Project Coordinator will be responsible for the overall county-level planning, coordination, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of the RE-INVENT project within the Coastal Region comprised of Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Tana River, and Lamu.
The Coastal Regional Program Coordinator will provide strategic leadership, oversight and technical guidance to program partners and will lead engagement with county government stakeholders to promote violence reduction strategies cutting across the five types of violence mentioned above.
The position will require day-to-day coordination with project partners to support quality program delivery, and will work with senior management to develop a regional strategy to meet the overall program goals within the targeted counties. S/he will be the primary liaison with county government officials.
Essential Job Responsibilities:
Program Management
·         Provide overall managerial leadership for the project at the regional level, ensuring partners follow work plans so activities are on time, target and within the approved budget, and project deliverables achieve desired impact.
·         Lead effective coordination, collaboration and integration among all partners.
·         Partner with county-level government and communities in areas of operation to engage around programming and policy needs.
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·         Ensure effective and timely monitoring, documenting and reporting on all project activities as per the policies and practices of the consortium lead, Mercy Corps, DFID and the government.
·         Provide timely updates to supervisor on progress and issues, identifying risks and proposing solutions for action and early resolution.
·         Attend regular project coordination meetings in Nairobi as well as facilitate planning meetings and workshops with government, NGOs, private sector and community partners to revise plans and promote partner acceptance/buy-in.
·         Regularly visit field sites to assess progress of activities and provide formal and informal feedback.
Strategy and Vision
·         Provide strategic direction and vision to guide the program implementation strategy and technical approach within the region in order to address the five inter-related forms of violence mentioned above.
·         Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions and resources to achieve objectives and contribute to the overall program strategy development.
·         Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed.
Program Quality
·         Support partner capacity building around key technical approaches and activities to be implemented by partner organizations at the community level.
·         Help maintain standards of program delivery that apply agency priorities and comply with relevant regulations and requirements.
·         Support program staff and partners to understand and implement best practices for peacebuilding/conflict mitigation programming and to incorporate best practices throughout the program cycle.
Influence & Representation
·         Engage with national, county and community stakeholders to advance policy reforms related to police reform, intercommunal violence reduction, violence against women and girls, violent extremism and election related violence.
·         Coordinate activities with consortium partners, sub grantees, local government and other implementers, as well as with other Mercy Corps programs.
Training and Capacity Building
·         Enhance the project teams’ capacity by designing and leading technical training sessions for local partners and providing ongoing coaching and mentoring.
Organizational Learning: As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
Accountability to Beneficiaries: Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
Supervisory Responsibility: Regional Coordinators in Turkana, Wajir and Mombasa counties
Accountability
Reports Directly to: Mercy Corps’ Violence Reduction Technical Advisor
Works Directly with: Chief of Party, MEL Manager, Finance and Sub-grants Manager, local and national government officials, local civil society organizations, implementing partners and communities.
Knowledge and Experience:
·         Masters Degree or equivalent in Peace Building and Conflict Resolution or related discipline.
·         A minimum of 5 years experience working on conflict mitigation and resolution, violence reduction and prevention programs, countering violent extremism, police reform, etc.
·         Strong managerial skills, including effective personnel management, adaptive management, coordination and decision-making.
·         Experience coaching and working with a diverse team of staff, consortium partners and local implementing partners, building skills and capacity to deliver on complex programming results.
·         Solutions-oriented individual, with strong strategic thinking capabilities.
·         Experience with policy engagement and influencing in fields related to violence reduction and conflict mitigation, with a range of stakeholders including public institutions, county government, and local government.
·         Experience working with a diverse range of community members to discuss sensitive and delicate topics in a conflict-sensitive manner.
·         Excellent and persuasive oral and written communication skills, including report writing, in English and other language(s), as required;
·         Spoken fluency is Swahili is required;
·         Previous experience working in the Coastal counties is strongly desired;
·         Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members;
·         Ability to work comfortably in a sometimes tense and changing security environment is required.
Success Factors: The successful Regional Project Coordinator will have a strong understanding of project approaches and represent the project professionally at all times. S/he will have experience engaging with stakeholders at the national, county and community level to design and implement reforms aimed at strengthening community security, building relationships between police and communities, and tackling the root causes of violence and conflict in Kenya.
S/he will combine exceptional management skills and capacity to manage relationships with different stakeholders. A heavy emphasis will be placed on coordination with other actors implementing in the areas of intervention. S/he will be committed to long-term program sustainability and the delivery of high-impact activities at the community level.
Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are essential. The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority. S/he will be committed to working closely and collaboratively with the County Government structures and our lead partner.

Position: Driver
Location: Garissa County
Program / Department Summary: The Operations Department is committed to implementing and maintaining the highest standards of efficiency and integrity in the operations functions. The overriding objective for all administration and logistics operations is the prompt and effective provision of support services to Mercy Corps’ beneficiary populations in compliance with donor rules.
General Position Summary: The driver work within the Operations department of the logistics support structure to provide safe, transport services for Mercy Corps program and support staff in the respective field location. The driver will adhere to all traffic and Mercy Corps safety rules and follow the transport guidelines required by the Mercy Corps operations department.
Essential Job Functions:
·         Operate Mercy Corps vehicles as assigned by supervisor.
·         Maintain vehicle log-sheets in accordance with Mercy Corps policies/regulations.
·         Check the vehicle conditions after each trip/routinely – report needs and problems to logistics team.
·         Adhere to all safety and communication protocols as advised by Mercy Corps and supervisor.
·         Responsible for the safekeeping of all vehicle equipment, tools, first aid kits, spares etc.
·         Keep the vehicle ready, clean and on standby – ready for use at all times.
·         Assist, as required, with logistics in the office daily workloads.
·         Cooperate and be of assistance to staff and visitors – assist in troubleshooting potential problems during daily business.
·         Report all maintenance needs of the vehicle to transport management on a regular basis;
·         Undertake field assignments as assigned.
·         Responsible for preparing and submitting monthly vehicle fuel and maintenance reports to the Logistics focal point.
·         Adherence to all Mercy Corps policies and procedures as outlined in Mercy Corps policies and procedure manuals.
·         Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission in country of operation.
·         Other duties as assigned.
Organizational Learning: As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
Accountability to Beneficiaries: Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
Supervisory Responsibility: None
Accountability:
Reports Directly To: County Project Coordinator
Works Directly With: Program and Operations staff team across the field offices as required
Knowledge and Experience:
·         Valid driver’s license and certificate of good conduct.
·         At least 3 years driving experience with an NGO.
·         Experience operating 4×4 vehicles.
·         Experience working in and thorough knowledge of Garissa County is a desired.
·         Knowledge of routes, project areas, the NGO and diplomatic community is required.
·         Good understanding of English and fluency in the local language is required.
Success Factors:
·         Respect and adherence to all safety and traffic rules.
·         Excellent sense of judgment.
·         Willingness and ability to work effectively with a wide variety of people.
·         Excellent interpersonal skills.

Position: Driver
Location: Marsabit County
Program / Department Summary: The Operations Department is committed to implementing and maintaining the highest standards of efficiency and integrity in the operations functions. The overriding objective for all administration and logistics operations is the prompt and effective provision of support services to Mercy Corps’ beneficiary populations in compliance with donor rules.
General Position Summary: The driver work within the Operations department of the logistics support structure to provide safe, transport services for Mercy Corps program and support staff in the respective field location. The driver will adhere to all traffic and Mercy Corps safety rules and follow the transport guidelines required by the Mercy Corps operations department.
Essential Job Functions:
·         Operate Mercy Corps vehicles as assigned by supervisor.
·         Maintain vehicle log-sheets in accordance with Mercy Corps policies/regulations.
·         Check the vehicle conditions after each trip/routinely – report needs and problems to logistics team.
·         Adhere to all safety and communication protocols as advised by Mercy Corps and supervisor.
·         Responsible for the safekeeping of all vehicle equipment, tools, first aid kits, spares etc.
·         Keep the vehicle ready, clean and on standby – ready for use at all times.
·         Assist, as required, with logistics in the office daily workloads.
·         Cooperate and be of assistance to staff and visitors – assist in troubleshooting potential problems during daily business.
·         Report all maintenance needs of the vehicle to transport management on a regular basis;
·         Undertake field assignments as assigned.
·         Responsible for preparing and submitting monthly vehicle fuel and maintenance reports to the Logistics focal point.
·         Adherence to all Mercy Corps policies and procedures as outlined in Mercy Corps policies and procedure manuals.
·         Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission in country of operation.
·         Other duties as assigned.
Organizational Learning: As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
Accountability to Beneficiaries: Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
Supervisory Responsibility: None
Accountability:
Reports Directly To: County Project Coordinator
Works Directly With: Program and Operations staff team across the field offices as required
Knowledge and Experience:
·         Valid driver’s license and certificate of good conduct
·         At least 3 years driving experience with an NGO.
·         Experience operating 4×4 vehicles.
·         Experience working in and thorough knowledge of Marsabit County is a desired.
·         Knowledge of routes, project areas, the NGO and diplomatic community is required.
·         Good understanding of English and fluency in local language is required;
Success Factors:
·         Respect and adherence to all safety and traffic rules;
·         Excellent sense of judgment;
·         Willingness and ability to work effectively with a wide variety of people;
·         Excellent interpersonal skills.
Application Procedure:
Interested candidates who meet the above required qualifications and experience should submit a cover letter and detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing three professional references (including a recent supervisor) to ke-hrkenya@mercycorps.org on or before Thursday 4th October, 2018.
Applications without an appropriate subject heading will be automatically disqualified.
Please do not attach any certificates.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
NB: We do not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process

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