CAREClosing Date : 2019-07-25
Duty Station : Nairobi, Kenya
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Organization: CARE
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 25 Jul 2019

JOB SUMMARY
CARE International in Kenya has been working in partnership with the Government of Kenya since 1968 and is currently under the direct management of CARE Canada. Working in close collaboration with partner organizations, the Government of Kenya and the private sector, CARE Kenya s mission is to reduce poverty at the household level and to provide relief in emergencies.
The Programme Director (PD) is a key member of CARE Kenya s Senior Management Team and is responsible along with the Country Director (CD) and Assistant Country Director Programme Support, for maintaining good working relationships with host government officials, donors and other partners. S/he may be required to act as the Country Director when the CD is out of the country. This position is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Programme Director will lead strategic programme planning to promote a programme approach that builds synergy between various relief and development initiatives which support a specified impact group to overcome poverty and social injustice. In addition, the PD will help to mobilise resources and funding to ensure the country office responds effectively to drought/floods and other emergencies in Kenya.

The PD is responsible for overseeing the development of coherent programme strategies to promote the empowerment of women and girls. Current community-based activities that build the resilience of pastoralists to drought, provide care and maintenance to refugees, mobilize GS&L, and support people living with HIV AIDS, promote adaption to climate change, market engagement in livestock and small holder agriculture, disaster risk reduction, and AIDS prevention within a complex political, economic environment in Kenya. The Programme Director manages a team of professionals focused on the design, funding, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of multi-donor, multi-sector programmes that should effectively address the underlying causes of poverty, by improving livelihood security, promoting social equity, and creating an enabling environment for beneficiaries in line with CARE s Programming Principles.

The PD will directly oversee all projects being carried out in the field to ensure high quality implementation, compliance with donor and contract requirements and best practices. Therefore, the PD must also ensure that systems and people are in place to ensure the effective management of projects and programmes.

The Programme Director (PD) working closely with, and is supported by the IO and IP units at CARE Canada and will liaise with the Programme Quality Unit in ECSARO, as well as with interested CARE International members (CARE UK, CARE USA units, CARE Deutschland etc).
The Programme Director will work closely with, and will be supported by, the programme units at CARE Canada and colleagues in the East Central Southern Africa Regional Office (ECSARO) as well as by other CARE International members who work with CARE Kenya. The PD is expected to form close relationships with all CI members to enhance CARE Kenya s profile as a preferred Country Office to work with. This will require the PD to give evidence of excellent performance.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS

1. Program management, strategy and emergency response

Assist the Country Director in leading the development and implementation of overall program strategy.Overall responsible effective programmatic and financial management of CARE Kenya programs through effective project cycle management.Ensure timely submission of accurate, comprehensive, and high quality, project narrative (and financial) reports in line with agency and donor guidelines.Encourage a culture of learning and innovation, ensuring that all projects capture and document lessons learned and best practices.Ensure that CARE programmes and projects are managed in a manner which achieves stated goals and objectives, is in line with CARE policies and procedures and donor rules and regulations, and demonstrate sound resource management.Monitor the CO programs and projects to ensure that they are implemented in a professional manner in line with the project proposal and with donor rules and regulations through project visits and the review of annual implementation plans and activity reports. 

2. Resource Mobilization & Business Development

The Country Office is currently pursuing an aggressive resource mobilization strategy. The Programme Director will track business opportunities for new projects and programmes.The PD will promote strategic relationships with CARE International (CI), donors of all types, CSO partners and the Government of Kenya.The PD will inspire innovative ideas from programme and project staff through regular programme meetings and open discussions and capture ideas from staff in the field.In addition, the PD will seek and foster new donors, and will be expected to liaise and maintain positive relations with current donors.The PD is responsible for monitoring pipeline development and ensuring that the pursuit of funding opportunities and proposal development is in line with program strategy.

3. Knowledge Management & Learning

The Programme Director will encourage project Managers and Staff to engage with their project work as part of the Knowledge Management and Learning Framework where accountability, gender transformation and resilience will be among the markers of change and impact. The PD will foster communication between projects and programmes and inject a spirit of unity across the CO programme teams.Key programme and project staff with the responsibility for M&E will be clearly directed on how to contribute to PIIRs, and other key target data bases for measuring impact and reach, and ensure that PIIRs data is captured, documented and sent to CARE International in a timely manner each year.
4. Financial Management
The Programme Director will coordinate closely with the Assistant Country Director Program Support and the Finance Manager to ensure that programme and project staff understand the Country Office Finance policies and any CARE International finance directions such as the CI Shared Programme Costs (SPC) Policy as well as understanding the concept of the Direct Programme Costs (DCP). Project budgets are expected to be managed tightly and responsibly to avoid losses and/or underspending.

5. External Relations & Partnerships

Develop and enhance relationships between the CO and other parts of CARE and external organizations so that CARE can maximize its impact on poverty and social justice.Establish and maintain good relationships with relevant counterparts/departments of the government, CI members, the locally-represented multi/bi-lateral donors, foundations, international and national NGOs, CBOs and other civil society organizations.Ensure timely reporting and communications with CI members, donors, government and other key actors.Ensure cordial media relations and act as CARE spokesperson as required. 

6. Staff Management

Provide proper supervision and management for all direct reports and lead the establishment and functioning of a strong, effective and coordinated programme team.Ensure the proper implementation of CARE's performance management system for direct reports, including job description and IOP development, regular feedback, mid-term reviews and annual performance appraisals.Proactively address performance issues through regular, constructive and honest feedback and coaching, as well as disciplinary actions.Identify necessary staff development, career development and succession planning strategies for direct reports.The PD is responsible for determining staffing levels and composition within the Program Division of the CO.

AUTHORITY/DECISION MAKING
The Programme Director is one of the senior CARE representatives in Kenya and as such is responsible for problem solving at a variety of levels. S/he will need to be able to analyse and resolve situations as they arise on a variety of subjects ranging from programming decisions to issues related to government and donor relations.

1. Signing AuthorityCAD $150,000
2. Supervision;Supervises Sector Managers, Program Managers, Program Quality & M&E Manager
3. Decision Making:Makes important decisions under general policies and procedures which have a broad impact on the normal operations of the organization. Independent action is required, although intended actions may be checked with other members of the organization

CONTACT/KEY RELATIONSHIPS

CI Learning and Technical UnitsACD PS/SupportUnit HeadsGovernment OfficialsDonors
WORKING CONDITIONS
The position is based in Nairobi but with regular visits/support to the Sub offices. Travel will constitute about 30% of the time.

QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES
Required:Bachelors Degree in related field

Desired:Masters Degree in related field

EXPERIENCE
Required:5 years in senior management position in relief/development field.
Desired:8 years in a senior management position in relief/development field including 2 years experience in coordinating programmes in SEAD and/or water/sanitation, health/nutrition/AIDS.
TECHNICAL SKILLS
Required:
a) Programme Management

Demonstrated experience in leading strategic and operational planningExtensive conceptual skills including development of programme strategyAdvance writing skills in EnglishDemonstrated experience in budget development and programme design (including concept preparation and proposal development), implementation and evaluation.Significant Experience in and rapid and slow onset emergency response and refugee programming.

b) People/Relationship Management

Demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills

Ability and interest to coach and develop staffExperience with the management of a diverse workforceStrong representation and negotiation skillsDemonstrated cross cultural communication skills

c) Financial Management

Knowledge and experience with financial management as demonstrated by:

Ability to manage a complex budgetDonor compliance and reporting

d) Information/Knowledge Management

Ability to establish a learning culture within the CO

e) External Relationships/Fundraising

Experience in successfully managing institutional partnerships with national and international NGOsExperience in establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with donors and government counterparts.

Desired

Experience and knowledge of operationalizing a rights-based approach.Experience and knowledge of livelihood security frameworkExperience in programme design and oversight in SEAD, water/sanitation, or health/nutrition/AIDS sectorsDemonstrated experience with proposal development with range of international donors (i.e. USAID, EU, ECHO, DFID, CIDA, UNHCR, WFP .)Experience and knowledge working with People-Soft financial systemExperience and skills in organizational change processes.

COMPETENCIES

Stress ManagementNegotiation skillsAdaptabilityBuilding PartnershipsCoachingCommunicating with ImpactDelegating ResponsibilityFacilitating ChangePolitical AcumenStrategic Decision MakingEmotional Intelligence
How to apply:

To apply, please click on the link below

https://jobs.smartrecruiters.com/CAREInternationalInKenya/743999691556554-programme-director-ref-pd-07-2019

For the detailed job descriptions and how to apply, please visit our careers page at; www.care.or.ke

Deadline: 25thJuly, 2019.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

CARE is an equal opportunity employer and promotes gender equity. Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

CARE does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. Qualified Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.CARE has a commitment to gender, equity and diversity in our workplace and operations. CARE respects and values diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, gender identity, sexuality, ethnicity, age, disability, religion or politics.

This is reflected in our recruitment decisions which are made entirely through a transparent, merit-based selection process. All CARE staffs are required to comply with the Code of Conduct, Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) and Child Protection (CP) policies. CARE is committed to protecting the rights of the communities whom we serve, and therefore reserves the right to conduct background checks and other screening procedures to ensure a safe, dignified work environment.

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