Islamic Relief Kenya Project Officer Jobs in Kenya

Islamic Relief Kenya Project Officer Jobs in Kenya

Background Information

  • Established in 1984 in the UK, Islamic Relief is an international NGO seeking to promote sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities through relief and development activities regardless of race, color and religion, and without expecting anything in return.

  • IR started operations in Kenya in 1993 on orphan’s sponsorship programme through a local CBO in Mandera District, Northern Kenya. It opened its fully fledged office in March in 2006 at the height of drought in the Horn of Africa. Since then, IR has been providing humanitarian and development assistance to vulnerable communities.

  • Over these years it has implemented various development and relief activities in Mandera. This has remarkably changed the lives of the vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. In January 2010, IRK extended its operation to Wajir County, neighbouring Mandera, in January 2012 expanded to Garissa and Dadaab, and in October 2017 opened a programme office in Kilifi County.

  • Islamic Relief Kenya is currently focusing on three major themes: Sustainable Community Empowerment, Food security and livelihoods, Disaster Risk reduction (DRR); and Inclusive and protection

  • The orphan families economic strengthening Project is an economic empowerment project that will be implemented using evidence- based best practices and it will focus on 500 orphans and their households for financial inclusion. The project envisions to transform these ultra-poor households from local communities through provision of seed money to start small businesses scale and create alternative economic opportunity that will elevate them from poverty index.

  • The project will target the existing beneficiaries under Orphan Sponsorship Programme (OSP) by forming a vibrant beneficiary’s self-help groups and training them on entrepreneurship skills and supporting them with capital to back-up their business ideas.

  • Islamic Relief Kenya in pursuit to support and strengthen its operations, seeks to employ motivated, hardworking, and pro-active individuals to fill in the following position.

    Scope of the Role:

  • The Project officer will take the overall responsibility for the implementation of the orphans Empowerment in Mandera County. The position holder will be working closely and in collaboration with respective technical team at the country office to enhance the quality of implementation of program initiatives undertaken by IRK and local partners.

    Specific Responsibilities:

  • The responsibilities of the project officer include, but not limited to the following:

    Project design and development

  • Support in identification of projects needs in the target County.

  • Support field project manager in the development of projects concepts and proposals.

  • Support in identification of better project implementation strategies

    Program design and Implementation

  • Take full responsibility in planning and implementation of the Orphans Empowerment project in the target County.

  • Carry out project beneficiary identification through a consultative community process.

  • Ensure that the referral systems are efficient and effective.

  • Work with partners to identify orphans, assess the orphans identified and provide basic package of services to orphans, sibling and caretakers.

  • Monitor, mentor and provide supportive supervision to orphans and their caretakers.

  • Mainstream crosscutting issues, among them, child protection in the project.

  • Responsible for accurate narrative reporting against agreed objectives and results frameworks.

  • Participate in and contribute to quarterly and other scheduled Programme performance review meetings.

  • Participate
    in the research survey by IRK or collaborates by collecting, analyzing, and submitting relevant data and reports.

  • Ensure project beneficiaries are aware of IRK complaint and response mechanisms.

  • Management of project budget and expenditure to avoid over or under expenditure.

    Monitoring, Documentation, Communications, and reporting.

  • Ensure that the project target achievement is in line with the implementation plan; log frame milestones and the budget burn rate are up to date with the planned cash flow.

  • Contribute to development of project implementation tools including implementation manual, Detailed Implementation Plans (DIPs), M&E Plans, Procurement Plans, Communication plan, weekly/monthly work plans as may be necessary.

  • Document community and stakeholders’ feedback and share with relevant stakeholders for appropriate action.

  • Ensure timely submission of project reports as per IR and Donor requirements.

  • Conduct timely documentation of project progress through case studies, stories, photos, videos, lessons learnt, among others.

  • Support in regular monitoring of project implementation at local level.

  • Contribute to the implementation of an effective Programme and project monitoring and evaluation system.

  • Ensure compliance with the requirements of the IRK’s M&E System, Core humanitarian Standard (CHS) and other relevant policies.

    Coordination, Relationship building and Advocacy.

  • Develop relationships with local community members, local organizations, and relevant government departments to ensure the smooth implementation of project.

  • Maintain positive coordination and relationships with partner and Contribute to a positive team spirit among all IRK staff.

  • Represent the IRK in community and government meetings as required and maintain positive relationship with Community leaders, Local community structures and relevant government department.


  • Bachelor’s degree in social science, development studies, project management or related fields.

  • Minimum of at least for three years’ experience in working on empowerment projects, peace building project, governance issues with civil society.

  • Experience in projects planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and learning.

  • Knowledge of the key issues and trends in women empowerment and gender equality.

  • Past work experience with the similar geographical context is desirable.

  • Ability to work independently as a part of a team to implement the project.

  • Proven analytical skills and ability to think strategically.

  • Fluency in English – written and verbal.

  • Experience in field data analysis packages e.g., excel.

  • Effective IT Skills (Microsoft Office).

  • Planning, narrative, and financial reporting skills.

  • Communication, tact, and negotiation skills.


  • Knowledge of local dialect

    How to apply

  • Please send us your cover letter and detailed CV, including your qualifications, experience, names and addresses of three referees, a working e-mail address and daytime telephone contacts. The forwarding e-mail and cover letter must clearly indicate the position title on the subject line. Send your application to

  • by Friday 3rd September 2021. Please note that this is an urgent recruitment, shortlisting will be done on a rolling basis.

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