Islamic Relief Microfinance Coordinator Jobs in Kenya

Islamic Relief Microfinance Coordinator Jobs in Kenya


Organization Description:

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.

IR started operations in Kenya in 1993 on one to one orphans 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

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 Garrissa and Dadaab, and in October 2017 opened programme office in Kilifi County.

As part of building community resilience (Economic Strengthening), IRK has since 2009
been promoting a Sharia Micro-Finance Programme/unit; initially with the prime
objective of empowering disadvantaged but
economically active women i in North Eastern Kenya to meet their basic needs and improve their livelihoods.

The programme has since expanded to other areas, and is currently being piloted in Kajiado County.

The programme targets women and men entrepreneurs with on-going business activities that require capital to fund growth and those who have developed realistic income generating
ideas but are unable to access capital from the formal financial sector.

Overall Purpose

  • The Micro Finance Coordinator will be responsible for providing strategic Leadership
    and Management of the Sharia Micro Finance programme and other related activities in
    accordance with policies and procedures established by the Islamic Relief management.
  • She/He will proactively participate in the strategic development and delivery of Shalia
    Micro Finance Programme for socio-economic empowerment of the targeted clients in
    accordance with IRK’s strategic plan.
  • The post holder is also expected to lead in product development and promotion, provide capacity building and technical assistance to staff,
    stakeholders and the beneficiaries in micro enterprise, provide leadership in proposal
    development and, organize the conduction of specialized skill trainings on various
    identified thematic topics.
  • The Coordinator monitors progress and provide feedback of ongoing activities to the management, proposing adjustments in annual implementation
    plans according to emerging community needs and priorities. Also She/He is expected to
    ensure that proper reporting and monitoring system is in place.

    Key Responsibilities

    The work to be accomplished shall consist of the following:

    Programme strategy and Planning (10%)

  • Provide leadership in developing/ reviewing/updating of IRK’s Sharia MicroFinance Strategy, in line with Global Strategy, Country Strategy and Annual Business Plans.
  • Provide leadership in developing/ updating programme guidelines/policies and frameworks in line with the Government ( Sharia) Micro Finance
    Framework; including adherence to global and National Standards relating to the programme
  • Provide Leadership in programme Research and product Development

    Programme development & Resource Acquisition (25%)

  • Ensure development approaches for a self-sustaining sharia micro finance programme.
  • Ensure that the MIS is updated and Portfolio at Risk (PAR) is maintained at an acceptable level.
  • Ensure that Client needs are anticipated and met through provision of appropriate products and services via the most suitable channel.
  • Conduct a needs analysis to identify Client needs effectively when opening new accounts or giving product advice.
  • Provide regular technical support/Backstopping/supervision during
    programme/projects Delivery processes
  • Support programme/Project reviews - drawing key recommendations, lessons, best practices, technical advances etc.
  • Provide
    support in development of third party programme delivery
    engagement plans & Tool such as MOUs, Agreements, TORs,

    Networking and Partnership Development (15%)

  • Active participation and engagement in and with donors (institutional, UN & IPs) meeting, briefing session, Funding Information Sessions.
  • Establish and sustain effective relationship with the Government (National & Counties) and other NGOs for coordination, compliance with regulations & policies and synergy building.
  • Represent IRK at all relevant technical forums, Clusters, Workshops and Meetings and contribute to technical interactions and discussions on the same.

    Coordination and collaboration with Support Services Team (5% )

  • Jointly work with procurement unit to generate/update precise project procurement Plans at inception and follow its (Plan) implementation.
  • Work with procurement unit and Committee to support and provide required technical support during procurement processes of the project activities and interventions relation to the programme
  • Work with Finance Unit on project budgets planning, Budget Monitoring/Controls, Risk mapping, and reporting, Audits ( Internal &
    external), related financial accounting
  • Work with HR Unit to Assess the human resources requirements for the programme, skills expected of staff at different levels in hierarchy and assist the Human Resource department in programme staff Management and development
  • Work with Communication Unit to provide and generate high quality programme communication materials including documentation of programme
  • Fulfil any additional assignment as deem necessary by the organization and/or as
    assigned by Line manager

    Person Specification

    Education, Qualification and Language

  • Post Graduate degree in (Sharia) Micro Finance, ( Islamic) Banking or related course
  • Professional course(s) in Sharia/Islamic Micro-finance from approved institutions.
  • Certifications by the relevant Sharia/Islamic Financing institutions
  • Fluency in English – written and verbal

    Essential Knowledge, skills and Experience

  • Minimum of at least for five years’ Experience in managing Sharia Micro Finance programme in similar contexts.
  • Strong computer skills (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access, MS Power Point, MS Project, SPSS).
  • Experience in sharia Micro finance programme design and management
  • Good managerial and leadership skills, ability to work effectively with people
  • Be able versed with the GAP, FACT and BASIS procedures
  • Ability to work on your own initiative as well as a part of a team.
  • Proven analytical skills and ability to think strategically.
  • Excellent Planning, narrative and financial reporting skills.
  • Communication, tact and negotiation skills.
  • Conceptual understanding of participatory approach and Economic Strengthening Programmes


  • Experience of working in North Eastern Kenya and other ASAL areas
  • Knowledge of local language- Kiswahili & Somali
  • Willing to travel to the remote areas of Northern & North Eastern Kenya
  • Sympathetic with aims, values & objectives of Islamic Relief.

    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 14th January, 2019.
  • Please note that this is an urgent recruitment shortlisting will be done on a rolling basis.

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