Jesuit Refugee Service Country Programmes Officer Jobs in Kenya

Jesuit Refugee Service Country Programmes Officer Jobs in Kenya

Organisational Context

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is ministry of the Society of Jesus, incorporated as an international non-governmental organisation with a mission to accompany, serve, and advocate for the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people.

The organisation was founded in November 1980 and now has a presence in over 50 countries. JRS undertakes services at national and regional levels with the support and guidance of an international office (IO) in Rome.

JRS service is human and spiritual, working in situations of greatest need, seeking the long-term well-being of refugees and displaced people while not neglecting their immediate or urgent needs.

The main services provided are in the field of education, emergency assistance, and psychosocial support and livelihood activities. Currently, more than 724,000 individuals are direct beneficiaries of JRS projects.

Key Responsibilities

  • In consultation with the Country Director and relevant stakeholders, to analyze regularly the unmet needs of refugees and other populations of concern and to suggest new initiatives to the Country Director;
  • Through a consultative process within the country and field visits, to assist in the development of strategies, methodologies, contingency plans that respond to new and emerging challenges for the country;
  • To assist in and provide inputs developing the country operations plan, aligned with the global strategic framework and priorities and regional priorities as well as with annual programming/planning instructions;
  • With the Country and Project Directors, to be responsible for the planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of JRS projects within the country;
  • To plan and conduct annual needs assessments for each project site, according to JRS standards and guidelines;
  • In consultation with the Country Director and in collaboration with the Project Directors, to set methodologies, timetables and resources for project evaluations;
  • To produce project proposals and reports according to JRS standards and donor-related requirements (funding proposal / reports) in collaboration with the Country Director and Regional Programmes Officer;
  • To carry out frequent project visits to monitor and evaluate the activities to ensure timely and quality implementation according to the JRS vision and mission, standards and guidelines and donor specific requirements, and provide feedback to the field;
  • To frequently travel to the field, to train and update Project Directors and other key field staff (i.e. coordinators) in project writing, management, compliance, monitoring and evaluation according to JRS’ standards and guidelines as well as suggesting improvements of planning, programming implementation and current processes;
  • To ensure project learning is generated and documented, and shared within the JRS network;
  • To liaise with country, regional, and international technical support officers as needed to ensure relevancy and quality of activities.
  • When requested, to represent JRS Kenya in international meetings, including JRS IO annual Country Director meetings;
  • To communicate regularly with the Regional Programmes Officer and with the IO Desk Officer in the Programmes and Innovation Department informing them on all major issues and developments in programming within the country.
  • To maintain close working relations and attend meetings with JRS’s partner agencies, as well as with other international humanitarian/development organisations including UNHCR, funding agencies and Church bodies;
  • To support the organizational fundraising actions by maintaining regular contact, including meetings with donor representatives and by submitting project funding proposals and managing donor reporting;
  • In close collaboration with the Country Director, to negotiate funding or partnership agreements;
  • To attend cluster and other relevant coordination meetings;

    Qualifications and Experience:
  • Advanced University degree, preferably in Project Management, Finance, Business Administration, or equivalent;
  • At least five(5) years of experience working with NGOs proposal and reports writing, project evaluation and monitoring;
  • Professional experience in a similar capacity with
    international, non-profit organizations;
  • Knowledge of and experience with strategic framework, log frames, etc.

  • Excellent proficiency in written and verbal English; a professional working knowledge of a language spoken in the country is desirable.

    Required Skills and competencies
  • Excellent project management skills with experience in managing and supervising projects;
  • Excellent knowledge of the project cycle and logical framework approach;
  • Possess good knowledge of planning and strategizing financial and budgeting issues;
  • Experience with basic financial management skills including developing and monitoring budgets and financial reporting;
  • Ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines and produce quality results on time with attention to detail;
  • Proficient in using computers with related knowledge of software programs and Internet;
  • Self-direction, creativity, and follow up skills to ensure work is accurate and deadlines are met;
  • Ability to prioritize and manage several tasks in a fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and promote effective teamwork;
  • Strong ability to work under pressure;
  • Strong management, analytical and interpersonal skills;
  • Good organizational skills and high attention to detail;
  • Ability to work with and maintain good relationships with multiple stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated experience in working in developing countries is highly desirable;
  • Willingness to work and travel to refugee settings in challenging environment
  • Ability to perform in cross-functional team approach and job responsibilities;
  • Good understanding of the organization's overall business and its objectives;
  • Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills;
  • Ability to work within a team and provide support to colleagues;
  • Willingness to work and travel to refugee settings in challenging environments.

    Required Core values
  • Good understanding of and compatibility with the values of JRS;
  • Commitment to JRS’s mission, vision and values; the ability to convey with enthusiasm JRS’s role in accompanying and serving forcibly displaced people and to advocate for their right to protection and a life in dignity;
  • High integrity, honesty and confidentiality; ability to deal tactfully and discreetly with people, situations and information;
  • Acceptance of diversity and inclusion as a core value.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 15th July 2019
  • Contract is for three (1) one renewable, with an initial probation period of one (3) three months.
  • The JRS remuneration policy is aligned with the JRS ethos to offer effective and professional services and at the same time to express solidarity with people served.
  • The salary is calculated with the use of a post-adjustment multiplier and takes into account years of relevant experience and the degree of responsibility in the role.
  • Details will be discussed with short-listed candidates.
  • All applicants are requested to submit the following documents through the following link:
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English, including three (3) professional references with contact information, phone and email address.
  • A cover letter focusing on the candidate's desire and motivation to work for JRS and how her/his qualifications and experience meet the requirements for this position.
  • Deadline: until the position is filled. Screening of applicants will begin immediately, and interviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • Thank you for your interest in joining JRS.
  • For more information and job application details, see; Jesuit Refugee Service Country Programmes Officer Jobs in Kenya

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