Terre des hommes Head of Programs - Jobs in Kenya

Terre des hommes Head of Programs - Jobs in Kenya

The Head of Program ensures the supervision of operational aspects of the delegation’s programmes on a day-to-day basis.

S/He guarantees the effective, efficient implementation of all activities from a comprehensive project cycle management perspective (identification of needs, proposal making, planning, implementation, monitoring, reporting and communication).

S/He supports the Country Representative in representation activities linked to programs.

He/she will conduct his or her duties in respect of the Charter of the Tdh Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.


  • Ensures that project teams are on time, on budget and on target and steers the appropriate processes to this end, as per the organization’s standards and procedures.
  • Identifies problems and issues on the ground and proposes solutions that he/she implements and follows through.
  • Ultimate budget holder for projects; as such he/she is responsible for monitoring project budgets reporting on any issues to the SMT and introducing corrective action where necessary.
  • Steers organisational readiness to respond to emergencies in line with Tdh approaches and systems
  • Ensures that projects deliver programming to beneficiaries that is according to Tdh’s mandate and that brings sustainable and positive change to the lives of children.
  • Avails of the monitoring tools and resources to this end.
  • Collaborates with technical experts in and out of the country office to analyse the quality of approaches, to learn from practice and to implement lessons from these learnings.
  • Ensures that project performance is reflected in Tdh in Kenya being the go-to organization in health and nutrition for children in the ASALs, and child protection for refugees and slums dwellers. and child rights.
  • Takes responsibility for organizing donor and HQ visits to the concerned projects
  • Nurtures functioning interrelations whilst making optimal use of resources
  • Support the smooth management of the grant management cycle
  • Takes ultimate responsibility for donor and HQ dialogue with respect to grants
  • Ensures full compliance with grant rules and procedures and coordinates with support services for input.
  • As a member of the senior management team; participates in collective decision making regarding strategy, structure and management of resources, business development (including proposal development), quality, accountability.
  • He/she brings a project perspective to the decision making forum.
  • Fosters a culture of growth and change for bigger and quality impact on the lives of the most deprived children of Kenya.
  • Resource Mobilisation and donor influence
    Oversees the development and implementation of Tdh Kenya fundraising strategy that aligns with the delegation’s capacity, needs and with donor priorities
  • Actively identifies new opportunities, tracks new opportunities, steers the go/no go and retro planning for proposals
  • Understands and influences donor funding priorities and manages the strategic analysis of the donor and member landscape
  • Develops material to increase visibility and technical legitimacy
  • Liaise with HQ to determine opportunities, support global donor relationship management
  • Prepositions concept note to influence donors
    Proposal development
  • Keeps her/himself informed of context and needs through discussions with stakeholders, reads project reports and evaluations, carries out field
  • visits to be kept informed of Tdh’s work
  • Assesses risk and value for money of the opportunities
  • Plans the proposal development (develops the retro-plan and holds teams accountable to delivering on time)
  • Steers project design (problem and needs analysis, results and logical framework, management plan, staffing, budget and other resources, exit strategy, etc.)
  • Writes and packages the proposal for donor submission (narrative and logframe, costing and budget notes) based on inputs from other departments
  • Liaises with HQ throughout the proposal development process
  • Ensure on-going, accurate data collection and meaningful analyses with regular dissemination of strategic information to SMT and QMM to drive learning and improve program quality
  • Ensure high quality evaluations are resourced and conducted to demonstrate outcomes and impact
  • Ensure accountability mechanisms for all projects and that identified actions are resolved, with critical issues escalated to senior management
  • Participate in project kick-offs and close-outs for significant awards to ensure effective strategic direction, establishment of quality
    standards and dissemination of learning
  • Ensure the research, evaluation and policy work of the delegation contributes to generation of evidences for sound decision making and policy influencing within and outside the delegation and development and implementation of impactful and innovative programmes for children
  • Manage project managers ; define expectations, provide leadership and technical support as needed, and evaluate direct reports regularly, mitigate conflicts internally and externally
  • Ensure the recruitment, training, and promotion of staff as appropriate and ensure availability of appropriate professional development opportunities for staff.

  • Obligatory: Ability to write fluently in English and French without requiring third party proof reading
  • Robust experience of program cycle management including in emergencies
  • Substantial experience and knowledge of effective financial and budgetary control and managing grants from major institutional donors
  • Proven history of delivering results and solving problems
  • Experience in more than one of Tdh’s thematic sectors: child protection, health and nutrition, emergencies
  • Experience managing teams for resource mobilisation and submitting proposals including large proposals in a wide range of thematic areas
  • Experience working with high level government agencies and academics on issues related to children
  • Strong skills and proven experience in new business development, project design, and donor proposal design with corporate, foundations and institutional donors
  • Strong skills and proven experience in developing and managing monitoring, evaluation and learning systems
  • Strong commitment to support/develop capacity of national staff and developing second layer of leadership and motivate others;
  • Proven ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program activities;
  • Self-awareness and critical thinking
    Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Tdh’s values
  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team. Future orientated, thinks strategically, appetite for change, reluctant to maintain ‘business as usual’
  • High level of self-awareness and willingness to take criticism as an opportunity for growth and self-development
  • Ability to plan and manage time, multi-task and delegate
  • Context Terre des hommes Foundation (Tdh) is the leading Swiss child relief organization, based in Lausanne (Switzerland). Every year our projects support more than 2 million children (3 million in 2016) and their families in over 35 countries.
  • We are part of the Terre des hommes International Federation (TDHIF), with 9 other sister organizations in Switzerland, Europe and Canada.
  • Tdh has been active in Kenya since 2011 in Dadaab refugee camp (child protection) , the arid county of Garissa (nutrition) and the ultra-poor slums of Nairobi (integrated child protection).
  • The delegation is run by the humanitarian department owing to the nature of activities. In June 2018, the organization initiated a reflection to reorient activities to also address development needs around child protection services as the gap in support is significant.
  • Humanitarian needs are very present due to the situation at Kenya’s borders, the country’s difficulty in tackling natural disasters and the risk of terrorism.
  • There have been encouraging funding opportunities and if they materialize this will lead to multi-year projects on access to justice and early childhood development.
  • There are many other untapped opportunities in the tech and social enterprise sector.
  • The delegation is facing a number of challenges that include staff turn around, complex local politics and interference, uncertain and changing humanitarian agenda, challenge in finding technical and operational skills that match our ambitions.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 20th July 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; Terre des hommes Head of Programs - Jobs in Kenya
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