WUSC Senior Program Coordinator - Strengthening Economic Opportunities for Refugees Jobs in Kenya

WUSC Senior Program Coordinator - Strengthening Economic Opportunities for Refugees Jobs in Kenya

Job Role

  • Under the supervision of the Nairobi-based DREEM Director, the Senior Program Coordinator (SEOR) will work closely and in collaboration with the WUSC team in Kenya, the WUSC Advisory Team based in Canada and the Mastercard Foundation team.


    ● Provide leadership and technical advice in implementing all components of the DREEM Program that relate to the SEOR Pillar. Work closely in collaboration with the “Learning through Education and Access to Skills for Employment” Project (the LEAP Project) staff, and the DREEM program staff working on Pillars A and B;

    ● Contribute to the design and implementation of the SEOR program in a manner that is complementary with the LEAP Project and that advances the objective of creating employment opportunities for refugees and displaced youth;

    ● Identify, recruit, and collaborate with experienced market systems consultants to carry out an entrepreneurship scoping study and also conduct a digital economy feasibility study with a focus on refugees and displaced youth in Kakuma and Kalobeyei;

    ● Identify and build relationships with potential local job creators in Kakuma and Kalobeyei, including refugee entrepreneurs, refugees led organizations and business development service providers;

    ● Identify and engage with a local digital skills partner and build their capacity to develop a network of 5-7 small refugee-owned ICT businesses and/or community-based initiatives to facilitate training for online freelance job opportunities and work from to earn income from gig economy;

    ● Collaborate with the DREEM team and with an identified local business development service provider to design and deliver an innovation competition for refugee-led businesses and local job creators, and to design a business incubation model that is scalable and sustainable to support the innovation competition winners;

    ● Build the capacity of a local business development service provider to foster business incubation hubs where selected refugee-led business will access business development support services including entrepreneurship training, mentorship, coaching and access to finance;

    ● Use the market systems approach to build strong strategic networks with ecosystem actors including the county government, investors, private sectors, TVET institutions, local community, UNHCR, business community and financial service providers;

    ● Adopt a gender-responsive approach throughout the project to address gendered barriers, enhance
    women’s participation, and improve women’s employment outcomes;

    ● Responsible for managing the SEOR component to budget and work plan;

    ● Supervises the SEOR Grants Officer;

    ● Responsible for working with local partners to ensure integration of intersectional and gender analysis across the program;

    ● Identifies promising practices and ways to share learning across the network;

    ● Manages external consultants.


  • Msc Local Economic Development, Development Economics, Entrepreneurship, MBA or a related field

    Experience & Competencies

  • The ideal applicant will combine technical expertise in one or more of DREEM’s sectors (durable solutions for refugees, vocational and technical training, support to entrepreneurs and businesses, market systems), a familiarity with the East African refugee context, a strategic and analytical mindset, excellent listening and interpersonal skills, and an ability to get things done.

    Specific Competencies:

    ● Experience in the management of business competitions;

    ● Experience in collaboration with refugee-owned businesses to enhance the ecosystem of refugee-led businesses;

    ● Employment linkages especially on the gig economy for refugees and displaced youth will be an added advantage;

    ● Experience in implementing and managing grants/loans to small businesses will be an added advantage;

    ● Demonstrated experience in and commitment to working in teams across lines of business;

    ● Experience working on projects focused on young refugee women will be an added advantage;

    ● Demonstrated experience in working with vulnerable youth, particularly women and youth with disabilities.

    Other Requirements

    ● The role will require regular travel (up to 20%) to field sites in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kalobeyei Settlement, and nearby communities in northern Turkana, as well as occasional international travel for conferences, workshops and meetings;

    ● Ability to work a flexible schedule.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; WUSC Senior Program Coordinator - Strengthening Economic Opportunities for Refugees Jobs in Kenya

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