2011 NGO jobs in Kenya- Project Director IRC

About IRC
Since its inception in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has been a global leader in emergency response and providing durable solutions for conflict- and crisis-affected populations. The IRC launched conflict mitigation and peace building initiatives in Kenya in the immediate aftermath of the post-election crisis, and has in addition initiated activities that support cross border conflict management and peace building in the northern part of Kenya (Turkana and Pokot) and Karamoja region in Uganda. 
IRC is currently preparing a proposal in response to a USAID/DCHA/CMM request for applications to support a people to people approach on conflict mitigation to deal with potential conflict emanating from upcoming and ongoing political processes and events in Kenya including the ICC process, the implementation of the new constitution and the upcoming general elections in 2012. The Project Director will be responsible for overall project management, supervision, administration, and implementation of project objectives including granting and procurement activities. Additionally, the Project Director will be the overall lead for the project, ensuring programmatic quality and adherence to best practice throughout project implementation.

*Position is contingent upon award of contract.

  • Provide overall direction and planning and management of project, including technical, financial and administrative oversight
  • Oversee all sub-granting procurement activities
  • Manage project staff members based both within IRC and with project partners to ensure work plans are followed
  • Lead advocacy efforts for policy and legislative changes relating to peace building and conflict management
  • Supervise sub-grantee performance and implementation
  • Establish and maintain systems for monitoring and evaluating project operations throughout the project time span.
  • Ensure that all cooperative agreement deadlines are met and targets achieved according to grant specifications and program work plans
  • Maintain working relationships with partners and donors to enhance program integration and implementation
  • Oversee the preparation and submission of high quality progress and financial reports to the donor
  • Representational duties with USAID, Kenyan government and other stakeholders
  • Participate in working group meetings, and other coordination mechanisms, at both the local, district, and national level
  • Master’s Degree or higher in social work (MSW), humanities, international affairs, other related field
  • Minimum of five-seven years of professional experience in a leadership role implementing and overseeing complex programs in a humanitarian or development context
  • Experience in conflict, leadership, and peace programming at the local and national level
  • Knowledge and or experience with a people to people approach to peace building is a must
  • Exceptional gender, GBV, leadership, and other sector-specific technical skills and knowledge
  • Experience working and coordinating with government bodies and local actors in a complex and changing environment
  • Experience managing US Government-funded projects is highly desired
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in complex program design and monitoring
  • Strong analytical and strategic planning and implementation skills
  • Ability and interest to work with a diverse and multicultural team in a respectful and culturally appropriate manner
  • Fluency in spoken and written English, Swahili a plus


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About Me

10 years experience enhancing donor-funded partner organizations’ capacities in strategic planning, financial, administrative, organizational and programming management. Skilled in donor partner organizational assessments and partner capacity building. A 10 years experience in managing development donor-funded projects in the thematic areas of poverty-reduction, governance and democracy, conflict transformation and integration of Gender, Justice and Peace issues into mainstream programs (HIV/AIDS, Agriculture, Water and Sanitation, Emergency)

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