Regional Coordinator Kenya and Somalia

Closing date: 30/03/2021

Starting date: June 2021

Contract duration: 1 year with possibility to renew

Duty station: Nairobi, Kenya with frequent travels to all project’s area

Report to: Desk HQ

CEFA – the European Committee for Training and Agriculture (Comitato Europeo per la Formazione e l’Agricoltura) is an Italian NGO, which was established in 1972 and is currently active in 10 countries across Africa, Latin America and Europe. CEFA lays its foundation on the principles of solidarity and cooperation between the different regions of the world in the name of Justice, Human rights and peace. CEFA believes in the development of communities and local institutions, aiming to improve families’ living conditions and communities’ economies through capacity building, awareness raising and advocacy for the protection of vulnerable person’s and their fundamental human rights.

Objectives and general characteristics of the position:

  1. (S)he is represents the Organization in the countries of assignment and is responsible for the strategic planning, management and implementation of the country programs on the basis of defined strategies and indications.
  2. (S)he manages and coordinates the operations, security, human and financial resources in the region.

Detailed assignments: 

(S)he is responsible to:

  1. Establish and maintain collaborative relations with Local Authorities and Institutions, Donors, International Agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders.
  2. Follow up, guarantee and monitor government recognition procedures for the organization in compliance with the host country formalities.
  3. Monitor donor’s priorities and intervention strategies in the country as well as to map and approach new donors.
  4. Supervise, monitor and evaluate the implementation of the country operations – and all related administrative, financial, human resources, logistics and security aspects – ensuring timely and quality assistance delivery, as well as cost efficiency and accountability, in compliance with CEFA and donors guidelines, regulations and procedures.

Duties and Responsibilities:

(S)he is responsible to:

  1. Define country priorities based on context and needs analysis; monitor donor intervention strategies in the country; design, promote and elaborate new intervention.
  2. Assess, promote and submit new projects, following the procedures defined and promoting a spirit of participation among beneficiaries at all management stages, ensuring the transparency of the intervention.
  3. Continuously assess, analyze and evaluate the impact of the country operations, also through periodic visits to the areas of intervention
  4. Define the Regional Office’s financial plan, ensuring self-sufficiency and consistency of expenses, and assume responsibility for the mission funds management, including bank account
  5. Coordinate, guide and supervise the regional support staff and PMs, and evaluate their performance.
  6. Ensure the respect for the values, Code of Conduct and compliance with Organization Management and Control Policies and Procedures of CEFA within the region.
  7. Proactively participate in relevant coordination meetings (i.e Somalia NGO consortium, Kenya CD coordination, donors meeting, project’s steering committees, security meetings etc)
  8. Act as secretary of CEFA board in Kenya, provide periodical information to the board and organize/chair meetings as per CEFA’s constitution in Kenya.
  9. Ensure constant coordination with the relevant security agencies and  hold final responsibility for any decision concerning security

Mandatory Requirements:

  1. Fluency (C1/C2 level) in English (oral and written)
  2. University degree in a relevant field
  3. Minimum of five (5) years of relevant working experience in Senior Management Position (CD/RC),
  4. Extensive experience working at a senior management level in medium to large-scale programmes in the development and humanitarian sector,
  5. Proven record of solid programme management skills.
  6. Demonstrated skills in people and financial management, as well as previous experience working in environments that require sensitivity and relationship-building skills.
  7. Extensive experience in networking, representation and liaison capacity, as well as strategic vision and leadership.
  8. Solid experience in needs assessments and project proposal writing.
  9. Previous experience working in highly volatile context through remote management.
  10. Self-motivated, flexible, resilient, able to take initiative and work independently.
  11. Ability to work under pressure, without compromising quality of work.
  12. Proven ability to handle challenging work load with high attention to details
  13. Demonstrate commitment towards diversity, equality and inclusion.
  14. Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills
  15. High level of IT skills (Windows, Office package)

Desired skills and experiences:

  1. Knowledge of Italian language
  2. Master degree in a relevant field
  3. Knowledge of and experience working in the Somalia context highly desirable

Unfortunately, due to the high number of applications we receive we are unable to provide feedback if unsuccessful at applicant stage. Only short-listed candidates will be updated on the status of their application.

To apply Please send a Resume and Cover Letter to: risorseumane@cefaonlus.it and vacancies@cefakenya.com with reference code: “your name_RC KenSom”.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted for interview.