Head of Programmes at Kenya Red Cross Society

Project Management jobs, Jobs in Kenya, Senior level jobs,

Head of Programmes

Purpose of the role

Reporting to the Country Cluster Manager (CCM) for East Africa, the Head of Programmes (HoP) for East Africa will lead on programmes and partnerships in Kenya, whilst offering support to the partnership and programme management in the rest of in the East Africa region and deputising the CCM as necessary. The Head of Programmes will be responsible for security management in Kenya, maintains oversight of the BRC Nairobi office and managing the integration agreement with KRCS. The Head of Programmes will line manage programme managers and support staff that serve BRC’s partnerships and programmes across East Africa.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Organizational strategy

  • Contribute towards the continued development and implementation of the International Strategy, guided by the strategies of our National Society partners.
  • Play an active role in the East and Southern Africa management team to identify and capitalize upon opportunities and ensure the team is working towards achieving our strategic objectives.
  • Support the CCM to collaborate with colleagues in fundraising to actively plan our regional strategic approach and identify funding opportunities to take forward the International Strategy through our programmes and partnerships.
  • Support the CCM and Head of Region to monitor progress against the Regional Action Plan (our strategic document at regional level) and linked monitoring and evaluation frameworks.

Internal and external relations

  • Lead on the relationship with Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) and support the CCM to manage the relationships with other Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies in East Africa.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of BRC’s partnership approach, adopting a strategic, initiative-taking perspective on how to successfully establish and deliver partner-led approaches to achieve sustainable change.
  • Be a role model for the ESA Region’s commitments to equitable partnership and the localisation agenda, leading by example and actively working to demonstrate these principles in practice.
  • Engage with KRCS National Society strategic and annual planning processes, ensuring these are the foundation for BRC engagement and reflect our shared ambitions.
  • Work with IFRC and other stakeholders to support KRCS to conduct organisational capacity assessments with IFRC tools and lead upon BRC due diligence exercises. Provide support to this with other partners in the region upon request.
  • Provide guidance towards the organisational strengthening of KRCS through their National Society Development (NSD) plan, which must be owned and led by the National Society. Offer expertise to other NSD efforts in the region.
    • Work with KRCS to ensure the inclusion of vital areas of Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA), Safeguarding and Community Engagement and Accountability in their NSD plans.
    • Plan for and oversee appropriate contributions from BRC in support of the KRCS NSD plan, through regional or other BRC staff expertise or identifying external service providers.
    • Ensure adequate resources are allocated towards operational and organisational strengthening costs by BRC (in line with the NSD approach) and support KRCS to establish more consistent practices with other partners, including through advocacy to peers and donors.
  • Jointly with the CCM (given the overlaps in geography), manage the relationships with the IFRC cluster office for Kenya, working closely with the Head of Delegation and their team.
  • Maintain active coordination and collaboration with ICRC, seeking opportunities to collaborate.
  • Consistently encourage and engage constructively in efforts to collaborate across Movement partners, in support a stronger One Movement model through approaches such as Unified Planning at the country level.
  • Build, maintain and develop a network of contacts to support the work of BRC in Kenya and function as BRC focal person for internal and external relationships.
  • Represent BRC in-country and regional meetings, inter-agency coordination meetings and corporate and donor meetings.
  • Ensure that relevant links are made with the wider East and Southern Africa team and BRC’s West and Central Africa team to promote the sharing of information, experiences and learning across the Africa region.

Country, programme and financial management

  • Ensure sound financial management of the budgets and resources allocated for Kenya, including maintaining overall oversight of budgets managed by line-managed staff and oversight of in-country financial compliance procedures.
  • Responsible for management of security in Kenya, ensure all security minimum requirements are in place and manage security of BRC staff and visitors to the BRC office in Kenya.
  • Support the BRC East Africa team to deliver programmes’ outcomes, including overall oversight of performance, facilitating synergies between programmes where opportunities arise.
  • Ensure that all interventions are designed by National Societies in partnership with communities and that they mitigate potential negative impacts, guaranteeing the participation and protection of women, children and other vulnerable groups.
  • Monitor the humanitarian environment and context within the country and coordinate with the East Africa team and BRC colleagues to revise programming as necessary.
  • With the support of the team Disaster Management Coordinator, lead and coordinate BRC’s support for disaster and crisis response activities in Kenya.
  • Ensure sound financial management of the budgets and resources allocated for the sub-region, including maintaining overall oversight of the country budget and in-country financial compliance procedures.
  • Support the BRC East Africa team in ensuring that BRC and donor requirements are met at all stages of project cycle management.
  • Ensure appropriate risk management and escalation of risks where necessary.

People management

  • Line manages four BRC East Africa staff, ensuring initiative-taking performance management, wellbeing, and personal development opportunities to support our people to meet their full potential. Staff directly managed by this position: 2 Programme Managers, 1 Programme Officer and 1 Finance and Admin Officer.
  • Matrix -manage technical or other advisors, business partners, or surge delegates and team as required.
  • Ensure that appropriate performance management systems are in place for staff, in partnership with the BRC and KRCS HR teams.

Team Leader

  • All team members understand their responsibilities and objectives.
  • All resources involving staff are managed in accordance with BRC policies and procedures.
  • All staff are kept informed of all relevant organisational plans and updates on development.
  • Team ideas and comments are communicated and forwarded appropriately.

Leadership Behaviours

  • Authentic, consistent, and honest leader.
  • Actively listens and allows others to be heard.
  • Adaptable to changing needs, pressures, and opportunities.
  • Empowers others based on their skills and expertise.
  • Dynamic, inclusive, compassionate, and courageous.
IMPORTANT: Write a Perfect Cover Letter in minutes and start getting interviews! Get expert advice as you write.) Use These Examples Proven to Work.

Team Member

  • Actively participates in all team meetings.
  • Supports other team members.
  • Works and behaves in accordance with all BRC policies, procedures and in line with our Values in Action.
  • Upholds the fundamental principles of the Red Cross and acts with integrity, in accordance with the Society’s values (inclusive, compassionate, courageous and dynamics).
  • The duties and responsibilities described are not a comprehensive list and additional tasks may be assigned from time to time that are in line with the level of the role.


UN Jobs Salary Scale | United Nations Salary Range

× How can I help you?