Kenya: Operations Manager

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Organization: Network of African National Human Rights Institutions
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 19 Jan 2018




The Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI), a membership organization bringing together 44 National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in

Africa, whose mission is to support, through national, regional and international co‐

operation, the establishment and strengthening of national human rights institutions to more effectively undertake their mandate of human rights promotion, protection, monitoring and advocacy is looking to recruit an Operations Manager, to be based at its Nairobi Secretariat.

The Operations Manager is an exceptional, dynamic, self‐driven, team player with a

unique hybrid of activism and leadership qualities. S/he has knowledge of and commitment to human rights principles, values and issues.

The NANHRI Operations Manager will be the anchor person in the daily work of the Secretariat. It is a position for the ambitious manager who can work with donors at international level and programme details in the projects of our members all over Africa. This is a career opportunity if you want to train your management skills, develop your programme management of global donors and have the opportunity to gain experiences from international travels.

S/he has extensive experience working on human rights issues preferably at the regional and international level as well as management of a diverse staff complement and preferably bilingual in French and English with excellent communication skills. S/he must be willing to undertake frequent travel regionally and internationally. The selected candidate will report to the Executive Director.

The successful candidate will hold the following key responsibilities:


Provide technical and program management to ensure programs delivery, high quality outputs, with accuracy and consistency.

Key duties

Develop clear plans and strategies for program management to ensure effective implementation in line with NANHRI’s strategic goals and objectives and that respond to the needs and priorities of NANHRI members and stakeholders.

Lead in proposal development for program growth.

Disseminate program information by preparing timely and regular program reports for the Executive Director.

Develop and lead research and advocacy activities integrated in the overall program.

Develop and maintain solid working relationships with relevant stakeholders to ensure ownership and delivery of project results.

Prepare materials and conduct training and human rights awareness raising projects.

Ensure monitoring and evaluation frameworks are in place for data collection to evaluate project outcomes.

Manage projects resources to ensure proper utilization of funds and accountability, ensuring compliance with financial and procurement regulations.


Key duties

Manage, supervise and motivate team members and influence them to take positive action and accountability for their assigned work.

Manage staff development through performance based management and leadership.

Supervise the quality of work assigned to officers and consultants.


Professional Qualifications

Master’s degree in international law, human rights, development studies, social sciences or other relevant field.

Relevant experience

A minimum of five (5) years’ experience in working on human rights issues with extensive knowledge of the International and African human rights systems

Experience in coordinating national or regional human rights networks or coalitions

Demonstrated expertise in successful resource mobilisation.

Experience in managing staff and teambuilding.

Working knowledge of programme/Project management software is an advantage

Key Skills

Thorough understanding of project/Programme management techniques and methods

Ability to work effectively within a team

Excellent analytical, conceptual, writing and editing skills and use of computer software

Excellent communication and advocacy skills. Knowledge of communication tools will be an asset

Outstanding management and organisational skills

Excellent knowledge of MS Office, especially Word, Excel and Power Point Fluent in English and knowledge of French is desirable

We offer:

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered for a 1 year

contract. The contract may be extended at the end of the contract term, pending successful donor applications.

An opportunity to develop your management skills in practice and through informal and formal trainings.

An opportunity to gain an international profile in a job that requires travels up to 90 days a year.

How to apply:


Please send resume and cover letter detailing how your qualifications, skills and experience are relevant to the scope of work.

Applications to be sent strictly via email to:

The Executive Director

Network of African National Human Rights Institutions

P.O Box 74359‐00200

Nairobi, Kenya

Email: and with a copy to and

Applications must reach the Secretariat by January 19, 2018.

The Network of African National Human Rights Institutions will unfortunately only be able to respond to short‐listed candidates.

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