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AAH-I Project Manager Job in Kakuma, Kenya

Action Africa Help International (AAH-I)

Job Opening: Project Manager, Kakuma

Action Africa Help International (AAH-I) is a regional African-led non-governmental organisation that supports livelihood-challenged communities in East and Southern Africa to sustainably improve their well-being and standard of living. 

With Country Programmes in South Sudan, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Zambia and recently in Djibouti, AAH-I has over 25 years’ experience working with communities in conflict and post-conflict situations, including refugees, internally displaced people and host communities. 


More recently AAH-I has expanded its activities to work with other marginalized communities, including pastoralists and people living in informal urban settlements.

Department: Programmes Unit

Reports to: Country Programme Manager

Liaises with: SPARK Consortium Partners

Duty Station: Kakuma

Purpose of the role: To provide leadership in the development, planning, management, implementation and monitoring for AAHI Kenya projects in Kakuma. 

This includes the SPARK project funded by DFID, the Kenya Refugee Assistance Project (KRAP), funded by UNHCR and the small GiZ supported, Shallow Wells Strengthening project and any other project that may come on board in the course of the year.

The goal is to ensure that the projects achieve their overall goals on time with effectiveness and conformity to donor and AAH Kenya policies.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • The project manager will be responsible for ensuring that quality reports are done on time in accordance with the donor specifications.
  • Monitor progress of the initiatives undertaken, inform on progress and give advice on any programmatic changes he/she deems necessary.
  • Be responsible to maintain good working relationship with donors and other partners including the SPARK consortium.
  • Ensure that donors and partners stay informed about progress and ensure continued support and buy-in from all stakeholders if any changes are envisaged.
  • Provide overall project leadership relating to projects; finance; staffing and administration.

Expected Outcomes

  • Establish and maintain linkages with SPARK Consortium to ensure coordination and joint planning and information sharing for efficient and effective implementation of the livelihood project.
  • Establish clear strategy and direction for all the projects taking cognizance of the specific requirements for each project. This includes the SPARK project consortium that requires close collaboration with other consortium members and the KRAP project that requires a close collaboration with UNHCR and other livelihoods implementing agencies in Kakuma refugee camp.
  • Submit reports as required for all the projects. This includes progress against objectives, activity summary, issues faced, impact stories and photos.
  • Ensure effective budget management at field level, including correct coding of expenses and adherence to AAHI and other donor financial management guidelines.
  • Develop work plans for all projects as required, ensuring objectives and targets are achieved.
  • Make regular visits to project sites to provide staff support, address programmatic challenges, and explore potential program possibilities.
  • High technical quality and transparent processes within the program
  • Support the formulation, development and planning of programme goals and objectives of the Livelihoods sector in Kakuma area.
  • Support conceptualization, innovation, planning and management of existing and new livelihood projects as well as the transfer of knowledge and skills among staff.
  • Conduct periodic programme reviews with counterparts and other partners. Identify problems or alternative causes of action to accelerate/ improve programme delivery.
  • As the SPARK project, focal point, coordinate and monitor the activities and progress of SPARK project and staff implementing the project.
  • Professional representation of AAHI at meetings with government, donor and other partners.
  • Maintain close contacts with partners both in public, private and NGO sector in order to harmonize activities relating to promote livelihood activities.
  • Organize and manage workshops, group discussions, and other participatory assessments to ensure target groups’ (refugee and host community) ownership and decision making in planning and implementing specific livelihood programmes activities and in full coordination with community services.
  • Perform any other functions deemed necessary or as delegated by the supervisor in order to meet the level of services in the organization

Minimum Personal Specifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualifications in Social Sciences, Project Management, Agriculture, Business Administration or relevant discipline with further training in management.
  • At least 7 years of progressive responsible programme, of which at least 2 years closely related to implementing camp management activities or community settlements.
  • Demonstrate impeccable top level negotiation and persuasive skills in programming with donors while appreciating the desired flexibility.
  • Possess proven practical knowledge of the program development cycle and design and management qualities.
  • Demonstrated strengths in relationship management; able to work with diverse groups of people in multicultural, team-oriented environment;
  • Skilled in influencing and obtaining cooperation of individuals;
  • Able to manage relationships to achieve results.

Desirable Skills

  • Project management field experience.
  • Knowledge and exposure to the social and cultural values of the region concerned.
  • Proficiency in local language(s).
  • Skilled in influencing and obtaining cooperation of individuals not under supervisory control; able to manage long-distance relationships to achieve results

Additional Skills & Competences

  • Communicational skills (written and spoken)
  • Organizational and managerial skills
  • ICT specialty (email, Spread-sheets, MS-word, Databases, job-related software, etc).
  • Team-work and participation
  • Level of self-supervision and ability to take initiative
  • Degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Technical side of the job (numeracy, report-writing, critical thinking, leadership, etc).
  • INGO experience and understanding of humanitarian sector
  • Commitment to and understanding of AAH-I’s vision, mission, and values.

Application Instructions

The email Subject Line must show the job title of the position applied for. 

AAH-I is an equal-opportunity employer. 

We thank candidates for their high interest in the opportunities we publish on our website. 

Due to the high number of applications we receive, we will only get back to shortlisted candidates. 

Shortlisting will be done on a rolling basis.