Solidarites International Finance & HR Coordinator and Deputy Country Director Jobs in Kenya

Solidarites International is an international humanitarian organization which provides assistance to populations who are victims of armed conflict or natural disasters. 
For 30 years, Solidarites International (SI) has concentrated its action on meeting three vital needs: water, food and shelter. By carrying out emergency programs, SI has acquired experience and expertise in the fields of WASH, food security, livelihoods and agriculture.
In the Horn of Africa, SI is currently implementing WASH and Food Security/Livelihoods programs in Kenya and Somalia. 
We are seeking Internationally qualified persons to fill the following 2 positions:

Finance & HR Coordinator 
1 Position
Position Objective
The Finance & HR coordinator will direct and coordinate all administrative, Human Resources, accounting and financial services associated with the mission. 
He/she will take part in defining Solidarités International’s human resources policy, and ensure that it is followed. 
As coordinator, he/she is responsible for the mission’s financial balance and for the financial internal control. 
He/she will monitor adherence to Solidarités administrative/accounting/financial procedures and donor procedures as well as to the laws of the country in which intervention is taking place. 
He/she is the point of reference for the mission, and the link between headquarters and the mission for all financial matters.
Location: Kenya / Somalia (based in Nairobi)
Report to: Head of Mission
Technical links with: Field Teams and Head Quarters
Supervisor to: Administrative/HR and Financial staff in Nairobi base
List of main tasks includes, but is not limited to the following:
  • Defining of HR policy for the mission (cost of living, salary grid, benefits package, medical coverage, HR manual, career plans, trainings, monitoring staff development, hiring procedures, administrative management of expatriates, etc.) and the smooth day-to-day running in HR department (payrolls- Homere – relationships with relevant organizations, statutory ,etc.);
  • Control procurement cycle, define authorization thresholds;
  • Consolidate the mission closing accounts (SAGA) and ensure that the mission is financially stable and the yearly audit for the NGO Board;
  • Prepare, monitor and revise the mission’s financial programming;
  • Analyze and connect budgetary consumption with activity progress; monitor the mission’s operating costs
  • Prepare and lead all potential audits or inspections;
  • Prepare and consolidate financial and HR sections of proposals; integrate the new donor contracts into the financial management of a mission’s project;
  • Cash flow management (link with HQ, with donors and with the fields, security aspect);
  • Lead the partnerships and be focal point for consortium project;
  • Lead the internal control process;
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Master Degree Level with Finance & Accounting/ HR/ project management background.
  • 2 to 5 years of experience within an International NGO in an international context;
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in a similar position, at the country Head office (coordination) in an international context (i.e. as an expatriate from your country of origin);
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in managing institutional donors contracts and budgets (budget construction rules, reporting , administrative/financial negotiations, etc.) especially the French cooperation (CIAA, CDC), the UN agencies (UNICEF, UNHCR, CHF) and the European Commission’s institutions (ECHO and Europe Aid);
  • Experience in managing Audits;
  • Experience in team management, trainings, and planning;
  • Previous experience of remote management contexts is an advantage; Transferable skills
  • Good knowledge of financial guidelines of the major institutional donors (EU, ECHO, DFID, OFDA, CIAA, CDC, French institutions, UNHCR,UNICEF);
  • Good knowledge of financial and HR reporting to the major institutional donors (EU, ECHO, DFID, OFDA, CIAA, CDC, French institutions, UNHCR,UNICEF);
  • Perfect knowledge of SAGA and Homere;
  • Perfect knowledge of Excel (PTT, formulas, macro, etc.);
  • Excellent knowledge of French chart of accounts;
  • Good knowledge when dealing with auditor firms such as UNs’;
  • A good level of written and spoken English is mandatory
  • Speaking French is a strong advantage for interaction with SI HQ and French donors
Computer skills: Excellent IT Skills (Excel – Word-SAGA- HOMERE)
Deputy Country Director, Kenya 
1 Position
Position Objective
The DCD Kenya is directly in charge of all operational aspects of the Kenyan Mission, and provides direction, development and leadership for the Kenyan mission.
Location: Kenya/Somalia (based in Nairobi)
Report to: Head of Mission
Relations with: Various Kenya-Somalia Coordinators who have functional relationships with Kenya field teams (Administration Coordinator, Logistics Coordinator, Food Security Coordinator, WASH Coordinator and M&E Coordinator)

List of main tasks includes, but is not limited to the following:
  • Operational Management of the Kenyan Mission
  • Humanitarian Context Analysis and Program development
  • Responsible for Quality and Relevance of SI’s Humanitarian Action
  • Security
  • Internal Coordination
  • Reporting
Qualifications and Experience:

  • Master’s Degree (or equivalent) in a technical discipline relevant to WASH programming in developing countries. (A degree in another discipline would be acceptable if the candidate has extensive field experience in WASH programing)
  • Excellent knowledge of WASH programming, with good working knowledge of Food Security Programs (the current program has a strong WASH component)
  • At least 2 years of field experience with NGOs at a senior management position (Country Director, Field Coordinator or Programs Coordinator).
  • At least 4 years of senior experience with NGOs working in 3 or more international contexts
  • Proven experience in project cycle and security management.
  • Proven experience and ability to professionally and appropriately represent the organization and negotiate and defend Solidarites International’s interests and neutrality with a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • A good level of written and spoken English is mandatory
  • French language skills would be an advantage for interaction with SI HQ
Computer skills: Excellent IT Skills

How to apply:
Send a cover letter and CV to the following email address: 
Please indicate the job title and location in the email subject line. 
Deadline for applications: 22nd August 2012. 
Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview.

Solidarites International is an equal opportunities employer

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