By continuing to browse this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Read our privacy policy

Team Leader

Kenya (Kenya)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Kenya (Kenya)
  • Grade: Junior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date:

Click "SAVE JOB" to save this job description for later.

Sign up for free to be able to save this job for later.

Requisition ID: req5257

Job Title: Team Leader

Sector: Women Protection & Empowerment

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Kenya

Job Description

The International Rescue Committee (IRC), one of the world’s largest humanitarian agencies, provides relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict reconstruction support to victims of natural disaster, oppression and violent conflict in 42 countries. Since 1992, the IRC has provided life-saving services to refugees and vulnerable local communities in Kenya. In Kenya, the IRC implements programs in the areas of integrated primary health care (including nutrition and HIV/AIDS); economic recovery and livelihoods; protection of rights; and women’s protection and empowerment in refugees camps as well as northern Kenya and Nairobi.

In recent years, Infrastructure investments in Kenya has been focusing on roads and the current development is the construction of the North Eastern Transport Improvement Project (NETIP), which the Government considers as an important element of the country’s economic development. Though the development projects are beneficial to the community, they can also expose women, children and communities living around the construction sites to many negative impacts such as loss of livelihoods due to displacement, school drop outs, Sexual exploitation and abuse, child marriage, child labor and human trafficking.

IRC has submitted a bid for a project on Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse along the North Eastern Transport Improvement Project Corridor and as such seeks to fill the position Team Leader

Scope of Role

The Team Leader is responsible for ensuring that the NETIP project is implemented in accordance with the cooperative agreement, KENHA/WORLD BANK regulations, and internationally recognized quality of assistance standards. The Team leader will be the primary representational link with KENHA staff.  He/she will work closely with KENHA to provide project updates, discuss strategies, obstacles, performance plans, and indicator success.  The Team Leader will liaise with KENHA contracting officers, technical support staff and Lot contractors as required. He/she will represent NETIP-Project to all key stakeholders, government officials and donors at coordination fora and other related seminars and meetings.  The Team Leader will ensure that NETIP-Project initiatives adequately address the needs of the beneficiary population in the most cost-effective manner.

Key Duties and Responsibilities


Program leadership and quality management

  • Provide strategic leadership and technical direction in program planning and management. Define and implement activities to achieve the greatest coverage and impact possible
  • Lead in Preparation of annual and quarterly work plans; and monitor implementation and revisions in alignment with program goals, objectives, and donor specifications
  • Coordinate with the WPE Coordinator for SGBV technical support and linkages
  • Review, in coordination with key project staff, work and performance plans to ensure long-term and short-term priorities are on track
  • Manage solid cooperation and relations with partners, GOK and officials, KENHA and other key stakeholders
  • Work with all key staff to identify technical assistance needs and arrange for the provision of assistance
  • Provide financial and technical management to ensure the best use of resources by preparing sound budgets, monitoring project expenses and ensuring timely submission of financial reports to the donor
  • Report to KENHA through both formal and informal debriefings, annual and semi-annual and quarterly reports
  • Manage external relations by representing the project and the organization in the public and ensuring the distribution of information about project achievements and lesson learned
  • Manage project properties according to the IRC regulations
  • Support project staff by creating and maintaining a work environment that promotes teamwork, trust, mutual respect, and empowers staff to take responsibility
  • Ensure that project initiatives adequately address the needs of the most vulnerable beneficiary population in the most cost-effective manner
  • Working closely with the communication team, provide clearance for all publications in relation to the program
  • Supervise and assist as needed in the preparation and submission of compliance-related matters, including handling and documenting compliance-related inquiries.

Program Development and Monitoring

  • Participate in development of new proposals and concept notes.
  • Focal point for all project activities; plan, execute, and offer project accountability—of resources, outcomes, and budgets. Responsible for planning and coordinating project activities.
  • Manage the overall project by monitoring and evaluating project activities in accordance with the cooperative agreement
  • Use collaborative and structured evaluation processes to review data, reach agreement about findings, and apply learning and recommendations
  • In coordination with the IRC M&E team, develop and implement strong M&E systems using IRC standardized tools and resources to maximize project impact on participants
  • Participate in designing data collection systems and undertaking program data collection and analyses to perceive trends as well as validations to ensure quality and accurate data for project reporting.

Coordination, Representation and Advocacy

  • Engage partners at all stages of the project cycle to understand their insights into the appropriateness of program approaches and interventions.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with all stakeholders, including community members and leaders, NGOs, UN agencies, and other IRC team members to enhance multi-agency and multi-sectoral cooperation and coordination
  • Work with the all NETIP stakeholders, develop MoUs with the partners to define the gains and the roles of every partner to ensure they understand their mandate.
  • Work closely with MoH to strengthen leadership and governance at facility levels, develop strategic plans and governance policies
  • Offer technical support to the county and national teams developing SGBV guidelines, lead implementation of innovative strategies to address factors that favor VAWG and support integration of SGBV services in all facilities.

Staff Development

  • Coach, train, supervise and mentor other project staff with the aim of strengthening their implementation technical capacity and to guarantee quality programming.
  • Ensure a strong project learning agenda; champion learning with project staff, mentors, and partners.
  • Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions.


  • Master’s Degree or above in Social Sciences related course from a recognized Institution.
  • Post-graduate training in Project Planning and Management or Monitoring and Evaluation is an added advantage.
  • At least 12 years’ experience in leading and managing similar community development projects is a must.
  • Experience working with Government of Kenya contracts and any World Bank experience is an added advantage.
  • Ability and willingness to work in rural settings is required
  • Extensive knowledge on SEA (Sexual Exploitation and Abuse), legal and cultural issues in the project area is mandatory as well as good knowledge of the languages used in the project area.

Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply.  International allowances are not available for this position. Salary and employee benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector. 

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.


Please take note that International Rescue Committee (IRC) does not ask for any fees in connection with its recruitment processes. In the event that you receive any request for payment of any sort, please get in touch with us on Tel: +(254-020) 2727730, Email: or report to the nearest police.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

What does it mean?

Click "SAVE JOB" to save this job description for later.

Sign up for free to be able to save this job for later.