Senior Vacancies for Al Jazeera Kiswahili Channel

The Al Jazeera Media Network in Doha, Qatar will be establishing Al Jazeera Kiswahili, a new regional news and current affairs media network in East Africa.

The network will produce regional news and current affairs content for the television and online environments.

The television channel will be broadcast across East Africa and will be headquartered in the region.

The headquarters will be home to the corporate office as well as the studios, news rooms and broadcast center.

Al Jazeera Kiswahili Channel is expected to launch in 2012 and is currently recruiting for the following senior positions:

Managing Director

The Managing Director has the overall responsibility for the management, development and well-being of the channel on all levels.

The Managing Director will be charged with ensuring a smooth and timely launch of the channel and then establishing Al Jazeera Kiswahili's presence and positioning in the market, maintaining Al Jazeera's high journalistic standards and ensuring its appeal both within the Eastern Africa region and also the global Kiswahili-speaking audience.

The successful candidate is expected to have minimum ten years' management experience gained within a top-tier regional organisation, and demonstrate a fluency of Kiswahili and English languages.

Director of News and Programs

The Director of News and Programs is responsible for managing all the channel's editorial content, including News, Programs and Online. The Director will be responsible for developing a multi-platform editorial strategy for the channel and establishing the channel's editorial guidelines, policies and procedures.

The Director will resource and budget this strategy, and manage its execution.

The successful candidate is expected to have minimum ten years' experience gained within a top-tier media or broadcast organisation, with minimum five years proven track record of leading editorial teams in the newsroom and on the field.

In addition to an extensive knowledge of television production processes and creative programming, the successful candidate will require a clear understanding of the region's audience needs and demonstrate a fluency of Kiswahili and English languages.

Director of Finance and Administration

The Director of Finance and Administration is responsible for setting up an efficient and effective set of administrative and financial procedures and overseeing the day to day operation of the finance and administration department.

Sound knowledge of budget processes, resource management and financial planning and reporting is vital.

The successful candidate requires seven or more years' experience overseeing a financial department within a large organization, a strong financial track record and have either academic or professional qualifications, such as CPA or ACCA, from a recognized educational institution or professional body.

Director of Technology and Operations

The Director of Technology and Operations will oversee the technical and operational aspects of the channel's multi-stream on-air operation and assist in the design and implementation of new systems and work flows to support these operations regionally and across the globe.

The role encompasses studio operations, transmission operations, newsgathering, and global operations

The successful candidate must have seven or more years' experience overseeing broadcast news and master control / on-air operations at a large regional television station

Manager, Online

The Manager, Online is responsible technically and editorially for the input and presentation of the Al Jazeera Kiswahili website.

The Manager, Online will develop and implement the channel news strategy across the website, supervise web news editors to drive news coverage, and coordinate Al Jazeera Kiswahili's webs teams, correspondents and contributors in the newsroom and across the region.

The successful candidate must have an awareness of how social media can be used not only as a tool for newsgathering, analysis and commentary but also to promote the website and its content and drive readership.

The successful candidate must have at least five years' experience within the online / web space. Journalism experience and fluency in Kiswahili is required.

Project Manager

The Project Manager will be responsible for the launch of the channel over approximately an 8 to 12 month time frame. The Project Manager will ensure the channel launches on schedule, within budget and to specification.

Though the Project Manager's scope will include all aspects of the channel launch, the primary focus will be on the technical side of the Project implementing the systems required for the channel's operation.

The Project Manager will work closely with Al Jazeera Network's technical and operations teams to ensure the channel's technical standards are consistent and can integrate with the Network's existing platforms

The successful candidate must have seven years' project management experience overseeing at least one large project within the region and an academic or professional qualification. Previous experience of managing projects within the media/broadcasting industry is an asset.

Manager, Human Resources

As a member of the management team, the Manager, HR is responsible for building and retaining strong talent pool capable of efficiently running the channel.

The Manager, HR will play the strategic role of specialist and provide accurate HR advise in all HR functions to enable the smooth running of the broadcast centre especially through compliance with Al Jazeera Network HR policy and local employment/labour laws.

The successful candidate must have a Diploma in Human Resource Management from a recognized educational institution with minimum seven years’ experience overseeing the HR department of an organization.

Interested candidates should apply online before August 31, 2011 at the following website:

www.aljazeerakiswahili.com/recruitment
 

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We are a non-life insurance company in East Africa. Established recently with a substantially higher than statutorily required capital, we are rapidly gaining market share.

We consider claims settlement a critical functional area. We also believe in training and retraining people.

To this end we are recruiting for the right individual to head the claims department and also carry out staff training programs.

You are a highly motivated insurance professional rearing to contribute to the success of a budding company by providing the best claims settlement practice.

You possess the following minimum qualifications and experience:
  • University Graduate with some distinction
  • Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute or another Insurance Institute considered at par with the Chartered Insurance Institute
  • Practicing insurer at a senior level heading the claims function of a company at its head office
  • Responsible for implementing the management's vision of service in claims
  • Have at least 10 years of management experience in non-life insurance of which at least 3 years would be as the head of the claims department
  • Have substantial underwriting experience.
  • Have some marketing experience to demonstrate that you are at ease in dealing with brokers, clients and service providers
  • Concerned with the aspirations of the brokers and clients with respect to settlement of claims
  • Willing to walk that extra mile to make the company stand out in service
As a trainer you have the following attributes:
  • Passionate about improving the skills of colleagues and showing them the way to move upwards rapidly
  • Zealous about identifying talents and encouraging further progress
What We Offer
  • A congenial and satisfying work environment
  • An above market average compensation package which includes accommodation, transport, annual passage(if from another country) and medical insurance
How to Apply

Please send curriculum vitae by email to: recruitingclaimsmanager@gmail.com

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Terms of Reference

Database Development and Management

Position Title: Database Manager

Background

The International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) is a Research and Training institution focusing on regional peace support capacity building to respond to conflicts through preventive, management, and peace building measures.

The centre is a key player in the African Peace and Security Architecture with its strategic focus in the Eastern African Region and wishes to engage a competent expert in the area of Database Development and Management.

The job holder will be responsible for maintaining IPSTC’s databases, entering new data, updating information, and working with the current developer and IPSTC staff to develop new databases.

Management Arrangements

Reporting directly to the Director, the Database Manager will also take direction from the Training Co-ordinator and will be required to work closely with other IPSTC staff to develop and maintain databases.

Duties

The job entails both Back-end (Database System) and Front-end (End User Development) and will undertake the following among other tasks.
 
  • Maintain existing IPSTC databases;
  • Collect and organize information pertaining to training and management of IPSTC.
  • Definition and construction of required Logical Database models
  • Definition of database security, integrity and recovery
  • Determination of hardware and software requirements
  • Testing of databases
  • Definition of tools to be used for design and development of front end applications
  • Development of TMS application software for end user interaction with the database
  • Clean and enter updated and new data into TMS database, including addressing problems with data provided to TMS Installation of TMS application on user computers
  • Conduct end user training and technical manuals
  • Provide regular reports on the status of databases;
  • Modification of database structures, entry forms and reports as required;
  • Design and development of new databases;
  • Regular up-dating of IPSTC website
  • Liaise with staff in other organisations to facilitate the flow of information;
  • Other duties as requested by the Training Coordinator or Director
Qualification and Professional Experience
  • Degree in Computer Science and an advanced degree in Computer Based Information Systems
  • 5 years relevant experience in the area of database development and management
  • Experience in design and development of complex software applications, multi user databases for both window based and Intranet/ Internet based programs
  • A strong knowledge of Oracle and SQL server or My-SQL DBMS products working HTML knowledge or web development program, ability to write JAVA script, working knowledge of TCP/IP and other networking protocols
  • Experience in Document management
  • Strong writing and presentation skills
  • Positive attitude towards working in a team and helping other people
  • Database certification and conventional computer programming language are an added advantage.
Applications should be submitted via email to: info@ipstc.org

Deadline for submitting applications is 5th August 2011

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Kenya Utalii College (KUC) is the premier training institution for the Hospitality and Tourism industry.

The College intends to undertake a re-branding exercise which will entail the development, implementation and evaluation of the Kenya Utalii College brand.

The rebranding process should include a culture change programme for the internal stakeholders, so as to, enhance the overall experience for our customers and external stakeholders.

Therefore, the rebranding exercise should be designed to positively position Kenya Utalii College both in the present and future, within Kenya and the African region.

Background

Kenya Utalii College (KUC) was founded 36 years ago, with an aim of developing a highly qualified human resource base for the Hospitality and Tourism industry.

The institution has over the years played a significant role with regard to training personnel for this crucial industry.

Since inception, the College has trained approximately 45, 500 graduates from over 20 countries, in different disciplines including: Food Production, Housekeeping and Laundry, Hotel Management, Front Office, Tour Operations and Tour Guiding in the Hospitality and Tourism arena.

Scope of Work

The services will include but not limited to undertaking a mapping exercise to establish current practices of different training institutions in the sector within Kenya and best practices from developing and developed countries, evaluating the needs of the College, development and implementation of a new corporate identity, comprehensive brand manual, development of effective internal and communications strategies, tools and materials, internal culture and attitude change, capacity building within the institution for the long term sustainability of the brand.

In addition, the services will include developing a road map of the strategy programme; and address any other issue(s) incidental or related thereto.

The Consultant

Interested consultants are invited to provide their proposals in providing the services.

Conditions for Eligibility
 
  • Rebranding specialists - Proof of capability and experience in carrying out successful rebranding projects, at least three similar or comparable projects, within the last five years (Indicate name, contacts and location).
  • Proven analytical tools to track and measure progress of the rebranding exercise.
  • Evidence of Company registration.
  • Evidence of VAT registration and remittance.
  • Valid tax clearance certificate.
  • Evidence of financial capacity.
  • Company profile (company history, contacts, services, affiliation etc).
As part of the evaluation process, suitable firm(s) will be shortlisted on the basis of the written EOI submitted to KUC, and may be invited to make presentations.

Improvement of Terms of Reference (TORs)

The consultant may offer suggestions and improvements in the TORs, which they consider would result in better implementation of the project.

Following evaluation of the Expression of Interest, shortlisted tenderers will be invited to participate in a formal tender in which they will be required to submit detailed technical and financial proposals in a format to be provided.

Completed EOI documents in plain sealed envelopes, clearly indicating the tender number and name as indicated above should be placed in the Tender Box at the College Reception not later than 10.00 am on the closing date Wednesday 17th August 2011.

Addressed to:

The Principal
Kenya Utalii College
P.O Box 31052-00600, Ngara
Nairobi

The EOI will be opened on the same day at 10.15 am at the College's Madaraka Hall in the presence of bidders /representatives who may wish to attend.

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The world's leading international security solutions group wishes to fill the following position in their Kenyan Company.

Head of Procurement

Ref No: 145/CX/FN

This challenging role will report to the Finance Director and play a pivotal part in inculcating a culture of dedication and a high level of integrity while ensuring that the procurement, resourcing and related functions are not only of a high international standard but also in line with the Group's stringent guidelines and strategies.

He/she will develop and implement procurement policies, procedures to govern the purchasing, receiving, storage, issuing and delivery of all materials.

Key result areas will include achieving a high level of internal customer satisfaction, building effective relationships with local and overseas suppliers, service providers and governmental bodies.

In addition to a first degree from a recognized university, applicants should a professional qualification in Purchasing and Supplies Management; an MBA or an Accounting Qualification will be an added advantage.

Candidates should have a minimum of 5 years experience gained in a large and busy commercial procurement function which includes purchasing, inventory accounting and inventory storage systems with awareness of products, vendors and markets

He/she should have proven experience in the management of substantial purchasing and capital expenditure budgets, application of Procurement Best Practice and development of strategic resourcing philosophy

Candidates for this position should have effective interpersonal and communication skills with strong leadership, analytical and problem solving abilities and experience to manage multiple projects concurrently.

Our client will offer a negotiable remuneration package and there are prospects for further career development in the company.

Closing date for applications: 8th August, 2011

Send your application letter and CV- do not attach certificates/testimonials and state how your experience matches the specification, quoting job Ref. No, to hawkins.associates@khigroup.com

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