The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the United Nations agency for Human Settlements, helps the urban poor by transforming cities into safer, healthier, greener places with better opportunities where everyone can live in dignity.

UN-Habitat is seeking candidates for the position of Deputy Executive Director of UN-Habitat, at the level of Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations

Based at UN-Habitat's headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, the Deputy Executive Director works under the direction of the Executive Director of UN-Habitat and plays a key policy leadership and management role in the delivery of UN-Habitat's mandate.

The Deputy Executive Director provides advice and assistance to the Executive Director on substantive matters, strategic planning, management reform and the day-to-day running of UN-Habitat.

In particular, the Deputy Executive Director oversees programme coordination and monitoring mechanisms and plays a key role in maintaining UN-Habitat's relations with Governments, partners and stakeholders.

The Deputy Executive Director must have a strong background developed through 10-15 years of experience in international and public diplomacy and have experience working in a multilateral environment or an environment with a variety of stakeholders from multicultural backgrounds.

Candidates must have a proven track record of experience in progressively senior posts, recent experience in senior-level leadership positions and significant professional experience in managerial positions. They must also have experience facilitating high-level dialogue and consensus and be fluent in one of the two official languages of the Organization with a proven working knowledge of the other.

How to apply:

Applications for this position should be sent by email to:

or by post to:

The Executive Office,
P.O. Box 30030 - 00100,
Nairobi, Kenya.

UN-Habitat is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from female candidates.

Closing date: 30 Apr 2011

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The Program Coordinator is responsible for leading ILF's environment team in the production, distribution and monitoring of fuel efficient stove (FES) program in Dadaab Refugee Camp, Kenya.

  • Bachelor degree
  • English fluency
  • Prior field experience working with humanitarian NGOs and/or UN agencies (preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa)
  • Experience in fuel-efficient cook-stoves and/or sustainable fuel technologies preferred
Key Responsibilities:
  • Day to day management of FES program, assignment of roles and execution of production, distribution and monitoring activities
  • Liaising with partnering institutions including UNHCR and GIZ, community groups and individuals in the development of ILF's stove program and realization of ILF's objectives
  • Leading the community mobilization process by engaging with different sectors of the beneficiary refugee communities
  • Ensuring regular and appropriate monitoring is carried out on production and distribution, as well as maintenance of up-to-date records of distribution, training and monitoring
  • Engaging and educating communities on the design, purpose, benefits, use and maintenance of FES
  • Undertaking assessments and surveys related to ILF's FES program
  • Providing accountability for program purchases in the form of invoices, receipts, and agreements
  • Making recommendations to ILF's HQ regarding the direction and design of existing FES program, as well as any proposed design changes or stakeholder feedback on the FES itself
  • Preparing and executing monthly budgets, production schedules and activity plans
Reporting: Providing regular updates including monthly reports to HQ on activities completed, outcomes achieved, and future agenda.

How to apply:

Send resume/CV and cover letter to Rachael Reichenbach and

Please indicate your name and 'Environment Program Coordinator' in the subject line.

Closing date: 22 Apr 2011

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The Operations Manager (OM) will work alongside the Country Director (CD) and with the senior management team at a country level, to support and assist the CD in the overall management and leadership of the country programme.

The OM will assist the building and running of an organisation that can design, implement, and report on cost effective interventions of a high quality, consistent with relevant standards and norms. The OM assists in the management of the country programme, working with programme and project teams and head office staff to define and implement a programme that gives meaning to GOAL's mission, policies and procedures, within the Kenyan context.

The OM will have responsibility for sections of the country programme including Human Resources and Administration, logistics, IT, and the Low-Cost Housing Programme.

The OM will have a focus on systems development, documentation and implementation, including working with HR on an effective in-house training programme and with finance, logistics and HR on audit systems for GOAL and donor policies. This will include the effective management of the GOAL asset register by facilitating the co-ordination of Logistics and Finance information.

It is anticipated that each of the three sections reporting to the OM (HR/Admin, logistics, and the Low-Cost Housing Programme) will be managed by strong coordinators. The role of the OM will be to coordinate and supervise their work and to agree strategic priorities so as to ensure the efficient and effective implementation of GOAL's programmes in Kenya. The job-holder is not expected to manage the coordinator's sections or teams on a daily basis, nor to act in their place except for periods of leave or where it is unavoidable.

The OM will be expected to have a good understanding of the overall country programme and be able to effectively represent the organisation and the country programme to external stakeholders.

Location: Nairobi (60%) and Nakuru (40%), Kenya

General Responsibilities
  • Develop a good understanding of the overall country programme;
  • Agree with CD monthly and annual objectives, and provide CD with monthly report on progress based upon an agreed workplan;
  • Ensure monthly reporting on agreed key indicators for each function;
  • Act as part of the Senior Management Team of the country programme;
  • Represent GOAL and the country programme where relevant to external stakeholders;
  • Ensure transparency and accountability across all GOAL Kenya activities through full implementation of logistic, HR, and admin regulation.
Human Resources and Administration
  • Directly supervise the Human Resources Manager (HRM);
  • Agree with the HRM monthly and longer term objectives for his/her department and review on a monthly basis their achievement based, in part, upon agreed performance indicators;
  • Ensure, with HRM, effective monthly reporting on key indicators both for information and with a view to effective strategic planning of resources;
  • Ensure excellent knowledge of and full compliance with Kenya's labour and immigration laws. Train HR/admin team on same.
  • Provide HRM with reasonable support and supervision as required to assist with the implementation of their work;
  • Support the HRM to develop and implement an effective and agreed training and staff development programme which takes a strategic approach and addresses individual, programmatic, organisational needs;
  • Support the HRM to work with other functions and programmes to coordinate and link work across the country programme;
  • Together with the logistics and HR/admin team, ensure efficient management of Kenya-based conferences/meetings, Head Office visits, and Technical Team management;
  • Work with the HRM to review the GOAL Kenya payscale and ensure staff are distributed representatively within it.
  • Directly supervise the Logistics Coordinator (LC);
  • Agree with the LC monthly objectives and review on a monthly basis their achievement;
  • Provide LC with reasonable support and supervision as required to assist with the implementation of their work and to ensure that targets are being achieved;
  • Support the LC to lead and develop all members of his/her team;
  • Support the LC to work with other functions and programmes to coordinate and link work across the country programme.
Low-Cost Housing Programme
  • Directly supervise the Programme Manager and take responsibility for ensuring overall implementation of this project;
  • Agree with the PM monthly objectives and review on a monthly basis their achievement;
  • Provide PM with reasonable support and supervision as required to assist with the implementation of their work;
  • Spend 40% of the time in the project area, supervising activities and ensuring proper systems implementation;
  • Work with the PM to develop opportunities for advocacy, visibility, and fundraising for the programme, including linking with fundraising in Dublin as appropriate;
  • Work with the team to ensure that Google Earth mapping is created and kept updated.
Policy, Procedures and Guidelines (Systems Development, Documentation, Implementation, Training and Audit
  • Working with the CD and the Senior Management Team (SMT) identify areas requiring development and set out priorities and plans for meeting them;
  • Implement plans and report to CD and SMT on progress;
  • Assist the SMT with the drafting of a 2012-2017 Country Strategic Plan;
  • Be responsible for implementation of the Document Management System;
  • Support policy development and implementation in Logistics and HR, working with the respective managers;
  • Support the ongoing development and implementation of Logistics and HR systems to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of organisation;
  • Liaise with Dublin on development of policies within head office and the field, sharing information in order to encourage the development of systems that are valuable for all parts of the organisation.
Carry out other duties as requested by CD.

  • 3+ years of previous overseas systems management experience, including logistics, HR, and admin management.
  • 4+ years previous experience in project management at a senior management level
  • Education to a degree level, or significant relevant experience that shows an ability to critically analyse and apply information in management and work situations at a similar level
  • Strong demonstrable previous experience in project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation - this will include use of planning tools such as logical framework analysis (LFA);
  • An interest in capacity building/mentoring of teams (both national and expatriate)
  • Flexibility to spend significant time in the field.
  • Good skills in systems development and documentation e.g. experience of ISO systems or similar
  • Strong experience liaising with governmental / local authorities and other NGO's.
  • Excellent staff management and personnel skills
  • Budgetary control and financial management skills
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills;
Reporting to: Country Director

Contract length: Initially until end-2011 with the potential for extension should the situation demand and funds are available.

Start date: ASAP

Travel: Travel from Nairobi to field sites for a minimum of 40% of total time

This job description only serves as a guide for the position available.

GOAL reserves the right to change this document.

How to apply:

Please send your CV and covering letter to

Closing date: 29 Apr 2011

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Stakeholders including; trustees, employees, donors and the public expect those charged with governance of the charity to manage the significant risks the charity is facing and to put adequate controls in place to deal with these. These risks encompass risks related to charitable operations, as well as risks related to compliance with laws and regulations and financial reporting.

Good governance, by its nature, demands effective systems of internal control and a charity's system of internal controls therefore has a key role in the management of risks that are significant to the fulfilment of its charitable objectives. A sound system of internal control contributes to safeguarding all stakeholders and the charities assets.

A charity's objectives, its internal organization and the environment in which it operates are continually evolving and as a result, the risks it faces are continually changing. A sound system of internal control therefore depends on a thorough and regular evaluation of the nature and extent of the risks to which the company is exposed.

Since quality programs from which beneficiaries will benefit are, in part, the reward for successful risk-taking by charities; the purpose of internal control is to help manage and control risk appropriately, rather than to eliminate it.

The purpose of internal audit within GOAL is to work with senior management to continually review and develop sufficient systems of internal control in order to manage the respective risks that the charity faces thereby protecting all stakeholders.

GOAL has been working in Sudan for over 30 years with bases in North and South Sudan focussing on primary health care programmes. Funding for these programmes is derived from a variety of donors including OFDA, ECHO, DfID, Irish Aid and GOAL public funds.

Location: Nairobi, with significant travel to Sudan
Contract duration: 1 year
Reports to: Head of Internal Audit

  • Review Internal Audit Plan for 2010 in North and South Sudan with CFO and Head of Internal audit, and decide on prioritisation of field sites based on risk assessment. The Plan will be reviewed and amended if necessary at half-year.
  • To establish a risk-register in each location that is regularly updated.
  • Management of in-country national Internal Auditor and their plans.
  • Work with CFO and head of internal audit to develop a comprehensive standard audit programme for use in auditing field offices in North and South Sudan.
  • Review GOAL's field reporting procedures and identify areas for improvement.
  • Familiarisation with current structures, systems and procedures of the Finance Department in GOAL Dublin and its interaction with the finance function of field offices.
  • Provide advice on improvements to GOAL finance systems and procedures where appropriate.
  • Familiarisation with GOAL's relationship with major donors, including main donor guidelines and principles, (in co-ordination with GOAL's donor liaison officer).
Execution of Audit Plan:
  • Undertake internal audits in field offices as described in the plan.
  • Provide recommendations to Country Director (CD), Field FC, Head of internal audit where necessary, on improvements to be made in systems and controls.
  • Discuss findings of audit with CD and Field FC in advance of finalising Audit Report and incorporate their comments.
  • Report to Head of internal Audit on findings in formal Audit Report. Follow up on recommendations made in the Report with CD and Field FC to ensure they have been implemented.
  • Conduct any ad-hoc audit or financial investigation assignments at the request of the Audit Committee or Head of internal audit.
  • A principal focus of the work will be to assess how efficient budget management and monitoring is within North and South Sudan.
  • Another important focus will be to review systems of control around the use of cash in each field office.
Donor Compliance
  • Knowledge and understanding of the key areas of donor compliance.
  • As a further remit to each field visit ensure appropriate systems are in place in all relevant areas; reporting, documentation, filing protocols, resources allocated to ensuring donor compliance, training of staff.
Subsidiary ongoing responsibilities:

(It is intended that these responsibilities will be minimal but if urgent need arises they may be prioritised)
  • Assume the role of acting Field FC (i.e. provide cover) in situations where:
  • there may be a time period between contract end and contract start of successive Field FCs, or
  • a Field FC may require a prolonged leave of absence.
  • Provide inputs / recommendations in ongoing review of GOAL's financial procedures and control structures.
  • Assist in training of national staff in GOAL financial policies and procedures as required.
  • Assume the role of emergency financial co-ordinator in a field where an emergency may occur.
  • Undertake project management tasks if required in emergency circumstances.
This job description serves to give an overview of the role and is subject to change and more detail.

Note that this post may be filled before the advertised closing date.

How to apply:

Send CV and cover letter to

Closing Date: 29th April 2011

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