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Client Profile: An International educational organization that delivers high-quality education for minimal costs to the impoverished communities.

Job Title: Curriculum Specialists

Reporting To: Director

Job Location: Nairobi

Role Overview: to ensure delivery of quality education by developing and researching curricular materials.

Our client has developed Version 1.0 of an extremely detailed and rigorous instructional approach to enable a broad universe of teachers to be extremely effective in the classroom, overseen and managed by a school manager implementing a specialized support and oversight system, monitored and audited by a field-based operations team from headquarters.

Critical elements of the International instructional approach include:
  • A Direct Instruction or scripted curriculum (word for word, action-by-action scripts for every lesson in the classroom) based on the national syllabus
  • A continuous assessment program integrated with the curriculum, using specialized assessment recording forms and easy to follow rules for when teachers should continue on to new material or remediate on previous lessons
  • An integrated tutoring and enrichment program to ensure that students don’t fall behind, and those who are ahead of the curve are constantly engaged.
Main Tasks and Duties:

The Curriculum Specialists will be responsible for researching and developing curriculum materials, including:
  • Schemes of work
  • Detailed lesson plans
  • Direct Instruction scripts
  • Student exercises
  • Student assessments.
  • Other related materials.
Academic Qualifications:
  • Bachelors or Masters degree in Education
Technical Skills:
  • Writing education instructional materials including lesson plans, curriculum, schemes of work, etc
  • Excellent ability to interpret the 8-4-4 syllabus
  • Excellent writing skills, especially in the English Language.
Computer Skills: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

Length of Experience:
  • 5 plus years of experience as a primary school teacher.
  • 3-5 years of experience writing curriculum/instructional materials
Personality Requirements:
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; Team player
  • Good analytical skills.
  • High initiative; Proactive personality; High self drive.
  • Ability to work under minimal supervision; Works well under pressure.
  • Ability to accept feedback and to make continuous revisions to ensure the best possible product.
  • Ability to meet deadlines without fail.
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced informal environment where constant change is the norm and the bar for quality is set high.
How to Apply:

Interested, suitable candidates should forward their applications enclosing copies of their detailed CVs to the following address:

Adecco Employment Services
Email: info@adeccokenya.com

Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Deadline Date: 09 July 2011
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Status: Full time

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

FLSA: Exempt

Job Summary:

Grameen Foundation’s (GF) Capital Management & Advisory Center (CMAC) seeks to harness the resources of the financial markets to support rapid expansion in outreach to poor families through leading, poverty-focused microfinance institutions (MFIs) and other social enterprises.

CMAC supports access to growth financing through a range of financial products and services currently offered through two distinct investment vehicles: the Growth Guarantee Program which provides loan guarantees to MFIs, and the Pioneer Fund which offers loans, quasi-equity and equity investments to MFIs and other social enterprises.


The Investment Associate will be responsible for leading transactions primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa through the investment cycle (origination, structuring, execution, and monitoring), while creating and managing external relationships with regulators, capital markets actors, co-investors, rating agencies and other relevant institutions in select regions/countries.

The ideal candidate will bring relevant work experience and relationships in Sub-Saharan Africa and be capable/willing to transact in Asia as needed.

Reporting and relationships: The Investment Associate will report to the Manager of Investments while working directly with other members of CMAC, the Regional Teams, and other departments within Grameen Foundation.

Availability: Investment Associate will be expected to work a typical work week of 40 hours plus additional hours as necessary to get the job done. The position will require extensive local and international travel of up to 50% time.

Essential Job Functions:
  • Lead marketing efforts within Africa and build investment pipeline, screening to ensure that prospects meet GF’s social mission, and conducting initial financial analysis and desk review to ensure satisfactory financial credentials and Asia.
  • Establish relationships with and actively educate local financial institutions about guarantees and the GG product to open up new financing relationships for MFIs.
  • Negotiate prudent investment terms and conditions with clients under supervision from the Manager of Investments, and support MFIs in their negotiation and documentation of guarantees with banks and local financial institutions.
  • Organize and conduct in-country due diligence assessments of prospects to include interviews with senior management, field visits, review of operations and social mission, and drafting a summary of due diligence findings.
  • Prepare and defend investment proposals for Credit & Investment Committees, to include financial projection model & risk rating score.
  • Upon securing Committee approval, take lead role in documenting and executing the investment transaction.
  • Responsible for achieving deployment and revenue targets as agreed with Manager of Investments.
  • Monitor the on-going operational performance and risk profile of portfolio companies, and prepare quarterly portfolio reviews in conjunction with GF’s Regional Team.
  • Identify need for amendments, waivers, restructurings, etc. and support efforts to negotiate and execute satisfactory resolutions.
  • Support collection efforts (following up on late or potential default payments to minimize arrears and avoid guarantee calls).
  • Potentially represent CMAC at relevant regional and international conferences;
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of latest industry and regulatory developments related to microfinance and capital markets in all countries of responsibility, and prepare country analysis for new targeted markets.
  • Initiate and develop relationships with key government and regulatory bodies, rating agencies, and other funders/investors in close coordination with GF Africa Regional Team.
  • As needed, assist in fund raising activities and other CMAC tasks as assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Commitment to Grameen Foundation’s mission
  • Superior quantitative skills and written analysis skills
  • Strong financial analysis skills.
  • Demonstrated negotiation skills
  • Knowledge of microfinance and/or social entrepreneurship sector within Africa.
  • Excellent communication skills: ability to effectively communicate, through speaking and writing, to internal and external audiences
  • Ability to act as a representative of GF to the public
  • Fluency in English required, French also desired
Education and Experience
  • Bachelor degree required; MBA or Master’s degree in economics/finance preferred.
  • Five or more years work experience in related fields with at least three years in financial sector, with an emphasis on debt and/or equity financing
  • Experience in financial analysis and modeling
  • Microfinance sector; banking or finance experience in Africa is a plus
Physical and Environmental Conditions

This position does not require unusual demands for physical effort.

This position may occasionally require physical effort to lift and transport boxes weighing no more than 50 pounds.

Work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of places such as offices, meeting or training rooms, residences, commercial vehicles; e.g., use of safe work place practices with office equipment, and/or avoidance of trips and falls, and observance of fire regulations and traffic signals.

Additional Comment

The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made in appropriate circumstances to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

Interested candidates please forward cover letter with resume to: swardle@grameenfoundation.org

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Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) is a humanitarian relief organisation created by the Act of Parliament, Cap 256 of the Laws of Kenya on 21st December 1965.

Its vision is to be the most effective, most trusted and self-sustaining humanitarian organisation in Kenya.

The Society is looking for qualified people to fill the following position:

Position Title: Reporting and Documentation Officer

Reporting to: Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

Job Location: Headquarters – Nairobi.

Overall Purpose

Responsible to the M&E Manager for overall reporting and documentation of KRCS programmes in line with the M&E framework and donor requirements.

The incumbent will ensure quality reports are generated from the field level to HQ and ensure results-based reporting to donors and partners, and to document the organisation’s best practices and lessons learnt, in order to enhance organisational learning with a view of strengthening KRCS’ results oriented management.

Duties and Responsibilities
 
  • Develop and revise reporting and documentation tools to record programme achievements, results and document best practices and lessons learnt.
  • Ensure timely preparation of progress reports in accordance with organisational and donor requirements to demonstrate impact of KRCS activities on beneficiaries as per logical framework.
  • Support the M&E Unit in enhancing knowledge on Results Based Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting (RBMER) with an aim of strengthening results-based reporting and adherence to donor requirements.
  • Support programmes in the documentation of best practices and lessons learnt to enhance knowledge management or organisational learning and ultimately improve programme implementation.
  • Participate in forums for exchange and learning from evaluation or survey findings through M&E presentations in seminars, conferences, workshops and publications including annual reports and follow-ups on M&E policies and practices.
  • Improve knowledge management by disseminating programme reports, publish best practices and lessons learnt documents - internally and externally, to relevant stakeholders and through e-forums (website and internal resource centre).
  • Develop strategies for strengthening collaborative partnerships and networks with stakeholders and donors to ensure statutory compliance to donor reporting and documentation requirements.
  • Represent KRCS at meetings, conferences and workshops and other forums to promote and articulate issues related to the M&E of humanitarian relief.
  • Prepare periodic progress reports and annual reports showing achievements of the Reporting function.
Minimum qualifications
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism or Communications, Diploma or Certificate in Project Design, Planning and or M&E. A Masters Degree would be an added advantage.
Key Competencies
  • Excellent written and oral communication, organisation, presentation and analytical skills and ability to pay attention to detail, strict deadlines, and working with little supervision.
  • Good Knowledge and demonstrated expertise on the Project Cycle, M&E and Results Based Reporting in a complex organisation dealing with developmental work.
  • Ability to maintain high standards of personal integrity, establishing productive relationships, treating all individuals and partners with fairness and respect and demonstrating sensitivity for ethnic, cultural and gender difference.
  • Demonstrated experience in documentation and publication of best practices and lesson learnt.
  • A Strong background on archiving and retrieval of documents is essential.
Applications must contain:

A letter of application, curriculum vitae, copies of academic certificates and other testimonials, address and contacts of two referees.

All applications should be sent to:

The Secretary General
Kenya Red Cross Society
P. O. Box 40712-00100
Nairobi

So as to reach him not later than Friday, 8th July 2011.

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