Solidaridad Eastern & Central Africa Expertise Centre (SECAEC) based in Nairobi is a member organization of Solidaridad’s international network with its head office based in the Netherlands (www.solidaridadnetwork.org).

As a development organization, Solidaridad is convinced that decent and sustainable trade is the best instrument to combat structural poverty: since a secure income is the basis for a dignified existence.

Solidaridad works on sustainable production chains from producer to consumer, which encourages producers to enhance their capacity in managing a professional business.

Solidaridad works together with various partners, including private sector, government and civil society, in creating a support network and improvement program that addresses the economic, environmental and social needs of the (smallholder) producers and facilitates the process of acquisition of quality standards and volumes required by the market. Sustainable production systems and increased food security are important objectives in its work.

SECAEC is seeking to recruit for the following positions:-

1. Program Manager – Horticulture and Food Security

This position will be responsible for coordinating the day-to-day activities of different projects with producer organizations and private sector in Kenya.

These projects focus mainly on implementation of sustainable practices and assistance to producer organizations to improve primarily on the productivity of quality products as well as management capacity and market access, among others.

The candidate will be based in Nairobi but will regularly travel within the region where various projects are being implemented.

The responsibilities of the candidate include:-
  • Project management, including planning, formulation, coordination, monitoring and provision of support to current and new projects of Solidaridad;
  • Preparation and organization of project activity reports to be submitted to Solidaridad and other partners/stakeholders;
  • Assessment and writing of new project proposals, including financial assessment of various organizations/groups;
  • Organizing meetings, collaborating, creating and maintaining linkages among various stakeholders along the value chain within the region
  • Training of various stakeholders, including producer groups in the implementation of sustainable production practices and the requirements of sustainable Codes of Conduct;
  • Guiding producer organizations while setting up and executing capacity building projects;
  • Developing and sharing best practices in sustainable production;
  • Organizing and coordinating exchange visits among producer organizations within the region as well as facilitating sharing of their experiences
  • Creating links between producer organizations, retailers and exporters to create improved market opportunities in consuming countries.
  • Any other assignments that may be allocated by the Director of SECAEC
Minimum experience and qualifications:
  • At least 5-10 years professional experience within NGO and/or business sector, especially in the fruits and vegetables sector;
  • Masters degree level of education in agriculture (or other relevant discipline) from a recognized university or other learning institution;
  • Management experience in production and/or trading in preferably fruits and vegetables (or another relevant commodity);
  • Work experience with producer organizations within the East Africa Region, including experience with organizational development and financial assessment.
  • Demonstrated experience in initiatives which focus on sustainable production;
  • Excellent writing, presentation and training skills, with the ability to represent Solidaridad at all relevant fora;
  • Excellent communication skills in Kiswahili & English, so as to be in a position to provide oral and written project proposals and reports.
  • Self motivated, team player, meeting deadlines and ability to work without supervision are some of the key qualities for the candidate in this position.
2. Program Manager – Cotton and Sugarcane

This position will be responsible for coordinating the day-to-day activities of different projects with producer organizations and private sector in within the region, particularly focused on the cotton and sugarcane.

It will also be heavily involved in program development/ proposal writing for funding of new projects as well as negotiating with private sector and other relevant stakeholders.

The candidate will be based in Nairobi but will be required to travel regularly to represent SECAEC in international fora.

The responsibilities of the candidate include:-
  • Identification and formulation of new projects and programs together with various partners, especially private sector;
  • Preparation and presentation of fundraising proposals to possible donors including financial projections of projects;
  • Prepare and organize project activity reports to be submitted to Solidaridad and other stakeholders;
  • Organizing meetings, collaborating, creating and maintaining linkages among various stakeholders along the value chain within the region;
  • Training of various stakeholders, including producer groups in the implementation of sustainable production practices and the requirements of sustainable Codes of Conduct;
  • Guiding producer organizations while setting up and executing capacity building projects;
  • Developing and sharing best practices in sustainable production;
  • Organizing and coordinating exchange visits among producer organizations within the region as well as facilitating sharing of their experiences;
  • Creating links between producer organizations, retailers and exporters to create improved market opportunities in consuming countries;
  • Represent SECAEC in international fora;
  • Any other assignments that may be allocated by the Director of SECAEC
Minimum experience and qualifications:
  • At least 10 years professional experience within NGO and/or private sector;
  • Masters degree level of in Business Management with a first degree in agriculture (or any other relevant discipline) from a recognized university or other institution;
  • Management experience in production and/or trading in palm oil, soy and livestock will be an added advantage;
  • Demonstrated experience in initiatives which focus on sustainable production;
  • Excellent writing, presentation and negotiation skills;
  • Excellent communication skills in both English and Swahili
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial skills;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the agri-supply chain with special emphasis on cotton and sugarcane;
  • Management experience in working with good agricultural processing and manufacturing practices while addressing the environmental concerns.
  • Self motivated, team player, punctual in meeting deadlines and ability to work without supervision are some of the key qualities of the candidate being sought.
3. Project Manager – Gold Mining

This position will be responsible for supervising several small-scale gold mining projects.

The position will be primarily a field one and as such it will be located in the Western Kenya region, with some travel in and outside the region

The responsibilities of this position include:-
  • Project management, including provision of leadership within the project;
  • Working with the various groups on-site;
  • Organizing meetings, collaborating, creating and maintaining linkages among various stakeholders along the value chain;
  • Training of various stakeholders, especially small scale artisanal mining groups in the implementation of sustainable mining practices and the requirements of sustainable and fairmined Codes of Conduct;
  • Guiding small scale mining organizations while setting up and executing capacity building projects;
  • Developing and sharing best practices in sustainable artisanal mining;
  • Organizing and coordinating exchange visits among organizations within the region as well as facilitating sharing of their experiences;
  • Prepare and organize project activity reports to be submitted to the Head Office and other stakeholders;
  • Development of working tools/instruments and training users on the same;
  • Facilitating and acquiring of various certification and legislation;
  • Any other assignments that may be allocated by the Director of SECAEC
Minimum experience and qualifications:
  • At least 5 to 10 years relevant experience;
  • Certification on acquisition of technical skills on mining from an approved institution;
  • Demonstrated practical know-how on mining;
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge on various mining standards including occupational health, safety and environment standards;
  • Practical knowledge on legal and labour issues;
  • Fluency in Swahili and English;
  • Ability to work in dynamic groups;
  • Inspirational trainer and team builder, able to work as change agent in communities;
  • Self motivated, team player, meeting deadlines and ability to work without supervision are some of the key qualities of the candidate being sought.
These positions are on local terms and will be for an initial period of one year, renewable, subject to availability of resources and proven performance.

If you feel you fulfill the above criteria for any of the positions please send your application stating your suitability to consult@syn-solutions.com.

Save your application as one file using your names as the document name with the subject heading on the email as the position you are applying for.

Applications will be considered until 10th November 2011 and only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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The Nairobi Waldorf School is one of 2,500 international schools around the world that offers the Steiner/Waldorf curriculum to children from 18 months of age to 13 years.

The school is not-for-profit and is managed by a Board of Trustees which comprises of parents and teachers.

This trust currently runs two multi-cultural schools in Karen and Kileleshwa.

Read more about us on www.nairobiwaldorfschool.ac.ke

Due to growth, the Karen school now seeks to employ a warm, pleasant and skilled office assistant who meets to work closely with the School Administrator.

The Office Assistant is responsible for giving all visitors to the school, whether in person or via telephone and e-mail, a pleasant first encounter.

He/she is also a liaison between the school and all stakeholders of the school.

Roles and responsibilities
  • Take calls, messages, greet visitors and prospective parents and direct them to the concerned staff members as is needed.
  • Develop and maintain the school’s teaching and learning materials inventory system.
  • Typing and processing various documents, as and when required.
  • Keeping a daily check on the e-mail that is sent to the office along with answering them and taking care of correspondence as directed.
  • Dispatching duties to varied staff members as and when required.
  • Maintaining a clean reception area, making it ready for the visitors, etc.
  • Making transport arrangements of staff members and visiting mentors, if they have been dispatched on a work-related trip.
  • Maintaining and keeping a record of parent contact lists and making sure that the changes are keyed in from time to time.
  • Assisting in the completion of pupils’ progress reports.
  • Keeping a check on all the things that are required in the office and ordering them accordingly.
  • Issuing of games kits, library books and class materials.
  • Oversee the packing, assembling and dispatching of varied packets.
  • Scheduling meetings, preparing the agenda and taking minutes at such meetings.
  • Update the notice boards by posting and removal of outdated materials
  • File all correspondence and retrieving of information from active files or archives upon request.
  • Maintain a School transport register and pupil’s transport schedule.
  • To provide First Aid and arrange for hospital follow up or emergency evacuation if necessary
  • Keeping track of leave schedules
Skills
  • Typing speed of at least 50 words per minute
  • Good grooming
  • excellent interpersonal skills
  • effective verbal, listening and written communications skills
  • attention to detail and high level of accuracy
  • very effective organizational skills
  • computer skills including spreadsheets, word processing programs and e-mail at a highly proficient level
  • time management skills
Education and experience
  • Certificate/Diploma in Secretarial Studies or Front Office Management
  • At least 2 years experience preferably in an educational institution
  • Certificate in First Aid
Send cover letter and CV only to admin@nairobiwaldorfschool.ac.ke by 9th November 2011.

No other attachments please.

Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.
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We need experienced SEO content writers.

Apply only if you are good in writing in English or have experience as a SEO writer.

To qualify we will need atleast 1 sample from your past work and your CV.

We will give you a test article to see your capabilities.

You should also be able to write at least 5 articles per day (500 words each).

You should also be available online from Monday to Friday and half day Saturday.

You can work part time if you want but we need 5 articles per day.

Here's what you need to work as work at home/freelance SEO article writer
  1. Reliable internet connection.
  2. Excellent internet research skills
  3. Unmatched English grammar skills. Able to write flawlessly.
  4. A computer
  5. Ability to write 100% original content. No duplicate articles.
  6. A little understanding of SEO, keyword research,etc will be a plus.
Remuneration: From. 100/- to 250/- per article.

You should be available to start right away or within a week's time.

Apply by email to veritablewriters3@gmail.com
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