A dynamic, energetic and result oriented VSAT Technician.

The Technician will be reporting to the Maintenance Manager.

The right candidate for this job should have knowledge in mobile network configuration, deployment and operations, and at least have Diploma in Telecommunication Engineering with at least 3 years’ experience.

If you have the above qualifications please apply in confidence including your CV to

Broadband Communication Networks Limited,
P.O Box 10840-00400 Nairobi

OR email to info@broadcom.co.ke to reach us not later than Friday 2nd December 2011.

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Position: Finance Assistant

Department: Administration

Assigned Project: Malaria and HIV/AIDS/TB Project

Program Area: Kisii, Gucha, Nyamira Districts, Kenya

Responsible To: Finance Officer

Staff Directly Supervised: None

Relationships Internally: All Management and Staff

Relationships Externally: Suppliers, Merlin visitors, NBI office and other field offices

Overall objective of the position
  • To support the finance manager in management and accountability of transactions
  • To ensure smooth running of Merlin finance procedures.
Responsibilities

Key responsibilities:
  • To prepare cheque payments, which will include making sure that all invoices presented for payment have the relevant supporting documentation with the account to confirm correct codes.
  • To maintain and upkeep accounting files, making sure on a daily basis that all relevant accounts documents are filed correctly and timely.
  • To check petty cash vouchers – by liaising with the Finance Officer to ensure that vouchers match entries and to check that they are correctly coded before posting.
  • To post cashbook up to date at all times with records of all expenditure and to verify the same with regular cash counts. To ensure the receipts are clearly labelled and filed for all such transactions.
  • To assist the Finance Officer ensure that the Project Co-ordinator and Merlin contracted expatriate visitors receive per diems and R&R allowance as contracted and that kitty money is advanced to the House Keeper as required. To pay all locally recruited staff and medical consultants at each month end and to send the necessary information to the Nairobi Finance Officer to allow both payment of taxes and reimbursement of donor funds for such staff.
  • To assist in stock taking in at both the site and the field at regular intervals.
  • To assist the Finance Officer in banking and collecting statements from the bank.
  • To post and maintain the vehicle job cards and fuel records and bill for mileage.
  • To assist the Finance Officer and Programmes in the preparation of cash forecasts and reports.
  • To do bank and ledger reconciliation.
  • To monitor advances and loans ledger.
  • To occasionally travel to the field to assist with the management of Imprests and drawing on reports for the use in the office.
  • To maintain confidentiality and security as regards Human Resources and the programme finances.
  • To perform any other duties that the Finance Officer considers relevant to your skills and position.
Level of decision making: Limited to the direction of the Finance Officer

Key Competencies:

Knowledge
  • Knowledge of accounting systems both manual and computerised
  • Middle leave accountancy background – CPA 2 (at least), but CPA 3 desirable
Ability/Skills
  • Ability to use Excel spreadsheets and Word
  • Ability to pay great attention to detail
  • A high level of numeracy skills
  • Ability to maintain accurate records
  • Ability to work to deadlines and if necessary work long hours when deadlines are tight
Experience
  • Experience in NGO accounting - desirable
  • Knowledge of donor reporting - desirable
How to apply

All applications should be sent to:

HR Department,
Merlin, Nairobi Office,
P.O Box 3350 – 00200,
Nairobi, Kenya

Or Email to: recruitment@merlin-kenya.org

Application deadline is Friday, 9th December 2011 at 5.00pm.

Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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Terms of Reference for a Consultancy

“Final Project Evaluation”

Improved Community Response to Drought (ICRD) – Phase III


Background

Vétérinaires Sans Frontières (VSF) Belgium is an international non governmental organization whose mission is to improve the welfare of vulnerable populations in developing countries, through improving animal health and production.

The 15 years experience gained in the dry lands of Northern Kenya and the border regions of neighboring countries is used to implement the Improved Community Response to Drought
(ICRD) project.

ICRD III is a project funded under ECHO’s Regional Drought Decision. ICRD III’s overall objective is to “Contribute to further improvement of the coping strategies of communities vulnerable to recurrent drought hazards”.

ICRD III is a follow up project built on the achievements of ICRD I & II phases implemented 2.5 years earlier.

It seeks to replicate outcomes of the results. These can be then used to influence the development of future drought preparedness.

Objective of the consultancy

ICRD III is implemented from July 1st, 2010 to December 31st, 2011. The objective of this consultancy is to evaluate the project in relation to:
  • The quality of the process followed at community level for implementation of project actions;
  • The project’s contribution to evidence based advocacy efforts;
  • Identify possible improvements on share of information with FAO, UN ISDR on technical matters within the operation, but also with REGLAP for advocacy and technical briefs and newsletter:
Location: The consultancy will focus on the project location mainly Karamoja region, Uganda: including Moroto and Napak districts.

Timeframe: The whole consultancy is expected to take 15 days: 2 days preparation in Nairobi, 7 days in the field locations, 6 days final reporting in Nairobi

It should take place during the months of December 2011.

The final report should be available by 31st December 2011 at the latest.

Key Activities
  • Prepare a detailed work plan for the consultancy which outlines the methodology to be used.
  • Review existing related literature.
  • At the project location, gather all relevant information from communities, local authorities and other humanitarian/development actors.
  • Present preliminary findings to partners and Project staff at the end of the fieldwork.
  • Prepare a detailed draft report and debrief VSF in Nairobi on the main findings, making a power point presentation.
  • Integrate any feed-back into the final report.
The focus should be on the below key aspects:

A - Quality of the process followed at community level:

1. Hazard mapping (focussing on possible impact of drought to resources and services used in time of drought) – vulnerability and capacity analysis for a proper risk analysis.

2. Process followed with the community for the elaboration of the contingency plan or disaster
management plan. Technical quality of the contingency plan in terms of allowing community reactions (roles and responsibilities well defined, triggers for reaction also well defined). How have the possible impacts of drought on the existing services at community level been integrated into the elaboration of the plans (Ex: water supply, education, health, etcG),

3. Link between the community contingency plan or disaster management plan and an early warning system;

4. Link between the community contingency plan or disaster management plan and the one at district – parish level;

5. Integration of a vulnerability / gender sensitive approach into the definition of the community
contingency plans or disaster management plans, to make sure that the specific needs of the most vulnerable parts of the communities (including women, children, elders, etcG) are integrated in the plans elaborated.

B - Contribution to evidence based advocacy efforts:

1. Select and highlight possible good drought risk reduction practices, lessons learnt within the ECHO funded operation

2. Assess/measure the impact of these good practices for documenting purpose, (eventually ready to have it as a contribution to the evidence based advocacy effort).

C - Identify possible improvements on share of information with FAO, UN ISDR on technical matters within the operation, but also with REGLAP for advocacy and technical briefs and newsletter:

1. What has / could have been shared with FAO and UN ISDR, REGLAP given their respective mandate?

2. Propose working modalities to ensure that elements that could have been shared with FAO, UN ISDR and REGLAP would be shared in the future.

Execution
  • The consultant will draft a detailed methodology and work plan for the studies.
  • A participatory approach will be expected with maximum stakeholder participation and appropriate involvement of local traditional and government leadership at all stages.
  • The whole mission is not expected to take more than 15 days.
Outputs
  • Presentation of methodology and workplan to VSF.
  • One feedback workshop at project location.
  • One final report.
Deliverables

A detailed final report inclusive of a separate two page summary will be presented to the VSF-B Regional Director.

The entire report will be presented in English and will remain the property of VSF-B. A hard copy and a soft copy must be submitted.

A draft document (report) will be expected six (6) days after the end of the field mission and the final report isexpecte ays after the comments from VSF-B.

The contents of the report shall be as follows:
  • Executive summary (covering major findings and recommendations).
  • Background.
  • Description of the objectives of the mission and execution methodology.
  • Literature review
  • Findings/results
  • Discussion
  • Challenges
  • Recommendations
  • Conclusions
  • Annexes covering Terms of Reference, abbreviations, data collection formats and questionnaires used references, graphs, tables, etc.).
Responsibilities

The VSF B Country Program Manager for Uganda, based in Nairobi, will:
  • Have overall responsibility and accountability for the mission,
  • Ensure the overall coordination of the mission in conjunction with the project partners and the Assistant Project Manager based in Moroto.
VSF Belgium will organize the logistic of the mission, and cover the transportation and accommodation costs of the consultant while in the field locations.

Qualifications

The consultant is expected to have the following attributes:
  • Minimum five years experience working with drought affected pastoral communities.
  • Minimum five years experience in participatory monitoring and evaluation.
  • Livestock health and/or production background.
  • Excellent inter-personal, facilitation and writing skills.
  • Familiar to Disaster Risk Reduction principles and projects.
  • Excellent computer literacy.
Contact Information

Interested expert(s) should submit proposals indicating relevant qualifications and experience as well as a detailed execution plan.

They should also indicate daily consultancy rates and possible starting dates.

The proposals, CV and letter of motivation as well as three (3) referees should be sent electronically to recruitment@vsfb.or.ke

Ref: ICRD III Final Evaluation01/11

Closing date: 9th December 2011.

As part of our growth strategy in 2011 and to strengthen the team to achieve ambitious performance objectives, the Company wishes to recruit experienced, dynamic, innovative and high caliber individuals to fill the following 10 positions.

Reporting to the Unit Manager and operating in a highly competitive and dynamic environment, this challenging position requires the candidates to perform the following functions:

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Prospecting for clients for the provision of insurance and investment services and products including unit trusts, life insurance, monthly investment plans, education plans, General insurance, Retirement planning, offshore products etc.
  • Provide financial advice to clients according to their requirements and risk profile, as well as the performance of the specific portfolios
  • Carry out a detailed-fact find review of the potential clients and recommend appropriate insurance and investment products.
  • Maintain a regular follow-up with clients to maintain a strong customer service.
Qualifications, Skills and Ability Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree or relevant professional qualifications in areas such as education, marketing with a strong flair for sales.
  • Minimum KCSE grade C
  • Minimum Age- 28 (mandatory)
  • Successful track record of selling in the financial services sector, teaching or any other relevant profession;
  • Highly networked and adept at connecting with people;
  • Prior experience in selling life or investments will be a definite advantage.
  • COP in insurance or its equivalent professional certification, added advantage
  • Good working knowledge of financial markets and financial products
  • Results oriented and able to work under strict deadlines to meet sales targets
  • Ability to thrive in a high-pressure, fast-paced environment with minimum supervision
Remuneration is an attractive and highly rewarding Commission based structure.

If this position is of interest to you, please apply to njomo@british-american.co.ke with a covering letter quoting reference no FA.NOV.2011 explaining how you would meet the demands of this challenging position (please do not send hard copies).

Applications should be received not later than Friday, 9th December 2011

In the event you do not hear from us by 30th October 2011, please consider your application unsuccessful

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