Program Manager, Inclusion & Political Justice at Kenya Human Rights Commission

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  • Company: Kenya Human Rights Commission
  • Location: Kenya
  • State: Nairobi
  • Job type: Full-Time
  • Job category: Administrative/Secretarial Jobs in Kenya

The Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) is a non-government organisation founded in 1992 and registered in 1994. The Commission campaigns to create a culture in Kenya where human rights and democratic culture are entrenched. It does this through monitoring, documenting and publicising rights violations.


The Program Manager, Inclusion & Political Justice supports and reports to the Deputy Executive Director. The position contributes and works to provide strategic direction, technical leadership and administrative support to the Inclusion & Political Justice programme and related issues at all levels in the society. The incumbent will supervise the inclusion and political justice team and work closely with other managers, senior management team, executive management and partners.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

Strategic Leadership & Support

  • Support the Executive Management in the development and implementation of the strategic and operational plans.
  • Oversee the realization of the KHRC’s Objectives and Results Areas and other interventions within the programme, across programmes/ the organization and at all levels.
  • Participate in, and represent the programme in the Senior Management Team meetings among other decision-making processes of the organization.
  • Actively participate and lead in the organizational and program-specific fundraising and the financial sustainability strategy at large.
  • Identify, lead and participate in the conversations and networks critical to the programme and the organization at all levels in the society.
  • Strengthen program linkages and foster good working relations with, Government representatives including county, ward administrators, community resource persons, private sector and civil society organizations.
  • As delegated by the Executive Director and Executive Management Team, lead and engage in the necessary media and other communication strategies and processes relevant to the programme and KHRC.

Programme Design and Implementation

  • Coordinate the team in the development and execution of the periodic work plans, budgets, timelines and other operations needs within the programme.
  • Work closely with the team to actively seek fundraising opportunities, develop fundraising proposals or concepts and continuously develop progress reports for donors and partners
  • Identify, advice and act on the emerging topical and human rights issues that require targeted research and urgent actions-through policy, political and legal interventions.
  • Lead in the designing and implementation of projects within your area of interest or expertise.
  • Ensure strategic and cross-thematic linkages and complementarity between the different programmes and teams within the Commission.
  • Participate in the meetings and activities organized by the team/and organization.
  • Relieve and hold brief for fellow Managers/Heads of Thematic Programmes and other Senior Management team members in their absence.

Programme Monitoring and Reporting

  • Ensure results based and cumulative progress reports for your work and team on monthly, quarterly, bi-annual, annual/ end of year basis within the established deadlines.
  • In consultation with DED, DFA and SMT team, track and report on a monthly basis, the utilization of funds and other resources allocated to the programme.
  • Oversee teams’ participation and presentations during the quarterly programmes meetings.
  • Organize monthly meetings with officers/team members to discuss and assess their individual and team’s progress on the programmatic work and expenditure.
  • Ensure timely drafting and review of donor reports from team members before they are forwarded to the DED for consideration and dissemination to grantmakers.
  • Review and ensure timely production and dissemination of concept papers, publications among other reports/ documents produced by the team and organization at large.

Teams Performance and Human Resource Obligations

  • Oversee the development and uploading of own and teams performance score targets and indicators upon adoption of the Annual Operational Plan.
  • Ensure continuous monitoring and feedback to the team, and from your immediate supervisor against the expected results, proposed interventions and resources provided.
  • Oversee an effective annual performance review for the team members and also participate in own review as organized by the supervisor.
  • In consultation with the SMT lead in the development of the team’s job descriptions and among other frameworks related to their terms and conditions of works.
  • In consultation with your Supervisor, SMT and HR office, deal with the team’s major disciplinary issues in a timely manner. Also, exercise discretion on minor disciplinary issues.
  • Advise the executive management on the emerging human resource and rights issues within the team and organization for information and action.

Administrative and Other Responsibilities in Programmes Administration

  • Monitor and advise on the human resource needs and capacities for the team.
  • Approve leaves, requisitions, and travels among other requisite administrative roles.
  • Delegate roles and responsibilities on a needs basis.
  • Supervise, guide, coach, mentor, develop and support the team members under the programme.
  • Organize bi-annual reflections between the team members and partner communities.
  • Undertake any other tasks as assigned by the supervisor and management.
Desired qualifications and experience
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Law, Political Science, Public Policy or a relevant discipline. A Master’s Degree in any of the disciplines listed will be an added advantage.
  • Minimum 6 years experience in program management, political governance and related human rights issues
  • A strong understanding of and demonstrable engagement with the County, National, Regional and International Human Rights mechanisms and partnerships
  • Proven track record of undertaking policy/legislative work and advocacy on inclusion, political justice and human rights issues
  • Demonstrable experience in supervision of team members, people and talent management, mentoring and development skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication, presentation and interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse teams
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong collaborative partnerships/relationships with diverse stakeholder groups
  • Ability to deliver clear goals within strategies, identify priority activities,tracks progress and adjusts priorities as required

Personal Attributes

The position requires a person who is:

  • Strong and committed believer in human rights, social justice and related approaches
  • A person who respects diversity, inclusion and values integrity and transparency
  • Has the ability to mobilise and manage financial and other resources
  • Strong analytical skills, excellent research, report writing and oral presentation skills
  • Flexible, open to change, results-driven and a team player
  • Practical problem solver with the ability to manage complexities
  • A people person who is a leader, a visionary and can balance team members needs with those of the organization
  • Strong planning, management and coordination skills
  • Has high emotional intelligence skills

Method of Application

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