County Programme Manager – Kenya

Job Title: County Programme Manager

Reports to: Field Operations Coordinator

Direct Reports: Turkana – County Sector Leads in charge of Health & Nutrition; Livelihoods; and Community Engagement; Officer Logistics and Admin; Officer – Emergency Response.

Job Location: Lodwar, Turkana (Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Kenya at the time of application – National Position)

Contract Details: Fixed Term , One(1) Year Contract, renewable subject to availability of funds.

Job Summary:

The incumbent will be responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Concern Kenya Turkana Programme and is the focal point of contact with the County Government of Turkana and other stakeholders in Turkana County. The County Programme Manager is responsible for implementation of high-quality program, with a specific focus in ensuring effective implementation of the annual implementation and costed work plans. Under the supervision of Field Operations Coordinator, The County Programme Manager will be responsible for the overall program and field office management.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Programme Development & Implementation:

  • Oversee Concern programme implementation across Turkana County in line with programme work plans.
  • Responsible for timely and quality programme implementation, reporting, and monitoring using a Results Based Management approach
  • Lead the integration of program activities to create coherent and complimentary programming with the focus to ensure the delivery of high quality program implementation.
  • In close collaboration with relevant Sector Leads and line manager, lead the field-based teams in the development of new programming ideas and initiatives for the Turkana county programme in accordance with the country strategic plan 2022-2026.
  • Participate in the development of budgets for programme proposals.
  • Support in identification, assessment, onboarding and management of local implementing partners
  • Support in the management of the Turkana field office to ensure that the Systems department (Logistics, Administration, HR and Finance) are responsive to the needs of the programme and best practices;

Security Management:

  • Ensuring Turkana County Programme staff, visiting staff, consultants and suppliers engaged by Concern in Turkana are aware of and adhere to the Country Security Management Plan.
  • Lead in the identification of Turkana County Programme staff security training needs where appropriate.
  • Fill out the Security Incident Reporting Tool (SIRT) whenever there is a security incident in the Turkana County Programme Area.

Budget Management:

  • Delegated budget holder for programme costed work plans and project budgets in the Turkana County Programme
  • Responsible for the development and sharing for approval of Quarterly Turkana County costed work plans
  • Coaching, mentoring and assisting direct reports on budget management
  • Reporting any suspected or actual financial irregularities to the Country Director

People Management:

  • Responsible for managing the performance of all direct reports through: effective use of the Performance Management System.
  • Maintain open and professional relations with direct reports, team members, promoting inclusivity.
  • Responsible for the management and coordination of Turkana County staff leave plans.
  • Mentoring and coaching direct reports to improve quality of their work and management capacity
  • Ensuring sufficient human resources for programme implementation teams for effective programme delivery in Turkana County Programme Area

Networking & Representation:

  • Representative of Concern in the relevant Turkana County forums. Represent Concern’s policies, strategies, and procedures at the county level as necessary.
  • As a head of programme, coordinate and facilitate field visits for stakeholders interested in Concern’s work in Turkana County.
  • Coordinate Concern’s programme activities with relevant government officials and other humanitarian agencies.

Monitoring & Evaluation:

  • Coordinate the monitoring and evaluation of all programmes (including partner programmes) in Turkana County Programme Area within the agreed plans, budgets, time frames and donor guidelines

Responding to Emergencies:

  • Support Direct Reports and Turkana County Programme staff in ensuring timely and effective emergency response based on funding availability.
  • Participate and contribute as necessary towards Concern’s Emergency response as and when necessary.
  • Comply with Concern’s health, safety and security guidelines during emergencies


  • Adhere to and promote the standards outlined in the Concern Code of Conduct and associated policies to their team, beneficiaries, and be committed to providing a safe working environment
  • Participating and contributing towards Concern’s emergency response, as and when necessary
  • Promote and ensure compliance with the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) commitments and quality criteria
  • Ensure that all Turkana County Programme staff are familiar with the principles underpinning accountability, safeguarding and Concern’s Complaints and Response Mechanism (CRM) and ensure that information about Concern’s commitments on accountability and safeguarding are disseminated among programme participants and communities
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Line Manager

Person Specification

Minimum Education, Qualifications & Experience Required:

  • Advanced University Degree in Management, Project Planning and Management, Disaster Risk Management, Health, Nutrition, Agriculture or WASH, with a minimum of 7 (seven) years progressive relevant professional work experience.
  • 3 (three) years’ experience in a programme/budget/team management with an international NGO, with at least 2(two) years managing field operations.
  • Management of diverse and multi-sectoral programmes.
  • Strong leadership and management skills including people management, delegation, time management and prioritizing skills
  • Excellent English language skills (written and verbal)

Preference will be given to candidates who have:

  • Knowledge and experience of incorporating key people-centered approaches across programmes
  • Knowledge and experience of working on systems strengthening approaches across sectors
  • Networking and advocacy skills
  • Problem solving and strategic thinking
  • Commitment to humanitarian principles and values

Competencies required:

Managing yourself

Awareness of your own abilities and uses abilities to work well with others to achieve your work and Concern’s.

Individual leadership

Inspire others by clearly articulating and demonstrating the Concern’s values and principles supports others to achieve excellent results.

Communicating and working with others

Proactively and effectively share information with others. Works effectively with others to achieve best results from.

Delivering results

Delivers on commitments; uses appropriate techniques to help achieve agreed objectives.

Planning and decision-making

Systematically work towards achieving objectives; informed and timely decisions (appropriate to role), to achieve work objectives.

Creativity and innovation

Continual improvement by developing and implementing new ideas for effective and efficient progress towards the agreed objectives

Influence, advocacy and networking

Engages effectively with others inside and outside the organisation as relevant to achieve agreed objectives

Safeguarding at Concern: Code of Conduct and its Associated Policies

Concern has an organisational Code of Conduct (CCoC) with three Associated Policies; the Programme Participant Protection Policy (P4), the Child Safeguarding Policy and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Policy. These have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation, and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organisation, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context, staff have a responsibility to the organisation to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern’s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a consultancy opportunity with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Concern Code of Conduct and Associated Policies as an appendix to their consultancy contract. By signing the Concern Code of Conduct, candidates acknowledge that they have understood the content of both the Concern Code of Conduct and the Associated Policies and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these policies. Additionally, Concern is committed to the safeguarding and protection of vulnerable adults and children in our work. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who are suitable to do consultancy work or volunteer with vulnerable adults and children are recruited by us for such roles. Subsequently, being hired as a consultant with Concern is subject to a range of vetting checks, including criminal background checking.

Concern’ is the trading name of ‘Concern Worldwide’, a company limited by guarantee, registered number 39647; registered charity number CHY 5745, registered in Ireland, registered address is 52-55 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Ireland. Follow Concern online:

How to apply

Interested candidates, who meet the above requirements, should send a detailed CV with three referees and Cover Letter Only to with the subject of the email as “County Programme Manager – Lodwar,Turkana ’’ on or before Wednesday 25th January 2023 “. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.

Concern Worldwide is an equal opportunity employer and does not charge a fee at any stage of recruitment process (for application, written test, interview, training, medical examination etc.) nor act through recruitment agents. This is applicable for all opportunities including staff and interns.

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