Deputy Head of Delegation in charge of programs (for Kenyan nationals only) – Kenya

Terre des hommes Foundation is an independent, neutral, and impartial Swiss organization founded in 1960, dedicated to bringing about significant and lasting change in the lives of children and young people, especially those most at risk. Tdh ensures their well-being and the effective implementation of their rights as defined in the Convention on the Child’s Rights and other human rights instruments. To make a difference, Tdh focus our efforts on maternal and child health, children and young people in migration situations, and access to justice. Tdh promotes the active participation of children and young people to empower them. We advocate for their rights and support them in expressing their needs and interests. Tdh works in fragile contexts and conflict zones, as well as in more stable environments.

Tdh is present in Kenya since 2011. Currently Tdh is providing protection and health/nutrition services for children and families affected by migration, droughtand poverty in Korogocho informal settlement in Nairobi, in Garissa County, in Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps, Kalobeyei settlement and host communities .

In Garissa County, Tdh supports the Ministry of Health in providing integrated nutrition and protection services to severe malnourished children and pregnant and lactating women. In Korogocho informal settlements, Tdh implements early child development activities and child protection activities with a strong community-based approach aiming at decreasing violence against children and strengthening child protection mechanisms. The intervention in Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps, Kalobeyei settlement and host communities is focused on prevention and response to child protection needs while strengthening protection community-based mechanisms in the refugee operation and its host communities.

We are recruiting a deputy Head of Delegation in charge of programs

Overarching Responsibilities

Under the Head of Delegation’s supervision, the Deputy Head ensures the supervision of operations at the national level. He/She sees to the proper implementation of operations in compliance with the Strategic Planning (SP) of the delegation’s operations in adherence to the general reference framework and the program approach.

He/She ensures the implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems in the projects and monitor the progress of activities according to pre-established indicators. He/She notifies the Head of Delegation if there is a need to implement corrective measures. He/She supervises the program teams. He/She feels accountable to the beneficiaries, collaborators and donors.

He/She ensures that teams and partners have been instructed in the security policies and the general code of conduct and conform to them at all times.

Through delegation from the Head of Delegation, He/She contributes to managing and assuming ultimate responsibility for all the mission’s risks and aspects of access.

Specific Responsibilities

More specifically He/She has the following responsibilities:

Steering activities:

  • Ensures project implementation and activities follow-up according to the program approach and the strategic issues connected to their context(s) (targets, follow-up of scheduled activities, budgetary activity reports follow-up
  • Informs the Head of Delegation and colleagues involved, if necessary (PROG& EXP, RDF, etc.) of the timelines for execution and propose adjustments where necessary depending on the available means and in coordination with the teams involved
  • Puts in place a regular system of information and data reporting (e.g. beneficiary counts, indicators, steering, etc.) as well as the formal coordination at field level (coordination meetings, reports, etc.)
  • In coordination with the support staff, ensures that the needs of programs and expertise in terms of financial, logistics and HR means are covered in a professional way within the framework of current and well measured projects for the implementation of new operations (GAP, etc.)
  • Ensures that the strategic plan, including the program approach, are properly implemented to attain the results as defined in the operational framework and projections planned for by the Foundation
  • Ensures that the implementation of activities is in harmony with the quality and accountability protocols
  • Participates in the design of assessment methods intended to collect qualitative and quantitative data in terms of program indicators (needs assessment, statistical data, impact studies, etc.)
  • In connection with the delegation technical adviser(s), ensures the compliance of technical practices with the Tdh’s remit and the major strategic lines
  • Makes regular visits to programs and activities in the field and informs the Head of Delegation and the other colleagues involved of possible problems, challenges or identified obstacles

Operational strategy

  • Follows the evolution of the humanitarian and political context of the country of operations and shares this information with the Head of Delegation and his/her collaborators; actively contributes to drafting the context analysis
  • Actively participates in identifying the needs and proposes adapted responses as part of the implementation of the country strategy in concert with the program coordination team
  • In concert with the program coordinators and experts and the project leaders, in collaboration with the support department and under the supervision of the Head of Delegation, defines the country strategy and interventional plan for the delegation and recommends realistic adjustments if necessary (including in terms of resources where necessary)
  • Ensures that the country strategy is in harmony with the Foundation’s values and remit

Human Resources

  • Supervises and oversees a diversified team, guaranteeing cohesion and good coordination between them for the successful execution of programs
  • Supports the Head of Delegation in the design and implementation of an organizational structure, participates in defining the roles and responsibilities needed for the proper execution of activities
  • May be led to participating in the recruitment of their collaborators
  • Ensures a constant effort of strengthening national and international teams’ capacity according to the needs identified and proposes internal and external training activities
  • Drafts field job descriptions, participates and leads coordination meetings, resolves any conflicts when required, defines activity priorities and scheduling


  • Ensures good information reporting from the field to the coordination office
  • Supports the Head of Delegation by taking part in coordination meetings and in this regard, represents Tdh locally with donors, the authorities, partners, etc.
  • Ensures Tdh sectorial representation in various forums
  • May be led to act as a Tdh spokesperson with the media upon a request by the Head of Delegation


  • Consolidates the monthly drafting of sitreps about monitoring current activities in the delegation and submits them for endorsement to the Head of Delegation
  • Contributes to the drafting of intermediary and final reports intended for donors
  • Contributes to the drafting of any other document is necessary and upon request


  • In adhering to the GAP, participates in fund-raising and negotiations with donors to ensure adequate funding for current and future programs
  • Ensures program budget follow-up together with the heads of the departments involved


  • Efficiently directs their collaborators by appropriately delegating with a view to attaining results and developing skills
  • Watches over good management practices in line with Tdh values

Skills and Competences

This function requires possession of fundamental personal, social and leadership skills, technical and methodological skills and managerial and strategic skills, in particular the following:

  • Ethical and exemplary leadership (secure base), managerial excellence; inspires and motivates collaborators
  • Develops and endorses the strategic plan, the guidelines and governance tools
  • Defines policies, establishes budgets and sets the quality standards
  • Analyzes program and context in a connected way
  • Capacity to plan and organize in a stressful environment
  • Significant experience in designing and managing projects and implementing multi-sectorial operations
  • Knowledge of humanitarian, practical and standard principles (Sphere)
  • Experience in representation (donors, authorities, partners)
  • Experience in supervising multicultural teams
  • Similar experience in emergency contexts
  • Strong organizational capacities, a capacity to operate autonomously, proactively and the strength of initiative, meets deadlines
  • An analytical mind
  • A results-driven mindset
  • Good resistance to stress and an ability to work under pressure
  • An excellent ability and ease in expressing themselves in public (conferences, workshops) and to adapt themselves to their audience (governments and local authorities)

Required conditions


  • Master’s Degree in relevant social science


  • A minimum of eight years of senior management and development experience in an NGO environment, including experience directing and implementing programs for children
  • Robust experience of program cycle management including in emergencies
  • Substantial experience and knowledge of effective financial and budgetary control and managing grants from major institutional donors
  • Experience in more than one of Tdh’s thematic sectors: child protection, health and nutrition, emergencies
  • Experience managing teams for resource mobilisation and submitting proposals including large proposals in a wide range of thematic areas
  • Experience working with high level government agencies and academics on issues related to children
  • Proven experience in new business development, project design, and donor proposal design with corporate, foundations and institutional donors
  • Proven experience in developing and managing monitoring, evaluation and learning systems


  • English. French would be an asset.

IT know-how

General Code of of Conduct and Tdh’s Risk Management Policies

Commits to complying with the General Code of Conduct and systematically reports any breach of the Code through the Tdh warning procedure: raises the awareness within the Foundation on violence and abuse and the rights that derive from them regarding children, community members and our own employees.

Commits to complying with the Risk Management Policies, including: Safeguard policies (the policy of Safeguarding Children, the Policy of Protecting against Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, the Guideline on Abusive Behavior at Work), the Safety/Security Policy and Anti-Fraud/Corruption Policies and the Prevention of Funding Criminal Acivities.

Commits to reducing the risk of abuse by developing an open and informed culture of management within the organization and in our work with children and the communities where we work.

Tdh’s organizational values

Our organizational values guide us in our operational and strategic choices and are the foundation of all decisions made by us. Those five values are incorporated into each process connected to the staff. All collaborators are assessed according to the organization’s values.


We promote and enhance participation and empowerment.

We create the space for active participation and embrace inputs from others.

We are sensitive about others’ needs to influence.

We share and delegate power and responsibilities.


We trust the capacities of our key actors as primary responders and agents of change. We build on their strengths and on their needs.

We champion co-creation and value complementarity.

We appreciate other points of view and seek collectively for pragmatic and innovative solutions.

We manifest humility, respect, fairness and see others as equal partners.


We promote a culture of innovation.

We value curiosity, welcome new initiatives, and foster creativity.

We embrace voluntary learning and are ready for trial and error.

We foster knowledge sharing, learning and strive for sustainability.


We celebrate Diversity and Inclusion of people.

We genuinely commit to diversity and inclusion and see it as a wealth in all our activities.

We understand the cultural contexts and value differences.

We are truly committed to an equal treatment.


We thrive to offer our best, we think ahead, and are ready and willing to go the extra mile for the well-being of children.

We provide quality programming and support. We are accountable and transparent. We use power responsibly.

We position ourselves through our expertise and savoir-faire.

We advocate for the rights of children whenever possible and seek actively opportunities to do so.

How to apply

This job description can be changed in compliance with the mission’s activities and evolution.

How to apply:

Please send your CV (3 pages max.) and a cover letter to with “Deputy Head of Delegation in charge of Programs” in the subject line by 31st of March COB.

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