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  • Posted: Jan 11, 2021
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    Tushinde Children Trust was founded in March 2010. It was set up after Megan Wright, a British woman living in Kenya, visited a project working in the Mathare Slums of Nairobi. The conditions people living in are bad; Shanty towns of thousands of one roomed shacks squashed between poorly built high-rise flats. As many as ten people would live in these huts made of wood, mud and roofed with corrugated iron. No sanitation or legal electricity, and limited access to running water. Babies and children would play in the dirt beside open sewers. Children often had to be abandoned at home whilst their parents or carers went to look for money and food. Megan realised that the challenges keeping some children from school in the informal settlements in Nairobi were the same challenges that some children faced in the UK; a family in crisis after a bereavement or a carer with mental health problems leading to a child being neglected. Yet, here in Mathare there wasnt the safety net of social care and interventions. Megan and the Tushinde team decided to start a family support programme that looked at the whole family to help find lasting solutions.
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    Operations and Finance Manager

    Background

    Are you looking for a position with meaning? Want a job that has a positive impact? Consider Tushinde. We are searching for a senior leader to join our growing team of passionate and competent professionals working to support families and children in need.

    Tushinde is a child-focused employer and committed to child protection and the protection of vulnerable adults. All candidates will be screened prior to employment and every candidate, regardless of post applied for, will be expected to understand and adhere to the principles of child protection.

    Key Skills

    • NGO operations for multi-donor funded project
    • Financial management and accounting
    • Project management
    • Team management/supervisory skills
    • MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning) skills and impact assessment
    • Human resources management
    • Proposal writing and fundraising
    • Strong time management skills and an ability to support team members to meet deadlines
    • Fluent written and spoken English
    • Understanding of child protection systems and urban poverty issues

    Key Qualities

    • A passion for ensuring that every child can enjoy their basic rights.
    • An ability to be flexible and adaptable in a young and growing organisation.

    Main tasks and responsibilities

    • The operations manager oversees the overall operations of Tushinde in Kenya.
    • He/she assists the CEO in all logistical and non direct aspects of programme management.
    • With the Board of Directors, Executive Director (ED) and CEO, assists in writing and implementing the long and short term strategic plans for Tushinde Kenya.
    • Oversees the logistics and financial management of programme delivery including personnel, budgets and accounting, MEAL, and risk assessments.
    • Updates or develops relevant policies and standards of practice and ensures the implementation and evaluation of such policies and standards.
    • Oversees the finance department in the maintenance of accurate financial records, financial reporting, and budgeting.
    • Liaises with the finance department to ensure compliance with all relevant Kenyan laws regarding revenue, staff taxation and benefits, reporting to the NGO Bureau, etc.
    • Leads HR activities including hiring (developing job descriptions, postings, screening, interviewing), coordinating benefits, and terminations.
    • Ensures all personnel files are kept up to date and supports the PM and CEO in timely completion of employment contracts, performance appraisals, and performance improvement plans (PIP), if required.
    • Oversees day-to-day operations of the offices including: ICT needs and office maintenance
    • Provides or coordinates relevant training and follow-up support to staff as needed.
    • Supports the CEO and ED with fundraising within Kenya and abroad.
    • Facilitates the contribution to communication material such as newsletters and social media.

    Reporting line

    The Operations Manager will be appointed by the Board of Directors, Tushinde Kenya and will report to the CEO. This reporting will take the form of monthly written reports, monthly financial reporting, meetings in person and via video conferencing and email updates when needed.

    Salary Range: 150,000 - 200,000 KES per month (gross); comprehensive health cover provided as a benefit

    Method of Application

    Please send your CV and a cover letter to: info@tushinde.org.uk or visit our website and social media pages for more details. The cover letter must specify your interest in working at Tushinde Children's Trust and your relevant skills and experience for this position.

    Note: Generic cover letters or applications without cover letters will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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