Mary’s Meals School Feeding Managers Jobs in Turkana County

Mary’s Meals (MM)

Vacancies Announcement: School Feeding Managers – Turkana County

Mary’s Meals (MM) is a global movement supported by people from all walks of life and we are focused on one goal – that every child receives a nutritious daily meal in a place of education.

We continue to change the lives of over 2 million children who today will receive Mary’s Meals. We offer more than just a job; we offer the opportunity to support our global movement in a dynamic and inclusive environment with a real focus on personal development.

Mary’s Meals Kenya (MMK) operates a Primary School Feeding and Early Childhood Development programme in Kenya.

Some of our core values are, Confidence in the innate goodness of people, Respecting the dignity of every human being and family life and good stewardship of resources entrusted to us.

In addition to these values, safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults is at the heart of how we work.

We desire that all who are part of Mary’s Meals should embed these values, safeguarding and acceptable behaviours that include Simplicity, Service and Stewardship.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced candidates for the below post:

School Feeding Managers (2 Posts) – Turkana County

We are delighted to be recruiting for a talented School Feeding Manager (SFM) to join our team in Lodwar, Turkana county.

Reporting to the Programme Delivery Manager, the SFM will support the Mary’s Meals Kenya country leadership in providing effective and inspirational leadership and programme management.

In close collaboration with other senior members of staff, and in assigned area of jurisdiction, the post holder will lead overall programme excellence through exceptional programme planning, collaboration, monitoring, evaluation, and continuous development.

This role shall be responsible for leading engagements, collaboration, and feedback across stakeholders at grassroots, schools, communities, sub-county, and county level.

While leading a programme delivery team, the role holder shall steer staff performance and be responsible for living and promoting key competencies and Mary’s Meals vision, mission, values, principles, and standards.

You shall be expected to support in development, implementation and evaluation of strategic plans and approaches on programme implementation and programme development in areas of jurisdiction.

Key Activities

Leadership and Governance

  • Provide leadership and guidance to School Feeding Officers and other members of staff on all aspects of the school feeding programme in assigned operational areas.
  • In area of jurisdiction, ensure self and teams’ compliance with Mary’s Meals Policies, protocols, principles, and procedures.
  • Continuously assess and seek effective approaches to build capacity of teams, volunteers, and
    other supporters to the School Feeding Programme.
  • Supporting the Country programme leadership in developing an annual/long-term strategic plan,
    proposals, budgets and workplans.
  • Provide timely high-level reports and programme information to the country programme
    leadership, partners, donors, and other functions/bodies/individuals as required.
  • In consultation with the Programme Delivery Manager and other functional managers, assess and
    determine training and development needs of your team and implement capacity building plans
    which will include training, coaching to staff, volunteers, teachers, and stakeholders in all key
    components of the programme.
  • Support other core functions including Human Resource, Operations and Finance in all aspects for
    effective programme delivery.

Quality Management / Control

  • In areas of jurisdiction, take full responsibility for all programme data management and quality
    processes and procedures.
  • Perform high level data analyses to track trends in key performance indicators of the programme
    and put in place effective development approaches and innovations.
  • Prepare and present high value timely reports.
  • In accordance with MMK protocols, ensure timely development and validation of all food orders,
    dispatches, and food quality in schools.
  • Lead in review, validation and resolution of all data quality queries from School Feeding Officers
    and communicate/escalate these appropriately to MEL and Programme Manager.
  • Support in all programme expansions including development of concepts, mapping, scoping and
    stakeholder engagements.

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Build, strengthen and continuously engage key stakeholders supporting the School Feeding
    Programme and ensure they all understand the MM Model, Vision, Mission, core values and
    principles.
  • Ensure sustainable community and volunteer engagement including capacity building and
    feedback in all the schools we support.
  • As guided by the programme implementation strategies and as requested, represent Mary’s Meals
    in various meetings forums with collaborating partners.

Strategy and Innovation

  • Be a strategic thinker
  • Continuously challenge the way of working and consistently seek opportunities to develop and
    apply innovative, sustainable, and cost-effective approaches in programme delivery.

Qualifications, Skills, and Experience

Essential

  • A Degree in the fields of statistics, Education, Development Studies, Nursing, Public Health, Human Nutrition, Agriculture, Community Development, or any other relevant field with demonstrable significant experience in a similar role.
  • Value driven
    Minimum three (3) years practical project/programme experience two of which should be at leadership level in an NGO environment with responsibility for managing programmes, staff, financial resources, assets, and external relationships.
  • Experience of developing high level programme reports, conduct programme evaluations and development plans against agreed strategy.
  • Experience in quality control/quality assurance
    Advanced and well-developed inter-personal skills, with solid track record in persuading and influencing others.
  • Exceptional and proven community engagement skills
  • Strong leadership skills including the ability to build, including leading, engaging, motivating and managing team performance.
  • Fluent written and spoken English and Swahili.
  • Able to work well with people of different cultures and nationalities.
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills, particularly Word, Excel and open-source data processing tools and systems
  • Experience in programme monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience of a flexible approach to managing and prioritising a high workload and multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines.
  • Experience of managing logistics in any areas of stock management, warehousing, procurement, and fleet management.
  • Team management experience, including leading, engaging and motivating a team of staff

Desirable

  • An excellent team player able to work with senior and junior members of staff.
  • Ability to communicate well across all levels
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have experience of working in school-based programmes, particularly on school feeding.
  • Experience of working with Government structures, NGOs, and community-based groups.
  • Experience of revenue generation or fundraising.
  • Experience in training and coaching others

How to Apply

Applications stating expected salary and CV (including contacts for three referees) should be e-mailed to jobs.kenya@marysmeals.org indicating the position title and applicant’s name in the subject line.

All attached files should be saved under the applicant’s name.

Deadline for receipt of applications is 2nd November 2022 at 16:30 hours.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted via official Mary’s Meals email address.

Mary’s Meals is committed to the safety and protection of children and vulnerable adults.

We ensure that in our work we do not perpetuate or reinforce systematic or structural abuse and discrimination of children and vulnerable adults.

Pre-employment checks will be commenced for all roles in compliance with Mary’s Meals International Safeguarding Children and Adults policy.

Mary’s Meals never asks candidates to pay any money or pay for tests at any stage of the interview process.

We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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