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1. Microsoft 365 Administrator

Microsoft 365 Administrator

Summary.

Assist in the design and delivery of Microsoft solutions to meet business objectives and technical requirements, to create effective knowledge sharing, collaboration and workflow solutions to drive the effective delivery of VSO’s programmes.

Responsibilities.

  • Work with the Microsoft 365 Product owner to design and deploy new Microsoft 365 solutions such as Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Planner, Microsoft Power Automate among others to improve ways of working in the organization.
  • Assist with training and adoption of new Microsoft 365 solutions and processes including delivery & creation of training plans, materials and documentation.
  • Provide technical user support for incidents escalated from the helpdesk and resolve system/application issues.
  • Explore ways to scale Microsoft’s offering, such as with the Power Platform, within the organization based on business opportunities and other technical innovations.
  • Work with the Microsoft 365 cluster team to develop, manage and implement the Microsoft 365 roadmap, leveraging new platform innovations as they are released.
  • Assist with the migration of content from various sources (country office servers, google drive, dropbox, personal computers, one drive, SharePoint etc.) to Microsoft 365 environment as designed.
  • Offer technical support on the Microsoft PowerBi platform to staff in the organization.

Terms and Conditions and Application.

VSO is, unfortunately, unable to provide sponsorship, so candidates MUST have the right to work in Nairobi.

VSO reserves the right to close this job early if we receive a sufficient number of applications.

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please click on the link to submit your application before 18th October 2021 //bit.ly/microsoft365administrator

2. Strategic Partnership Lead (Africa)

Strategic Partnership Lead (Africa)

SUMMARY

Coordination and management of VSO’s partnerships with priority donors and their key implementing partners in order to grow VSO’s secured programme funding.

Responsibilities

Relationship Coordination and Management

Manage VSO’s relationship development and proactive positioning with priority bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors in Africa, including UN agencies.

  1. Develop and deliver a focused engagement action plan to strengthen VSO’s positioning and relationships with UN agencies within Africa and (where appropriate) globally.
  2. Manage VSO’s engagement in Africa building strong relationships with UN agencies and other priority donors including FCDO. Proactively
  • Ensure that UN agencies in Africa and globally understand how VSO can help deliver their priorities
  • Support the organization to influence UN agencies on issues of mutual interest
  1. Work directly and proactively with Practice Area technical leads, Country teams, Programme Design, Knowledge for Impact, and others to ensure proactive and widespread engagement with UN agencies in Africa and globally
  2. Grow VSO’s new programme funding from UN agencies by identifying and creating opportunities, building winning partnerships with implementing partners, developing and submitting outstanding proposals and negotiating successful new VSO programmes.
  3. Proactively build VSO’s understanding of UN agencies and key implementing partners in order to inform programmatic direction and content and ensure decision making is based on sound market knowledge and business intelligence.
  4. Support relationship development and opportunity response for other priority donors (particularly FCDO) and their key implementing partners in Africa as may be required in the pipeline.

Strategic Partnership Team

  1. Proactively coordinate with VSO’s other Strategic Partnership Leads, Country Representatives and the Business Intelligence Unit, acting as part of a single, unified global team and sharing knowledge and learning to effectively respond to new business opportunities across our geographic and programmatic portfolio.
  2. Coordinate, manage and deploy VSO’s and the Strategic Partnership Team’s resources to secure new programme funding, ensuring effective, high quality and timely response to agreed priority opportunities.
  3. Contribute to and help drive VSO’s Project Magenta proposal development process and stage gate decisions to continuously improve VSO’s ability to prioritise, develop and win outstanding, professional new opportunity proposals.
  4. Engage with the Business Intelligence Unit, ensuring provision of ongoing, high quality research and funding intelligence for new business pursuit activities across the organisation

Safeguarding, Security and Risk Management

Commit to VSO’s vision and values, including safeguarding and taking a zero-tolerance approach to abuse and harm. Ensure plans are developed and being implemented with the programme’s Duty of Care Lead team and stakeholders (staff, volunteer, primary actors, etc.) are aware and comply.

Education

Bachelors Degree In BusinessBachelors Degree In Public HealthBachelors Degree In EducationBachelors Degree In Public Administration

  • Graduate degree in a relevant course of study (e.g., business/public administration, international development, public health, education)
  • Knowledge of and previous experience in leading successful business pursuit teams and sales performance.
  • Previous volunteering experience (desirable)

More Details on Experience

  • Significant business pursuit experience and expertise developing strong relationships with senior staff, decision-makers and influencers at major institutional donors and their key implementing partners.
  • Proven track record of securing large scale programme funding and follow-on programme wins with major institutional donors including the UN and FCDO over the past three to five years.
  • Experience leading high performing business pursuit initiatives working with technical experts, geographic/country representatives, and external partners to win major programme bids.
  • Strong network of existing relationships and contacts working in international development programmes/funding for major institutional donors including the UN and FCDO and implementing partners.
  • Strong political and cultural awareness and sensitivity

More Details on Skills

  • Knowledge and understanding of the role of volunteerism in the development
  • Knowledge and understanding of social inclusion, accountability, and resilience along with technical expertise in one or more of VSO’s practice areas (education, health, livelihoods) and initiatives.
  • Competencies and Behavior
    Should have significant business pursuit experience and expertise in developing strong relationships with senior staff, decision makers and influencers at major institutional donors and their key implementing partners as well as a proven track record of securing large scale programme funding with major institutional donors over the past three to five years.

Terms and Conditions

VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.

VSO reserves the right to close this job early if we receive a sufficient number of applications.

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please click on the link to submit your application before 17th October 2021 //bit.ly/strategicpatnershipleadafricavso

3. Executive Chef

Executive Chef

Summary

 four-star hotel based in Embu seeks to hire a dedicated, experienced and highly talented hospitality professional to fill the position of Executive Chef.

Responsible for all food production including that used for restaurants, banquet functions and other outlets.

Develop menus, food purchase specifications and recipes. Supervise staff.

Develop and monitor the food and labour budget for the department.

Maintain the highest professional food quality and sanitation standards

Description

  • Plan and direct food preparation and culinary activities.
  • Modify menus or create new ones that meet quality standards.
  • Estimate food requirements and food/labor costs.
  • Supervise kitchen staff’s activities.
  • Arrange for equipment purchases and repairs.
  • Recruit and manage kitchen staff.
  • Rectify arising problems or complaints.
  • Give prepared plates the “final touch”
  • Perform administrative duties.
  • Comply with nutrition and sanitation regulations and safety standards.
  • Keep time and payroll records.
  • Maintain a positive and professional approach with coworkers and customers.

Terms and Conditions

If you meet the criteria set above, please send your application to info@blumeafrica.co.ke quoting “EXECUTIVE CHEF” on the email subject line.

Please quote your current and expected salary on your application.

Only shortlisted and candidates of interest will be contacted.

All applications to be submitted before 4th November 2021

4. Costing and Pricing Lead

Costing and Pricing Lead

Summary

The Costing and Pricing Lead will play a key role in ensuring VSO is financially sustainable. S/he will ensure all bid budgets submitted and agreed with donors are fully costed, in line with VSO’s guidance and financial model, that bids articulate VSO value and demonstrate Value for Money. S/he will develop organisational processes and guidelines in order to achieve this and play a key part in negotiating bids with donors.

To ensure all donor-funded projects are fully costed in line with VSO guidance and financial model, articulate VSO value and demonstrate Value for money. Play a key part in negotiations of bid budgets with donors.

Description

  • In close collaboration with Senior managers across the organisation, develop clear processes, guidance and tools in order to price and costs bids to achieve full cost recovery on all bids and contracts developed, ensure they are communicated and understood across the organisation.
  • Set, maintain and actively communicate to all relevant stakeholders a database of standard costs and charge-out rates to be used in bids development process.
  • International Overhead rate calculation, communication and audit as necessary, this includes FCDO Non-Project Attributable Costs (NPAC) and USAID Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (NICRA),

Terms and Conditions.

Equal Opportunities

VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.

VSO reserves the right to close this job early if we receive a sufficient number of applications.

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please click on the link to submit your application before 18th October 2021//bit.ly/costingandpricingleadvso