Deputy Regional Representative, Administration

Deputy Regional Representative, Administration

Deputy Regional Representative, Administration

Deputy Regional Representative, Administration

May 10, 2023
Nairobi, Kenya
Position type
Experience (minimum)
10+ Years
Education (minimum)
Travel required?
Base salary (minimum)
Not specified


Position Title:                         Deputy Regional Representative, Administration

Reports To:                             Regional Representative

Division:                                 Church World Service Africa

Department:                            Regional Office

Job Location:                          Nairobi, Kenya

Grade Level:                            Grade 11, International/National


Introduction: Church World Service (CWS) is a not-for-profit, faith-based organization transforming communities around the globe through just and sustainable solutions to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster. CWS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, genetic information, age, disability or veteran status in employment or in the provision of services.


Primary Purpose:

The Deputy Regional Representative, administration will oversee and monitor the transition of CWS Africa centralized administrative functions currently held by the CWS Nairobi RSC Administration units to existing (South Africa, Tanzania), emerging (Uganda, Rwanda), and newly opening CWS Country Offices (Kenya, West Africa, DRC plus additional expansion as confirmed) in Africa.  The position will be responsible for the administrative integration of CWS RSC and RDP portfolios.

This position will also represent both the Regional Representative and Country Representatives, if needed in case of leave of absence.


Essential Duties:

 General Oversight:

  • Responsible, in conjunction with Country Program leads, for oversight for all support services for CWS Country Office Operations, to include finance, administration, logistics, HR, procurement, property, IT and Security
  • To link with HQ in New York and help calibrate, develop capacity in balance between HQ, the Regional Office in Kenya, and multiple CWS Country Offices in Africa
  • Engage with the internal auditor for CWS Africa, as it relates, to ensuring all administrative functions across Africa are operating effectively, and with compliance.
  • Support the regional administration leaders to set, implement and monitor work plans across the administrative functions.

Administrative Function

  • Challenge the existing administrative implementation frameworks to ensure they support the effective integration of all CWS administrative functions across all Country Offices.
  • Develop, assist with implementation and monitor work plans to build the capacity of the administrative function at Country Office, to enable these departments to function with increasing independence from the CWS Regional office.
  • Support and supervise the establishment of common management practices across the Country offices. This will include:
  1. Developing Minimum Operating Standards (MOS), in collaboration with CWS HQ, across procurement, IT, property, finance and HR, across all Country Offices.
  2. Ensuring the MOS, as developed, are consistent with CWS HQ MOS, as they are developed.
  3. Establishing benchmarks and dashboards to effectively manage adherence to the minimum operating standards.
  4. Develop a reporting system to provide visibility for the management team for each standard.
  • Responsible for reporting on the transfer of current centralized authority and capacity within the administrative function from regional HQ in Nairobi to the Country Offices. Reporting to be made to the Regional Representative for Africa and CWS HQ.

Compliance and Audit

  • Is available to Country Offices and CWS programs (RSC Africa and others) to assist Country Offices to establish or improve compliance systems, policies, and structures within each operating environment.
  • Identifies and assesses, in collaboration with the Internal Auditor and Program leadership, areas of significant compliance risk within the Country Office operations, and, with management, designing and implementing corrective action plans.

Team Development and Capacity building

  • Establish in partnership with Country Representatives, and to support through dotted line, matrix management approaches, administrative units or teams in each Country Office
  • Build a pipeline of managers and leaders familiar with CWS programming and administrative policies.
  • Oversee the development of the administrative functions across each Country Office and the regionally to serve as integrated administration for both RSC and RDP programs.




  • Twelve (12) years' experience, in an extensive administrative role, preferably in an INGO
  • Eight (8) years' experience in a management role
  • Four (4) years' experience in a senior management role, supervising managers with direct reports
  • Experience working with US Government funds, with responsibility for reporting in line with US Government funding rules and regulations.
  • Experience working directly with US Government agency representatives and stakeholders.


  • Excellent demonstrated project management skills.
  • Excellent demonstrated change management skills.
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills

Education & Certifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration or a similar field is required (or 4 years of work experience in lieu of a bachelor's degree)
  • Master’s Degree is preferred.


  • Work and make decisions independently and contribute to overall operations at management levels.
  • Exercise good judgment and seek guidance as appropriate when confronted with unanticipated problems in the field.
  • Maintain a high-performance standard with attention to detail, completing tasks within set timeframes.
  • Deal effectively and courteously with a large number of associates, outside agencies, refugees and members of the general public.
  • Manage large and diverse workload under pressure with competing priorities.
  • Maintain the integrity of official records.
  • Analyse and solve complex problems and make sound decisions.
  • Work with minimal supervision
  • Maintain a high-performance standard with attention to detail.
  • Work independently and contribute to overall operations of RSC Africa.
  • Actively participate in the implementation of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP).
  • Be flexible with changing of daily duties as needed.


Important Requirements:

  • Strong English communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment required.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and willingness to support CWS’ Platform on Racial Justice as a CWS employee required.


Special Requirements:

  • COVID Vaccination is required for all successful candidates.
  • The candidate should be of good health, willing and able to travel extensively in often difficult conditions and have a high degree of flexibility. Must have proof of Yellow Fever vaccination before traveling for RSC Africa
  • This position is based in Nairobi, Kenya
  • This position requires use of laptops at all times, competence in Microsoft office packages is required.
  • This position may require travel in sub-Saharan Africa on short notice and under sometimes difficult conditions to meet demands of a dynamic operational program.
  • Background check which includes references, and an educational and criminal check is required before the start of employment for international applicants.
  • A valid passport and the ability to maintain a valid passport throughout the entire appointment is required, which includes having enough passport pages for travel.
  • International applicants must be legally eligible to work and obtain a work permit in (Kenya)
  • Physical: This position requires bending, squatting, crawling, climbing, kneeling, sitting, standing, walking, pushing/pulling, handling objects (manual dexterity), reaching above shoulder level, using fine finger movements and lifting/carrying heavy loads.
  • Environmental: Incumbents in this position will be exposed to excessive noise, marked changes in temperature and/or humidity, dust and infectious diseases, harsh weather climates, long work hours, bumpy roads, extended travel, excessive sun exposure, and non-ventilated spaces.
  • The US Embassy rates Kenya as both HIGH in crime and HIGH in terrorism.  Incumbents should fully understand the insecurities present within Kenya and the region.
  • Full time
  • All employees should be prepared to work from the CWS office within their location of hire. Remote work arrangements may vary depending on location and the governing rulings regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • For international and third country national applicants who have worked, resided, visited or had refugee status in Kenya before you MUST attach additional documentation with your application, the details of which are provided in the application process. Failure to attach all the required documentation will result in your application being eliminated from further review with no further communication from the CWS team.


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