Early Childhood Teacher Job Vacancy in Kenya - RefuSHE

Position Title: Early Childhood Teacher 

Organization Profile

RefuSHE protects, nurtures, educates, and empowers young refugee women and girls in East Africa through a unique holistic model that provides protection, shelter, education, case management, counseling, childcare, vocational training, and legal support. RefuSHE’s holistic programming meets the imminent needs of unaccompanied, separated and orphaned refugee girls, young women, and their children.

Founded in 2008, RefuSHE is a registered non-governmental organization with headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya and a 501(c)3 charitable organization with offices in Chicago, USA. It is the first and only organization dedicated to refugee girls in East Africa. Over the past fifteen years, RefuSHE has grown to become a leading institution and global thought-leader in the field of refugee protection.

Position Title: Early Childhood Teacher

Department: Girls Empowerment Program

Supervisor: Daycare Supervisor

Position Summary

We are currently seeking a compassionate, reliable, experienced Early Childhood Teacher to join our thriving daycare facility. In this role, you will provide an enriching learning environment, oversee children’s basic needs, and create a safe, compassionate “home-away-from home” for the children under your care.

Key Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Daycare Supervisor, the Early Childhood Teacher will undertake the following functions:

1. Submit a written lesson plan weekly to your supervisor for prior approval.

2. Interact with each child in a warm and friendly manner and encourage their involvement in activities.

3. Create and follow up each individual child’s files in their class and be knowledgeable about their medical and developmental histories.

4. Provide a warm, safe, and caring environment that is kept orderly, clean and appealing, allowing each child to grow and to explore.

5. Plan, prepare, and implement daily activities (indoor/outdoor) as they relate to the curriculum.

6. Oversee the health, welfare, and safety of the children.

7. Provide overall supervision of toileting and bathroom time.

8. Oversee all mealtime/snack time activities and related record keeping (for children in your class).

9. Maintain daily attendance records.

10. Maintain ongoing developmental records for each child, including of all developing skills (physical, social, emotional, and cognitive).

11. Keep a “portfolio” of each child’s progress, including photographs, and samples of their artwork and writing.

12. Maintain good communication with parents through the use of daily sheets, notes, or verbally.

13. Ensure confidentiality of privileged information.

14. Maintain adherence to organizational policies and procedures, including safety requirements.

15. Attend weekly teachers’ meetings and staff meetings when required by your supervisor.

16. Submit weekly and monthly reports to your supervisor.

17. Be punctual and timely in meeting all performance requirements, including but not limited to, attendance standards and work deadlines.

18. Perform any other lawful duties that may be assigned to you by your supervisor.

Personal attributes

· Enthusiastic and fun-loving with a passion for working with children.

· Extensive knowledge of the needs of toddlers and infants.

· Active listening and intentional, age-appropriate communication.

· High physical stamina and perseverance.

· Decision making, critical thinking, evaluation, and problem solving.

· Ability to provide affection, security, emotional support, and comfort.

· Ability to remain flexible in a dynamic environment and work well in a team.

Specific Skills:

· Communication skills: Has the ability to communicate effectively both speaking and in writing with girl mothers and other concerned staff about the progress of the children in their care.

· Decision-making skills: Good judgment and the ability to respond quickly and appropriately to emergencies or difficult situations.

· Instructional skills: Able to communicate difficult concepts to young children in a way that they can understand.

· Interpersonal skills: Able to develop good relationships with other staff, children, and girl mothers, and empathetic to children’s emotions and parent’s needs.

· Patience: Able to respond to overwhelming and difficult situations calmly, and to be patient with children who have difficulty expressing themselves or need lots of help in learning new skills.

· Creativity: Able to think of new and innovative ways to engage children in learning.


· Experience working with children between 3 months and 3 years of age, either in a day care set up or a children’s home.

· KCSE Certificate.

· A Diploma in Early Childhood Development & Education (ECDE), or a Montessori/DICECE certificate in Early Childhood is preferable.

· Experience in First Aid.

· Knowledge of safeguarding and other child protection issues.

How to apply

Send your CV and a cover letter indicating your current/last and expected remuneration to hr@refushe.org, citing the position title “Early Childhood Teacher” in the email subject line, by close of business on 27th January 2023.

We appreciate all applications received, however, please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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