Localization and Partnership Coordinator Job Vacancy in Nairobi, Kenya - HIAS Refugee Trust of Kenya

Position Title: Localization and Partnership Coordinator 


FLSA: Full-Time, Exempt, Regular

DEPARTMENT: Humanitarian Partnership, Policy & Practice

DIVISION: Programs

HIRING MANAGER: Country Director

SUPERVISOR: Country Director

LOCATION: Nairobi, Kenya

START DATE: 23rd January, 2022



The Localization & Partnership Coordinator, Kenya -will be responsible for the identification, engagement and support of local stakeholders based on HIAS’ strategic roadmap to localization. They will be HIAS’ Kenya focal person in identifying policy and practice priorities for engaging with local stakeholders, to help stakeholders identify priority areas and defining, designing and developing programs to address these priorities. The position is believed to enhance a collaborative relationship between HIAS Kenya and local stakeholders in the effort to respond to protection and service needs of persons of concern by enabling local and national actors to take a greater leadership role in humanitarian action. The candidate will be responsible for ensuring localization is mainstreamed in all aspects of HIAS’ program delivery, and they will be reporting to the Country Director with a dotted line of reporting to the Regional Localization Advisor- Africa & Eurasia.

The position is based in Nairobi, Kenya with possibility of travel to areas where HIAS has programmatic reach.


· Mainstream HIAS’ strategic vision for localization and partnership for the displacement context in Kenya

· Identify and map out local partners that share common vision and values and are strategically positioned and engaged in HIAS’ programmatic focus areas and add value to the protection of those most vulnerable refugees and host community members.

· Facilitate and contribute to the vetting procedures and development of various types of partnership agreements with local actors.

· Collaborate with program teams to define, design and deliver programs through pilot initiatives.

· Support local organizations identified for pilot initiatives through capacity monitoring and intra-HIAS partnerships with program teams

· Assess capacities, strengths and gaps and develop constructive dialogues with partners on amplifying their effectiveness with focus on core competencies like organizational development, project management, financial management, M&E, fundraising etc. which would specifically contribute to the partner’s empowerment.

· Monitor and provide participatory leadership in Localization in line with local and international standards and guiding principles

· Develop and identify relevant training and capacity building platforms for partners through local or regional consortiums.

· Ensure a constructive and effective dialogue with partners and facilitate accountability.

· Discuss, design and develop exit strategies for partnerships.

· Document the lessons learned to facilitate HIAS’ learning in localization as well as to showcase challenges and success stories in advocacy platforms

· Support the Regional Localization Advisor in aligning HIAS’ localization strategy with the countries in the Africa Eurasia Region

· Develop a database for partnerships and foster a memorandum of understanding with the partners

· Support and collaborate with the Business Development Officer at CO Kenya to identify and facilitate partnerships in line with the Country Strategy.


· Undergraduate degree and 4-6 years of experience in community-based protection, community development, social protection, civil society engagement with NGO and other CSOs

· Microsoft office suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook).

· Excellent facilitation, organizational and problem-solving skills.

· Must be a team player and able to work with a range of diverse vulnerable populations.

· understanding of community-based approach required.

· Ability to uphold the highest level of integrity and confidentiality.

· Passionate about HIAS’ mission and values


We are committed to a fair and respectful hiring process, and we do our absolute best to respond to every applicant. We prioritize communication and transparency with all candidates, even those who are not moving forward. Here’s a snapshot of our hiring process:

Step 1: Submit your application!

Step 2: Phone screen with a HIAS recruiter.

Step 3: Video interview with the hiring manager.

Step 4: Video interview with a panel of HIAS employees.

Step 5: Online reference check with SkillSurvey.

Step 6: Offer and background check with Shield Screening or ESR.

Step 7: Start your professional journey with HIAS!

Note: Some of our hiring processes may vary, and not all candidates will advance to each step.


Over one hundred years ago, the Jewish community founded HIAS (originally the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) in New York City, the immigrant gateway to America. Supporting Jews fleeing persecution and poverty in Eastern Europe, our founders were guided by the traditions, texts and history of the Jewish people—a history of oppression, displacement and diaspora. HIAS has since helped generations of Jews facing violence because of who they were, and HIAS remains committed to helping Jewish refugees anywhere in the world. Today, our clients at HIAS come from diverse faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds, as do our staff. We bring our experience, history and values to our work across five continents, ensuring that refugees today receive the vital services and opportunities they need to thrive.

HIAS is a learning community, committed to diversity and inclusion. We do our work with integrity, accountability, transparency and a commitment to the highest ethical standards. We seek employees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to join our teams located in the United States and across the globe. People who identify as BIPOC, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community and people with lived experiences of forced displacement or immigration are all encouraged to apply. We are committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects our vision, mission and values.


HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety and opportunity.


Drawing on our Jewish values and history, HIAS provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives.


Welcome • Acogimiento • Hospitalité • הכנסת אורחים (Hachnasat Orchim)

We Welcome the Stranger

Justice • Justicia • Justice • צדק (Tzedek)

We Pursue Justice

Empathy • Empatía • Empathie • חסד (Chesed)

We Approach our Clients with Empathy

Partnership • Compañerismo • Coopération • חברותא (Chevruta)

We Believe in Changing the World through Partnership

Courage • Coraje • Courage • אומץ (Ometz)

We Act with Courage to Build a Better World

Resilience • Resiliencia • Résilience • רוח (Ruach)

We Adapt and Thrive, Continuously Demonstrating our Resilience


HIAS is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. As an equal opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnic background, ancestry, citizenship status, religious creed, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, familial status, pregnancy, childbirth, military status, protected veteran status, political orientation or other legally protected status.


HIAS is committed to the protection of children, vulnerable adults and any other person from any harm caused directly or indirectly due to their coming into contact with HIAS. We will not tolerate sexual exploitation, abuse or any form of child abuse or neglect by our staff or associated personnel. Any candidate offered a job with HIAS will be expected to sign and adhere to HIAS’ Code of Conduct and Safeguarding policies. All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records. HIAS also participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. Likewise, HIAS will share this information when other organizations inquire about current and former HIAS staff as part of their recruitment process. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

How to apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume through the link Localization & Partnership Coordinator Kenya - Careers At HIAS Inc. (hrmdirect.com quoting the position title: Localization and Partnership Coordinator on the subject. Indicate your salary expectation as well.

Closing Date: 16th January 2023

Important: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

HRTK is an equal opportunity employer, does not charge candidates for recruitment and dissociates itself from any entity defrauding candidates.