Seeking opportunities

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Visit the opportunity feed on our site! We strive to keep opportunities updated, so please let us know when changes are needed and new learning opportunities arise so we can share them more widely.

Look for advertisements on notice boards around the camp. Look often and look at various boards, as sometimes different opportunities are posted in particular places. (e.g., community boards, organization boards). You may want to find someone else in Kakuma who can help you check on various boards so that you can share information.

Share opportunities with others. We all benefit from sharing information and connecting individual youths with opportunities. If you know someone searching for a learning or work opportunity, point them to the announcement and tell them why you think they would be a strong applicant.

Post and share your experiences with various learning, training, and work opportunities.

Return to notice boards for shortlisting announcements. Sometimes shortlists will be posted on the same notice board. You may or may not be called for an interview.

Ask friends and community members for help identifying opportunities. Tell them you are searching for a job or training. Reach out in particular to those working at the organization where you are aiming to apply.

The process varies, but usually jobs and trainings go through various stages:
1. Open call for applications is posted.
2. You apply with a letter of interest.
3. Shortlist candidates are posted/ called.
4. Interview.
5. Possibly a second round of shortlisted candidates and/or interviews.
6. Selection.

Don’t expect for the opportunity to come to you—you must actively search!

Ask about volunteer opportunities, even when an organization is not hiring or offering a formal course. This can be a great way to get to know the work and community within an organization. All experiences are learning opportunities!

Keep trying. Don’t give up! Opportunities in Kakuma are competitive.

Know your rights. Opportunities and jobs in Kakuma are free.

Writing a CV

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Knowing how to write a CV is not a task you should take lightly because this is what will determine whether or not you get a job. In this article check out how to go about writing a CV for internships.
Original post can be accessed thru Career Point Kenya »

1. Demonstrate Interest
You can demonstrate interest in the company or industry by highlighting the experiences you have gained through part time work, voluntary work or relevant personal hobbies. Of course these skills should be relevant to the internship position you are applying for.

2. Highlight Your Ability To Work In A Team
As an intern, you will most likely be expected to work in a team so when it comes to how to write a CV for internship in Kenya, you need to show that you can do this. This can be done by showing your ability to work as a team through group projects in university or during your industrial attachment.

Sample CV For An Internship In Kenya

Martha The Job Seeker
P. O. Box 715 – 00100, Nairobi
Tel: 0725
Email: Martha@email.com

Profile Summary

A dedicated Accounting Professional with a Bachelors degree in accounting option from XYZ University. I have gained knowledge in preparing financial reports, accounting and financial management standards, preparing accurate and timely reports and general ledger operations. I am seeking an internship with a well respected firm where my accounting knowledge will be utilized. I am committed to developing my career path as an Accountant and to expand on my work experience.

Key Skills & Competencies

  • Detail-oriented, efficient and outstanding knowledge in accounting systems and procedures
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills, with the ability to make well thought out decisions
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Good time-management skills with strong organizational capabilities.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret complex financial data

Educational & Professional Qualifications

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Part II, ABC, April 2015
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting option), XYZ, 2014
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, Name of School, 2010

Professional Experience

Accounting Assistant, Mwea Consulting Limited January 2016– Present

  • Duties & Responsibilities
    • Preparing reports and organizing clients’ information as well as ensuring reconciliations are done correctly and stayed within budgets by staff
    • Implementing procedures, risk management and internal control
    • Entering client data into the tax computer software as Well As On Other Clerical duties
    • Preparing and mailing confirmations of the balances owed by the client’s customers, observing the physical inventory count
    • Help with bank statements reconciliation, as well as accounts payable and receivable
    • Maintain an organized and well documented and sequential filing system for all payment and petty cash vouchers
  • Key Achievements
    • Proved to be one of the top employees who submitted reports on time
    • Achieved an appreciation certificate for ‘Excellent Customer Service’ while working with the company’s finance team

Data Entry Assistant, Akiba Microfinance Institution- July 2014 to October 2014

  • Duties And Responsibilities
    • Entering data information in the Computer hence keeping a record on all individual debtors
    • Providing detailed interpretation of analysis in the analysis report which may include presenting finding in graphs, charts, tables etc
    • Assist in the timely compilation, aggregation and generation of weekly, monthly and quarterly data reports
    • Maintain safe custody of all program data including a system of filing copies of query reports as well as other activity reports
  • Interests And Hobbies
    • Volunteering at social events, writing and Traveling

REFEREES

Please feel free to contact the under mentioned in regard to my competence, work ethic and performance

  1. Name, Title, Contact address & email
  2. Name, Title, Contact information
  3. Name, Title, Contact.

InZone Learning Hub – Kakuma

The InZone Learning Hub is located in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. Equipped with 10 learning stations and 10 Raspberry Pi CEED laptops, the solar-powered hub supports virtual and blended learning for a wide range of formal and non-formal higher education courses. The lab is open six days a week, is refugee-run, and is also home to the InZone MOOCs4Peace Center

Certificate courses in human rights, children’s rights, ethics, and global history are offered online/ distance learning, through Geneva University
Requirement: Secondary school completion (does not need to be KCSE), English language communication skills.
Duration: 2-3 months ; Deadline: varies

Certificate courses for humanitarian interpreters are available through Geneva University & Kenyatta University (basic, advanced training)
Requirement: Employment as an interpreter at UNHCR
Duration: 2 terms; Deadline: varies

Windle Trust Kenya (WTK)

Windle Trust International (WTK) is dedicated to increasing access to and improving the quality of education.  Reflecting our values we work across the breadth of the education sector from primary schools to the tertiary sector. Our commitment is to work with communities in all their diversity – girls and boys, refugees and citizens, teachers and school management committees.

Contact Information:
If you are a resident or refugee in Kenya, please contact the Windle International Kenya office at
No. 10 Amboseli, Gitanga Road
P.O.Box 40521-00100 GPO
Nairobi, Kenya
windle@windle.org
www.windle.org

Albert Einstein Academic Refugee Initiative (DAFI)

Covers tuition, school fees, and living allowances for degree programs at Kenyan universities.

  • Targeted fields of study: Business Administration/commerce; Communication and Journalism; Education; Environmental Studies; Health; Information Technology; Law; Nutrition; Social/community work; Water Engineering.
  • Requirement: Valid GoK and UNHCR documentation. Age 28 or below. You cannot be in the immediate resettlement process.
  • Academic requirements: Degree: minimum grade of KCSE B- (males), C+ (females); Diploma: minimum grade of KCSE C+ (males), C (females), or equivalent qualifications.
  • Duration: 2-5 years depending on course; Deadline: Usually June/July

World University Service Canada (WUSC)

University scholarships (degree programs) and resettlement opportunities in Canada

  • Requirement: Valid GoK and UNHCR documentation. Age 17-25. Single/ unmarried.
  • Academic requirements: KCSE B+(males), B- (females)
  • Duration: 4-year degree program; Deadline:
  • Usually March/April

DD Puri Foundation Education Scholarships Diploma programs in Kenya.

  • Targeted fields of study: Community health nursing, Water engineering, information technology/ business information technology.
  • Requirement: Valid GoK and UNHCR documentation. Age 30 or below.
  • Academic requirements: KCSE C Plain and above; C plain and above in the following subjects: English/ Kiswahili, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry; demonstrated dedication in community service
  • Duration: 2.5-3.5 years  depending on diploma or course;Deadline: Determined by start of scholarship selection process

CPA/ ACCA courses through Strathmore University (Kenya)

  • Requirement: Valid GoK and UNHCR Documentation; National ID for Kenyans. Below 30 years.
  • Academic requirements: KCSE C+ Plus and above; English C+; Mathematics C+
  • Duration: Minimum 1 and half years

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organization helping people forced to flee. They work in crises in 32 countries, where they help save lives and rebuild futures.

Contact Information:
NRC in Kenya
Neil Turner, Country Director
+254 (20) 26 49 204
neil.turner@nrc.no

* Requirements for all courses: Valid GoK id or UNHCR manifest

Technical
Hairdressing, welding, electrical, tailoring
Duration: 3 months; Deadline: January-February

Computer
Basic literacy and numeracy
Duration: 3 months; Deadline: January-February

Lutheran World Federation (LWF)

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is the longest serving and biggest implementing partner for UNHCR in Kakuma Refugee Camp and we work in Kakuma Camp, Kalobeyei Settlement, Nadapal Transit Centre on the South Sudanese border and in Turkana West Sub County. We currently manage programs in Primary and Preschool Education with more than 80,000 learners enrolled, Child protection with about 16,000 direct beneficiaries and over 102,000 indirect beneficiaries, Youth Development Programs which involve sports, performing and visual arts and Mentorship, Peace  building and conflict  resolution programs, Community managed Safety and Security Programs, Social Services which include Reception of New arriving refugees and Support and Relief Supply to People with specific Needs, Sustainable livelihoods programs, Water for the host community, Construction Projects and Social Accountability programs.

Contact Information:
The Lutheran World Federation Kenya Djibouti Somalia Program
Nairobi Office, P.O. Box 40870 – 00100, Nairobi, Kenya, Gitanga Road
+254707 818 182; +254723 115 737
reception.nairobi@lutheranworld.org

Diploma program through MMUST in primary education
Requirement: Currently employed as a primary teacher in Kakuma schools
Duration: ~9 months; Deadline: Usually March
* Intensive courses during school breaks, graduation at MMUST’s main campus

Bridging certificate in primary education
Requirement: Currently employed as a primary teacher in Kakuma schools, targeting female teachers
Duration: 1 year

Masinde Muliro University of Science & Technology (MMUST)

Masinde Muliro University of Science & Technology (MMUST) holds the view that science and technology is an indispensable tool in harnessing resources of nature for sustainable development and creating an environment in which human beings can survive and realize their potential. Thus, the human person has the moral obligation to creatively improve the environment. This can be achieved through a well-conceptualized educational, scientific and technological package through which every human being must rightfully experience and acquire the tools to facilitate this mission. Read more »

Contact Information:
MASINDE MULIRO UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
P.O. Box 190-50100 # Kakamega, Kenya
+254 (0) 702597360/1; +254 (0) 733120020/2; +254 (0) 057 2505222/3
info@mmust.ac.ke

Short Courses, Diploma and Certificate (TVET), Undergraduate, and Postgraduate programmes are available.

Self-sponsorship and partial scholarship may be available for MMUST degree programs- Refugee and host community Form 4 graduates can self-sponsor tuition at the MMUST’s Kakuma campus.

Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has been operating in Kenya since 2005, where we assist refugees and displacement-affected communities by implementing protection and livelihoods activities that increase their self-reliance and expand opportunities for a dignified life. DRC works in Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps. Read more »

Contact Information:
Heather Amstutz, Regional Director
h.amstutz@drchoa.org
David Kang’ethe, Country Director
d.kangethe@drckenya.org
Christian Jacob Hansen, Head of Division for Africa & Americas
christian.jacob.hansen@drc.ngo

Technical

Dressmaking, Tailoring, Catering, Motor vehicle mechanics, Plumbing, Electrical, Hairdressing

Additional Requirements: Basic education/ KCSE or equivalent; Ages between 18-35 years

Duration: 3 months – 1 year; Deadline: April
* Females and applicants with special needs are encouraged to apply.

Professional (diploma and certificate)

Disaster management; Community development and Social work; Business management; Entrepreneurship; Procurement and supplies management

Additional Requirements: Age 18-35 years. Must be first time awarded a DRC scholarship. Demonstrate strong financial need, commitment to community development, and English written and oral communication skills.

Academic Requirements: Certificate courses: Minimum grade of KCSE C-; Diploma courses: Minimum grade of KCSE D+

Duration: 1 year; Deadline: April

Don Bosco Kakuma

Don Bosco Kakuma in partnership with UNHCR focuses on the implementation of the activities related to Self-Reliance and Livelihoods to equip youth refugees and host community with technical skills” Read More
Salesians of Don Bosco The Salesians of Don Bosco are a religious congregation of Brothers and Priests . The organization was founded in 1859 by Saint John Bosco. Don Bosco’s mission was clear and simple:
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Contact information:
Address:P.O.Box 41, – 30501,
Kakuma Turkana West
Kenya
Phone: +254-703626556
Mail: dbkakuma@donbosco.or.ke
Web: http://www.donboscokakuma.org

* Requirements for all courses: Valid GoK id or UNHCR manifest

Technical
Mechanics, Welding, Carpentry & joinery, Cabinet making; Plumbing, Electrical, Masonry; Tailoring; Dressmaking
Additional Requirements: Basic or technical education
Duration: 1 year; Deadline: January

English Language
Basic, Intermediate
Additional Requirements: Basic or technical education
Duration: 3 months; Deadline: Varies

Computer
Basic, Intermediate, Advanced diploma
Additional Requirements: Form 4 completion
Duration: 3 months; Deadline: Varies

Secretarial Training
Additional Requirement: Form 4 completion
Duration: 6 months; Deadline: Jan-July

Preparing for interviews

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  • Write an application letter that emphasizes what makes you uniquely qualified for this opportunity.
  • Prepare written materials early, share with others for feedback, revise!
  • Research the organization you want to work with before you arrive for an interview. Have a few questions prepared in advance.
  • Consider signing up for a training course offered by the organization you are interested in working for or specializing in a related skill.
  • Consider starting an email account to submit materials. Some opportunities might require email communication.

Interview preparation: Anticipate questions and practice responses.

  • Tell me/ us about yourself.
  • What do you know about the work we do here? How did you hear about us?
  • What interests you about this organization or position? / Why do you want this job, training course, etc.

Commonly asked interview questions

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What do you know about the work we do here? Why you are you interested in this organization?
  • Why do you want this opportunity [job/ training/ scholarship]?
  • Why do you consider yourself to be the best candidate for this position?
  • What will you contribute to this organization?
  • What do you see as your strengths and weaknesses?
  • How do you see yourself and your community benefitting from this position?
  • Tell me about your previous experiences.
    • What have you been doing?
    • What did you like and dislike about that job?
    • Why did you leave?
  • What questions do you have for us?

Tips for interviewing

  • Speak loudly and clearly.
  • Convey confidence nonverbally by maintaining eye contact and good posture.
  • Prepare a detailed introduction to yourself with specifics about your status.
  • Demonstrate knowledge about the organization.
  • Show enthusiasm and interest.
  • Emphasize your positive qualities. Acknowledge your weaknesses and how you are working to improve them.
  • Be honest. You can only be you!
  • Reference relevant experiences.
  • Demonstrate your fit with the organization. Connect your interests with the work they do.
  • If you are confused, ask for clarification.
  • It is ok to say you need a moment to think about a question, rather than answering right away.
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