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

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

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

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

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:
P.O. Box 190-50100 # Kakamega, Kenya
+254 (0) 702597360/1; +254 (0) 733120020/2; +254 (0) 057 2505222/3

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
David Kang’ethe, Country Director
Christian Jacob Hansen, Head of Division for Africa & Americas


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
Phone: +254-703626556

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

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

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

Prepared by Kakuma Youth Research Group

  • 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.

Letter to Form 4 Leavers

A letter from the Kakuma Youth Research Group to Form 4 Leavers.

Dear Form 4 Leavers,

We hope it helps you think about the choices you have after completing secondary school.

Make multiple plans. Come up with several ways of succeeding, even if you have a low score on KCSE. You never know the future. Never lose hope!

Working is important. Working will help you generate income. This job should be related to your career so that you can prepare for further study, gain work experience in your profession, and learn relevant skills. This can help you have an advantage. If you cannot find a related job, take any available job that can improve your standard of living.

As you work, save some of your money to invest in your education. Another way to generate income is through borrowing loans to start your own business (with organizations such as Lokado). Save the profit to invest in your education. After you complete your studies, you can repay the loan.

Work and train at the same time. You can work for some organizations, and at the same time they will support your education, such as the diploma training offered to primary teachers by LWF. There are quite a number of ways by which a person can continue studying without the help of a scholarship. There are many free courses offered by organizations in Kakuma. (Look at our table!) Opportunities are available for host community and refugees.

Build a bridge. If you don’t meet the requirements to begin a degree program (C+ or above), then you should build a bridge to university by starting with a certificate (D-, D plain, D+) or diploma (C-,C plain) course. Most certificates require several months- one year of study. Most diploma programs take 1-3 years. Degree programs take at least 4 years.

Seek admission to college or university from the public or private sector, when you have money and qualifications. Remember to think of yourself if you have enough in your account to pay for your studies. Also look for partial scholarships where you receive some tuition and contribute some of your own money. You can look for private support as you also to invest in your education.

Research colleges and universities. Visit the school and try to find out about its history. Is the school registered? Look up the website to read more information. Talk to current students and graduates before making your decision.Online learning can help us a lot to pursue further studies for free or reduced tuition. Remember that some classes charge for documents such as certificates of completion, but often you can learn for free. Some courses to explore:

  • Coursera provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses online
  • EdX offers access to high-quality education for everyone, everywhere
  • University of the People is a non-profit, tuition-free, accredited, online, American university
  • InZone pioneers innovative approaches to multilingual communication and higher education in communities affected by conflict and crisis. 

If you have scored an E, is there a chance for you? Yes. It is your decision if you want to retake form 4 and try to improve your KCSE score. This is necessary if you plan to continue through university studies. It is very hard to repeat form 4 in Kakuma schools because of the high student population, so this means you will have to pay tuition. You can work while you repeat KCSE. A better grade will allow you to attend a public or private college and push your learning forward. If you are comfortable with an E or repeating is not an option for you, take advantage of the free opportunities available around the camp.

Don’t sit idle. Don’t waste time. There are many opportunities. You just need to open your eyes. Don’t wait for others to do everything for you. Engage yourself in available jobs and trainings. These can change your life in one way or the other. Make yourself to be busy all the time. You know if you sit idle, you may become involved with bad company like drug abuse, robbery, or stealing.

Kakuma youth

Refugee education

  • UNHCR has formed a Global Youth Advisory Council (GYAC) that will serve as a consultative group on issues relating to the protection and development of young people who are refugees, internally displaced and/or stateless, and their communities. Read more about GYAC’s recommendations to improve humanitarian work with and for refugees, as well as the communities and states that host them.
  • WEBINAR- Library Services to Refugees during the COVID-19 Pandemic- The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges for communities worldwide and the libraries that serve them. Libraries have had to pivot to ensure the safety of their staff and users while continuing to provide accessible and safe services. How have libraries specifically responded to serve refugees and how are they planning to transition to offer welcoming spaces and services for refugees post-pandemic? The webinar will present the experiences of libraries serving refugees, and policies implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic that have impacted the welfare of refugees and asylum seekers. Offered by the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs and the American Library Association. REGISTER here.
  • The Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) is an open, global network of members working together within a humanitarian and development framework to ensure that all individuals have the right to a quality, safe, relevant, and equitable education. INEE’s work is founded on the fundamental right to education. Learn more about INEE resources and opportunities to become involved here.
  • Through collaborative research, education, and action, REACH fosters welcoming communities and quality education in settings of migration and displacement. Find resources and stay connected to a global community of advocates for refugee education here

Connecting Kakuma youth to lifelong learning opportunities

This website aims to provide information and resources on accessing educational, training, and work opportunities in and near Kakuma. The resources here are primarily designed for young people who have completed secondary school, though others may also find them useful. This site is also intended as a youth support network. This site is NOT maintained by UNHCR or donors active in Kakuma.

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