GSLA Mentors At Islamic Relief Kenya


Background Information

Established in 1984 in the UK, Islamic Relief is an international NGO seeking to promote sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities through relief and development activities regardless of race, color and religion, and without expecting anything in return.IR started operations in Kenya in 1993 on orphan’s sponsorship programme through a local CBO in Mandera District, Northern Kenya. It opened its fully fledged office in March in 2006 at the height of drought in the Horn of Africa. Since then, IR has been providing humanitarian and development assistance to vulnerable communities. Over these years it has implemented various development and relief activities in Mandera. This has remarkably changed the lives of the vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. In January 2010, IRK extended its operation to Wajir County, neighbouring Mandera, in January 2012 expanded to Garissa and Dadaab, and in October 2017 opened a programme office in Kilifi County.

Islamic Relief Kenya is currently focusing on three major themes: Sustainable Community Empowerment, Food security and livelihoods, Disaster Risk reduction (DRR); and Inclusive and protection

The Islamic Relief Kenya in its pursuit to support and strengthen its operations, seeks to employ motivated, hardworking and pro-active individuals to fill in the following position

Job Title: GSLA Coaches/Mentors

Reporting To: Project Officer

Base Location: Garissa

Responsibilities Overview:

  • Monitor and mentor groups on the GSLA methodological best practices.
  • Should attend weekly group meeting as indicated in GSLA training manual phases that will be provided.
  • Resolve GSLA members’ conflicts diplomatically and by following the group constitution.
  • Refer GSLAs and their members to access other critical services as needed.
  • Encouraged participation of all members in meeting procedures
  • Check group records for accuracy and consistency
  • Request group to recall learning elements from training when deviations are noted
  • Encourage group-to-group learning when there are deviations from the norms
  • Prompt and guide the groups to think about their constitution during procedures
  • Provide group with clear coaching to clarify deviations
  • Provide correct technical guidance to group
  • Appropriately mentor the conduct of group leaders
  • Broaden the network of the groups to the reach other service providers/private sector/sponsors and even open doors to otherwise out-of-reach reach opportunities.
  • Correctly collect data from group records

Key competencies

  • Should have ever practised or promoted any community based or membership savings methodologies.
  • Should demonstrate social skills such as communication skills and socially acceptable behaviours.**
  • Empathy & compassion**
  • High level of self-awareness and openness to self-reflect**
  • Practice active listening and take feedback seriously**
  • Should demonstrate an entrepreneurship mindset in order to promote a market-led system**
  • Should demonstrate the ability to train/impart skills to other people.**
  • Ability to collect data**
  • monitoring and enhancing the performance of the groups by providing encouragement and constructive feedback**

Qualifications, Experience and Requirements

  • Diploma in Community Development, Business Administration
  • Ability to work with computers
  • Should be a permanent resident in the community preferably for a minimum of two years
  • Knowledge of the English language sufficient to understand simple instructions.

How to apply

Please send us your cover letter and detailed CV, including your qualifications, experience, names and addresses of three referees, a working e-mail address and daytime telephone contacts. The forwarding e-mail and cover letter must clearly indicate the position title on the subject line. Send your application to by Tuesday 31st January 2022.

Please note that this is urgent recruitment, shortlisting will be done on a rolling basis

NB: This is a field-based position therefore locals are encouraged to apply

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