Inspiring story about paths to a dream career for graduates.

By Richard Branson

In 1967, when I quit high school at age 17, I knew what my next project would be: founding Student magazine. But I did not know what I wanted to do in the long term. The headmaster’s parting words to me were, ‘Congratulations, Branson, I predict that you will either go to prison or be a millionaire.’ I am not sure whether that could be classed as career advice or not, but it did give me the impetus to prove him wrong on the first point.

When I set up Student magazine, I wanted to work as a journalist; however we needed to keep the magazine afloat financially and soon I had to stop reporting and focus on production and financing instead. I stayed involved in the editorial side by landing some of our most important interviews, but for the most part, during Student’s early days I honed my skills at business, negotiating and management – all of which would later prove useful as we built the Virgin group.

You want good pay, you learn to negotiate well.

There is a sense of accomplishment with the getting of the first job. Often, it implies an end of many months, sometimes years, of searching for employment after graduation from college or university. By the time one gets invited for an interview, there will have been quite a number of job applications and follow ups.

With that in mind, and when faced with the task of negotiating the salary, it is easy to end up making wrong and miscalculated decisions. Many have accepted salaries beneath their worth, or at least the value of the job they are being recruited for. Generally, fresh job seekers tread carefully when it comes to asking for better salaries.

Agricultural Economist (Value Chains and Development) Job in Nairobi Kenya

Vacancy Number: AE/VCD/MK02/08/11 

Total salary & benefits package circa USD 105,000 (tax free*)

Base salary from USD 60,000 per annum plus benefit

(dependent on qualifications and experience)

Reporting to the Team Leader, the
 Agricultural Economist (Value Chains and Development) will contribute to on-going and new pro-poor livestock development research in Sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia. 

Agricultural Economist (Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support) Job in Nairobi Kenya

Vacancy Number: AE/BTWS/MK04/08/11 

Total salary & benefits package:
 circa USD 90,000 (tax free*) Base salary from USD 45,000 per annum plus benefits 

The Agricultural Economist will be part of the team leading the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) program for Eastern and Central Africa (ECA), reporting to the ReSAKSS Coordinator.

The objective of ReSAKSS is to provide analysis, data, and tools to promote evidence-based decision making, improve awareness of the role of agriculture for development in Africa, fill knowledge gaps, promote dialogue, and facilitate the implementation of the CAADP of the NEPAD programme of the African Union Commission and other regional agricultural development initiatives in Africa.

Economist, Evaluation and Impact Assessment Job in Nairobi Kenya

Vacancy Number: AE/PGI/08/11 

Total salary & benefits package: circa USD 100,000 (tax free*) Base salary from USD 55,000 per annum plus benefits (dependent on qualifications and experience)

Under the leadership of the team leader and in coordination with other research staff within the Poverty Gender and Impact team, the Economist will develop and implement research on the multiple roles of livestock in rural livelihoods and how livestock’s contribution to poverty alleviation can be enhanced.

Main responsibilities will include developing and leading implementation of monitoring and evaluation strategies for the CGIAR research program of Livestock and Fish and other large ILRI programs.

Post Doctoral Fellow Career Opportunity in Kampala Uganda

Vacancy Number: PD/UG/MK05/08/11 

Total salary & benefit package: circa USD 65000 (tax free*) Base salary from USD 35,000-USD 40,000 per annum plus benefits

The Post Doctoral Fellow will work in a project to develop smallholder pig production systems and their associated value chains in Uganda and will report to the Project Manager.

The Fellow will be part of a team designing and evaluating a pilot intervention to improve livelihoods, incomes and assets of smallholder households by raising productivity of their pig enterprises based on a package of technical and organizational strategies.

S/he will contribute to designing and working closely with national research and development partners to implement the research, with specific responsibility for assessing the financial, economic and social feasibility and appropriateness of the models being piloted, including monitoring of gender dimensions, farmer business and organizational strategies and potential constraints to adoption.

Agricultural Economist Job in Gaborone Botswana

Vacancy Number: AE/BTS/MK03/08/11 

Total salary & benefits package: circa USD 90,000(tax free*) Base salary from USD 45,000 per annum plus benefits

ILRI is to implement a research project in Botswana, supporting the enhanced competitiveness of that country’s smallholder livestock sector.

Reporting to the Project Manager, the Agricultural Economist will lead major components of the research from design through to implementation, analysis and communication.

S/he will be responsible for day-to-day management of project activities in-country, including support to national stakeholders and project partners, in close coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture’s nominated project coordinator.

Copy Writer and Journalist Jobs

Job Title: Copy Writer 

Company background

Habari consulting is a group of experts with experience in most market sectors, channels and marketing disciplines. We pride ourselves in insight driven marketing solutions both on and off-line.

We have extensive and varied experience, both locally and internationally. Our experience in the forefront of marketing initiatives, allows us to find relevant and innovative solutions for our clients.

Job Description

Driver Job in Garissa Kenya

Magna Children at Risk is international humanitarian organization whose objective is to provide medical aid to populations in crisis, active in Kenya since 2006. 

Magna is seeking to recruit a:

Job title:

Job Location:

Job Type:

Job Duration: 9 months (possible extension)

Field Coordinator Job in Garissa Kenya

Magna Children at Risk is international humanitarian organization whose objective is to provide medical aid to populations in crisis, active in Kenya since 2006. 

Magna is seeking to recruit a:

Job title:
 Nutrition Program Field Coordinator 

Job Location:

Job Type:

Job Duration:
 9 months (possible extension) 

Language (S):
 English, Swahili, Somali 

Logistician Job in Garissa Kenya

Magna Children at Risk is international humanitarian organization whose objective is to provide medical aid to populations in crisis, active in Kenya since 2006. 

Magna is seeking to recruit a:

Job title:

Place in the organisation:
 Directly under Field project Coordinator

Job Location:

Job Type:

Job Duration:
 9 months (possible extension) 

Research Technician – Agriculture Economist Job in Nairobi Kenya

Vacancy Number: RT/AE/PGI/09/11 

Department: Poverty Gender and Impact

 Nairobi, Kenya 

 2-year term with possibility of renewal 

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works at the crossroads of livestock and poverty, bringing high-quality livestock science, communications and capacity building to bear on poverty reduction and sustainable development.

ILRI is one of 15 centres supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). ILRI has campuses in Kenya (headquarters) and Ethiopia, with other offices located in other regions of Africa (Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria) as well as in South Asia (India, Sri Lanka), Southeast Asia (Laos, Thailand, Vietnam) and East Asia (China).

Team Leader / Senior Agricultural Economist Job in Nairobi Kenya

Vacancy Number: TL/SAE/MK01/08/11 

Total salary & benefits package circa USD 130,000 (tax free*)

Base salary from USD 75,000 per annum plus benefits.

(dependent on qualifications and experience)

The Team Leader / Senior Agricultural Economist will lead a group of economists and other scientists within the Improving Markets Opportunities research team researching issues related to changing demand and market institutions in livestock products in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

The research utilizes multi-disciplinary tools from agricultural economics, agribusiness, innovation systems, and new institutional economics to elucidate the role of markets in promoting pro-poor growth.

6 Mistakes to avoid when answering, ‘Where will you be in…….?’

What were your childhood fantasies? What did you want to be when you grow up? In our era, we used to adore those careers that were revered by the society. If anyone asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” You’d smile, and without batting an eye, answer doctor, pilot, teacher, or whatever profession had recently stirred your curiosity: Easy question, easy answer. That is till the day I entered the HR practice and realized that even a DJ can make more money than a doctor and pilot combined. All in all, let us go to the second part of answering the question in hand.

Like I said yesterday when an interviewer asks, “Where do you see yourself in five or more years?” a worthy answer is often hard to muster. Problem is, these days your whimsical desire to be an astronaut won’t be so well received. To prepare for this go-to question in the interviewer arsenal, you need to think about potential responses way before stepping foot in the recruiter’s office. And just like a resume, you’ll need to tailor your answer to the employer you’re interviewing with: For example don’t say you see yourself climbing the corporate ladder when interviewing with a small NGO.

Marketing yourself in the job hunting exercise: Be unique

Thousands of fresh graduates are looking for employment against limited opportunities. Why would an employer who is already overwhelmed with job applications select you over other candidates? Can you be distinguishable from the rest of the pack? Companies have long known the importance of making a name for their products and services to set themselves apart from their competitors. They brand and market themselves aggressively.

And just like those companies, individuals face competition every day, whether they are aware of it or not. This makes it essential for us all to think we must brand and market ourselves. Consider Heidi Klum, who although shorter than the standard model, has managed to take her career to heights higher than previously imaginable. She is now an actress, a television host and a fashion designer all rolled into one.

Kenya Education Staff Institute Chief Training Coordinators Jobs

Chief Training Coordinators

6 Posts

The Kenya Education Staff Institute is seeking qualified candidates to fill the following positions to be based in the regional centers at Kisumu, Kakamega, Eldoret, Nyeri, Embu and Garissa.

Overall responsibility: To setup, manage and supervise the regional centre.

Detailed responsibilities include:

LG Electronics Marketing and Communications Jobs Kenya

LG Electronics Africa Logistics FZE (LGEEF) with its HQ in Seoul, South Korea is growing heavily and is looking for the best people in the industry.

We are looking for personnel with the energy and commitment to develop and grow in a dynamic organization.
1. Assistant Manager Marketing & Corporate Communication

Reporting to: Marketing Manager

Grade: G1

Working Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Head of Revenue Kenya Vacancy

One of the large software development company providing Banking and Financial suite of software to various customers spread across Africa ¡s looking for a passionate individual with proven track record who can help us to be among fortune 500 companies.

Do you have the passion in you to take up this challenge?

Job Title: Head of Revenue
Job Description:

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Head of Revenue will be responsible for contributing to the success of selling and marketing our existing suit of financial software.

Tours and Events Sales Job Kenya

Transwest is a Tours and Events Organizing company situated in Nairobi Kenya.

We are looking for a 
Sales Person/ Marketer who can work for our company in Marketing our services to our clientele and help us grow our customer database.

Experience: Knowledge in tours and travel business, Hotel Reservations, Marketing, Events Management/Organizing

Terms: Commission Based only

Safari Park Hotel Assistant Executive Housekeeper Vacancy Kenya

Safari Park Hotel, a leading five star hotel situated in Nairobi and serving the top notch of the Hospitality sector seeks to employ a suitable Kenyan Citizen with the right attributes to fill the position below.
Assistant Executive Housekeeper

Reporting to the Executive Housekeeper, the successful candidate will be responsible to;

* Assist in the overall smooth running of the housekeeping department covering Guest rooms, Public areas, Offices and the Laundry.
* Assist in supervision of the Housekeeping team (including outsourced labour), of over 50 staff to ensure fair distribution of workload and general administration of the work force.
* Maintenance of accurate stock records to ensure availability of linen and uniforms at all times.

SACDEP – Kenya NGO Jobs Vacancies

Sustainable Agriculture Community Development Programme (SACDEP – Kenya) is a Development Organisation.

With its head office based in Thika Town the organization works in the area of Sustainable Agriculture in Coast, Eastern, Central and Rift Valley Provinces.

Applications are invited to fill in the following positions.

Transport & Maintenance Officer

To be in charge of running a transport & maintenance unit for the organisation.

Retail Warehouse Manager Job Tanzania

Warehouse Manager

Industry: Retail

Location: Dar- es salaam, Tanzania

Our client, a leading retail group in Tanzania, with rapid expansion plans is looking for a Warehouse Manager to manage the retail warehouse and logistics centre.

We are specifically looking for candidates with similar working experience in any of the major retail outlets in Kenya.
Key Responsibilities

CARE Regional Emergency Accountant Vacancy Kenya

Would you like to be part of the Regional Emergency Response team?

CARE East & Central Africa region is seeking a strong finance person as the
 Regional Emergency Accountant to ensure adequate support and appropriate level of oversight to country offices.

Under the leadership of the Regional Controller, s/he will prepare and review financial donor reports, budgets and data analysis for the various countries.

The post holder will support country finance teams in reviewing of processes and ensuring compliance with CARE policy and donor regulations.

They will support in budget monitoring, development of tools and work with Country program teams to ensure effective grants management.

The role will be required to build capacity of finance teams at field office level, as well as provide appropriate training in finance policies and procedures. The incumbent will be required to make extensive travel within the region.

Deputy Human Resources Manager Job Kenya

Our client a large manufacturing organization involved in manufacturer and marketing of fast moving consumer goods ¡s seeking to recruit a result oriented individual to fill the following key position in Kenya
Deputy Human Resources Manager

Reporting to the Human Resources Manager, the incumbent will be responsible for the following among other duties:

* Assist in implementing all Human Resources programmes, activities and plans for the company and the subsidiaries ¡n and outside the country.
* Developing and maintaining sound Human Resources policies, systems and procedures.
* Facilitation and coordination of all staff recruitment and staff induction in the company and our subsidiaries in and outside the country.

Marketing Officer Job Kenya

A leading refrigeration company seeks for a dynamic, self motivated, qualified and experienced person to fill the position of Marketing Officer.

The job holder will be expected to aggressively drive the image of the organization in order to gain national recognition and presence in a rather competitive market.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

Merlin WASH Officer Vacancy Kenya

Position: WASH Officer

Functionally Responsible To: Project Coordinator (PC)

Technically Responsible To: Project Health Coordinator (PHC)

Working With: Kenyan Ministry of Health authorities at district level and Health Facility Staff, Merlin field team, CHW’s

Location: Lodwar, Turkana

The Purpose of the Job

The overall objective of the position is to develop, implement, monitor and report on all WASH technical aspects of Merlin’s projects in assigned areas of Turkana. S/he will ensure that field staff and partners adhere to technical and standard protocols in WASH. Train and mentor staff as well as participate in WASH assessments, surveys and proposal design processes.

Furniture Palace Sales and Customer Relations Jobs Kenya

We Furniture Palace Ltd., a leading furniture retailer in Kenya growing in dynamic dimensions, hence we are looking for people who will enable us to continue our success.

We are looking for people who are passionate, adaptable, self motivated and team players to help us achieve our goal.

We believe in an open door policy and direct communication with employees. We believe ¡n offering much more than just a job, we strive to give you a full fledged career.

So to enhance this we provide superior training and the opportunity to work in different aspects of Retail and Service practices. Our training programmes will help you to improve on both Personal Excellence and Leadership Excellence.

In keeping with our vision to be truly world class in all aspects of our operations, our remuneration and benefits strategy is guided by the need to foster a high performance culture and maintain market competitiveness.

International Justice Mission Accounting Vacancy Kenya

Regional Accounting Manager, Africa

The Need

International Justice Mission (IJM) is seeking a talented accounting manager to provide accounting oversight of field offices in Africa by developing and training staff, ensuring appropriate internal controls of the field offices in Africa and liaising closely with the United States (US) headquarters.

We are looking for someone passionate for this mission and passionate about using their financial skills and experience to ensure stewardship and accountability.

This position is a key member of a global team of high caliber professional finance staff. This position can be based in any of IJM’s Africa field offices (Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda or Zambia) and reports to the International Finance Officer who is based at IJM headquarters in the US.

International Justice Mission Investigator Job Kenya

Field Investigator

Nairobi, Kenya
The Need

International Justice Mission is seeking an experienced criminal investigator to investigate cases of sexual abuse, illegal detention and abuse of power to bring rescue and relief to the most vulnerable in society, while providing a safe and secure environment for our clients and staff.

The Field Investigator will be based in Nairobi, Kenya and will report to the Director of Investigations.

Transport and Logistics Manager Job Kenya

Company: Workmanship Limited
Designation: Transport and Logistics Manager

Reports To: Chief Officer Operations

As this is a management position, the successful candidate will be:

1. team leader for the Drivers and Loaders,
2. contact person for sub-contractors
3. liaison between Workmanship Production Limited and clients
Duties and responsibilities

Hilton Hotel Kenya Driver Job

A Career with the Hilton Hotel opens up the world of hospitality to you

Hilton Hotel provides a terrific range of career opportunities. Whether you are a seasoned professional or just starting out in this very exciting industry, we would be delighted to welcome you to our family.

At Hilton Nairobi, we provide opportunities beyond your imagination. Our international presence, strong growth plans and personal development will help you achieve your career goals and more.

You can be part of a strong and growing company and you can join a special family, one dedicated to a positive, productive and diverse working environment.

Hilton Hotel Restaurants Manager Kenya Vacancy

A Career with the Hilton Hotel opens up the world of hospitality to you

Hilton Hotel provides a terrific range of career opportunities.

Whether you are a seasoned professional or just starting out in this very exciting industry, we would be delighted to welcome you to our family.

At Hilton Nairobi, we provide opportunities beyond your imagination. Our international presence, strong growth plans and personal development will help you achieve your career goals and more.

You can be part of a strong and growing company and you can join a special family, one dedicated to a positive, productive and diverse working environment.

Sevenseas Technologies Internal IT Head Job

We are a leading provider of integrated business and technology solutions across Africa, in the Financial, Telecom, Real Estate, Service Industries and Government.

We work in partnership with Global Technology Industry leaders and collaborative synergies with Domain & Technology centric Eco-system Partners.

We deliver business value to customers through a combination of process excellence, quality frameworks and Service Delivery innovation.

We are seeking a results oriented, highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to fill the following vacant position:
Head - Internal IT

Accountant / Administrator Vacancy Kenya

We are a company involved in media production.

We pride ourselves in providing quality productions to our clients.

We are currently recruiting for the position of
 Accountant / Administrator

The Accountant/ Administrator will be in charge of all the administrative work including but not limited to handling all the planning, organizing, coordinating, staffing which will include sourcing new recruits, interviewing them and writing job descriptions and budgeting.

Danish Refugee Council Construction, M&E Jobs Kenya.

The Danish Refugee Council has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa region since 1997. The DRC Kenya Program seeks to fill the following positions to be based in Dadaab Refugee Camp.
1. Head of Construction

To coordinate and ensure the successful implementation of all building and construction works and any other related activities being implemented by DRC.

Key responsibilities include:

JhpiegoTraining Advisor NGO Job Kenya

Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, is an international NGO supporting a wide range of programs to improve the health of women and their families.

Jhpiego-Kenya works in close collaboration with both the Ministry of Medical Services and the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation in the areas of HIV, Malaria, TB, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Reproductive Health and Family Planning.

We are currently recruiting a Training Advisor with excellent technical and training skills who is a team player, dedicated, highly motivated and willing to work in a high pressure office requiring multi-tasking.
Training Advisor

Nairobi Hospital Senior Registrars Career Opportunities Kenya

The Nairobi Hospital, a leading health care institution in Eastern Africa has excellent career opportunities for recently qualified Senior Registrars leading to recognition by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board in the following fields:


Internal Medicine




CHF International Short-term NGO Vacancies Kenya

CHF International is an international development organization whose mission is to be a catalyst for long-lasting positive change in low and moderate-income communities around the world, helping them improve their social, economic, and environmental conditions.

CHF International is seeking candidates for several short term (3-5 month) positions to support its drought response efforts.

Persons interested must be able to start immediately and work under tight deadlines and difficult situations. The anticipated start date would be September or October 2011.
Program Coordinator, Tharaka

Airtel Supply Chain, Network Jobs Kenya

Exciting Career Opportunities with Airtel Africa Head Office
About Airtel

Affordability, innovation and community engagement are the three pillars of success for Airtel International which owns and operations mobile communications networks across 16 markets in Africa.

Airtel International is part of Bharti Airtel which has more than 200 million customers globally and, since it acquired Zains African businesses in June 2011, has become the fifth largest telecoms company in the world.

CRS Kenya HR, Administration and Finance Jobs

Catholic Relief Services – USCCB is the official agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for relief and development overseas. CRS supports programs in over 100 countries and works through local partners.

We are seeking suitable persons to fill the following positions in response to the drought crisis in
the country.

All candidates require technical competencies in the respective areas, experience in emergency programming, willingness to travel and live in field locations and a commitment to work with and support partners of CRS many of whom are Catholic institutions.

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