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The role of Principal for the RTRC is to develop and oversee the management of the RTRC. The Principal leads both the skills training and business teams to achieve the goals and objectives set forth in the Strategic Plan, and in line with approved curriculum and project standards.

  • Minimum Qualification : Bachelors
  • Experience Level : Mid level
  • Experience Length : 5 years

Job Description/Requirements


Rafiki wa Maendeleo Trust (RWMT) is a charitable organization that works in Rarieda sub-County, Siaya County, Kenya. RWMT’s mission is to empower people and build their capacities to create positive change for children and youth within their communities.  In addition to RWMT’s programs being implemented in the communities, RWMT founded and developed the Rarieda Training & Resource Centre (RTRC) in 2011. 

RTRC is a quality multi-purpose center that serves both youth and the community.  Youth engage in a holistic range of technical vocational, life, and work readiness skills, while community members engage in training and activities to learn ways of improving traditional farming techniques, experience new technologies and environmental conservation, including greenhouse, drip irrigation, Ecosan/Urine Diverting Toilets, composting, tree nursery, beekeeping, value-addition, water harvesting, fish farming, and solar power. The center received official registration as a Youth Polytechnic in 2012 and is now a quality, economically sustainable Technical Vocational Education & Training (TVET) Centre.


Development of Training Activities 

• Develops a creative and comprehensive plan to market and grow RTRC training programs; leads outreach, networking and awareness-creation initiatives amongst the staff, community, and with partners and stakeholders.   

• In partnership with the Deputy Principal, monitors the training process including development of lesson plans by instructors, delivery processes and related activities.

• Develops new market-driven training programs in collaboration with Deputy Principal 

• Ensures ongoing in-house training and development for instructors to enhance quality of learner-centered approaches to teaching

Information Management 

• Ensures overall management of data to include student records and family profiles of sponsored students

• Ensures data on agriculture productivity is recorded  as well as the library and other assets 

• Ensures compliance on documentation and records needed to meet annual RTRC registrations, renewals, testing center and other regulatory requirements. 

Maintenance of Equipment & Buildings

• Implements RWMT policies that are geared towards ensuring security of material, equipment and buildings including boarding facilities.

• In partnership with the Deputy Principal, ensures instructors carry out regular maintenance of machines and equipment, and report any needed building repairs.

• Chairs internal DOSH Committee to ensure both RTRC and RWMT comply with all workplace safety and health issues, including water and sanitation. 

Partnership, Networking and Collaboration  

• Ensures strong partnerships between RTRC, the government, business and corporate enterprises as well as with other relevant partners.

• Represents the organization in any relevant stakeholders’ meetings.

• Ensures that the organization upholds the government’s policies and procedures of providing quality Technical Education Services. 

• Supports the Executive Director in liaising with all relevant prime partners for the technical training program including proposal development and report writing.

RWMT Values and Ethics 

• Develops programs that enhance a values-driven approach to work and organizational culture

• Ensures compliance with RTRC and RWMT policies, values and principles by staff, students under training, boarding students and their caregivers.

• Protects and helps to build the reputation of RTRC in the community.

Internal Administration

• Prepares and reviews regularly the RTRC Annual Budget and Workplan. Reports variances from budget as required by Finance and the Executive Director.       

• Provides monthly production, training and program reports in pre-developed formats 

• Overseas RTRC operations, training and boarding to ensure that RTRC is well-organized and runs smoothly on a day-to-day basis.

Governance and Management

• Develop programs and workplans to implement, monitor and review the RTRC Strategic Plan.

• Oversees timely performance appraisal process of relevant staff members under their supervision.

• Provides timely advice to the Executive Director on issues likely to affect/impact project implementation. 


a) Level of education:   At least a Bachelor Degree in Education or a Technical Skill, and a Master’s Degree in a relevant managerial skill.

b) Specialized training/professional qualifications:

• Teaching experience in a post-secondary TVET institution 

• Heading a training institution recognized by the government

• Strong computer skills especially in Excel and software for work plans

• Proven ability to market a training organization to prospective students and their guardians 

c) Work experience:

• At least five (5) years’ experience in staff supervision and management in post- secondary education or the technical training sector.  

• At least five (5) years’ experience teaching a trade. 

• Experience in curriculum development specific to trade courses. 

• Experience in handling/delivering donor projects

You have the right fit with our culture if: 

o You deeply care about youth, skills development, rural development 

o Serving and leaving your mark in communities is one of your key motivators

o You value transparency and encourage accountability in all aspects of your life

o You pride yourself on being flexible and adaptable to changing circumstances.

o You are comfortable in varying social and professional settings, alternating between interacting with rural community members, and high-level stakeholder meetings with institutional representatives

Why work with us? 

o While our work with communities is very challenging, it is also very rewarding - you see lives changing before your eyes! 

o Over 20 years, we have built some exciting networks and partnerships that help grow our impact that you will be part of.

o We are on the journey to becoming a role model TVET and are well equipped with modern tools and equipment

o We are a committed team and we care about each other.

o Live and work in a beautiful, calm and clean environment, with fresh air and close to Lake Victoria.

Other information

The role is based in our main office in a rural village in Rarieda sub-County, Siaya County. We are about 15 km from the nearest town (Bondo) where some of our team members live.  Due to the nature of work working hours might extend on some days.  We are looking for candidates who are excited about living and working in a rural setup to a minimum of 3-5 years. There is a six month probation period and we will agree on performance and learning objectives.

Want to apply?

o Send your motivation letter and CV in PDF format

Application Deadline:  27 June 2024

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