Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) Salaries In Kenya

In Kenya, most employees working with NGOs are some of the best-paid employees.

Despite the fact that these organizations do not receive any payment from those benefiting from their services, they still offer various benefits that make them more attractive than other types of jobs.

This explains the reason why most individuals are more attracted to working with NGO’s than they are to other organizations.

In this article, we will discuss:

Working with NGO

NGO salary scale in Kenya

Top Paying NGO’s in Kenya

NGO Jobs in Kenya

Working with NGO

Non-governmental organizations are citizen-based groups independent from states and international governmental organizations.

They are critical change agents in promoting economic growth, human rights, and social progress and also dedicated to providing all humanitarian services to various aspects of human life in different parts of the world to those who are in need.

Working for an NGO can be quite challenging, but it is one of the most satisfying jobs in terms of “goals”.

Some of the good reason you should work for an NGO includes

  • Professional development
  • Societal contribution
  • Cultural understanding/teamwork
  • Better networking
  • Good organization and leadership skills
  • Finally, it makes your CV attractive
  • Numerous opportunities to travel to other countries

Working for an NGO requires an undergraduate degree in a business-related field, such as finance, marketing, and management, as a good start for achieving a job opportunity, however, senior-level positions, particularly with large organizations, requires a master’s degree in majors such as international business, international relations, and others.

NGO Salary Scale in Kenya

Most Kenyan graduates prefer to work for NGOs because of the mouthwatering remuneration, plus other benefits attached to it.

The salary structure of NGOs in Nigeria ranges from Ksh70,000 to Ksh400,000 depending on your educational qualification, level, and experience.

Top Paying NGOs in Kenya

The best paying NGOs in Kenya and their salaries are as follows below:

Save the Children Salaries

Save the Children is an international non-governmental organization that promotes children’s rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries.

Save the Children offers some of the best salaries amongst all the NGOs in Kenya and is focused on providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programs so for you to be employed, you have to be a lover of children.

The average salary of employees in Save the Children is Ksh201,000.

Here are monthly salaries of Save the Children employees:

  • Regional Partnerships Manager             – Ksh544,000
  • Deputy Director of Program                   – Ksh525,000
  • Regional Recruitment Manager             – Ksh335,000
  • Senior Finance Officer                             – Ksh158,000
  • Regional Grants Coordinator                  – Ksh147,000
  • WASH Coordinator                                    – Ksh142,000
  • Procurement Officer                    – Ksh126,000

To view more save the children salaries, click here

United Nation (UN) Salaries

The United Nations is an international organization focused on maintaining international peace and security.

They take action on the issues confronting humanity such as peace and security, climate change, sustainable development, human rights, terrorism, humanitarian and health emergencies, gender equality, governance, food production, and more.

They also facilitate cooperation between the United Nations and regional organizations, provide administrative and other support services to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and provide joint and common services to other organizations of the United Nations system in Kenya.

United Nations is one of the highest-paid NGO in Kenya you can lay your hands on.  A huge benefit of working with the United Nations is its wide network.

The average salary of employees in the United Nation is Ksh181,000

Here are specific monthly salaries of United Nation employees:

  • Senior Programme Coordinator –  Ksh593,000
  • Program Officer                             – Ksh327,000
  • Investigation Assistant                   – Ksh210,000
  • Administrative Assistant               – Ksh142,000
  • Finance and Budget Assistant     – Ksh137,000
  • Office Assistant                               – Ksh110,000
  • Data Analyst                                                – Ksh105,000

See more United Nation salaries here

World Food Programme (WFP) Salaries

Whether due to conflicts, natural disasters or policy failures, food security and nutrition are at risk in many parts of the world – even as globalization drives economic, social and technological growth. Across nations and continents, citizens increasingly share expectations of accountability and good governance.

The World Food Programme is the food-assistance branch of the United Nations and the world’s largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger and promoting food security.

The average salary of employees in WFP is KSh155,000

Here are specific monthly salaries of World Food Program employees:

  • Head of Programs              –  Ksh368,000
  • Finance Officer                   –  Ksh197,000
  • Monitoring Assistant         –  Ksh158,000
  • Interns                                   –  Ksh100,000 and above

International Rescue Committee (IRC) Salaries

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises by providing vital support to Kenyans whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict, poverty and natural disaster.

They help these people survive, rebuild their livelihoods, and gain control of their future.

IRC which provides jobs for people in about 40 countries encourages staff development through promotion, transfer and rehire, and they nurture long-term career paths while helping employees grow within the organization.

The average salary of employees in IRC is KSh138,000

Here are specific monthly salaries of International Rescue Committee employees:

  • Project Engineer                             –  Ksh330,000
  • Senior Accountant                         –  Ksh263,000
  • ERD Manager                                  –  Ksh214,000
  • Medical Officer                               –  Ksh189,000
  • Senior Project Officer                   –  Ksh189,000
  • Livelihood Officer                          –  Ksh142,000
  • Senior Procurement Officer       –  Ksh126,000

See more International Rescue Committee salaries here

Oxfam Salaries

OXFAM is an international confederation of 17 organizations working together in more than 90 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty.

Oxfam believes that respect for human rights will help lift people out of poverty and injustice, allow them to assert their dignity and guarantee sustainable development.

They, therefore, work directly with communities and their aim is to influence the powerful to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them.

The average salary of employees in Oxfam is KSh135,000

Below are specific monthly salaries of International Rescue Committee employees:

  • Project Officer                                            –  Ksh189,000
  • Women Rights Officer                              –  Ksh148,000
  • Administration and Project Manager   –  Ksh126,000
  • Project Coordinator                                  –  Ksh126,000
  • Supply Chain Assistant                              –  Ksh73,000
  • Amref Health Africa Salaries

Amref Health Africa works closely with communities (from urban slums in Nairobi, remote rural areas in the north-east and south to lake regions in the west and coastal region in the east) to improve the health of women and children by reducing the high rates of maternal and newborn deaths in Africa.

The Average Salaries at Amref Health Africa is about Ksh130,000

Below are specific monthly salaries of Amref Health Africa employees:

  • Compliance Manager                                –  Ksh368,000
  • Clinical Nutritionist/Dietitian                   –  Ksh315,000
  • Chief Finance Officer                                –  Ksh305,000
  • Research and Development Manager  –  Ksh280,000
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Officer       –  Ksh170,000
  • Nutrition Officer                                         –  Ksh163,000
  • Project Officer                                            –  Ksh158,000
  • Public Health Officer                                 –  Ksh89,000

FHI 360 Salaries

In Kenya, FHI 360 works to improve lives in sustainable ways by developing programs that are evidence-based and grounded in rigorous research. Their portfolio includes integrated programs designed to address some of the most pressing challenges facing communities across Kenya, including in the key areas of health and education.

They also collaborate with the Government of Kenya and other partners to strengthen HIV prevention, care and treatment; reproductive health; and family planning services through research and innovative approaches to improve service delivery and access.

The firm is more than a great place to work. It is a global family of more than 4,000 professionals dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways. Whatever your role at FHI 360, your contribution will make a difference.

The Average Salaries at FHI 360 is about Ksh126,000

Below are specific monthly salaries of FHI 360 employees:

  • Senior Compliance Officer                              –  Ksh214,000
  • Senior Technical Officer                                      –  Ksh189,000
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Officer                   –  Ksh125,000
  • Driver /Admin Assistant                                 –  Ksh84,000

More FHI360 salaries can be seen here

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

 The ICRC’s Nairobi delegation promotes international humanitarian law and carries out humanitarian activities. It operates worldwide, helping people affected by conflict and armed violence and promoting the laws that protect victims of war.

The ICRC is funded mainly by voluntary donations from governments and from National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and employs about 16,000 people in more than 80 countries.

The Average Salaries at ICRC is about Ksh125,000

Below are specific monthly salaries of ICRC employees:

  • Regional Logistics Trainer                                    –  Ksh315,000
  • Warehouse Supervisor                                         –  Ksh182,000
  • Administrative Assistant/Accountant               –  Ksh100,000

See more ICRC salaries

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Salaries

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare.

MSF field staff worldwide give lifesaving medical and technical assistance to people who would otherwise be denied access to healthcare.

MSF is always in need of a strong and reliable team of staff, interns and volunteers to help with the general running of their offices around the world.

The Average Salaries at MSF is about Ksh124,000

Below are specific monthly salaries of MSF employees:

  • Warehouse Manager                                –  Ksh152,000
  • Medical Activity Manager                       –  Ksh133,000
  • Accountant                                                 –  Ksh104,000

Action Against Hunger Salaries

As the world’s hunger specialist, the primary goal of Action against Hunger is to create a better way to deal with hunger. For 40 years, they led the global movement that aims to end life-threatening hunger for good within their lifetimes. Their teams have been on the front lines, treating and preventing malnutrition across nearly 50 countries.

Action against Hunger saves the lives of children and their families. They are there before and after disaster strikes and enable people to provide for themselves, see their children grow up strong, and for whole communities to prosper. They constantly search for more effective solutions, while sharing knowledge and expertise with the world.

All staff contributes to their quality, impactful programs, in a workplace that values individual creativity & innovative solutions.

The Average Salaries at Action against Hunger is about Ksh144,000

Below are specific monthly salaries of Action against Hunger employees:

  • Project Manager                            –  Ksh206,000
  • Human Resources Assistant        –  Ksh74,000

World Vision Salaries

World Vision is an Evangelical Christian humanitarian aid, development, and advocacy organization focused on offering charitable services to the less privileged around the world. It is present in more than 20 countries across the globe.

World Vision is a Christian organization, so for you to be employed, you must be able to demonstrate passionate love for the helpless. 

The Average Salaries at World Vision is about Ksh105,000

Below are specific monthly salaries of World Vision employees:

  • WASH Specialist                                         –  Ksh315,000
  • Chief of Party                                              –  Ksh309,000
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Officer       –  Ksh149,000
  • Projects Coordinator                                –  Ksh138,000
  • Program Associate                                     –  Ksh126,000

See more World Vision salaries and company reviews

There are still other NGOs that pay well like;

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Marie Stopes International

Catholic Relief Services(CRS)

You can click to find out the salaries.


In this post, we have compiled a list of some of the top-paying NGOs in Kenya so if you are finding it hard to decide which NGO to apply to, I am sure we have made it easier for you by providing information on NGO salaries.

A good way to find out which NGOs pays huge salaries is by checking if it is owned by the Kenyan government or international organizations because those owned by international organizations offer better salaries than the ones owned by the Kenyan government.

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Frances Anonu

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