8 Jan 2020

Project Director at Aga Khan Foundation East Africa

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The USAID and AKF co-financed the Yetu Initiative since 2014, contributing to the self-reliance of Kenyan civil society by building the capacity of Kenyan civil society organizations (CSOs) to engage and catalyze citizen support for their missions. USAID and AKF are both looking to further expand and support civil society in Kenya, through the Kaunti Kuimarisha Uendelevu – Strengthening County Sustainability – Annual Program Statement (APS). The goal of Yetu extension is to “Enhance capacity of Kenyan civil society to catalyze and engage citizens, government and private sector support for county-level development”. Yetu will engage and build the capacity of county-wide Local Development Organizations (LDOs) to foster community-led, community-managed and community-owned development to build local civic engagement capacity.

About The Role

The Project Director- Yetu Initiative will oversee all aspects of the project with the ultimate responsibility for implementation. He/ she will report to the Regional Head of Strategy and Innovation and work closely with AKF East Africa Civil Society Advisor.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and management excellence to ensure a high-functioning, efficient team is in place and targets are accomplished, deadlines are met, and objectives are achieved
  • Directly manage implementation, including work planning, budgeting, reporting, communications, monitoring, evaluation, research, learning, subgrant management, and financial management
  • Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders and partners, including a wide range of civil society organizations, USAID, the Steering Committee, the Global Alliance for Community Philanthropy, the AKF-USA office, and especially the government of Kenya
  • Constantly engage with businesses to solicit support and catalyze partnerships with CSOs
  • Ensure gender and inclusion best practices are applied across the program
  • Ensure safeguarding mitigation measures are in place and to AKF standards, and that all safeguarding issues are handled according to the policies and procedures in place

Does this sound like you?

  • A Master’s degree in international development, organizational development, business, or a related field; or equivalent proven work experience
  • At least 5 years of senior management experience
  • At least 5 years’ experience with designing and implementing organizational and systems strengthening initiatives, ideally at the county-level in Kenya
  • Advanced skills in facilitation, human-centred design, systems thinking, consulting, coaching, program development and management
  • Exceptional written and oral English communication skills. Ability to communicate in Kiswahili is an advantage
  • Knowledge of and prior experience working on USAID-funded will be an added advantage


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