Deputy Director OSIEA

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Deputy Director

The Open Society Initiative for East Africa (OSIEA) seeks a Deputy Director to provide strategic direction as well as operational and administrative oversight to the organization.

Based in Kenya, the Deputy Director will work closely with and report to the Director.

The Open Society Initiative for East Africa (OSIEA) promotes public participation in democratic governance and respect for human rights by awarding grants, developing programs, and bringing together diverse civil society leaders and groups.

OSIEA implements a range of initiatives to advance justice, free speech, public health, and independent media in Eastern Africa.


Program Management and Staff Supervision

  • Provide strategic vision, guidance and leadership on matters relating to OSIEA's programming, strategy, management, governance, and budget
  • Supervise and provide substantive guidance, feedback and support to designated program staff in refining the overall strategic direction of OSIEA's focus areas, in establishing program priorities, and in designing and carrying out projects
  • Put into place a process to oversee the preparation of the annual program strategy and budget plans with the director, program staff and board, including an annual staff retreat
  • Assist the director in overseeing the production of OSIEA communications and publications, including by writing and editing documents
  • Develop and apply criteria to better measure the effectiveness and outcomes of OSIEA projects
  • As required, represent the Director at meetings within the OSI network and externally
  • Develop and coordinate special projects as requested by the Director

    Office Management and Administration

  • Oversee the daily operations of the organization, supervise staff, and stand in for the director as needed
  • Oversee planning for and preparation of OSIEA board meetings, including the grant approval process
  • Develop and oversee mechanisms for regular staff communication, including monthly conference calls and regular meetings/calls between relevant colleagues as well as the board
  • Put into place oversight mechanisms to ensure compliance with internal policy and legal requirements
  • Serve as the primary contact for financial oversight throughout the year
  • Oversee security procedures to ensure the safety of OSI staff traveling in the region


  • Advanced degree and at least ten years work experience
  • Substantive knowledge of the East African region
  • Five years experience as a manager with an understanding of the principles and practices involved in the effective management of a complex institution. Must enjoy management
  • Proven commitment to the protection of human rights and knowledge of the East African region.
  • Extraordinary initiative, creativity and capacity to think strategically
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a diverse array of people
  • Team spirit and respectful working and decision-making style
  • Ability to manage several simultaneous projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong organizational skills and close attention to detail
  • Integrity, diplomatic manner and professional discretion essential
  • Willingness to travel as needed

    Compensation: Competitive salary, with good benefits package.

    To Apply: Send resume and cover letter to

    No phone calls, please.

    Only successful candidates will be contacted.

    For More Information, Kindly Visit; OSIEA Website

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