Africa Centre for Open Governance Programme Officer Job Vacancies in Kenya

Africa Centre for Open Governance Programme Officer Job Vacancies in Kenya

The Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) is an independent, non-profit making organisation with a mandate to provide cutting edge research on governance and public ethics issues and, monitor governance fundamentals in both the government and the private sector.

AfriCOG’s governance and anti-corruption reform initiative are aimed at addressing the structural causes of Kenya’s governance crisis by a knowledgeable citizenry.

The Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) is a Kenyan civil society organization (CSO) dedicated to addressing the structural causes of corruption in Kenya. It was officially registered in January 2007.

AfriCOG seeks to recruit a Programme Officer as detailed below;


The Job holder will support the Head of Programmes in the design, development, implementation and management of all programmes work, support growth of programmes and lead policy research and advocacy in line with AfriCOG’s Strategic Plans and strategic programme priorities.

The holder of the position is expected to ensure organizational efficiency and effectiveness through participation in decision making, advising on the policy analysis and research issues, communication and implementation of agreed upon decisions.

Focus Areas of Responsibility

  • Programme development and implementation
    Policy analysis and research
  • Fund raising and donor management
  • Linkages and partnerships
  • Organisational Positioning
  • Reports to the Deputy Executive Director and Head of programmes
  • The following positions report directly to the programme officer position.
  • Programme Assistant


    Programme development and implementation

  • Development and implementation of programme activities especially research activities in line with AfriCOG’s Strategic Plans and strategic programme priorities;
  • Ensuring all programme research activities are sensitive to and responsive to changes in the political, social, and economic environments;
  • Development of project proposals in accordance with the AfriCOG and donor guidelines
  • Ensuring AfriCOG’s programmes are well balanced, well documented and implemented in an effective and efficient manner;
  • Timely submission of programme reports as agreed with donors and other stakeholders;
  • Contributing to AfriCOG’s Programme periodic strategic planning and review.
  • Contributing to the implementation of AfriCOG’s strategic plan
  • Organizing programme meetings and institutional development and management activities
  • Providing line management to direct reports
  • Supporting the recruitment and induction of programme staff
  • Participating in training, supportive supervision, mentoring and coaching of programme staff on policy research and analysis

    Policy analysis and research

  • Identification of priority research themes and issues in line with AfriCOG’s Strategic Plans and strategic programme priorities;
  • Contributing to the design, planning and implementation of AfriCOG’s research agenda by undertaking research assignments from inception through publication to dissemination of reports, briefs and other policy documents
  • Management and coordination of consultants in undertaking research, policy advocacy, and campaigns and monitoring, reviewing and providing quality assurance
  • Supporting development and maintenance of sound relations with policy, research and advocacy resource persons and institutions at national, regional and international levels;
  • Representing AfriCOG in policy analysis and research forums and platforms at National, Regional and International levels
  • Identification of priority themes
    and issues and key collaborators for AfriCOG’s advocacy work;
  • Development and implementation of AfriCOG’s advocacy agenda
  • Lead the design, planning and implementation of AfriCOG’s evidence based advocacy on various platforms and through relevant channels
  • Representation of AfriCOG in policy advocacy forums, platforms and networks at National, Regional and International levels
    Fundraising and donor management
  • Developing project proposals in accordance with the AfriCOG and donor guidelines
  • Participating in the development and implementation of AfriCOG’s resource mobilization plan for organisational sustainability and growth
  • Identification, development and management relevant donor partnerships that support effective implementation of AfriCOG’s strategic plans and programme priorities
  • Representing of AfriCOG in relevant donor forums

    Linkages and partnerships

  • Establishing and managing co‐operative relationships with partners and other stakeholders;
  • Representing AfriCOG in research and policy alliances and networks both within and outside Kenya;
  • Assessing and supporting the capacity of collaborating networks members;
  • Coordinating AfriCOG’s collaboration with research and policy networks, government agencies and other
  • organizations in order to share information, experiences, influence them and/or build capacity.

  • Master’s degree in Law, Economics, Political Science, International Development or equivalent from a recognized university;
  • Minimum five (5) years working experience in policy research and analysis, advocacy and programme management in the governance sector;
  • Demonstrable experience in policy analysis and research from inception to publication.
  • Sound knowledge and in-depth understanding of priority governance and anti-corruption policy and research issues, and advocacy campaigns in Kenya and the region
  • Demonstrable experience in policy analysis and research, advocacy, anti-corruption campaign, and decentralized governance (devolution).
  • Demonstrable experience in programme management, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting;

    Key Skills
  • Strong research, writing and publication skills
  • Strong conceptual, analytical, documentation and presentation skills;
  • Excellent management, leadership, planning and organisational skills;
  • High degree of integrity, dependability and confidentiality
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills coupled with ability to influence, negotiate, advise, mentor and train;
  • Ability to work independently and be self-motivated
  • Ability to work in teams and inspire achievement of high quality results
  • High level of IT proficiency in use of MS Word, Excel, Access, Power‐point, Social Media and e‐

    General Eligibility
  • The post is open to Kenyan citizens. AfriCOG is an equal opportunity employer.

    How to Apply:

    Application Procedure

  • Please send the following documents to
  • Cover Letter indicating your current and expected pay
  • Curriculum vitae with three referees
  • List of your last three employers with full contact details
  • Prerequisite : The candidate should be legally eligible to live and work work in Kenya
  • Deadline for applications: 15th March 2019

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