Africa's Voices Programme Manager - Governance & Accountability Jobs in Kenya

Africa's Voices Programme Manager - Governance & Accountability Jobs in Kenya

Job Summary

  • The Programme Manager - Governance & Accountability leads AVF’s programme on Governance and Accountability. The Programme Manager will drive AVF’s agenda in this sector to seek meaningful inclusion of citizen voice in decision-making across a diverse range of sectors, focusing on accountability in statebuilding, humanitarian aid, and other programming in East Africa (particularly Somalia but with opportunities in Kenya and Ethiopia). The post-holder will be responsible for securing new partnerships, and designing new interventions grounded in AVF approaches to support greater social accountability, as well as managing the delivery across AVF’s portfolio of projects in this sector. The post reports to the Director of Innovation and Learning, who sits on the Senior Management Team.

  • The Governance & Accountability Programme Manager tailors solutions that deliver impact by drawing on AVF’s unique methods and capabilities. These methods and capabilities are developed and supported by our Data & Technology team and a range of expertise in Research, Design & Analysis, and Media & Engagement. The post-holder will be responsible for designing and delivering projects that generate large-scale civic dialogue and impactful public opinion research, above all through AVF’s unique interactive radio method. They will demonstrate how audience-driven radio dialogue can be a powerful tool for citizen-authority interaction as a well as a key modality for analysing citizen perspectives on priority topics. With ultimate responsibility for delivery of the programme, they will ensure high quality media dialogue and citizen evidence outputs, with results and insights communicated so as to ensure uptake, impact and recognition in the sector.

    Selection Criteria


    Education and Work Experience

  • A completed postgraduate degree (Masters or above) in a relevant discipline (such as political science, development studies, international relations, or similar) with strong theoretical and methodological training for public opinion research

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in designing, managing and delivering civic engagement, accountability to affected populations, public opinion research, media for development or similar interventions

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in project management, monitoring, or evaluation

    Specialist knowledge

  • Familiar with key concepts, frameworks, and theories around social accountability, accountability to affected populations, civic engagement etc

  • Experience in delivering projects in fragile and conflict and affected states, with a peacebuilding, stabilisation, humanitarian or development lens, ideally across sectors

  • Experience working with media-based or technology-driven social accountability interventions (eg. radio, SMS platforms)

  • Experience in social research design, in both qualitative and quantitative methods, eg survey design, questionnaire design, focus group discussions

  • Demonstrable experience of producing analytical outputs (reports, briefs, blogs) for clear policy and social impact.

  • Experience leading complex participatory research design with a wide range of partners, resulting in building consensus on, and political buy-in to, programme design.

    Programme Development

  • Successful track record in securing project funding in areas of peacebuilding, governance, humanitarian response, durable solutions, resilience or similar, including developing relationships, drafting proposals, concept notes and programme design documents

  • Demonstrable experience representing organisations at coordination forums,
    donor meetings, learning events and academic conferences, presenting different methods, learnings and results

    Project Management Experience

  • Comfortable using standard set of project management tools to ensure effective delivery of multiple projects simultaneously

  • Strong client orientation and proven ability to work with a range of stakeholders (governmental and non-governmental), ability to identify problems, provide technical support, build collaboration and arrive at solutions.

  • Experience managing large multidisciplinary teams, including recruitment, training and line management

    Personal Attributes and Language Competencies

  • High levels of energy, initiative, and flexibility in quickly adjusting to changing work requirements.

  • Aptitude for and willingness to work in client-facing contexts, focused on delivering research value-add.

  • Clear and confident communicator of research design and findings to non-specialist and practitioner audiences.

  • Working knowledge of languages relevant to the East African context besides English desirable.


  • Legal authorisation to work in Kenya. This position is open to international applicants.


  • AVF offers a competitive salary using a single international salary scheme that recognises experience, qualifications and demonstrated excellence at the relevant salary level. AVF also offers medical insurance to Kenya based staff, as well as USD 1,000 in learning credits annually for approved professional development opportunities.

    Travel Requirements

  • The location of the post will be Nairobi, Kenya. The post holder should be prepared to travel for up to 30% percent of their time to other African countries, the UK or elsewhere. This will include travel to Somalia (including Mogadishu)

    How to Apply

  • Please send your CV and Cover Letter explaining why you are interested in AVF and this position, and how you fulfil the selection criteria to

  • Please include “Programme Manager - Governance & Accountability” in the title of your email.

  • It is mandatory that you include salary expectation in your cover letter.

    Mandatory: Submit only 1 PDF document. The CV, cover letter, and any other attachments should be in PDF format and combined into one document.

  • Not adhering to any mandatory requirements regarding this application will lead to automatic disqualification.

  • The application deadline is midnight (GMT) on 2nd October, 2020. Applications may be considered after this date only if a suitable candidate has not been found.

  • AVF is an equal opportunity employer and supports workforce diversity. All applications for vacant positions will be welcomed and will be considered on the relative merits of the applicant against the role profile for the position regardless of colour, race, nationality, ethnic origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, parental responsibilities, age, religion, or belief.

  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. **

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