Africa's Voices Project Manager Jobs in Kenya

Africa's Voices Project Manager Jobs in Kenya


About Africa’s Voices Foundation

Africa’s Voices Foundation (AVF) is a non-profit start-up, spun out of ongoing cutting-edge research at the University of Cambridge.

We conduct innovative research and produce powerful, insightful evidence that helps to amplify the voices of Africans towards key policymakers and service deliverers.

We use media forums to we spark inclusive, interactive discussions, and gather audience opinions through SMS, instant messaging, and social media.

We analyse these conversations - often in low-resource local languages - using our own tested methods.

We combine social science frameworks with data science techniques to provide powerful insights into the beliefs, ideas and priorities of hard-to reach populations and social groups, and how these change over time.

Our evidence helps organisations to better understand, engage with, and respond to target populations.

Our core business is organised in two program areas: Governance & Accountability, and, Citizen Evidence for Social Change. To date we have worked across health, education, humanitarian, governance, livelihoods, security and agriculture domains for a range of partners including UNICEF, Oxfam, Mastercard Foundation, World University Service Canada, Livity Africa, Well Told Story, REACH and BBC Media Action.

AVF combines rigorous academic research and a commitment to innovation with real-world impact.

We provide our researchers with a vibrant interface for engaging with world-leading university research.

Team members often work with faculty, advisors, external researchers, and student interns to bring the latest ideas into our working practices.

Our work has been recognised internationally, including being awarded the Market Research Society’s ‘President’s Medal’ in 2016 for our work with UNICEF in Somalia.

We are based in Nairobi, Kenya, with a small but highly qualified and motivated team that we are seeking to grow in the coming period.

Position Overview:

AVF is launching a new 15-month programme supporting gender equality and social inclusion in Somalia using interactive media formats to drive participatory discussions on critical issues towards greater inclusion of marginalised groups.

The project manager will lead the delivery of this programme, and be responsible for all aspects of programme implementation, including donor reporting and liaison, financial management, planning, monitoring and evaluation.

They will manage the entire project team (Project Officers, Research Assistants, Media and Engagement Specialists) and will work closely with technical specialists, consortium partners and sub-contractors to ensure efficient and impactful project delivery.

Key responsibilities:

  • Manages all elements of project for timely delivery within budget
  • Leads project planning, including ensuring regular internal meetings, reporting and oversight, as well as liaison with consortium partners
  • Leads and co-ordinates the AVF project team, including researchers, analysts and media specialists, to ensure efficient and effective delivery of planned outputs
  • Reports to donor(s) on all aspects of implementation, programme
    results, administration and finance
  • Co-ordinates with donors and other project stakeholders on design, monitoring and implementation of the project
  • Carries out monitoring of consortium partners and sub-contractors to ensure effective implementation, including travel to Somalia, as well as timely programme and financial reporting
  • Ensures effective financial management of project, forecasting and tracking expenditure against planned budget
  • Manages smooth planning of project operations - logistics, recruitment, transport, and security in line with AVF policies

    Essential experience, skills and qualifications:

  • Masters Level degree in Development Studies, Business Administration or relevant Social Sciences discipline.
  • At least five years of experience managing a range of development projects
  • Experience working in consortiums and implementing complex multi-stakeholder projects
    Knowledgeable in all tools and techniques for effective project planning and implementation, including risk management, monitoring frameworks, logframes etc.
  • Able to write succinct and compelling reports for donors on project progress and lesson learned
  • Competent at managing financial aspects of projects, including budget tracking at forecasting, managing of invoicing and expenses
  • Able to work collaboratively, forge strong relationships, and communicate effectively across teams and geographies
  • Fluent in English
  • Legal right to work in Kenya

    Desirable experience, skills and qualifications:

  • Strong knowledge and network in Somali context
  • Knowledge of social science research methods and analysis processes
  • Knowledge and experience of managing media interventions for social change
  • Knowledge and experience of managing research projects, ideally using innovative digital methods
  • Experience implementing stabilisation projects in a high-risk environment, such as Somalia
  • Fluency in Somali
  • Please note this position is subject to finalising of funding.

    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 [email protected] Please include “Project Manager - Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in Somalia” in the title of your email.
  • The application deadline is midnight (GMT) on Monday, 10th December 2018.
  • 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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