AKF Regional Head of Programme Innovations & Partnerships Jobs in Kenya

AKF Regional Head of Programme Innovations & Partnerships Jobs in Kenya


Overall Objective:

  • To develop and implement the AKF regional resource mobilisation strategy in alignment with the AKF regional strategy, AKF global strategy, and best global practices. The aim is to strengthen the AKF programme design processes for improved quality of programmes, increased scale of adoption of best practices, and transformative impact. Critically, the design processes should ensure that the programmes are contextually relevant and responsive to the needs of targeted groups, key stakeholders, and system actors, and are based on sound evidence while maximising resources to enhance value for money.

  • To develop, implement, and manage a robust and dynamic design and resource mobilisation strategy, adopting the most innovative and cutting-edge design tools, approaches, and methodologies focusing on priorities initiatives and opportunities in AKF target core geographies in East Africa. This position calls for dynamic thought leadership, a flexible mindset, and agility in executing iterative, highly participative, and consultative design processes involving multi-stakeholders. Ultimately, to contribute to building partnerships and strengthening donor relationships within AKF and be a key interface with all of AKF regional partners, including donors, government, implementing partners, civil society organisations, private companies, and sister agencies of the AKDN.

    Key Responsibilities:

  • Challenge and guide the regional programme and country teams in identifying, developing, and prioritising resource mobilisation for strategically aligned initiatives and programmes while promoting the adoption of innovative tools, approaches, and methodologies in programme design processes.

  • Promote innovative thinking by facilitating design processes that identify key problems in AKF priority target geographies, and ultimately, collaboratively designing innovative solutions for addressing those problems. This entails working with the AKF Global Innovation Unit to develop a strong cadre of design facilitators within the country offices.

  • Promote excellence and quality in programming through people-centred, systems thinking, and evidence-based approaches to both design and implementation.

  • Lead the development of close working relationships with AKF programme stakeholders across East Africa by promoting a shared vision for East Africa that enables delivery of AKF strategy and goals.

  • Lead the development,
    implementation, and management of a resource mobilisation strategy including the development of internal capabilities to ensure focused and consistency in the mobilisation of resources for quality program implementation.

  • Identify key programme risks and develop contextually relevant mitigation strategies in light of the working environments and programmatic investments.

  • Support the adoption of relevant cutting-edge online technologies in programme operations and delivery mechanisms.

  • Drive forward new initiatives that help to establish AKF as the primary partner of choice in the country core geographies, as well as for technical excellence within the priority technical themes throughout the region and beyond.

    Required Qualifications & Experience:

  • Minimum Master’s degree or equivalent in international development or other relevant fields.

  • Minimum 7 years of senior management experience in partnerships, programme design. learning, and quality assurance.

  • Experience in leading, managing, and mentoring diverse multi-sectoral teams with a willingness to visit programmes in the field.

  • Strong networking skills to better understand the political, economic, and social environments and build collaborative relationships.

  • Exceptional English communication skills, able to make strong presentations and produce high quality written reports

  • Experience and knowledge of AKF/AKDN and East Africa will be an added advantage.

    How to Apply

  • Interested candidates are requested to submit a cover letter, CV including contacts of three references, by 17th June 2020 by email to

  • recruitment@akfea.org with ‘Regional Head of Programme Innovations & Partnerships’ in the subject line. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    “AKF is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is Committed to Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children and Vulnerable Adults and Expects all Staff and Partners to Share this Commitment.”


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