Akili Dada Executive Director Jobs in Kenya

Akili Dada Executive Director Jobs in Kenya


  • We seek to hire an Executive Director to continue carrying the vision of Akili Dada and significantly accelerate the goal of having more African women leaders in key decision-making spaces across sectors.

  • The Executive Director will help guide a powerful team of staff dedicated to serving girls and young women from underserved backgrounds.

  • In addition, they will find and access new sources of funding to grow the organization.

  • Externally, this leader will advance the profile and influence of Akili Dada by promoting girls and young women as experts in their issues and in the various spaces they occupy.

  • The Executive Director will be responsible for the overall success of Akili Dada including managing and executing both internal and external aspects of the organization.

    key Responsibilities

  • Refine and ensure high quality delivery of Akili Dada programs.

  • Manage the engagement of the Board and other governance structures to ensure regular communication and feedback with the Board.

  • Inspire and manage a high performing, value-driven team devoted to Akili Dada’s mission.

  • Ensure a robust learning, monitoring and evaluation system that allows for deep learning for the organization.

  • Manage relationships with other NGOs and other stakeholders to foster partnership and collaboration.

  • Design creative ways to elevate the visibility of the organization to various audiences.

  • Provide key leadership for a fundraising plan towards organizational sustainability.

  • Position the organization as a thought leader for learning about and support for girls and young women.

    Candidate Profile

  • Akili Dada seeks a fierce feminist leader who is innovative, dedicated and passionate about African women Leadership.

  • The successful candidate will bring a passion for girls and young women’s rights, an understanding of our wider policy and operational context and a drive for organizational excellence.

  • The candidate should have a deep understanding of the ecosystem including girl centered programming, the social enterprise sector and feminist movement building and advocacy.

  • The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal and relationship building skills.

  • The candidate will have the ability to create and execute organizational strategy including fundraising, branding, financial management and offer oversight for program implementation.

  • Additionally, the candidate’s background will demonstrate a commitment to learning, assessment of programs and a passion for advancing the well being of girls and young women.

  • Personal lived experiences that have informed the candidate’s journey so far are an added advantage.

    The Successful Candidate will Ideally

  • Be a self-identified feminist who is passionate about girls and young women.

  • Possess experience in senior leadership, including demonstrated ability to manage and grow an organization, program or initiative focused on girls and women’s rights.

  • Have a proven record in guiding a diverse set of stakeholders, Board and experience working with donors.

  • Exhibit deep program knowledge and expertise in, and passion for, issues related to the promotion of girls ‘and young women rights.

  • Have a passion for supporting movement building and advocacy, which centers on girls and young women.

  • Have the ability to creatively design and oversee implementation of multiple strategies for girl-centered programming.

  • Demonstrate a good understanding of organizational development; including programs management, Monitoring &Evaluation, developing teams and fundraising.

  • Have a proven fundraising track record, including cultivating diverse short- and long-term donor relationships.

  • Possess exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written.

  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to facilitate processes and build consensus.

  • Have strong team building experience and the ability to both foster a positive internal culture and collaborate with a diverse audience across the globe.

  • Be curious and articulate with an enthusiasm for the role of spokesperson and
    a willingness to pitch in on specific program related tasks.

  • Demonstrate passion combined with empathy, humility and sense of humor always a plus.

  • Have lived experiences that resonate with the Akili Dada’s target audience.

    Role and Responsibility

    Strategy Setting

  • The ability to drive strategy and articulate an inspiring vision for Akili Dada both internally and externally.

  • An innovative and creative mindset to developing new ideas that will stretch the organization and push the boundaries of keeping girls and young women at the Centre of our work.

  • The ability to create realistic goals and implementation plans that are achievable and successful.

  • Being alive and responsive to context and trends in girls and women movements and involving the organization in the various processes that exist or arise.

  • A knack for using data to inform decision making on Akili Dada programming and engagement with various stakeholders.

    Executing for Results

  • The ability to set clear and challenging goals for continuous improvement of the organization.

  • The ability to adapt nimbly and lead others through intricate situations.

  • A leader with high degree of integrity and foresight in their approach to making decisions.

  • The ability to act in an accountable, transparent and consistent manner while always considering what is best for Akili Dada and her constituents.

  • The ability to manage a large budget with multiple funders.

  • The ability to fundraise and friend raise for the furtherance of the organization’s mission.

    Team Leadership

  • Ability to manage performance by attracting and recruiting talent, motivating the team, including direct and indirect reports.

  • Ability to delegate effectively, celebrate diversity within the team and widely viewed as a strong developer of others.

  • Ability to cultivate followership and exhibit a steadfast resolve and relentless commitment to higher standards

  • A leader who is self- aware; leads by example and drives the organization's performance with an attitude of continuous improvement by being open to feedback and self-improvement.

    Influence and Relationships

  • Builds strong relationships with others.

  • Demonstrates strong emotional intelligence and an ability to communicate clearly and compellingly.

  • An ability to inspire trust in others, is charismatic and passionate in their beliefs.

  • Shares the spotlight and visibly celebrates and supports the success of the team.

  • Keeps the organization mission and vision front and center while nurturing followership beyond individual personality.

    How to Apply

  • This is a full-time position with a competitive remuneration package, which includes health and life insurance, retirement benefits as well as an allowance for professional development.

  • To apply, please submit your CV including a motivational Letter to

  • info@akilidada.org addressed to the Executive Director and should detail your motivation to work for Akili Dada.

  • The Email Subject should read ‘ Executive Director Application ’

  • Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

  • The deadline for application is 9th March 2020** at 5 PM.

  • Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

    DISCLAMER Akili Dada application processes are FREE OF CHARGE.

  • We do not solicit funds to facilitate the processing of applications or secure admission into our programs.

  • Kindly contact +254 721 552 120 before paying any money to anyone claiming affiliation with us.


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