International Foundation for Electoral Systems Deputy Country Director Jobs in Kenya

International Foundation for Electoral Systems Deputy Country Director Jobs in Kenya

  • The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is currently recruiting a Deputy Country Director (DCD) for a two-year, FCDO-funded project entitled the Kenya Elections Support Programme (KESP).

  • The program is expected to build upon electoral reforms previously supported by FCDO/DFID in Kenya to contribute to a credible, peaceful and inclusive 2022 general election in Kenya.

    pThe program will support:]

  • Meaningful electoral reforms early in the electoral cycle and effective coordination between relevant institutions;

  • Improvement on standards achieved in the 2017 election, and incorporation of lessons learned for more effective planning, management, strategic communication and stakeholder engagement to build public trust;

  • An enabling environment that leads to more women, youth and persons with disabilities (PWDs) turning out to vote and elected to representative posts; and,

  • Strengthened domestic election observation and monitoring.


  • The DCD under the management of the Country Director (CD) will support all aspects of program implementation and management of IFES-Kenya.

  • The DCD will play a key role in managing partnerships with relevant Kenyan government agencies, and other electoral stakeholders and donor agencies.

  • The DCD will also assist the CD with in-country oversight of project financial and program management, including reporting and timely execution of project activities within the allocated budget.

    Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist the CD in ensuring timely execution of project activities within the allocated budget, and strategic development and implementation.

  • Oversee specific project activities as directed by the CD and provide technical input as needed.

  • Serve as the IFES representative to Heads of Missions, Embassy staff and donors on a variety of issues when the CD is not available.

  • Supervise in-country local support staff and consultants providing feedback on performance.

  • Oversee program management, administration, finances, budgeting, and reporting

  • Oversee any necessary procurement in accordance with IFES policies and FCDO rules and regulations.

  • Ensure that donor-specified reporting requirements are met.

  • Prepare papers, reports, briefings on election related topics, programmatic work.

  • Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, donors and partners.

  • Manage the project’s monitoring and evaluation plan and oversee data collection and reporting.

  • Other duties as assigned by the Country Director.

    Skills and Specifications

  • Experience with financial tracking, forecasting and Microsoft Excel-based spreadsheets.

  • Demonstrated leadership, national staff management, project administration and financial management skills.

  • Thorough knowledge of FCDO financial regulations and contract compliance requirements. Detailed oriented and organized.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage staff, remain highly organized while handling multiple tasks under tight deadlines.

  • Ability to complete tasks independently and proven capacity to work well with minimal supervision.

  • Diplomatic and flexible
    team player with demonstrated leadership skills in politically challenging environment.

  • Ability to develop and manage effective local relationships by applying cultural awareness.

  • Strong communicator, both verbally and in writing, in both English and other language(s).

  • Ability to work with IFES support divisions and program staff to identify and resolve issues.

  • Collaborative, team-oriented individual who values operating in a collaborative and cooperative environment.

  • Experience in managing relationships with international donor community.

  • Willingness to adhere to all principles of confidentiality.

  • Ability to show initiative, good judgment, and resourcefulness.

    Education and Qualifications

  • University degree in international politics, international development, public policy, or related field with a minimum of 10 years of experience international development, preferably in the area of democracy and governance

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree strongly preferred.

  • Minimum of 5 years of management experience, preferably administering donor-funded programs in East Africa.

  • Familiarity with political, economic and social context within assigned region.

  • Proven track record with democracy and governance programming.

  • Demonstrated experience working with senior government officials, local governments, NGOs, and the international donor community.

  • Knowledge of election administration and operations and experience working with elections management bodies.

  • Technical knowledge and experience in area(s) of project focus.

  • Experience working with civil society organizations specifically as relates to strengthening their technical capacity in aspects of electoral processes.

  • Familiarity with the international donor community and experience as an action-oriented interlocutor with democracy-development actors at all levels.

  • Experience managing FCDO-funded projects preferred, with demonstrated knowledge of FCDO regulations.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of report writing and management of budgets.

  • Ability and skills to promote and inspire effective collaboration between individuals, organizations and networks.

  • Strong interpersonal, presentation, and communications skills to meet the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the program and to effectively coordinate with a wide range of stakeholders.

  • Strong analytical reasoning skills.

  • Strong diplomacy skills and cultural sensitivity.

    Language Skills

  • Fluency in written and spoken English required.

  • Proficiency in at least one other language in use within assigned project location is strongly preferred.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; International Foundation for Electoral Systems Deputy Country Director Jobs in Kenya

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