Kounkuey Design Initiative Community Director Jobs in Kenya

Kounkuey Design Initiative Community Director Jobs in Kenya

About KDI

  • KDI is a non-profit design and community development organization.

  • We partner with under-resourced communities to advance equity and activate the unrealised potential in their neighbourhoods and cities.

  • We accomplish this mission through advocacy, research, planning, and built works.

  • KDI has been recognised for its innovative approach to poverty alleviation by The Rockefeller Foundation, UN-Habitat, Ashoka Changemakers, Smithsonian Institute, IDEO.org and the World Bank.

    Position Summary

  • KDI is looking for a unique individual to co-lead its dynamic and growing Nairobi office.

  • A background in community development, social work, or education and a number of years in a leadership position managing teams for community projects in under-served areas is expected.

  • Interest and experience in the urban sector and the built environment would be valuable in this role.

  • More than any particular disciplinary background, the ideal candidate will have a passion for community development and the capacity to lead and develop a diverse and growing team.

    Duties & Responsibilities

  • The Kenya Community Director oversees all community aspects of KDI’s projects; fundraising and cost management for KDI programmes in Kenya; and the co- management of 20 office staff, plus site construction teams and networks of many volunteers.

    Specific Responsibilities

  • Overall direction, design and delivery of community engagement activities of KDI in Kenya as well as strategic leadership for community development work across the global organization;

  • Management and professional development support for community team employees, interns, and volunteers;

  • Support the further development and implementation strategy for connecting 10+ community groups and over 400 members to build financial, physical, and social support networks;

  • Facilitating
    seamless communication between KDI and community partners;

  • Designing and facilitating creative and engaging community workshops and trainings with the Community, Design, and Research teams;

  • Ensuring community records and process management for all community engagement and workshops including minutes, tracking of community decision-making, photo documentation, etc.

  • Engaging in impact evaluation design, data collection and maintenance of project statistics with support from the wider team;

  • Supporting community partners in accessing resources and expertise to promote organizational capacity building.

    Desired Profile

  • Significant experience as a community activist or public policy advocate

  • Proven ability to work effectively with diverse workforces, populations and in low income communities
    Experience with budgeting, financial management, and fundraising

  • Experience conducting community surveys, data management, and meeting facilitation

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking, facilitation, and training

  • Strong negotiation skills

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Excel; InDesign a plus.

  • Spoken Swahili a strong preference.


  • Competitive salary (international NGO/design firm)

  • Private health insurance coverage

  • Personal annual budget for training and support for
  • professional accreditation

  • Kenyan leave entitlement

  • 7 days study leave

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Kounkuey Design Initiative Community Director Jobs in Kenya

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