Self Help Africa Country Director, Jobs in Kenya

Self Help Africa Country Director, Jobs in Kenya

  • SHA is looking for a dynamic and entrepreneurial professional with significant programme management and proven new business development experience, to drive forward SHA’s mission and vision and deepening of our impact, through delivering high quality programmes and ensuring that the processes of planning, implementation as well as monitoring, evaluation and learning, are robust.

  • The Country Director will be responsible for overseeing all areas of SHA’s operations in Kenya, providing leadership and strategy guidance to the SHA team, with direct reports of four people and with potential of expansion as result of new business development.

  • The key responsibility of this role is the development, delivery and recalibration SHA’s Kenya’s country strategy to ensure the strategy is fit for purpose, aligned to SHA’s Global Strategy and that SHA is achieving significant impact for participants of its programming.

  • The Country Director will also take full ownership for growing SHA’s operations in Kenya.

  • This will focus on growing the funding base and exploring new income streams to help SHA increase its footprint and maximise our impact through securing and implementing new programmes.

  • The Country Director will collaborate with international organisations, national government and the private sector to design and finance innovative programmes that strengthen agricultural value chains, support entrepreneurs and their businesses and drive rural economic development and reduce poverty.

    Key Responsibilities

    New business development and stakeholder relationship management

  • You will be responsible for building relationships in-country to identify new opportunities and win funding for new programmes

  • This will involve identifying likely funding opportunities, regular meetings and engagement with potential donors and developing funding proposals with support from SHA’s Programme Funding Team

  • You will also build in-country partnerships to expand our footprint in Kenya

  • This will involve identifying potential partners (other NGOs, private sector partners, research organisations and national governmental and non-governmental bodies) we can work with to both extend our capabilities and work together to pursue new funding opportunities

  • You will represent SHA and present in national, regional and international fora and in the media and publishing thought leadership to raise the profile of SHA and to promote and disseminate lessons learnt from SHA programmes

    Programme management & operations

  • You will manage the Head of Programmes and will oversee the implementation of all programmes in Kenya, ensuring SHA meets all key targets and are adapted effectively to meet the
    changing needs of our clients

  • You will work with the Head of Programmes to ensure all programmes are effectively monitored and evaluated so we can demonstrate our success and value

  • You will work with the Head of Programmes to vet and manage any implementation partners

  • You will ensure that SHA is recognized as a thought leader in agriculture and agri-enterprise in Kenya

  • You will work with the Humanitarian Director to ensure growth of SHA’s portfolio of work in this space


  • You will develop, present and implement the strategic vision, overall goals and objectives for SHA in Kenya

  • You will manage a large team and diverse team, providing direct line management of senior staff and maximising staff performance through reviews and proactive coaching and drive a high-performance culture throughout the organisation

  • You will oversee talent acquisition, with a particular focus on championing local talent

    Finance, audit and risk

  • You will line manage SHA’s Head of Finance and Administration in Kenya

  • You will oversee the financial management and will ensure programmes are delivered in a cost-effective manner and that major costs are successfully recovered from programme funding

  • You will ensure a culture of accountability and adherence to all SHA policies and to staff welfare and security

  • You will ensure compliance will all programme and donor requirements

    Required Skills and Experience


  • Minimum of five years senior management experience

  • Previous experience running multi-sectoral teams to deliver complex programmes to time and within budget, either in a development or private sector setting in sub-Saharan Africa

  • Ability to identify and deliver on new income opportunities through proactive and sustained business development activities

  • A proven ability to develop, implement and adapt organisational or business strategy

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, both in formal and informal settings

  • Strong financial analysis and management skills

  • Fluency in English

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Self Help Africa Country Director, Jobs in Kenya

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