WISER Country Manager Jobs in Kenya

WISER Country Manager Jobs in Kenya

About us

  • WISER empowers girls in rural Kenya to overcome the barriers that threaten their health, safety, and education.

  • We envision a world where girls are healthy, educated, and in control of their own destiny, and we work on building that world every day.

  • We supplement this with leadership training, psychosocial support, sexual and reproductive health education, and hands-on STEM opportunities to build long-lasting capacity in all of our students.

  • We also place girls in a holistic support network through peer mentorship, guidance and counseling, and a teacher-led house patron model that connects students to designated lines of support.

  • WISER operates as an international partnership between two teams, one based in Kenya (the WISER NGO) and one based in the US (the WISER International nonprofit).

    Your responsibilities will include

    Programs and Programmatic Partnerships (60%)

  • Develop a thorough understanding of the needs and realities of WISER’s communities and WISER’s current approach and programs while also remaining aware of the ecosystem of education and programmatic opportunities for girls across Kenya.

  • Seek and develop new program opportunities and vet them for feasibility, timing, impact, and fit with the organization.

  • Oversee WISER’s current and future programmatic efforts in health, community outreach, education innovation, psychosocial support, alumni support, and clean water provision.

  • Execute all current programs in collaboration with WISER staff and leadership.

  • The delivery of these programs can be delegated, but their ultimate implementation and outcomes will be your responsibility.

  • Implement these programs while ensuring strong buy-in from key stakeholders in our community including family members of WISER students, local principals and teachers, healthcare providers at clinics, community leaders, and Ministry of Education and other government officials.

  • Ensure that grant-funded and donor-supported programs are implemented in line with or exceeding the expectations outlined in their related funding agreements.

  • Identify major opportunities for growth within and beyond WISER’s current programming, research and benchmark best practices, and make recommendations to pursue solutions and growth.
    Spearhead a team culture that values program excellence and resourcefulness.

  • Leverage and develop WISER school staff that are involved in programmatic efforts, supporting people to excel in their dual roles.

    Fundraising and Donor Management (30%)

  • Work in strong collaboration with the US-based ED on fundraising activities related to both donor cultivation and donor stewardship.

  • Constantly leverage each other to meet the ultimate goals of both global and local fundraising.

  • Develop a network of potential funding partners and other financially-beneficial partnerships within Kenya in line with our ambitious growth plans and develop WISER’s first-ever in-country fundraising strategy and portfolio.

  • Strengthen meaningful relationships with current funders and coordinate WISER’s efforts to sustain these relationships.

  • Steward relationships with new and potential funders to deepen mutual understanding.

  • Activities include deliberate conversations, serving as a point of contact with the WISER campus, creating opportunities for site visits, offering programmatic updates, positioning our results and opportunities in engaging ways, arranging for long-distance Skype exchanges, and more.

  • Represent WISER during relevant conferences, meetings, trainings, and other events that may have either short- or long-term fundraising-related benefits.

  • Generate leads, make nuanced follow-ups, and work towards being invited for proposals.

  • Discuss opportunities and strategize next steps with the ED. Over time, ensure that we are invited to more relevant networks and forums in Kenya and the region.

    Operational Management and Financial

    Accountability (10%)

  • Manage and develop the Secondary School Principal (who manages the largest team and program at WISER). Coordinate with the principal on all school-related programming and ensure that WISER’s education-based programs are being delivered with quality and consistency.

  • As a part of this management, develop a working relationship with the Principal that acknowledges their expertise in the education field and leverages their experience for the betterment of the entire organization.

  • Assist the Finance Administrator and Operations Manager (US) in creating budgets for NGO programs and corresponding funding reports.

  • Work with the Finance Administrator and Operations Manager (US) to track restricted funds and adhere to grant requirements.
    Prepare budget estimates from a programmatic perspective as needed.

  • Manage on-campus capital and operations projects including monitoring construction.

    Who we are
    looking for

  • You have a strong demonstrated passion for girls’ empowerment, adolescent health and life skills, or community development.

    You have at least 5-8 years of experience in nonprofit program management:

  • Track record of implementing successful programs in community settings through developing partnerships, closely monitoring program implementation, and tracking program impact through data collection and grant reporting.

  • History of strategic thinking in the context of program design and project planning and having refined programs over time to improve outcomes.

  • Experience working with programs and partners in a rural setting and understand related logistical and cultural challenges for program implementation.

  • You know how to achieve programmatic results in this context and have successfully built trust with a community.


  • your work experience also includes periods of time in which you resided in the rural setting in which you were working.

  • You have the ability to inspire others to join your cause and you are practiced in pitching an organization or program as an opportunity or a solution to a particular problem.

  • You are well-versed in relationship and partnership building for both programmatic and fundraising-related opportunities.

    You have experience and strong past results in

  • Researching and mapping potential partners.
    Vetting and evaluating these partners and their programs for their “fit” with an organization.
    Engagement with partners through networking, presentations, and meetings to gauge and create mutual fit and interest.

  • Developing relationships with potential partners to secure opportunities, including funding.


  • experience managing in a school or education program setting.

  • You are excited about the opportunity for collaboration and culture-building in an evolving team.

  • You have at least basic skills and knowledge in (or strong interest in learning more about) financial management, monitoring and evaluation, and communications.

  • You have experience with working remotely and are comfortable establishing a productive work environment outside of an office.

  • You are committed to remotely building strong working relationships with co-workers and stakeholders.

  • You are fluent in English and Kiswahili.

  • You are willing to work closely with WISER staff in the US on a daily basis and being available via phone and email during reasonable hours.

    You have the cultural fit to work with the WISER team if:

  • You have an unwavering belief that rural girls can succeed.

  • You make things happen regardless of obstacles and resource-constraints.

  • You believe that depth of engagement can out-perform breadth of engagement when it comes to creating real impact.

  • You think of yourself as a hard worker, a self-starter, and as someone who is unafraid to take on new opportunities and responsibilities.

  • You have strong attention to detail and believe in reviewing your work and asking for feedback whenever it may strengthen your efforts.

  • You believe in collaboration and growing together as much as you believe in individualized go-getting.

    Why work with us?

  • We have a knack for making the impossible happen and feel immense pride at the evident changes in the community of Muhuru Bay that have taken place over the last 10+ years.

  • We often act much larger than we seem – our networks link us to work all over the world and we regularly engage with some of the most powerful actors in the development landscape.

  • Our team is ready to invest a significant amount of time into establishing you as a respected leader within the organization, including a series of introductions and partnership meetings in Muhuru Bay and beyond early in the onboarding process.

  • We are on a rapid-growth trajectory and your efforts will be tangible, visible, and consistently expanding.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; WISER Country Manager Jobs in Kenya

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