World University Service of Canada ACT Project Coordinator Jobs in Kenya

World University Service of Canada ACT Project Coordinator Jobs in Kenya


World University Service of Canada (WUSC) is a leading Canadian international development organization focusing on three programmatic areas: Economic Opportunities, Education, and Empowerment. Our vision is a better world for all young people. It is a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable world in which all young people, especially women and refugees, are empowered to secure a good quality of life for themselves, their families, and their communities.

WUSC currently works in over 25 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, with an annual budget of approximately CAD $45 million. Globally, we partner with a network of higher education institutions, civil society organizations, private sector partners, professionals, students, volunteers, faculty and community leaders that work with us to achieve our mission.

The Action for paid Childcare sector Transformation (ACT) project is a 4-year collaborative initiative that uses an innovative systems approach to drive gender transformative, locally-owned, collaborative action to transform paid childcare from a job of last resort to a vocation of choice, and for the paid childcare sector to become one of economic prosperity for women in Kenya and in Malawi.

ACT aligns with Canada’s commitment made towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 (gender equality and empowerment), SDG 8 (decent work for all), Canada’s FIAP action area on growth that works for everyone.

The project will be implemented in close collaboration between WUSC and partners in Kenya and Malawi, notably Uthabiti Africa and the Coalition of Violence Against Women (COVAW) in Kenya, and the Women’s Legal Resources Centre (WOLREC) in Malawi.


The position will report to the Project Director, working closely with the country teams based in Kenya and Malawi, and will primarily support the day to day implementation of project activities.

The Project Coordinator will play a critical role in: supporting the Project Director to meet WUSC and donor policies and project reporting requirements; managing the project budget; fostering collaboration and communication between project partners; and ensuring the quality implementation of project activities in a timely manner. Duties include:

Project Management

  • Support the Project Director in effectively establishing relationships for project management and governance (i.e. partnership agreements, supporting the Project Steering Committee, etc.);

  • Support the preparation and implementation of work plans, results reports, financial reports, monitoring and evaluation plans, project gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) strategy, and other relevant documents required by the donor;

  • Provide general troubleshooting and facilitation support to requests from the ACT project team members and act as a coordinator with various functional units (e.g. HR and contracting, procurement, communications, IT, human resources, finance, etc.);

  • In conjunction with the finance team, develop and monitor the project budget, including partner budgets and financial reports, and ensure regular reporting
    to the donor;

  • Maintain open and effective communication among strategic partners and project team members in Kenya, Malawi and Canada

  • Support the convening of the Project Steering and Advisory Committees at regular intervals.

    Partner Relations and Communications

  • Establish and maintain effective relationships between key project partners, including those based in Kenya and Malawi;

  • Follow up with partners on effective implementation of project activities, monitoring and reporting on results, and financial reporting;

  • Support the collection of multimedia content from project activities for the development of communications products highlighting the project’s impact, success stories, and lessons learned.

    Donor Liaison & Coordination

  • Support the Project Director in establishing and maintaining a strong working relationship with the donor in Kenya;

  • Support the Project Director in organizing donor and HQ monitoring missions and other project events;

    Qualifications and Competencies

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field (social sciences, business); Master’s degree in a related field an asset;

  • A minimum of five years supporting the management of development initiatives;

  • Knowledge and experience in entrepreneurship ecosystem support, gender lens investment and financial inclusion desired;

  • Demonstrated capacity to work in cross-sectoral collaboration;

  • Experience working with a variety of donor agencies; experience with Global Affairs Canada is an added value

  • Knowledge of Results Based Management (RBM) and environmental and gender policies and reporting requirements;

  • Proven financial, administrative and organizational skills;

  • Knowledge of donor financial and narrative reporting procedures and requirements;

  • Diplomatic skills and the knowledge of cross-cultural, inter-personal communication;

  • Excellent administration and organizational skills, including ability to prioritize tasks and handle multiple initiatives under tight deadlines;

  • Proven ability to work productively with a variety of stakeholders to run participatory processes and meet tight deadlines with an emphasis on producing quality products;

  • Effective interpersonal and influencing skills, including the ability to build relationships, network, communicate and represent at a senior level are essential;

  • Share in WUSC’s commitment and approach to advance gender equality and social inclusion for all young people;

    Language and other

  • Fluency in oral and written English is required

  • Ability to travel as required (especially to Malawi)

  • Legally eligible to work in Kenya (WUSC will not provide any work permits)

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule with multiple time zones.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; World University Service of Canada ACT Project Coordinator Jobs in Kenya

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