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Programme Manager, Kenya

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The Life & Peace Institute (LPI) is an international centre that supports and promotes nonviolent approaches to conflict transformation through a combination of research and action that entails the strengthening of existing local capacities and enhancing the preconditions for building peace. LPI envisions a world where peace, justice and non-violent relations prevail through people’s active work and commitment. LPI has been active in making contributions towards achieving this goal since 1985.

LPI’s Kenya Programme contributes to building sustainable peace through reinforcing community resilience to divisions and strengthen relations between social groups. In partnership with local civil society partners, LPI supports inclusive multi-staged community dialogue processes around critical issues that divide and connect communities, leading to collaborative peacebuilding action. LPI also supports civil society partners and communities to lift key issues that arise from the dialogues to relevant policy levels, to strengthen nonviolent approaches to dealing with emerging challenges. LPI is looking for an experienced Programme Manager to support the growing team.

About the Role The Kenya Programme Manager (PM) is responsible for leadership and overall management of LPI operations and relationships in Kenya, consistent with organisational policies, procedures, and the programmes' expected results. This is a new and dynamic position within a growing programme. The PM supervises a diverse team; oversees the effective and cost- efficient implementation of the on-going programme and projects; keeps the supervisor well informed of programme developments and priorities; pursues new funding and partnership opportunities in line with LPI’s Strategic Plan. S/he represents LPI with the government, authorities, and diplomatic missions in Kenya, as well as with civil society organisations and academic institutions. In addition, other key priorities include: developing staff capacities; partner organisations' (POs) capacities and ownership of projects; ensuring quality programming; and contributing to LPI’s institutional development through sharing ideas, learning and best practices in LPI-wide fora. The PM is expected to perform under limited supervision – most normal duties and responsibilities are handled independently following established policies, procedures, and priorities, while complex and/or unique issues are handled in consultation with the supervisor and, when necessary, the Director of Programmes.

Working relationships include: Team Leaders – Africa Country Programmes, Global Policy, and Collaborative Learning; Director of Programmes; Finance and Administration Manager (Nairobi); Country Managers (Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia, DRC and Horn of Africa Regional Programme).

Reporting to: Team Leader – Africa Country Programmes

Duties and responsibilities

  • Team Leadership: Provide guidance and leadership to members of the Kenya Programme team in implementing the programme.

  • Programmatic leadership: Contribute to the development and implementation of the programme and ensure that targets and strategic objectives are achieved in line with LPI’s programme strategy.

  • Donor relations and resource mobilisation: In collaboration with the supervisor, identify local and regional opportunities for funding and collaboration. Within the framework of Kenya Programme, strategy, develop donor proposals.

  • Partnership: Ensure excellent collaboration with civil society organisations. Support partners in their specific initiatives.

  • Line Management: Manage programme staff on a day to day to basis, and perform all relevant HR tasks, such as work meetings, performance reviews, accepting reports of absence and recovery and passing them on to HR, meetings on frequent absence, mentoring and capacity building.

  • Coordinating and advising on the recruitment and selection procedure.

  • Programme quality through learning: Together with the MEL Advisor, ensure the development and implementation of monitoring, evaluation and learning systems in place to facilitate learning and quality results reporting.

  • Reporting: Oversee the reporting function of the team and ensure that reporting and other donor requirements are fulfilled in line with donor agreements and LPI policies and procedures, and in a timely way that provides adequate time for internal review. Operate the report tracking tool and follow up with programme officers where necessary.

  • Staff security and safety management: Responsible for staff safety and security during field travel

  • Budget management: Oversee the different (donor) budgets and liaise directly with the relevant Programme Officers and the Finance & Admin team on financial matters. As budget holder, be responsible for the budget development, be accountable on budget variances, accountability, and appropriateness of budget spending.

  • Representation in fora: The position holder will be a member of LPI Nairobi Senior Management team as a representative of the programme and may be called upon to do so in other forums like the global LPI board meetings, donor forums, programme-related meetings among others

  • Any other tasks requested by the line manager

About You

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field (such as Peace and Conflict Studies, Social Sciences, Project Management, Social Work).

  • At least five years of work experience with INGOs or civil society.

  • An independent person with good experience in conflict transformation and peace programming in Africa and specifically in Kenya.

  • Strong experience of working with civil society organisations and with partners.

  • Experienced facilitator and team builder with high levels of creativity.

  • Good knowledge of the Kenyan context, highly analytical with strong public speaking skills.

  • Excellent English language skills, Swahili and other local languages are considered a merit. Excellent writing skills.

  • International experience is an asset.

NB: This position is not open to expatriate applications

How to Apply

Please send your application, including a CV (no longer than 2 pages) and a Cover letter (no longer than 1 page) to nairobi@life-peace.org, with the subject line ‘Kenya Programme Manager’. The deadline for applications is Thursday September 30, 2021.

Please note that interviews for relevant candidates will be conducted on an ongoing basis. Interested candidates are therefore encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


September 30, 2021

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