Organisation: Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI)
Job Title: Community Director
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Project Locations: Kenya and International
Closing date: Friday, January 31st, 2020About 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.
- 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.
- 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
- A detailed cover letter explaining your qualifications, why you are a good fit, and what attracts you to apply for this position at KDI
- Your current Curriculum Vitae or résumé, including the names and contact details of two referees who have a thorough knowledge of your previous work (these will be contacted only following your expressed permission)
- A short statement (no more than two pages) which highlights three strategic areas where your skills and experience can help both KDI’s Kenya-based and global operations grow in the next 3 years.
- Samples of previous work (e.g. excerpts of writing, project reports or portfolio) in PDF format
Please note that we will only accept electronic submissions and will only contact the most qualified applicants to schedule a formal interview.
Please submit application materials electronically to Chelina Odbert (Executive Director) and Joe Mulligan (Associate Director) using the following email address: email@example.com and write “Kenya Community Director” in the Subject Line.