Community Director - Reopened

Position Summary 

KDI is looking for a unique individual to co-lead its dynamic and growing Nairobi office. A background in the built environment, planning or community development and a number of years in a leadership position managing teams for design/construction and/or community projects is expected. 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. 

This is not a conventional position. The Community Director is personally responsible for a team that is working in very challenging places and trying to achieve almost impossible things. Much of our work takes place in the informal settlement of Kibera, where we have been working with community partners since 2006 to create public spaces and build small infrastructure projects. In a normal day you might need to consult with local children, street vendors, youth cartels, community leaders, politicians and ministers. You will need to see like a designer, think like an economist, and act like a social worker, all at once. Standard operating procedures only go so far, as many of the projects you will be attempting to complete are breaking new ground in places where the parameters change every day.

Every year you will need to generate significant income to sustain KDI’s operations in Kenya. Even if you succeed, you may still not have enough money to achieve what you, your staff, or your community partners believe to be possible. You will also need to travel – one day to present to donors in New York, the next to receive an award in Dubai, and the day after to speak at a conference in Bangkok.  

This is unquestionably a stressful job. And yet, it will be the most exciting, invigorating, and rewarding position you ever hold. You may lose more battles than you win, but you will be fighting the good fight alongside a team of intelligent, dedicated individuals that share your passion. You will see tangible results from your hard work and you will change the lives of many people for the better.

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 16 full time office staff, plus site construction teams and networks of many volunteers.

The following describes the job responsibilities in more detail:

1. Project and Program Management and Delivery 

· Oversee and lead and management of design, development, and delivery of KDI Kenya’s projects and programmes in the Community Department.

· Lead engagement with KDI’s community partners for all KDI Kenya projects and programs.

· Overall quarterly and annual work planning for KDI-Kenya team in collaboration with Global Leadership.

· Close coordination with Global Team, US and Kenya Boards, and Founders. Presentation to Kenya Board meetings.

· Specific responsibilities as lead in the community department include:

2. Human Resources Management 

3. Finance and Administration Management

4. Public Relations and Communications 

5. Fundraising, Development, and Strategic Planning

Desired Profile 

Ideal candidates will have the following skills and qualifications:


Application Procedure

- 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 (with reference to KDI's Mission and Service Areas, available on the website)

- Samples of previous work (e.g. excerpts of writing, project reports or portfolio) in PDF format

Please note that we 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: and write "Kenya Community Director" in the Subject Line.