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
- Overall design and delivery of community engagement activities of KDI in Kenya in collaboration with the Senior Program Coordinator (Ibrahim Maina);
- Developing and implementing a strategy for connecting 10+ community groups to each other to build financial, physical, and social support network;
- 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.
- Engage in impact evaluation design, data collection and maintenance of project statistics with support from the wider team;
- Support community partners in accessing resources and expertise to promote organizational capacity building.
3. Finance and Administration Management
- Develop and maintain a robust HR program in coordination with Global Team, Office Directors and Senior Coordinators.
- Oversee the recruitment, induction, training, support, and development of KDI Kenya staff for their Department.
- Effectively plan and implement recruitment for wider office according to overall strategy, projects, budgets and resources, in coordination with Global Team, Office Directors and Senior Coordinators.
- Effectively manage and support all Department and Project team members on a day to day basis using the Project and Position leadership structures.
- Prioritize capacity strengthening staff with diverse educational, professional and life backgrounds and experiences in Department, and wider team with Office Directors.
- Manage disciplinary processes in coordination with Office Directors and based on feedback from Senior Coordinators.
4. Public Relations and Communications
- Prudently manage organization's and donor’s resources according to Kenyan law, donor requirements, and KDI financial procedures, as relevant to the Community Departments activities, and in coordination with Office Directors and Finance team for the overall office.
- Work with the Finance and Admin Department to further develop financial systems, and to monitor systems in place. Continuously develop financial procedures manual with the Finance and Admin team.
- Build overall project and office budgets together with Office Directors, Finance Team and Global Leadership.
- Input to annual operating budgets for US and Kenya Board approvals.
- Verify budgets and give approvals for Community Department works and procurement.
- Support development of Kenya Board and ensure compliance with all national regulation as relevant to the operation of NGOs and activities of the Department and other Departments in the office.
- Be a signatory on the KDI Kenya bank accounts.
5. Fundraising, Development, and Strategic Planning
- Maintain a public role as point of reference for internal and external relations for KDI Kenya for the Community Department, as well as the wider organization.
- Contribute to media, social media, organization communications, and academic publications that communicate KDI’s mission, programs, and projects in consistent, creative, strong, and constructive language.
- Be an advocate for responsive design, research and community development in Nairobi and further afield.
- Be available for regional and international travel as required.
- Oversee KDI Kenya’s fundraising as relevant to the Community Department, including: identifying resource requirements, researching funding sources, establishing strategies to approach funders, submitting proposals, pitching to donors and investors, and administrating fundraising records and documentation.
- Coordinate closely with fundraising team in the US and develop fundraising capacity within Kenya team.
- Meet with funders and prospective funders and develop new relationships in line with objectives in the Strategic Plan.
- Play key role in raising $100-300k per year for the overall organization.
Ideal candidates will have the following skills and qualifications:
- Significant experience as a community activist or public policy advocate
- Strong team player and active collaborator
- Proven ability to work effectively with diverse populations
- Experience conducting community surveys, data management, and meeting facilitation.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking, facilitation, and training
- Experience with budgeting and financial management
- Ability to manage and coordinate delivery on multiple projects
- Background working with a community development, non-governmental organizations, or social engagement programs in government
- Strong negotiation skills
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Excel; InDesign a plus.
- Spoken Kiswahili 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
- 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: email@example.com and write "Kenya Community Director" in the Subject Line.