Director of Business Development

Job Title: Director of Business Development
Job Type: Full-Time
Organisation: Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI)
Office Location: Kenyatta Market, Nairobi, Kenya
Job Location: Kenya and International
Application Closing Date: 31 January 2022
Proposed Start Date
: 01 March 2022

Kounkuey Design Initiative is seeking an exceptional individual to lead the development of proposals and projects, advocacy, and communications to support achieving justice in the built environment in Kenya. The person must have an activist spirit and a passion for using strong research, powerful narratives, and evidence-based communication to develop and bring in high-impact projects. This is a leadership role in a highly innovative, dynamic, and impactful organisation.

Job Description: 
The Director of Business Development will work closely with the Kenya Senior Management Team to develop and implement the Kenya office’s business development and communications operations. The candidate must be both a creative and strategic thinker, who will support the ongoing development and implementation of KDI's communications and fundraising strategies through strong storytelling and thorough planning. The role will involve strategy development, content creation, grant research and writing, proposal development, among other responsibilities.The Director will also work hand-in-hand with the US-based Communications and Fundraising team to execute KDI’s communications and fundraising strategies globally. They will work closely with the Kenya Senior Principals, as well as various program staff. They will have regular interface with KDI’s global management team.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Business Development and Strategic Planning


Public Relations and Communications

Project and Program Management and Delivery


Human Resources Management


Financial and Administration Management


Qualifications and Experience:


Desired Profile:


This is a tremendous opportunity for an established  fundraising and communications leader who has relevant experience and passion for advocating for justice in the built environment in Kenya to be part of the leadership of a highly innovative, dynamic, and impactful organisation while advancing their professional capabilities.

How to Apply: 
Interested candidates should submit a) cover letter, b) CV, and c) writing sample or portfolio to the Senior Management Team at kenyajobs@kounkuey.org by the end of Monday 31st January 2022.

KDI will not ask candidates to pay any money or pay for tests at any stage of the application or interview process. Official KDI emails will always be sent from @kounkuey.org email addresses. Please report any suspicious communication to mailkenya@kounkuey.org (do not send applications to this email address).

About KDI: 
Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) is a non-profit design and community development organization. We partner with under-resourced communities to advance equity and activate the unrealized potential in their neighborhoods and cities. KDI works with community members to improve social, economic and physical conditions in diverse settings. 

KDI has been recognised for our innovative bottom-up approach to development and design by diverse organisations including the World Bank Social Inclusion Group, UN-Habitat, the World Resources Institute, the Swiss Re Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and many others. 

KDI has been active in Kenya since 2006. Today the Kenya team is a 24 strong, multi-disciplinary team of professionals. Globally KDI has over 50 professionals and activists working on our shared mission.

KDI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All employment decisions at KDI are based on business needs, job requirements and merit, without regard to age, race, creed, color, religion, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national, social or ethnic origin, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital, civil union or partnership status, citizenship status or other characteristics protected by national, state or local law.