NGO Jobs in Nairobi, Kenya - Aga Khan Foundation

Community Philanthropy Manager
The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) has been working in East Africa since 1974 and pursues innovative solutions to the seemingly intractable problems that lead to poverty. 

AKF is managing a robust and expanding portfolio of multi-sectoral initiatives that includes programmes in sustainable economic development, education, early childhood development, health, nutrition and civil society strengthening.

AKF is looking for a dynamic manager with a passion for philanthropy to implement the Yetu Initiative (Yetu). Yetu works with Kenyan Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to generate community philanthropic support for their missions in three significant ways: 

1) direct support to develop and implement fundraising/awareness campaigns; 

2) capacity building and training; and 

3) development of an online philanthropy portal to connect CSOs and potential donors. 

In this role you will have the opportunity to work with government, private sector and civil society to reach into the hearts and minds of Kenyans and rally their support for all kinds of worthwhile causes.

The successful candidate is highly self-motivated, engaging, proactive and energetic. 

This position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya and will report to the Project Director.
Specific Responsibilities Include:
  • Manage the Initiative – ensuring targets are accomplished, deadlines are met, and objectives are achieved. 
  • Oversee implementation, including: work-planning, reporting, communications, monitoring, evaluation, research, learning, subgrant management, and financial management.
  • Provide capacity-building to local CSOs in community philanthropy, sustainability strategies, marketing, communications, and other key capacities. 
  • Mentor CSOs to conduct campaigns to garner support for their missions.
  • Coordinate a diverse team as well as numerous volunteers and subgrantees.
  • Coordinate with a variety of stakeholders, including USAID, the Steering Committee, corporate and institutional partners.
  • As directed, manage emerging programmatic issues and activities.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field (Master’s preferred)
  • Minimum 5 years working with CSOs (7 plus years preferred), with at least 3 years in a leadership role
  • Minimum 3 years working in or engaging with the business sector (5 plus years preferred)
  • Minimum 2 years working on USAID-funded projects
  • Experience with fundraising campaigns and other innovative outreach and sustainability efforts
  • Demonstrated projected management skills and ability to build CSO capacity
  • Demonstrated ability to network and catalyze cooperation and learning between disparate groups, including business and government
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity with key AKF sectors and the Kenyan context for civil society
Regional Programme Director
Do you want to shape the direction of meaningful development programs in East Africa? 

Are you a visionary leader with a desire to strengthen civil society in East Africa? 

Aga Khan Foundation East Africa (AKF) is looking for a Regional Programme Director who will be part of its senior leadership team and will be responsible for developing, implementing, overseeing, tracking, and evaluating AKF programmes throughout East Africa. 

This position will be based in Nairobi and will report to the Regional Chief Executive Officer.

AKF is part of the broader Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of development agencies that work primarily in the poorest parts of Africa and Asia with mandates that include the environment, health, education, architecture, culture, microfinance, rural development, disaster reduction, promotion of private sector enterprise and the revitalisation of historic cities. 

AKF works in collaboration with other agencies and partners outside the AKDN to develop and promote innovative solutions that contribute to improving the quality of life in East Africa.

Specific Responsibilities Include:
  • Provide direct management of Kenyan programs, and advise on quality assurance for all programs throughout the region;
  • Contribute to the development of innovative new initiatives that advance local, national and regional priorities, and are in line with the broader AKF EA strategy;
  • Provide direction, motivation and coordination to a diverse team;
  • Represent AKF in high-level forums and meetings to create and strengthen partnerships with AKDN agencies, governments; donors; NGOs and other stakeholders;
  • Lead long-term and annual planning, and systematically track program progress;
  • Implement a robust quality assurance and learning system that monitors program results, suggests improvements, and informs broader policies;
  • Work with the Policy and Partnership Director to develop policy papers that capture AKF’s experiences and influence regional best practices;
  • Lead in mapping the regional and global context to pre-position programs for success.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in international development in a management role
  • Minimum Master’s degree in social sciences or relevant experience
  • Strong leadership and people management skills at a senior level
  • Experience in developing new programming, ideally across multiple sectors
  • Experience in developing and implementing quality control and learning systems for complex development programmes
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience of working across geographical and organisation boundaries, across cultures & diverse development stakeholders
  • Experience of working in East Africa and knowledge of local cultures
Candidates interested in this exciting career opportunity should send their cover letter, CV and the names and contact information of 3 professional referees to the following email address:, with “Regional Programme Director” in the subject line by 30th June, 2016 to the Regional Human Resources Officer. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The Aga Khan Foundation is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (

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