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CLOSED | Job Vacancy: Program Coordinator – Governance & Philanthropy at KCDF

Updated: Apr 8, 2021

About KCDF

Since its establishment in 1997, Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF) has built a strong basis for community driven development approaches and is unique in Kenya as a pioneer of community philanthropy and sustainable development. KCDF works through strategic and carefully selected partnerships in Kenya, both at the national and community level and strongly believes in the ability of communities to identify and prioritize their needs and leverage on any available external support, pursue their own solutions to these needs. KCDF also recognizes that pro-poor policies are critical to be able to address some of the systemic challenges faced by vulnerable groups, hence the need to push for the development of the necessary policies to support the promotion of a just and fair society, as well as good governance.

Overall Job Purpose

Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF) is seeking to recruit an experienced and highly motivated individual to the position of Program Coordinator, Governance and Philanthropy. Reporting to the Governance, Philanthropy and Knowledge Management Director, this position plays a central role in;

i) advancing KCDF’s push for a vibrant, credible and sustainable civil society sector while promoting stronger community voices;

ii) building responsive and accountable governance structures and processes at the national and county level;

iii) promoting KCDF’s policy in advocacy and influencing, efficiently linking and collaborating with key departments to support capacity building in this area;

iv) strengthening KCDF work in promoting local organized giving /philanthropy, enhance grassroots led policy, and other national civic engagement initiatives.

The Program Coordinator will be responsible for designing, coordinating and implementing governance and community philanthropy programs in the country in collaboration with National CSO networks and coalitions, individual County based CSOs, and County based CSO networks (Communities of Practice).

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Work with other like-minded stakeholders in supporting an enabling legal environment for CSO’s and communities to secure more equitable access to services for the poor and other excluded groups.

  2. Participate in different national, regional and global networks to learn, share and advocate KCDF’s collective agenda in promoting philanthropy while strengthening national and regional philanthropy infrastructure.

  3. Coordinate capacity development-related activities for KCDF’s partners and other local actors in diverse areas of organizational development (e.g., program management, resource mobilization, board development, communications and sustainability planning etc.)

  4. Support KCDF’s governance, research and advocacy work that seeks to deepen ways in which KCDF can collaborate with like-minded CSO’s, Researchers, Advocacy and Media groups in amplifying the voices of the poor and marginalized communities in governance/policy relevant platforms.

  5. Participate and coordinate KCDF’s policy/governance influencing agenda, on key legal and institutional frameworks and strategic high-level policy interactions that support an enabling environment for civil society, promote local organized giving/philanthropy and strengthen citizen engagement.

  6. Lead and facilitate capacity building processes for specific areas/topics identified as needed for or by KCDF’s partners, including training, mentoring and coaching of partners, peer learning, and other methodologies.

  7. Manage and coordinate events and functions related to the governance and philanthropy docket.

  8. Support exploring, developing and securing resources for the governance and philanthropy portfolio.

  9. Supporting partner organizations to effectively maximize on the benefits of devolution.

  10. Coordinate and advocate for an enabling environment for a vibrant, responsible and capable civil society through different advocacy platforms and strategies.

  11. Provide coordination and support in building the community philanthropy field and strengthen the knowledge base of the sector and KCDF partners by exploring different facets of the community philanthropy lens as an approach to durable development.

Key Qualifications Required:

  1. A minimum of a university degree in Development Studies or any other relevant area of specialization.

  2. At least seven years’ progressive experience in project/program development and implementation.

  3. Excellent communication, writing, interpersonal, facilitation and presentation skills.

  4. Knowledge and familiarity with the Kenyan CSO sector, its growth, challenges, opportunities and legal frameworks that govern its operations.

  5. Excellent analytical and policy articulation skills, communication, writing, public speaking, influencing and collaboration skills.

  6. Strong leadership and management skills with demonstrated experience in working with and growing teams.

  7. Excellent proposal writing and fundraising skills with demonstrable success in fundraising.

  8. Ability to work in a team environment and be flexible, versatile and open minded in contributing to other relevant organizational goals and objectives.

  9. Experience working with state and non-state stakeholders collaboratively.

How to Apply:

Applications by qualified candidates should be submitted only by email to addressed to the Executive Director, and quoting the position “Programme Coordinator, Governance and Philanthropy”. Attach your current résumé and daytime contacts of three referees. The deadline for submission of applications must be received no later than 6th April 2021.

KCDF is an equal opportunity employer and only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.



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