Client Human Capital Synergies Africa Limited
Reference # 005
Published 15/05/2017
Contract Type Contract
36 Months
Salary Market Related
Location Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
Carolina for Kibera (CFK) was established in 2001 to fight abject poverty by developing local leaders, catalyzing social and economic progress, and promoting peace in the informal settlement of Kibera, Kenya. For 16 years, CFK’s approach to participatory community development and community-based research has been rooted in the conviction that sustainable impact and solutions to poverty are only possible when members of the community most affected by it are the real change-makers. CFK’s research partnerships create knowledge that helps improve informal settlements around the world.

CFK is a registered NGO in Kenya and a registered non-profit organization in the United States based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Find more information about CFK at http://carolinaforkibera.org
Job Functions Management
Industries Ngo / Non-Profit
Over the past 15 years, Carolina for Kibera has pioneered a low-cost, high-impact model of participatory development and research and built a brand that is recognized locally, nationally, and internationally. CFK is ready to accelerate its growth, launching new initiatives to respond to burgeoning needs and securing a financial foundation for CFK’s long-term commitment to the Kibera community.

We are looking for a dynamic, strategic, accomplished non-profit leader to serve as CFK’s next Executive Director. The Executive Director will set ambitious goals that align with CFK’s mission and values and achieve them with the support of the senior leadership team, staff, and Boards. This is a leadership position that involves frequent interaction with youth and community partners, donors, the senior management team, and CFK’s Joint Boards of Directors (based in Kenya and U.S.).

The Executive Director will act as the organization’s lead executive, fundraiser, and advocate as CFK continues to grow, and will be responsible for the development and effectiveness of the programs. The Executive Director will oversee a Director of Programs and a Director of Finance and Administration who manage the overall internal and external administrative operations of the organization, ensuring compliance, efficiency, and transparency.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced, results-driven leader who is passionate about the potential of low-resource communities and can demonstrate experience leading organizational growth, expansion, and sustainability.

The Executive Director reports to the Executive Committee comprised of representatives from Kenya-based Board of Trustees & US-based Board of Directors. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Please note: Only Kenyan citizens are eligible for this position.


Key Task or ResponsibilityExpected Outcomes
Organizational Leadership
•Develop and implement annual and long-term strategic plans in coordination with the U.S. office
•Articulate the vision and mission of CFK to stakeholders, staff, partnering organizations and the Kibera community
•Serve as the main point of contact for the organization for all official correspondence
•Develop collaboration and contracts with partner agencies within the community, as well as create and maintain relationships with supporting institutions
•Work with the CFK Joint Board through the Executive Committee to maintain sound relationships with CFK donors, the Kibera community, the Kenya Government and interest groups
•Serve as “the face of CFK” in the community and cultivate positive relationships with youth and community members •Goals identified in the strategic plan are achieved on a timely basis, progress is assessed regularly and results shared with stakeholders
•CFK brand continues to be known and respected locally, nationally, and internationally with CFK cited as a go-to organization for participatory development
•Staff, board members, partner organizations, funders and Kibera’s community members are actively engaged as needed in programming development, implementation and assessment
•External funders and partners have confidence in CFK leadership and their ability to meet stated goals
•Community members have a positive view of CFK, are regularly engaged for feedback and input on CFK activities, and regard CFK as a true community partner
Financial Management
•Oversee creation and management of annual operating budget and all required financial reporting
•Ensure that financial management is in accordance with legal requirements and generally accepted accounting principles
•Resources are allocated efficiently and support strategic programming goals
•Financial reporting requirements per all funding agreements are met
•Accurate quarterly and annual financial reports are provided to the Joint Board through the Executive Committee.
•Work closely with the U.S. Office and senior management team in the development and execution of the fundraising strategy
•Collaborate closely with U.S. Office and the Executive Committee to identify and create relationships with potential new funders•Establish and meet annual fundraising targets
•Cultivate current relationships with funders and ensure required progress reports are delivered on time
•New relationships with funders are established and income to CFK is increased
Program Activities
•Oversee the maintenance, evaluation, and improvement of CFK programs in cooperation with the Director of Programs
•Support the design and development of new programs that may be appropriate and necessary in the Kibera community and resonate with CFK’s values, expertise and resources
•Oversee programmatic goal achievement, program monitoring and evaluation implementation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, and communications•Quarterly program reports are submitted and used as a basis for assessment and goal benchmarking
•Ensure inclusive community participation in the development and assessment of programs

•Oversee the management and allocation of resources needed to achieve strategic goals
•Organize quarterly board meetings in collaboration with the Senior Leadership Team and Executive Committee and distribute information in a timely manner
•Identify, assess, and inform the Executive Committee of internal and external risks that affect the organization•Ensure staff are aware of budget allocations and their alignment with the goals outlined in the strategic plan
•Ensure staff have clear, defined goals and feel empowered to succeed
•Timely submission of monthly updates to the CFK Executive Committee
•Quarterly Joint board meetings are held and action items are followed through with stakeholders
•The Executive Committee is aware of internal and external risks and action plans are in place
Staff Management
•Empower and mentor staff to reach program goals, with ultimate accountability for goal attainment
•Lead and provide direct supervision for the Senior Leadership Team (Director of Programs & Director of Finance and Administration)
•In collaboration with the Senior Leadership Team, provide continuing training and support to all CFK employees to allow them to excel and grow with the organization
•In collaboration with the Senior Leadership Team, ensure all staff policies and HR-related actions are in compliance with the Kenyan Labour laws
•Identify members of staff to mentor for potential leadership roles
•Recruit, mentor and retain high-performing staff who foster the mission and vision of CFK•Ensure staff have clear, defined goals and the skillsets to achieve them
•Conduct objectively the annual performance evaluations for all CFK staff
•Work plans address issues and concerns of senior leadership with action items in place for improvement
•Ensure staff participation in appropriate professional development activities
•Policies and HR related actions are in compliance with Kenyan Labour laws
•Prepare staff for future leadership positions inside and outside of CFK

•Charismatic and able to manage and motivate others to perform excellently
•Big picture, visionary thinker
•Excellent written and verbal communication skills
•Ability to manage multiple activities and deadlines
•Adept at community relations, public speaking, and relating to a variety of stakeholders
•Aligned to CFK values: community partnership, trust, integrity, excellence, and transparency
•Prepared to commit to a minimum of three years of service
•Willing to travel internationally at least twice a year

•Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Social Sciences, Public Health, Public Policy, Community Development, International Development or related field
•Minimum of 5 years of experience of progressive leadership and accomplishment working in non-profit administration or community development
•Demonstrated commitment to community service and youth leadership development

•Dedicated interest in community participatory development
•Rights-based approach to gender and ethnic equality and opportunity
•Ability to be culturally sensitive
•Identify and work with a multi-cultural team in a low-resource community
•Proven ability to make difficult and strategic decisions
•Experience in strategic planning and implementation
•Ability to develop community relationships
•Experience in leading organizational growth/expansion process
•Background in non-profits, NGOs, or social enterprise
•Determination to succeed despite constraints and obstacles
•Proven experience in fundraising and/or revenue growth
•Excellent writing and reporting skills
•Solid and proven project management and planning skills
•Experience in reporting and compliance
•Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
•Excellent presentation and communication skills
Job Closing Date 31/05/2017
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