Reporting to the Executive Director, the Country Director (Kenya) “CD” has primary responsibility for the management and success of all operations, personnel, and programs in Kenya. Duties are fulfilled using his/her expertise in program development, evaluation and impact metrics, personnel management, and facilitating organizational growth and change. The role requires exceptional management, organization and communication skills, superior responsiveness, ethics and professional integrity, and an ability to engage colleagues, partners and stakeholders at all levels to align with the organization’s vision and objectives.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  “Essential duties” are those that an individual must be able to perform with or without reasonable accommodation or additional staffing support.

  • Responsible for day-to-day leadership and overall management of Kenya-based personnel, programs, operations and facilities.
  • Responsible for meeting all programmatic and operational goals and objectives within established budgets and demonstrating measurable and documented results.
  • Establish and monitor program performance metrics; prepare and deliver accurate and timely reports that effectively track progress and exhibit desired outcomes.
  • Establish and institutionalize clear policies and procedures that support the effective administration of programs and operations, including but not limited to the areas of human resources and performance management, finance and accounting, and children’s health and safety. 
  • Oversee and regularly audit program and operational finances and expenses; introduce and manage  accountability standards and practices for program heads and other professional staff.
  • Oversee operating budget for each fiscal year, seeking and pursuing income-generating activities, partnerships and other strategies to increase revenue, decrease program costs and enrich the quality of services.
  • Responsible for the overall stewardship of files and records (in both electronic form and hard copy) related to Kenya-based personnel, program participants (students), finances, governmental permits and licenses, contracts, and all other operations-related documentation, ensuring appropriate access, restrictions and security measures, and adhering to relevant legal or organizational standards related to data privacy and confidentiality.
  • Responsible for overall identification, analysis, assessment, control, and avoidance, minimization, or elimination of unacceptable risks to the organization’s operations and programs.
  • Develop and oversee strategic plan for program growth, consistent with organizational vision.
  • Actively promote and oversee targeted community outreach programs that foster a positive reputation in the local community and engage families and other stakeholders in student success.
  • Pursue and secure strategic partnerships that support program enrichment, funding, growth, and development.
  • Increase organizational visibility in Kenya and East Africa by actively networking and participating in mission-centric professional associations, events and programs. 

 
POSITION SPECIFICATIONS

Education and Work Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Education or related field; advanced degree preferred
  • 5 years management experience at a non-profit organization

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Well-developed and mature professional interpersonal skills; ability to interact effectively with children, teachers, parents, families, donors, partners and colleagues at all organizational levels.
  • Excellent judgment, integrity and problem solving skills.
  • Strong mentoring experience to inspire and develop a team with diverse levels of expertise.
  • Entrepreneurial team player who can multitask, prioritize effectively and adhere to multiple deadlines.
  • Superior management skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers.
  • Self-reliant and results-oriented person, who can live and work in a rural community.
  • Highly responsive, energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive.
  • Exceptional written, oral, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with senior leadership and Board of Directors.
  • High level of knowledge in the educational and child development fields,
  • Exceptional analytical skills to effectively assess, monitor, and communicate data.
  • Knowledge and high proficiency in computer applications.
  • Ability to manage and be accountable for the handling of confidential and sensitive information.
  • Ability to review the work of others and provide effective ongoing feedback.
  • Ability to respond quickly and maintain composure during situations that impact the safety and security of children.
  • Ability to exercise judgment and discretion when making independent decisions.

 
Additional Requirements:

  • An incident-free Children’s Check and National Police Check (Certificate of Good Conduct) is a strict condition of employment and must be provided at time of hire and updated on request, consistent with the organization’s risk management procedures. 
  • Consistent with the management level of this position, some weekend and after-hours work is expected and required to meet organizational priorities.
  • Occasional travel may be required.
  • Additional responsibilities may be assigned to support coverage for management-level and other colleagues who are absent, on holiday or personal leave.

Working Conditions:

  • All Kenya-based positions are based in the Njabini office and subject to occasional interruptions in power and/or Internet access.
  • A significant (8 hour) time difference is acknowledged and generally accommodated for scheduled and unscheduled communications with US-based colleagues and leadership.
  • All of our programs and objectives serve children from pre-school through young adults. Our workplace is thus regularly accessed and impacted by children.


The statements contained in this job description are not necessarily all-inclusive; additional duties may be assigned and requirements may vary at the discretion of the organizational leadership

Please send resume and cover letter to leila@flyingkites.org