Job Description

Country Director Kenya

Human Practice Foundation (HPF) seeks a Country Director who can work hands-on with project implementation, lead and develop the Kenyan organization, and build strong partnerships with foundations and the Kenyan government. HPF is a small but rapidly growing INGO with 13 employees, and we are looking for the right Country Director to take our Kenya organization to the next level.

Human Practice Foundation in Kenya

Human Practice Foundation is a Danish INGO registered in Kenya and Nepal to empower marginalized kids through education. We have a holistic approach where we work with all school stakeholders to improve infrastructure, improve the educational level, and empower the students’ skills to continue their education or get a good job.

HPF currently works in 4 counties in Kenya – Meru, Laikipia, Isiolo and Narok. Our head office is in Nanyuki, and we have a small project office in Aitong. HPF currently works with 30 schools but aims to expand our project scope to 200 schools within the next five years. With a strong focus on child-centered impact, we aim to transform these 200 neglected public schools into educational lighthouses that can help transform the local communities.

Job Summary

The Country Director (CD) is responsible for high-performance standards for the Kenyan organization. S/he oversees the project development, funding, and implementation of the Country Office (CO) program portfolio. S/he establishes and sustains productive relationships and political influence with government officials, donors, and strategic partners. S/he leads the CO’s fundraising strategy and ensures the CO’s financial viability. As an organizational citizen, s/he contributes to HPF’s global strategy, shares knowledge, and supports the generation of evidence to inform HPF’s global programming.

The CD is also accountable for competent operational and risk management, including the proper management, well-being, and safety of HPF staff and the proper stewardship of HPF’s resources. The CD models and ensures the systematic practice of HPF core values. S/he also promotes Gender Equality and Diversity among CO staff and in programming.

The CD models new ways of working and drives the teams toward the HPF vision, fostering innovation, holistic planning, and programming and helping to build effective teams, coalitions, and networks. S/he encourages ongoing staff development to motivate and strengthen the teams’ resilience in the face of change.

Responsibilities and Tasks

The key responsibility of the CD is to develop and build the CO and organization, ensure timely programme implementation with high quality and reporting of the CO activities to donors and HPF HQ in Denmark. This is done closely with the CEO and Kenya Head of Programs. The main tasks are outlined below.

Staff Management and HR

  • Oversee the management and development of CO human resources to ensure a diverse, skilled, and productive workforce. Promote an organizational culture where HPF Core Values are practiced, encourage teamwork, and all staff clearly understand their role and contributions.
  • Build a robust and innovative country team and effectively manage all direct
  • Manage direct reports towards high-performance standards through clear roles and responsibilities, ongoing feedback, and appraisals. Proactively address performance issues through timely constructive feedback and coaching.
  • Notice talent and maximize the use of available talent through ongoing staff development and career management.
  • Prepare successors for senior roles (including CD role) and oversee the recruitment and orientation of new staff.
  • Foster accountability, leadership, diversity and transparency of operations with the
  • The CD oversees safety and security for all staff and visitors in the CO and upholds HPF Safety and Security Principles.
  • Actively promote staff wellness by monitoring staff morale and taking necessary

Strategic planning

  • Lead the design, implementation, and evolution of the CO strategic plan in sync with the country context and in line with the HPF vision and mission.
  • Ensure proper alignment with HPF country plans and priorities as well as with HPF’s strategic
  • Ensure sound understanding of strategic plans and approaches by all

Program implementation

  • Ensure timely implementation of country program and underlying project activities with high
  • Oversee the M&E framework for the country program, ensure data collection, and analyze data to monitor program targets.
  • Responsible for CO’s timely donor reporting and regular reporting to the
  • Monitor the CO’s financial position and ensure the best use of available resources. This includes overseeing the development and review of the CO’s annual budget, properly allocating shared program costs (cost pools), developing unrestricted requests, reviewing financial transactions and reports, maximizing cost recovery from restricted grants, and following up on audit recommendations. This is done in close cooperation with the CFO from the DK office.
  • Direct the mobilization, management, and accounting of all resources in the CO in compliance with HPF policies, country program, and donor requirements.

Fundraising, Partnerships, and Advocacy

  • Develop and enhance relationships, partnerships, and networks between the CO, other parts of HPF, and external organizations to maximize HPF’s impact on poverty and social justice.
  • Proactively analyze the actors who have the potential to contribute to the achievement of the CO program goals within the broader context, including government, private sector, donors and foundations, international and local civil society, and academic Establish and actively sustain productive relationships with relevant actors (inside and outside the country).
  • Play a key role in addressing issues to heighten donor and government accountability and maintain HPF’s image and visibility amongst these groups.
  • Actively participate in the high-level meetings and ensure that the CO contributes to country and institutional initiatives/priorities.

Qualifications

Education / Training

Bachelor’s Degree in a related field

Experience/Technical Skills

6-8 years in a senior management position in the development field

Program and Financial Management

  • Extensive experience with project implementation from project planning, delivery, and reporting
  • Knowledge and experience with financial management as demonstrated by the ability to:
    • Manage a complex budget
    • Effectively follow up on internal and external audit recommendations
    • Ensure donor compliance and reporting

Strategic and operational Management

  • Demonstrated experience in leading strategic and operational
  • Extensive conceptual skills, including strategic
  • Demonstrated management skills in a complex international

People/Relationship Management

  • Demonstrated self-awareness, leadership, and interpersonal
  • Strong human resource management skills, including capacity building, coaching, and conflict
  • Experience supervising and developing a multi-disciplinary team in a cross-cultural
  • Demonstrated interest and ability to give feedback, develop, motivate and lead a diverse team to achieve results.
  • Demonstrated use of positive coping strategies in stressful environments

How to Apply

Send  your  resume  and  a  cover  letter  explaining  your  motivation  to  join  our  cause  to mi@humanpractice.org. Only selected candidates will be contacted for interview.