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  • Posted: Dec 10, 2022
    Deadline: Not specified
  • Since 1946, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) has been advancing evidence to evolve systems, improve lives, and ultimately create a better, more equitable world. We are a nonprofit research and technical assistance organization working to solve some of the most urgent challenges in the U.S. and around the world. Our experts in education, health, ...
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    Managing Director


    The responsibilities for the position include:

    The Managing Director of AIR International Kenya will serve as the face of AIR in the region, representing the organization at meetings with potential funders and policymakers to learn about funding opportunities, publicize AIR’s capabilities, and to enhance AIR’s visibility throughout the region.

    The Managing Director will be AIR’s point of contact for office management and business development in Kenya. This person will work with senior AIR leaders to envision future business opportunities, gather reconnaissance data to provide information about social, demographic, economic and funding trends.

    He/she will leverage and supplement current systems focused on identification of new business opportunities. Specific Responsibilities:

    • Establishing and maintaining relationships with potential partners in East Africa
    • Identifying and winning new projects
    • Providing substantive and intellectual leadership on proposals
    • Discussing research and evaluation approaches for different studies, and evidence-based decision making with donor agencies and governments
    • Providing leadership and oversight of the AIR International Kenya office
    • Manage the administration of the Nairobi office to ensure compliance and operational efficiency in collaboration with HQ Finance and HR
    • Consult with HR on recruitment needs for the Kenya office, review, and sign employee agreements
    • Promote and maintain staff welfare in collaboration with Senior Management and HR at HQ and the Operations Team
    • Review and approve cash projections for the Kenya office
    • Liaise with Operations Manager on legal matters
    • Eventually expected to provide program management and technical support to US Government and other international donor-funded projects which might include budget oversight, management of subcontractors, compliance of field projects with donor requirements, mentoring and training of staff and monitoring performance


    Education, Knowledge, and Experience:

    • Master’s degree in a discipline related to international development or business management
    • Content knowledge in at least one or more of the following areas:
      • Education, global health
      • Food and nutrition studies
      • Agriculture
      • Training and vocational education
      • Labor studies, and/or monitoring
      • Evaluation and learning
    • At least 10 years related experience in business development and project management for internationally funded programs
    • Established connections with international donors such as the UN, UNICEF, USAID, World Bank, and other implementers
    • Demonstrated experience leading and mentoring junior staff and conducting internal training related to issues such as proposal development, project start-up, planning, deliverables, reporting, and close-out


    • This position requires educational achievement; excellent writing skills
    • Excellent organizational skills, including attention to detail, ability to prioritize and multi-task, and ability to work under and adhere to tight deadlines
    • Excellent cross-cultural and interpersonal communication skills; ability to translate complex technical language and ideas into a form easily comprehensible to non-technical audiences
    • Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team; must be a team player and demonstrate a sense of responsibility and sensitivity in dealing with diverse audiences
    • Demonstrable initiative, creativity, and flexibility; ability to work independently and effectively in groups

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