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  • Posted: Apr 3, 2024
    Deadline: May 20, 2024
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    At Flying Kites in Kenya, we are igniting the potential of vulnerable children in our School and LaunchPad. We believe that education is vital to alleviating suffering, increasing gender equality, and promoting economic sustainability. Through our emphasis on leadership and community, our students are being empowered to build their best lives and positively...
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    Executive Director

    About the role:

    In alignment with a new 5-Year Strategy, adopted by our Board of Directors in December 2023, the

    • Executive Director is responsible for developing, leading, implementing and executing the mission and strategic goals of the organisation while overseeing the operations and administration of our Kenya-based campus in alignment with our core values and consistent with our reputation as a trusted,
    • mission-centered member of the communities served by our work.
    • Importantly, the Executive Director is responsible for building internal capacity and ensuring the success of our Kenya-based team, with focused attention on the development, mentoring, and achievement of professionals in managerial-level positions. The Executive Director leads the team in establishing trusted partnerships, innovating activities aligned with our ToC, and capturing key learnings that optimize impact and improve financial efficiency.
    • Finally, the Executive Director serves as the face of Flying Kites in Kenya, establishing and positively influencing our reputation with partners, donors, peer organizations, government officials, and beneficiary communities. This role reports to and partners with the US-Based Founder and CEO and co-founder who is responsible for setting the strategic vision and fundraising targets for the organization.

    Your Responsibilities will include:

    Organizational Strategy & Culture

    • Lead the development, oversight and annual review of programmatic and organizational growth in alignment with our mission.
    • Collaborate as a primary thought and strategic partner with the CEO in moving the organization forward and upward.
    • Steward our organizational vision, strategy, identity and brand.
    • Pursue and secure strategic partnerships that support program enrichment, funding, growth, and development.
    • Oversee and collaborate with the Chief Operating Officer to ensure cross-functional implementation of strategy and achieve operational excellence
    • Increase organisational visibility in Kenya and East Africa by developing and pursuing a robust networking and positioning strategy aligned with our long-term goals for scaling our work, including in partnerships at the national government level.
    • Envision and lead overall organizational culture strategies, including talent development and mentoring initiatives, ensuring the growth and sustainability of highly effective and collaborative teams to lead our work.
    • Mentor and support the Director of Programs, Director of Operations & Administration, and Director of Education in the leadership and development of their growing teams, including the introduction of strategies for succession planning.
    • Support and contribute to fundraising strategies and donor engagement objectives in collaboration with the Chief Executive Officer and the Director of Development.
    • Continually assess, identify, and address gaps and weaknesses to improve programmatic and operational performance, efficiency, and effectiveness.
    • Advise Board of Directors and Audit Committee; effectively communicate and present financial, programmatic and other reports at Board of Directors meetings and other fora.
    • Lead, coach, and manage teams through periods of organizational transformation and change in alignment with long-term strategies for expansion and scale.

    Program & Impact Measurement

    • Oversee and collaborate with the Director of Programs, supporting innovation and effective strategies aligned with our vision.
    • Lead and oversee the implementation of a monitoring, evaluation, and learning “MEL” framework and infrastructure aimed at clearly and effectively measuring, documenting and communicating the impact of our work while positioning Flying Kites as a learning-impact driven and evidence-based organization.
    • Support and coach the Director of Programs and members of the Programs Team to establish and monitor program performance metrics; prepare and deliver accurate and timely reports that effectively track progress and exhibit desired outcomes.
    • Oversee, support and coach the Director of Education to lead teachers in the establishment of Flying Kites Academy as a model school for gender equity and an institution that prioritizes outcomes beyond exam scores.
    • Ensure that all programmatic and organisational activities achieve clearly-stated objectives, meet the needs of beneficiaries, and are implemented to the highest standards, on time, and within budget.

    Operations & Finance

    • Oversee and collaborate with the Director of Operations & Administration in the day-to-day leadership and management of personnel, partner relationships, programs, operations, and activities in support of established goals and objectives and demonstrated by measurable and documented results.
    • Develop and manage the operating budget for each fiscal year, seeking and pursuing activities, partnerships, and other strategies to optimize program costs, and enrich the quality of services.
    • Collaborate with Directors to recommend, communicate and institutionalize “best practice” policies and procedures that support the effective administration of programs and operations.
    • Coach and support Directors and Managers in the recruitment, professional development, and retention of highly effective teams including through assigned accountabilities, annual performance appraisals, and the principle-based administration of salary adjustments based on consistent standards.
    • Prepare and conduct annual performance appraisals for Director of Programs, Director of Operations and Administration, and Director of Education.
    • Identify, assess, control, and eliminate unacceptable risks to the organisation while ensuring compliance with national and local laws, regulations and financial management standards.
    • Collaborate with the Director of Finance & Governance (US) and Manager of Finance (Kenya) to ensure compliance with annual audit requirements.

    We are looking for

    • An inspiring motivator who is deeply passionate and knowledgeable about gender equity and barriers to education for girls in Kenya.
    • A creative visionary with a high level of strategic thinking, having successfully led organizations through various stages of growth.
    • A self-reliant, results-oriented, and community-centered leader with a commitment to working and living in rural Kenya.
    • 5+ years highest-level leadership – in a similar or Deputy Director role – at a charitable or non-governmental organization, preferably in the gender equity or education sector.
    • Well-developed and mature professional interpersonal skills; ability to interact effectively in a multicultural environment with stakeholders and colleagues at all organizational levels.
    • Exceptional written, oral, and presentation skills.
    • Strong operational and administrative skills, including use of tools and software for fiscal management, understanding of HR processes, and the attentiveness needed to manage risk and ensure compliance with regulatory and legal issues.
    • A high level of emotional intelligence and history of success developing and leading highly effective teams through change and organizational growth.
    • Track record of creatively solving problems, making sound decisions, and exercising excellent judgment.
    • Experience working in a child-centered environment with a demonstrated ability to respond quickly and maintain composure during situations that impact the safety and security of children.
    • Entrepreneurial team player who can multitask, prioritize effectively, and adhere to deadlines.
    • Superior people management skills; ability to influence and engage the team, peers, and beneficiaries towards the achievement of a common goal.
    • Track record in partnership building and management across diverse stakeholders
    • Highly responsive, flexible, collaborative, and proactive.
    • Exceptional analytical skills to effectively assess, monitor, and communicate data.
    • High level of proficiency in the use of computers and technology, including Microsoft and Google Suite applications.
    • Ability to manage and be accountable for the handling of confidential and sensitive information.
    • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Public Health, Social Work, NGO Management, or related field.
    • A Master's Degree or higher will be an added advantage.

    Method of Application

    • You will be asked to upload your CV on the application form. Please ensure it is tailored for the role, in PDF format, and not more than 4 pages.
    • Applications will be shortlisted on a rolling basis. Apply as soon as you see this.
    • Recruitment process in collaboration with edge, our talent partner. All official communication regarding this role will come from accounts in the domains and
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