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  • Posted: Mar 20, 2024
    Deadline: Mar 31, 2024
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    Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) is a non-profit organization based in Nairobi, Kenya and New York, NY that combats urban poverty and gender inequity in the slums of Nairobi. Kennedy Odede, who grew up in the Kibera slum, founded SHOFCO in 2004 with a focus on youth and gender empowerment. SHOFCO has four initiative areas: education, health, economic an...
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    Project Director

    • SHOFCO is seeking a strategic Project Director to play a crucial role which involves overseeing a comprehensive program aimed at supporting more than 100,000 children in vulnerable communities to overcome barriers to education and improve quality, address gender-based violence (GBV) and influence norms, and improve sanitation and access to safe water. The Project Director will be responsible for the strategic direction, implementation, and management of the program, ensuring alignment with SHOFCO's mission and delivery against project milestones and goals. The ideal candidate has to have a proven track record of leading large-scale, impactful programs with rigorous measurement and evaluation, has significant education and/or gender sector experience in Kenya, including successful partnership with government, and is personally aligned with SHOFCO’s value of staying “grassroots” and always listening to and empowering the community.

    Key Responsibilities and Job Dimensions

    Strategy Leadership and Project Oversight:

    • Develop and execute a plan for delivery of the program in alignment with SHOFCO's overall mission and objectives.
    • Oversee the implementation of the program across multiple counties, ensuring that activities are delivered on time, within budget, and achieve desired impacts.
    • Work closely with SHOFCO’s c-team, key department heads for the program, and external partners to ensure seamless integration and collaboration across all components of the program.

    Team Management and Development:

    • Lead, mentor, and build the capacity of a diverse team of professionals, ensuring high levels of motivation, commitment, and performance.
    • Foster a collaborative and positive work environment that encourages innovation, accountability, and excellence.

    Stakeholder Engagement and Advocacy:

    • Represent SHOFCO in various forums, including meetings with government officials, donors, and partners, to advocate for the program's objectives and secure necessary support and resources.
    • Build and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders, including community leaders in SUN (SHOFCO’s national network), partner organizations, and government agencies, to enhance program impact and sustainability.

    Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning:

    • In partnership with SHOFCO’s Impact team, drive performance against a robust monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework to track program progress, assess effectiveness, and inform ongoing improvements.
    • Ensure that lessons learned are captured, shared, and integrated into program planning and execution.

    Academic Qualifications

    • Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in program management, with experience in the fields of education, GBV, child protection, or WASH
    • Bachelors Degree in any Development Studies or any other related studies
    • Master’s degree in any related studies or comparable professional experience

    Other requirements (unique/job specific)

    • Proven track record of successfully leading and scaling ambitious programs.
    • Strong strategic thinking, leadership, and management skills.
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage effectively with diverse stakeholders.
    • Experience using data and insights to drive program improvements.
    • Familiarity with the contexts of urban slums and rural agricultural communities.
    • Strong commitment to SHOFCO's mission and values
    • Strong commitment to SHOFCO’s mission and values.

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    Head of Education Expansion

    • SHOFCO is seeking a strategic Head of Education Expansion to play a crucial role which involves overseeing a comprehensive program aimed at supporting more than 100,000 children in vulnerable communities to overcome barriers to education and improve quality, address gender-based violence (GBV) and influence norms, and improve sanitation and access to safe water. The Project Director will be responsible for the strategic direction, implementation, and management of the program, ensuring alignment with SHOFCO's mission and delivery against project milestones and goals. The ideal candidate has to have a proven track record of leading large-scale, impactful programs with rigorous measurement and evaluation, has significant education and/or gender sector experience in Kenya, including successful partnership with government, and is personally aligned with SHOFCO’s value of staying “grassroots” and always listening to and empowering the community.

    Key Responsibilities and Job Dimensions

    Strategy Leadership and Project Oversight:

    • Develop and execute a plan for delivery of the education expansion program in alignment with SHOFCO's overall mission and objectives. This includes how public school partnerships will be managed and impact measured, and scholarship/bursary recipients identified and supported.
    • Oversee the implementation of the program across multiple counties, ensuring that activities are delivered on time, within budget, and achieve desired impacts.
    • Work closely with the project director, key department heads for the program, and external partners to ensure seamless integration and collaboration across all components of the program

    Team Management and Development:

    • Lead, mentor, and build the capacity of a diverse team of professionals, ensuring high levels of motivation, commitment, and performance.
    • Foster a collaborative and positive work environment that encourages innovation, accountability, and excellence.

    Stakeholder Engagement and Advocacy:

    • Represent SHOFCO in various forums, including meetings with government officials, donors, and partners, to advocate for the program's objectives and secure necessary support and resources.
    • Build and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders, including community leaders in SUN (SHOFCO’s national network), partner organizations, and government agencies, to enhance program impact and sustainability.

    Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning:

    • In partnership with SHOFCO’s Impact team, drive performance against a robust monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework to track program progress, assess effectiveness, and inform ongoing improvements.
    • Ensure that lessons learned are captured, shared, and integrated into program planning and execution.

    Academic Qualifications

    • Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in education and program management
    • Bachelors Degree in any Education/Development Studies or any other related studies
    • Master’s degree in any related studies or comparable professional experience is preferred

    Other requirements (unique/job specific)

    • Proven track record of successfully leading and scaling ambitious programs.
    • Strong strategic thinking, leadership, and management skills.
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage effectively with diverse stakeholders.
    • Experience using data and insights to drive program improvements.
    • Familiarity with the contexts of urban slums and rural agricultural communities.
    • Strong commitment to SHOFCO's mission and values
    • Strong commitment to SHOFCO’s mission and values.

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    Public School Partnership Manager

    • SHOFCO is seeking a strategic Public School Partnership Manager to play a crucial role which involves overseeing a comprehensive program aimed at partnering more than 50 public school across the nation to boost facilities, support learners, increase teacher capacity and improve parent engagement. The Public School Partnership Manager will be responsible for managing government relations to ensure interventions can run smoothly on the ground; this includes partnering on school selection criteria, defining scope of work and agreeing on the government roles in the project – working towards sustainability. Based on the scope of work, the Public School Partnership Manager will be responsible for developing a comprehensive curriculum/implementation plan for the program that will be rolled out at all schools across the country. The Public School Manager will then manage the team responsible for the implementation. The ideal candidate has significant education experience in Kenya, including successful partnership with government and working with low-income communities, and is personally aligned with SHOFCO’s value of staying “grassroots” and always listening to and empowering the community.

    Key Responsibilities and Job Dimensions

    Strategy Leadership and Project Oversight:

    • Develop and execute a plan for partnering with public schools across the nation, delivering the program in alignment with SHOFCO's overall mission and objectives.
    • Engage the government to ensure initial buy-in and long term sustainability.
    • Oversee the implementation of the program across multiple counties, ensuring that activities are delivered on time, within budget, and achieve desired impacts.

    Team Management and Development:

    • Lead, mentor, and build the capacity of a diverse team of professionals, ensuring high levels of motivation, commitment, and performance.
    • Foster a collaborative and positive work environment that encourages innovation, accountability, and excellence.

    Stakeholder Engagement and Advocacy:

    • Represent SHOFCO in various forums, including meetings with government officials, donors, and partners, to advocate for the program's objectives and secure necessary support and resources.
    • Build and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders, including community leaders in SUN (SHOFCO’s national network), partner organizations, and government agencies, to enhance program impact and sustainability.

    Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning:

    • In partnership with SHOFCO’s Impact team, drive performance against a robust monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework to track program progress, assess effectiveness, and inform ongoing improvements.
    • Ensure that lessons learned are captured, shared, and integrated into program planning and execution.

    Academic Qualifications

    • Minimum of 8 years of relevant experience in education, with experience in project management, government partnerships, and low-income communities
    • Bachelors Degree in any Education/Development Studies or any other related studies

    Other requirements (unique/job specific)

    • Proven track record of successfully leading and scaling ambitious programs.
    • Strong strategic thinking, leadership, and management skills.
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage effectively with diverse stakeholders.
    • Experience using data and insights to drive program improvements.
    • Familiarity with the contexts of urban slums and rural agricultural communities.
    • Strong commitment to SHOFCO's mission and values
    • Strong commitment to SHOFCO’s mission and values.

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    Scholarship Manager

    • SHOFCO is seeking a strategic Scholarship Manager to play a crucial role which involves overseeing a comprehensive program aimed at providing over 3,000 multi-year scholarships to extremely vulnerable children across the nation and additional financial “nudges” to students at risk of being out of school. Based on the scope of work, the Scholarship Manager will be responsible for ensuring transparency and credibility in scholar selection, developing holiday programs to further support the scholarship recipients, and ensuring students are safely enrolled in school.
    • The ideal candidate has significant education experience in Kenya, including successful partnership with government and working with low-income communities, and is personally aligned with SHOFCO’s value of staying “grassroots” and always listening to and empowering the community.

    Key Responsibilities and Job Dimensions

    Strategy Leadership and Project Oversight:

    • Develop and execute a plan for partnering with public schools across the nation, delivering the program in alignment with SHOFCO's overall mission and objectives.
    • Work to ensure safety of scholars while in and out of school, including by developing a holiday program to boost life-skills and organizing school visits
    • Oversee the implementation of the program across multiple counties, ensuring that activities are delivered on time, within budget, and achieve desired impacts.

    Team Management and Development:

    • Lead, mentor, and build the capacity of a diverse team of professionals, ensuring high levels of motivation, commitment, and performance.
    • Foster a collaborative and positive work environment that encourages innovation, accountability, and excellence.

    Stakeholder Engagement and Advocacy:

    • Represent SHOFCO in various forums, including meetings with government officials, donors, and partners, to advocate for the program's objectives and secure necessary support and resources.
    • Build and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders, including community leaders in SUN (SHOFCO’s national network), partner organizations, and government agencies, to enhance program impact and sustainability.

    Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning:

    • In partnership with SHOFCO’s Impact team, drive performance against a robust monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework to track program progress, assess effectiveness, and inform ongoing improvements.
    • Ensure that lessons learned are captured, shared, and integrated into program planning and execution.

    Academic Qualifications

    • Minimum of 8 years of relevant experience in education, with experience in project management, government partnerships, and low-income communities
    • Bachelors Degree in any Education/Development Studies or any other related studies

    Other requirements (unique/job specific)

    • Proven track record of successfully leading and scaling ambitious programs.
    • Strong strategic thinking, leadership, and management skills.
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage effectively with diverse stakeholders.
    • Experience using data and insights to drive program improvements.
    • Familiarity with the contexts of urban slums and rural agricultural communities.
    • Strong commitment to SHOFCO's mission and values
    • Strong commitment to SHOFCO’s mission and values.

    Method of Application

    We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our organization, all interested applicants should send their applications together with a detailed Cover letter and CV to recruitment@shininghopeforcommunities.org with a clear subject line:

    • Project Director”.
    • Head of Education Expansion
    • Public School Partnership Manager
    • Scholarship Manager”.

    Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply

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