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Offer: Programme Manager, UAF-Africa - Nairobi, Kenya

Urgent Action Fund Africa (UAF-Africa). Nairobi, Kenya.

Closing date: October 14, 2011.

Urgent Action Fund Africa (UAF-Africa) is a consciously human rights and feminist Fund based in Nairobi, Kenya, which invests in the transformation of the world in which women live, enabling them to have full and equal enjoyment of their human rights. The Fund is committed to enhancing women’s leadership to bring about justice, equality, equity and to contribute to the creation of a society free of disruptive conflicts.

UAF-Africa is recruiting a Programmes Manager whose scope of work requires experience and in-depth understanding of gender equality and women's empowerment issues, particularly in conflict and post-conflict African settings. The Manager will possess management and pogramming expertise that translates UAF-Africa’s 2011-2015 strategic plans into strong development outcomes. The portfolio requires forging mutually reinforcing partnerships with relevant women’s rights CSO partners, UN counterparts, academia, media, private sector and with bilateral and non-traditional donors in order to stimulate action in the mobilization of visibility and resources to advance the rights of women and girls on the continent. Under the overall guidance of the CEO, the Programmes Manager will provide technical and programme support services ensuring programmes delivery, high quality outputs, with accuracy and consistency of work for UAF-Africa. The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya with extensive travel across Africa.
Management Responsibility:

Participate as a member of the UAF-Africa senior management team (SMT).
Coordinate and manage programmes implementation.
Play a key role in managing and expanding the regional programme portfolio.
Ensure sound financial and resource management of all UAF-Africa’s programmes
Provide supportive supervision to programmes management
Ensuring effective leadership and team work of the programmes staff in an empowering manner

Description of Duties:

Develop a clear plan and strategy for programmes management to ensure effective implementation.
Monitor programmes budgets and prepare budget modifications when necessary
Lead in proposal development for programmes growth.
Disseminate programmes information by preparing timely and regular reports.
Develop and lead research and advocacy activities integrated in the overall programme.
Develop and maintain solid working relationships with relevant stakeholders.
Lead and manage programmes trend analysis for continuous improvement.
Assess level of risks associated with programmes implementation and suggest mitigation strategies.
Develop guidelines, and toolkits for effective programmes implementation.
Manage staff development through performance based management and leadership.
Undertakes other programmes related duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.


Supervision: Work independently on tasks related to programmes supervision and feedback with periodic reporting and seeking direction from his /her supervisor.
Decision Making: Make sound decisions on the programmes implementation and its daily and routine management.
Responsibility over data or information: Has access to important information as regards to programmes, their budgets and the general trend and performance.
Knowledge Management and Reporting: Lead the development/expansion of knowledge management strategies and methodologies while contributing to the development and maintenance of regional knowledge networks and practices.
Responsibility over assets: Proper management of financial resources, equipment and programmes utilities like vehicles, office equipment, and computers.
Responsibility over Staff: Leadership responsibility over all programmes staff.

Education and Relevant Experience:

Master's degree (or equivalent) in social sciences, law, women studies, or other development-related fields.
Progressive women’ rights and or social justice experience at international level particularly work experience in developing countries.
Experience of managing a diversified national /regional women’s rights programme in a Funding setting working on advocacy, alliance building, action research and communications.
Must be a feminist familiar with the women’s rights development needs in Africa.
Proven experience in successful resource mobilisation.
Proven experience in managing and leading staff
A minimum of 8 years of progressive experience on gender programming , including 5 years field experience on Peace building, Transitional Justice and Conflict Resolution with a regional or international organization
Strong familiarity with grant making would be an added advantage.

Key Skills:

Fluency in written and spoken English and French; knowledge of another AU official language is an asset.
Excellent inter-personal, communication and negotiation skills
Team player and team builder/leader
Proven results-based programme development and management
Strong management and organisational skills
Demonstrated ability to anticipate emerging needs and integrate them speedily into priority settings
Good understanding of electronic communications and standard office computer software
Ability to work in a multi-cultural and multi-national work environment.

To Apply:

Applicants fulfilling the requirements should submit their application together with a detailed CV, all relevant attachments with a cover letter via email to with the subject line Programmes Manager.

Deadline for application: 4pm 14th October 2011.

Hard copies should be sent to:

The Human Resources Office
Urgent Action Fund-Africa
PO Box 53841-00200 Nairobi-Kenya

UAF-Africa will only respond to short listed candidates for a face to face interview. Urgent Action Fund is an equal opportunity employer and has a non-smoking environment policy.

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